AmEx Travel Revenues

While American Express has been hard hit by the collapse in travel spending, the shift to online travel bookings and its related business model have helped to offset the decline. Last year the company recorded a 500% increase in reservations made via corporate online booking tools, compared to the year earlier. Interactive travel bookings now represent over 6% of all American Express corporate travel reservations made in the U.S. In addition, American Express has shifted its business model to collect booking fees directly from users rather than relying on commissions paid by airlines. The lowest fees are charged to customers using AmEx online reservations. The move has also enabled AmEx to reduce the number of live agents as it beefs up is E-Fulfillment Center in Miami Lakes, FL. Since opening the new facility last year, AmEx has more than doubled its staff. In 1997, the company began fulfilling online bookings for small companies using its ‘RezPort’ online booking site through the ‘Small Business Interactive Travel Fulfillment’ center in Phoenix. From the two facilities, AmEx now fulfills interactive reservations for about 1,400 companies.

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Statementlook

First Data said Wednesday it will release the ‘Statementlook’ service in April. The new service enables card issuers to provide consumers with an enhanced view of monthly statements with the option of making payments online. Issuers can present the information via a First Data-hosted or existing Web site and boost their branding/cross-selling efforts by using marketing banner ads. The new service also allows issuers to offer multiple payment options, including online transactions through their existing Web site, payments using the Western Union ‘MoneyZap’ service, or walk-in cash payments at any of over 40,000 Western Union agent locations in the U.S. FDC says the new service will further reduce issuers’ costs by offering various e-mail notification options for communicating with consumers as well as allowing consumers to make online account requests and updates.

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Wells Fargo 4Q/01

Wells Fargo’s credit card unit posted a solid fourth quarter as receivables were up 4.4% over 3Q/01 and 8.7% over 4Q/00. Card volume also soared more than 19% during 2001, well above the growth rates of other major issuers. For complete details on Wells Fargo’s 4Q/01 performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

WELLS FARGO TRACK RECORD
4Q/01 3Q/01 2Q/01 1Q/01 4Q/00 CHNG
RECV: $5.3b $5.1b $5.0b $5.1b $4.9b +8.7%
VOL: $3.2b $2.9b $2.8b $2.6b $2.7b +19.3%
ACCTS: 5.2m 5.2m 5.2m 5.1m 4.7m +9.9%
ACTIVES: 3.0m 2.9m 3.0m 2.9m 2.8m +9.1%
CARDS: 6.8m 6.8m 6.8m 6.4m 6.1m +10.7%
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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

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AMEX RAC CARD

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia has announced their profits
from
the new American Express RAC Credit Card
will go towards research into major childhood illnesses.For the first year
following the credit card’s launch, 100 percent of RAC’s profits will go to
Western Australia’s world-renowned Institute for Child Health Research.RAC
Group Chief Executive Terry Agnew said the decision to back the Institute for
Child Health Research came after strong support from the RAC’s members for the
work undertaken by the organisation.“By joining forces with such worthy causes
as the Institute, the RAC sees this as a great opportunity to provide
additional support to the community,” said Agnew.Professor Fiona Stanley,
founding director of the Institute for Child Health Research, said she is
delighted at the generous support of the RAC.“The Institute’s research
translates into better health and healthcare ­ any donations towards this
research is greatly appreciated,” Stanley said.Agnew said the new credit card
was one more way the RAC offers added value to its 400,000 members.“Research
has shown that our members are looking for financial products which offer
superior benefits, added value and one that rewards them for their loyalty,”
Agnew said.The American Express RAC Credit Card offers a reward program
tailored for members, with a wide range of features from retail vouchers to
accommodation and travel.Other benefits include: ·A low introductory interest
rate of 6.99 percent for Gold Card members and 7.99 percent for Blue Card
members for up to six months. ·Low ongoing interest rates.
·The same
introductory rate applies for the life of any balance that is transferred from
switching to an American Express RAC Credit Card. ·Up to 55 days interest free
and no annual fee for the first year. ·Gold Card members will receive a 100
percent discount on their next annual RAC standard roadside assistance, with
other cardmembers receiving a 50 percent discount. “We are happy to say that,
in conjunction with American Express, we have put together a credit card offer
which delivers maximum benefits to our members,” said Agnew.American Express
Senior Vice President John Steward said, “The partnership between RAC and
American Express has been built on creating and delivering exceptional
products
that offer distinct benefits to customers. “We believe American Express offers
the best credit card program in Australia. The American Express RAC Credit
Card
provides value not traditionally found in other credit cards,” Steward
said.American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and
network services company founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and
credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, financial planning, business
services,
insurance and international banking.

