AIS & DEBISYS

Advanced Integrated Systems and California-based Debisys have teamed to deliver a transaction processing system for the prepaid market in the Caribbean. Having recently entered the POS market with Hypercom terminals, and two large banking partners, AIS plans to deploy thousands of terminals in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, building the largest Caribbean PIN distribution network. Wireless purchases through the mobile instrument will be an option that Debisys and AIS will bring to the market in short order, in conjunction with their banking partners. AIS is one of Jamaica’s largest transaction processors, specializing in online health insurance claims adjudication and financial transactions.cDebisys supplies proprietary, technology-based transaction processing solutions marketed to the prepaid communications industry, including PCS/cellular, home phone, long distance, calling card and Internet service providers.

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ADS & Crate and Barrel

Alliance Data Systems has signed a six-year agreement with Crate and Barrel to provide private label credit card services for over 100 retail units nationwide, including its Crate and Barrel, Crate and Barrel Outlet, and CB2 retail stores; the Crate and Barrel catalogue; and Crate and Barrel’s online store. Alliance Data will provide a full suite of services including customer account acquisition and activation, receivables funding, card authorization and private label credit card issuance, billing statement generation, remittance processing, customer service functions for all sales channels.

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Contactless VISA

VISA International has developed a new global payment specification to facilitate contactless payments via smart cards or other electronic devices. This is the first time that ‘contactless’ payment chip technology has been applied to general-purpose payment cards. Based on an international standard, “ISO 14443”, the new specification uses a chip embedded in a plastic card or an electronic device, such as a mobile phone which is then held in front of a terminal and a wireless interface to transmit the payment information. The first use of this new specification is expected to be in South Korea with SK Telecom, according to The RAM Report ([www.ramreport.com][1]). VISA and SK Telecom are already working together to test the viability of infrared payment for mobile phone users. Prior to VISA’s announcement, the most common use for the technology has been in transit systems, particularly in Europe and Asia. The new specification will allow for its use for everyday payments should VISA member banks and merchants wish to introduce it. Vendors working with VISA on the use of the new specification include Cybernet, Ingenico, Philips Semiconductors, SchlumbergerSema, and Smart Card Systems.

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

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Lipman – Concord Deal

Concord EFS has signed an agreement with Lipman for the purchase of 20,000 POS terminals. The contract includes the “Class A” certified “NURIT 3020” countertop payment solution. The “NURIT 3020” solution provides fast POS transactions through a customizable, user-friendly interface and an easy loading thermal printer, internal pin-pad, and optional smart card reader. The “NURIT 3020” also has more memory and a faster modem, powering “NURIT CAPTURE,” Lipman’s Web-based check and receipt imaging solution. Other “Class A” certified Lipman products at Concord include: the “NURIT 2085” card payment terminal and the “NURIT 3010” portable payment solution.

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Altnet Micro-Payments

CA-based Altnet has begun testing its new micro-payment system, which uses technologies from AllCharge, Newgenpay, DuoCash and other key technology providers to give file-sharers a way to pay for digital content. Altnet has the ability to respond to 120 million search requests per day, and return secure keyword-indexed files, offering a new potential customer base for content companies to monetize.

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Catuity Outlook

Catuity has lowered its financial projections for this year due to slower than expected deployment of its loyalty software by some clients. Catuity now projects 2002 net revenue to be approximately $3.0 to $3.2 million. The Company anticipates an operating loss for the year, before non-cash stock compensation expense (credit), in the range of $2.6 to $2.9 million. Catuity says it has implemented expense-saving actions designed to bring its expenses more in line with its projected 2002 revenue without impacting its current customer programs and plans. Catuity’s software has been included on millions of credit, charge and debit cards, and works on both magnetic stripe or chip or “smart” cards. For complete details on Catuity’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

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FERRY PINPADS

Brittany Ferries and the French retail automation systems integrator, PMS, have signed a deal to provide a smart card-based payment system for Brittany Ferries’ fleet of cross-channel vessels. With a passenger capacity of up to 1500 passengers at any one time, the needs of the retail outlets such as duty free boutiques, cafes and bars require a reliable, rapid and scalable solution with the capability to accept payment in multiple currencies. The PMS system will use the recently launched VeriFone “SC 5000” PINpad. The “SC 5000” features an integrated smart card reader and magnetic stripe reader all combined into a device designed to fit in the palm of the hand. Eight of Brittany Ferries’ cross-channel fleet will be equipped with up to several hundred VeriFone “SC 5000” PINpads. Deployment begins in October.

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PARADATA & CARDINAL CENTINEL

Whistler, B.C.-based Paradata Systems has agreed to provide the “Cardinal Centinel” merchant authentication software to its customers. CardinalCommerce’s “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. Paradata is a merchant provider of white label services to several high-profile financial organizations, including the Royal Bank of Canada and Moneris Solutions. CardinalCommerce also announced that it has successfully completed VISA’s “3-D Secure Vendor Compliance Testing Program, Version 1.0.1,” for both their ACS and MPI components. Cardinal’s ACS component consists of its Payment Authentication Platform, which has been primarily designed to provide authentication services to issuing banks and their cardholders. Cardinal’s MPI component, Cardinal Centinel is used by merchants and merchant service providers to authenticate cardholders’ identities, eliminate liabilities for fraudulent transactions, and guarantee payments to merchants.

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ICICI & CUSTOMER-ASSET

Mumbai-based ICICI OneSource says it has completed the integration of CustomerAsset, a contact center services company that ICICI OneSource acquired in May. ICICI OneSource’s contact center services now include inbound and outbound calls, e-mail, chat and back office processing services. In transaction processing, ICICI OneSource is focusing on specific verticals in the financial services sector where it has extensive domain expertise, including retail banking, credit cards, mortgages, insurance and asset management. ICICI OneSource provides transaction processing support and customer contact services to international clients from offshore facilities located in Bangalore and Mumbai in India, and front-ended by in-market client relationship teams in the UK (London) and the US (New York and Denver).

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