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Friday 14th December 2001


Citibank and Bibit Rollout Visa's 3D Secure

European payment service provider, Bibit, has formed an alliance with Citibank to implement Visa's new 3-D Secure payment technology at Bibit merchants in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries. The deal will establish Citibank as the first acquiring bank in Europe to commit to the 3-D Secure technology.

3-D Secure provides Visa Member banks with the ability to confirm that a genuine Visa cardholder and merchant have actively participated in an e-commerce transaction via user authentication. Bibit Germany's Managing Director Rainer Stecken said that the use of the technology will "enhance significantly consumers' confidence in paying online".

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G&D and Incard Form Italian EMV Partnership

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has signed a strategic agreement with Italian Smart Card manufacturer Incard to expand its presence in the Italian Market. The alliance will see Incard become the exclusive production and selling channel in Italy for G&D's payment products and solutions.

The two companies have announced that the long term goal of the agreement is to support Italian Banks and Financial Institutions in the EMV migration from magnetic stripe to Smart Cards.

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iRV Set To Acquire Scarab Systems

iRV has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Nevada-based Smart Card company Scarab Systems.

iRV will inherit Scarab's Smart Card program which works with existing processing and billing platforms and encryption technology and uses existing POS and ATM systems. Scarab claim this eliminates the cost-prohibitive infrastructure that is required with most Smart Card implementations.

"Scarab Systems licensed technology provides exciting prospects for innovative payment solutions that we feel represent a valuable contribution in iRV's strategy of expanding its technological asset base. The acquisition of Scarab represents a critical step in the process of implementing technologies that deliver recurring revenue," said iRV President Clifford C. Thygesen. The acquisition will proceed subject to the completion of specific terms and conditions to be laid out in a definitive agreement.

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OTI Opens New Facilities in Israel

OTI has invested US$3.5 million in a new development center at its site in Rosh Pina, Israel. The new building will support research and development, testing, and manufacture of the company's contactless microprocessor-based Smart Card products, while the existing building will house the company's global management offices.

The new site, which was officially opened by Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this week, implements OTI's own access control management system which features biometric authentication.

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New PKI Solution From Ultimaco

Utimaco Safeware has launched the latest version of its SafeGuard PKI solution in Europe. SafeGuard PKI Enterprise version 2.5 claims to offer enhanced functionality for the integration of PKI into business environments and includes web registration, certificates and biometric access control for CA (Certification Authority) and RA (Registration Authority) components.

The new product is to be targeted at medium-size and enterprise organisations who require PKI-enabled Applications to support their security policies.


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