Intersections’ IDENTITY GUARD Expands

Intersections has made a major enhancement to its “IDENTITY GUARD Total Protection” service by adding a feature that provides secure storage and access to personal records and financial accounts via cell phone or PDA making it convenient to monitor all of your financial records any time. “MOBILE LOCKBOX” uses easy-to-use software allowing the user to store and access virtually any kind of personal information anytime, anywhere via computer, cell phone or PDA. “IDENTITY GUARD Total Protection” helps consumers protect their credit from identity theft, and also provides 360-degree protection on the Internet, on PCs, or when traveling.

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Yodlee and Postilion to Integrate Solutions

CA-based Yodlee and payment solution provider Postilion have announced a partnership to integrate Yodlee PersonalFinance and Yodlee DirectPay into Postilion’s Retail and Business Internet Banking solutions. Yodlee DirectPay is Yodlee’s proprietary card-based payment network and its 300 DirectPay billers represent over 40 percent of major U.S. billers by volume which enables consumers an opportunity to pay nearly half of their monthly bills with a card. For consumers, it means the flexibility for later payments, the ability to earn rewards points, and, in most cases, same-day payment credit. For financial institutions that issue credit or debit cards, DirectPay opens up significant new sources of interchange revenue driven by bill pay. The Postilion self-service solutions, including Retail and Business Internet Banking, Voice Banking, ATM Driving, Card Management, and Mobile, are packaged and developed to run on a single platform, easily configurable and administered through a single management portal to meet the varying needs of community banks and credit unions.

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IntelliCAT System Interfaces to Ultradata Software

E-transaction provider MagTek’s “IntelliCAT” instant card issuance system now offers interoperability with Harland Financial Solutions “Ultradata” processing software for credit unions. The “IntelliCAT” System allows Credit Unions to offer enhanced services for their various card products such as instant issuance and secure PIN selection for Debit, Credit, ATM and Gift cards. With IntelliCAT, members can now change their PIN on an existing card, or select their PIN when opening a new account or ordering a new MasterCard or VISA Debit card. MagTek is a provider of electronic transaction technology, from magnetic stripe card readers and writers to high-accuracy MICR check readers and scanners, secure PIN issuance and cardholder verification systems.

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U.S. Bank to Offer Travel Data Management

U.S.Bank and Tri-Pen TravelMaster Technologies have partnered to offer clients a data management program for travel expenses. The “TravelMaster” is the is an interactive travel management system which provides comprehensive integration of real-time corporate card and travel data in a single application and a complete suite of tools providing Actionable Intelligence for corporate travel management. Tri-Pen’s technology integrates booked travel, actual travel and expense data with U.S. Bank Corporate Card transactional data. This comprehensive integration presents clients with accurate insight into their travel programs using an interactive application which provides Real Time Actionable Intelligence in a dynamic decision-support application.

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Randolph-Brooks FCU Expands PULSE Debit Deal

TX-based Randolph-Brooks FCU has extended its participation in the PULSE ATM/debit network to utilize PULSE exclusively for PIN debit transactions at the POS, and for signature debit processing. Randolph-Brooks will utilize PULSE exclusively for PIN debit transactions at the point of sale, and for signature debit processing. The credit union also uses PULSE for ATM transactions and gateway connections to other networks. Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union is a $3 billion not-for-profit financial cooperative.

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G&D 2007 FISCAL YEAR

Giesecke & Devrient technology group has reported a 20% increase in
sales to EUR1.55 billion and a 73% increase in earnings to EUR161
million for its Banknote, Cards and Services and Government Solutions
divisions for fiscal 2007, 80% of which was generated from customers in
155 countries other than Germany. Namely, from the year prior, the G&D
Cards & Services business unit increased to EUR577 million with
significant contribution from payments and telecommunications.
Subsequently, the EBIT margin was up to 10.4%, net income amounted to
EUR96 million and research/development expense was up by nearly 25% to
almost EUR100 million while G&D employed nearly 9,000 associates by the
year’s end.

