American Express announced the winners in its contest that challenged Java developers from around the world to create innovative, new smart card applications for potential use on the credit card Blue from American Express. The ‘Code Blue’ contest was co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems and Oberthur Card Systems. Igor Fisher, of Tuebingen, Germany, will receive $50,000 as the first place winner of the ‘Code Blue’ contest, earning the honor with his “Pass Keeper” application. Pass Keeper would enhance a user’s smart card by storing a portable and securely locked list of Internet addresses (a/k/a bookmarks) together with a user’s PINs, passwords, or account numbers that might be required for entering those sites. Sirl Davis of the UK will receive $25,000 as the second place finisher. Mr. Davis’ application would use smart card technology for encrypting and gaining secure access to MP3 files and could be extended to other file formats, software, and video games. The third place winners created a Java Card technology application for couponing and electronic ticketing.Details
During May and June, 100 selected Eurocard customers are testing the use of
a virtual Eurocard for payments via Ericsson’s R520m mobile telephone with
built-in Bluetooth technology.
This is the first time that an internationally valid payment form has been
used in such a trial.
Svenska Eurocard is seeking to test whether customers experience that
payment via the mobile telephone is an easier, faster and more convenient
alternative than other payment methods, such as cash or card. Four stores
in the TÃ¤by Centrum shopping mall near Stockholm – MQ, Ego, Teknikmagasinet
and Buketten – are involved in the test as well as the Statoil petrol
station adjacent to the TÃ¤by Gallop racetrack.
“For the customer, paying for purchases using a Bluetooth-equipped mobile
phone will enable them to pass through the store check-out much faster. If
there is a line-up, the wait will be shortened considerably – which
benefits both customers and stores. Payment by Bluetooth-equipped mobile
phone can shorten the payment procedure by one-half. Customers can also be
informed of any special offers the stores may have at the particular time
via their mobile telephones,” says Synnove Trygg, president of Eurocard AB
“For the stores, payment by mobile phone with Bluetooth enables them to
serve more customers in shorter time. Since purchases are confirmed using
PIN codes, there is no need for the stores to check customers’ ID,” says
Bluetooth makes it possible to transmit wireless data over short distances,
quickly and free of charge – in this case, between the purchaser’s mobile
phone, which incorporates the virtual Eurocard, and the store cash register.
“The attempt is based on an Ericsson-developed payment platform for
financial transactions using Bluetooth. It is an example of how the new
wireless Internet technology can be used for users’ everyday tasks,” says
Orvar Parling, vice president in charge of sales with Ericsson Sverige AB.
Eurocard AB in Sweden’s tests are unlike other wireless-payment methods
that use mobile phones in that they involve Bluetooth technology. Other
ongoing attempts use the regular GSM network and often involve one or
several SMS services, which creates costs for the consumer and longer
National Processing Company announced the appointment of Laurent “Larry” F. Bouchard to serve as senior vice president – Direct Marketing. Bouchard, who will report to Mark Pyke, executive vice president of Merchant Services, will provide leadership and strategic direction as NPC aggressively expands into the direct marketing segment.
Prior to joining NPC, Bouchard held senior positions at leading companies in the acquiring industry. Most recently, Bouchard oversaw product development at Paymentech and prior to that served as Portfolio Manager for Litle & Company.
“With more than three decades of experience in the merchant services industry, Larry brings valuable knowledge and direction to NPC with regard to the direct marketing industry,” stated Mark Pyke, executive vice president of Merchant Services for NPC. “Larry’s experience in product development and specifically direct marketing will serve NPC well as we continue to grow our existing merchant base.”
“I’m proud to join one of the leading merchant processing companies in the world,” said Larry Bouchard, senior vice president – Direct Marketing for NPC. “My goal is to build upon the strong foundation NPC has established within the industry, and help take it to the next level.”
About National Processing, Inc.
