TRM and CO-OP Network Renew ATM Deal

Oregon-based TRM and CO-OP Network have renewed their ATM branding partnership that involves 5,500 machines. CO-OP Network maintains an additional branding agreement that is not affected by the Access Cash accord. That agreement provides CO-OP Network with 1,000 surcharge-free ATMs located in The Pantry and Cumberland Farms along the East Coast. TRM Corporation is a consumer services company that provides convenience ATM and photocopying services in high-traffic consumer environments.

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DirectCash Purchases ATM assets of Moneta Systems

DirectCash Income Fund has purchased the ATM assets from Edmonton, Alberta-based Moneta Systems, Moneta Management, and Moneta Financial
Services through its DirectCash ATM Processing Partnership for $4.8 million. Acquired assets include 260 ATMs and long-term ATM processing and service contracts, inventory, and vault cash. DirectCash is the largest branded ATM provider in Canada, operating under the trade name DirectCash ATM, and is one of the providers of branded non-financial institution debit terminals and prepaid products.

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Triton Acquires Two European ATM Firms

MS-based Triton and its Calypso Europe subsidiary have acquired the ATM estate and ATM management services of Cash Point Machines and the ATM estate, repair and warehousing operations of InfoCash. Between the two acquisitions, Calypso Europe has acquired processing agreements in excess of 15 million ATM transactions per year. Triton says it will continue to sell ATM solutions for the retail market exclusively through independent ATM deployer partners. The acquisitions position Triton to provide direct in-country warehousing, parts, repair, and technical service related support for all their products. In addition, Calypso Europe will provide expanded ATM processing, monitoring and management services. Triton is the largest provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software in North America and has more than 145,000 installations in over 23 countries.

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ABN AMRO and First Data Offer Global Processing

First Data and Netherlands-based ABN AMRO have signed a five-year international merchant acquiring and processing deal. Under the agreement, First Data will deliver global payment processing services to worldwide merchants and ABN AMRO will provide merchants access via its global transaction banking network to card and payment systems and banking services throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. It is anticipated that the service will be rolled out this quarter and fully implemented by 2007. The agreement covers MasterCard and VISA transactions outside the United States. ABN AMRO will also be providing global treasury and funds transfer services to First Data.

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MC PayPass Mobile Payment Program to Pilot

MasterCard and Germany’s Giesecke & Devrient are gearing up to pilot the first full-scale over-the-air secure personalization payment solution for mobile phone-based payments. This is the first OTA secure personalization and management solution for mobile payments that can activate the “MasterCard PayPass” contactless payment application in the mobile phone securely. Users enable “PayPass” with their phone to make a one-time request to their bank to register them for the service. Data is sent over the carrier network and then automatically loads and activates the “PayPass” payment application in the mobile phone while personalizing the phone’s built-in “secure area” with the customers’ payment account details. This OTA infrastructure can also be used to upload additional applications to the handset, as well as manage and modify user information. First implementations of the G&D solution will use NFC-enabled “Nokia 3220” handsets.

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CB 2005

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, the association of French card issuers, reports it now has 51.2 million cards-in-force, a 4.2% increase over 2004. The figure means almost 90% of French adults have a payment card, mostly debit, issued by a CB bank. The number of card transactions (sales and cash) increased to 6.27 billion last year, compared to 5.91 billion in 2004. Gross volume hit 236.8 billion euros. CB cards are now accepted at more than one million locations in the country. There are currently 46,151 ATMs compared to 36,912 five years ago.

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Fifth Third Signs Sabine State B&T

LA-based Sabine State Bank and Trust Company has signed a six-year contract with Fifth Third Processing Solutions for EFT services. Sabine State Bank and Trust Company has $500 million in assets . Fifth Third Bank Processing Solutions processes over 17 billion ATM and POS transactions per year for more than 1,480 financial institutions and over 127,000 retail locations worldwide.

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Triton’s Calypso Europe Acquires Two Firms

MS-based Triton and its Calypso Europe subsidiary have acquired the ATM estate and ATM management services of Cash Point Machines and the ATM estate, repair and warehousing operations of InfoCash. Between the two acquisitions, Calypso Europe has acquired processing agreements in excess of 15 million ATM transactions per year. Triton says it will continue to sell ATM solutions for the retail market exclusively through independent ATM deployer partners. The acquisitions position Triton to provide direct in-country warehousing, parts, repair, and technical service related support for all their products. In addition, Calypso Europe will provide expanded ATM processing, monitoring and management services. Triton is the largest provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software in North America and has more than 145,000 installations in over 23 countries.

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Mini NFC/RFID Reader/Writer Introduced

Wireless Dynamics has introduced the “SDiD 2010”, the first NFC (Near Field Communications) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
Reader/Writer in mini-SD Card form factor. Consumers can use their
mini-SDiD enabled phone to make contactless payments, redeem coupons and
receive instant rewards. Professionals can use their “SDiD 2010”-enabled
wireless devices for pharmaceutical, health-card, logistics, security
and other RFID applications. The “SDiD 2010” is also integrated with the
SAM (Secured Access Module) used for many contactless payment standards
for smartphones, cell phones and PDAs.

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American Associates Acquires EPP Secure

American Associates Group has agreed to acquire 100% of San Diego-based EPP Secure, a provider of electronic payment processing services and solutions. EPP specializes in secure, alternative direct payment applications over the internet, internet security solutions and stored value systems which support gift card issuance and redemption as well as pre-paid account management and processes both ACH (Automated Clearing House) Electronic Check and Billing transactions as well as processes bank exchangeable images in support of recent Check 21 legislation. American Associates Group, Inc. is a technology and software company which specializes in internet security and online alternative payment processing.

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GlobalPlatform Holds Smart Card Conference

GlobalPlatform will hold a one-day business seminar, “Advancing Open Smart
Card Standards for Government and Mobile Telecom,” co-hosted by Gemplus
and VISA and to be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore on
April 25, 2006.
At the seminar, participants will learn about the value of smart card
standards, initiatives for e-government and e-passports in Asia Pacific
and abroad, and successful GlobalPlatform standards implementations for
government, ID, mobile telecom, and contactless smart card programs.

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