Whitney Renews Genpass

Genpass Service Solutions, the largest independent ATM maintenance and servicing company in the U.S., announced a three-year servicing contract renewal for Whitney National Bank’s more than 200 ATMs.

Whitney National is a subsidiary of Whitney Holding Company (NASDAQ:WTNY). Genpass Service Solutions is a subsidiary of Genpass Inc., the second largest network ATM driver in the U.S. and owner and operator of the MoneyMaker(SM) and MONEY BELT(R)EFT networks.

Whitney National Bank is the oldest continuously operating bank in New Orleans and a banking industry leader in the Gulf South with $6 billion in assets. The bank maintains 120 branches along the Gulf in the states of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, plus a branch on Grand Cayman.

Whitney’s ATMs have been serviced and maintained by Genpass Service Solutions technical teams for the last three years. Walter G. Brunken, Jr., vice president, who arranged the contract for Whitney, had this to say about the renewal: “Our ATM program offers convenience and value-added services for our customers, so it is important to us to pick a service vendor that keeps these goals in mind. Genpass Service Solutions has provided consistently good service combined with a responsive management team.”

Tim Connor, president of Genpass Service Solutions, added his view: “Whitney has been our customer for several years during which we have built a consistent record of service and product reliability. Providing prompt, specialized, and cost-effective service is our commitment to Whitney. We are looking forward to our continued relationship with Whitney for many years to come.”

About Whitney Bank

Whitney National Bank, which has been in continuous operation since 1883, engages in community banking in its market areas in the five state Gulf Coast region, including Houston, Texas; southern Louisiana; the coastal region of Mississippi; central and south Alabama; and the panhandle of Florida. The bank also has a foreign branch on Grand Cayman in the British West Indies. Whitney has an active EFT program with over 200 ATMs throughout its 120-branch system.

About GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, Genpass Inc., and Genpass Service Solutions

GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, owns and operates Genpass Inc., the parent company of Genpass Technologies, LLC, and its subsidiaries. GTCR currently manages more than $4 billion in equity capital invested in companies providing transaction processing, information technology services, financial services and marketing services. Genpass Inc., with headquarters in Pennsylvania, owns the MoneyMaker(SM) and MONEY BELT(R) EFT networks through its Irving, Texas-based subsidiary Genpass Technologies. Genpass Technologies is listed in The EFT Data Book (2002 edition) as the second largest ATM network processor and network ATM driver in the U.S., driving approximately 24,000 ATMs spanning the country. Genpass processes over 360 million transactions annually. The company also operates Genpass ATM Solutions — providing a strategic solution to ATM-owning and placement — and Genpass Card Solutions, offering specialized card services such as payroll and medical benefits card programs. Genpass Service Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genpass Technologies, LLC, is the largest independent ATM servicing company in the U.S. The company serves over 500 financial institutions, independent sales organizations, and corporate customers providing monitoring, service dispatch, maintenance, cash replenishment, and operating supplies for virtually every model of ATM hardware.



Royal Philips Electronics this week introduced a multi-standard
single-chip reader IC for contactless smart cards. The “CL RC623 IC”
operates at 13.56 MHz and fully supports ISO 14443 and ISO 15693 or
Philips’ “MIFARE” and “I.CODE.” Philips’ single chip reader IC offers
system integrators the flexibility to develop interoperable RFID systems
for different high volume reader applications including public transport,
road tolling, access control schemes and supply chain management. The
design of the new reader IC is also pin-to-pin compatible with Philips’
existing reader ICs including the “MIFARE” smart card reader “IC MFRC 500”
and the “I.CODE” smart label reader “IC SLRC 400.” The CL RC632 is
available now and is priced at US $13.5/pcs at volumes of 100k.


FDC & Chase

First Data has signed a multi-year agreement to continue to provide processing services for debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank. In July, First Data announced that it would produce and mail statements and letters for several retail lines of business within JPMorgan Chase, including credit cards, home finance and auto finance. FDC also participates in a joint venture with JPMorgan Chase called Chase Merchant Services, the largest merchant acquirer in the payments industry. First Data also provides card processing and plastics production for Chase’s credit card business. First Data, which has worked with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor firms since 1989. FDC processes more than 53 million debit cards for some of the world’s largest debit card issuers.


