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Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Card fraud falls in the face of chip and Pin

The introduction of chip and Pin technology has had a measurable impact on payment card fraud. Figures from Apacs, the UK payments association, show that total card fraud fell by 5% between January and June, with the amount of money stolen by fraudsters totalling £209.3m, compared with £219.5m in the same period last year.

Qantas signs seven-year software support deal

Qantas has signed a seven-year IT maintenance and application development contract with Satyam Computer Services. The agreement covers development and maintenance services for more than 150 applications at the airline.

SAP and HP to develop joint SOA technologies

SAP and Hewlett-Packard are to collaborate on technologies aimed at improving business IT systems. HP’s Adaptive Infrastructure will be brought together with SAP’s enterprise service oriented architecture to create a model that enables hardware and software to adapt to changing business needs.

Virgin Wines signs deal for hosted CRM systems

Virgin Wines has signed a deal to have its customer relationship management systems hosted remotely by TelecityRedbus. They will join the online retailer’s firewall and anti-virus applications at the supplier’s Docklands datacentre.

Oyster card scheme wins award for RFID roll-out

Transport for London’s Oyster card project – the largest smartcard scheme in Europe – has won an award for being the best implementation of RFID tags. More than four million people use Oyster card as their principal means of paying for travel in London.

Pointsec Pocket PC gains quality mark

The Cabinet Office’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA) has awarded Pointsec Mobile Technologies a quality mark for its Pocket PC mobile security system. The CSIA Claims Tested mark is awarded to products that have gone through a testing and evaluation process successfully.

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