National Processing, Inc. through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, National Processing Company (NPC(R)) is a leading provider of merchant credit card processing. National Processing is 87 percent owned by National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC) ( [http://www.nationalcity.com]), a Cleveland based $91 billion financial holding company. NPC supports over 500,000 merchant locations, representing nearly one out of every five Visa(R) and MasterCard(R) transactions processed nationally. NPC’s card processing solutions offer superior levels of service and performance and assist merchants in lowering their total cost of card acceptance through our world-class people, technology and service. Additional information regarding National Processing can be obtained at [http://www.npc.net].
A new smart card ticketing system for bus and train passengers in Northern
Ireland is forthcoming during 2001. Poole-based Wayfarer Transit Systems is
the preferred suppliers for the Â£6m integrated ticketing system. The
Translink system will eventually enable passengers on Northern Ireland
Railways, Ulsterbus and Citybus to book through tickets through their
prepaid smart cards.
AtomicTangerine announced that Visa U.S.A. will offer AtomicTangerine’s Information Security University (InfoSec University) as a component of its Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) education package. The ISU courses will support Visa’s training efforts on the subject of Web-based security.
Visa launched the CISP as part of its Secure Commerce Program in September 2000, partnering with e-merchants to protect cardholder data online. The CISP entails a set of 12 e-Commerce security requirements for safeguarding systems from unauthorized use of card and account information. Visa is helping e-merchants and service providers comply with the CISP requirements, ultimately making online payments safer for consumers.
In order to help spread the CISP message among the e-merchant community, Visa is promoting AtomicTangerine’s InfoSec University as a knowledge source about each of the 12 CISP security requirements. The InfoSec University courses offer a comprehensive, easy-to-use curriculum designed and written by AtomicTangerine’s experts in information security and educational development. The courses, ranging from basic instruction in protecting data for all computer users to deeper technical content designed for IT professionals, will be accessible through www.visabrc.com.
“We are very pleased that Visa has chosen AtomicTangerine’s InfoSec University as part of its CISP education curriculum,” said Joe Deney, CEO AtomicTangerine. “It’s a perfect example of companies realizing that the protection of data, the privacy of customers, and a well-trained security-savvy workforce are essential for doing business in today’s world.”
“AtomicTangerine’s ISU application will play a vital role in educating the Visa community on CISP’s critical security endeavors,” said John Shaughnessy, senior vice president, Risk Management, Visa U.S.A. “Having this additional level of training available enriches our program by helping e-merchants deadbolt cardholder data and safeguard e-Commerce businesses.”
AtomicTangerine, a spin-off of SRI International, specializes in information security services and technology offerings both on-land and on-line for Fortune 1000 companies. The company has demonstrated worldwide leadership as a valued security resource and services provider.
AtomicTangerine offers a complete range of security solutions including risk assessment and management, security architecture and design, advanced technology implementation, public/private partnerships, executive programs, online training, products, and services. Online services include SecurityPortal — internationally recognized as the “focal point for security on the NET(TM)”, NetRadarEWS(TM) (intrusion detection), and InfoSec University an online security training and awareness program.) The SecurityPortal web site (www.securityportal.com) serves a broad audience of more than 250,000 IS professionals each month, and contains more than 40,000 pages of security information, e-newsletters and specially focused digests. For more information about AtomicTangerine, visit the website at [www.atomictangerine.com].
CommWorks Corporation, an industry leader in delivering Internet Protocol (IP)
based networking solutions to service providers, announced that its Total
Control 1000 transaction gateway is helping Visanet, a leading provider of
credit card processing services in Brazil, to reduce its transaction
Visanet operates payment systems for the more than 600,000 affiliates of the
Visa system in Brazil. Visanet has deployed the Total Control 1000 transaction
gateway in its point-of-sale (POS) terminals in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Salvador,
and Rio de Janeiro. Today, one out of four Visanet terminals are equipped with
the CommWorks’ solution. That number is expected to grow to 80 percent of
Visanet’s 170,000 terminals in Brazil by the end of this year.
