SDM and Gasper Team up

SDM International, a leading provider of EFT and EDI communications software and Gasper Corp., provider of ATM service management systems, have agreed to engage in joint sales and marketing activities with SDM’s prospects and customers to provide a unified solution. They have also agreed to a joint certification program to ensure long-term compatibility of their products.

“Controlling costs of operations is essential to maintaining a competitive ATM operation,” said Gene Truelove, CEO and President of SDM International. “OCM24, coupled with Gasper Manager, allows our bank customers to efficiently manage and expand their ATM networks.”

“Maintaining availability is a key competitive advantage for banks seeking to improve their customer service,” said David Gasper, CEO and President of Gasper Corporation. “The high processing availability provided by OCM24 running on the IBM System/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, coupled with the ATM and network availability of a Gasper managed system, enable customers to achieve their availability goals,” he added.

As part of this agreement, OCM24 is being interfaced to Gasper Corporation’s Gasper Manager, an automated service management solution. As a second element of this partnership, Gasper and SDM will implement the Gasper Certified Program — a continuous system certification program that will ensure mutual customers of long-term, reliable interoperability between SDM’s IBM System/390-based software solutions and Gasper’s Windows NT-based software products.

SDM’s OCM24 product is an advanced retail banking delivery system used by financial institutions of all types and sizes to manage proprietary and shared automatic teller machine (ATM) and point-of-sale (POS) networks. Running on the full range of IBM System/390 platforms, OCM24 provides device management, transaction control, authorization, shared networking, cardholder management, and data encryption.

Gasper Manager allows thousands of devices to be managed from a central location; automatically manages field service teams without help desk operator intervention; and enhances ATM availability through quick responses to problems. By automating many help desk functions, the Gasper Manager system enhances service levels and frees up staff for complex problem solving.

Gasper Corporation, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is the leading provider of ATM service management solutions. Over 50 percent of the ATMs in the United States and 20 percent of worldwide ATMs are monitored by Gasper systems. Gasper’s solutions enable financial institutions and ATM providers to provide high availability while lowering operations costs. Gasper Corporation’s Internet home page is located at [http://www.gasper-corp.com.][1]

SDM International has been delivering electronic payments and EDI communication solutions since 1980 and is based near Raleigh, North Carolina. The company is an IBM Business Partner and supports hundreds of product licenses in 18 countries worldwide. For more information on any of SDM’s software products, please contact the SDM sales and marketing department at 919/552-1100, or via e-mail at [sales@sdmintl.com][2]. SDM’s Web site is at [http://www.sdm-international.com.][3]

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Physician Smart Card

Leapfrog Smart Products Inc., a Smart card application development company, announced that it has signed a contract with RDV Sportsplex Family Practice in Orlando, Florida.

The contract represents the first fully integrated Smart card system for a private medical practice in the United States.

Dr. Richard Baxley, owner of RDV Sportsplex Family Medical Practice said: “We have always been committed to give our patients the very best health care possible. Utilizing technology is just one more way to insure that our patients can benefit from the latest advances in the health care industry.”

How it will work: Under the program worked out by RDV Sportsplex Family Practice and Leapfrog, patients will be issued a Smart card containing relevant medical history and insurance information. The patient will present the card at each office visit. Upon check-in, the patients’s card will be read and the patient will authenticate himself via a PIN or biometric. “Patient authentication will cut down on fraud and misuse of insurance cards,” stated Dale Grogan, president of Leapfrog. Data from the visit will be gathered to integrate into an electronic bill for the insurance carriers.

Also, an off-site point-of-sale integration will be utilized to demonstrate the efficiency of secure, portable information.

“This application will demonstrate the enabling benefits of Smart cards in medicine,” said Leapfrog’s Grogan. “Being able to have the patient check-in more quickly, saves the doctor time and effort in recording data, while helping to eliminate fraud within the system is a win win for everyone involved.”

Smart cards benefit patients by allowing them to carry accurate medical data portably, benefit the physician by saving time recording and reproducing data for referrals and insurance companies, and benefit the insurers by eliminating fraud and the need for redundant tests.

Dr. Baxley’s practice is located in the RDV Sportsplex, the training center of the Orlando Magic basketball team. Since the February unveiling of the 365,000 square-foot complex, Baxley has been the Magic’s “official family doctor.” On top of the professional training facilities of the Magic and the Orlando Solar Bears hockey team, the complex also includes a state-of-the-art health club, childcare facilities and a pediatric medical practice.

Leapfrog Smart Products Inc., an Orlando-based company, is a leading Smart card applications development firm. The company was founded in 1996 and has developed and implemented multiple-application Smart card programs for the hospitality, loyalty and medical industries.

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ClaimCard Expands

Sunrise, FL-based ClaimCard announced Monday it has signed Spiegel Catalog as a merchant in the ‘ClaimCard’ network. The agreement includes all Spiegel catalogs and the Spiegel online site. ClaimCard is a unique program designed to improve claim service after a homeowner files an insurance claim. One example includes a claim caused by high winds and rain that destroys clothing, furniture, electronics, etc., and forces a family to seek temporary housing. ClaimCard technologies enable insurance companies to coordinate a hotel room while the home is being repaired, accurately value damaged property, disburse claim benefits faster than writing a check, eliminate the necessity for a claimant to go “out of pocket” after a loss, and completes these tasks at a much lower cost than traditional methods.

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Shedding Accounts

Another regional player is tightening the reins as AmSouth announced Monday the sale of a $170 million portion of its credit card portfolio to Associates National Bank. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The receivables sold were acquired by AmSouth through direct mail solicitations or purchases. The bank says it will continue in the credit card business with an emphasis on core customers. At the end of the first quarter AmSouth held $421,303,292 in total receivables from 334,986 gross accounts, according to CardData.

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VISA Scores

In January, SCORE and Visa U.S.A. released two financial management workbooks for entrepreneurs nationwide.  In six months, more than 100,000 copies of each workbook have been distributed to entrepreneurs across the country.  The guides How To Secure Financing and How To Choose The Best Bank For Your Business meet a critical need in helping entrepreneurs navigate a successful path to a loan, line of credit and banking relationship.

In salute to National Small Business Week May 31-June 7, 1998, SCORE and Visa sponsor a reception honoring the top two SCORE chapters nationwide as the SCORE Chapters of the Year.  Orange County SCORE of Santa Ana, California and Central Virginia SCORE of Charlottesville, Virginia are recognized.  The reception held during Small Business Week in Washington, D.C. commends these chapters for their volunteer service on behalf of small business.

Visa U.S.A. and SCORE celebrate the first year of their national alliance as “Small Business Financial Management Partners” on June 11, 1998.  As partners, Visa and SCORE are working together to provide entrepreneurs with the financial management tools they need to start and grow a successful business.  Visa and SCORE are working together on the following projects

— How To Secure Financing and How To Choose The Best Bank For Your        Business workbook series serve as real-world guides to managing        finances in business and working with banks to gain access to capital        to grow that business.  The guides are resources to help entrepreneurs        successfully secure and manage the finances of their small businesses.        The first workbook provides several key criteria that help small        business owners calculate the financing they will need.  The second        workbook offers guidelines on choosing the right bank and developing a        beneficial relationship.  The workbooks are available to entrepreneurs        at any of the 389 SCORE chapter offices nationwide free-of-charge        during an initial counseling session.

— Web Sites and offer specialized        content on financial management for small businesses.  This cooperative        effort to answer finance questions, identify financial trends and        provide solid how-to guidance are hallmarks of the sites.  The Visa        small business survey identifies how entrepreneurs are managing        finances and SCORE guest features about How To Assemble Your Loan        Package and Finding The Right Bank answer real-world questions.  The        Visa and SCORE Web sites feature all new content for Small Business        Week and the month of June.  Visit the Visa Small Business Site for a        look at their salute to the SCORE Chapters of the Year.  And, check out        the SCORE Web site for 31 financial management tips from Visa USA.

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Zuendt Joins DigiCash Board

William F. Zuendt, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo Bank, has joined DigiCash Incorporated as a member of its Board of Directors.

Zuendt’s banking and payment system expertise adds invaluable support for the strategic development of DigiCash’s eCash as a leading payment system for electronic commerce, according to Michael Nash, DigiCash President and CEO. Zuendt’s affiliation with DigiCash coincides with significant consolidation in support for the eCash payment system. With this move, Zuendt who has played significant roles in the development of several payment systems, including InterLink, MasterCard and Mondex, is now using his industry savvy to help the growth of eCash, DigiCash’s software-based Internet payment system which features high levels of efficiency, security and privacy for the user.

Zuendt joins a Board of Directors consisting of Michael Nash; David Chaum, DigiCash Founder and CTO; David Marquardt, General Partner of August Capital; Nicholas Negroponte, Director of MIT’s Media Lab; and observers Thomas Grant, General Partner of Applied Technology and Toon den Heijer, General Partner of Gilde Investment Funds.

Zuendt retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo & Company, a bank holding company, and Wells Fargo Bank in 1997. He joined the bank in 1973 with responsibility for its computer systems and operations, and throughout the 1980’s he directed its retail banking business.

