APS Selects TriCipher System

Advanced Payment Solutions has selected TriCipher’s patented
authentication technology, “TriCipher Armored Credential System” to secure the infrastructure for issuing, reloading and redeeming its
new stored value cards. In September, APS launched the “cashplus”
prepaid MasterCard card, one of the first general use prepaid products
available to UK consumers. APS selected “TACS” to secure critical
elements of processing transactions of the chip and PIN-enabled cards.
TACS single infrastructure provides APS with a highly affordable,
flexible, easily scalable authentication infrastructure and offers
multi-part credentials. One part is stored on the “TACS ID Vault” at the
data center, while the user keeps the other. Since users don’t have the
whole credential, an attacker can’t steal it from them. Advanced
Payment Solutions provides general purpose prepaid cards and payment
solutions in the United Kingdom. TriCipher provides authentication
platforms.

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CompuCredit to Acquire Merrick Bank & CMS

Atlanta-based CompuCredit has sealed a deal to acquire NY-based CardWorks, which owns Merrick Bank and Cardholder Management Services. Merrick Bank has $621.3 million in credit card assets and 713,510 cardholders. CMS delivers customized bankcard servicing to prime and non-prime card issuers, including customer service and collection solutions. The deal will be completed late in the fourth quarter or early next year. Details on the agreement were not disclosed as CardWorks is a privately held company. CompuCredit reported second quarter profits of $66.5 million. CompuCredit’s total managed receivables for the second quarter were $2,359,903,000, a 20.4% increase compared to one-year ago. As of June 30th, CompuCredit had 3,092,000 accounts, compared to 2,276,000 at the end of 2004. Merrick Bank has 659,597 active accounts and 751,572 gross accounts as of June 30th. For complete details on CompuCredit or Merrick Bank, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1])

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

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Precidia Launches NetVu

Precidia Technologies has launched “NetVu”, a network configuration
manager that facilitates deployment and management of the “POSLynx220”
multiport IP converter. The IP conversion package connects existing dial
and serial based point-of-sale devices to broadband networks for
faster, more cost effective transactions in retail, from convenience
stores to restaurants. The “POSLynx220” with “NetVu” makes IP migration
simple and delivers a user friendly remote configuration, administration
and diagnostics interface with no system upgrades. Precidia
Technologies designs and manufactures IP access devices for a wide range
of industries.

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GTREX Global Cheque Card Launches

GTREX Capital announced that its operating subsidiary, Global Travel
Exchange, has received the first round of licensing fee revenue from
partner Worldwide Global Express for the marketing of its “Global Cheque
Card” with a focus on Asian markets. Global Travel Exchange will receive
a $30,000 per country licensing fee from Worldwide Global Express, in
addition to activation fees, monthly management fees, ATM usage fees, and
loading fees on a per card basis. The “Global Cheque Card” will allow
customers to pay for travel or any other products and services wherever
the cards are accepted around the world and obtain money from automated
teller machines. GTREX Capital core focus is to assemble an investment
portfolio of investments into businesses related to the travel industry.

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Oriental to Offer AmEx Cards

Oriental Financial Group and American Express announced agreements for the
distribution of consumer and commercial card products in Puerto Rico.
Oriental will be the first bank in Puerto Rico to offer The American
Express “Green” and “Gold” cards complete with all of American Express’
worldwide services and the “Membership Rewards Program” to its customers
and is the first bank in Puerto Rico to offer the American Express
“Corporate” Card. American Express will become Oriental’s exclusive credit
card offering and plans to develop additional and exclusive services for
its American Express Cardmembers. Oriental Financial Group is a
diversified financial holding company operating under U.S. and Puerto Rico
banking laws and regulations.

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AmEx/JetBlue Launch a Card Survivor Promo

American Express and JetBlue announced the “Share The Love: A Rewards Challenge Powered by the JetBlue Card from American Express” promotion. The competition will select two families, fly them to a JetBlue destination, and have them compete against each other as they hunt for the most creative ways to earn enough “TrueBlue” points through the “JetBlue Card from American Express” for a return flight home. Families can only “Share the Love” and earn “AmEx Award Dollars” by making purchases for other people. Each family will be given a “JetBlue Card from American Express” and will have 48 hours to earn enough “AmEx Award Dollars” to fly home. The families’ experiences during the competition will be filmed to create a reality TV program that will air on JetBlue flights in the Spring of 2006.

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ACI and Nationwide Mark 20 Years with BASE24

ACI Worldwide has commemorated 20 years of business partnership with
Nationwide, the world’s largest building society. Nationwide has relied
upon ACI’s flagship “BASE24” software since 1985 to enable its 11 million
members to access their money across multiple transaction channels
including ATM, POS, branch, telephone, and Internet devices. Through the
use of BASE24, Nationwide was one of the first building societies to
adopt ATM technology in the UK and was a founding member of the UK’s
shared ATM network, LINK Interchange Network Ltd. BASE24 software
processes around 90 million transactions per month across Nationwide’s
network of 2,300 ATMs and other channels. Nationwide is the world’s
largest building society with 11 million members and assets of over EUR
110 billion. ACI was founded in 1975 and pioneered the development of
applications and networking software for online transaction processing.

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VISA USA Plans a Cardholder Security Summit

VISA USA is hosting the “Cardholder Security in the New Electronic Payments Age” summit on October 5th in Washington, DC. The summit, which will be attended by a select group of Visa Member financial institutions, merchants, policy makers, security and law enforcement professionals, analysts and consumer advocates, will cover a wide range of current issues, including the reduction of the threat of data compromises; protecting customer information; fighting fraud and ID Theft; and helping ID theft victims. The former Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, now chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners will deliver the morning keynote address.

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VISA Promotes Hypercom’s Optimum T2100

VISA International is now offering Hypercom’s “Optimum T2100” card
payment terminal to banks and retailers throughout Russia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States. The “T2100” is a hand-over
countertop unit that can handle debit and credit transactions as well as
gift and/or loyalty cards and other value-added capabilities. The
decision reflects the rapid growth of electronic payments in Russia and
the earlier selection of the “T2100” for the “VISA Smart Breakthrough
Acceptance Device Program”, established to promote the use of
point-of-sale devices that comply with the global EMV standard
for chip-based debit and credit cards. Since the introduction of the
“VISA Smart Breakthrough Acceptance Device Program,” the migration of
electronic POS terminals to the EMV standard has surged from
750,000 at the inception of the program in 2002 to more than two million
in 2004. Hypercom provides card payment terminals, network access
devices, server and transaction networking solutions.

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VISA Tops One Million ATMs Globally

VISA is set to celebrate its one millionth ATM at an event in China next month. Twenty years ago VISA had about 13,000 ATMs in six countries in the “VISA PLUS” network, according to this week’s issue of CardFlash International. By 1995, the number had increased to 254,000 ATMs in 90 countries. Today VISA has more than one million ATMs in 160 countries. The growth is especially notable in China where VISA will be hosting the “2008 Beijing Olympic Games.” Between March 2004 and March 2005, the number of ATMs accepting foreign VISA cards in China grew by 234% from 10,092 to 33,706 units. VISA also noted that the number of “VISA/PLUS” ATM transactions surpassed one billion for the first time in 2004, representing more than $87.5 billion in cash withdrawals.

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