Netspend’s pink “All-Access VISA” prepaid card in partnership with ACE Cash Express made a $46,000 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The program was part of the companies’ October 2006 commitment to donate a portion of every purchase of the pink “All-Access VISA” prepaid card. NetSpend is a marketer and processor of prepaid cards and ACE Cash Express offers the cards through its retail outlets.Details
A new VISA survey shows that women between the ages of 18 and 49 will save far less of their tax refunds than any other group. In contrast, 40% of men in that age bracket plan to put their refunds into savings. The VISA survey of credit and debit cardholders, which grouped respondents by gender and age (49 and younger or 50 and older), found that overall, 41% plan to save their refund; 31% will apply it to paying bills; 10% will use it for a major purchase; 7% will us it for everyday living expenses; 6% don’t expect to get a refund and 5% don’t know. Women under the age of 50 are the only group who plan to spend more than they set aside from their tax refunds, with 41% saying their refunds will go to paying bills and only 30% saying it will be saved.Details
The NFC Forum and The SmartTouch Project have announced the
winners of the NFC competition, “Touching the Future”. Focusing
on “The Simplicity of a Touch,” 50 submissions from 13 countries were
submitted and 10 winners were selected from 21 finalists. With two
tracks, an A and a B track, winners were selected based on the
innovation, commercial potential and usability. The Track A winner,
determined with regard to demonstrated process, service
improvements and cost savings solution, is an application called
“iO TouchPro”. This solution automates the process of recording and
transmitting patient services provided by homecare workers using an
NFC-enabled Nokia 3220 mobile phone and Nedap’s iO software.
Track B proposals were evaluated on on creativity, innovation, and
business potential with first place given to “Seeingeyephone” from
Technical Research Center of Finland VTT. This application was
designed to assist the visually impaired while shopping for groceries.The
competition was founded by Nokia in partnership with the SmartTouch
project, and sponsored by the NFC Forum for the promotion of
innovation in NFC service implementations.
Dallas-based TNB now owns 120 credit union card portfolios with the addition of five more credit unions that opted to sell their credit card portfolios to TNB Card Services. The new deals added more than 5,500 card account and nearly $7 million in outstanding balances to TNB’s portfolio. TNB now owns the programs of Potelco United CU in Idaho; BRECO FCU in Louisiana; Northern Tier FCU in North Dakota; KEMBA Louisville CU in Kentucky; and Salmon Falls Community CU in New Hampshire. TNB serves more than 475 financial institutions and manages more than 1.6 million cards.Details
The world’s first voice-verified payment processing system was introduced today. The new “Voice Pay” system uses the customer’s own voice as a means of digitally signing and authorizing payments. It incorporates “VoiceVault” voice biometric authentication technology. Consumers complete a short, one-time only enrollment process during which a few spoken words are used to generate a unique biometric voiceprint. Subsequently whenever a purchase is made, the user voice verifies the transaction over the phone or Internet. No special software or hardware is required. A consumer “Voice Pay” account can also be linked to a physical or virtual VISA or MasterCard. The “Voice Pay” patent pending process was developed by Nick Ogden, who founded the Internet payment processor, WorldPay, before it was sold to the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2002.Details
Emirates Airlines and Citibank have introduced a new campaign to sign up new cardholders for its co-branded VISA and MasterCards. The “2007 Fly Free Campaign” is offering 40,000 “Skywards Miles” on its “Ultima VISA,” the most generous mileage reward ever offered which enables cardholders to fly free to destinations in Europe and elsewhere. Emirates and Citibank are also offering new cardholders 15,000 miles on a “Silver” card and 25,000 miles on a “Gold” card. Customers earn “Skywards Miles” on every purchase. The “Emirates-Citibank Gold Credit Card” will now offer 25% more “Skywards Miles” on every US$ spend on the card. The “Ultimate” card will offer 20% more Skywards Miles on
every US$ spend on the card, i.e., 1.5 Skywards Miles instead of 1.25
Skywards Miles previously.
VISA has launched a pan European debit card, “V PAY”, to be issued by banks
by 2008. Banks to deploy the card include Capitalia, ICCREA Banca,
Banca Sella, Banca Carige, and Gruppo Banca Popolare Emilia Romagna.