GM Goodwrench Card

Household announced a new private label credit card partnership with GM Goodwrench. The GM Goodwrench card will offer a credit line for use in purchasing GM service, parts and accessories at GM Goodwrench Service Plus dealers nationwide. Household says the card will engage new and used vehicle owners at the point of sale, thus developing loyalty and long-term relationships with their dealers and customers. In 2003, the card will be made available to all GM dealers. Household announced the Toshiba private label credit card program earlier this week. (CF Library 9/25/02) The company also announced Wednesday the appointment of Frances Bedekovic, former Acting Secretary of Banking of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as VP, policy and compliance for the company’s consumer lending division.


Nextfare & CBC

San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems launched an on-bus processing platform designed to integrate automatic fare collection technology, including contactless smart card processing and farebox cash collection. The company also announced it will deliver its first Web-based transit ticketing and customer service function as part of its recently announced contract with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board and the North County Transit District. The new “Cubic Bus Controller” communicates with the depot computer and/or central computer system via WLAN or an optional wireless communications card to support real-time wireless communications. Additionally, the unit is designed to support a GPS receiver enabling location stamping of automatic fare collection transactions and the support of automated vehicle location. The new Web-based transit ticketing and customer service application, “Nextfare Web Services,” will allow transit consumers to purchase smart cards, transit passes, rides and stored value as well as conduct customer service functions, such as lost card reporting and administering automated transit benefit programs, at any time and from any location with Internet access. Web Services efficiently distributes Internet purchases by electronically delivering the fare product or value to the smart card when a patron presents his or her card to the reader at the gate, vendor, farebox or validator. This functionality is made possible by Cubic’s “Nextfare” terminal architecture, which creates an Internet Protocol addressable PC environment at each fare processing point, whether at the station or on the bus. This electronic delivery feature reduces administration and fulfillment costs for the transit agency and gives transit consumers the convenience of making purchases in near real-time. Off-premises and off-vehicle purchasing gives transit consumers a convenient alternative to standing in line at ticket vending machines or booking offices. It reduces the life cycle costs of fare equipment and improves customer throughput and on-time schedules for the transit agencies.



Gala Group Ltd. has contracted with Global Cash Access to use GCA’s
“QuikCash” cash access terminals in 26 Gala casinos. GCA’s U.K. customer
base now includes more than 70 casinos. QuikCash cash access terminals
employ the latest technology to provide casino customers with every access
option available for cash advances on major credit cards and local bank
debit. The touch screen, smart card-ready transaction terminals feature
multilingual capabilities and can be installed virtually anywhere in a
casino property.


MasterCard Debit

MasterCard International is cranking up its debit machine in the North American market. MasterCard says the next 24 months promise to be the most significant period in the history of U.S. debit. Financial institutions that represent 50% of debit players will be making critical brand and technology decisions. Therefore MasterCard is leveraging its portfolio of debit brands, including MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro, and has formed a new team of North American financial industry execute the debit drive. MasterCard recently appointed Thomas Sladowski, Lori Skrobola, and Jerry Sargent, to lead the effort. Sladowski has been named VP and product manager for Cirrus, previously, he was SVP of ATM Channel/Debit Cards at Chase. Skrobola joins MasterCard as vice president and general manager for the Debit Card Marketing Group and will drive cardholder activation and usage through innovative card marketing initiatives. Previously, she was an executive director for CIBC Oppenheimer, responsible for marketing communications. Jerry Sargent, has been named VP, Debit Strategy and Alliance Development. Sargent, who previously was debit product manager, will take on an expanded role of identifying strategic partners and managing alliances for debit. Debit continues to be the fastest growing payment card industry, growing at twice the pace of credit. North America is the world’s largest consumer payments opportunity, accounting for $5.5 trillion in total volume and $400 billion in debit transactions. Analysts project strong debit growth for issuers averaging gains of 20% online and 15% offline in 2002-2003. At the end of the second quarter MasterCard had 42.8 million off-line debit cards in-force compared to VISA’s 122.6 million, according to CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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


IMS to Sell Cardinal Centinel

CardinalCommerce Corporation announced that Innovative Merchant Solutions has agreed to partner with CardinalCommerce and provide the Cardinal Centinel merchant authentication software to its customers. Cardinal Centinel is a software authentication platform that supports credit card industry initiatives to reduce the incidence of online fraudulent transactions and guarantee payments to online merchants. Cardinal Centinel makes it easy for merchants to increase sales by participating in these programs and integrating them into their electronic shopping sites.