The Total Control 1000 transaction gateway is CommWorks’ solution for
transaction routing services. The gateway is designed to handle hundreds of
millions of quick, secure transactions involving the transfer of small amounts
of data in a single dial access session. These transactions include credit
authorizations, debit card fund transfers, health benefit authorizations,
electronic fund transfers, and other transactions.
“In comparison with other solutions currently in use by Visanet, we have
achieved a 60 percent cost reduction per port thanks to the CommWorks’
transaction gateway,” said Carlos Alberto Perna, Visanet’s telecommunications
and network director. “The transaction gateway features high performance and
fast connections, even for the different POS models of Visanet. It is also a
flexible platform, providing support for a great variety of protocols and
connection speeds, which is critical for PC connectivity to the network.”
“Customers are looking for updated concentrators that support older legacy
protocols as well as being fully compatible with existing POS terminals in the
network,” said Amit Tiwari, director, Enhanced Data Systems, CommWorks
Corporation. “The Total Control 1000 transaction gateway meets this need,
allowing customers to seamlessly migrate to newer more efficient technologies.
We are pleased that Visanet is the first transaction processor in South
to deploy our gateway.”
Visanet has already invested U.S. $2.5 million to implement this solution and
will be investing the same amount this year to extend it throughout its
installed base, according to Perna.
The Total Control 1000 transaction gateway runs on CommWorks’ award-winning
Total Control 1000 multiservice access platform, which has demonstrated its
reliability and performance for nearly a decade. Currently, more than 12
million Total Control ports are deployed by service providers around the world
to deliver a broad range of data, voice and fax services on a single platform
and using a common set of authentication and billing services.
About CommWorks Corporation
Headquartered in Mount Prospect, Illinois, CommWorks, a 3Com Company, supplies
network service providers around the world with access infrastructures and IP
services platforms that open new business opportunities and help them
unique positions in a competitive marketplace. With flexible multi-service
hardware platforms and modular software components, the comprehensive
architecture makes it possible for service providers to integrate their
existing infrastructures with innovative technologies to deliver an array of
next-generation IP-based enhanced services to their customers. For further
information, visit www.commworks.com
About 3Com Corporation
3Com simplifies how people connect to information and services through
easy-to-use, connectivity products and solutions for consumers and commercial
organizations. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP
platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit
www.3com.com or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.
3Com, CommWorks and Total Control are registered trademarks of 3Com
Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the
respective companies with which they are associated.
@pos announced that it has been awarded patent No. 6,234,389 by the US Patent and Trademark Office directed to a PCMCIA connection supporting secure POS transactions between personal computing devices and external transaction accessories.
The patent, titled “PCMCIA-Based Point-of-Sale Transaction Systems”, pertains to the coupling of personal and business computing devices including desktops, laptops, and PDAs via a PCMCIA port to external sale/purchase transaction accessories. External accessories supported include smart card and magnetic stripe readers, touch sensitive virtual keypad screens, small printers, signature pads, or bio-metric devices. The patent also addresses internal security and secure transaction software included in support of the connection.
“Receiving this patent reflects a significant investment and commitment by @pos to expand our intellectual property portfolio,” said Llavan Fernando, CEO of @pos, “This secure transaction technology provides an unprecedented alternative for traditional POS systems and underscores our intent to drive the industry with innovative technology leadership.”
@pos initiated an aggressive patent program when the company was founded in 1996 and currently maintains a patent portfolio of 4 issued and 20 pending patents.
@pos (OTCBB:EPOS) is a leader in secure, interactive electronic transaction technologies. The company currently markets its products to the retail, government and banking segments. @pos delivers proven technologies that include signature capture pads, web-enabled platforms, smart card interfaces, and encryption engines supporting DES and Triple DES. In addition, @pos offers an extensive suite of software tools. For more information, see www.atpos.comDetails
Euronet Worldwide, a leading provider of secure financial transaction
solutions, named Kendall Coyne as its Chief Financial Officer. Coyne brings
more than 20 years’ finance experience to Euronet, most recently from Aerie
Network Services, Inc. of Denver, Colorado, where he served as Vice President.
