Category Archives: Card Industry News

Kenya’s EALA chairman urges EAC to embrace E-passport

By | January 5, 2018

Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua (2nd R) during election of EALA Speaker. [Photo|Simon Mbugua] Kenya’s EALA MP Simon Mbugua has appealed to all the other East African Community (EAC) partner states through their elected representatives at EALA to ensure each of their East African countries embrace the EAC passport. “The E.A.C electronic Passport has now been officially rolled… Read More »

Zwipe and Gemalto partner to launch fingerprint activated payment card pilot with Bank of Cyprus

By | January 5, 2018

OSLO, NORWAY – 05 JANUARY 2018, – Biometric technology company Zwipe is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Gemalto, the world’s largest card manufacturer, to pilot the first battery-less dual-interface fingerprint activated payment card with Bank of Cyprus.  Gemalto has confirmed multiple upcoming pilots in 2018, with the first of these being with Bank of Cyprus. Commenting… Read More »

Taiwan mulls a third gender option on national ID cards, passports

By | January 4, 2018

Taipei (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s government-level Gender Equality Committee said Thursday that to ensure the civil rights of transgender, intersex and other groups with different gender identities, the agency is conducting comprehensive research and study of the existing laws to propose plans to add a third gender option to national ID cards and passports.  Adding a third gender option outside of the… Read More »

Gemalto launches the first biometric EMV card for contactless payments

By | January 4, 2018

​Amsterdam, 4 January 2018 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has been selected by Bank of Cyprus to supply the world’s first EMV biometric dual interface payment card for both chip and contactless payments. Using fingerprint recognition instead of a PIN code to authenticate the cardholder, the card is compatible with existing payment terminals already installed in the… Read More »

Afghanistan – MPs continue to differ over much-awaited census law

By | January 3, 2018

KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday continued to differ over the decision of a joint parliamentary commission on the population census law. Some lower house members called the decision as ‘legal’ while others demanded further debate on the amendment of Article six of the controversial law. The process of issuing the much-awaited computerized National Identity Cards (e-NICs) was expected to… Read More »

Ghana Government Launches Instant Electronic ID Issuance with Entrust Datacard

By | January 3, 2018

Entrust Datacard partners with Identity Management Systems (a subsidiary of Margins Group) to deliver first nationwide instant issuance in West Africa MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced its technology will be used by the government of Ghana — through a partnership with Identity Management Systems (IMS), a subsidiary of… Read More »

South Korea – Record Number of Passports Issued in 2017

By | January 3, 2018

Last year saw the largest ever number of passports issued at five-point-23 million, up 12 percent from 2016. The Foreign Ministry released the figures Tuesday, adding that the total number of passports held by Koreans was 29 million. The ministry added the increase in passport issuance was largely due to the steady rise in the number of annual… Read More »

Afghanistan – President busy, e-ID cards issuance postponed

By | January 2, 2018

The Population Registration Department (PRD) head on Tuesday said the process of issuing electronic national identity (e-NIC) cards has been postponed to next week because of the president’s busy schedule. Homayoon Mohtat, PRD head, said his office was ready to start issuing the computerized ID cards but the Administrative Office of the President had told them that President… Read More »

India – Bangladeshi, 2 others nabbed for running passport racket

By | January 2, 2018

Lucknow, Jan 2 (PTI) A Bangladeshi national was among three arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for allegedly being part of a gang that got passports made on the basis of fake documents, officials said. In a joint operation by intelligence sleuths and the state police, the ATS arrested Bangladeshi national Yusuf Ali from… Read More »

Taiwan – Public urged not to remove stickers from passports

By | January 2, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday urged people not to remove a sticker from new biometric passports that would cover a bungled image, saying that doing so could result in passengers not being allowed to board their flights. The Central Engraving and Printing Plant is designing the sticker, which would feature Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and be placed… Read More »

RF IDeas Appoints Nicholas Low as Regional Sales Director for Asia Pacific Region

By | January 1, 2018

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RF IDeas, Inc. a leading innovator and manufacturer of employee badge readers for in-building applications such as computer access, identification and secure print, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Low, Regional Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region effective immediately. Based in Singapore, Nick will lead business development in the region with an emphasis on… Read More »

Research: The Rise of Biometric Cards – Edition January 2018

By | January 1, 2018

This is a research about Biometric Smart Cards conducted from January 2017 through January 2018. The data presented have been collected through various means, including interviews with company representatives, shareholders, researchers, developers, and people involved professionally in the smart card and biometric industry. The views and opinions expressed in this research are those of the authors and do not necessarily… Read More »

Taiwan – Foreign ministry will not reprint botched passports

By | December 31, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued another statement on the bungled passport incident clarifying the number of misprinted copies and the cost of printing, stressing that it was not trying to conceal anything. The ministry’s statement apologized for misprinting 550,000 biometric passports that mistakenly featured an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International… Read More »

Afghanistan – Issuance of e-ID cards to begin in 2 days: Senators

By | December 31, 2017

The process of issuing electronic national identity cards (eNIC) will start in the next two days, a number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members said on Sunday. They said the first e-NIC would be issued to the president and the chief executive officer (CEO).Senator Zalmai Zabuli from southern Zabul province, told today’s session that ID cards would be issued in… Read More »

India – Two Romanians Held for ATM Fraud

By | December 31, 2017

Two Romanian nationals and two locals were arrested on Saturday by the Navghar Police from Safdarjang in Delhi for allegedly duping almost 100 unsuspecting people through an elaborate ATM fraud. The accused cloned ATM card details of victims and have allegedly managed to withdraw about Rs 32 lakh till now. According to the police, Romanian nationals Miu Ionel,… Read More »

Jan. 1 marks mass birthday in Afghanistan, where many just have to guess

By | December 31, 2017

KABUL – Jan. 1 is Samad Alawi’s birthday. It is also the birthday of his wife, his two sons, 32 of his friends and thousands of other Afghans — a date chosen for convenience by a generation who do not know when they were born. In the absence of birth certificates or official records, many Afghans have long used… Read More »

Taiwan – MOFA to put stickers on e-passport to cover Dulles Airport image

By | December 31, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to use stickers to cover the error it made in the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It will cost around NT$16 million (US$538,600) to make the correction to the 550,000 copies of… Read More »

Thailand – Over 20 Chinese arrested for having forged Thai ID cards

By | December 30, 2017

The arrest of these Chinese men and women followed the arrest of a Thai state employee of the Ladluang Municipality in Phra Pradaeng, Ms Pilaiporn Phoothong, for preparing fake documents to apply ID cards for these Chinese people. She could help to issue Thai ID cards with Thai names and family names for 29 Chinese, thus enabling them… Read More »

Taiwan foreign minister apologizes for Dulles passport mishap

By | December 29, 2017

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time since the controversy broke, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) apologized Friday for the issuing of e-passports showing an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The mistake had been spotted by netizens and publicized on Tuesday, setting in motion a long chain of embarrassing events.… Read More »

Taiwan – Consular affairs chief resigns over passport fiasco

By | December 27, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Agnes Chen (陳華玉) stepped down Wednesday amid a furor over an error on the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. “On behalf of BOCA, I apologize to the public for the major oversight… Read More »