Airport E-Biz Kiosks Open

Traveling through an airport is enough. Imagine the added stress most business travelers experience in airports while lugging laptops, cellular phones and pagers to keep up with their business demands. At Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the business world just became a little simpler.

On Friday, September 12, Atlanta-based Blueshift Geodesics, Inc. will unveil its first CyberOasis on the T Concourse of the South Terminal (Delta Air Lines). CyberOasis is a kiosk-based, fully automated business center which gives individuals fast, convenient and economical access to a wide range of services, including email, faxing, Internet access and popular business software. Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell will officially cut the ribbon and send the first Email to activate the kiosk’s services.

Hartsfield International Airport is a hub for millions of international and domestic business travelers. The airport has made a commitment to provide cutting-edge technology services to these travelers. Encouraging vendors such as Blueshift Geodesics to provide quality technology services is part of that strategy.

The comprehensive business services offered by CyberOasis set it apart from other Internet kiosk products on the market. While its competitors offer standard Internet access only, CyberOasis offers users a spectrum of services including:

High-speed Internet browsing AOL/Compuserve access Business applications (Microsoft, Corel, Lotus suites) Telephone Travel reservations News/Sports/Weather Email Fax services Laser printing FTP/Gopher/Usenet Financial updates

“Most current kiosk technology provides simple information retrieval or shopping,” said Hitesh Shah, chief executive officer of Blueshift Geodesics. “CyberOasis is industrial-strength business support for executives on the move. It is their office at their fingertips–right here, right now, when they need it.”

What about those business travelers who carry laptop computers? While laptops are an increasingly common piece of luggage for travelers, many are difficult to connect in airports for online communications. Most laptop modems only operate at 33.3 Kbps. The success of CyberOasis lies in its ability to meet the online demands of business users through its reliance on high-speed digital telecommunications — CyberOasis provides transmission rates from 128 Kbps to 512 Kbps, more than 15 times that of laptop computers.

To make CyberOasis not only fast but also easy, the service combines magnetic stripe credit card readers and easy-to-read, point-and-click instructions on the user interface. Users simply slide a major credit card through the reader, click the desired service and CyberOasis is ready to go to work. While some services are free, the basic price for CyberOasis usage is 33 cents per minute. Domestic faxes are $1 per page, sent or received. Laser printing is 50 cents per page. CyberOasis will also print a receipt if necessary. CyberOasis services at Hartsfield will be free for two weeks, from September 12 through September 26.

The CyberOasis at Hartsfield is one of two of the first installations in Blueshift Geodesics’ national strategy. A kiosk at Kern County Airport in Bakersfield, Ca., will also launch on Friday. The company plans to launch 10 more locations this year and several hundred locations during 1998 at airports and convention centers. Blueshift Geodesics plans to dominate this burgeoning market by offering the most services in a variety of locations.

Blueshift Geodesics, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., was launched in 1996 by its parent company, Atlanta-based Blueshift, Inc., a five-year-old provider of information technology solutions. Its primary focus is software development services and consulting to corporations ranging from mid-sized regional companies to Fortune 500 clientele.

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Enhanced Smart Card Security

GTE and Schlumberger Electronic Transactions today announced a strategic alliance for the development and marketing of security solutions for use with smart cards. The resulting products will combine the security features enabled by public key cryptography – digital certificates, digital signatures and data encryption – with the convenience and portability of smart cards.

Smart cards look like credit cards, but contain an embedded computer chip that provides processing power and memory for storing information. They can be used for such applications as network security, mobile telephone communications, electronic banking, retail shopping and much more. When used in conjunction with a password or personal identification number (PIN), smart cards are suitable where access control and data security are critical issues, such as in online banking. Digital certificates provide smart cards with a verifiable form of identification.

“Because of their portability and processing power, the new generation of smart cards allows secure, user-friendly applications to be conducted from almost anywhere. Smart cards will be used for such diverse activities as purchasing a cup of coffee or identifying oneself to a corporate network for remote access from any location,” said Tom Carty, vice president of Marketing and Business Development, GTE CyberTrust Solutions Incorporated. “Together, GTE and Schlumberger seek to deliver this kind of versatility along with the peace of mind that goes with secure transactions.”

“Reliable identification and establishing trust are the keys to the growth of online business activities and electronic commerce,” said Louis Bisasky, general manager of Schlumberger Smart Cards and Systems, North America. “Digital certificates provide identification suitable for this environment, and smart cards, which are small, personal and portable, are the ideal place to store them.”

The two companies plan to integrate GTE’s CyberTrust(TM) digital certificates and Safekeyper(R) Certificate Management System with cryptographic smart cards from Schlumberger. Schlumberger’s Cryptoflex(TM) smart card, announced late last year, will be used in the initial product offering. It is a specialized smart card that supports cryptographic functions, such as digital signatures, as well as secure private key and digital certificate storage, which can be used to secure electronic mail and other communications.

