MasterCard International has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with LPGA Tour professional Dottie Pepper, the first woman professional golfer to represent the brand. Pepper is the winner of 17 LPGA Tour titles, including two major championships, and is the only U.S. LPGA Tour player to have played on all six U.S. Solheim Cup teams. Pepper has represented the United States as a member of the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 Solheim Cup teams. MasterCard’s Dottie Pepper sponsorship plans include logo placement as well as promotional and appearance programs.Details
MagTek has released its Motorized IntelliCoder magnetic-stripe card activator which is fully capable of reading and writing Hi-Co and Lo-Co magnetic stripe cards according to ISO 7811. A hybrid Motorized IntelliCoder model is also available that includes EMV smart card read/write capability. The MagTek Motorized IntelliCoder is designed to work in concert with MagTek’s IntelliPIN portable PINpad and IntelliCAT system software. MagTek says that by eliminating manual swiping by operators, the new Motorized IntelliCoder sharply increases precision and reliability in the encoding process. This, in turn, reduces misreads at the point of card use, yielding cost savings for the financial institution both directly and through increased customer satisfaction. The company also notes the new Motorized IntelliCoder’s small footprint makes it ideal for crowded retail branch environments.Details
National Commerce Financial Corporation’s Fleet One subsidiary yesterday announced it will eliminate fuel and maintenance card transaction fees beginning July 1st. By teaming with a nationwide base of 2,500 truck stop and travel center merchants, the new Plus Network will be able to provide Fleet One’s mutual fleet customers the ability to use the Over The Road card for fuel and maintenance with a no fee guarantee. The “Plus Network” includes independents as well as chain operators like Fast Lane, Fuel City, Gas City, Go Marts, Knox Fuel, Kwik Trip, MAPCO Express, Pilot, SAPP Bros., Speedway SuperAmerica, Steel City, Sun Mart, TravelCenters of America, Tomahawk, Total Petroleum, Town Pump, and Williams TravelCenters. The Fleet One Over The Road program is used by Class 7 and 8 long-haul truckers. Fleet One recently combined with the TransPlatinum Plus product line under the Fleet One name.Details
AMP Bank Limited announced it has signed a long-term contract with Certegy to process AMP’s Australia and New Zealand credit card portfolios. The AMP Credit Card is an American Express Card product that Certegy will service at its Melbourne processing center. With the addition of AMP, Certegy will be
processing moret than 4 million cards at its Australian center. Certegy will process AMP on its BASE2000 card processing platform. The BASE2000 platform, entirely developed by and proprietary to Certegy, was introduced as the industry’s first third-party global card processing platform that supports multi-national card issuers with portfolios in multiple languages and multiple currencies across multiple continents. AMP has approximately 8 million customers
Brazil’s Caixa Economica Federal will surpass the 20 million Maestro debit card mark this summer, to become the largest issuer of Maestro cards in Latin America. With more than two thousand bank branches throughout Brazil, CAIXA is Brazil’s largest bank and currently has more than 1.6 million MasterCard credit cards. About 85% of the bank’s credit card portfolio are MasterCards. Maestro is the only online, PIN based global debit brand that can be used to make purchases and to provide access to cash at ATMs. The Maestro brand mark now appears on over 433 million cards worldwide and is accepted for purchases at over 5.7 million merchant terminals in 82 countries and territories and at more than 760,000 MasterCard/Maestro/Cirrus ATMs worldwide.Details
KT ICOM, Korea’s 3G IMT-2000 mobile operator, and Gemplus announced they will be providing W-CDMA trial services during the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. KT ICOM selected Gemplus to provide an entire platform of solutions covering the supply of USIM cards (GemXplore 3G), applet
development, and Over-The-Air (OTA) delivery system. With the arrival of the mobile data eco-system, the role of the card has become an architectural
control point between the end-user and the operator reinforcing their unique and privileged relationship. In this way, it can manage the end-user’s
relationship with different content providers, while guaranteeing the security of downloads on behalf of the operator. Its function as a flexible and secure way to store personal data and manage access to the network is fundamental to the development of mobile commerce and the uptake of mobile data services.
The Toronto Parking Association said this morning that its deployment of 1,300 of SchlumbergerSema’s Web-based Pay & Display terminals has increased the city’s parking revenue by 60% since their installation in early 1999. The new web-based multi-space parking solution was developed, manufactured, and continues to be maintained with a centralized data management system as a joint effort between SchlumbergerSema and Precise ParkLink. The new centralized data management system requires no capital investment by new parking system customers, as the control server is managed centrally and can be accessed by multiple operators. SchlumbergerSema systems control more than two million parking spaces in more than 3,000 cities and 40 countries. The company currently has an installed base of 2,800 units controlling over 100,000 spaces in cities across the US and Canada.Details
The Toronto Parking Association says its deployment of 1,300 of SchlumbergerSema’s Web-based Pay & Display terminals has increased the city’s parking revenue by 60% since their installation in early 1999.
The new web-based multi-space parking solution was developed, manufactured, and continues to be maintained with a centralized data management system as a joint effort between SchlumbergerSema and Precise ParkLink. The new centralized data management system requires no capital investment by new parking system customers, as the control server is managed centrally and can be accessed by multiple operators.
SchlumbergerSema systems control more than two million parking spaces in more than 3,000 cities and 40 countries. The company currently has an installed base of 2,800 units controlling over 100,000 spaces in cities across the US and Canada.
AmeriSuites and Wellesley Inns Prime Rewards frequent guest program is offering American Airlines double miles between now and July 31st. Members must specify American Airlines AAdvantage as their active partner at least 24 hours prior to your their stay either by logging in to their account online or by calling customer service.Details
InteliData Technologies launched a new online credit card management product line. For the first time, Online Card Solutions software products are being delivered as unique modules. The Card Solution Base Modules contain the following online features: real-time enrollment; view of account balances, payment status, previous statements, next payment due dates and cycle-to-date transactions; download of data to a personal finance manager; credit card bill payment; updating of e-mail, address and phone information; and secure customer services representative messaging. InteliData recently announced that Farm Bureau Bank FSB has selected several Card Solutions modules in order to offer enhanced online account management capabilities to their cardholders.Details
MA-based Pegasystems announced today a comprehensive suite of products for the credit card market. PegaCARD Services is built on Pegasystems’ rules-driven process automation technology and includes capabilities for card servicing institutions across the enterprise, including customer service, collections, dispute and chargeback management, credit, fraud and correspondence management. Pegasystems has developed pre-configured rule sets and workflows designed specifically to help meet the needs of card servicing organizations. These best practice workflows automate a sizeable volume of service requests including account and transaction inquiries, change of address requests, credit management and auto-processing of disputes and chargeback queries. In many cases, the system enables certain tasks to be processed straight-through by using Pegasystems’ rules-based workflow to automatically guide interactions through to completion and fulfillment.Details
First Data Merchant Services, a subsidiary of First Data Corp., has entered into a referral agreement with Taxware, a division of govONE Solutions, that provides businesses with automated global tax compliance solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, participating First Data channels can help Taxware identify potential customers by referring merchants to Taxwareâs entire product suite including the Taxware Sales/Use System, VeraZip, STEP, WorldTax, and ReMIT. These Taxware solutions automatically calculate and apply sales, use, consumer’s use and value added tax rates for transactions in more than 100 countries worldwide. Currently, there are more than 7,500 different sales tax jurisdictions in the United States and Canada and approximately 25,756 different tax codes for VAT and sales tax worldwide.Details