Category Archives: Card Industry News

First J/Speedy Card in the ASEAN Region to be issued by BDO

By | June 26, 2017

Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the launch of the J/Speedy JCB card in the Philippines with BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the largest bank in the Philippines in terms of consolidated resources, customer loans, deposits, assets under management… Read More »

Taiwan – New ID cards to be suitable for digital verification: MOI

By | June 24, 2017

The government is mulling issuing new ID cards that would contain a chip and is to solicit public views in seminars, workshops and via polls, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said on Friday. The ministry has worked out a draft proposal on the new card and will communicate fully with the public on the issue, Department of… Read More »

Ghana – National ID solution to delay in passport acquisition – Bawumia

By | June 24, 2017

The acquisition or renewal of Ghanaian passports, especially for those outside the shores of Ghana, is a major challenge, but the introduction of the new national identification card will soon make such hassle a thing of the past, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Dr Bawumia said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in China.… Read More »

One arrest in Dublin in Europe-wide card fraud probe

By | June 24, 2017

Over 70 people were arrested across Europe One person was arrested and six homes in Dublin were searched by gardaí as part of a Europe-wide operation earlier this month targeting criminals involved in buying goods over the internet using stolen payment card details. In total, details of over 100 compromised US-issued payment cards were also recovered in Ireland during… Read More »

Dominica – Over $6 Million Approved For Equipment And Training For Id Cards

By | June 24, 2017

The Government of Dominica has recently approved funding to the tune of EC$ 6,130,350.00, to purchase equipment and to hire and train personnel for the implementation of a national identification card system.  In a press release this week the Electoral Office informed that it has begun the recruitment of about 15 young persons who, subject to the passage… Read More »

Ukrainian Rada should pass legislation on vetting Donbas, Crimea residents applying for biometric passport

By | June 24, 2017

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada should pass legislation before the end of the current spring and summer session to introduce a special vetting procedure for all applicants coming from Crimea and Donbas who wish to receive a Ukrainian biometric foreign travel passport, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said. “We should protect both Ukraine and Europe from… Read More »

Philippines – Government has enough funds to implement national ID system

By | June 23, 2017

The House appropriations committee has approved the proposed funding requirement for a measure which seeks to consolidate all existing government-initiated identification (ID) systems into one integrated Filipino ID system. In a statement on Friday, appropriations committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said there would be enough government funds to carry out the implementation of a national… Read More »

OneAssist raises USD 18 million in Series C funding

By | June 23, 2017

OneAssist Consumer Solutions, a company that provides users insurance against credit card, smartphone and wallet thefts, raised USD 18 million in series C funding led by existing investors Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and New York-based insurance provider Assurant. This round also saw the entry of a new investor, Moonstone Investments. “Our vision for OneAssist is to build… Read More »

Visa Presents Payment Innovations in Russia for Confederations Cup

By | June 23, 2017

KAZAN, Russia – Visa presented its innovations for “contactless” payment during the Confederations Cup in Russia, where thousands of fans will be able to make their transactions more conveniently, quickly and safely than ever before. “These innovations will allow transactions to be made in a matter of seconds, and not only at the stadiums but also in daily… Read More »

IDEX launches breakthrough fingerprint sensor for contactless smart cards

By | June 23, 2017

Oslo, Norway, 23 June 2017 – IDEX, a leading developer of advanced fingerprint solutions for mass markets, launches a ground-breaking flexible, low power fingerprint sensor ready to be used in contactless cards operating with standard NFC terminals. The sensor has state of the art power management which supports biometric card operation without a battery. The sensor is specifically… Read More »

Workz launches new eSIM operating system

By | June 23, 2017

UAE-based mobile solutions vendor Workz Group has entered into a value-added reseller agreement with UK telecoms software company Simulty Labs covering the provision of commercial and technical support for Workz’s eSIM operating system and remote provisioning server. The agreement will pave the way for distribution of eSIM across the MEA and Southeast Asia, the companies said. With the… Read More »

Timor introduces ePassports

By | June 23, 2017

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as… Read More »

Philippines – Warning aired vs e-passport with altered materials

By | June 23, 2017

Filipinos traveling abroad may run into trouble due to alleged unauthorized changes in materials and security features of the new digital passport, according to an anticorruption watchdog. Lawyer Argee Guevarra, a co-founder of the Action for Good Governance, said a private firm contracted by state-owned printer APO Production Unit Inc. has been producing e-passports with materials different from… Read More »

UK – First Bus To Roll Out Contactless Payment Across Aberdeen Buses

By | June 22, 2017

A bus company has become the first in the North-east to offer a contactless payment scheme – meaning Aberdonians will no longer have to rummage in their pockets for exact change. First Aberdeen has unveiled its plans to offer passengers the choice of using their contactless bank cards on its vehicles. Andrew Jarvis, managing director of First Bus… Read More »

Czech Republic Becoming A World Leader In Contactless Payment For Public Transportation

By | June 22, 2017

The Czech Republic is undergoing a revolution in the way passengers pay for public transportation services, writes news site idnes.cz. Around 2,000 bus and tram services now enable ticket payments to be made using a contactless card. And that number is set to continue to grow, says Petr Zlámalík, of Mastercard Advisors, the professional services arm of card… Read More »

ABN AMRO tests contactless payment with wearables

By | June 22, 2017

ABN AMRO is the first bank to enable clients to make payments directly from their current accounts using a wearable. A select group of users is currently testing various wearables, including a special Kerv ring (photo) and a watch with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). The test users will be able to use these wearables to make contactless… Read More »

LankaClear and JCBI partner to establish National Card Scheme in Sri Lanka

By | June 22, 2017

Colombo and Tokyo, June 22, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – LankaClear (Private) Limited (LankaClear), an organization incorporated in 2002 and owned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and all Licensed Commercial Banks operating in Sri Lanka, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB), announced on June 20th that… Read More »

Jamaica – Government Seeks To Put National ID Fears To Rest

By | June 22, 2017

Public fears that the much-talked-about National Identification System (NIDS), when passed into law, will not be as secure as intended, have been dispelled by the Government. Chief Technical Director in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart explained that the system will be “safe, secure, and good for business”.… Read More »

SPS New “Hybrid 8” Module Revolutionizes Hybrid Contact / Contactless Card Embedding

By | June 22, 2017

ROUSSET, FRANCE (PRWEB) JUNE 22, 2017 Smart Packaging Solutions, a world leader in eID documents, introduces “Hybrid 8,” its new micro module, for hybrid cards with two chips: one contact and one contactless. The new Hybrid 8 module has exactly the same dimensions as SPS Dual 8 module used for dual interface cards that support contact and contactless… Read More »

Wirecard North America Leaders Speak At NBPCA’s Power of Prepaid® Event

By | June 21, 2017

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wirecard, a leading provider of global payment and commerce solutions, is pleased to announce their participation in the NBPCA’s 6th Annual Power of Prepaid event, June 21-23 in Washington, DC. Power of Prepaid is the premier event for the prepaid community connecting experts in prepaid compliance, legislation, regulation and innovation.  Brad… Read More »