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Comdata Offers the 4Access Orion Terminal

Comdata Processing Systems is now offering the “Orion” payment terminal to its merchant customers. Comdata has given the terminal a “Class A” certification. “Orion” is a comprehensive payment processing terminal that reads and images checks and has applications for handling credit, gift, and loyalty cards. Orion’s unique recognition technology integrates MICR with optical character recognition in real-time to produce highly accurate check-reads. The “Orion” device is from 4Access Communications.

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ACE-M ACCREDITATION

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) has awarded 5
members the first designation of Advanced Card Education (ACE-M),
recognizing their knowledge, experience and dedication to plastic card
manufacturing. Among those awarded with the ACE-M accreditation is Guy
Meeker of the CPI Card Group, Mark Powell of Giesecke & Devrient, Daniel
Szumski of CFC International, Eric Virostek of Giesecke & Devrient and
James Ward of Allegheny Plastics Inc. Future designations will include
ACE-A (advanced technologies) and ACE-P (personalization) awarded to
representatives of ICMA member companies for detailed knowledge of
PVC/Plastics, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination,
Die-cutting and Standards/Testing. These tests are to take place
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, October 2,
2008 in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, November 6, 2008 in Paris, France
and Friday,April 3, 2009 in Puerto Rico.

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NCR Upgrades its FastLane System

NCR has introduced the newest “FastLane” self checkout POS system. NCR FastLane is now equipped with the NCR RealScan(TM) 78OFX bi-optic scanner/scale, which helps make self-checkout scanning even more quick and accessible for consumers. NCR FastLane now supports standard integrated coin recycling, as well as the option for integrated bill recycling. Recycling allows the cash and coins consumers insert during a purchase to later be issued as change and includes a variety of features that support retailers’ commitment to the environment. NCR Two-Sided Thermal Receipt Printing is now a standard feature in each unit which allows for simultaneous printing on both sides of a thermal paper receipt, reducing paper consumption by up to 40 percent.

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AmEx Expands Exclusive Golf Offers

American Express has launched the enhanced Members Clubhouse that includes an array of exclusive Cardmember golf offerings and insights from golf pros Jim Furyk, Morgan Pressel and Davis Love III. To further encourage participation in the game of golf, American Express and The PGA of America created the Friend of a Cardmember program that enables Cardmembers to connect with experts at courses across the country to improve their game and share this experience with a friend. This new player initiative allows Cardmembers who purchase instruction from PGA Professionals using their American Express(R) Card to bring along a guest at no additional cost. In addition, American Express also provides Cardmembers preferred tee times at select properties across the country.

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IMM Deploys MagTek’s Excella STX

CA-based e-payment technology provider and Integrated Media Management have partnered for a Check 21 Teller Item Capture Solution for Affinity FCU. MagTek’s Excella STX, a dual-sided check reader/scanner, is used to read MICR data and capture images of checks presented for deposit at Affinity’s teller window. The information is instantly and seamlessly transmitted to IMM’s TotaleReceipts with Teller Item Capture which provides capabilities such as embedded signature capture, receipt archival with scanned checks, ID Capture plus all the features and functions of Check 21 which are powered by the VSoft Corporation. Integrated Media Management specializes in output management and document automation technology.

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Loves Travel Deploys Postilion

GA-based Loves Travel Stops & Country Stores has deployed Postilion integrated processing/payment switching on card transactions for its fleet card authorization and transaction capture. Because of Postilion’s ability to streamline Loves’ authorization/transaction capture processes with the integration of payment from fuel pump and retail through a central open-systems payment switch, the solution was chosen. Furthermore, Loves’ streamlining of transaction processes was implemented in lieu of its 15 store expansion and increasingly tighter margins on fuel purchases. Loves Travel Stops & Country Stores has over 200 locations in more than 30 states across the U.S. while Postilion serves over 1,500 customers in more than 50 countries through more than 100,000 ATMs and 500,000 POS terminals worldwide.

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