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SUREFIRE 4Q/01

SureFire Commerce Inc. announced its financial results for the third
quarter of
fiscal year 2002. The
Company continues to deliver on its commitment to profitability by recording
its third consecutive quarter of net profit and its ninth consecutive quarter
of operating profit. The Company also reported revenue of $64.7 million for
the first nine months of fiscal 2002, 21% higher than revenue of $53.4 million
for the same period last year.

“For the first nine months of fiscal 2002, SureFire Commerce has remained
focused on achieving net profitability and we have done so in an economic
environment that has been very challenging. We are willing to accept a slower
rate of short-term revenue growth in order to remain profitable and build for
the long-term. We are extremely pleased with these results,” said Rory Olson,
President and CEO of SureFire Commerce.

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2001, revenues totalled
$19.6 million. SureFire Commerce also recorded operating profit of $870,000
and net profit of $534,000, or $0.01 per share. For the first nine months of
fiscal 2002, revenues totalled $64.7 million, compared to $53.4 million for
the nine-month period ended December 31, 2000. For the first nine months of
fiscal 2002, net profit totals $2.6 million, compared to a net loss of $20.2
million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2000. Revenue for the
third quarter remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous quarter,
primarily due to overall weakness in the general economy and the continuing
impact of the tragic events of September 11th.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter totalled $94.4
million, including $78.8 million in customer deposits as well as $15.6 million
in free cash. The Company has a receivable from one of its suppliers of
services in the amount of $10.2 million. This receivable relates to charges
from the supplier that the Company believes are unsubstantiated and the
Company is actively pursuing their recovery. In the opinion of management,
adequate provision has been made in the accounts of the Company.

SureFire Commerce also reported that it has achieved several milestones
during the quarter. The Company currently has in excess of 130,000 FirePay
Personal Accounts, and processed US $87.9 million in transactions for these
accounts in the third quarter of fiscal 2002. The Company has in fact
processed almost 24 million transactions since the launch of its proprietary
transaction processing engine a year ago.

As part of its strategy, SureFire Commerce remains committed to net
profitability and will endeavour to stimulate strong mid- to long-term revenue
growth by pursuing relationships with regulated land-based gaming companies
pursuing online strategies. The international land-based gaming industry,
including Nevada and other regions across the United States, is a multi-
billion-dollar industry, and several of the best-known names in the industry
are announcing proactive online business strategies. The Company continues to
derive just over 60% of its processing volume from the licensed online gaming
industry, and is seeing a dramatic increase in the internationalization of
that revenue. Licensed casino operators have launched significant global
marketing campaigns that have resulted and continue to result in a marked
increase in consumers from Europe, South America, and Asia.

The Company continues to pursue marketing partnerships in order to
increase its merchant and consumer client bases, which rely on SureFire
Commerce’s many innovative payment solutions. Recent partnerships with
FreeMerchant.com, Infopia, InQuent, Intuit Canada, Network Commerce,
points.com, and RedBrigade have contributed greatly to the Company’s low-risk
payment processing business, resulting in the opening of 565 new accounts in
the third quarter alone. The Company now has over 2500 accounts with small
business clients. By processing transactions for points.com and its airline
and hotel clients, SureFire Commerce has also accelerated the development of
its online loyalty business and intends to pursue further business
opportunities where the management of online loyalty points and rewards are
prominent.

Third-Quarter Highlights

During the third quarter, SureFire Commerce continued to develop
innovative products, which led to the Company closing several marketing
partnerships. Product development and partnership agreements are focused on
payment solutions in three core areas: Internet payment processing for online
businesses, bill presentment and payment processing for physical businesses,
and corporate billing solutions. Significant highlights for the third quarter
include:

– the extension of its private-label agreement with Intuit Canada
through the creation of the Quicken Home and Business Credit Card
Service, enabling small businesses to accept credit card payments
online and send invoices by email;

– the delivery of multi-currency capability, allowing SureFire
Commerce to process 30 currencies, more than any payment processor
in the world and facilitating its expansion into Europe;

– a partnership agreement with RedBrigade, a European-based systems
integrator, that will integrate SureFire Commerce’s bill presentment
and payment solution into its financial processing system and market
it to corporate clients with high-volume billing needs;

– a strategic alliance agreement with Wysdom Inc. in order to offer
mobile operators a hybrid version of SureFire Commerce’s online
payment solution and enable small businesses to perform payment
transactions with mobile devices;

– a partnership agreement with points.com that will see SureFire
Commerce process transactions for the pointspurchase(TM) platform
used to operate loyalty programs such as buyAAmiles from American
Airlines;

– the launch of CIBC eShops, which combines the security and peace of
mind of online shopping through a trusted financial institution with
the convenience of one-stop shopping in a virtual mall;

– the announcement of a normal course issuer bid to purchase for
cancellation approximately 5% of the Company’s public float;