Joe Kaplan, president and CEO of Innovative, noted, “Online authentication is critical to driving the growth of Internet credit and debit transactions. Cardinal’s merchant software platform will help our clients continue to expand their usage of Internet transactions.”

“We are pleased that IMS, with over 85,000 merchants across a wide range of industries, has chosen to partner with us. Cardinal Centinel continues to demonstrate its position as the leading authentication solution in the merchant processing industry,” said Kendall G. Myles, senior vice president – Merchant Services at CardinalCommerce. “Our goal is to support the efforts of our customers to increase sales and to reduce the cost of fraudulent transactions, easily and affordably.”

Visa, MasterCard and the EFT Networks are each developing their own initiatives to mandate online authentication. These initiatives are intended to reduce online fraud and increase consumer confidence in e-commerce. CardinalCommerce’s products support each of these initiatives from a single software platform, allowing customers to comply with each of the initiatives’ mandates in one simple and cost effective solution.

About CardinalCommerce Corporation

CardinalCommerce Corporation is a leading provider of a technology-neutral authentication platform for securing electronic and wireless commerce, thus ensuring that individuals, businesses and government agencies can process electronic transactions and access confidential information safely, securely and privately. The first application of Cardinal’s proprietary technology, the Cardinal Payment Authentication Platform, provides consumers, merchants, credit/debit card issuers, and processors the ability to conduct fully authenticated Internet-based e-commerce, while protecting the transactions from fraud. For more information, visit .

About Innovative Merchant Solutions

Innovative Merchant Solutions (IMS) is one of the leading bankcard processors in the industry. Its reputation has been built on quality customer service and high tech business solutions that are provided with a signature personalized touch. Innovative Merchant Solutions’ award winning staff currently supports over 85,000 merchants who utilize virtually all types of processing solutions and come from a wide variety of industries. IMS is dedicated to creating an atmosphere devoted to a customer service standard not found in the industry, we have established a well-trained team of individuals ready to customize a service approach that’s just right. For more information, visit .



MasterCard International this week unveiled a new global e-commerce
security solution to tackle Internet transactions. MasterCard’s
“SecureCode” uses MasterCard’s “UCAF” to provide an enhanced payment
guarantee to online merchants by presenting, collecting and passing
cardholder authentication information. Using hidden fields and a merchant
plug-in application that is integrated with merchant Web pages, along with
authentication information generated by issuing financial institutions, the
new service provides explicit evidence of the cardholder’s involvement in a
transaction. Online merchants that support MasterCard “SecureCode” will
benefit from a MasterCard rules change that shifts liability away from the
merchant for chargebacks due to cardholder non-authorization when
SecureCode has been utilized. Chargebacks of this nature currently
represent as much as 84% of all electronic commerce chargebacks. Merchants
may also benefit from an increase in legitimate transactions for existing
and new markets, including cross-border transactions. MasterCard is working
with VeriSign, WorldPay and others, to bring MasterCard “SecureCode” to
online merchants around the world. VeriSign has begun enabling its 75,000
merchants, which process approximately 25% of all online transactions in
the U.S., with support for “SecureCode.” WorldPay has also begun
automatically enabling its more than 17,000 multi-currency merchants in 115
countries. “SecureCode” also provides issuers with a new way of supporting
Maestro PIN-based debit transactions over the Internet, and opens the door
to more cross-border transactions with merchants in countries where debit
is more established than credit.


Radiant & Comstar

Radiant Telecom has integrated its industry-leading Radiant Prepaid POS application with Comstar Interactive Corp.’s groundbreaking new CHARGE ANYwhere” wireless credit card processing solution, allowing merchants to sell a full suite of prepaid products using the latest cutting-edge wireless technology.

Delivery drivers, flea market attendants and taxi cab operators can now provide their customers with prepaid long distance, wireless, internet, dial tone and bankcard products without inventory risk or costs. All Radiant Prepaid Card products have no value until they are swiped through the CHARGE ANYwhere device and assigned a flexible value over the air. Radiant will offer the integrated solution to the marketplace through its extensive sales channel network.

“We are extremely excited about this relationship,” said Radiant s VP of Strategy, Apurve Mehra. “The ability to conveniently and cost effectively recharge Prepaid products from a wireless device will help further the transition to prepaid dominance in the American telecommunications marketplace. New technology is significantly reducing distribution costs associated with prepaid products. We have seen tremendous interest from credit card ISOs, taxicab and delivery businesses looking to capitalize on the prepaid explosion. Our clients are delighted with the increasing monthly residuals that seem to far surpass those of other merchant acquisition programs.”

