Spirit Airlines Offers Acculynk Debit Payment

Spirit Airlines Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) serving more than 40
destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean will
be adding Acculynk “PaySecure” to its online checkout in 2010. Acculynk
“PaySecure” software-only service for PIN debit payments on the
Internet, providing online shoppers a convenient payment experience that
is both secure and familiar. “PaySecure” is integrated directly into the
airline checkout and appears as a payment option when the consumer’s
debit card qualifies to be used with the service. Transactions are
processed using existing payment connections, and merchants gain
immediate benefit from lower transaction fees, and reduced fraud and
charge-backs. PaySecure requires only a consumer’s existing debit card
and bank-issued PIN, and online shoppers pay right at the merchant
checkout, with no redirection to a third-party site.

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CARD PROTECTION METRICS

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Card Protection Metrics: Consumer
Approaches to Card Protection Insurance in Spain” report to their offering.
“Card Protection Metrics” offers detailed and unique insights into the
behaviour of Spanish cardholders in the context of card protection
insurance. Based on a primary survey of over 1,000 consumers in Spain
carried out in July and August 2008, the research provides valuable data
describing the extent to which consumers with debit and/or credit
cards take out card protection insurance and clarifying the proportion
of uninsured cardholders who value the benefits of the insurance but
have simply not got round to acquiring cover. In addition to calculating
the percentage of Spanish cardholders possessing card protection
insurance, the investigation also analyzes the types of policy that they
hold, the range of benefits that they believe that they derive from their
insurance, which distribution channel and interface they use to take out
paid-for card protection insurance and whether they buy cover within a
week or a month of acquiring a given payment card or at a later stage.
Finally, the report measures the degree to which insured cardholders in
Spain are satisfied with their insurance, whether they find it expensive
and if they are likely to discontinue it the next.

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PAC

The Payments Accountability Council (PAC)
applauds government’s efforts to bring clarity, transparency and
merchant choice to the debit and credit card market in Canada through
the Government of Canada’s Code of Conduct for Credit and Debit Card
Markets. PAC’s review and commentary is based on three key principles: the need to provide clarity for consumers and merchants;
the need to provide merchants with effective tools to manage costs associated with debit and
credit cards and the need to ensure that the costs built into the system through
loyalty and other programs are paid for by those who introduce and
benefit from these costs. PAC members will continue to advocate for flat merchant fees for debit
card transactions, the elimination of higher merchant fees for premium
credit card transactions, real competition for merchant acceptance and a formal
stakeholder-driven rules-based oversight mechanism for all elements of the
Canadian payments system.

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FELICA IPHONE APP

iPhone app solution provider mophie has partnered with Flight System Consulting
and Focal Point Computer to develop a mobile payment solution for FeliCa1 technology. v
The marketplace FeliCa, which includes mophie’s
intelligent case hardware and FeliCa transaction processing App, will
read and write FeliCa card information to the iPhone device, empowering
users to perform multiple mobile payment transactions immediately and
on-the go. Leveraging the RFID technology of the FeliCa cards, users
simply launch the marketplace App and place any FeliCa card within one
inch of the iPhone, and all information is transmitted instantly to the
device. mophie’s marketplace FeliCa capitalizes on
the widespread use of FeliCa technology and delivers solutions for
consumer, general business and retail business users who want to process
any type of electronic payment in a mobile environment.

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2Checkout.com Appoints New CMO

OH-based e-commerce and payment processor 2Checkout.com has hired
Christopher Daly, previously with Alliance Data, PayPal, and Bill Me
Later. 2Checkout.com offers full service e-commerce and payments solutions serving over 60,000 web-based businesses throughout the world. 2CO provides online businesses a merchant account alternative and a fully automated suite of backend services.

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PROTIVA E-ID

Digital security provider Gemalto is set to provide new electronic ID Cards with Australia”s Queensland
Police Service. The deployment benefits from the use of Gemalto”s
Protiva* family of solutions to provide, in concert with other software
products, a complete end-to-end digital security solution.
Currently, officers at the State agency carry separate photo
identification cards and building access cards, and use passcodes to
gain entry onto network systems. These will be replaced by a new police
ID solution featuring dual interface microprocessor cards, PC Twin
smartcard readers and the Classic Client software. Gemalto is providing
elements of the solution through a system integrator to dramatically
raise the level of protection against possible external threats such as
hacking.

