BART Riders Took 9,000 Trips Using RFID Payments

San Francisco transit provider BART, First Data and ViVOtech have released the results of the trial that show BART riders took close to 9,000 trips using RFID contactless payments during that period.
Riders
used their contactless, Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled phones to
pay for their BART fares and meals at participating Jack in the Box
restaurants. The results also show that participants at BART stations
frequently tapped smart advertisements in BART stations with their NFC
phones. These posters contained directions to nearby Jack in the Box
restaurants. ViVOtech developed the wallet software for the NFC mobile phones and the
OTA card provisioning servers that Sprint used for the trial. This
enabled participants to remotely download their BART fare and Jack Ca$h™
gift cards onto their mobile phones, check their card balances, review
previous transactions, automatically top up their cards and use their
phones to pay for BART fares and Jack in the Box food. ViVOtech also
provided the contactless payment devices that read the NFC-enabled chips
at Jack in the Box restaurants

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Amazon.com Gift Cards at ATMs Nationally

AZ-based Better ATM Services has reached
agreements with Automated Cash Management Systems and APTUS Financial to
offer shoppers access to Amazon.com gift cards at ATMs nationally. The two
Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs) will be part of a special pilot
program in which Amazon.com Gift Cards will be distributed with a free
$25 Restaurant.com promotional card introducing shoppers to the value
and easy purchase options now available at technology-enabled ATMs.
Columbus Data Services will be providing transaction
processing services for the program. Since 2000, ACMS has been selling, installing, servicing, and processing
ATMs and process over 400 ATMs throughout the United States
with an average of 3500 transactions processed each day. APTUS Financial was formed to provide complete
and customized ATM sales, ATM leasing and management solutions. The
company’s mission is to connect banks, credit unions, retailers, and
investors with ATM solutions tailored to their unique needs.

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Ounce Labs Appoints Jack Danahy to Board of PCI SVA

Source code analysis Ounce Labs has appointed Jack Danahy, co-founder and CTO, to the board of directors of the Payment Card Industry Security Vendor Alliance. Board members of PCI SVA will collaborate with the retail and payment card industries to develop the most efficient, yet technically secure means
for merchants to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI
DSS) requirements. Currently, there are no organizations assisting
merchants that are capable of meeting the solutions for PCI DSS 1.2
compliance. The board will work in concert with PCI SVA’s newly-formed
Technical and Validation committees to provide merchants with hands-on
tools to assist them in addressing the security aspects of PCI DSS version 1.2. Danahy is a frequent speaker and writer on information security topics and has been a contributor to the U.S. Army War College, the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and the House Subcommittee on Information Technology. He will play a pivotal role in promoting strategies and the business benefits of PCI DSS compliance.

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Credit Karma Offers Credit Card Recommendation Service

CA-based Credit Karma has rolled out a dedicated credit card recommendation service.
The new service provides customized recommendations by credit
score range using a computation of current credit card information and
overall consumer card preferences. Visitors to CreditKarma.com can first obtain their credit score for free
in order to identify their particular score range: poor, fair, good or
excellent. Credit Karma will then make recommendations for each credit
class based on the common needs of individuals within that group.
All personalized credit card recommendations will include the best card
available for an individual along with the pros and cons of that
particular card. Visitors can also access articles and information about
choosing the right card, search for additional cards based on their
preferences, and leave both positive and negative feedback about their
own credit card experiences. Credit Karma is a pro-consumer credit score
company dedicated to helping consumers better understand the power of
their credit by giving them completely free access to their credit score.

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MegaPath Introduces StoreConnect Service

IP data security and communication provider MegaPath has introduced “StoreConnect” service to enables independent convenience store owners to save money
on credit/debit card transactions. StoreConnect is tailored to the specific needs of independent
convenience store owners, allowing them to safely process credit cards
and access the Internet over a single broadband line. Store owners can
use their existing Internet access or a MegaPath provided high-speed
DSL, cable or wireless connection. This leading solution allows users to
connect serial and dial-based Point-of-Sales (POS) terminals, such as a
Verifone Ruby/Saphire or Gilbarco G-Star. In addition, dial back-up can
be added to ensure 100 percent uptime and performance. MegaPath leverages the most widely used and robust Internet security
technologies to encrypt and safely deliver credit card data, so that
customers can comply with the stringent Payment Cardholder Information
(PCI) Data Security Standard.

