Utilization of a credit card terminal to activate prepaid phonecards became a reality yesterday. Mellon Network Services and US South Communications signed agreements Monday that will enable retailers nationwide to activate prepaid phonecards at the point of sale using their existing credit card terminals. MNS will maintain an online link with US South that allows the cards to be activated immediately. Retailers simply swipe a phonecard and enter the desired value into their existing credit card terminal. Activation services will be offered to US South Communications retail distributors, as well as prepaid telephone company clients. The service includes an automated billing process, reporting via Web access and automated inventory replenishment.Details
OR-based Carrier Services, Inc and Diners Club International have teamed up to offer the ‘Diners Club Global Phone Card’ . A major direct mail campaign to Diners cardholders is now underway. The direct mail package contains a $50 prepaid phone card that offers Diners Club cardholders 200 minutes of AT&T long distance with a bonus of 1000 ‘Club Rewards’ points with every activation or recharge. Cardholders instantly activate their phonecard by calling an 800 number. CSI operates under the brand names of 1-800-PRE-PAID and 1-888-PRE-PAID.Details
VISA announced Monday a joint solution with Germany-based SAP AG to combine the ‘VISA Purchasing Card’ with SAP’s Web-enabled electronic commerce solution. The ‘SAP Business to Business Procurement’ will offer SAP and VISA customers a comprehensive view of the entire procurement process by integrating purchasing data across the corporation. The interface between VISA and SAP BBP also automates the balancing and distribution of purchasing card statements and eliminates time-intensive reconciliation. VISA also announced yesterday it will offer an ‘Implementation Guide’ to show companies how they can integrate the ‘VISA Purchasing Card’ with their “Enterprise Resource Planning” systems.Details
Metris Companies Inc., one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct marketing companies, announced that company President and CEO Ronald N. Zebeck has been elected chairman of MasterCard International’s U.S. Board of Directors.
Zebeck is a recognized leader in the credit card and financial services industries. He has also been reelected as a member of MasterCard’s Global Board of Directors.
“I am honored to be elected to this role and during the next year will work to ensure MasterCard’s leadership in today’s rapidly changing environment and strengthen what is already an exceptional management team and powerful brand,” said Zebeck. “I’m also grateful for the recognition this achievement provides for everyone at Metris. I could not have accomplished all that I have without the talents and dedication of everyone at Metris.”
“Ron has been a strong supporter of MasterCard and involved in our corporate governance over the past several years,” said Alan Heuer, senior executive vice president of MasterCard. “We are delighted to have the benefit of his expertise and leadership, and look forward to working with him.”
Zebeck will help direct the activities of the U.S. Board for the next year. Over the past decade, Zebeck has held many key leadership positions in MasterCard’s corporate governance.
Over the last five years, Zebeck has led Metris to become the nation’s 13th largest issuer of credit cards; under his leadership, Metris has also become one of the nation’s top 5 providers of fee-based services.
MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. With 23,000 member financial institutions, serving consumers in 220 countries and territories, MasterCard is the industry leader in quality and innovation. More than 700 million MasterCard(R), Maestro(R), Cirrus(R) and Mondex(TM) cards are accepted at more than 16.2 million locations worldwide. In 1998, gross dollar volume exceeded $650 billion. MasterCard can be reached through its World Wide Web site at [www.mastercard.com].
Metris Companies Inc. is an information-based direct marketer of consumer credit products and fee-based services primarily to moderate income consumers. Based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Metris also has operations in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Baltimore, Maryland; Champaign, Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida and currently employs over 2,000 people.
AT&T and Simon Brand Ventures have established an exclusive program that enables AT&T residential customers to redeem their monthly long distance service, calling card and local toll charges in exchange for ‘MALLPeRKS’ shopper loyalty points. ‘MALLPeRKS’, with two million members, is the only national mall-based shopper loyalty program. Anyone who switches to AT&T at a Simon mall will receive 60 free minutes of domestic direct-dialed long distance calling from home and 150 ‘MALLPeRKS’ points. Simon’s malls attract 100 million shoppers annually.Details
MasterCard International Incorporated Monday announced it has signed an agreement with 800 Travel Systems, Inc. to become the preferred method of payment for the company’s popular telephone travel services “800-LOW-AIR-FARE” and “800-FLY-4-LESS”, as well as its online reservation system www.lowairfare.com. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
As the preferred payment brand, MasterCard, in conjunction with 800 Travel Systems, Inc., will develop an exclusive offer for MasterCard cardholders who book their travel plans through 800 Travel Systems’ telephone and Internet services. Additionally, future plans call for a consumer sweepstakes involving MasterCard cardholders who visit 800 Travel Systems’ website.
