FIRST DATA & CHECK FORTE

As means of expanding Brazilian operations, First Data International have
inked agreements for the acquisition of Check Forte processing services.
Check Forte offers services including data capture, switching and POS,
processing services to banks, and terminal management. Experts say First
Data’s global payments expertise and the channeling of a local market
presence through Check Forte is an ideal partnership for the expansion of
electronic payment processing capabilities in the country. First Data serves
over 5 million merchant locations, 1,900 card issuers and their customers.
The company’s STAR Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at 2
million ATM and retail locations.

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VISA Beefs-Up its Signature Dining Website

VISA USA has upgraded its “VISA Signature Dining” Web site with a new partnership with Zagat Survey. The enhanced site features information on fine dining and wine, as well as complimentary access to the latest Zagat restaurant ratings and reviews; access to epicurean events through partnerships with Sonoma County Vintners, Bon Appetit and Gourmet; special benefits at more than 40 Sonoma County wineries, including complimentary wine tastings and discounts on purchases; cooking classes through a new partnership with the Institute of Culinary Education; and dining reservations at restaurants worldwide through the “VISA Signature Concierge.” “VISA Signature” cardholders also receive discounted subscriptions to “ZAGAT TO GO,” a mobile information service.

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3PEA & MCB

3PEA International Inc has signed a 3-year card issuance sponsorship
agreement with Monterey County Bank (MCB) to provide 3,600,000
debit cards. MCB will be the issuing bank for the prepaid cards, which
will be running on multiple networks including NYCE and Pulse. This
will provide 3PEA with an opportunity to further penetrate the prepaid
card market, in addition to its 3PEA “BIN”, 3PEA card management
system and data processing services for prepaid card programs. The
company is also developing prepaid gift cards, spend cards, healthcare
cards programs, payroll solutions, and other specialized prepaid debit
card programs with other institutions.

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Fiserv Q2 Financial Segment Revenues Up 6%

WI-based Fiserv reported that total revenues for the second quarter increased 12% to $1.18 billion. The company’s Financial operating segment generated revenues of $753.8 million for the second quarter, a year-on-year increase of 6.4%. Driving the internal revenue growth rate were increased sales of the company’s banking and payment products and services to existing and new clients, as well as growth within the output solutions division. Financial segment operating income increased $20.9 million to $165.6 million, up 14.4% compared with the second quarter of 2006. During the quarter, Fiserv Electronic Funds Transfer completed 44 new sales and now has more than 2,700 clients. Fiserv also signed 62 new clients for its electronic bill payment services and now has more than 560 electronic bill pay clients. During the quarter Fiserv signed definitive agreements to sell its Fiserv ISS operations in two separate transactions. For complete details on Fiserv’s second quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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UOB ONE CARD

The United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) has introduced the contactless
VISA “One Card” on a cash rewards platform. The Card’s reward
program offers cardholders S$300 in annual rebates automatically and
is the first in the country with VISA “payWave” capability, which allows
transaction processing in 6 seconds at over 300 payment terminals. The
Bank’s research shows those aged between 23 and 34 prefer a card such
as this, thus convincing retail outlets whom typically do not accept
credit cards
to implement this new solution. In addition to the automatically issued
reward
points, cardholders also receive dining, entertainment and movie
privileges,
rebates of up to 10% at UOB SMART$ retailers and an annual fee waiver
when at least three transactions are made on the card per month. UOB
offers financial services through over 500 offices in 18 countries and
territories in Asia-Pacific, Western Europe and North America with
subsidiaries in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the
Philippines.

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WaMu Cardholders Get Entertainment Access

WaMu is now offering its debit, credit, ATM or home equity cardholders access to “WaMu LIVE!,” a new entertainment platform that offers unique on-site concert experiences and online access to special event tickets at select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and soon San Francisco. By flashing any WaMu debit, credit, ATM or home equity card, customers can enjoy special WaMu entrances, access to venues before doors open for shows and access to premier parking. All ticket holders at the WaMu Theaters in Seattle and New York can take photos with friends in new on-site WaMu “photo studios” that can later be downloaded at wamulive.com. WaMu is a sponsor of more than 40 music events and festivals around the country. At June 30, 2007, WaMu and its subsidiaries had assets of $312.22 billion.

