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Tuesday 17 April 2001


Cubic Vending Machine Contract for Vancouver Public Transit

Cubic Transportation Systems has won a US $18 million contract from TransLink, of Vancouver, B.C., for 160 new touchscreen-enabled ticket vending machines for the region's rail, bus and ferry public transit systems.

The magnetic ticket vending machines will be equipped with Smart Card readers, ready for future upgrades. Initially, TransLink will use the Smart Card readers for employee access to the ticket vending machines for maintenance and revenue collection.

The payment options for farecard sales include Canadian bank notes, Canadian and U.S. coins, and credit or debit cards, and the machines issue a printed receipt for all passenger transactions. Up to eight languages can be programmed into the machine. Braille instructions and audio assistance are also included for passenger interaction.

They will be installed on Vancouver's two rail lines, the Expo Line and the expansion Millennium Line, both operated by B.C. Rapid Transit Co. , a division of TransLink. The new rapid rail line has 13 stations, and the Expo Line has 20 stations. The two lines also share intermodal compatibility with the bus and ferry systems operated by TransLink's subsidiaries.

The new electronic bus fare collection system for TransLink was designed by Cubic and currently is being installed in the city's 1,268 buses.

Contact: Kelly Williams, Cubic Corp.
Tel: +1 858 505 2378
E-mail: Kelly.Williams@cubic.com

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Catuity Loyalty Solution for VeriFone Omni 3300 Series Terminals

Catuity and VeriFone have signed an agreement to make the Catuity Loyalty Solution available on VeriFone's Omni 3300 and 3350 e-payment terminals.

The Omni 3300 series of payment terminals support Smart Cards and are based on VeriFone's Verix operating environment, a global platform that supports multiple applications running on the same terminal. By making the Catuity Loyalty Solution available on the Omni 3300 and Omni 3350, retailers easily can offer loyalty packages including gift card programs at the point of sale while at the same time offering traditional payment applications supported by VeriFone's SoftPay e-payment software.

Contact: Beverly Jedynak, Martin E. Janis & Company, Inc.
Tel: +1 312 943 1100
E-mail: b.jedynak-janispr@worldnet.att.net

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ActivCard Reports 250,000th Digital Identity License

ActivCard, a provider of digital identity management products and technology, reports that it has signed its 250,000th customer license.

"While cryptographic technologies used for authentication, including PKI and one-time-use password tokens have been around for years, multi-function Smart Cards, utilising these technologies have only recently been introduced to the market," said Thomas Arthur, senior vice president of sales and business development at ActivCard. He said they estimated that within a two-year period, the number of Smart Cards used in IT would exceed the number of tokens sold in the past ten years."

Web site: www.activcard.com

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Setec and NTRU Partnership

Setec and NTRU have announced a partnership that will integrate NTRU's high performance public key security technology with Setec's MicroBrowser SIM card for the consumer electronics and wireless markets.

"NTRU's high performance public key technology is well suited for a Smart Card implementation and our partnership with NTRU is a logical step on Setec's PKI product roadmap underlining our technology strategy to support all leading edge public key technologies," said Lauri Pesonen, CTO of Setec.

"Integration of the NTRU technology with our eSIM is a natural first step but we do foresee a wider deployment for the solution, especially for securing the digital content in a wide range of Smart Card enabled devices, not only mobile phones."

Web site: www.setec.fi
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Web site: www.ntru.com


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