Hypercom’s New HBNet Quickly Captures Canada

Hypercom said it has entered the dial and IP POS transaction network business with a new high-performance network called “HBNet.” The new Hypercom network is already operational in Canada and is now handling nearly 50% of all transaction traffic in that country, with more than 600 million transactions on an annual basis. The dial POS market in North America is estimated to be 28 billion transactions per year. “HBNet” is powered by Hypercom’s “MegaNAC180 Network Access Controllers,” which are strategically positioned within the “Public Switching Telephone Network” and at processor data centers. The network supports all point-of-sale/point-of-transaction card payment terminal protocols and formats communicating at up to V.92 speeds, including Hypercom “FastPOS,” the 9600 bps fast train modem technology, which allows high-speed transaction processing, software downloads and batch uploads. The “HBNet” network also incorporates a Web-based facility for processors to access statistical information. Hypercom has designated Sharon Cline, SVP/GM, as the head of “HBNet.”

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Fujitsu and Triton Partner to Reach Mid-Size Firms

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions and Triton have signed a “Prism” licensing agreement to provide ATM solutions for small to mid-size financial institutions and the retail ATM market. Through the worldwide joint licensing agreement, Triton will further enhance and then deploy Fujitsu’s Windows-based ATM software application, Prism(TM), on its current and next generation ATM hardware. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited and the IT “lifecycle solutions” provider for retailing technologies. Triton is the largest provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software in North America and has more than 100,000 installations in over 17 countries worldwide.

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Spartanics adds a UV Module to its 930 System

Spartanics has added a UV add-on module to its “930 Card Inspection System” enabling inspection in a single pass through. These UV and bar code inspection modules will make their world premiere at CTST Spartanics Booth # 713. The bar code/OCR add-on to the Spartanics 930 Card Inspection System allows card manufacturers to track and ensure the integrity of either 1D or 2D bar codes and all optical characters. Spartanics manufactures best-in-class technology for inspection, card punching, die cutting, counting/batching, and special material handling systems for worldwide card manufacturers, among others.

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Holland America and Moneris Solutions Honored for Extending Technology Benefits to Society

Holland America and Moneris Solutions were among companies selected for the “Computerworld Honors Program” for extending the benefits of technology to society. Information Builders said that a total of four of its customers’ applications were recommended for inclusion in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution’s “Permanent Research Collection.” The honored projects utilize Information Builders’ flagship business intelligence application, “WebFOCUS,” or data integration software from iWay Software, a subsidiary of Information Builders. Holland America was noted for transmitting passenger spending transactions over satellite connections and consolidating this information with “WebFOCUS” management to deliver near-real time visibility into total passenger revenues while the ships are still at sea. Moneris Solutions was honored for providing half a million merchants instant online access to daily and monthly reports on credit card transactions plus the ability to download directly into their own management systems. Information Builders’ has more than 12,000 customers.

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Dione’s Xtreme Terminal Joins MasterCard’s M-TIP Effort

The UK’s Dione and the USA’s NCR have teamed to offer a turnkey “MasterCard/Maestro Terminal Implementation Program” in India. MasterCard members are expected to issue over 5 million new “Maestro” debit cards in the country this year. The new MasterCard “M-TIP” program is designed to build global acceptance of “Maestro” through low cost terminals. Dione is offering its “Xtreme” EMV1 and EMV2 payment terminal as part of the “M-TIP” program. In addition, Dione has launched a new portable payment terminal, the “Xplorer,” which uses “Bluetooth” wireless technology which is of particular interest in markets such as India, where GSM mobile networks predominate. Hypercom and Verifone are also part of the new MasterCard “M-TIP” initiative.

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BB&T Launches EnvioFacil Card for Hispanics

NC-based BB&T has launched a new money transfer product for its Hispanic clients that includes PIN debit card. The new “EnvioFacil” card and service is available through the Bank’s “Hispanic Banking Centers.” “EnvioFacil” allows clients to open an account with cash. If they already have a BB&T account, they can transfer funds directly into an “EnvioFacil” account. Accounts can have a maximum value of $2,500 each month. The minimum deposit is $25; the maximum is $1,000. Once the account is set up, the client will mail their family a packet with the “EnvioFacil” card and instructions on how to retrieve cash from an ATM. BB&T says more than 73% of Hispanic consumers in the BB&T footprint do not have a bank account and more than 82% do not own a credit card.

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Audi and Bank One Launch a New VISA Card in the USA

Ingolstadt-based Audi AG announced that Audi of America and Bank One are launching a co-branded “VISA Signature Card” in the USA during May, offering an instant line of credit at the dealership which can be used as a downpayment. Furthermore, rewards generated by the new card can be redeemed for payments toward an automobile loan or lease. The new “Audi VISA Signature Card” rewards cardholders with two points for every dollar spent at participating Audi dealers and “Audi Collection” purchases, and one point for every dollar spent on all other purchases. Points can also be redeemed for vehicle service or maintenance, driving experiences, or tickets to the “12 Hours of Sebring.” Additionally, rewards can be used in the form of discounts on brand name merchandise, airline tickets, hotels, restaurants, and retail gift cards. Points can be redeemed at the minimum 2,500 point level. Approved cardholders also receive an initial instant credit line of up to $5,000 that can be used at the dealerships for Audi purchases, for which they will receive double points. Beginning in May, participating Audi dealerships across the country will feature instant credit applications, enabling consumers to apply for the “Audi VISA Signature Card” when applying for Audi credit for an automobile loan or lease. The “VISA Signature” product is a hybrid credit-charge card with no preset spending limit.

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STAR Systems Launches an ATM Management Service

First Data’s STAR Systems has become the only ATM processor to offer remote ATM management. The new STAR service enables deployers to customize content and graphics on demand, install software upgrades or patches, distribute audio files, and re-boot or shut down terminals, all from a single-server location. The service builds upon on-demand solutions from Computer Associates, offering compatibility with Windows-based machines made by any ATM manufacturer. Other features of STAR;s on-demand ATM control include the ability to pull reports directly from the ATM, display the last marketing campaign, and provide the ability to manage delivery rates of new content to enable the ATM to continue conducting transactions while new content is delivered. STAR also collaborated with CA Technology Services to develop an interface to STAR’s management portal, “STAR STATION,” making it easy for ATM operators to securely alter ATM screen content on-schedule or on-the-fly. The new STAR service is already up and running at nearly 200 PNC ATMs deployed at Wawa stores and Thorntons Inc. stores.

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Cash Systems Hits a Lucky Seven

MN-based Cash Systems has signed seven new casino contracts. New contracts include Keeneland Racecourse, Lexington, KY; Nevada Palace Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV; Horsemen’s Park, Omaha, NE; and Pony Express Bet, Portland, OR. In addition to these casinos, Cash Systems obtained agreements to provide credit and debit card cash advance services at three other gaming locations. Cash Systems, Inc. has grown from a regional ATM provider to one of four cash access companies serving the gaming industry.

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TSYS Debt Management Expands in 1Q/04

TSYS Debt Management reports it added 147 employees during the first quarter, primarily for collections and bankruptcy processing. The company’s growth has led to the opening of a new office located at 2975 Breckinridge Boulevard in Duluth, Ga., in Gwinnett County. The 25,721-square-foot collections office features a well-appointed call center with state-of-the-art equipment and systems. TSYS brings integrity and innovation to the world of electronic payment services as the integral link between buyers and sellers in this rapidly evolving universe.

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