“Our alliance with 800 Travel Systems further strengthens our position in the travel and entertainment category, by delivering exclusive travel values to our cardholders,” said, Fred Gore, Senior Vice President, U.S. Acceptance, MasterCard International. “By providing cardholders with value, savings and convenience, we are also enabling our members to capture more of this lucrative segment.”
“This promotional partnership will provide special opportunities for MasterCard cardholders,” said Mark Mastrini, President, 800 Travel Systems, Inc. “Through our toll-free numbers as well as our state of the art interactive website and now our relationship with MasterCard, our clients will continue to experience the benefits of our exceptional customer service as well as our discounted rates on a full range of travel services.”
Today, only a small percentage of the world’s T&E spending is settled by card payment. More than $2 trillion still is paid with cash or checks. MasterCard’s T&E growth strategy includes a number of components that will further the association’s goal of displacing cash and checks. From pioneering work with smart cards to promoting travel on the Internet, all of MasterCard’s T&E initiatives are geared toward showing consumers the benefits of traveling with payment cards.
One of the greatest benefits MasterCard cardholders enjoy while traveling is unsurpassed acceptance at more than 16.2 million merchant, ATM and cash access locations. Consumers also can feel secure knowing that MasterCard’s Global Service program provides cardholders with travel assistance anytime, anywhere and in any language. Services range from card replacement to legal and medical assistance, 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
About MasterCard International
MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. With 23,000 member financial institutions, serving consumers in 220 countries and territories, MasterCard is the industry leader in quality and innovation. Nearly 700 million MasterCard*, Maestro*, Cirrus* and Mondex* cards are in circulation today. With more than 16.2 million locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard Card. In 1998, gross dollar volume exceeded $650 billion. MasterCard can be reached through its World Wide Web site at .
About 800 Travel Systems 800 Travel Systems, one of the 100 largest independent travel agencies in the United States, provides low-priced airline tickets for domestic and international travel through its easy to remember telephone numbers “800-LOW-AIR-FARE” (800-569-2473) and “800-FLY-4-LESS” (800-359-4537) in addition to its online reservation system located at . 800 Travel Systems specializes in providing the lowest-priced airfare for both domestic and international flights, complete vacation and cruise packages, competitive rates on rental cars and discount hotel reservations via the telephone and internet.Details
BNA America Bank, N.A. announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the credit card business of PNC Bank Corp., including PNC National Bank.
The acquisition, announced in December 1998, will be included in financial statements for the first quarter of 1999. As with all acquisitions, the $2.7 billion credit card portfolio will be managed from existing MBNA locations.
MBNA Corporation, a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America Bank, N.A., a national bank, had $59.6 billion in managed loans at year-end 1998. MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, also provides retail deposit, consumer loan, and insurance products.Details
Proton World announced it has acquired a Java applet for the Proton smart card that supports the ‘Java Card API’. The applet enables smart cards to accommodate several different applications. Proton investor Banksys SA launched a Proton card program for Belgian’s national health service. The Proton Belgian EBT program processed 3.3 million transactions last month. Proton World has also become a partner in the launch of ‘Smart Axis’, a new multi-currency e-commerce payment system.Details
Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals today announced that Ampco System, one of the largest private operators in the parking industry, has completed installation of a Schlumberger multi-space parking system in Denver, Colorado. The state-of-the-art DGLine parking systems will control more than 300 off-street spaces.
“We chose the Schlumberger systems because they have proven to be a convenient, secure method of revenue collection from pay parking programs like those in Park City, Utah, and Aspen, Colorado,” stated Jeff Nethery, senior branch manager, Ampco System. “The best advantages of the Schlumberger equipment are the revenue and audit controls. Every dollar, every coin and every credit card transaction is accounted for; and every customer receives a receipt. No other self-pay system offers this type of internal and external revenue control.”
The Schlumberger system is installed in an Ampco System-operated parking lot located at California, 15th, 14th and Welton Streets in downtown Denver, where they serve motorists visiting the nearby Convention Center and retail stores. Noting that Ampco System was awarded the project based on their plan to provide a secure method of collecting and accounting for revenue, Nethery said, “With their rugged, vandal-proof design and state-of-the-art technology, the Schlumberger terminals provide an ideal solution for meeting the demanding specifications of today’s security-conscious parking industry.”
