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BB&T Kicks Off Visa Contactless Card Pilot Program

BB&T kicks off Visa contactless card pilot program.

Winston Salem, N.C.-based BB&T has begun issuing BB&T Check Cards with the Visa Contactless feature to select clients in Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in a pilot program. The Contactless BB&T Check Card speeds purchases by enabling clients to hold their card near a secure contactless card reader. A chip in the card sends the payment information to the reader so the card never leaves the consumer's hand. "Clients expect to be able to make fast, convenient and secure purchases. They get all of this along with the traditional features of a check card with the Contactless BB&T Check Card," said BB&T deposit access products manager Scott Qualls in a release. "This technology provides a faster purchasing experience for both clients and merchants."

Cardholders receive the same security protections provided with the traditional BB&T Check Card, including BB&T's Zero Liability protection and fraud monitoring. The chip embedded in the card also generates a unique digital watermark for every purchase to prevent fraud.

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** Texas State Bank Encrypts With PGP

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** HSH Nordbank Implements Cognos BI

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BB&T kicks off Visa contactless card pilot program.

Winston Salem, N.C.-based BB&T has begun issuing BB&T Check Cards with the Visa Contactless feature to select clients in Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in a pilot program. The Contactless BB&T Check Card speeds purchases by enabling clients to hold their card near a secure contactless card reader. A chip in the card sends the payment information to the reader so the card never leaves the consumer's hand.

"Clients expect to be able to make fast, convenient and secure purchases. They get all of this along with the traditional features of a check card with the Contactless BB&T Check Card," said BB&T deposit access products manager Scott Qualls in a release. "This technology provides a faster purchasing experience for both clients and merchants."

Cardholders receive the same security protections provided with the traditional BB&T Check Card, including BB&T's Zero Liability protection and fraud monitoring. The chip embedded in the card also generates a unique digital watermark for every purchase to prevent fraud. *

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