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Wednesday 5th December 2001


SSP Solution to Protect FAA Mobile PCs

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has selected SSP Solutions to provide the remote access systems for its Aviation Security Research and Development Division in a deal worth $799,000.

The order will comprise the delivery of a software encryption solution and an estimated 6,000 Smart Card readers and Smart Cards for the two-factor user authentication. The system is aimed at protecting data and secure access from field laptops and notebook computers and is claimed to be specifically designed to support mobile computers. Delivery is anticipated to be completed within two weeks.

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First Data Win Kuwait Banking Contract

First Data Europe has won a contract to provide the cardholder and merchant transaction processing for National Bank of Kuwait, the largest financial institution in Kuwait. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The transfer from the bank’s current in-house processing to the First Data Europe system will take place over the coming months. According to First Data, the system will enable the bank to benefit from enhanced Smart Card functionality.

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IAS Develop New Airport Security Solution

International Automated Systems (IAS) have become the latest company to announce that it is to develop a airport security system based on biometric identification technology. The new system will aim to enable airlines to match passengers to their tickets and luggage.

When implemented, the IAS airport security scanner will take a digital photograph of the passenger and scan a fingerprint and an item of identification. It then matches these identity points to the boarding pass and luggage, and the information is stored on a card for the passenger to use at additional security checks in the airport.

IAS has created a working demo of the new system which it hopes will be integrated with an airport’s existing check-in and security infrastructure.

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Rainbow Win Australian PKI Healthcare Contract

Australia’s Health Insurance Commission (HIC) has selected Rainbow Technologies’ iKey 2032 authentication token for its PKI-based Internet security deployment. The deal is aimed at supporting the launch of HIC’s PKI-secured nationwide healthcare service.

Rainbow's iKey will be used to store digital certificates and private keys distributed by the Health eSignature Authority (HeSA), and will provide a two-factor authentication process.

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Novatel And BT Cellnet in GSM/GPRS Wireless Alliance

Novatel Wireless and BT Cellnet have announced that they are to jointly support Merlin’s GPRS Wireless PC Card Modems in Europe in an agreement initially valued at $10 million.

The first product to be selected is the Merlin G201 Wireless PC Card Modem which will run over BT Cellnet's GPRS/GSM network, enabling wireless data access at speeds of up to 53.6 kbps in GPRS coverage areas. Shipments are scheduled to commence this month.

In conjunction with BT announcement, Novatel Wireless also announced distribution agreements for the Merlin G201 with Digifone in Ireland, Telfort in the Netherlands and Viag in Germany.

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MasterCard Select ‘Bonus Card’ Supplier

MasterCard has selected Southington Savings Bank (SSB) as the prepaid card issuer for its ‘Bonus Card’ - a reward option of the MasterCard Business Bonuses program for small businesses.

Offered through participating member financial institutions, MasterCard's Business Bonuses program enables cardholders to earn points which are redeemed for the prepaid Bonus Card that can be used as an alternative to the MasterCard credit card.


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