GEMALTO & VALIMO

Gemalto has acquired mobile authentication provider Valimo Wireless Oy.
Valimo has been a Gemalto partner for 5 years and has pioneered the use of two-channel, two-factor authentication
based on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), combining an over the air
platform (OTA) with a software client in the SIM to generate a legally
binding electronic signature, any time, any place. Valimo enables mobile
phone users to securely authenticate themselves, digitally sign
documents and confirm legally binding transactions simply by entering a
self-chosen passphrase or a PIN code. Valimo Mobile ID solution
facilitates secure online banking, mobile payments, governmental
services, electronic and mobile commerce, and identity and access rights
management for enterprise applications.

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ELAVON & SANTANDER

Payment provider Santander has entered into a joint alliance with
Spain-based Santander to provide acquiring services in Mexico. The
alliance establishes a new global foothold for Elavon in a burgeoning
credit card market and capitalizes on an existing relationship with
Santander in Spain, the UK and Puerto Rico. Under the terms of the
marketing alliance, acquiring services will be offered to existing and
prospective Santander merchants. Elavon provides end-to-end payment
processing services to more than one million merchants in the United
States, Europe, Canada
and Puerto Rico. Solutions include credit and debit card processing,
electronic check services, gift cards, dynamic currency conversion,
multi-currency support, and cross-border acquiring. At the end of 2008,
Santander was the
largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and third in the
world by profit. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1,168 billion in
managed funds at the end of 2008. Following the acquisition of Sovereign
Bancorp of the U.S. in January 2009, Santander has 90 million customers,
more than 14,000 branches – more than any other international bank – and
170,000 employees.

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INSIDE Contactless Launches Open-Source NFC Protocol Stack

INSIDE Contactless open-standard contactless chip technologies is making its Open NFC commercial-grade NFC protocol stack available in a free and open source edition under the Apache License, Version 2.0. INSIDE’s “Open NFC 3.4” is available now for WinCE 6.0 and Linux 2.6 platforms, and an Android implementation will premier with the planned release of Open NFC 3.5 at the end of March. Martineau anticipates that the availability of an open source NFC protocol stack should also improve the interoperability of NFC devices, and thus accelerate market adoption. Open NFC supports several levels of functionality, from low-level RF control to high-level NFC Forum tag handling, peer-to-peer communications as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and compatibility with smart cards and RFID tags based on Felica, Mifare and ISO 14443 standards.

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Radiant System&Zoës Kitchen Ink Processing Agreements

POS hardware provider Radiant Systems has entered into an agreement with
restaurant chain Zoës Kitchen to install the Aloha Enterprise solution.
The Aloha Enterprise solution helps restaurants in all areas of their
business – from managing day-to-day operations to creating targeted
marketing programs. In particular, the solution’s online ordering,
takeout and delivery capabilities give customers the convenience of
accessing the restaurant when and where they choose. Not only do guests
enjoy that Zoës can save their favorite orders and store payment
information in a secure environment to make future orders easier, but
restaurant operators can analyze customer information from these
applications to make better menu and marketing decisions. In addition,
Aloha Enterprise’s loyalty functionality allows Zoës’ restaurants to
create loyalty programs that help stimulate repeat business and grow
revenues while also adding additional value to the guests’ dining
experience.

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Heartland Payment Systems Joins Strategic Processing Partnership

Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems, The Council of State
Restaurant Associations, 40 state restaurant associations and the National
Restaurant Association have joined in a strategic partnership.
The associations and Heartland introduced “Full Course Business Solutions”,the
unified payments processing platform for the restaurant industry
“Full Course” launched with an exclusively endorsed suite of payments
products ― including card processing, payroll, check management and tip
reporting and compliance services ― and will grow to encompass other
critical business services. This suite of solutions is supported by
Heartland’s national sales and servicing organization of 1,800
professionals located in communities across America and its 1,600
service, information technology and administrative employees.

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10 Consumer Trends Projected to Impact Financial Services Industry in 20

Five
consumer-focused trends that will impact the financial services industry
in 2010 are being projected. These trends include: “The New Frugal”, 78% of respondents told Mintel
they’ve been simplifying their lives lately, while 21% said they saved
more in 2009. More than three-fourths of Mintel survey respondents said they intend to
permanently increase their savings rate, and 84% said they plan to be
more conservative with money in the future; “Rebuilding Trust”
Brand perception and consumer trust are major concerns for today’s
banking community; “Convergence”—the merging of technologies or industries—is a major trend
across financial services sectors as companies try to tap into the next
best thing. Currently, about a third of consumers say they don’t want to use mobile
banking or mobile payments because they’re worried about security. Financial institutions need to focus on making new
convergent technologies seem secure, useful, even necessary for
time-strapped, budget-minded consumers; “Social Media”
Believe it or not, Mintel survey data suggests that consumers aren’t
against social networking with their bank or credit card company. Only
one in four respondents told Mintel they think financial services
companies on social networking websites are annoying and 16% said
they’d follow a financial services company for coupons while 11% would
follow for contests or promotions and “Banking 2.0”, Mintel surveys suggest 68% of the
population could be at risk of moving to another bank or a banking
alternative because they’re dissatisfied with financial services providers.