– on November 6, 2001, the Corporation adopted a voluntary stock
option replacement program for the benefit of its employees pursuant
to which a total of 1,717,800 stock options having exercise prices
ranging from $1.00 to $11.10 were cancelled and 1,209,235 new
options having an exercise price of $0.90 and vesting over three
years were issued;

– the launch of the QuickBooks UK Credit Card Service, enabling small
businesses in the U.K. and Ireland to process credit card payments
as well as send and settle invoices by email in pounds sterling and
euros;

– a strategic partnership agreement with Actinic Software Ltd., a
leading developer of B2B and B2C software solutions in Europe, to
integrate SureFire Commerce’s online payment solutions into their
two main products, Actinic Catalog and Actinic Business, which are
marketed through over 1600 value-added resellers in Europe.

“Building proprietary transaction processing technology a year ago was a
significant milestone in the evolution of our company, allowing us to develop
innovative solutions and risk management expertise tailored to our customers’
needs,” said Rory Olson. “SureFire Commerce has now processed 24 million
transactions since the launch of our transaction processing engine and we are
entirely committed to our core business, payment processing.”

About SureFire Commerce Inc.

SureFire Commerce Inc. is a global provider of secure online payment
solutions and e-commerce support, processing over $1.2 billion of online
transactions annually. The Company specializes in payment solutions in three
core areas: Internet payment processing for online businesses and_licensed
online gaming entities, bill presentment and payment processing for physical
businesses, and corporate billing solutions. SureFire Commerce’s online
payment solutions are marketed to consumers and merchants through strategic
partnership agreements with companies that have significant brand recognition
and distribution channels. SureFire Commerce is headquartered in Montreal
(Quebec) with offices in Hull (Quebec) and London (England).

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Hitachi Palm Cards

Addressing the increasing security needs in consumer, corporate and mobile commerce (mCommerce) sectors, Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. presents two advanced demonstrations that expand Secure MultiMediaCard applications at PalmSource 2002:

— Enhanced SecureMMC: With a new user authentication feature, this method will broaden a range of applications and present new market opportunities for data protection on mobile handheld computing devices, such as health care, corporate data and government applications.

— The second conceptual demonstration illustrates the benefits of merging Smart Card security platform technology and MultiMediaCards’ large storage capacity to enable mCommerce applications and other high security mobile data services. This card lends all the functionality of Smart Cards into a small, industry standard size.

SecureMMC — Content protection plus user authentication

The advanced secure memory card demonstrated at the conference adds a user authentication feature to the first generation Hitachi SecureMMC for the Keitaide-Music distribution network on mobile phones in service in Japan since 2000. These secure memory cards, compliant with the Content Protection SecureMMC specification recently adopted by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA), utilize Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology and hardware Tamper Resistance Module (TRM) to safeguard the transfer and storage of secure data. The new card previews a planned addition to Hitachi’s SecureMMC product line. It stores content (data, records, copyrighted material, etc.) that can only be accessed after an authorized user inputs the private PIN (Personal Identification Number) protected on the card. The security functions built into card’s hardware can withstand aggressive, malicious electronic attacks. For example, the SecureMMC with PIN authentication can enable sales executives or government employees to safely acquire, store, transport and view confidential information such as strategy plans, volume pricing data, or government statistics. At the same time, they have the assurance that sensitive data stored on the SecureMMC in the handheld device cannot be accessed by anyone in the event the memory card and/or the handheld is lost or stolen.

Making applications more mobile

According to Sami Nassar, managing director of strategic marketing at Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc., “The new SecureMMC provides both theft-protected digital storage and private access in a rugged, easily transportable medium. Software developers can leverage the card’s capabilities to create applications that allow greater security and mobility. When the card is inserted into the expansion slot of a Palm(TM) handheld, for example, new medical data acquisition software could let nurses collect patient care information conveniently, on the spot, while denying access to that data to unauthorized hospital personnel. Many more intriguing application possibilities for SecureMMC devices exist.” To encourage developers to create such programs, Hitachi demonstrated sample applications of personal and enterprise data security solutions in the PalmSource exhibit hall. Also, Hitachi plans to offer software developer tool kits (SDKs) for Palm handhelds to facilitate code design and debug. Application development is inherently easier in any case because the code itself can be simplified, since the security functions are implemented in the memory card’s hardware rather than in the software. This product is the first to simultaneously provide both key data encryption and access authorization.

Secure distribution, storage and retrieval

“There’s a rising demand for greater security across multiple markets, and Hitachi is stepping up to create a secure expansion card solution,” said Kevin Hell, senior vice president of product management, Solutions Group, Palm, Inc. “We are seeing significant opportunities for SecureMMC among our enterprise and government customers.”

