Wristband Payment Systems to Expand

Adjoined Consulting and Proximities have partnered to expand RFID wristband payment systems for sports, leisure and entertainment industry events. The secure RFID wristbands enable patrons to quickly and conveniently gain access to public events, make purchases, and verify their age. They can be linked to a credit card or debit account enabling consumers to purchase items without exchanging cash. Once removed, the wristbands are automatically disabled, providing added security for both the patron and merchant. Proximities develops, markets and supports secure RFID cashless payment, access control and age verification solutions.

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Corillian and StrikeForce Technologies Team

Corillian and StrikeForce Technologies have teamed to help financial institutions proactively prevent identity theft and fraud, strengthen online banking authentication and comply with FFIEC guidance. The partnership will protect financial institutions’ online users with a comprehensive authentication service combining Corillian’s Intelligent Authentication with StrikeForce’s “Out-of-Band” authentication platform, ProtectID. ProtectID creates a separate pathway for users to enter a PIN over the telephone that takes seconds to authenticate the identity of the online customer. Biometric devices, such as fingerprint and iris scanners, as well as one-time passwords (OTPs) can be added or substituted for additional versatility and layers of security.

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Jack Henry & Assc Introduces ProfitStars

Missouri-based Jack Henry & Associates has introduced “ProfitStars,” its third primary brand. The ProfitStars brand encompasses the products and services provided by the 13 companies Jack Henry acquired through its focused diversification strategy. ProfitStars is a provider of products and services that are designed to improve the operating performance of financial institutions.

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ADS to Issue New York & Company Co-Brand

Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems has signed a long-term agreement with New York & Company to provide a co-brand credit card program. Under terms of the agreements, Alliance Data will provide account acquisition and activation, receivables funding, credit authorization, card issuance, statement generation, direct mail and email marketing services, remittance processing, and customer service functions. New York & Company is a leading specialty retailer of women’s fashions and accessories with 2005 sales of over of $1 billion.

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TNS Fourth Quarter Revenues Up 3.4%

Reston, VA-based TNS posted fourth quarter revenue of $65.6 million, a 3.4% increase over 4Q/04. However, fourth quarter net income was $1.4 million, versus fourth quarter 2004 net income of $2.4 million. The company says the lower earnings were primarily due to higher than anticipated costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, which were difficult to absorb because of continuing investments in international growth. Revenue from the POS Division decreased 21.2% to $20.2 million on 1.4 billion transactions compared to 4Q/04. During the quarter, TNS formed an an alliance with Avantel to provide cohesive network transaction solutions to Mexican debit, credit and ATM processors; signed a contract with the Anglia Society to provide an IP-based solution to reduce the time it takes to authorize credit card transactions; and inked a contract with Automated Systems America, Inc. to provide a managed virtual private network service via TNS’ ATMLink product. TNS projects total revenue growth of 14% to 16% to $296 to $300 million for 2006. For complete details on TNS’ fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

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Near Field Communications Forum Expands

Massachusetts-based The NFC Forum reports it has expanded its member roster to include more than 70 organizations worldwide. The NFC Forum is a non-profit industry association dedicated to advancing the use of near field communication (NFC) technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services and educating the market about NFC technology. NFC is short-range, standards-based wireless connectivity technology that enables simple and safe two-way interactions among electronic devices, allowing consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content and connect devices.

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Asset Acceptance Revenues Decline 6.4%

MI-based Asset Acceptance Capital reported that revenues declined to $53.8 million for the fourth quarter, compared with revenues of $57.5 million for 4Q/04. However, cash collections grew to $76.5 million in the fourth quarter versus cash collections of $68.3 million in the prior year period. Net income for the fourth quarter declined 51.5% year-on-year to $6.1 million. During the fourth quarter, AACC invested $25.6 million to purchase consumer debt portfolios with a face value of $884.0 million, representing a blended rate of 2.89% of face value. This compares to the prior-year fourth quarter, when the Company invested $26.9 million to purchase consumer debt portfolios with a face value of $1.25 billion, representing a blended rate of 2.15% of face value. AACC collects on purchases made from credit card issuers, retailers, finance companies, utilities, healthcare providers and other credit originators. For complete details on AACC’s fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

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QuickBooks Card Processing Kit Released

Intuit has released a new $40 simplified credit card processing solution for small businesses that handle less than $5,000 in credit card transactions each month. The new QuickBooks Credit Card Processing Kit is designed for the millions of small businesses that don’t need a full accounting package or a high end merchant account service. The kit helps small business owners turn their PCs into credit card terminals through a short and simple process.

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NSU Picks Siemens for Smart Card Program

Nova Southeastern University, the nation’s seventh largest private university, has chosen Siemen Communications for a multi-functional contact/contactless smart card program. The new smart card technologies will provide NSU students, faculty and staff with identification cards, physical and logical access privileges and the ability to pay for purchases such as meal plans, printing services and vending machine items. The initial deployment phase will include the distribution of more than 30,000 chip-embedded multi-application cards, utilizing both contact and contactless radio frequency identification technologies. Nova Southeastern University is the largest independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education in the Southeast. Siemens AG are global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005.

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JAN DEBT

New borrowing on credit cards rose GBP 111 million in January, well below December’s GBP 223 million and somewhat below the six-month average of GBP 148 million. The British Bankers Association says overall consumer borrowing in January showed a stronger rise, largely through loans and overdrafts. Overall, net lending rose by an underlying GBP 5,312 million in January, compared to GBP 5,633 million in December and GBP 5,114 million in January 2005. Last year, credit card borrowing fell in three separate months, dropping a record GBP 146 million in August. The BBA collects data from Abbey National, Alliance & Leicester, Barclays, Bradford & Bingley, HBOS, HSBC Bank, Lloyds TSB, Northern Rock and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

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