Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Everton FC Get TeamCard Smart Card System

Everton Football club, a UK Premiership team, has announced plans to introduce a Smart Card system at Goodison from the start of the new season. The Everton TeamCard will replace the actual season ticket or matchday ticket. The technology allows supporters to simply swipe their card past a proximity reader to gain access to the stadium on a matchday. The card will give us a lot more information about the people coming in and the games they are attending. But the key point of the Smart Card from the perspective of supporters is the fact there will be a loyalty programme involved - providing value for season ticket holders. The loyalty programme means that fans making purchases at stores linked with the programme will be able to earn points and could even gather enough together to pay for their season ticket. There are only a handful of clubs currently using this system and we are up there with the top ones.

Smart Cards for Indian Sex Trade

Under a project facilitated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, about 500 sex workers in Mysore, India have been given Smart Cards, which when presented during transactions help them get discounts at select shops and hotels and earn them loyalty points that can be redeemed for discounts on later purchases. The shopping basket can include provisions, food at restaurants and clothes. But the card serves another purpose. It has the medical record of the sex worker, who has to compulsorily get his or her health check up at a clinic once in three months. The card becomes inactive if the holder fails to do this. The sex workers will be checked for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and treatment provided if necessary.

Rahaxi Processing Oy Signs Marketing Agreement with Finnish Vendor Oy Wike Ab Agentur

FreeStar Technology Corp, a card payments processor and technology company, recently announced that Rahaxi Processing Oy signed a sales and referral agreement with Oy Wike Ab Agentur, one of Finland's largest independent providers of Point of Sale (POS) and Electronic Cash Register (ECR) software and hardware. Under the terms of the agreement, Oy Wike Ab Agentur will market Rahaxi Processing Oy's wide variety of international standard payments processing products and services, including the EMV-compliant Hypercom Optimum POS product family to its more than 4,500 merchant clients in Finland and Estonia.

AFS Partners with Wire Card AG

AFS, a provider of electronic-payments and consumer finance-outsourcing services has announced an agreement with Wire Card AG, one of the leading European pro-viders of real-time electronic payment systems with integrated risk management services. According to the signed agreement, Wirecard is to provide AFS with payment technology to enable it to offer a full-service solution for processing online and offline payments for its clients. The scope of the agreement extends from processing payments at the point of sale straight through to handling the Internet payments for online bookings for AFS clients. Illustrative of the viability of the AFS Wirecard partnership is the recent signing with Gulf Air to assist the pan Arab airline with implementing an e-ticketing facility.

3G FOMA Service Surpasses 2G mova in Subscribers

NTT DoCoMo, Inc has announced that DoCoMo's 3G FOMA service surpassed the 2G mova service in number of subscribers on June 18. Launched in October 2001, the service has grown due to its rich lineup of content, high-speed broadband capability, high-quality voice/video, wide range of handsets, attractive billing and discount plans, and extensive coverage.

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