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Plastic Jungle has Introduced a Free Fundraising Program

Online gift card exchange service Plastic Jungle has introduced a
free fundraising program that allows non-profit organizations to collect
unused gift cards and convert them into cash. Plastic Jungle’s gift card fundraising program is designed to let groups
get started immediately by collecting gift cards with a minimum balance
of $10 from any merchant, as long as they can be verified remotely.
Organizations then receive 70% of the total gift card value.

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Horluxe Selected Metavante to Provide CreditWorx

Horluxe will offer the specialized watch lease
program across the United States and use Metavante’s “CreditWorx” platform
to provide an in-store point-of-sale leasing program to consumers.
Metavante offers clients like Horluxe a complete indirect loan
origination solution by combining its CreditWorx technology with
comprehensive services and integrated products like special financing and insurance.

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CITI PREMIERMILES & NWA

Citi “PremierMiles” credit cardholders can now enjoy exclusive
access to the Northwest Airline Lounge at Manila’s Ninoy
Aquino International Airport. Cardholders can gain entry by simply presenting their Citi “PremierMiles”
card at the lounge entrance. In addition, Citi “PremierMiles” Platinum
cardholders can also bring an extra guest. With Citi PremierMiles, frequent travelers truly get the best traveling
experience. Available in “Gold” and “Platinum”, Citi PremierMiles offers a
generous conversion rate of one mile for every P45 spent. Platinum
cardholders meanwhile, earn double miles when spending abroad, which
means the conversion rate is P22.50 for every mile.

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ATMEL & BITSIM

Atmel has enrolled BitSim AB as an expert design center to contribute its expertise as an
ASIC and FPGA developer for projects based on its AT91CAP
Customizable Microcontroller and provide design services to the companies’
mutual clients. In addition BitSim can offer its BADGE⢠2D graphics
accelerator as an intellectual property core that can be integrated
into the CAP⢠MP (metal programmable) block. BADGE provides 2D graphics
acceleration with single or multiple video streams (including text and
graphics overlay), and is an IP core that can be
used in both FPGAs and ASICs. Atmel is a designer and manufacturer of
microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and
radio frequency (RF) components.

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SMFG MERGER

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, CF, OMC and QUOQ have executed an agreement of their merger on April 1, 2009, pursuant to the resolutions of the meetings of their respective boards of directors. Upon the merger, the industry’s top class credit card company, on a par with SMCC will be born within SMFG group. The group’s credit card businesses will be consolidated into a framework based
on a two-company system consists of SMCC and the merged Company. There are to be 66,666,600 shares issued with a total price JPY 15,999,984,000
allotted to SMFG with a pay-in date of October 14, 2008

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GEMALTO & WAVECOM

Gemalto has filed a tender offer with the AMF to
the shareholders and the holders of
convertible bonds (OCEANE) of Wavecom to expand Gemalto’s business in the growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market for the offer price of EUR7.00 for each Wavecom share and EUR20 for each OCEANE share. Wavecom is a provider of embedded wireless technology for M2M
communication with a range of GSM/GPRS, CDMA, EDGE and 3G
Wireless CPUs; programmable processors which also act as wireless modules or wireless modems. The solutions are
used for automotive telematics, smart metering, fleet management,
GSM/GPS/satellite tracking, wireless
alarms, wireless POS (point of sales), WLL (fixed voice), remote
monitoring and many other M2M applications.

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SCM @MAXX

SCM Microsystems has introduced “@MAXX prime”, the first
product of a new family of portable USB devices that enable secure
electronic transactions, secure data storage and secure access.
When connected to any free USB port and used with smart card
technology, SCM’s “@MAXX prime” can provide strong authentication for access to PCs and networks, as well as digital signature and encryption tools. It can also provide secure PIN protection for accessing on-board portable flash data storage. When unconnected, “@MAXX prime” provides contactless smart card functionality, which can facilitate contactless payment or contactless physical access to buildings. As a result of these features, “@MAXX prime” is well suited for use in business as well as in the private environment. For example, in an enterprise environment “@MAXX prime” could be used to authenticate an employee’s identity and grant entry; to securely log on to both the employee’s PC and the
corporate network; to securely store documents or presentation materials; and to make contactless payments. In addition, the same “@MAXX prime” device can be used to securely access the employee’s bank accounts and to enable other contactless applications such as e-payment or loyalty programs.

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