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Hipcricket Appoints New Senior VP of Sales

Hipcricket mobile marketing leader has appointed Doug Stovall senior VP of sales. Bringing with him over 10 years’ experience, Stovall has created and directed the mobile sales units for Acuity Mobile, Merkle and TeleCommunications Systems (TCS). Other clients over the years have included Harrah’s Casinos, Pitney Bowes, Discover Financial Services, Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car), H&R Block, Utah Jazz and Washington Capitals, among others. He served as VP of mobile business development at Merkle digital marketing services and directed mobile sales and VP of sales at Acuity Mobile where he built and managed direct and indirect sales and business development organizations for the provider of interactive mobile marketing, advertising and content delivery solutions.

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Consumers Put Card Payments Before Their Mortgages

Consumers current on credit cards and delinquent on mortgages first surpassed the percentage of consumers current on their mortgages and delinquent on credit cards in the first quarter of 2008. Representing the change in the conventional wisdom around the payment hierarchy, among consumers with at least one credit card and one mortgage throughout a 30-day period, those delinquent on their mortgages and current on their credit cards rose 6.6% in 3Q/09 (from 4.3 percent in Q1/2008). These findings, according to Transunion data, shows the percentage of consumers delinquent on their credit cards and current on their mortgages fell to 3.6% 3Q/09 (from 4.1 percent in Q1/2008). The magnitude of delinquency in the lowest scoring segment is significantly higher than that of the total market, with the rate for consumers delinquent on their mortgages but current on their credit cards during Q4/2007 was 19.1 percent, and rose to 29% in Q3/2009. In a trend similar to that of the total market, the percentage of consumers delinquent on their credit cards but current on their mortgages decreased from 18.1% in Q1/2008 to 14.5% in Q3/2009. These shifts are most profound in Florida and California.

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FICO Score Now Available in Equifax ABS Credit Risk Insight

FICO’s credit score will now be available in Equifax ABS Credit Risk Insight. Equifax’s incorporation of the FICO score into ABS Credit Risk Insight allows investors to track borrowers’ FICO scores across the life of loans from origination to securitization. The resulting insight will help investors make more informed decisions, increase transparency, track borrower credit quality, and improve default predictability. Now investors who use Equifax ABS Credit Risk Insight will benefit from the consistency of a single credit score across a portfolio, allowing better understanding of portfolio risk including how changes in borrower risk might affect the overall portfolio. FICO’s Decision Management solutions combine trusted advice, world-class analytics and innovative applicationsto automate, improve and connect decisions for clients in 80 countries.

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SAS Real-Time Decision Manager Awarded 2009 Product of the Year

SAS’ “Real-Time Decision Manager” was named a 2009 Product of the Year by Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. The “Real-Time Decision Manager” combines SAS Analytics with business logic and contact strategies to allow business users to construct, implement and deliver real-time decisions and recommendations to interactive customer channels at the POS, ATMs, back-end enterprise systems, over the web and more. SAS “Real-Time Decision Manager” is also part of the SAS Customer Intelligence suite, which enables companies to deepen customer insights, choreograph customer interactions and continuously improve marketing performance. SAS supports customer initiatives for DeutschlandCard, First Citizens Bank, Grupo Santander, Staples, US Bank and Wolters Kluwer.

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Five Credit Unions Partner to Provide Military Surcharge-Free ATM Benefits

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) has signed four different agreements with Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union, Marine Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union to ensure NC National Guard personnel surcharge-free ATMs worldwide. The agreements will allow Guardsmen to utilize more than 1,600 no-surcharge ATMs, saving as much as $3 per transaction, whether they’re serving in Guam, Japan, Quantico, Virginia or Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This is meant to assist military personnel and thank them for their continuous efforts to serve our Country.

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Seiko Instruments Launches New Thermal Mobile Printer

Seiko Instruments has unveiled the “DPU-S245” wireless 2” direct thermal mobile printer.
The ultra-small DPU-S245 weighs 0.62 lbs and measures 3.27 inches wide by
1.77 inches high by 5.12 inches deep. Developed for mobile workforce
applications, the printer is among the fastest on the market, producing
crystal clear 203 dpi output at 100 mm/sec. The DPU-S245 combines integration flexibility, dependability, and
ease-of-use. Bluetooth® and IrDA wireless connectivity and USB and
Serial wired connections, make the printer suitable for a broad range of
mobile and tethered receipt printing applications. A windows driver and
software development kit for Windows CE and Windows mobile are also
available. The DPU-S245 is rated for 50km printed output, equivalent to
over 320,000 6-inch printouts. The DPU-S245 gives channel
partners a fast, lightweight, and dependable mobile receipt printer with
a very competitive starting price of $253.

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