At Aerie, he was responsible for corporate structuring and financial
administration for the start-up fiber-optic telecommunications company.
Previous experience includes four years at Sprint PCS/Sprint as Vice
President and Director of Tax Policy. Prior to Sprint, Coyne served in
various tax management and executive management roles for Kansas City Power
and Light Company (KCPL), Public Service Co of NM, Albuquerque, NM, and
KPMG Peat Marwick, Albuquerque, NM.
“Kendall Coyne brings a wealth of experience ideally suited to his role at
Euronet, and we are fortunate to have him join our fast-paced team,” said
Michael Brown, Euronet Worldwide’s Chairman and CEO. “We expect him to play
an important role on the senior management team in moving Euronet forward
and building investor confidence and shareholder value.” Euronet Worldwide
also announced that since March 31, 2001, it had exchanged an aggregate of
DEM 35 million (US$15.5 million) face value of its 12 3/8% senior discount
notes for an aggregate of 1,225,000 shares of its common stock. The total
accreted value (through May 31, 2001) of the debt exchanged is DEM 26.6
million (US$12.0 million). The DEM 35 million face value exchanged includes
the DEM 23 million that was previously reported as a subsequent event in
Euronet Worldwide’s most recent Form 10Q.
As a result of these exchanges, Euronet’s long-term indebtedness will be
US$69.7 million in total face value (US$60.4 million in accreted value) as
of May 31, 2001. This compares to US$85.2 million in total face value
(US$72.3 million in accreted value) of total long-term indebtedness as of
March 31, 2001. The total decrease in the Company’s indebtedness will
result in an annual cash interest expense savings of approximately
$2,000,000 per year. “We are very pleased with these exchanges,” said
Brown. “They improve our balance sheet, reduce our long-term debt, are
accretive to the shareholders and will accelerate the Company’s move toward
About Euronet Worldwide
Euronet Worldwide is a global leader in the rapidly evolving arena of
electronic financial transactions. The company provides software and
service solutions to a wide array of industries from retail banking to
mobile operators, enabling them to offer customers secure access to their
personal financial information — any time, any place. Euronet operates
transaction-processing centers on three continents, including owning and
operating the largest independent ATM network in Europe. With corporate
headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, USA, and European headquarters in
Budapest, Hungary, Euronet Worldwide employs approximately 400 people in 15
Hudson’s Bay Company and Imperial Oil have joined together to offer Canadians more choice, convenience and flexibility – as of May 31, 2001, over 5 million Bay and Zellers credit cardholders can use their card as a method of payment at more than 2,300 Esso-branded service stations across Canada.
“Hudson’s Bay Company offers Canadians the widest selection of goods and services available from any single retailer in Canada,” said George Heller, president and chief executive officer, Hudson’s Bay Company. “We see ourselves as the ultimate shopping solution for Canadians and with Imperial Oil, we are extending beyond our current product offering to meet even more of our customers’ everyday needs. We are pleased to extend the utility of our credit cards to Esso stations across Canada. Our goal is to make shopping easy and rewarding for Canadians and this agreement is an important initiative in achieving this goal.”
By linking their Bay or Zellers credit card to their HBC Rewards/Club Z card, cardholders will earn 25 HBC Rewards Bonus points for every dollar spent at Esso. HBC Rewards Gold members will receive 50 HBC Rewards Bonus points for every dollar spent at Esso when using their Bay or Zellers credit card. HBC Rewards members can redeem their points for over 600 items available in the HBC Rewards catalogue available at any of the Hudson’s Bay Company family of stores – the Bay, Zellers or Home Outfitters or online at the HBC Rewards website found at [www.hbc.com].