Multi-Space System Provides Significant Benefits
The Schlumberger DGLine terminals installed in the Ampco System project in Denver are solar powered pay & display terminals. The motorist inserts payment, and the terminal issues a ticket that confirms the amount of time purchased. The motorist then returns to the vehicle and places the ticket in full sight on its dashboard. The displayed ticket provides proof of payment that can quickly be checked by parking enforcement officials.
The solar power capabilities offer the added advantage of providing all the reliability of multi-space equipment without the electrical hook-up requirements. Providing reliable operation even when sunlight is minimal, the solar powered units offer lower initial installation costs and operating expenses, and are easy to maintain.
The DGLine system installed at the Denver site accept coins, credit cards, private debit cards and dollar bills. The terminals feature high-security ball locks to deter theft, receipts for accurate collection of parking fees, and graphic capabilities for displaying messages.
World Leadership in Smart Parking
Schlumberger is a leading supplier of on-street and off-street parking systems. Globally, its technology controls more than 2 million parking spaces in over 2,000 towns and cities in 30 countries, including over 65,000 spaces in North America, including areas as diverse as New York City; Park City, Utah; Aspen, Colorado; Hollywood, Florida; Toronto, Canada and the San Francisco Bay Area. Schlumberger pay & display terminals accept multiple payment methods, including smart cards — credit card sized plastic cards with embedded computer chips that calculate monetary value stored on the card. Smart cards increase compliance with parking fees since motorists no longer need to carry correct change, allow municipalities to implement zoned parking to offer preferential rates for residents or off-peak usage, and enable retailers to offer free parking as a loyalty incentive to customers.
About Ampco System
Ampco System is one of the nation’s premier operators of parking facilities,presently serving clients in 26 states, and over 140 cities. Ampco System is a leader in the use and application of technology within the parking industry.
Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals is the leading provider of smart card-based solutions worldwide, shaping the new world of smart solutions by providing leading-edge technology to enable innovative smart card and terminal applications that enhance the security and convenience of businesses and communities of all kinds. Schlumberger smart card solutions encompass a wide range of cards, terminals, development tools and support in open configurations for operators, developers, integrators and distributors worldwide. As part of the Smart Village(r) vision, the Schlumberger offer includes the milestone Cyberflex(tm) card, the industry’s first Java(tm)-based smart card. The Smart Cards & Terminals group operates 45 facilities in 34 countries across the globe. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at .
Schlumberger Test & Transactions is the parent division for Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals and Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment, leveraging the combined strengths of the two business units to provide leading-edge, cost-effective solutions to customers.
Schlumberger Test & Transactions is a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, a $11.8 billion global technology service company providing oilfield services, natural resources management, transactions-based technology and associated systems, and semiconductor test equipment.
Cyberflex is a trademark and Smart Village is a registered trademark of Schlumberger. Java is a trademark of Sun Microelectronics.Details
Not to be upstaged, American Express Corporate Services and CA-based Commerce One also announced yesterday they have joined together to deliver an end-to-end purchasing solution that links card-based purchasing solutions with e-commerce solutions. Commerce One operates the MarketSite.net Website, a business-to-business marketplace portal. Both companies said the combined solution allows organizations to integrate their entire purchasing process from sourcing and ordering through payment, data integration and reconciliation, via the internet/intranet, while maintaining strict controls on the ‘AmEx Purchasing Card’ program. Separately AmEx announced an alliance with CA-based Ariba for a business-to-business e-commerce solution that automates the purchasing process from requisition to payment.Details
Oberthur Smart Cards USA and Hyperport International Inc. Monday announced the establishment of a long-term strategic partnership and cooperative agreement.
Under this dynamic relationship, Oberthur becomes the preferred vendor of Smart Card technology and personalization services to global Hyperport facilities. Oberthur and Hyperport will research and evaluate global opportunities for the utilization of the next generation of Smart Cards and related Oberthur products in Hyperport locations.
OSC and HII will mutually explore the acquisition of complimentary technologies to facilitate commerce, education and technology in Hyperport facilities and other Hyperport global venues.
Richard G. Marklund, president and chief executive officer of HII, stated that “Oberthur’s leadership position worldwide is important to us as we introduce Hyperports into various parts of the world. Hyperports are dynamic 21st Century globally connected facilities featuring the very best from worldwide sources of learning, discovery, technology, entertainment and business.”
