Astoria Renews Metavante and NYCE Contracts

Milwaukee-based Metavante Corporation announced that Astoria Federal Savings has signed a contract extension with Metavante to continue as its financial technology services provider. In addition, Astoria Federal renewed its contract with Metavante subsidiary NYCE for data processing and electronic funds transfer marketing services. Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association is the wholly owned subsidiary of Astoria Financial Corporation with assets of $23.4 billion. Metavante Corporation provides banking and payment technologies to financial services firms and businesses worldwide.

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Shell Inks Radiant Systems for POS Software

Shell has signed a five-year master arrangement with Radiant Systems for the supply of POS software, back office software and related services across the Asia Pacific region. The first market where Shell and Radiant Systems are cooperating under this five-year agreement is Malaysia, where new POS and related systems are being deployed to comply
with the country’s EMV standards for the acceptance of credit cards at retail sites. Headquartered in Atlanta, Radiant has deployed its solutions in more than 50,000 sites worldwide.

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Fair Isaac Receives a Most Influential Award

Fair Isaac Corporation has been recognized by CMP LLC Intelligent Enterprise magazine Choice Awards as one of the 12 most influential technology companies of 2005. Fair Isaac was acknowledged as the leader within the “Vanguard” category, which recognizes companies that are helping businesses push the envelope in leveraging information for greater agility and smarter business processes. Fair Isaac helps thousands of companies in over 60 countries acquire customers more efficiently, increase customer value, reduce fraud and credit losses, lower operating expenses and enter new markets more profitably.

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Info Touch Installs Kiosks for NOCO Express Stores

Info Touch Technologies announced a strategic alliance to roll out self-serve automated touch-screen kiosks to 25 designated NOCO Express convenience stores in Buffalo, New York. Initially, NOCO Express customers will be able to make real-time bill payments and purchase prepaid products and services with cash. Other financial services such as purchasing auto insurance, money orders, sending money transfers, issuing and re-valuing prepaid stored value credit cards, check
cashing and selling mobile content will be phased in subject to cooperative initiatives with other Info Touch and NOCO service provider partners. Info Touch Technologies is a strategic investment of Hewlett Packard, and is building the “TIO Network,” a multi-retailer network of financial services kiosks for the non-banked consumer marketplace in North America.

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TeleCash Deploys Ingrian DataSecure Platforms

Payment processor TeleCash has selected Ingrian “DataSecure
Platforms” as an additional layer of security for the privacy and
protection of credit card data. With Ingrian, TeleCash adds capabilities for intelligently encrypting and securing critical data in applications and databases, and ensuring that data remains protected from internal and external threats. TeleCash says that with Ingrian, it can
intelligently and cost-effectively increase protection of critical
records like credit card numbers and identification numbers. TeleCash has over 190,000 payment terminals installed at German retail POS and is a First Data company.

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Canadians Get PDQ QSR Transactions with QPS

First Data is now processing card payments at Burger King restaurants in Canada. First Data is handling MasterCard card processing and settlement for 123 corporate-owned Burger King restaurants throughout Canada, according to last week’s issue of CardFlash International ([www.cardflashinternational.com][1]). FDC’s payment processing solution in Canada supports the MasterCard “Quick Payment Service” program, which eliminates the need for a signature on the receipt for purchases under $25 with a MasterCard card. Burger King Canada is the largest merchant in Canada to incorporate MasterCard “QPS.”

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

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Viisage Picks Up Another DoD CAC Order

Viisage announced that it has received a new order for $1.7 million to continue to support the production of the Common Access Card (CAC) program for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The CAC program smart card technology maintains critical identity information to grant individuals varying privileges. Viisage provides technology identity solutions for governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses concerned with enhancing security, reducing identity theft, and protecting personal privacy.

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Direct Response Forms a Board of Advisors

Direct Response Financial Services, Inc. announced the formation of its Board of Advisors. The first two advisors to join are Chris del Rey, President of del Rey Marketing, a leading Hispanic marketer to grocery retailers nationwide and Patrick Merkley, President of ATMSafe, a provider of insurance and other services for ATM users. The Company intends to expand its Board of Advisors by adding experts from complimentary fields supporting Direct Response’s growth. Direct Response Financial Services, Inc. is a provider of payment card systems including a variety of branded and co-branded stored value cards and has targeted marketing for payment solutions for un-banked and under-banked Latinos, the largest and fastest growing population in the United States.

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Spartanics Intros Super-Simplified Feed Software

Illinois-based Spartanics has introduced super-simplified feed software enabling operators with minimal training to significantly decrease set-up time in card punching operations. It is specifically geared for the growing number of card manufacturers that seek to use lower cost labor in order reduce costs in the increasingly competitive card manufacturing industry. Spartanics manufactures technology for inspection, card punching, die cutting, counting/batching and special material handling systems for worldwide card manufacturers.

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Sophisticated Phishing Lures Abound in Feb

There were more than 13,000 unique phishing lures reported during February, a modest increase over the prior month. However, the Anti-Phishing Working Group says there was a marked increase in the use of malicious software associated with the attacks. The APWG says it is witnessing a disturbing uptick in field reports of malicious code being employed to either filter consumers’ logins and passwords from their keystrokes or to redirect them to convincing counterfeit sites even when observing the “best practice” of directly keying a bank’s URL into the browser’s address bar (so-called “Pharming”). The AWPG also has been watching so-called “technical subterfuge” attacks (which use malicious code to manipulate consumers’ PCs). Financial services continues to be the most attacked industry segment, with 78% of attacks targeting their customers. The AWPG is supported by 700 companies including ActivCard, Corillian, Cyota, Experian, MasterCard, Microsoft, Vasco, and VISA.

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