HYPERCOME & MCS

Hypercom Corporation has announced that vending solution provide MCS MICRONIC Computer Systeme GmbH has selected and will resell Hypercom’s high security Artema Modular to integrators and retailers in Germany. Three of the major regional rail transit operators in Germany use Hypercom’s Artema Modular self-service payment terminals with GPRS to speed ticketing in more than 370 trains serving over 200 million commuters and other travelers per year. The popular product enables pay at the pump in Portugal, and payment at on-street parking machines in the Belgian capital Brussels. In addition to venues across Europe, the Artema Modular provides convenience, security and speed to consumers at self-service machines in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and North America.

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NCR Adds C-Store Sheetz As Kiosk Partner

NCR Corporation has added PA-based Sheetz convenience stores to its growing roster of retail partners. NCR’s outdoor kiosk is the most secure and highest-capacity weather-protected DVD-rental kiosk in the industry. With capacity for more than 900 DVDs each, the kiosks provide consumers the widest, most popular selection of new and classic DVDs available. By the end of March, consumers can visit NCR’s BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental kiosks at nearly all 365 Sheetz locations open 24 hours a day. This represents NCR’s first major BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk deployment in six new markets located throughout North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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BMO WORLD ELITE MC

BMO Bank of Montreal has launched a new MasterCard product designed for Canadians that will provide cardholders with first-class benefits. To complement the MasterCard benefits, BMO is launching its proprietary rewards program that will provide customers with superior value, choice and flexibility. Customers will earn 1 BMO ELITE Rewards point for every $1 spent in purchases and the rewards points never expire. BMO is the first financial institution to leverage MasterCard’s World Elite benefits and develop a best in class travel rewards credit card. The MasterCard World Elite Program features exclusive access to tickets to popular concerts, theatre events, international cultural events, luxury travel packages and much more. Special offers with select partners including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts are also part of the program.

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Star Micronics Intro TSP100ECO POS Printer

Star Micronics has unveiled the TSP100ECO POS printer. The TSP100ECO
is designed to
minimize the environmental impact of point of sale receipt printing.
The TSP100ECO provides users with an impressive selection of innovative
features that help to reduce negative environmental effects. Part of
the efficient power management system is a unique sleep mode
feature that powers down the receipt printer when not in use and has the
ability to instantly power up. For the merchant that prints an average
of three hundred 6″ receipts per day, the printer is only actively used
for approximately 5 minutes of print time.

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ARM SC000

ARM has announced the launch of the highly compact and energy-efficient ARM
“SecurCore SC000” processor designed specifically for the highest volume smartcard and embedded security applications. The “SC000” combines the proven security features of ARM SecurCore processors, currently the most widely licensed 32-bit CPU for smartcards worldwide, with leadership technology from the Cortex-M0. The result provides comparable performance at three times the energy efficiency and one third of the size. The SC000 processor’s low power footprint makes it an ideal choice for a range of contactless and NFC applications.
The highly configurable security features of the SC000 processor enable vendors to easily design a diverse range of differentiated secure devices for specific smartcard applications while retaining forward architectural compatibility with the high-end SC300 processor, enabling easy migration to high-performance, high-security applications.

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Radiant Systems Offers Token Replacement Payment Security

GA-based POS solution provider Radiant Systems has released “Token Replacement”, a new payment security feature that allocates a unique identifier, or token, to cardholder data at the RBS WorldPay host to prevent personal information from being stored on the point of sale. “Token Replacement” is designed as a point-of-sale feature that is tightly integrated into the latest version of the Aloha POS. When credit cards are swiped, data is first sent to the secure RBS WorldPay host, which then processes the payment and returns a unique token identifier to the POS for future reference. In addition, the seamless integration of Token Replacement with Aloha POS software increases speed of service by reducing processing time to let sales happen faster and maximize profits.