GTE CyberTrust digital certificates provide electronic transactions with a verifiable form of identification and data integrity. Distributed by a trusted third party known as a Certification Authority (CA), digital certificates contain identifying information that cannot be forged or altered and a private encryption key unique to the certificate. Any information exchanged in a transaction is protected by encryption and a digital signature.

The GTE Safekeyper Certificate Management System (CMS) is a fully integrated family of products that provides high-assurance security to create, issue, renew, validate and revoke digital certificates. Developed by BBN, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE, Safekeyper CMS is designed around a flexible, distributed highly secure architecture and provides all the elements required to manage an effective public key infrastructure.

Using a smart card is similar to using a bank ATM card. The card is inserted into a special reader that interfaces with the embedded chip, and the user enters a password or PIN. As long as the card is in the reader, the user can log into his or her corporate network, access files, open private documents, send encrypted messages, and update the information contained in the smart card.

About GTE

With revenues of more than $21 billion in 1996, GTE is one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world. In the United States, GTE offers local and wireless service in 29 states and long-distance service in all 50 states. GTE was the first among its peers to offer “one-stop shopping” for local, long-distance and Internet access services. Outside the United States, where GTE has operated for more than 40 years, the company serves approximately 7 million customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications. Additional information about GTE can be found on the Internet at [http://www.gte.com.][1]

About Schlumberger Electronic Transactions

The Schlumberger Electronic Transactions group of Schlumberger, Ltd. (NYSE:SLB) is the world’s largest supplier of cards, terminals, development tools and management systems across the entire range of magnetic and smart card applications. The company offers its customers The Smart Village(R), a flexible portfolio of smart card-based solutions for businesses and communities of all sizes, including the telecom, banking, retail, mass transit and parking, and healthcare sectors.

Schlumberger is a pioneer and leader in smart card technology, recently introducing Cyberflex(TM), the first ever smart card to use the Java(TM) card API from JavaSoft, and Cryptoflex(TM), the first smart card to support strong public key cryptography.

The North American operations of Schlumberger Electronic Transactions are headquartered in Moorestown, New Jersey. The company has its US-based research and development, marketing, and manufacturing operations in Austin, Texas, San Jose, Calif., Owings Mills, Md., and Chesapeake, Va. Additional information about Schlumberger Electronic Transactions can be found on the Internet at [http://www.slb.com/et.][2]

[1]: http://www.gte.com
[2]: http://www.slb.com/et

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Gemplus Campus Smart Card

Gemplus Corporation (Gemplus) today announced the availability of the first ever GSM- based multi-application smart card for the university market. The card carries both electronic purse and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) functionality on the same chip.

Students using the card will be able to make such “small change” purchases as paying for photocopies or buying sodas from a vending machine using the electronic purse application. They will also be able to use the card to make calls from a GSM phone or at a payphone, and to securely access the university network to get a copy of their grades.

The card was developed with CyberMark, a smart card systems integrator targeting the university market. CyberMark’s multi- function campus smart card offering will now expand to enable schools to link up with area GSM telephony networks.

“This new card, for the first time, makes it possible for GSM network operators to tap into the potentially lucrative university market with its heavy phone useage,” said Philippe Martineau, director of Gemplus’ telecommunications business division for the Americas. “In the near future, we will see this closed system concept extended to corporate campuses, resorts, and stadiums.”

Gemplus will have a “live” demonstration of the new multi- application card at their booth (No. 18189) at PCS’97 in Dallas, Texas on September 10-12.

Gemplus Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Gemplus Group, the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe and smart cards. Gemplus Group supplies SIM cards to more than 120 GSM operators worldwide, and is the largest supplier of SIM cards to the U.S. PCS market.

The company manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.

In 1996, Gemplus Group’s total sales were $440 million. By the end of 1997, the company will have a production capacity of 900 million plastic and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce. Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: [http://www.gemplus.com.][1]

CyberMark provides smart card solutions, integration, card issuance, and application development services for higher education, corporate campuses, government entities, stadiums, and resorts. Information about CyberMark can be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.cybermark.com, or by calling Chris Corum at 850-561-1055.

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

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Integrion’s First Birthday

Integrion celebrates its first anniversary today. Yesterday the E-commerce network noted key developments including the introduction of the ‘Gold Message Standard’, an open messaging protocol designed to facilitate the electronic exchange of data between financial institutions and their customers. On August 25, Integrion purchased Visa Interactive, expanding its customer base by more than 60 financial institutions.. Integrion points to two other first year milestones: the launch of the Gold Alliance Center and Development of the Interaction Financial Services platform.

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New Generation of Convenience Users?

