PAY-SAFE-NOW SALES

Dublin0based FreeStar Technologies announced that the Company’s Latin American subsidiary, ePayLatina, secured orders for 20 POS solutions and is following up on over 1000 inquiries
received from small business owners who attended a recent industry exhibition. In association with Bancredito, ePayLatina is offering merchants the opportunity to select from three turnkey, point-of-sale
operating systems, which range in price from US$699 to US$1299. FreeStar also noted that 60 ePayPad units were sold at the technology fair to individuals for personal use on their home computers. The ePayPad is a proprietary card-swipe device that plugs into a personal computer and is engineered to permit a user to complete secure PIN-authenticated ATM and debit card transactions on the Internet.

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Vital Renews TransFirst

Vital Processing Service has renewed its contract with TransFirst to provide end-to-end merchant processing services, including authorization, capture, clearing and settlement of payment transactions. Currently reporting annual sales volume of approximately $5 billion, TransFirst is projecting continued processing volume growth of more than 30 percent as it continues to expand its services and market expertise.

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GEMPLUS SIMS

Gemplus say it has shipped 500 million SIM cards of the 1.36 billion SIM cards delivered globally to-date. Gemplus says the Asian market is emerging as one of the strongest areas for dominant
SIM growth. While growth in Western Europe is stabilizing, Asia is still on an upward curve. Of the 215 million new subscribers worldwide in 2001, 95 million were based in Asia Pacific. Overall, Gemplus has delivered over three billion smart cards since its beginning in 1988.

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Wi-Fi Access

Air travelers can now get “Wi-Fi” Internet access for their personal computers using their credit cards. Info Touch Technologies has become the first Wireless Internet Service Provider to take advantage of the neutral host model offered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport by iPass and Concourse Communications Group. Travelers through MSP will be able to obtain Wi-Fi wireless high speed Internet access using a daily subscription model, made possible through credit card payments. The new wireless initiative provides affordable public access to an abundance of e-based services at speeds of up to 11 Megabits per second via “Wi-Fi” or 802.11b. Most metropolitan areas offer free “Wi-Fi” access but it is often unreliable.

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WELCOME ASIA-PACIFIC

Aix-en-Provence-based Welcome Real-time has named Alex Tan as its Asia-Pacific region. Tan was previously Managing Director of M-Payment, Managing Director of Thyron Technologies in Asia Pacific, Managing Director of ActiveCard in Asia Pacific and General Manager for Hypercom Asia. Alex Tan’s experience also includes senior management positions with MasterCard International, United Overseas Bank, NETS and VISA International. Welcome provides loyalty software for smart cards.

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Gemplus SIMs

Gemplus say it has shipped 500 million SIM cards of the 1.36 billion SIM cards delivered globally to-date. Gemplus says the Asian market is emerging as one of the strongest areas for dominant SIM growth. While growth in Western Europe is stabilizing, Asia is still on an upward curve. Of the 215 million new subscribers worldwide in 2001, 95 million were based in Asia Pacific. Overall, Gemplus has delivered over three billion smart cards since its beginning in 1988.

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ATM Language Fees

Washington, DC-based Riggs Bank recently charged different fees for using other bank’s ATM card based on the language selection. Riggs customers trying to conduct a non-Riggs ATM transaction through a Riggs ATM were charged $2.25 if they conducted the transaction in English and $1.75 if they conducted the transaction in Spanish. Riggs said the problem was a programming error. The bank raised its ATM access fee from $1.75 to $2.00 on July 1. The bank says all the ATMs have now been properly programmed to charge the same fee for either English or Spanish transactions.

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Insider’s Club

Universal Air Travel Plan has launched an enhanced travel insurance benefits program for International Air Transport Association and International Airlines Travel Agent Network ID cardholders. The new “Insider’s Club” program automatically offers $35,000 of travel accident insurance free of charge and covers travel on reduced-rate, industry-free and full-fare tickets. UATP is also offering the new “ATM Protector” enhancement, which provides loss of cash coverage for up to two hours after an ATM transaction. The “ATM Protector” program carries a $12 annual fee. Other “Insider’s Club” benefits include access to UATP’s free of charge, “PassengerAid”, the 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance program offering referral to medical, dental and legal consultation. UATP is also offering IATA and IATAN ID cardholders the option to purchase increased and additional insurance coverage at special rates. Rates begin at $12.54 annually for $200,000 on travel accident insurance, up to $55.00 annually for $1 million of coverage. UATP is also offering several enhanced insurance packages to cover family members and to provide coverage for rental cars and lost baggage. All new and renewed IATA and IATAN accounts will receive a 15% discount off insurance upgrades at enrollment, and cardholders that enroll online with UATP will receive an additional 5% discount. UATP has annual global billings in excess of $7 billion.

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Usimera Card Deal

SchlumbergerSema has signed a contract with Hutchison 3G UK Limited to supply USIM smart cards and provide training and support. The contract calls for SchlumbergerSema to deliver its “Usimera” cards to Hutchison 3G UK, as well as Hutchison Whampoa’s other 3G operations around the world. In May, Hutchison 3G awarded SchlumbergerSema a separate contract to provide consulting and project management expertise for the deployment of Hutchison 3G’s security platform. The 3G standard (agreed throughout Europe, Japan, China, and the rest of Asia) is formally known as UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System). It represents a global standard for third generation communication systems and is at the heart of the Hutchison 3G initiative. Hutchison Whampoa Limited holds a 65% stake in Hutchison 3G, the other major shareholders are NTT DoCoMo (20%) KPN Mobile (15%).

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USWD & NXT

U.S. Wireless Data announced that it is in discussions with a third party related to the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary NXT Corporation. USWD has not released its 2Q/02 earnings report as of today. However during the quarter ending March 31st, NXT Gateway Services sites surpassed 45,400, a 7% increase compared to the same period of the prior year and transactions increased 18%, to 146 million from 124 million during the same period last year. For the nine months ended March 31, USWD revenue increased to $6.6 million from $2.1 million in the prior fiscal year. The company reported a net loss of $3.4 million for the first quarter compared to a net loss of $5.6 million for the prior-year quarter. For complete details on USWD’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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