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SMARTCARD LOYALTY

ePayment provider sQuid has launched a new contactless smartcard-based loyalty schemes. Through a scheme of their choice retailers can now appeal to new customers and reward their frequent customers. Loyalty schemes could
include cash back or a loyalty reward after a certain value of spend
or number of transactions. A unique benefit of sQuid is that business
owners can personalise the scheme to their needs with own-branded sQuid
cards, and communicate with customers via a branded portal.
sQuid uses leading-edge contactless smart card technology, providing
customers with an online account where they can view their transactions,
as well as keep track of their loyalty funds. The funds on the card are
protected with a central host system, far better than flimsy ‘stamp
cards’ common with some loyalty schemes and which are open to abuse.
sQuid’s unique pre-pay system enables multi-functional
smart cards, combining eMoney retail payments, ITSO (Transit) schemes and council smart card initiatives.

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CONSUMER PROTECTION

Option Consommateurs, a not-for-profit association dedicated to the defence and promotion of consumers’ rights, is
concerned about the adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Debit and Credit Card Industry introduced by the Finance Department in November 2009 and slated for adoption in the latest federal budget. If adopted as is, this voluntary code would give more power to merchants, to the detriment of consumers. Option Consommateurs
has stated that whenever consumers make a purchase, they must be able to freely and transparently choose their preferred payment method from among those offered by the merchant. However, the voluntary code allows merchants to require the payment method of their choice and the government should prohibit overbilling resulting from the mode of payment used, in order to permit consumers to compare competitors’ prices more easily.

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COMMERCIAL CONTACTLESS

Barclays has launched the first European commercial contactless debit cards to its business customers. All Barclays Business customers receiving new or re-issued cards will find that they come with contactless technology as standard. This enables them to pay for low value transactions by holding the card over a reader, without the need to enter a PIN or insert the card into a terminal. Over six million people in the UK already have a contactless-enabled Barclays VISA debit card or Barclaycard credit card since the bank became the first in the UK to begin rolling-out the technology to its personal customers in 2007. The maximum limit for contactless card transactions increased recently from GBP10 to GBP15 in line with demand from retailers and customers, widening the appeal of the technology.

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Fitch Assigns LS Ratings to $274.7B U.S. Credit Card Receivables

Fitch Ratings assigns Loss Severity (LS) ratings to 561 classes of $274.7 billion of U.S. credit card receivables asset-backed securities (ABS) issued from 20 trusts. The pool loss expectation varies widely from 0.5% to 11%. For credit card receivables ABS, the pool loss expectation is derived by adjusting the base case default assumption accounting for the base case payment rate assumption. LS ratings are meant to complement the existing LTC ratings for structured finance securities. LTC ratings exclusively address the probability of default of a security. The LS ratings provide an indication of the relative degree of risk that a security might suffer a high loss severity in the event that the security defaults.

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SCA Releases White Paper Focused on Smart Card Fare Collection

The Smart Card Alliance has released two new white
papers to help transit agencies who are planning to
upgrade their fare collection systems and announced new officers and
steering committee for 2010. Among these is “A Guide to Prepaid Cards for Transit Agencies,”
providing an overview of the prepaid card industry and the products
available, including network-branded prepaid cards. It provides guidance
for transit agencies evaluating the feasibility and benefits of using
prepaid cards as one element of a fare collection system that includes
open loop payment cards. The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council is made up of more than
130 individuals from 59 organizations, including transit agencies,
payment brands, financial services providers and technology and service
providers.

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Zuuply.com Launches Personal Finance Q&A Website

A new free financial services website, Zuuply.com, has launched for consumers who want
answers to common finance-related questions. Zuuply.com promotes financial literacy by providing comprehensive,
easy-to-digest articles, answers and other resources for consumers
seeking the information they need to take charge of their financial
future. Site visitors can search the site for topics of interest and
browse questions and answers previously posted, or post their own
question if the information they need isn’t currently archived on the
site. Questions are answered by both experts and consumers, creating an
interactive and informative online community.

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