Carlson Marketing Offers Free CardAssist Membership

Carlson Marketing Group has joined the Canadian Government’s “Fraud Prevention Forum” and is offering six months of free membership to the first 10,000 Canadians who enroll in the “CardAssist” protective services during the month of February. From the moment a member reports their lost or stolen cards, “CardAssist” assumes the risk of all fraudulent charges on ALL of these cards. With just one call, CardAssist
will immediately notify card issuers of the stolen or lost cards and send written notifications to the “CardAssist” member. In addition, CardAssist will request replacement cards, provide emergency funds or airline tickets for travelers stranded away from home, and it will provide fraud protection for lost or stolen cellular phones. Thirty countries from around the world, including Canada and the United States, are recognizing February as “Fraud Awareness Month.”

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Jan CMI Shows New Credit Applications Up 70 bps

The National Association of Credit Management “Credit Manager’s Index” for January 2005 continued to show economic growth despite a decline of 230 bps from December. While there was a decline in both the manufacturing and service sectors, it was the manufacturing sector that accounted for the overall CMI drop. The National Association of Credit Management (NACM), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland supports more than 25,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information.

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Fraud Concerns 60% of Canadians

A new survey by VISA Canada has found that while 86% of Canadians say they keep track of their monthly credit card statements, only 61% shred their personal documents before disposing of them.
Despite the fact that 52% of respondents say that they feel vulnerable to fraud, there are still many Canadians who have little or no awareness about certain types of fraud. The January survey of 1,351 Canadians conducted by Maritz Research shows that 60% of respondents are either very or somewhat concerned about becoming a victim of credit card fraud.

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Infineon Names an Asian Pacific President

Germany’s Infineon Technologies announced that Tony Ng Fook San will take over as President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific. He will succeed Loh Kin Wah who
has since been promoted to be a Member of the Management Board and Head
of the Communication business group. From 2002-2004, he headed the Sales & Marketing team and served as Vice President, Sales of Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific between 1998 and 2002.

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Cubic Acquires Parking Assets of Lexis Systems

Cubic Corporation has acquired the assets of Vancouver-based
Lexis Systems, including the acquisition of intellectual property, technology, the complete product line and software suite, inventory and the operations. The assets from Lexis Systems, together with the recently acquired Traf-Park, comprise a new business unit for Cubic Transportation Systems, called Cubic Parking Systems. With the combined installed customer base of Lexis and Traf-Park, Cubic Parking Systems has a substantial share of the parking market, with more than 2,200 pieces of equipment installed for almost 200 customers in the
United States, Canada and Mexico.

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DM2 Licenses SCTN’s Loyalty/STV Card Software

Montreal-based DM2 Technology has licensed Smart Chip
Technologies’ loyalty, stored value, and gift card software solution.
DM2 is currently piloting a 50 merchant coalition loyalty program using
magnetic stripe cards for loyalty, payments, and other applications, and
will immediately upgrade the participating merchants to SCTN software,
followed shortly by 200 additional merchant locations. DM2 anticipates
that at least 1,250 merchants will be using their “e-llegiance”-powered
program within the first year, and plans to migrate to smart cards
within two years.

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NBD Deploys Level Four Products

National Bank of Dubai has formed a partnership with Level Four Software to enable faster delivery of new ATM content and customer services to the bank’s multi-vendor network. National Bank of Dubai are presently switching to the “Postilion” transaction processing platform from Mosaic Software. The core elements of Level Four’s “ATM Channel
Development Suite” will be used to interface to the new “Postilion” switch system as a virtual ATM, enabling NBD to automate the regression testing of ATM transactions. National Bank of Dubai will deploy Level Four’s “ATM Developer” for the desktop development of upgraded ATM content and graphics. The software will enable the bank to design, configure and test new ATM content from any desktop PC within its network.

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VASCO Organizes a Scandinavian Banking Summit

VASCO Data Security International is organizing its first Scandinavian banking summit in Denmark. The event in Copenhagen is VASCO’s first regional banking summit. VASCO designs, develops, markets and supports patented “Identity Authentication” products for e-business and e-commerce. The Company has over 300 financial institutions in its customer base, including 80% of the banks with the largest deployments of strong authentication products in the financial sector.

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Wright Express IPO Set for This Month

Cendant reaffirmed its plans to dispose of its ownership interest in its Wright Express subsidiary in via $1 billion IPO later this month. Today, Cendant distributed one share of PHH common stock for every 20 shares of Cendant common stock outstanding as of January 19, 2005. Cash will be issued in lieu of fractional shares. The distribution was structured to qualify as a tax-free stock dividend to Cendant stockholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes, although cash received instead of fractional shares will be taxable. Cendant Corporation is primarily a provider of travel and residential real estate services.

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Heartland Payment Systems to Offer CrossCheck

CrossCheck has signed an agreement to provide check authorization services, including electronic check conversion, to Heartland Payment Systems. Using CrossCheck’s authorization services, Heartland will be able to offer merchants the convenience and safety of accepting low-numbered, out-of-town, even out-of-state checks with confidence. Heartland’s check conversion service offers check conversion at the point-of-sale and delivers funds directly to the merchant’s account. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com), a provider of bank card-based payment processing services to U.S. merchants, was ranked America’s eighth largest card acquirer by processing volume (The Nilson Report 2003). CrossCheck, Inc., (www.cross-check.com) provides check approval for a variety of merchants nationwide.

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MasterCard Finds a Rising Number of Women Travelers

A new report shows that women travelers are becoming Asia’s new spending powerhouse. The report, prepared for MasterCard, showed that the ratio of male to female travelers in Asia/Pacific has been dramatically shifting from 90:10 (males to females) thirty years ago, to around 60:40 (males to females) today – implying that about 56 million of the 139 million travelers in the region are women. MasterCard’s “Asian Lifestyles Survey” that monitors travel attitudes and
trends amongst male and female travelers in 13 markets in the
Asia/Pacific indicates that 77.5% of women consider travel as
important for their lifestyles, and 36.7% reported that they have
taken at least one international flight for personal travel purposes in
the past 12 months.

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