Category Archives: Card Industry News

Banca Transilvania takes the lead on the Romanian card market

By | October 13, 2017

Local lender Banca Transilvania is the largest card issuer in Romania with 3 million cards in its portfolio, and an 18.5% market share. The bank hasn’t specified how many of these are active cards. Banca Transilvania also ranks first for the volume of card transactions, with a 20% market share. The lender launched the first card in 2000.… Read More »

Veridos Wins Zambian eID Card Project

By | October 12, 2017

Berlin, October 12, 2017 – The Republic of Zambia has awarded Veridos with a contract to deliver polycarbonate electronic ID cards to Zambia. The new eID card, which is equipped with a contactless chip, fulfils the highest quality standards and offers convenient multi-application options to Zambian citizens. “We are pleased to provide the Republic of Zambia with new… Read More »

UAE – TRA, Smart Dubai to launch a unified digital identity card

By | October 12, 2017

DUBAI: As part of its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2017, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, in partnership with Smart Dubai, aiming to develop a unified digital identity in the UAE. The agreement aims to enhance the mutual cooperation between federal and local governments in line with the UAE’s strategy to… Read More »

G+D Mobile Security selected for Google’s Project Fi

By | October 12, 2017

Munich, October 12, 2017 – G+D Mobile Security, a global leader in the management of digital identities and eSIM technology, has extended its engagement with Google’s Project Fi with the delivery of eSIMs and eSIM management technology. eSIM management enables remote provisioning and lifecycle management of subscriptions. G+D Mobile Security’s eSIM management platform allows Project Fi to securely… Read More »

Malta – HSBC introduces contactless payment cards

By | October 12, 2017

HSBC Malta is introducing contactless cards, which allow customers a faster, more convenient way to pay, up to a pre-set limit of €25 per transaction. HSBC Premier Credit cardholders will be the first to benefit from this innovation before the service is extended to other customers in 2018. Instead of using cash, customers can pay by simply tapping… Read More »

Identiv Leverages iOS 11 to Bring the Endless Possibilities of NFC to Everyone

By | October 12, 2017

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Identiv, Inc. (NASDAQ:INVE) today announced the company’s first NFC Tag Starter Kit, in partnership with NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI). In order to bring the power of near field communication (NFC) to everyone, the kit includes 25 NFC tags with NXP Semiconductor’s NFC Forum Type 2/4/5 NTAG® and ICODE® tag ICs. Supporting a wide… Read More »

STMicroelectronics NFC Tags among First to Be Certified for Performance and Interoperability by NFC Forum

By | October 12, 2017

Geneva, October 12, 2017 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the certification of its ST25 Near Field Communication (NFC) tags by the NFC Forum, a key industry and standardization body. ST’s NFC Forum type 4 Tag IC (ST25TA), the type 5 Dynamic Tag IC (ST25DV), and type 5 Tag… Read More »

Wirecard Acts as Technology Provider for Twisto to Offer Contactless Payments in the Czech Republic

By | October 12, 2017

MUNICH, October 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wirecard, the leading global specialist for digital payment solutions and internet technology, cooperates with Twisto to provide contactless payments via credit cards and wristbands at the point of sale (POS) in the Czech Republic. Twisto is the first FinTech company providing physical credit card payments in the region. The company was awarded as ‘Best European… Read More »

India – Biometric cards for fishermen by year-end

By | October 12, 2017

BHUBANESWAR: IN its renewed drive to strengthen coastal security, the State Government on Wednesday directed the Fisheries department to issue waterproof biometric identity cards to fishermen by end of this year. As per the survey conducted jointly by National Population Registrar (NPR), Ministry of Home Affairs and the Fisheries department as many as 3,46,948 fishermen were identified. Photography… Read More »

IDEX demonstrate contactless fingerprint sensor to card customers

By | October 12, 2017

Oslo, Norway, 12 October 2017 – IDEX, a leading developer of advanced fingerprint solutions for mass markets, is demonstrating its flexible, low power fingerprint sensor suitable for all contactless cards applicationsoperating with standard NFC terminals.  Earlier this year IDEX launched its breakthrough low power, low cost ASIC specifically designed for contactless biometric card applications. Following this, IDEX announced a flexible sensor based on patented IDEX… Read More »