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RABOBANK & UNISYS

Rabobank has extended its business process outsourcing contract with
Unisys Payment Services and Solutions (UPSS) regarding all paper
related transactions until 2013. The payment service customizes payment
management for financial institutions, preparing them for global epayments
trends and initiatives. Experts credit this development, and other existing
contracts in the region, to their efficiencies, lower costs, process
optimization, investments in technology and innovative services. On a macro
level, UPSS processes over 100 million paper-based payment transactions
a year in Europe with a 50% market share in the Netherlands. Providing
retail and institutional banking around the world, Rabobank has $730
billion in assets with operations in over 35 countries.

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VISA Partners with Arcaneo for C-Cards

VISA USA, VISA International and Arcaneo have announced a strategic alliance aimed at helping companies integrate commercial payment cards with enterprise meetings management technologies. The use of VISA commercial payment cards in combination with enterprise meeting planning technologies can help companies centralize internal processes for purchasing, data tracking and reporting on meeting expenses. This integration enables companies to increase visibility into meeting, travel, entertainment, and other associated expenses to help ensure better compliance with corporate policies and preferred supplier usage. Through Visa’s commercial card program best practices, companies can optimize the management of their meeting-related expenses resulting in greater program efficiency and measurable cost savings.VISA Commercial offers small businesses, middle market companies, large corporations and government agencies trusted, reliable solutions that meet their many commercial payment needs. Arcaneo’s flagship product, Metron, is an Enterprise Meetings Management solution that is designed for use by travel/meeting service providers.

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OBERTHUR 2Q/07

Oberthur Card Systems reported that its second quarter payment smart card volume rose 54.9%, compared to one-year ago, to $47.9 million, with 26 million units delivered in the second quarter. Overall, second quarter revenues increased 17% to $198 million. During the quarter, conventional card business grew slightly in value sequentially, to $19.8 million. Year-on-year, the 18% decrease was mainly due to EMV and contactless migrations. The personalization services increased compared to the same period a year ago, in line with the bounce-back of activity in the microprocessor payment card segment. Sales amounted to $31.4 million, up 6.1% compared to the same period a year ago. Lower activity in the United States was largely offset by strong demand in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Italy. The whole payment segment, which represented 50% of Oberthur Card Systems 2Q/07 sales, amounted to $99.1 million, a 16.8% increase compared to 2Q/06. For complete details on Oberthur’s second quarter performance, visit CardData (www.carddata.com)

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Town North Bank Deploys LANShield

CA-based ConSentry Networks announced that Dallas-based Town North Bank N.A. has deployed its “LANShield” platform to limit user access to customer information. The bank has deployed ConSentry platforms in both its primary operation center in Dallas and its disaster recovery back-up location. ConSentry’s LANShield platforms provide secure switching, enabling organizations to control every user and secure every port on the LAN. The comprehensive set of controls provides authentication and posture check for admission control, visibility into all user activity on the LAN, identity-based control to limit what users can access, and threat control to mitigate zero-day outbreaks. ConSentry Networks delivers secure switching, enabling enterprises to control every user and secure every port on the LAN through its LANShield product family.

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GCA & LV SANDS

Global Cash Access (GCA) S.A. will be providing cash access services
in The Venetian Macao Resort, owned by Las Vegas Sands Co., which
will be composed of 3,000 rooms, 7,000 slot machines, 850 gaming
tables, and 1 million square feet of retail space. In an effort for global
expansion, GCA’s agreement with The Venetian Resort will provide the
casinos’ customers with credit card cash advances, debit card withdrawal
transactions from GCAâ™s in-casino QuikCash kiosks, and a 3-in-1 ATM
functionality to automated slot redemption. GCA serves over 1,100 casinos
in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and provides
proprietary technology for access to cash via ATM, debit card, check
cashing and credit card cash advance transactions.

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OneBridge Offers VISA payWave

Credit and debit card processor OneBridge has added contactless payment processing to its suite of payment processing solutions. OneBridge’s clients are now able to issue Visa payWave as an added feature of their credit and debit card programs. OneBridge provides financial institutions with complete, one-stop card processing solutions to help them maximize the value of their in-house credit, debit and ATM programs.

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