NCR Names a VP for ATM Business Development

Mel Walter has been named VP of self-service business development for NCR. A 27-year veteran of NCR, Walter will be responsible for strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and industry analyst relations as it relates to NCR’s self-service businesses. Walter most recently served as vice president of major accounts for NCR’s Financial Solutions Division where he was responsible for driving the company’s self-service business with the largest financial institutions and ATM deployers in the United States. Walter will work with the company’s business units on implementing its self-service strategy in targeted industries such as banking, retail, travel, health care, public sector and gaming.

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GSN & Allureis Team for Grocery Store Cards

The Grocery Shopping Network and Allureis have entered into an agreement to develop a new loyalty program. GSN will play a key role in helping stores with program integration, redemption, promotion, and marketing. Allureis offers the program as part of the SCORE LoyaltyShare Network under license from Source Inc. Grocery Shopping Network is a software and systems development company that specializes in personalized digital marketing solutions for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries. Allureis is a loyalty solution provider to organizations with an emphasis on media partners and the grocery industry.

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New President/CEO Takes Over at Interac

Canada’s national EFT/ATM/POS network has named a new president and CEO. Mark O’Connell, former EVP/Finance Market at Emergis, is now overseeing the operation of Canada’s shared electronic financial services network to lead the development of new payment services and spearhead the introduction of chip technology to Canada. O’Connell also formerly held an executive position with NCR. The Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation said O’Connell took over last week. The Interac Association is responsible for the development of the national network for two shared electronic financial services: “INTERAC Direct Payment” and the “INTERAC Shared Cash Dispensing Service.” Acxsys Corporation is the architect of the INTERAC network which is used for POS/ATM transactions in Canada and for cross border debit transactions in the U.S.

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Cryptomathic Hires a Solutions Architect

Alexandre Stervinou has been appointed to the position of Senior Solutions Architect at Cryptomathic. Stervinou has extensive experience within the banking sector and of overseeing security implementations for large corporate and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and will be responsible for providing pre and post sales technical design support to customers globally. Previously, he held a sales management role for the Data Security Group at RSA. Prior to working at RSA, Stervinou was a Network Security Engineer at Societe Generale and a Smart Card Technology Consultant at Gemplus (Gemalto). Stervinou holds an MS in IT from the National College for Electronics and Computer Science of Bordeaux, France and currently holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

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Discover Lands an Arena Football Partnership

Discover Financial Services has signed a deal with the Arena Football League that designates the “Discover Card” as the exclusive and official credit card of the AFL and its member teams. The three-year contract requires all 19 teams to wear a “Discover Card”-branded patch on the left side of the team’s dark jersey. Other in-arena activation includes dasherboards, jumbotron announcements and a discount on team purchases where applicable. Also, the first 500 fans that show their “Discover Card,” or apply for one at AFL entry gates at all games will receive Discover and AFL co-branded t-shirts. The Arena Football League begins its 21st season in March.

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Diebold & VSoft Team for ATM Image Capture

VSoft Corporation announced it will certify Diebold’s “ImageWay” ATM software for implementation with its server solution. The ImageWay solution can now integrate with VSoft’s “Image ATM” server utility software to capture images at the ATM location for processing in compliance with Check 21 legislation. VSoft’s ATM server consolidation solution accepts deposit transaction data. Every check and currency deposit is positively matched against the ATM records. ATM balancing workflows are automated, allowing the institution to decrease the resources needed to support multiple ATMs. Following deposit reconciliation, VSoft’s solution sends all images to the central check processing site, maintaining a complete audit trail for clearing purposes. VSoft Corporation provides multiple products, services and support that cover back office, operations, lockbox processing, Check 21 legislation and retail functions.

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Best Buy Loyalty Card Offers Police Tickets

Existing members of Best Buy’s loyalty program “Reward Zone” will be able to purchase presale tickets to see The Police, set to tour for the first time in 20 years. Best Buy has secured a set percentage of tickets at each venue specifically for existing “Reward Zone” program members, who will have a chance to buy the tickets days before they go on sale to the general public. Reward Zone program members looking for tickets need to visit www.bestbuy.com/thepolice and follow directions to request a “Ticketmaster Presale Code” for the desired concert venue. Each Reward Zone program member can receive only one code. To qualify for the presale, participants need to be 18 years old or older and must have a current Reward Zone program membership that was activated by February 1, 2007. Best Buy sells consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services through more than 1,150 retail stores across the United States, throughout Canada and in China.

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Discover & Motorola Pilot M-Payments

The race to capture the mobile payments market in the U.S. picked up more momentum today as Discover Financial Services announced it has teamed with Motorola to launch a trial involving up to 1,000 cardholders. Using a Motorola phone with “M-Wallet” software, Discover cardholders will be able to check account balances, review payment history and make purchases. Merchants in the Chicago and Salt Lake City area will participate in the pilot. The Motorola “M-Wallet” solution enables high-speed, secure financial transactions via NFC mobile phones in CDMA and GSM technologies. It is being combined with Discover Network’s contactless platform for the trial.

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MDDCCUA and CO-OP Ink an ATM Agreement

Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA)has entered into a Business Partnership Agreement with CO-OP Financial Services. The agreement calls for MDDCCUA to support and promote CO-OP’s network of 25,000 surcharge-free ATMs, including over 6,000 deposit-taking ATMs, to the 176 credit unions members in Maryland and the District of Columbia. CO-OP Financial Service is the nation’s largest credit union service organization with nearly 2,000 credit union members, more than 25,000 surcharge-free ATMs (including 6,000 deposit-taking), 100 million-plus monthly transactions and 24 million cardholders.

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Consumer Spending Begins to Slowdown

While some indices are showing an uptick in consumer confidence, another measurement is showing a pull-and-tug war with consumers between the housing market and the labor market, which are exerting opposite forces on the economy. The Deloitte Research “Leading Index of Consumer Spending” shows a decline to 3.58 for February, from 3.86 in the prior month. However, Deloitte says real wages continue to be strong, fueled by lower energy prices and a strong labor market. After rebounding through the fall, real wages were flat for the month, but still up 1.7% from a year ago. As a share of total employed, claims are lower than at any time since the 1960s. Claims for the month were down slightly, giving a boost to the index.

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French Provence Selects ACS For Ticket System

Marseilles Provence Metropole, the urban authority of Marseilles,
France, has chosen Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for
installation of a new contactless ticketing system in the area. The
Contract signed between the parties is worth 12 million euros and
stipulates deployment of the ATLAS multi-operator system across the
area to begin in 2007. ACS is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and
provides business process outsourcing and information technology
solutions to companies around the world. The company employs more than
55,000 people supporting operations in nearly 100 countries.

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