“Our research continues to show the importance consumers place on convenience,” said Roger Purdie, Imperial’s vice-president of marketing. “This agreement with Canada’s largest department store retailer reflects our goal of offering consumers more convenience with new payment options and a chance to collect rewards from both Imperial Oil and Hudson’s Bay Company when they come to our service stations and convenience stores.”
Bay and Zellers credit cardholders can also earn Esso Extra points if they swipe their free Esso Extra card on eligible purchases made at participating Esso stations. The Esso Extra loyalty program is a gasoline loyalty program that consistently offers its customers a chance to both accumulate points and enter exciting contests.
About Hudson Bay
Hudson’s Bay Company, established in 1670, is Canada’s largest department store retailer and oldest corporation. The Company provides Canadians with the widest selection of goods and services available through numerous retail channels including more than 500 stores led by the Bay and Zellers chains. Hudson’s Bay Company is Canada’s fifth largest employer with 70,000 and has operations in every province.
About Imperial Oil
Imperial Oil Limited is one of Canada’s largest corporations and has been a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry for more than a century. Imperial is the country’s largest producer of crude oil and a major producer of natural gas. It is also the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products – sold primarily under the Esso brand – with a coast-to-coast supply network. As well, the company is a major producer of petrochemicals.
Any Bank of Montreal customer with an email
address will be able to receive money by email in real time as a result of a
letter of intent signed by Bank of Montreal and CertaPay Inc.
The bank’s clients will have a secure person-to-person (P2P) cash
transfer system. To transfer funds, bank customers log on to their existing
Web account, click on the email payment feature and enter the recipient’s name
and email address. An email message instantly notifies the recipient that
funds have arrived, and at the recipient’s choice, the cash can be directed to
their preferred account – savings, chequing or credit card.
“CertaPay’s email money system addresses a real customer need that, so
far, has been unfulfilled in the payments industry. That’s the need to easily,
securely and affordably transfer money person-to-person electronically,” said
Marnie Kinsley, Executive Vice-President, E-Business, Emfisys, and President
and CEO Cebra Inc., Bank of Montreal.
“It will be like sending an electronic cheque, which is a vast
improvement over the paper-based process of mailing a cheque.”
When the CertaPay platform is up and running later this year, Bank of
Montreal customers, along with those of CIBC, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust,
will have access to the first bank-based, email, P2P money system of its kind
and magnitude in the world.
“Email is ubiquitous,” says Michael Ginsberg, CertaPay’s CEO. “It’s
universal. It’s international. That makes email a perfect medium to facilitate
money transfer. The very fact that we’ve attached money movement to email has
a lot of foreign banks interested in our platform.”
ComQUEST Research Inc. estimates that today 58 per cent or about 14
million Canadians adults use at least one email address. According to a March
2001 estimate by the Canadian Bankers Association, there are approximately 20
million retail banking customers in Canada.
Banking industry surveys show that Canadians have confidence in the
safety and security of their banking system when conducting personal
electronic financial transactions. P2P email money transfers will originate
from within a bank’s password protected, authentication processes and
infrastructure. This means customers do not have to establish new accounts,
IDs or passwords with third parties other than their bank.
Also, customers do not need to know sensitive information about their
recipient, such as a bank account number, for example. They require only the
recipient’s name and email address, whether it’s to send money to family or
friends, pay the rent, donate to charities, contribute to fundraisers or pay
the daycare centre.
“Canadians have been able to make direct electronic payments to
established businesses and organizations for many years,” added Ms. Kinsley.
“Using email as the messaging system, funds will be transferred and payments
reconciled just as they’ve always been. By harnessing the power of the
Internet, we’re helping clients manage their money more easily.”
