Bank One’s International Credit Card Division announced Monday an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club to launch a new VISA credit card in Canada. The new Blue Jays VISA card will be officially launched later this summer and will feature customized designs, no annual fee, competitive rates, and targeted benefits exclusively for Blue Jays fans. Bank One/First USA currently has 1,500 cobranded/affinity programs worldwide. In Canada, Bank One currently offers the Edmonton Oilers VISA card.Details
First National Bank of Omaha’s Credit Card Center eliminated the troublesome electrical grid glitch problem yesterday. With the flick of a switch, FNB Omaha’s 200,000 sq. ft. technology center switched over to a pioneering on-site power plant that uses a fuel cell as its primary power source instead of the electric utility’s grid. CT-based ONSI Corp. has installed four ‘PC25’ fuel cells as part of a new Sure Power ‘High Availability Power System’. Sure Power Corp., also CT-based, specializes in systems for reliable, computer-grade electricity. A fuel cell is similar to a battery. It uses an electrochemical process to directly convert chemical energy into electricity and hot water. Each ‘PC25’ fuel cell generates 200 kilowatts of electricity, enough to supply electricity for nearly 150 homes. Because the fuel cell does not burn gas, it operates virtually pollution free. The National Power Laboratory estimates that the typical computer location experiences 289 power disturbances a year that are outside the voltage limits of the computer equipment. First National Omaha says the new power system gives it a competitive advantage.Details
Computer Sciences Corporation announced this morning that Deutsche Bank AG in Germany has become the first issuer to implement CSC’s ‘Card and Merchant System II’ software. ‘CAMS II’ processes all operations for the entire card business, including automated security and authorization functions. The system authorizes new applicants, creates and dispatches PIN numbers and cards, and handles complete transactions every time a card is used — including automatically deducting fees payable, crediting retailers with the remainder due and accumulating loyalty awards for individual accounts. ‘CAMS II’ also has the capacity to process 64,000 simultaneous card swipes. The ‘CAMS II’ software was first released in Feb. 1998 after 150 man-years of development effort to re-architect the previous version of ‘CAMS’, gearing it toward a relational ‘DB2′ environment.’ The Deutsche Bank implementation covers more than 640,000 credit cards. Two additional ‘CAMS II’ implementations are scheduled for completion this year.Details
Digital Courier Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: DCTI) announced Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Secure-Bank.com, a payment processing gateway for secure credit card transactions over the Internet. Secure-Bank.com, a privately owned company based in Clearwater, Florida, is Digital Courier’s most recent strategic maneuver in a series of deals and acquisitions made to augment its goal to become the payment processing leader over the Internet.
Secure-Bank’s gateway combines secure real-time access with sophisticated fraud prevention features that regulate and manage customer and merchant activity. Secure-Bank has developed several systems for its use, including: RISC (Risk Interface Security Control) and RISC II systems, a fraud detection and settlement service; and Secure-Charge, a real-time authorization system. The Secure-Bank system has been integrated into the existing netClearing technology, Access Services management process, and ACI’s BASE24(R) software. Digital Courier recently announced that ACI Worldwide will market the integrated netClearing product, making it immediately available to merchant banks and merchants worldwide.
“Secure-Bank adds critical security, fraud-control, and transaction integrity technology to the sophisticated netClearing product. The addition of Secure-Bank has catapulted Digital Courier’s position in the Internet payment processing industry, securing strong revenue streams both domestically and internationally,” said Jim Egide, CEO of Digital Courier. “Once we complete our vertically integrated end to end payment processing product, we’ll eliminate industry inefficiencies by cutting out the middlemen and offering a convenient, top of the line, end to end product package with everyone from the merchant bank to the consumer in mind. We intend to be a force to be reckoned with in this rapidly growing industry,” Mr. Egide added.
“Digital Courier is a forward-looking company whose goals enable us to take our product line to the next stage and maximize our product capabilities,” said Ken Nagel, President of Secure-Bank. “The recent Visa International Conference was a very successful experience for us. We’ve received numerous inquiries about implementing our product in major banks worldwide. This is a very exciting time for us all,” he added.