MultiMediaCard technology roadmap accommodates evolving market needs

According to Andy Prophet, executive director of the MMCA, the standards organization that oversees MultiMediaCard technology, “The MultiMediaCard Association is very pleased to see card vendors, including Hitachi, offering SecureMMC for Content Protection. We believe the Palm platform is ideally suited for this purpose, and the market will be seeing a wide and exciting range of content available soon for SecureMMC.”

Concept: Smart Card technology enhances SecureMMC devices

The second MultiMediaCard innovation that Hitachi showed at the PalmSource 2002 conference is a conceptual demonstration of Smart Card technology in a MultiMediaCard memory card format. The marriage of Smart Card technology and secure data storage will enable highly secure mobile financial transactions and a new generation of portable data security applications. The memory card’s dual functionality would make possible diverse new mCommerce opportunities on Palm handhelds and other handheld devices that can’t be built today. “Hitachi is a major supplier of the complex, highly secure embedded controllers used in the Smart Cards now widely accepted in Europe and Asia as advanced bank/credit cards, sophisticated security keys, identification cards, GSM subscriber identification modules (SIM) and more,” said Haruji Ishihara, chief engineer of System Memory Business Unit, Semiconductor and Integrated Circuits at Hitachi, Ltd. “The conceptual presentation we made today at PalmSource 2002 hints at how a Palm handheld with a `Smart’ memory card could be used for financial transactions and other types of interactive applications, such as e-wallet, e-ticket and e-government. We have also highlighted a development environment that will help third-party experts create and perfect the requisite software more quickly and easily.”

About Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc.

Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi America, Ltd., supports the requirements of the North American marketplace with a broad range of standard and low-power semiconductor solutions. Offering some of the industry’s most popular microcontrollers, microprocessors and memory components, among other semiconductor solutions, Hitachi provides chips to the world’s leading device manufacturers within industrial, consumer and emerging market applications. Hitachi’s substantial design engineering, research and development facilities in the United States help bring the world’s best technology to U.S. customers. For more information, visit: . Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, consumer electronics and semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit: [http://www.hitachi.com][1].

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2000 (ended March 31, 2001) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi’s Web site: [http://global.hitachi.com][2]. *At an exchange rate of 124 yen to the dollar.

About MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association)

MMCA was founded in 1998, with 14 companies, to promote the worldwide adoption of a postage-stamp size, removable storage standard for digital information in small and low-power devices. The organization has grown rapidly and now has over 100 members worldwide, representing all branches of mobile electronic applications, including semiconductor suppliers, software vendors and manufacturers of products such as_music players, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, voice recorders, GPS navigation devices, bar code scanners and more. The MMCA developed and regulates open industry standards that define all types of MultiMediaCards, ensuring full interoperability between the cards produced by all MMCA members. MultiMediaCards offer an unmatched array of features and benefits, and are becoming the industry standard for compact removable storage media across multiple host platforms and markets. MMCA headquarters are located at PO Box 2012, Cupertino, CA 95015-2012. More information is at the web site: [www.mmca.org][3].

NOTE: Palm OS and PalmSource are registered trademarks and Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners. (1) MultiMediaCard is a trademark of Infineon Technologies AG of Germany, and is licensed to the MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association).

[1]: http://www.hitachi.com/
[2]: http://global.hitachi.com/
[3]: http://www.mmca.org/

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EURONET CAPITAL

Euronet Worldwide, Inc., a leading provider of secure electronic financial
transaction
solutions, announced that it has completed a private placement of
625,000
shares of its common stock at $20 per share, for gross proceeds of $12.5
million.

“This placement, together with the proceeds from the January sale of DASH
assets, brings our current cash resources to approximately $30 million,” said
Kendall Coyne, Euronet CFO. “This additional cash, combined with the reduction
of our debt over the past year, strengthens our balance sheet and adds to our
shareholders’ equity.”

Michael J. Brown, Euronet Chairman and CEO, added: “The participants in this
placement were well-known national and international institutions; most were
current shareholders. The ability to place shares without a discount in this
difficult market is a strong indication of the confidence our investors
have in
Euronet. With a solid balance sheet, we will be ever more able to focus on
growing our business, reducing our debt and executing our plan.”

About Euronet Worldwide

Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in providing secure electronic
financial transaction solutions. Euronet offers financial payment middleware,
financial network gateways, outsourcing and consulting financial institutions
and mobile operators. These solutions enable Euronet’s customers to access
personal information and perform secure financial transactions — any time,
any
place. Euronet has processing centres located in the United States, Europe and
Asia, and owns and operates the largest independent ATM network in Europe.
With
corporate headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, USA, and European headquarters in
Budapest, Hungary, Euronet serves more than 200 clients in 60 countries. Visit
our web site at
http://www.euronetworldwide.com.

