ABC Gift Card Exchange Offers Buy Discounts

Gift card discounter ABC Gift Cards offers giftcards discounted up to
20% for major retailers just in time for the holidays.
www.ABCGiftCards.com has established a secure secondary market to buy,
sell, and trade gift cards, and has a diverse selection
of discounted gift cards from over 100 major retailers.
ABC Gift Cards deal directly with the customer. They do not list other
people’s
cards. Instead, paying top dollar, they purchase all the cards
themselves, verify the validity extensively, and only then do they sell
them to customers. All sellers have to be a verified member of “PAYPAL”
or undergo a security check and offer an instant trading option.
Customers can exchange their gift
cards for other merchant’s in ABC’s vast inventory for a small
transaction fee. ABC is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, is a
verified member of
PayPal, and Google Checkout.

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CO-OP Revelation Offers Usage Analytics

CO-OP Financial Services has released “CO-OP Revelation” which features “Usage Analytics”, allowing
credit unions view, analyze and manage card usage information on all its members.
Cardholder behavior can be determined based on merchant type, network, and type of transaction.
CO-OP Financial Services has also licensed Saylent Technologies’ “Y-Debit” card
portfolio optimization solution as the platform for “CO-OP Revelation”. “Usage Analytics Plus”
and “Business Analytics”, two additional tiers of “CO-OP Revelation” which enable even greater usage segmentation and further enhance
targeted marketing, are scheduled to be launched in the very near future.

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NFC TRIAL

ViVOtech’s provisioning software has been deployed for Latin America’s first Visa “payWave”-enabled
NFC-based mobile payment pilot with hundreds of merchants that have
installed the ViVOpay 5000 contactless payment readers in Guatemala.
ViVOtech’s readers and NFC provisioning software were deployed in the
mobile Visa payWave pilot launched by Visa Inc., in partnership with
Compania de Procesamiento de Medios de Pago de Guatemala (known as
Visanet Guatemala), Banco Industrial, and Banco Uno and is expected to
last 6 months. Mobile payments will be available to more than 200 Visa
cardholders whose credit card data will be migrated onto the cell phone,
allowing them to use the Visa payWave feature.

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MICROPASS

INSIDE Contactless announced that demand for the “MicroPass” intelligent payment platform has passed
the 100-million unit mark in 2008, with production doubling in the
second half of the year since reaching 50 million units in May 2008.
The new “MicroPass 4001” and “5001” intelligent payment platform is designed to power open
standard contactless and dual-interface bank card payments along with
other value-added applications in all global regions and make it easy for contactless card manufacturers, system
integrators, technology consulting firms, card issuers, payment system
providers and others to develop and deploy new, high-performance, highly
secure applications. More than 25 card
manufacturer products powered by “MicroPass” are available for immediate
bank card issuer adoption and “MicroPass” is approved within multiple cards products by Visa, MasterCard and
Discover Network, including all required functional, analog, performance
and security requirements compliance.

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ARTEMA HYBRID

Hypercom is entering Denmark’s retail card payment sector
and is in receipt of initial purchase orders from Danish
distributor CTcoin.dk for its Artema Hybrid payment terminal.
Hypercom’s high security Artema Hybrid features a single slot “hybrid”
card reader and secure integrated PIN Pad for magnetic stripe and chip
card transactions. The actions follow field tests and certification of the device for use in
the country by Payment Business Services (PBS), the national Danish
certification authority. CTcoin.dk A/S has more than 10,000 terminals installed in Denmark.

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HECTRONIC & ARTEMA

Parking systems provider Hectronic GmbH has selected
Hypercom’s unattended payment terminal “Artema Modular” for installation
in on-street parking machines in Brussels. The
roll-out and installation of over 600 Artema Modular kits has already
begun. The PCI-certified unattended payment terminal will initially be
used for credit card payments, allowing for the future acceptance of
PIN-based transactions. All transaction data is transmitted via a GPRS
module which is installed in the parking ticket machine. Hectronic
offers a complete product range in the parking and fueling market
segments.

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PAYWAVE & METRO

Visa Europe has announced it is collaborating with the
Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to evaluate the concept of “Visa
payWave” acceptance directly at the Paris
metro fare gate. As part of this ongoing
activity, the Visa exhibit at the annual CARTES conference, taking place
in Paris this week, will feature an RATP gate set up to accept Visa
payWave cards. The gate demonstrates that it is technically feasible for
the existing Paris Metro gates to accept Visa “payWave” cards while
continuing to accept “Navigo”, the local closed-loop card in use today.
The system also demonstrated how Visa payWave cards can fulfill the
special business and ticketing requirements of the Paris Metro. Visa’s
next step in this initiative is to expand the trial toward enabling Visa
card acceptance at Paris metro fare gates.

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MASTERCARD & RATP

RATP and MasterCard in association with La Banque Postale are working in tandem to develop the functional and technical requirements and
feasibility of using MasterCard “PayPass” contactless payment cards to access public
transport services. They will present the Public
Transport organizing authorities with a solution enabling French and foreign
travellers to have a direct access to the subway, the bus or the tramway
thanks to their bank card. Simply tapping the card on contactless validators will
be enough to pay and validate their journey in less than one second.

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BEYOND PAYMENT

Payment solution provider Ingenico has unveiled its new
marketing and strategic vision known as “Beyond Payment”.
“Beyond Payment” is a strategy designed to help banks and businesses get
maximum value out of their spending on payment solutions, to reduce the
complexity of those solutions and to generate additional revenue. At the
same time, it makes it easy for them to track and control all their
electronic transactions, from terminal to acquirer.
The merger with Sagem Monetel March 2008 has provided Ingenico
with an expanded offering and a company with a growth strategy geared to a rapidly
changing market.

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FNMT-RCM & GLOBALPLATFORM

Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Real Casa de
la Moneda (FNMT-RCM) has become a member of the
international smart card specification body, GlobalPlatform. Joining as an
Observer Member, the company will be able to participate in
GlobalPlatform’s Task Forces and Advisory Council, providing it with
opportunities to influence the direction of GlobalPlatform initiatives.
In addition, it will be able to closely monitor the discussions and
output of all GlobalPlatform technical committees and network with the
smart card business and technical community to discuss the latest
industry issues and trends. FNMT-RCM manufactures a range of high security documents and smart card
products for banking, identity, loyalty, transport and access control
applications in both the public and private sectors.

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MC GLOBAL 3Q/08

As overall global spending continues to decline the impact is being felt by all the payment card networks. MasterCard’s gross dollar volume growth fell sequentially in all of its six regions during the third quarter, falling from an annual GDV growth rate of 20% in the first quarter and 18% in the second quarter to 15% in the third quarter. Third quarter worldwide GDV was $662 million compared to $655 billion for 2Q/08. During the third quarter, compared to the prior quarter, GDV in the Asia Pacific region fell from 28% to 24%; in the Latin America region from 26% to 24%; in Canada from 22% to 16.5%; in Europe from 31% to 23%; in South Asia/Middle East/Africa (SAMEA) from 28% to 27%; and in the USA from 6% to 5%. Based on MasterCard’s latest statistics, total cards carrying the MasterCard brand rose over 10% worldwide over the prior year to 970 million. For more details on MasterCard’s latest performance visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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