Category Archives: Card Industry News

STMicroelectronics Publishes its 20th Annual Sustainability Report

By | May 24, 2017

Geneva, May 24, 2017 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2017 Sustainability Report. The report contains details and highlights of ST’s sustainability strategy and its 2016 performance, in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact[1] Ten Principles and Sustainable Development Goals.    … Read More »

SPA data shows surge in demand for contactless chip cards

By | May 24, 2017

The Smart Payment Association (SPA), the trade body of the smart payments industry, today revealed top level findings from its 2016 annual review of the smart payments market. Data collated by the SPA from its members show over 2152 million payment chip cards were shipped globally in 2016, an increase of 4% on 2015 figures. “Following significant EMV… Read More »

Gemalto wins ICMA Élan Award in Card Manufacturing Excellence for Maryland’s secure polycarbonate driver’s license

By | May 24, 2017

Austin – May 24, 2017, Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has received the Élan Award for Card Manufacturing Excellence for its newly implemented Maryland’s driver’s license and identification card. The award, presented by the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), honors innovative card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers that support a commitment to design… Read More »

USA – Smart ID card-based system makes taking school attendance easier

By | May 24, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. – We live in a tap and go world now, and Legacy High School is adding a new technology that makes life quicker and easier for students and teachers. Legacy is the first school in North Dakota to have a faster automated service that helps take attendance in the classroom. ScholarChip is the new smart ID… Read More »

USA – 13 Defendants, Many Linked to Local Street Gangs, Charged with Credit Card Skimming and Narcotics Trafficking

By | May 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Thirteen people, most of whom are linked to La Mirada- and Norwalk-based street gangs, have been charged in federal court in a bank fraud scheme involving “skimmed” credit cards, and in narcotics cases, one of which alleges a transaction involving over three kilograms of methamphetamine.           Authorities this morning arrested 11 of the defendants, the… Read More »

Evolis – When Innovation serves Security in Financial Institutions

By | May 23, 2017

Banks across the world are using desktop modules to produce on demand (Instant Issuance) payment cards are issued over a minute in branches and immediately activated. Nothing new about this ? Really ? Instant Issuance systems are used by many Banks and Financial Institutions for more than a decade, offering immediate payment services to their customers. Those leading… Read More »

One million more Brits cancel credit and debit cards in the last year due to fraud

By | May 23, 2017

More than one in ten (12%) Britons have had to cancel a credit or debit card in the past year due to online fraud, according to new research by comparethemarket.com. The latest statistics show a worsening state of affairs when it comes to cybercrime, with the number of people cancelling cards rising from 4.5 million to 5.5 million… Read More »

Creditbank offers combined credit and debit card

By | May 23, 2017

Creditbank, one of Lebanon’s leading and fastest growing banks, has partnered with Gemalto, a world leader in digital security and Unilux Cards to be the first bank in the Middle East to launch a combined credit and debit card. Developed in close cooperation with local partner Unilux Cards, Gemalto’s innovative solution has been deployed to launch The combo… Read More »

Philippines – Cayetano vows to review DFA deal for passports

By | May 23, 2017

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano vowed to order a review of the contract entered into by the Department of Foreign Affairs and APO Production, Inc. over the manufacture of Philippine electronic-passports to determine its legality. “One of my concerns will be if the contract is found to be invalid,” said Secretary Cayetano in a press briefing Monday.… Read More »

AU Launches Common Passport

By | May 22, 2017

The African Union has launched a common passport that will grant visa-free access among all 54 member states. At present, only 13 African States are open to all African citizens without advance visas, with many placing severe restrictions on travel.   A recent report from the African Development Bank advised that easing entrance requirements would support economic growth,… Read More »

Uganda – Registration centres beefed up to issue National IDs

By | May 22, 2017

Government is to deploy more officers at national identity card registration centres to expedite the issuance of IDs that are required for phone subscribers to validate their SIM cards. The move comes as telecom operators at midnight on Friday (Saturday morning) started deactivating SIM cards whose owners have not updated their details using national IDs. It follows complaints… Read More »

Afghan Refugees To Get ID Cards And Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Afghan government will distribute ID cards, passports and birth certificates to Afghan refugees living in Iran, Pakistan and Gulf countries once a verification process has been conducted. Based on an agreement signed on Monday between the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of refugees and repatriations and the interior ministry, the first step will see Afghan migrants… Read More »

Uganda – MPs Demand UGX 28Bn for E-Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee want government to provide Shillings 28billion to kick-start activities leading to the issuance of E-Passports. According to the committee report, at least Shillings 28 billion is needed for setting up the initial infrastructure for the production of E-Passports.   The full implementation of the project requires US$ 100 million, which is unfunded… Read More »

Ireland – Privacy campaigners concerned over ‘national ID card by stealth’

By | May 22, 2017

Privacy campaigners have expressed concern that a plan by the Government to make all citizens applying for a passport and a driving licence first obtain a State-issued public services card represents the introduction of a “national ID card by stealth”. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe confirmed that all passport applicants will be required to have… Read More »

Philippines – Trillanes wants swift passage of national ID system bill

By | May 21, 2017

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urged his colleagues on Sunday to hasten the passage of the country’s national ID system law, which he said could also serve as a preventive measure against crime and terrorism. In a press statement, he said that Senate Bill No. 95, or the Bill Creating the Filipino Identification Card, seeks to provide easy access… Read More »

Pakistan – CNICs of 45,000 Balochistan employees found fake

By | May 21, 2017

QUETTA –  More than 45,000 government employees of Balochistan have been found ghost having fake or incorrect national identity cards. Ghost employees have been traced in the province after verification of the national identity cards of all 295,000 government employees through National Database Registration Authority (Nadra). As per a private TV channel’s reports, the Balochistan government, earlier, inked… Read More »

USA – New Medicare Cards Coming: Watch Out for Scam Calls

By | May 20, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will be sending new Medicare Cards to more than 57 million enrollees over the next two years. With the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 CMS is required to replace all cards that currently use a recipient’s Social Security Number with… Read More »

Passport deal voided, but still in force—DFA

By | May 19, 2017

THE Department of Foreign Affairs is still perpetuating an invalid contract to print Philippine passports, four months after Malacañang came out with a memo that said the 10-year-contract with APO-Productivity Unit is illegal and void. In a text message, DFA consular affairs chief Frank Cimafranca admitted that he has not seen the recommendation of Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador… Read More »

PYMNTS Presents a Way to Reduce Online Fraud Loss by 25% with CA Technologies

By | May 19, 2017

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fraud has been headline news lately, and too often issuing banks suffer significant loss from fraudsters stealing credit card credentials, including the area of card-not-present fraud. Such losses can cost banks billions of dollars, and while card issuing institutions can never do too much to mitigate the damage caused by such losses, the challenge is often trying… Read More »

Sberbank of Russia to Start Accepting JCB Cards

By | May 19, 2017

Moscow, Russia and Tokyo, Japan, May 19, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the signing of a license agreement with Sberbank of Russia, the largest bank in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Central and Eastern Europe. Sberbank agreed to start accepting JCB… Read More »