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Universal Phone Cards

VoiceCue Technologies Inc., a telecommunications applications software company that specializes in real-time provisioning and billing, announced that wireless carriers using the company’s Universal Prepaid Card Application have made significant market share gains in the lucrative prepaid long distance market. The Universal Prepaid Card Application enables carriers simultaneously to serve both wireless and landline-based long distance users.

VoiceCue’s Universal Prepaid Card Application, which has been deployed successfully with minimal investment by regional carriers throughout the United States, provides carriers with the ability to collect payment for both mobile and landline calls using a single account. The application, an add-on feature of the company’s Intelligent Network Platform(TM), can be customized to suit each carrier’s specific rate plan.

Hargray, a leading regional carrier servicing the Southeast United States, implemented the Universal Prepaid Card Application as an additional feature to VoiceCue’s Platform in 1998. Hargray has since realized a significant incremental increase in both average revenue per user (ARPU) and in its subscriber base. Previously, wireless carriers, such as Hargray, were limited to offering prepaid service only for mobile calls; customers wanting prepaid landline service were forced to purchase phone cards from other carriers offering landline services.

By providing the convenience of a single card, carriers are expanding their market bases significantly and affordably, and offering substantial benefits to customers who can now reuse their prepaid refill cards as long distance cards, instead of discarding them after initial expiration. Customers can easily purchase additional minutes through various service outlets authorized by their carrier, including convenience and grocery stores, video stores, hospitals and hotels.

“The Universal Prepaid Card Application, like the VoiceCue Intelligent Network Platform itself, is designed for one simple reason — to make carriers more profitable by creating new business opportunities and increasing market share,” said Dr. Moises Goldman, VoiceCue Technologies’ COO and VP of strategic planning. “These results prove that implementing the Platform, along with the right mix of add-on features, makes good business sense for carriers, which are always looking to increase the utility of their infrastructure.”

“Hargray has always pushed the envelope in terms of offering our customers the best range of services, and VoiceCue’s Platform offers the only applications flexible and rich enough to support our requirements,” said Todd Pence, Hargray’s vice president and general manager. “By adding VoiceCue’s Universal Prepaid Card Application, we’ve been able to increase our customer base, capitalize on the growing market for prepaid long distance, and build on our reputation as an industry innovator.”

VoiceCue’s Universal Prepaid Card Application is based on a multi-tiered rate structure that logs and accounts for differences between mobile and landline rates as well as prime time and non-prime time use. It services local, long-distance and international calls, and provides customers with an ongoing update of minutes left in the account. In addition, the application allows carriers to utilize the Universal Card for other types of transactions, such as Prepaid Internet, Prepaid Landline Internet, and Prepaid Cable.

VoiceCue’s Intelligent Network Platform is designed to improve carriers’ operational efficiency, revenue and profits by performing a number of critical functions, including detailed, real-time customer demographic information collection for managing account status and revealing usage trends. In addition, VoiceCue’s Platform provides carriers with new opportunities for triggering revenue-generating subscriber usage transactions by tracking customer voice or data usage, as well as spending and replenishing activities in real time. The Platform supports an unlimited number of rate and billing plans, and enables carriers to enter new markets such as postpaid, usage limits, data delivery, Internet access, long distance, fixed wireless and cable TV.

About VoiceCue Technologies Inc.

Founded in 1993, privately held VoiceCue Technologies is a telecommunications applications software company that specializes in real-time provisioning and billing. The company targets telecommunications service providers that depend upon volume transactions, and seek to improve operational efficiency, revenue and profits. VoiceCue’s Intelligent Network Platform is comprised of an integrated suite of applications built to service the industry’s most complex and challenging infrastructures. By supporting both wireless and landline environments, VoiceCue’s Platform can be customized according to a carrier’s business requirements, personalized based on preferences, and delivered to customer service workstations, retailers, the Internet or phone. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.voicecue.com][1].

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

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LED ASSEMBLY

NanoPierce Card Technologies
GmbH, a subsidiary of NanoPierce Technologies, Inc. announced that the German
ministry of business and technology is supporting
its research into the assembly and bonding of LED (Light Emitting Diode)
arrays.
The research is being carried out in close co-operation with Elcos AG of
Pfaffenhofen, Germany.