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia must register their identities by February 2018 or face suspension

By | October 12, 2017

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have more than pulsa (phone credit) to worry about, as the government is requiring them to officially register their identities with their mobile number. The IT Ministry (Kominfo) recently issued a ministerial decree requiring every prepaid SIM card owner — if they haven’t already done so — to register their number with… Read More »

Venezuelan Regime Forced to Extend Validity of Passports Due to Bureaucratic Chaos

By | October 11, 2017

It’s no secret for Venezuelans that obtaining a passport can be difficult. Dictator Nicolás Maduro and his regime have imposed a seemingly infinite set of bureaucratic hurdles to jump over to get one, or simply just to renew the one you already have. Recently, the government announced that it’s extending the life of passports about to expire for two more years. Maduro’s… Read More »

Maldives – President inaugurates Passport Card; multifunctional features

By | October 11, 2017

The President, this Wednesday, inaugurated the Passport Card which has multifunctional features, making Maldives the first country to introduce a multifunctional polycarbonate passport card. The newly unveiled polycarbonate Passport Card can be used as an ID card and license card. In addition to being usable for both domestic and international air travel, the Passport Card can be linked… Read More »

By | October 11, 2017

The Maldives are known for their nice beaches and wonderful holiday resorts on many islands. Now the Maldives have also become a place of innovation. Maldives Immigration has just introduced a new, very innovative type of ID card: It can be used for payments, but also serves as a national ID card, as a driver´s license as well as a health card and insurance card. Last but not least it is also used like a passport for easy travelling. This is why… Read More »

STMicroelectronics gives notice of early redemption of its US$400 Million 1.00% Convertible Bonds due 2021

By | October 11, 2017

Amsterdam, October 11, 2017 — STMicroelectronics N.V. (the “Company” or “STMicroelectronics”) announces that, in accordance with the terms and conditions (the “Conditions”) of its US$400,000,000 1.00 per cent. convertible bonds due 2021 (ISIN: XS1083957024, the “Bonds”), it has exercised its option under Condition 7(b) of the Bonds to redeem all outstanding Bonds on November 10, 2017 (the Optional Redemption Date referred to… Read More »

Switzerland becomes first European country to allow Visa payments on Fitbit smartwatch

By | October 11, 2017

Visa is introducing its mobile payment function for the Fitbit smartwatch in Switzerland, the first European country to get the service, reported Inside-IT.ch. The card company enables the payments via the Visa Token Service. To pay with Fitbit Ionic, the Visa card of a partner card issuer must be loaded into the Fitbit Companion application. Currently, this is… Read More »

IGL Smart Card For CNG Customers Launched; Here’s How it Works

By | October 11, 2017

  New Delhi, October 11: Giving a major push to Digitalisation, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday launched the IGL smart card- the first ever prepaid card for CNG customers at an event in New Delhi. The IGL smart card is a prepaid card for both retail and fleet consumers which allows customers to refuel CNG at its… Read More »

Third quarter 2017 statement of the Gemalto liquidity contract

By | October 10, 2017

​Amsterdam, October 10, 2017 – Gemalto N.V. (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO, “Gemalto”) hereby reports on the transactions carried out under the Gemalto liquidity contract independently managed by Exane BNP Paribas.​​ During the third quarter of 2017, i.e. from July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017 (included), the following transactions were carried out by Exane BNP Paribas under the liquidity contract: 534,975 Gemalto… Read More »

India – Visakhapatnam: Swipe your debit/credit card, pay bus fare

By | October 10, 2017

Visakhapatnam: Don’t have the change to pay for bus fare while travelling in the government-run city buses? No need to worry, you can just pay using your debit/credit card. Interestingly there is  no need to chip in or swipe the card, just wave it at the ticket machine carried by the bus conductor.  For the first time in the… Read More »

US Payments Forum Provides First in Series of Technical Frameworks for Implementing EMV Contactless Open Payments in Transit

By | October 10, 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As U.S. and Canadian transit markets look to move to open payments systems in today’s EMV chip environment, they have unique transaction speed and security requirements for successful implementation at fare gates and on-board vehicles. The U.S. Payments Forum has released today the first in a series of resources that identify… Read More »