ICT200

Ingenico’s “ICT200 CounterTop” payment terminal range has been PCI-PED 2.0 approved. The PCI-PED 2.0 certification was achieved by Ingenico’s “ICT200” range
following tests at Germany’s T-Systems ITC Security laboratory, one of the foremost testing
facilities recognised by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). And
the PCI-PED 2.0 standards set out the latest requirements for physical and logical
security for chip and PIN card transaction devices. The new “ICT200” series provides a
scaleable and high-performance platform to support today and tomorrow security applications, including
SSL double authentication and DDA, with no impact on transaction speed or reliability.

Details

Parcxmart Card Spreads in Connecticu

Parcxmart Technologies will launch the “Parcxmart Card” for cashless
parking
and merchant loyalty programs in West Hartford, CT.
The “Parcxmart Card” provides payment software for on-street parking,
debits at local merchant businesses, and a rewards calculator that can
carry up to ten separate merchant rewards programs per card. Merchants
participating in the network earn commissions when they sell or reload
value onto the cards. These cards can be reloaded with cash, debit, or
credit up to $500 in value. Parcxmart will also provide a West Hartford
card website with program information, local merchant directories and a
merchant coupon hosting service.

Details

CTOPAY & PCI DSS

Online payment provider Ctopay is now compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI
DSS). To validate compliance with the PCI DSS, Ctopay had to demonstrate
compliance with 12 stringent security requirements by thoroughly
reviewing its IT environment and information security policies and
procedures. Trustwave, a global provider of on-demand data security and
payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and
organizations, performed the PCI DSS compliance
validation. To maintain their compliance, Ctopay has enrolled in
Trustwave’s on-demand compliance management solution, TrustKeeper to
have the necessary tools to support on-going compliance such as
quarterly network vulnerability scans. Ctopay provides professional online credit card and debit card payment service
with its connection to the banks in China, Japan, Korea, Europe, US and
Africa.

Details

More Americans Create a Delinquency Budget

A new survey of more than 1,000 nationally representative U.S. households reveals that Americans are dipping into their savings to pay for necessary living expenses and are creating a delinquency budget. VA-based Online Resources found that one in three of the households that are late paying their credit card bill continue to use their card, thereby increasing their outstanding balance. Though the number of households with delinquent mortgage payments are up 67% over last year, this bill remains at the top of the stack. Other findings: insurance premiums have the lowest delinquency rate at 2%; households with overdue loan payments have increased 58% this year; delinquent utility payments are up 18% since last year; emergency medical care bills are most delinquent with 34% of respondents late; and more Americans say they can do without phone service, and 26% of households put this bill on the bottom of the stack. Additionally, survey results show that one in three households was contacted by a collector in the past year. Preference for resolving delinquencies online has increased by 18% over the past year, but only one percent of delinquent households were contacted via the Internet.

Details

VISA MOBILE

Chinatrust Commercial Bank and China Everbright Bank has launched a new service wherein Visa cardholders in Taiwan and mainland China can use a mobile phone based one-time password to authenticate themselves when they use their Visa card for purchases over the Internet. The new enhanced “Verified by Visa” service via a mobile phone is a global first for Visa. A recent Visa survey in Asia Pacific concluded that almost 80% of Internet users conducted an online transaction and spent an average of US$3,000 each in the past 12 months.
Chinatrust Commercial Bank says it first introduced “Verified by Visa” in 2004 and has signed-up more than 400,000 of its cardholders for the service. China Everbright introduced “Verified by Visa” in December 2007.

Details

Mutual Merchant Captures Church Volume

Mutual Merchant Services has
completed the conversion of mobile market credit card processing
services for Christian organizations and businesses nationwide via its
previously announced affiliation with Zion Systems, LTD. Mutual’s entry
into this sector is expected to add over $20 million annually in
additional processing volume. Mutual Merchant Services is a single source provider of financial
services, offering a variety of products and services to merchants,
financial institutions, and banks. Services offered include credit and
debit card acceptance, check guarantee, check verification, check
conversion, check 21, advance funding, ACH check processing, prepaid and
bill pay services.