“The CHARGE ANYwhere solution integrated with the Radiant Prepaid POS application will significantly reduce the costs of distributing prepaid products while simultaneously providing added convenience to consumers,” said J.D. Gardner, CEO of Comstar Interactive. “We look forward to working with Radiant to introduce this new technology in the marketplace.”

CHARGE ANYwhere is an easy-to-use, scalable wireless point-of-sale (POS) service that is feature-laden yet affordable. It allows businesses to make transactions in the field and also to manage them on-line, in real-time. CHARGE ANYwhere combines a wearable device a magnetic credit card reader incorporated with the popular BlackBerry”-class RIM 850/950 Wireless Handheld” with an innovative Web-based transaction database and reporting system and other wireless features such as check authorization, messaging and e-mail access in one low-cost package. It gives businesses a robust and economical comprehensive wireless solution to securely execute, authorize and manage payments by credit cards in real-time.

About Radiant Telecom

Radiant Telecom is one of the most vertically integrated firms in the prepaid telecommunications industry. “Necessity, Efficiency and Accessibility” are the basic principles that Radiant Holdings has based its suite of next generation telecommunications solutions on. Radiant provides wholesale long distance, prepaid platform, and stored value products and services to carriers and end consumers. Radiant provides prepaid products electronically to numerous POS and ATM devices and therefore provides Processors, ISO s and agents the opportunity to maximize their revenue for each location. Radiant s products offer both exceptional price and convenience. There are over 300,000 retailers selling Radiant s products within the U.S. every day. For more information on Radiant’s products and services, please go to [www.radiantholdings.com][1] or [www.radianttelecom.com][2].

About Comstar Interactive Corp.

Comstar Interactive Corp. is a New York City-based innovator of Web-enabled wireless and wireline solutions both for businesses and individuals whose primary investor is Tesla Capital of San Francisco. It delivers to customers secure, end-to-end solutions that combine cutting-edge software, hardware, middleware and gateway services with the superior nationwide coverage and reliability of the leading wireless data networks in the U.S. Comstar s comprehensive wireless product suite includes credit card processing, e-mail access and messaging solutions that are backed by a roster of trusted industry-leading partners. Comstar solutions are scalable, affordable feature-rich, easy-to-deploy and use and produce a quick and demonstrable return on investment. For more information on Comstar s products and services, please go to [www.comstarinteractive.com][3].

[1]: http://www.radiantholdings.com
[2]: http://www.radianttelecom.com
[3]: http://www.comstarinteractive.com


ECHO Interchange Module

Electronic Clearing House, Inc. announced the release of a freeware payment module for the Interchange open-source e-commerce shopping cart. The new feature allows users of Interchange to process real-time payments using credit cards and electronic checks through ECHO’s online payment gateway. “Increasingly merchants are using open-source web infrastructure services to manage their online businesses,” said Rusty Russell, ECHO’s Internet Marketing Director. “ECHO has been developing e-commerce payment solutions for the Linux open-source community since 2001 and our services are designed to enable merchants to operate as cost-efficiently as possible. Our latest release of real-time credit card and check processing software presents a low-cost, yet comprehensive, online payment processing alternative for merchants using the Interchange application.”

The new Interchange module integrates seamlessly with ECHO’s platform of payment processing services. In addition to the credit card and electronic check payment services supported by ECHO, the new software includes real-time address verification, security code capture, check verification and electronic check processing through the Automated Clearing House (ACH). Russell continued, “Similar applications can cost from $199 to $699 and tie the merchant to a third-party platform with monthly gateway access fees. By offering free software modules and a low $99 set-up fee for online processing, the cost advantage and simplicity of processing with ECHO is clear.”

Interchange is an open-source alternative to commercial commerce servers, which uses publicly available computer language that can be readily downloaded and either used as is or customized by web developers. To explore ECHO’s open-source solutions for e-commerce websites, interested parties should visit www.openecho.com and to deploy the ECHO freeware payment module for Interchange users, interested parties should visit [www.icdevgroup.org][1] for a free download from the Interchange development area.

About ECHO:

Electronic Clearing House Inc. provides a complete solution to the payment processing needs of merchants, banks and collection agencies. ECHO’s services include debit and credit card processing, check guarantee, check verification, check conversion, check re-presentment, check collection, and inventory tracking.

[1]: http://www.icdevgroup.org