“V PAY”, having been added to the Bancomat/Pagobancomat
national debit scheme, is accepted at 3.75 million POS terminals.
Also, the card is accepted at 210,000 ATMs, can be used all across Europe, is SEPA
compliant and uses chip-and-pin security. The “V PAY” board of Italian banks
is responsible for the development and distribution in the country.
As a demonstration of Ingenico’s adaptability, the company has recently
received orders for 90,000 of their “Aqua Terminals” in the Latin American
region, with a commitment for an additional 100,000. In less than 5 years,
the company has gained over 50% of the market share in the region which
company representatives credit to their ability to meet local demands. For
example, the “Aqua Terminal” was designed for populations with rapid
growth using the secure UNICAPT 32 platform with PCI-PED certified
Chicago-based Banco Popular has introduced two new MasterCard products for the U.S. market. The “Banco Popular Platinum MasterCard” offers a 0% intro APR for balance transfers, plus the “Popular Rewards” loyalty program. Cardholders earn one point per dollar spent on all eligible purchases and can also earn points on balance transfers. The “Banco Popular Classic MasterCard” is a secured program. The accounts are secured by opening an interest-bearing BPNA savings account with a minimum deposit of $500 and a maximum of $5,000. There is no annual fee and customers receive the same card benefits as the “Platinum” cardholders. Banco Popular North America has 144 branches in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.Details
The U.K.’s “Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit” will mark its fifth anniversary this weekend after saving card issuers more than GBP 130 million to-date. The “DCPCU” has recovered more than 125,000 counterfeit cards and card numbers and has secured 156 convictions and made almost 400 arrests on fraud related matters since 2002. The “DCPCU” also announced it is now headed by Detective Chief Inspector John Folan who replaced DCI Roger Cook in January of this year. During 2007, the banking industry also plans to merge its “Fraud Intelligence Bureau” with the intelligence section of the “DCPCU” to create a “Payments
Industry and Police Joint Intelligence Unit.” According to APACS, the U.K. payments association, total card fraud losses hit GBP 428.0 million in 2006, compared to GBP 439.4 million for 2004, and the peak of GBP 504.8 million in 2004. APACS notes that losses as a percentage of plastic card turnover equated to 0.095% in 2006 – significantly less than the 0.141% figure in 2004. “CNP” fraud rose to GBP 212.6 million last year compared to GBP 183.2 million for 2005. (CFI Library 3/14/07)
Credit scoring king Fair Isaac posted first calendar quarter revenues of $201.0 million, a 3% decline over the prior year period. Net income declined more than 21% year-on-year to $21.4 million. Scoring Solutions revenues increased 1.4% to $42.3 million in the quarter, primarily due to an increase in revenues from risk scoring services at the credit reporting agencies and the “FICO Expansion” score. Professional Services revenues declined 3% to $37.5 million in the quarter due to a decline associated with industry consulting, fraud, and collections and recovery implementation services, offset by an increase in revenues derived from customer management implementation services. Strategy Machine Solutions revenues dipped 6% to $111.7 million due to a decline associated with fraud, consumer, customer management, and mortgage products. Analytic Software Tools revenues increased 6.5% to $9.4 million in the quarter due to an increase in revenues generated from sales of the “Model Builder” product. The Company expects revenues for second calendar quarter to be approximately $195 million to $200 million. For complete details on Fair Isaac’s latest results, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
FAIR ISAAC REVENUE HISTORICAL
1Q/06: $208.2 million
2Q/06: $207.1 million
3Q/06: $207.3 million
4Q/06: $208.2 million
1Q/07: $201.0 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Quarles Petroleum has chosen the joint effort of Precidia & Staunch,
POSLynx220, a multiport payment router with both dial and serial ports.
The router delivers secure connectivity for onsite video surveillance and
the cardlock system for processing, with only one device for its 80
remote fueling stations. For Quarles’ fuel stations, the Staunch/Precidia
solution combines the Gasboy fuel dispenser and onsite
video surveillance system. Precidia has customers in over 80 countries,
a line of wired and wireless access devices and uses NetVu network
configuration management to migrate stand-alone equipment onto
IP networks. Staunch Corporation is a provider of multi-vendor
Information Technology and Digital Video Surveillance technology.
Quarles Petroleum has more than 450 employees in 6 states.