Details

CLEAR2PAY FUNDING

E-payment provider Clear2Pay has secured EUR6 million in funding for
working capital
from AGF, IRIS Capital, Big Bang Ventures, GIMV, Trust Capital and
management.
Clear2Pay’s payment solutions offer organisations easy,
branded ways for their customers to pay online which include complex
trade-supporting business-to-business environments,
through e-commerce applications, to retail payments and remittance
services amd the functions include payments origination, reporting,
linkage with back-office processing systems, clearing,
netting and settlement. Clear2Pay clients include global and major
regional financial institutions such as ING, VISA, MasterCard, ABN AMRO,
Nordea, PBS, United Arab Bank, Banco Santander, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank.

Details

PredictoMobile Drives CharityChoice Cards

Interactive SMS service PredictoMobile has launched a new mobile
charitable giving service.
The new initiative will give members the opportunity to convert these
reward points into tax-deductible
CharityChoice Gift Cards. Recipients of the Gift Cards are able to
select a charity from a list of over 100 renowned non-profit
organizations, including March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Mercy Corps, Big
Brothers Big Sisters, and the Alzheimer’s Association, among others.
The premium mobile service company serves over 1 million members who
cast votes on their cell phones via SMS to predict the outcome of
current events. With each vote, members earn reward points redeemable
for ringtones, gift cards, and consumer electronics.

Details

NAMITECH

Digital security provider Gemalto and Allied Technologies
Limited announced that they have entered into an agreement in which
Altech will sell its NamITech South Africa business to Gemalto.
NamITech is a provider of secure cards with revenues of approximately ZAR 200Million (EUR15Million),
Its Linbro facility notably provides secure banking
personalization services to major banks in South Africa, employing
approximately 350 people. The transaction, subject to approval from the South African
Competition Commission, is expected to close in March 2009.

Details

Prepaid RushCard Attracts $2B in Volume

OH-based prepaid card provider RushCard announced that is now manages
over $2 billion in deposits and transactions for underbanked members
and has implemented “Spend Tracker”.
The new online “Spend Tracker” tool enables members to keep track of what
they spend and, therefore, make better financial choices. “RushPATH to
Credit”, an important new program, provides members the ability to build
a positive credit file by reporting their regular payment history to
participating consumer credit reporting agencies. “RushText” alerts enable
members to check their account balances or receive deposit confirmations
on their mobile phones. RushCard is the only major pre-paid
debit card with free customer service.

Details

WOMEN & FINANCES

A new survey commissioned by State Farm found that even though 51% of
women ages 25-65 are concerned about their financial future,
only 19% have reported making major changes to their
financial planning. Thirty-one percent conducted research, but
ultimately didn’t do anything
differently, and 38% only made small changes with little or no impact
on short- or long-term financial performance, such as moving money from
checking to savings accounts. When women look for financial guidance,
they don’t always seek out
expert advice. The survey also found that 18% turn to their parents ,
15% to friends and 12% to spouses for financial advice and may not be as
likely to seek the guidance of professionals like insurance agents (7%) or
accountants (5%). More than 42% find going to the dentist less
excruciating than talking to their spouses about their daily finances
and 32%of women report only having
enough money in their savings to cover one month or less of expenses.
While 79% women feel it’s important to be adequately prepared for the
future; however, 38% suspect they’re falling short,
worried that they haven’t done enough to secure their financial futures.

Details

SCA and MPC Offer Contactless ROI Tools

The Smart Card Alliance and Mobile Payments Council have rolled out new
tools for merchants
to maximize ROI when accepting contactless and mobile payments.
Merchants can now access a model for accepting contactless payments.
The model asks merchants to enter data specific to their business, such
as revenue, store information, payment transaction information,
transaction speed, expected changes in
transaction volume and speed after contactless payments are accepted,
and implementation costs. With this information, the model then
calculates an ROI based on increase in revenue, savings from fewer
chargebacks, reduced cash handling and improved operational efficiency
and incremental costs of implementing contactless payments. Merchants
also have access to an online discussion forum to interact with and ask
industry
experts questions and post comments about contactless and mobile payments.

Details