Welcome Real-time, a Paris-based loyalty systems company formerly known as High Co Technologies, said it has joined the Multos supplier network.

Welcome Real-time's XLS (eXtended Loyalty System) software for smart cards will be able to run on the Multos operating system along with payments and other applications.

"In our opinion, this is a key to triggering the massive rollout of smart cards," said Aneace Haddad, president of Welcome Real-time, which has several years of smart card and electronic couponing experience.

"Combined with other applications, XLS enables card issuers to create a strong value-added proposition that will appeal to both consumers and retailers," said Nick Habgood, chief executive officer of Maosco, the London-based consortium that oversees Multos and includes its originator, Mondex International, on the board of directors.

Welcome Real-time also announced that Bull of France will be integrating XLS into its entire chip card line. XLS is already available with the CC 1000 model, of which 40 million have been distributed for electronic purse applications.

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