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Products and Services briefs (10/21/2009)

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* MADISON, Wis. (10/22/09)--University of Wisconsin (UW) CU, Madison, Wis., unveiled its Wiscard UW CU program, which links the Wiscard--UW-Madison’s staff, student and faculty identification card--to the cardholder’s UW CU checking account. The card can be used to perform transactions at any ATM. To activate, cardholders can visit a UW CU branch or Wiscard Office and choose a personal identification number. There is no fee for linking the card to a checking account, and the member has unlimited free ATM transactions. The feature “gives Wiscard users the ability to use their Wiscard at ATMs to make withdrawals, deposits or balance inquiries in addition to allowing cardholders to perform personal identification number-based debit transactions at businesses,” said David Mickelson, UW CU director of retail delivery operations. “Users also can monitor their UW CU accounts using our online banking system” ... * SAN ANTONIO (10/22/09)--Randolph-Brooks FCU in San Antonio, Texas, will offer its members mobile deposit capabilities with any wireless smartphone (San Antonio Business Journal Oct. 16). The service, mBranch, will be available in 2010. Users will be able to make deposits remotely with any smartphone that has a two megapixel camera and Internet access. To make a deposit, a member photographs the front and back of a check and uploads the photos to a secure Web site. The member will receive a text message and voice mail confirming the deposit. The service is offered through mShift of Fremont, Calif. Randolph-Brooks has $1.1 million in assets ... * LOUISVILLE, Ky. (10/22/09)--Travelex Outsourcing Americas has launched a new customer care team to help credit unions and other financial institutions interested in the company’s products. The team will answer questions related to all products or services, support prospective partners during the accreditation and contracting process, coordinate with various functional areas within Travelex, and follow up on any post-implementation issues that require resolution to facilitate the partner’s first sale. Travelex, a CUNA Strategic Service, provides payment and travel services to the U.S. and abroad ... * SAN ANTONIO (10/22/09)--Security Service FCU, San Antonio, Texas, will offer MasterCard’s Money Manager, an interactive tool that will give cardholders the ability to view and manage their spending, the company said (Banking Newslink Oct. 20). The manager will give credit union members a way to create a budget and track their spending, according to Keith Sultemeier, Security Service executive vice president and chief financial officer. Security Service FCU has $5.2 billion in assets ...