“Oberthur’s smart card will be the key to securely accessing Hyperport information portals throughout the entire world,” said David Mooney, vice president, Advanced Technology Group of Oberthur Smart Cards USA.
Oberthur Smart Cards, a Total Solution Card and Services provider, offers a full range of expertise including card layout and design, manufacturing, milling and embedding, and personalization, for magnetic stripe, memory and microprocessor cards.
“This is an opportunity for us to partner with one of the most exciting business ventures for the 21st Century. By working together with Hyperport International, Oberthur Smart Cards USA will be introducing creative and personalized services for the next century,” said Philippe Tartavull, chief operating officer of Oberthur Smart Cards USA.
“OSC’s main focus is on a high tech variety of smart cards and this relationship with Hyperport International will be an important ingredient in our marketing plans,” Tartavull concluded.
About Oberthur Smart Cards
Oberthur Smart Cards, a leading manufacturer, technology and solutions provider of microprocessor cards and systems, is a division of Francois-Charles Oberthur, the world’s largest manufacturer of micro-processor transaction cards, the third largest fiduciary printer, and the number one manufacturer of instant lottery tickets.
Oberthur manufactures and personalizes smart cards and magnetic stripe cards in three production centers in the United States and Europe. Oberthur Smart Cards produced over 225 million cards in 1998, including 75 million smart cards.
About Hyperport International
Hyperports are dynamic 21st Century, globally connected destination gateways. They feature the very best from worldwide sources of learning, discovery, technology, entertainment and business.
Hyperports are (a) global destinations for personal discovery, exploration, life-long learning, business solutions and commerce, (b) showcases for emerging technologies, goods and services, and educational alternatives, and (c) places with continuously changing attractions, programs, and experiences appealing to everyone and every business.Details
Datakey Inc., a leading provider of information security systems, announced that they have entered into a global distribution agreement with GTE CyberTrust, one of the most experienced providers of public key infrastructure solutions. CyberTrust will distribute Datakey’s SignaSURE family of smart card-based information security solutions to its clients, which include both commercial and government markets.
The SignaSURE solutions use smart cards designed and manufactured by Datakey. The cards support industry accepted cryptographic standards including the widely accepted PKCS#11 standard and Microsoft’s CryptoAPI. The Datakey solutions provide on-card processing and storage of cryptographic data that enables user identification and authentication, secure data exchange and information validation.
CyberTrust’s industry-leading certification authority products and services allow corporations to issue and manage digital certificates that are stored on the smart cards. CyberTrust recognized the growing acceptance of smart cards as a security device because they provide significant advantages over software-only information security solutions. These advantages include two-factor authentication, protection of private keys, on-card processing of all private key functions, and portability of digital credentials.
“We are delighted that CyberTrust is continuing to expand its focus on enterprise needs by providing Datakey’s portable smart card information security solutions for global applications,” said Carl Boecher, president and CEO of Datakey. “Datakey is a pioneer in smart card-based information security technology. We have long recognized PKI as an excellent foundation for information security and we are pleased to collaborate with CyberTrust to enable secure business solutions through the integration of our SignaSURE CIP smart card solutions.”
Craig Jones, vice president of product management for CyberTrust, was also enthusiastic about the agreement. “CyberTrust’s relationship with vendors such as Datakey displays our commitment to offering PKI security solutions that are fully integrated with leading smart card technology,” he said. “Our customers can now benefit from increased portability and two-factor authentication, in addition to our proven PKI security offerings.”
The CyberTrust Security Family of public key infrastructure (PKI) security products and services enables organizations of any size — including financial institutions, telecommunication companies and large multinational corporations — to issue and manage digital certificates for use in a wide range of network-based applications. As businesses move their applications to the Internet, CyberTrust protects an organization’s employees, partners and customers with a comprehensive suite of products, hosting and consulting services. With more than 20 years of certificate lifecycle management experience, its standards-based solutions meet the most stringent security requirements of individual enterprises and national certification authorities.
Datakey Inc. is an international supplier of electronic products and services. The Company provides product, subsystem, and system solutions to record, store, and transmit electronic information. Datakey also provides products and systems for information security markets that enable user authentication, secure data exchange and information validation. It also provides OEM products, consisting of proprietary memory keys, cards, and other custom-shaped tokens, that serve as a convenient way to carry electronic information and are packaged to survive in rugged environments. Shares of Datakey’s common stock are traded on the Nasdaq/NNM under the symbol DKEY. The Web address is
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