Digital Courier supplies financial institutions, businesses and major web portals with sophisticated e-commerce, payment processing and content delivery software. Its netClearing division has been developed with a merchant focus, providing the web-based payment interface, order management, and fulfillment controls at a highly sophisticated level. Its Access Services affiliate provides world-class payment processing management and substantial financial institution and merchant business to our netClearing division. Its Secure- Bank affiliate combines secure real-time access with sophisticated fraud prevention features that regulate and manage customer and merchant activity. DataBank International (currently in acquisition) provides essential portfolio management tools which merchant banks use to monitor their acquiring programs and constantly assess the activity of the merchants. These tools and the entire system give banks real-time control over the merchant processing system and consequently reduce exposure to risk in electronic commerce transactions. The service will provide a tightly integrated Internet payment gateway to the credit card networks through a single service provider.Details
PubliCARD and its Tritheim Technologies subsidiary announced this weekend plans to deliver smart card-based electronic commerce applications to consumers through cable television. The consumer set-top terminal will be supplied by General Instrument Corp. utilizing WorldGate Communications’ Internet ‘on-TVSM’ technology. The system will allow consumers to use the Internet to purchase a product or service securely, and display the results of each transaction – all while watching TV. The Tritheim ‘SmartCOMMERCE’ solution will provide consumers with an ATM interface through an Internet browser made available by WorldGate’s Internet on-TV application. Then, using Tritheim smart card readers and software, consumers will be able to make secure withdrawals, deposits, transfers and payments from GI’s ‘CFT-2200’ advanced analog cable set-top terminal using Mondex or VISA electronic cash. The consortium initially plans to deploy the ‘SmartCOMMERCE’ solution in the Asia/Pacific region in the third quarter of this year.Details
Poland’s Bank Pekao SA has chosen ‘Connex’ electronic funds transfer software from Deluxe Data International Limited to handle transactions across its entire ATM and point of sale network. The contract is worth over 1.3 million pounds. Connex on the IBM S/390 enterprise server platform will drive the bank’s existing network of 550 ATMs and process around 2 million transactions per month. The Deluxe contract will also extend to a further 200 planned ATMs.Details
A new single standard for electronic wallets will reportedly receive widespread support this week from VISA, MasterCard, Microsoft, IBM, AOL and Sun. The new technical standard, ‘ECML’, or electronic commerce modeling language, will store credit card payment data in either the Web browser or on an Internet server. Electronic wallets enable Web shoppers to speed through the Website checkout process by eliminating the need to re-enter credit card numbers and personal information. Proprietary electronic wallets have been largely unsuccessful at gaining broad market support.Details
NANOPIERCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. today announced that it has signed a Technology Development Agreement with privately held ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH of Paderborn, Germany, to jointly develop Dual Interface Smart Cards using Nanopierce’s NCS (Nanopierce Connection System) proprietary technology. ORGA is a world leader in manufacturing of Advanced Smart Cards, and a dominant player in the development and production of Smart Cards for commercial enterprises, banks, insurance companies, public health systems, access control systems and identification systems.
ORGA was founded in 1972 and is majority (75%) owned by the printing agency (Bundesdruckerei) of the Federal Republic of Germany through UNIQA GmbH. A Deutsche Telekom AG subsidiary, Deutsche Telepost Consulting GmbH DETECON, owns the 25% balance.
Under the Agreement, Nanopierce and Multitape GmbH and Co., KG, Paderborn, will provide ORGA with chip module substrate tapes treated with Nanopierce Connection System (NCS) designed for use in Dual Interface Smart Cards, popularly known as CombiCards.
This co-operative effort includes all design, testing and final review activities, with the ultimate goal of winning EMV approval culminating in a more formal business venture exploiting the technology. EMV is a Smart Card specification adopted by all major card manufacturers. Paul Metzinger, president and CEO, said, “ORGA has established a solid, world-wide reputation for high-quality product engineering within the Smart Card industry. It has aggressively pursued new technologies to maintain a leading edge, and has a reputation as being a premier innovator of advanced smart card products. Combined with Nanopierce’s contributions, we will demonstrate to the market the technological superiority and cost effectiveness of NCS in manufacturing and marketing of Smart Cards in this very competitive and price sensitive industry.”