The LED market represents a key future market for the application of the
NCS(TM) (NanoPierce Connection System) technology. The aim of the co-operation
with Elcos AG, started at the end of 2000 and set to last into 2003, is to
adapt and further develop NCS technology for use in the LED field. In doing
so,
the primary focus is not on the individual components, but rather on area
arrays comprising 100 or more LED dies on one substrate. These area arrays are
distinguished by their enormous luminous power coupled with substantially
lower
power consumption (as high as a factor of 10). Under the auspices of this
co-operation, diverse components are being manufactured using the new
technology and subsequently evaluated and tested under real conditions.
Over the next few years, the use of LEDs is expected to experience substantial
growth rates averaging from 10 up to 50% (Power LED) per year, depending on
the
application. The uses of LEDs range from niche applications, such as special
miniaturized displays in cameras and planes, all the way to mass applications
such as automobile taillights, traffic signs, and the replacement of
conventional means of lighting in the home. In addition to their extremely low
power requirements, LEDs require virtually no maintenance, another definite
advantage for applications using this new lighting technology. Moreover, the
market has experienced considerable momentum due to developments that now
allow
all three additive primary colors as well as white light to be produced. Hence
one of the most serious limitations for many applications has been eliminated.
The German ministry of business and technology (Bundesministerium fur
Wirtschaft und Technologie) through the working group for industrial research
(AiF, Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigugen “Otto von
Guericke” e.V.) will support the ongoing research of NanoPierce Card
Technologies GmbH with EUR 100,000.

Michael Kober, Chief Technology Officer of NanoPierce Card Technologies GmbH,
commented: “While the sum of money may be small, we consider it a considerable
honour to receive this significant recognition from an eminent organization
for
the quality and commercial potential of our research. We are also optimistic
that it may lead to additional state aid for our subsequent investments.”
“We consider this support a recognition of the potential of our approach in
partnership with Elcos,” explained Dr. Michael E. Wernle, President & CEO of
NanoPierce Card Technologies GmbH. “In Elcos AG and especially in its
chairman,
Mr. Joachim Sieg, we have found an experienced partner who is both
internationally acknowledged and highly regarded in the LED field. As a
technological leader, Elcos has demonstrated its ability to achieve ambitious
solutions, technologically as well as economically, before anyone else in the
business. That’s why Elcos AG is the ideal partner for us in this area.”
With its headquarters in Pfaffenhofen, approx. 30 miles north of Munich, Elcos
AG (www.elcos.de) is an internationally successful
manufacturer of special
components, particularly in the LED field. Elcos components are not only used
in display systems for SLR cameras (Leica) and switch lighting in the cockpit
of the European Airbus, but they are also used in Power LED industrial
lighting
fixtures inside the Agfa-Minilab. Throughout its over 20-year company history,
Elcos has repeatedly been able to prevail technologically over much larger
competitive companies.

About NanoPierce Technologies, Inc.

NanoPierce Card Technologies GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of NanoPierce
Technologies, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, USA, which is traded on the Nasdaq
stock market (OTCBB: NPCT) as well as on the Frankfurt and Hamburg exchanges
(OTC: NPI). In addition to the 12 patents it owns, NanoPierce has numerous
applications pending, others in preparation, and various other intellectual
properties related to NanoPierce’s proprietary NCS(TM) (NanoPierce Connection
System). This advanced system is designed to provide significant improvement
over conventional electrical and mechanical interconnection methods for
high-density circuit boards, components, sockets, connectors, semiconductor
packaging and electronic systems.
For more information about NanoPierce Technologies, Inc., log on to the
Company’s website at http://www.nanopierce.com.

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DoD Smart Card Award

The Smart Card Alliance, a non-profit association working to accelerate the widespread adoption of multiple applications for smart card technology, announced that the Department of Defense is the recipient of the “Most Innovative Issuing Organization” through the implementation of its Common Access Card program. The award is presented to those organizations in the public and private sectors that have taken a leadership role in advancing the use of smart card technology. Mary Dixon, director of Access Card Office, Department of Defense, and Robert Brandewie, Deputy Director, Defense Manpower Data Center, Department of Defense accepted the award in Austin, Texas during the Alliance’s February conference.

“The DoD clearly recognizes the benefits of smart cards, which enable secure, standards-based applications and interoperability across a wide range of functions,” said Robert Brandewie, Deputy Director, Defense Manpower Data Center, Department of Defense. “Smart cards have proven to be a valuable, cost effective tool and we are honored that the Smart Card Alliance has recognized us with this award.”

The Department of Defense began initial smart card pilots in 1992 and found that they provided both a secure and private means for identification. As a part of the DoD Common Access Program, the deployment of four million smart cards began in earnest in November 2001. By the end of 2003, the issuance infrastructure will have been rolled out to 900 sites around the world and the initial issuance of the four million cards completed. The smart cards are used for digitally signing and encrypting electronic documents, and in enabling secure remote access to personal data.

“Issuing organizations, like the Department of Defense, are demonstrating that smart cards enhance the security of facilities and systems worldwide and can support many important applications,” said Donna Farmer, president and chief executive officer of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Common Access Card Program demonstrates the significant use of smart card technology at the federal level and the project’s size and scale of smart card deployment makes the DoD the Alliance’s choice for the most innovative issuing organization.”

