Ford Accepts the Voyager Fleet Card

U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems announced an acceptance agreement with Ford Motor Company. “Voyager Fleet Card” holders will now be able to pay for products and services at all participating Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealership locations nationwide. More than 1,500 dealerships are currently enrolled in the “Voyager Fleet Card” acceptance program. Voyager Fleet Systems currently provides universal fleet fueling and maintenance card for over 1.3 million vehicles. The “Voyager Fleet Card” is now accepted at over 185,000 retail locations in all 50 states. The “Voyager Fleet Card” offers purchase control, exception monitoring, flexible reporting options, merchant discount, online customer access, tax exemption, as well as flexible billing and payment options.

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Cale Parking Systems Orders Additional Q1 Hybrid Terminals

Vancouver-based QI Systems reported that Cale Parking Systems has sharply accelerated delivery schedules and has placed additional orders for “QI Hybrid” card payment terminals for use in Cale self serve parking machines. Cale previously ordered 525 “QI Hybrid” terminals. QI Systems Inc. designs and sells card payment solutions for various industries. Products and core competencies include smart cards and stored value systems, security protocols, data communications, software design and hardware manufacture.

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Fair Isaac Completes Acquisition of London Bridge

Fair Isaac announced the closing of its acquisition of London Bridge Software Holdings plc. In April, Fair Isaac announced it was acquiring London Bridge Software for about $299 million. London Bridge has more than 1,600 clients worldwide and provides a comprehensive portfolio of software and e-Commerce solutions including customer and enterprise management software, banking software, and credit management software. Fair Isaac intends to incorporate London Bridge’s core expertise and leading software and systems for collections and recovery into a solutions portfolio that already includes the industry-standard platforms for account management and fraud detection. Fair Isaac believes it can leverage London Bridge’s installed base of customers for collections and recovery to deliver collections-focused scoring solutions, giving businesses access to customer decision strategies powered and influenced by analytics at the critical revenue recovery stage.

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START Embeds Digital Wallets into Mobile Phones

Visitors to the “DigitaLife2004” exhibition in Melbourne will be able to elect to carry their event tickets, business cards, “ShowCash” debit cards and a loyalty
card, all in their phones during the event. Tickets will be issued as SMSs, and ID cards saved as address book entries. These tickets and ID cards can then be scanned, as if they were physically presented in their paper or plastic form. The creation, distribution and scanning of these mobile IDs are powered by START’s “MobileID” patent-pending mobile ID technology. START Corporation is a provider of enterprise SMS solutions. START “MobileID” technology enables this service by encoding the information otherwise stored in barcodes or magnetic strips into a special numeric geometry. This number is then optically scanned and decoded. Unlike its picture-message counterparts, this technology is handset-
independent and carrier-independent, and is supported by 100% of message-enabled handsets in the market, including GSM, CDMA, 3G, i-Mode and Blackberry.

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VISA International Launches Magic Minute Sweepstakes

VISA has launched its first magic minute sweepstakes in Singapore. The “Win What You Buy” cardholder shopping program will run between May 26th and August 15th or until S$500,000 is redeemed. If the computerized date and time stamp on the cardholder’s charge slip match the day’s selected “magic minute”, the cardholder just needs to present the VISA charge slip to “Win What You Buy” redemption counter within the designated period, whatever the purchase is will be free of charge. The amount will be credited to the cardholder’s VISA card account and shown on the next statement. There is no minimum purchase amount required or lucky draw involved. VISA is also running a similar “Win What You Buy” promotion at Changi Airport May 28th to June 25th in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

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MasterCard Offers Anti-Virus Software to European Business Card Holders

MasterCard Europe has added a new offering for its small business cardholders as part of its “Working in Europe” program. The anti-virus software, BitDefender Professiona, is being offered as a free one year license to MasterCard small business card holders through MasterCard members. The offer has gone live, first in Belgium through KBC who are currently rolling-out the software as part of their small business programme. Plans are already underway to extend the offering to MasterCard business card holders across Europe, most notably in Spain, Italy, Poland and Hungary.
“BitDefender Professional” is offered through SOFTWIN srl of Romania. Currently priced at EUR 39.95 across all European markets, “BitDefender Professional” offers one of the most respected anti-virus and firewall software packages available in the world.

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VISA & TOURISM AUTHORITY

VISA International has inked an exclusive partnership agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to offer all cardholders extra benefits and perks when visiting Thailand.
Between 1 June and 31 July 2004, overseas and domestic shoppers using VISA cards at retail shops participating in the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale” will enjoy special offers and discounts and will be also entitled to participate in a lucky draw offering prizes worth Bht10 million. Prizes include travel packages to the “Olympic Games” in Athens of which VISA is a global key sponsor and also the exclusive payment card, tickets to Disney live performances, domestic travel packages within Thailand, and other VISA premiums and shopping
vouchers. In the two-year period from 2002 to 2003, VISA’s overseas cardholders spent a total of US$486 million in Thailand during the two-month “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale” campaign, representing a 20% increase or US$90 million more than the same period during the previous two years. VISA has around 150,000 merchant locations in Thailand.

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ActivCard Names a New CEO

ActivCard has hired Ben Barnes as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 31st. Barnes previously served as President and CEO of Intraspect Software, a privately held, leading provider of enterprise software solutions that enable internal and external collaboration, and content management. ActivCard is a global provider of strong authentication and trusted digital identity solutions for secure remote access, single sign-on and enterprise access cards.

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Ernex Hires New Regional Sales Director

Ernex, a provider of real-time loyalty and stored-value gift card programs, has hired Michael Gilhespy as Regional Sales Director. Gilhespy is a veteran of the loyalty and gift card industry, with more than four years experience. Previously, he was Director of Business Development with Stored Value Systems, and prior to that held positions in sales and marketing with a focus on the retail industry. Ernex is a division of Moneris Solutions Corporation.

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APR LOSSES

Credit card losses for April declined nearly 4% compared to one-year ago, and more than 27% compared to December’s record losses of $21.8 million. Banks reported total loses of $15.9 million for April compared to $16.3 million in the previous month, and $16.5 million one-year ago. According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, credit card balances of $2.5 billion, were up more than 4% since April 2003. Charge volume rose 15.6% during the same period. Total card volume for April was $906.5 million, compared to $784.1 million one-year ago, during the peak of the SARS period. At the end of April there were 3,573,650 credit cardholders in the country, including 2,581,684 main cardholders, according to the MAS.

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