Zuendt is also a director of 3Com Corporation, a global data networking company; Advent Software, Inc., an investment management software and services provider; a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, and is past chairman of the boards of MasterCard International and Golden Gate University.

Zuendt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

DigiCash Incorporated is a private, venture capital-backed corporation with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. DigiCash invented electronic or digital money and continues to pioneer the development of Internet payments.

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E-Ticket European Style

US Airways expanded its electronic ticketing option today to include travel to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, and Munich.

With the addition of these five European destinations, US Airways’ electronic ticketing option now includes travel on all US Airways, US Airways Express, US Airways Shuttle and MetroJet flights in the continental United States, Canada, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Croix.  Electronic ticketing for Paris and Rome is planned for later this year.

“The success of US Airways’ electronic ticketing program in the U.S., Canada and parts of the Caribbean, coupled with our international growth, has led us to introduce this popular ticketing option for European travel,” said Steve Tracas, US Airways vice president of sales.  “The introduction of electronic ticketing in our transatlantic markets further demonstrates our commitment to providing a wider range of quality services for our customers.”

US Airways’ electronic ticketing is available through reservations or at any US Airways ticketing facility, including airport and city ticket offices, as well as at any U.S. based travel agency.

For international travel, customers purchasing an electronic ticket will follow the same check-in requirements, security and customs and immigration procedures as those traveling using a paper ticket.  An electronic ticket receipt and itinerary replaces the paper ticket requirement.  If requested, a duplicate receipt and itinerary is available at a US Airways ticketing location.

Customers paying for an electronic ticket by telephone with US Airways reservations, and using a credit card, need to present the credit card upon check-in.

Since the introduction of US Airways’ electronic ticketing in April, 1996, more than 12 million US Airways customers have traveled using an electronic ticket and nearly 40 percent of all US Airways customers now choose the electronic ticketing option.

With today’s launch of MetroJet, US Airways, US Airways Express, US Airways Shuttle and MetroJet fly to more than 208 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S., Bermuda, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Croix, and the Canadian destinations of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, and London, Ontario.

For information on US Airways, US Airways Express or US Airways Shuttle flights, contact your professional travel consultant or US Airways at 1-800-428-4322.  MetroJet flight information is available by calling 1-888-MetroJet (1-888-638-7653).

Visit US Airways’ World Wide Web Site [http//www.usairways.com][1].

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CellularONE Goes GERS

Vanguard Cellular Systems, which operates cellular telephone and retail stores under the CellularONE brand name, has successfully converted more than 70 of its 120-plus retail outlets to the GERS Sequel System.

The cellular service provider/retailer purchased the technologically advanced system to help them automate the selling, inventory control and cash management channels within their organization.

Vanguard purchased GERS’ Base Package, and the Customer Service, Point-of-Sale (POS), Batch Bar Coding, Sequel Flash and Credit Card Authorization Interface modules. The hardware they are using is a Data General AviiON 20000 NUMA which will currently support over 600 on-line users. Prior to choosing the GERS system, Vanguard operated on its own homegrown POS system. “We’ve already started to see dramatic changes because of the GERS system as speed and accuracy of our sales transactions are increasing while our inventory on-hand is pushing down,” said Art Whiting, vice president and controller of Vanguard Cellular. “We couldn’t be more pleased with GERS Retail Systems, especially their professional services and implementation support.” There were several interfaces involved in the project that integrated the GERS system with Vanguard’s in-house billing system and includes the following features

–    Near real time Customer Master replication (new and existing           customers) between the Sequel system and the billing system           customer database.

–    Real time bill balance information that is retrieved and           displayed through the Payment on Account program.

–    Near real time update of the billing system for payments           taken from within the Sequel Payment and the Account           program.

–    The ability to put equipment charges onto a customer’s bill           from transactions initiated from Point of Sale.

–    The ability to credit a customer’s account for equipment           returns from transactions initiated from Point of Sale           (credit memo).

The GERS System was turned on for warehouse and distribution control in October to handle Vanguard’s busy season and is already paying dividends in reduced inventory losses and reduced inventory levels through fast inventory turn rates. The first of its CellularONE stores went live on March 1 and the conversion plan indicates all of its 120-plus CellularONE stores will be live on the Sequel System by July 1.

“It’s exciting to be working with a progressive retailer the size of Vanguard/CellularONE,” said Dennis Conforto, vice president of GERS Retail Systems. “We are confident they will continue to be pleased with how the Sequel System will handle their cash management and inventory while increasing efficiency and employee productivity.”

Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Vanguard Cellular Systems has more than 120 retail outlets in five regions along the eastern seaboard and provides telecommunications services to more than 667,000 customers. The GERS Sequel System is a comprehensive retail management tool that allows retailers the ability to oversee all aspects of retail operation including cash management, inventory, sales, merchandising, warehousing, accounting, and billing and credit scoring interfaces, with the flexibility to shape the system to their individual needs.

San Diego-based GERS Retail Systems provides fully integrated, Open Systems computer solutions software, hardware, and comprehensive training for hardlines, softlines, department stores, Consumer Electronics/Wireless retail operations and Home Furnishings retailers.

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Card Stock

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Air Travel Card Goes SET

Air Travel Card (ATC), the world’s first business travel payment system, announced today an agreement with VeriFone, Inc., the leading global provider of secure electronic payment solutions, to bring a higher level of secure electronic commerce to the business travel industry. Utilizing the SET Secure Electronic Transaction protocol, this agreement will build a foundation for Air Travel Card member airlines and corporate cardholders to conduct secure transactions over the Internet.

Through its Electronic Commerce Program, ATC will provide American Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines with VeriFone vPOS software, which will enable them to accept the Air Travel Card as a secure form of payment over the Internet. These airlines, in turn, will conduct pilot programs with their Air Travel Card subscribers providing them with compatible VeriFone vWALLET software to initiate electronic payment transactions. The system provides near-instantaneous authorization system for the airlines’ Internet payment transactions, reducing the likelihood of fraudulent charges.

Verifone vPOS software will allow Air Travel Card’s airlines to accept Internet transactions based on the SET protocol. Once a cardholder (consumer) selects an itinerary, vWallet software initiates the payment transaction with the airline’s (merchant) vPOS software. Just as a merchant in the real world authorizes charge card purchases with a particular card issuer, the vPOS merchant software will perform an electronic verification ensuring a cardholder’s account is not being fraudulently used.

A consumer uses vWALLET software that a consumer uses to facilitate secure purchasing over the Internet. The wallet software is designed to mirror the way a consumer makes purchases in the physical world, enabling consumers to “carry” vWALLET software to an Internet site and select a charge card when purchasing an airline ticket. Additionally, transactions are protected with high levels of encryption, which makes for virtual shopping as secure as that in the real world.

“This accord sets the stage for Air Travel Card’s Electronic Commerce Program, which will allow the world’s airlines to accept the Air Travel Card as payment in an extremely secure environment,” said Charles Fischer, managing director of Air Travel Card.

The second phase of the ATC-Verifone agreement will be an incentive program designed to expand the program to other airlines that accept the Air Travel Card through the Internet. “It is the aim of Air Travel Cards to make its Electronic Commerce Program accessible to the more than 200 airlines that accept the Air Travel Card as a form of payment. The incentive program will offer discounted merchant and cardholder software, as well as end-to-end testing with specially trained personnel and turnkey operations.”

“Air Travel Card is demonstrating its industry leadership by implementing this electronic commerce initiative,” said George Hoyem, vice president of VeriFone’s Internet Commerce Division. “Once these measures are in place, payment over the Internet will be more secure.”

Air Travel Card is the business travel payment system offered by 29 airlines and accepted by more than 200 air carriers around the world. As a part of its global network, Air Travel Card owns and licenses the brands AirPlus™ (Europe) and PassAge® (Asia) that provide value-added benefits to travelers.

VeriFone, Inc. (), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Company, is the leading global provider of secure electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, merchants and consumers. VeriFone has shipped more than six million electronic payment systems, which are used in over 100 countries.

VeriFone, vPOS and vWALLET are either registered trademarks or trademarks of VeriFone, Inc. in the US and/or other countries. All other company names, brands or products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Pre-Approved Merchant Accounts

Quik International, a firm specializing in Internet access franchising, formed a partnership with Cardservice International to offer its subscribers a pre-approved merchant account. Websites hosted by Quik will receive full turn-key service including access, hosting, website design and e-commerce. Quik’s Internet Store utilizes Cardservice’s software ‘Authorize Net’ to process all major credit card and electronic checks for instant approval on the Internet. Quik now has 52 independent owners in 21 states and 4 foreign countries.

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MasterCard Eyes T&E

MasterCard reported yesterday it captured 30% of the world’s $400 billion of T&E payment card volume last year and intends to bolster its T&E share further through new alliances/programs. MasterCard cited its alliance with American Airlines as an example of a successful alliance wherein MC’s sales volume increased by $55 million last year. The association says its new ‘World MasterCard’, launched last October, will help drive T&E volume this year. According to a Menlo Consulting survey, three-times as many Americans carry and use MasterCard-branded credit card versus American Express cards when traveling for business or pleasure. MasterCard estimates the world’s total T&E spending to be more than $2 trillion.

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