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They’re barn-dancing in the streets of Dallas, Texas at the Micro Card Technologies Inc subsidiary of Groupe Bull SA at winning a contract for the first major electronic money system implemented by a government agency using a Smart Card – and it is using the Bull CP8 card: the end users will be Marine basic training recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina, who will have pay entered on their personal cards, which they will then be able to use them to make purchases and draw cash at post exchanges or PXs; on arrival at Parris Island, each recruit will be issued a CP8 containing his or her social security number, platoon number, card issue date, initial spending balance and recruit-selected personal identification code, and each day, stored data for each transaction – date and time, card number, terminal number, recruit’s beginning spending balance, transaction amount and recruit’s remaining spending balance – will be relayed from point-of-sale terminals to a micro in the base comptroller’s office; no value was given for the Parris Island contract, but some 21,000 recruits pass through the base every year.

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