A new study shows that 61% of students responsible for paying their credit card bills pay the whole amount each month. The ‘1997 Phoenix Student Fiscal Fitness Survey’ of 1,200 students nationwide also revealed that 24% of students have a credit card for personal use with 77% being the sole bill payers. Only 15% say their parents pick up the tab.. Interestingly, while three in five said having enough money is important to their happiness, 74% said not owing money was very important.

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SmartPay Wireless Signs New Carrier

United States Cellular(R) Corp. (USCC), the eighth largest cellular provider in the United States in terms of population equivalents, has become the latest carrier to adopt the SmartPay Wireless(TM) prepay product.

In addition to SmartPay, United States Cellular has switched its denied roaming service to American Roaming Network. Both SmartPay and American Roaming Network are products offered by Dallas-based National Telemanagement Corp. (NTC).

United States Cellular has begun deployment of its prepay service known as TalkTracker, in its South Texas markets and expects to roll out TalkTracker in several additional markets over the next six months. TalkTracker allows United States Cellular to meet the needs of new customer segments such as those who are unwilling to sign long-term contracts, concerned about controlling their wireless spending, or without perfect credit records.

With NTC’s SmartPay system, United States Cellular TalkTracker subscribers will have seamless, automatic roaming in all of the company’s coverage areas, as well as in the areas served by the American Roaming Network roaming partners.

When roaming in these American Roaming Network areas, the dialing pattern for the SmartPay subscriber is the same as it is for a traditional cellular subscriber; there are no additional digits to dial and charges are deducted real-time from the subscriber’s prepaid account.

The call is disconnected when the account balance reaches zero, even if the subscriber is roaming at the time. The NTC equipment is installed at each USCC switch, eliminating the need and expense associated with backhauling each call.

“United States Cellular selected NTC as its prepay vendor for three reasons,” said Patrick Herron, director of product and business development for United States Cellular. “NTC provides a superior technical solution. They enable true prepaid roaming and their solution allows United States Cellular to provide its own customer service, which is critical to our mission to be the first choice service provider in the wireless industry.”

“TalkTracker will provide a great lift for all our distribution channels,” said Sean Alexis, product development manager for United States Cellular. “Our service is easy for customers to understand. It works on any phone and it’s priced fairly. Customers have responded well to TalkTracker in South Texas and we anticipate excellent results in the rest of our markets.”

To initiate TalkTracker service, a consumer either brings in or purchases a cellular phone and establishes an account at a United States Cellular store or participating authorized agent. Immediately, the customer may place and receive calls like a traditional cellular customer. There are no PIN codes to enter, no debit cards to buy, and the subscriber does not forfeit unused funds after a predetermined period.

Replenishing the account is simple and can be done at any TalkTracker sales location or participating SmartPay replenishment location including check cashing and convenience stores. Customers may also add money to their accounts automatically using a credit card as they make calls through NTC’s voice response unit.

TalkTracker customers are reminded of a low account balance once it reaches a set level, or they can check their balance at any time by dialing #369 from their cellular phone.

“Convenience is the key,” said Roger Boivin, executive vice president for National Telemanagement. “Our experience has shown that allowing prepaid subscribers to automatically roam and having locations to replenish their account while roaming can significantly increase carrier revenue and lower churn.”

The SmartPay system allows carriers to establish a variety of calling plans for home use and roaming, and to offer peak/off-peak pricing, free minutes and free calling on holidays. The system also can be partitioned for resellers.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome United States Cellular to the growing family of SmartPay Wireless providers and to American Roaming Network,” said Boivin. “This agreement greatly broadens the availability of SmartPay and significantly increases the coverage area for automatic prepaid roaming.”

United States Cellular, based in Chicago, manages and invests in wireless systems throughout the country. The company provides service to more than 1,328,000 customers in 141 markets and owns interest in 50 additional markets. United States Cellular’s common stocks are traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol USM.

National Telemanagement Corp., based in Dallas, established since 1985, provides a variety of telecommunications services to the wireline and wireless communications industries. NTC also provides unregistered cellular roaming services nationwide via its American Roaming Network. SmartPay is its prepaid product offering.

SmartPay Wireless is a trademark of National Telemanagement Corp.

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128-Bit Banking Crypto Goes Global

Microsoft has unleashed its worldwide online secure banking solution which employs 128-bit encryption technology. The U.S. government previously limited exportable financial data software to 64-bit encryption. Earlier this year MS obtained a U.S. Dept. of Commerce license to issue 128-bit digital certificates and to deploy its ‘Server Gated Crypto’ online banking solution internationally. More than twenty major international banks have indicated they will use the MS ‘SGC’ solution, including Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust Australia and Inverlat of Mexico. ‘SGC’ is an extension of the ‘SSL’ security protocol and enables a bank’s server to switch on 128-bit encryption if the proper digital certificate is available.

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