The DoD is utilizing the highly secure, multiple application cards for physical identification, building access, and network access. The cards, which incorporate PKI (public key infrastructure) and digital signature technology, serve as highly portable, secure tokens for enhancing the security of network access and ensuring secure electronic communications.

The Smart Card Alliance has published a case study on the DoD Common Access Card program, which can be found at [http://www.smartcardalliance.org][1]

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple applications for smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations, and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. For more information please visit [http://www.smartcardalliance.org][2].

[1]: http://www.smartcardalliance.org/
[2]: http://www.smartcardalliance.org/

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GLOBALPLATFORM STRATEGIC DIRECTOR

The GlobalPlatform Board of Directors has elected Mr
Shoji Miyamoto – Deputy General Manager, Business Solution Systems Division
of Hitachi Ltd – to become the organisation’s first Strategic Director. In
his new position, Mr Miyamoto will serve on the Board for one year, during
which time he will facilitate an initiative with Japanese Government funded
organisation, Next Generation Ic Card System Study Group (NICSS) to develop
contactless multiple application smart cards for use by local Japanese
authorities.

Mr Miyamoto will be responsible for developing the relationship between
GlobalPlatform and NICSS, where he is also a Board Member. It is hoped that
a collaboration between the two organisations will lead to GlobalPlatform
technology providing the common platform for next generation IC card systems
for public use in Japan.

Commenting on Mr Miyamoto’s new role, Steve Brown, Chairman of
GlobalPlatform says: “Mr Miyamoto’s previous experience as a GlobalPlatform
Board member, coupled with his strategic knowledge of our organisation and
his close links with NICSS and Japan make him an ideal candidate for this
role. I am delighted that he accepted our nomination to stand for this
position and as the first Strategic Director to be elected by the
GlobalPlatform Board, I am confident that he will set a very high standard
for others to follow. I look forward to the future successful relationship
between GlobalPlatform and NICSS that will result from Mr Miyamoto’s
efforts.”

The role of Strategic Director was created in August 2001, when the
GlobalPlatform Board implemented the decision to allow up to two new Board
positions. Under the scheme, the 11 Board Directors elected by the
consortium’s Full Members are entitled to elect up to two Strategic
Directors at any one time, allowing them to fully utilise the strengths and
skills of Member organisations when they require additional advice or
expertise regarding a particular strategic issue.

Strategic Director positions are not always occupied and those elected to
fill these positions hold no voting rights. All GlobalPlatform Members of
good standing, regardless of Membership level, are eligible to serve as
Strategic Director.

About GlobalPlatform:

GlobalPlatform is the only cross-industry forum focused on the development,
management and promotion of specifications for multiple application smart
cards, smart card applications, and enabling devices. With support from its
global member organisations, GlobalPlatform promotes a standard framework
facilitating the implementation of smart card programs in any industry
around the world. GlobalPlatform allows flexibility in the choice of
technologies and vendors through an emphasis on open standards for cards,
terminals and support infrastructure. GlobalPlatform’s card and terminal
specifications are the first open standards adopted by GlobalPlatform and
will provide a solid foundation from which the organisation will define the
future of multiple application smart cards.

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SureFire 4Q/01

SureFire Commerce Inc. announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2002. The Company continues to deliver on its commitment to profitability by recording its third consecutive quarter of net profit and its ninth consecutive quarter of operating profit. The Company also reported revenue of $64.7 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2002, 21% higher than revenue of $53.4 million for the same period last year.

“For the first nine months of fiscal 2002, SureFire Commerce has remained focused on achieving net profitability and we have done so in an economic environment that has been very challenging. We are willing to accept a slower rate of short-term revenue growth in order to remain profitable and build for the long-term. We are extremely pleased with these results,” said Rory Olson, President and CEO of SureFire Commerce.

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2001, revenues totalled $19.6 million. SureFire Commerce also recorded operating profit of $870,000 and net profit of $534,000, or $0.01 per share. For the first nine months of fiscal 2002, revenues totalled $64.7 million, compared to $53.4 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2000. For the first nine months of fiscal 2002, net profit totals $2.6 million, compared to a net loss of $20.2 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2000. Revenue for the third quarter remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous quarter, primarily due to overall weakness in the general economy and the continuing impact of the tragic events of September 11th.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter totalled $94.4 million, including $78.8 million in customer deposits as well as $15.6 million in free cash. The Company has a receivable from one of its suppliers of services in the amount of $10.2 million. This receivable relates to charges from the supplier that the Company believes are unsubstantiated and the Company is actively pursuing their recovery. In the opinion of management, adequate provision has been made in the accounts of the Company. SureFire Commerce also reported that it has achieved several milestones during the quarter. The Company currently has in excess of 130,000 FirePay Personal Accounts, and processed US $87.9 million in transactions for these accounts in the third quarter of fiscal 2002. The Company has in fact processed almost 24 million transactions since the launch of its proprietary transaction processing engine a year ago.