About Bank of Montreal
Bank of Montreal, Canada’s first bank is a highly diversified financial
services institution. The bank operates more than 30 lines of business within
its group of companies, including BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada’s largest
full-service investment firms and Chicago-based Harris Bank, a major U.S. mid-
west financial services provider.
CertaPay Inc. specializes in point-to-point Internet payment solutions
for financial institutions (FI). The CertaPay platform is designed to work
under FI brands, under FI security and under FI control. CertaPay’s solutions
empower FIs to retain full control over their customer relationships, offer
new electronic payment services and leverage their high levels of trust for
security and moving money. Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce, Bank of Nova Scotia and TD Canada Trust are integrating CertaPay’s
person-to-person payment capability, which enables online banking customers to
Hongkong Post has signed a deal with VISA International for the development of a Hongkong Post e-Cert enabled multi-application smart card using Open Platform. This is the first time that Hongkong Post has collaborated with a payment association to explore the potential of e-Cert enabled Open Platform smart cards to give end-users greater convenience, personal security and protection. Under the deal, VISA and Hongkong Post will jointly study the suitability of the Open Platform to support Hongkong Post’s e-Cert and its Public Key Infrastructure, and the suitability for an Open Platform smart card to carry a Hongkong Post e-Cert as a medium to authenticate the identity of the holder. In the future, consumers will be able to authenticate and sign digital documents and to make payments by just one single e-Cert enabled smart card.Details
Hudson’s Bay Company and Imperial Oil have joined
together to offer Canadians more choice, convenience and flexibility – as of
May 31, 2001, over 5 million Bay and Zellers credit cardholders can use their
card as a method of payment at more than 2,300 Esso-branded service stations
“Hudson’s Bay Company offers Canadians the widest selection of goods and
services available from any single retailer in Canada,” said George Heller,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company. “We see ourselves
as the ultimate shopping solution for Canadians and with Imperial Oil, we are
extending beyond our current product offering to meet even more of our
customers’ everyday needs. We are pleased to extend the utility of our credit
cards to Esso stations across Canada. Our goal is to make shopping easy and
rewarding for Canadians and this agreement is an important initiative in
achieving this goal.”
By linking their Bay or Zellers credit card to their HBC Rewards/Club Z
card, cardholders will earn 25 HBC Rewards Bonus points for every dollar spent
at Esso. HBC Rewards Gold members will receive 50 HBC Rewards Bonus points for
every dollar spent at Esso when using their Bay or Zellers credit card. HBC
Rewards members can redeem their points for over 600 items available in the
HBC Rewards catalogue available at any of the Hudson’s Bay Company family of
stores – the Bay, Zellers or Home Outfitters or online at the HBC Rewards
website found at www.hbc.com.
“Our research continues to show the importance consumers place on
convenience,” said Roger Purdie, Imperial’s Vice-President of Marketing. “This
agreement with Canada’s largest department store retailer reflects our goal of
offering consumers more convenience with new payment options and a chance to
collect rewards from both Imperial Oil and Hudson’s Bay Company when they come
to our service stations and convenience stores.”
Bay and Zellers credit cardholders can also earn Esso Extra points if
they swipe their free Esso Extra card on eligible purchases made at
participating Esso stations. The Esso Extra loyalty program is a gasoline
loyalty program that consistently offers its customers a chance to both
accumulate points and enter exciting contests.
Hudson’s Bay Company, established in 1670, is Canada’s largest department
store retailer and oldest corporation. The Company provides Canadians with the
widest selection of goods and services available through numerous retail
channels including more than 500 stores led by the Bay and Zellers chains.
Hudson’s Bay Company is Canada’s fifth largest employer with 70,000 and has
operations in every province.
Imperial Oil Limited is one of Canada’s largest corporations and has been
a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry for more than a century.
Imperial is the country’s largest producer of crude oil and a major producer
of natural gas. It is also the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum
products – sold primarily under the Esso brand – with a coast-to-coast supply
network. As well, the company is a major producer of petrochemicals.