Greetings from VisaCash.org! As I revise this page, we will maintain the previous commentary....I guess it will become the "blog" for the website, while providing updated information on what has recently happened with the website. It will also be the place where we recognize contributors who would like to be noted.
The last several weeks saw a number of revisions completed on the website mainly involving "webmaster" issues as we learn more and more about the software. A new more professional template was added as well as each card or chip image now offers a "pop-up" which required reworking each image that did not have this feature. We have caught up and you can now click on any of these images and it will "pop-up" for closer examination. Also you can scroll between the front and back of the card image you have chosen or between chips that are contained on the page you are reading.
The new page "everything you want to know about the chips" from a layman's point of view, still will be added in the near future. We have discovered recently that the chips on the disposable cards may initially have only originated from one manufacturer. Card companies like Gemplus and Schlumberger then took the "OEM" chip and manufactured the card.
Each Visa Cash card consequently has: card specifications from Visa, chip manufacturer, specific software program(s), card manufacturer, project and business plan, financial institution marketing plan, card specific graphics, brochures, financial controls and security (it is cash, so each card needed to be managed like cash at the financial institution), a point of sale (POS) terminal network to accept the card at merchants, settlement (getting the merchants their money in the bank) and much, much more.
So once the chip information is verified we will revise the each page table to reflect the corrected information. I hope this oversight does not effect the quality of the information we are trying to provide. We strive to provide the exact and correct information and anytime someone shares with us an error, we will correct as soon as possible.
Today we will complete the current Top 5 cards page. We have not started on the "Top 10' page as of yet. Essentially the Top 5 page will be dynamic and will change, and the "Top 10" page, once completed will change only if a contributor makes a good case to have a card dropped out of the Top 10 and a new one added. What is fun and intriguing is a new Visa Cash or Mondex Card appears which the vast majority of readers have never seen or never were aware existed before.
It is also sad.... most of the card developers and issuer participants have been forgotten as well as the work to get the card issued and what it took to get the Visa Cash or Mondex card to market. The history is being lost.
The hard work of issuing and providing the card for the financial institution for testing or public use might have been lost forever. Consequently, it continues to be the purpose of this website, to recognize and save this information.
Hello from VisaCash.org! We are trying to update the website as often as possible. After today you will see many changes and page modifications as we receive information and input. A new page "everything you want to know about the chips" from a layman's point of view, will be added in the near future. We are not electrical engineers, however there is much to be learned in the history of these cards just focusing on the chips.
We have done extensive modifications to the Bank One page, so check it out. There has been a number of discussions as to "watermarking" the images on display here at VisaCash.org. Basically, making it very difficult for or not allowing folks to copy images for their own use.
My intent is to share this information as widely as possible. So if you use an image, I hope you like it, maybe you could tell someone where you obtained the image, then send us one we don't have. However, if you use the written copy please note that it is copyrighted. Please let me know where you are going to use it before you re-publish the written copy.
I hope you like the "Top 5" recently trade cards and soon the "Top 10" collectors choice pages. I have modified one of the several suggestions made by Diogo Teixeira to make this a regular feature. As rare cards are traded via eBay or other public websites I will update the Top 5. The Top 10 will be updated as new favorites are shared by collectors. Lastly, I want to also send thanks to Paul Visnaw for his suggestions on contents and formats.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Greetings and Welcome to VisaCash.org!
As some of you know, I have just started to build this site, today is the first day that the website pages has been displayed. It will be updated as often as we can. My goal is to have a standardized image and description of each Visa Cash and Mondex card issued prior to 2002, including a short history of the program or card launch.
If I can find enough data I will also write an overview history of the whole program. The website will change and get better with time. Additionally, I plan to add educational background for those visitors unfamiliar with Visa Cash or Mondex cards.
This adventure is a very big challenge. It will take a long time, probably several years but the goal is a professional and useful site. If you have images and scans you would be willing to share please contact me at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly there is only a small collector market, so hopefully VisaCash.org will become a place for those collectors to come, foster further collecting interest as well as offer suggestions, ideas, or become an informational clearinghouse about other collectors or the cards themselves.
Thanks for Visiting! - Paul Steger