News release

Date: 19th July 2007

Alaric payment technology drives Europe’s first MasterCard contactless credit card pilot for Aduno Group

Alaric’s Authentic authorisation and switching solution enables pioneering contactless scheme in Switzerland

London, England – July 19, 2007 - Alaric International, a leading supplier of advanced technology and fraud detection solutions for the card payments industry, today announces that its Authentic authorisation and switching solution is being used to enable the first contactless EMV credit card launched in Europe – a new generation MasterCard® PayPass™ card. The ground-breaking scheme, which has been introduced by the Swiss-based card issuer and acquirer Aduno Group, comes several months ahead of the contactless card rollout in the UK, due to begin in London in autumn this year. Aduno will be operating the new payment card in three areas across Switzerland – in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano – in a pilot phase, from July to September. Following the trial, the contactless card will be rolled out across the whole of Switzerland.

The new European transaction facility was launched at a McDonald’s restaurant in Zurich by Miss Switzerland, Christina Rigozzi, at the end of March. The reigning Miss Switzerland made history by completing the first contactless transaction with this new generation of credit card – the world’s fastest. The PayPass card can be used to make payments of small amounts (in Switzerland, up to 40 Swiss francs) without the purchaser having to enter a PIN number or sign a transaction slip. Retailers and restaurants favour contactless payments because they are very fast at the point of service thus reducing queues and creating a more rapid customer service. The latest contactless terminals facilitate payments by receiving and processing encrypted transaction data transmitted from a chip in the credit card using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

Aduno and Alaric have a history of partnering in projects and so it was a logical step for them to work jointly on this innovative solution. “We were familiar with the software solution which Alaric has developed and we also knew that they had the knowledge within the company to support us in our new venture,” said Andrea Maffioretti, Head IT Merchant Services, the Aduno Group executive in charge of the project.

“We see this collaboration with Aduno as the first step into the exciting new era of contactless payments,” said Martin Hewgill, Head of Marketing at Alaric. “Card issuers looking to implement contactless schemes need a robust, high-performance solution for reliable acceptance in these environments. We are pleased to be providing our industry-leading software and expertise to Aduno for this groundbreaking pilot.”

Alaric’s software, Authentic (deployed as a sophisticated payment gateway), provides an integrated, total solution to the switching, authentication and authorisation needs of issuers and acquirers of credit, debit, charge or private label cards. Authentic facilitates the integration of latest generation payments applications and new payment delivery channels, such as the new contactless payment card.


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About Alaric
Headquartered in London, Alaric is a leading supplier of advanced technology solutions for the card payments industry. Alaric offers JAVA based solutions for card payments authorization and switching, fraud detection and prevention, risk management and payment systems integration. Alaric’s customers include First Data International, Euronet, Ukash, Swisscard, Cornèr Banca and Yorkshire Building Society. Alaric's product set was launched in 2001. Being written in Java, the solutions are fully portable and have the scalability to meet the needs of the smallest through the largest institution. Alaric's success is a result of its dedicated focus on the payments industry together with a clear recognition of the need to collaborate with partners.
For further information, please visit us at www.alaric.com


About Aduno


The Aduno Group, founded in 2006 as the umbrella brand of the issuer Viseca Card Services SA and the acquirer Aduno SA, is a leading player in the world of cashless payment systems. It handles card issuing for over 980,000 credit card (MasterCard and Visa) customers as well as acceptance contracts for more than 48,000 merchants (businesses using MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Visa Electron or POS services) in Switzerland.

For further information about Aduno, visit www.goodbyecash.ch

Press contact:
Ian Berrido
EvokedSet PR for Alaric International
Tel: +44 7770 685098
Email: alaric@evokedset.com

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