SP35 Printer

Datacard Group announced the European launch of the “SP35” card printer. The printer personalizes up to 120 full-color or up to 500 one-color cards per hour. It leverages Datacard’s exclusive “Advanced Imaging Technology” to produce vivid, life-like full- or one-color photos, graphics and text across the entire surface of a card. In addition to standard bar code capabilities, the “SP35” printer is a unique value-priced printer offering field-upgradeable magnetic stripe and integrated smart card options. The new printer is an ideal solution for issuing loyalty cards, membership cards, hotel room keys, corporate ID cards, especially those that tie into automated access control systems.

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DECT TERMINAL

SchlumbergerSema launched a new portable POS terminal that communicates
via the “Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications” network. “DECT” is
the digital wireless standard in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The
“MagIC X1000 DECT” terminal enables both off and on-line card payments to
be transacted more than 100 meters away from its docking station. The new
terminal is EMV approved and compliant with the latest PIN entry security
standards. It also has TCP/IP capabilities for secure payment. The “DECT”
technology used for the “MagIC X1000 DECT” terminal has been developed for
data transmission only.

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ACTIVCARD 3Q/02

ActivCard reported third quarter revenues of $12.0 million, an increase of
25% over the $9.6 million reported in the second quarter and 36% higher
than the year ago quarter. The pro forma net loss for the quarter was $1.2
million, compared to pro forma net loss of $3.0 million in the second
quarter, and $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2001. During the third
quarter, the company won a major Japanese automobile manufacturer customer
and deployed 26,000 Corporate Access Cards to its employees with another
20,000 planned in the near future. ActivCard projects revenues to range
between $12.0 million and $13.0 million.

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DATAWAVE & LIPMAN

Vancouver-based DataWave Systems has signed a twenty-year licensing
agreement with Lipman USA. The deal permits Lipman to use DataWave’s card
dispenser technology to enable them to distribute and recharge multiple
prepaid products via their entire ATM product line. DataWave and Lipman
formed a joint venture in 2000/2001 to create an ATM capable of dispensing
prepaid phone cards. The new licensing agreement allows both parties to
take this collaboration to the next level.

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BP SMART CARD

Oberthur Cards Systems has received certification from both VISA and
Proton World for its “Prisma Basic Profile” smart card. BP is a
multi-application smart card combining an EMV application with the
well-known Proton e-purse. Proton Prisma BP has a U.S. e-purse function
fully compatible with the existing “Proton R3” systems rolled out in seven
countries around the world and licensed by 26 others.
The card also features a toolbox which allows the customization of the BP
card with applications such as loyalty during both the personalization
process and after the card has been issued. Oberthur has been a long time
partner and supplier of “Proton World” e-purse solutions. Banksys, the
Belgian electronic funds transfer operator, recently selected Oberthur to
deliver the next generation of debit and credit cards based on “Proton
Prisma” technology.

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Equifax Expansion

Equifax has purchased the consumer credit files and certain customer contracts from CBC Companies for $95 million in cash. It is the largest such transaction to date. The purchased database includes customers in Ohio, Florida, West Virginia, South Dakota, North Dakota and Indiana. CBC is an independent credit reporting agency and has been a system affiliate of Equifax for more than 14 years. During August Equifax acquired Naviant, Inc. for $135 million. Naviant has an email database of more than 100 million unique permission-based addresses. (CF Library 8/16/02)

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