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ScanSource Offers IBM Unified Communications

ScanSource Communications will be offering an integrated unified communications solution from IBM Lotus Foundations Reach and ShoreTel. ScanSource POS & Barcoding delivers AIDC and POS solutions; Catalyst Telecom and ScanSource Communications provide voice, video and converged communications equipment; and ScanSource Security offers physical security solutions. Through this agreement, ScanSource Communications plans to offer the total UC solution, named “ShoreTel” for IBM Lotus Foundations, to its reseller partners. The solution includes the IBM Lotus Foundations Reach, an appliance designed for small to medium businesses (SMBs) that customizes and extends IBM Lotus Sametime’s UC and collaboration capabilities, as well as the ShoreTel UC products.

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TRUSTWAVE

Data security provider Trustwave has been selected by
MasterCard issuer Middle East Payment Services to provide
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance
validation services. To validate compliance with the PCI DSS, Middle East Payment Services
will have to demonstrate compliance with 12 security requirements by
thoroughly reviewing its IT environment and information security
policies and procedures. Middle East Payment Services has enrolled in
Trustwave’s on-demand compliance management solution “TrustKeeper” to
access the necessary automated tools to support on-going compliance such
as quarterly network vulnerability scans. Trustwave will also remediate
any vulnerabilities to help ensure secure transactions for all the
customers using their payment gateway. Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand data
security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to
businesses and organizations throughout the world.

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LifeLock Encourages Consumer ID Protection

Encouraging consumers to keep a more watchful eye on personal finances,
LifeLock reminds everyone with a social security number has potential of
falling victim to identity fraud. In doing so, the identity theft
protection provider is educating consumers on the crime and the benefits
of proactively protecting personally identifiable information throughout
the month of January, which marks National Financial Wellness Month.
Childhood identity theft and fraud, for example, is particularly illusive
and can go undetected for years. Today’s identity thieves are both
technologically-savvy and reliant on old tricks, with skimming devices,
wireless network penetration, dumpster diving and posing as official
data workers to implement door-to-door scams. To avoid becoming victims,
consumers are reminded to review all statements monthly; avoid saving
log in information on any computer, even a personal one, and refrain
from sharing user names and passwords or account numbers with anyone; set
free fraud alerts with the three major credit bureaus; request free
annual credit reports and shred any unnecessary documents.

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SINO & VALITOR

Sino Payments has signed an agreement with Valitor aquirer as an agent to refer European credit and debit card accepting merchants. With this, it is now able to market
to and sign up both ecommerce and Physical store merchants (card present) throughout Europe by partnering with Valitor with a single seamless data processing
platform available worldwide. Sino Payments is a U.S. public company with offices in Hong Kong and Macau, offering stand alone worldwide ecommerce
processing capability to convert transaction processing systems from old type dial up point of sale systems linked to sophisticated check out terminals to a
modern seamless IP transaction process. In doing so, it’s designed to reduce credit and debit card transaction processing times by half at checkout.

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BMO & CPAC

BMO Bank of Montreal will launch a new MasterCard that will help members of the
Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) establish credit in
Canada. The “BMO CPAC MasterCard” will also designate a percentage of the
value of the card’s transactions to support CPAC programs that help its
members successfully establish themselves and their families in Canada.
The BMO CPAC MasterCard can be used anywhere in the world where
MasterCard is accepted and will offer all of the features of a regular
BMO MasterCard including the ability to earn rewards on card purchases.
Customers can choose either the Gold AIR MILES MasterCard with a $99 annual
fee or the No Fee AIR MILES MasterCard. They also have the option of
choosing to earn CashBack on their purchases. Existing BMO MasterCard
customers can easily transfer their current BMO MasterCard to the BMO
CPAC MasterCard and maintain all of the same features and benefits.

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GLOBALCOLLECT LATAM

In addition to European, North American and Asian Pacific offices, GlobalCollect has established its presence in Buenos Aires to service the Latin American region. Tapping the significance of regional outposts with local employees who know the intricacies of their markets, speak the respective languages, and can consult on cultural payment preferences, this development coincides with projections Latin America will boast compound annual growth rates of 40% over the coming years. Throughout the region, e-commerce will turnover $30 billion in 2010 while only 30% of Latin American adults have a bank account (as opposed to 91% in the US), demonstrating the importance of alternative payments.

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