As part of its strategy, SureFire Commerce remains committed to net profitability and will endeavour to stimulate strong mid- to long-term revenue growth by pursuing relationships with regulated land-based gaming companies pursuing online strategies. The international land-based gaming industry, including Nevada and other regions across the United States, is a multi- billion-dollar industry, and several of the best-known names in the industry are announcing proactive online business strategies. The Company continues to derive just over 60% of its processing volume from the licensed online gaming industry, and is seeing a dramatic increase in the internationalization of that revenue. Licensed casino operators have launched significant global marketing campaigns that have resulted and continue to result in a marked increase in consumers from Europe, South America, and Asia.

The Company continues to pursue marketing partnerships in order to increase its merchant and consumer client bases, which rely on SureFire Commerce’s many innovative payment solutions. Recent partnerships with FreeMerchant.com, Infopia, InQuent, Intuit Canada, Network Commerce, points.com, and RedBrigade have contributed greatly to the Company’s low-risk payment processing business, resulting in the opening of 565 new accounts in the third quarter alone. The Company now has over 2500 accounts with small business clients. By processing transactions for points.com and its airline and hotel clients, SureFire Commerce has also accelerated the development of its online loyalty business and intends to pursue further business opportunities where the management of online loyalty points and rewards are prominent.

Third-Quarter Highlights

During the third quarter, SureFire Commerce continued to develop innovative products, which led to the Company closing several marketing partnerships. Product development and partnership agreements are focused on payment solutions in three core areas: Internet payment processing for online businesses, bill presentment and payment processing for physical businesses, and corporate billing solutions. Significant highlights for the third quarter include:

– the extension of its private-label agreement with Intuit Canada through the creation of the Quicken Home and Business Credit Card Service, enabling small businesses to accept credit card payments online and send invoices by email;

– the delivery of multi-currency capability, allowing SureFire Commerce to process 30 currencies, more than any payment processor in the world and facilitating its expansion into Europe;

– a partnership agreement with RedBrigade, a European-based systems integrator, that will integrate SureFire Commerce’s bill presentment and payment solution into its financial processing system and market it to corporate clients with high-volume billing needs;

– a strategic alliance agreement with Wysdom Inc. in order to offer mobile operators a hybrid version of SureFire Commerce’s online payment solution and enable small businesses to perform payment transactions with mobile devices;

– a partnership agreement with points.com that will see SureFire Commerce process transactions for the pointspurchase(TM) platform used to operate loyalty programs such as buyAAmiles from American Airlines;

– the launch of CIBC eShops, which combines the security and peace of mind of online shopping through a trusted financial institution with the convenience of one-stop shopping in a virtual mall;

– the announcement of a normal course issuer bid to purchase for cancellation approximately 5% of the Company’s public float;

– on November 6, 2001, the Corporation adopted a voluntary stock option replacement program for the benefit of its employees pursuant to which a total of 1,717,800 stock options having exercise prices ranging from $1.00 to $11.10 were cancelled and 1,209,235 new options having an exercise price of $0.90 and vesting over three years were issued;

– the launch of the QuickBooks UK Credit Card Service, enabling small businesses in the U.K. and Ireland to process credit card payments as well as send and settle invoices by email in pounds sterling and euros;

– a strategic partnership agreement with Actinic Software Ltd., a leading developer of B2B and B2C software solutions in Europe, to integrate SureFire Commerce’s online payment solutions into their two main products, Actinic Catalog and Actinic Business, which are marketed through over 1600 value-added resellers in Europe. “Building proprietary transaction processing technology a year ago was a significant milestone in the evolution of our company, allowing us to develop innovative solutions and risk management expertise tailored to our customers’ needs,” said Rory Olson. “SureFire Commerce has now processed 24 million transactions since the launch of our transaction processing engine and we are entirely committed to our core business, payment processing.”

About SureFire Commerce Inc.

SureFire Commerce Inc. is a global provider of secure online payment solutions and e-commerce support, processing over $1.2 billion of online transactions annually. The Company specializes in payment solutions in three core areas: Internet payment processing for online businesses and licensed online gaming entities, bill presentment and payment processing for physical businesses, and corporate billing solutions. SureFire Commerce’s online payment solutions are marketed to consumers and merchants through strategic partnership agreements with companies that have_significant brand recognition and distribution channels. SureFire Commerce is headquartered in Montreal (Quebec) with offices in Hull (Quebec) and London (England).

For complete details on SureFire’s latest results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

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