Payment Card Statistical Yearbooks 2016-17

By | August 21, 2017

Contactless cards are the new mainstream in Europe. The country profiles of the Payment Cards Yearbooks provide the individual background of contactless cards and contactless POS/MPOS terminals by country, including card form factors and mobile contactless initiatives. Lead by the UK, France, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Czechia and Slovakia, the rollout of contactless technology has gained significant traction in… Read More »

Juniper Research: Contactless to Account for More Than 1 in 2 POS Transactions Globally by 2022

By | August 21, 2017

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new study from Juniper Research has found more than half (53%) of global transactions at POS (Point of Sale) will be contactless within 5 years, compared to just 15% this year. The new research, POS & mPOS Terminals: Vendor Strategies, Positioning & Market Forecasts 2017-2022, found that adoption in the US would rise sharply over the period, with… Read More »

Rose Bruford College in the UK choses Zwipe Access

By | August 21, 2017

  OSLO, NORWAY – 21 AUGUST 2017, – Biometric technology company Zwipe is proud to announce that Rose Bruford College, London’s International Drama School of Theatre & Performance has chosen Zwipe Access as the preferred solution for the prestigious school’s security needs both for students and staff. The deployment of the Zwipe biometric solution was secured by Kodit Security, Zwipe’s  distribution… Read More »

DR Congo government destroys thousands of ‘outmoded’ passports

By | August 19, 2017

The Congolese government on Thursday destroyed thousands of decommissioned passports, too old to meet current technological standards. The destruction was ordered by court, that ruled the diplomatic travel documents did not contain a chip that could read information automatically at immigration posts. Most of these passports had been acquired by 2014, a year before the Economic and Monetary… Read More »

Cameroon: National Identity Card – Over 600,000 Abandoned

Startling statistics from the General Delegation for National Security (DGSN) in Yaounde show that about 678,000 National Identity (ID) Cards have been abandoned in different Police Identification Posts in the country. In spite of efforts made by the General Delegation for National Security for individuals to come for their ID cards after application, the problem seems not to… Read More »

OPTAGLIO prepares a new generation of microholograms

By | August 18, 2017

LOCHOVICE (August 18, 2017) – OPTAGLIO, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced it established a research unit focused on microholograms. Scientists and technicians are working together in the new team, which is closely connected to OPTAGLIO Labs. This new research program is partly financed by European Union funds.   „Microholograms are our unique solution, but… Read More »

Identiv Strengthens Presence in India With Bureau of Indian Standards Certification of Desktop Smart Card Reader Solutions

By | August 17, 2017

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Identiv, Inc.  (NASDAQ:INVE) today announced Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Certification on the most popular collection of the company’s desktop smart card reader solutions. BIS, the National Standards Body of India, was established under the BIS Act of 1986 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking, and quality certification of… Read More »

NXP Powers Event Passes for 150,000 Athletes, Government Officials and Delegates at the International 29th Summer Universiade

By | August 17, 2017

MIFARE Ultralight Nano contactless entrance passes provide a more convenient experience for secure access to sports venues and ceremonies at international sports event TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) is the official supplier of the smart ticketing solution for the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei, one the world’s top international sporting events… Read More »

Kenya to introduce e-passport in September to enhance security

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country. The country’s Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the e-passport will have a chip that has details of an individual. Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic passports to replace current passports in 2019

By | August 17, 2017

Kenyans traveling abroad will be required to replace their passports over the next two years, as the Department of Immigration begins phasing them out. This as the government rolls out the more secure electronic or e-passport from next month meant to capture a passport holder’s bio data. On Thursday, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Australia – NSW Police Force urging people to use contactless payments to circumvent “ghost” terminals

By | August 17, 2017

Wagga businesses and the NSW Police Force is urging people to use the tap-and-go-chip on their debit cards to prevent fraudulent transactions through “ghost” terminals.  Collins Booksellers owner Peter Halicki said he had noticed a big shift in people paying by contactless means and encouraged his customers to make the most of the system. “I’ve definitely noticed in the last 12 months a huge… Read More »

Kenya – Kenyans to get new e-passports from September

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Kenya’s Immigration Department has announced that it will start to issue citizens with e-passports beginning next month. According to the Immigration Department, the upgrade is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and will apply to new applications/renewals before the current passport is phased out. The difference between the current… Read More »

Fingerprint Cards Appoints Thomas Rex As SVP Business Line Smartcards

By | August 17, 2017

Press releaseAugust 17, 2017 Fingerprint Cards appoints Thomas Rex as SVP Business Line Smartcards Following Fingerprint Cards’ (FingerprintsTM) strategy to grow with new application areas, Thomas Rex has been appointed SVP, Business Line Smartcards. He will also be part of Fingerprints’ management team. Thomas is currently engaged in business development within smartcards and has previously also been the… Read More »

World’s first in-school wearable tech savings & payments programme “POSB Smart Buddy” launches in 19 schools

By | August 16, 2017

 Some 6,000 students are participating in the POSB Smart Buddy programme The programme outfits schools with digital payment infrastructure, provides students watches with digital payment and fitness tracking capabilities, and comes with a mobile app for parents   SINGAPORE,16 August 2017 – POSB today celebrates the official launch of a global first – the POSB Smart Buddy programme /… Read More »

India – Just two weeks and you can use your Delhi Metro Smart Card to travel in DTC buses

By | August 16, 2017

In two weeks from now, 500 DTC buses in the capital will have the facility as Common Mobility Cards will be rolled out after years of delay. The Delhi Government has started obtaining chips called the Secure Access Mobile (SAM) from South Korea which provides the facility of cashless transportation in the city in buses. These will be… Read More »

VTB Bank (Armenia) and MasterCard to issue PayPass cards

By | August 16, 2017

YEREVAN, August 16. /ARKA/. VTB Bank (Armenia) is the first bank in the country to issue MasterCard PayPass contactless payment cards. “The unique technology of PayPass is one of the most modern, fast, affordable and reliable ways of making card payments around the world,” the bank said in a press release.  It said  MasterCard PayPass payment cards have… Read More »

Nigeria – Why PPP Model Should Be Adopted For National ID

By | August 16, 2017

The world has moved in terms of technology and innovation. The Nigerian government at the moment does not have the resources to throw at any national identity card project; neither does the economy have appetite for any white elephant project. It is, therefore, best for the government to apply the same public private partnership (PPP) model that was… Read More »

Philippines lags Southeast Asia in credit card use

By | August 16, 2017

MANILA – The Philippines lags Southeast Asia in terms of cashless transactions, even as majority of Filipinos prefer it because of safety and convenience, according to a VISA study. In 2016, 9 percent of personal consumption expenditures were done through credit and debit cards, compared to 50 percent in Singapore and 30 percent in Malaysia and 16 percent… Read More »

South African digital & physical security provider, Priority Group Holdings, choses Zwipe Access

By | August 16, 2017

OSLO, NORWAY – 16 AUGUST 2017, – Biometric technology company Zwipe is proud to announce that Priority Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a leading digital security provider and installer based in South Africa has chosen Zwipe Access as it’s preferred biometric access control solution. The two companies have signed a Distribution Agreement that includes the marketing, sale and distribution of… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »