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Monday, 11 October 2004


CIE Group Deploys Trintech Chip and PIN Solution from Trintech

Trintech Group Plc, a provider of transaction reconciliation and payment infrastructure solutions, has announced that CIE Group, Ireland's state owned transportation company, has selected Trintech's bank-accredited PayWare Merchant to automate the processing of tickets purchased using a debit or credit card, via unattended ticket vending machines. The vending machines are currently located in DART and Commuter railway stations with a roll out schedule to include mainline and regional stations in the coming months. Iarnrod Eireann, the Irish rail network, and Bus Eireann, the Irish bus network, will deploy PayWare Merchant to handle the high volumes of card transactions associated with seat reservations at ticket vending machines, booking offices, call centers and online. Iarnrod Eireann will also integrate and roll out Trintech's Smart 5000 PINPad, a hybrid card reader that accepts both chip cards and magnetic swipe cards.

As part of the Irish Government's plan to maximize the use of public transport, CIE and its companies have been involved in a major investment program funded from the National Development Plan as well as EU co-funding. Part of this investment program includes the selection and roll out of unattended EMV Chip and PIN ready ticket vending machines.The new system will enable passengers to conduct secure Chip and PIN transactions at each unattended terminal. CIE are amongst the first to prepare for Chip and PIN in Ireland and will switch on the Chip and PIN facility when the roll out schedule is complete.

Ingenico see Continued Growth in Third Quarter

INGENICO has announced their (unaudited) consolidated sales of 96 million in the third quarter of 2004 (up from 93.2 million euros in the third quarter of 2003). This amounts to a 3% increase over sales in Q3 2003 (+7% at constant exchange rates and on a pro forma basis). For the first nine months of 2004, INGENICO booked consolidated sales of 301.3 million euro (254.4 million euros over the same period in 2003), thus achieving cumulative sales growth of 18.4% (+23% at constant exchange rates and on a pro forma basis).

Supercom Wins US Smart Passport Tender

SuperCom, Ltd., a Smart Card and e-ID technology integrator and solutions provider, has announced that the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) has informed that the Company's proposal as a prime contractor for the integration of Smart Card technology in the US new electronic passports has been accepted for award. In addition, SuperCom's proposal as a sub-contractor with a leading American system integrator corporation has also been accepted for award in this project. This project is considered to be the largest and most advanced smart passport project in the world to date. The US authorities have announced multiple awards for the implementation of the project that will include the production of smart inlay for the new passports with a sophisticated chip containing personal identification such as biometric data. This type of passport will be difficult to forge and will replace the traditional passport that contained a printed personal photograph and was considered to be easy to falsify. The scope of the project based on the RFP is estimated at 50 million passports over the following five years.

In this project, SuperCom will supply the Smart Card technology that it has developed over the recent years including the smart chip with an operating system and antenna that is embedded in the passport. The Company's advanced technology meets the new strict international standards (ISO and ICAO) and the high requirements for travel documents set forth by the United States authorities in this tender.

Sweden Become a "Bit" Player

Wayfarer Transit Systems, a provider of Smart Card technology and revenue collection systems, is playing a major role in the roll out of contactless Smart Card technology for Swedish Railways (SJ) in the Malarden region (TiM), which is the area surrounding Stockholm. Wayfarer has been working with its Swedish partner, Modul-System AB to supply and install 89 Point Of Sale (POS) units and 128 platform-based Smart Card Validators (SCV's) at 36 locations in the region. The Smart Card system is based on Mifare, formatted to the RKF standard - volume A, which is the general open card format planned for use in public transport within Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. The 'BiT' system is the basic ticketing platform in the region, with 200,000 Smart Cards currently in use in the system.

Wayfarer provided TGX based technology in two forms. The TGX150 unit was re-configured specifically to meet the Point of Sale (POS) requirements, with the menu driven graphic display and soft keys providing easy and fast selection of ticket and fare. The main components of the TGX150 - the main control board, PSU, card read/write unit and display - were re-packaged with vandal resistant keys and a heater in a robust enclosure to meet the environmental requirements of the platform based Smart Card Validator (SCV) applications.

International Card Establishment Acquires Neos

International Card Establishment, Inc., has announced that its recently acquired gift and loyalty unit, Neos Merchant Solutions, has successfully implemented a gift and loyalty program for Juice It Up! Franchise Corporation, a rapidly growing 67-store chain offering smoothies and other nutritional beverages in California, Florida, Texas and Washington.

After winning a competition against over a dozen other gift and loyalty program providers, Neos implemented a Smart Card based gift and loyalty program at Juice It Up! franchise stores, starting in 2003. The success of the Juice It Up! gift and loyalty program over the past 13 months has led that company to make it mandatory for any new franchisee to offer the program and use Neos' credit card processing services.

The program confers a number of benefits to Juice It Up! franchise owners, including: (1) improved cash flow -- prepaid gift cards are issued for cash today against future sales; (2) brand identity -- a gift card acts as a "walking billboard" in the owner's wallet, offering a constant reminder of where to shop; (3) brand loyalty -- the gift card gives Juice It Up! customers a 5% point rebate on their purchases, which can only be redeemed at Juice It Up! stores; (4) faster check out lines and more security -- because the Smart Card based gift card stores all of the data on the card itself without the need to dial up and verify the credit on the card and is virtually impossible to counterfeit.

First Biometric IBM Thinkpad receives TECHXNY Best of Show Award

IBM has announced the ThinkPad T42 notebook with integrated fingerprint reader received the Best of Show award in the Best Security Solution category at New York's Technology Week -- TECHXNY. The Best of Show Awards Program recognizes the most innovative personal technology and corporate IT products, solutions and programs at the event.

WJ Communications to Showcase RFID Products in China

WJ Communications, Inc., a designer and supplier of RF semiconductors and multi-chip modules, has announced that it, along with its distribution partner, Richardson Electronics, will showcase its most recent RFID products at the upcoming 11th International Exhibition of Automatic Identification Technology, SCAN-China. WJ's RFID product portfolio features the new multi-protocol MPR 5000 and MPR 6000 PCMCIA Type II Reader Cards, OEM Reader Modules and RFID Reader ASICs for RFID applications worldwide. In addition, during the International EPCglobal China forum, Dr. Barry Lin, WJ Vice President, will be giving a presentation titled, "A Compact RFID Reader Engine for UHF and Microwave Reader Applications."

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