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Lead Story

New payment player flexes muscle


Industry Update

Interchange dodges a bullet

Two more terminal types under PCI SSC umbrella

Small-business confidence rising

Contactless faring well

Terrorism funded with stolen data

Flying for wishes, Isaacman sets record

Visa Inc. interchange rates as of April 2009


Data security dominates ETA Expo

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

The Fair Gift Card Act of 2009:
Good intentions, disastrous results

Brad Fauss
Springbok Services Inc.

The ISO challenge: Selling prepaid

Drilling down on the prepaid-unbanked relationship


Protect merchants with the basics

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

The drive toward integrated solutions

Robbie Lopez

Extending security beyond assessments

Michael Petitti


Street SmartsSM:
What does your billboard say?

Jon Perry and Vanessa Lang

What it takes to thrive in business

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting

PCI: Taking the proper path

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Facing the elephants

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

Merchant Cash and Capital

New Products

Private pathway for POS data

Company: Apriva

Boundless processing


Revenue streams through referrals

AdvanceMe Inc.


Capitalizing on distractions


2009 Calendar of events



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

May 11, 2009  •  Issue 09:05:01

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Contactless faring well

The Smart Card Alliance's 2009 Payments Councils Summit was held in Salt Lake City at the end of February 2009. The primary focus of discussion was the adoption of contactless electronic fare collection in major U.S. cities. The SCA's Transportation Council listed many accomplishments and elected a new steering committee and officers.

Reports of headway made into contactless adoption in the transit arena were presented by representatives from the cities of Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Tuscson, Ariz., as well as the state of Utah.

A foothold in transit

Craig Roberts, the Utah Transit Authority's Program Manager for Electronic Payment, is the new SCA Transportation Council Chair.

He said, "We are seeing more transit agencies understanding the security and convenience that accepting contactless credit and debit cards directly as fare payment brings to travelers, as evidenced by the presentations we heard at the summit."

Transit systems seem to be the vanguard for contactless both in this country and abroad. "Accepting contactless bank cards means the transit operator acts like a merchant - selling transportation to the customer," said Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director of the SCA. "They avoid all the overhead of converting bank issued currency (cash or card sales) into transit currency for using the system."

Vanderhoof noted that this is a new frontier for the bankcard and transit sectors. "The technology issues are pretty much solved, but the cost of converting the transit reader infrastructures and fees associated with bankcard usage and bad debt are still being worked out by both industries," he said.

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