NANOPIERCE TECHNOLOGIES owns 11 patents, 6 patents pending, and 2 patent applications in preparation, and various other intellectual properties related to the company’s proprietary NCS (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. NANOPIERCE trades under the ticker NPCT on the OTC bulletin board. NANOPIERCE TECHNOLOGIES is a subsidiary of Intercel Corporation (OTC:BB-INCE).Details
Biometric Identification Friday announced that keyboard and POS manufacturers Ingenico, Key Source, and TIPRO have selected its embedded OEM fingerprint verification modules for integration into their respective product lines. Biometric ID’s product line includes a range of OEM fingerprint recognition modules smaller than a business card that reliably verify an individual’s identity in less than a second. Each individual product set employs ‘Ridge Recognition’, the company’s fingerprint verification algorithm which leverages 20 years of experience designing high-tech systems for the Department of Defense. This patented technology uniquely adjusts for real-world conditions such as the effects of swollen, aged, dirty, scarred or cut fingers, the main pitfalls of other technologies.Details
Consumer class action specialist Wolf Popper LLP announced late Friday that it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of all credit card customers of US Bancorp. The suit follows the filing of a lawsuit last week by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office against US Bancorp. The Attorney General’s office alleges that US Bancorp sold financial information to MemberWorks in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and various state laws designed to protect consumers. The AG suit also alleges that US Bancorp engaged in consumer fraud and deceptive advertising. Wolf Popper says the action brought by the Attorney General of Minnesota was brought solely on behalf of affected residents of the State of Minnesota and does not cover US Bancorp customers in 17 other states.Details
Extensity, Inc., a leading provider of Internet applications for e-business employees, announced that CyberCash, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCH) has chosen Extensity(TM) Expense Reports to help streamline their travel and entertainment expense reporting process. CyberCash, a leader in e-commerce technologies and services, will implement the Web-based solution to manage and automate expense reporting for business travel in the U.S. and abroad, replacing the discontinued ADP Expense solution previously in use. Extensity Expense Reports is part of Extensity’s suite of e-business applications, which help enterprise customers use the Internet to transform business processes to achieve maximum operational efficiency and optimal financial performance.
CyberCash selected Extensity Expense Reports following a competitive review of several expense reporting solutions currently on the market. The application will enable CyberCash to streamline and automate expense reporting for both domestic and international travelers, while reducing business travel costs through improved process integration, better centralized control of travel practices, and more efficient approval and auditing procedures. Said CyberCash Director of Finance Jeffrey Yentis, “Following an extensive evaluation of our options, we found Extensity Expense Reports to be the most elegant product on the market. Extensity’s systems administration tool eliminates the maintenance hassles associated with most applications of this type, and lets us deploy a great solution at a low total cost of ownership.” Yentis also cited as a key consideration Extensity’s comprehensive reporting capabilities, which enable customers to keep a close eye on travel costs and negotiate favorable terms with travel vendors.
Extensity Expense Reports lets travelers complete expense reports using an intuitive browser-based interface that can be accessed online or offline for greater convenience. Reports are checked for business rule compliance at the point of entry, audited automatically according to customer-specified parameters, routed to managers for approval, then fed seamlessly into the customer’s existing financial system. The application’s Web-based architecture centralizes administration for a high level of control, while its browser-based interface streamlines maintenance and provides extensive scalability. Extensity Expense Reports integrates seamlessly with Extensity Travel Plans, which automates the travel planning and approval process, to form the Extensity Business Travel, an end-to-end solution for automating the entire travel planning, approval, and expense reporting process.
“Extensity’s applications are designed to help companies support their employees as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible,” said Extensity President and CEO Bob Spinner. “Extensity Expense Reports makes it simple and convenient for travelers to prepare expense reports wherever and whenever they need to, while giving their companies the tools they need to keep their business travel processes running smoothly.”
CyberCash is a world leader in e-commerce technologies and services, enabling commerce across the entire market spectrum from electronic retailing environments to the Internet. CyberCash provides a complete line of software products and services allowing merchants, billers, financial institutions and consumers to conduct secure transactions using the broadest array of popular payment forms. Credit, debit, purchase cards, cash, checks, smart cards and alternative payment types (e.g., “frequent buyer” or loyalty programs) are all supported by CyberCash payment solutions. Leading brands of CyberCash include ICVERIFY(R), PCVERIFY(TM), CashRegister, NetVERIFY(TM), PayNow(TM), and InstaBuy(TM). For more information on CyberCash, go to .
Extensity is pioneering the development of a suite of e-business applications that help customers leverage the Internet to radically transform the way they do business. Extensity applications automate business processes for employees to help corporations optimize productivity and better manage costs. Established by Scopus Technology co-founder Sharam Sasson, Extensity is funded by premier venture backers including Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ Java Fund, Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, and Visa International. Extensity customers include Franklin Resources, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, Reltec, and the @Home Network. For more information on Extensity, go to .Details
Net.B@nk, Member FDIC (http://www.netbank.com), the largest FDIC-insured bank operating solely on the Internet, has more than doubled its account base since January 1, 1999 from more than 17,000 to over 35,000, CEO D.R. Grimes announced Friday. Grimes attributed the growth to the success of the bank’s new marketing and branding strategy, its high-yielding, low-fee deposit products and its superior customer service.
Net.B@nk launched a new advertising campaign in February, which highlights the cost savings Net.B@nk achieves as an Internet bank and how those savings are translated into high-yielding, low-fee deposit products for its customers. The bank’s customer service was recently highlighted in a survey of online bank customers conducted by Gomez Advisors — Net.B@nk ranked #1 for customer relationship services.
“Net.B@nk has clearly demonstrated that the Internet is a viable and widely accepted delivery channel for banking as we continue to experience unprecedented growth compared to traditional banks,” said Grimes. “We set the standard for Internet banking by providing customers with a complete line of web-based products and services, giving customers the ultimate one-stop banking and financial services site.”
Net.B@nk’s unmatched NetValue Checking account, which bears 3.05% APY with no service charge and requires only $100 to open the account, is attracting a sizable number of new customers. As a pure Internet bank with no branches, Net.B@nk has dramatically lower costs and fewer employees than traditional banks. Net.B@nk has maintained its commitment to pass along those savings to its customers. Net.B@nk offers customers a compelling value with a well-rounded product line currently featuring FDIC-insured, interest-bearing deposit products, online bill payment, online mortgage services, and non-bank financial services, including online brokerage services and business equipment leasing. Later this year, Net.B@nk will offer home equity loans and automobile loans with real-time approvals, call center support, and fast closings. Net.B@nk also plans to roll out insurance products, online bill presentment and virtual safe deposit boxes.
“We are providing free, high-interest checking with unlimited online bill payment services, no monthly minimums and no monthly service charges — not to mention unlimited account access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” added Grimes. “Two-career families today have an increased need for convenience and cost savings and we are accommodating that as online banking grows.”
Some industry analysts report that total U.S. online banking households almost doubled to 8 million during 1998 and project that number to nearly triple to 25 million by year-end 2001. As of March 31, 1999, Net.B@nk, Inc. reported $526 million in assets with $333 million in deposits. The company has been profitable for the past four successive quarters.
Net.B@nk, Inc. is a financial services company whose sole subsidiary, Net.B@nk, Member FDIC, is the first profitable Internet-only bank in the country, having achieved profitability in the past four successive quarters. With more than 35,000 accounts and customers in all 50 United States and 20 foreign countries, Net.B@nk is the largest FDIC-insured bank operating solely on the Internet. In addition to checking and money market accounts and certificates of deposits with exceptional interest rates, Net.B@nk offers its customers the ultimate convenience in banking. Products and services include account access any time, anywhere, free unlimited online bill payment, free unlimited ATM use, VISA(R) Check Card, VISA(R) and MasterCard(R) credit cards, online brokerage services, mortgage lending and business equipment leasing services. For more information on Net.B@nk, its products and services, visit the web site at , or call 888-256-6932.Details