Category Archives: Card Industry News

Taiwan – New e-passports to be recalled over print error

By | December 26, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday that it will recall several hundred of the next-generation biometric passports already issued because they contain an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. A total of 200,000 of the new e-passports have already been printed, of which 285 have been… Read More »

The first Issuing of JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam

By | December 25, 2017

Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo, Dec 25, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Sacombank, one of the largest commercial banks in Vietnam and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), today announced the launch of Sacombank JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam. This is the highest line of JCB for individual customers in… Read More »

Afghanistan – Electronic National ID cards distribution to kick off next week: Danish

By | December 25, 2017

The Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammad Sarwar Danish has said the distribution process of the electronic national identity cards will kick off next week. Speaking during a gathering in Kabul, Danish said the distribution process will be launched next week. Danish further added that the persistent issues in the electoral bodies will also be resolved in the near… Read More »

Nigeria – Interior Ministry Set To End Foreign Printing of Int’l Passports

By | December 24, 2017

In order to create employment locally, conserve meagre foreign exchange and guard against the leaking of vital information, Nigeria will soon stop the practice of printing her international passports in foreign countries, LEADERSHIP Sunday can reveal authoritatively. The firms handling the production of the essential travel document currently undertake the printing in countries like South Africa, Malaysia and… Read More »

Ghana – National ID cards to be issued in January 2018

By | December 22, 2017

The National Identification Authority (NIA) should be issuing the National ID cards from January 2018, barring any last minute hitch. This is the indication from the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. The move will however depend on the maturity of the Legislative Instrument (LI) on the policy currently before Parliament. Speaking on the Citi Breakfast… Read More »

Gemalto: Certain mandatory disclosures under the Dutch offer rules

By | December 22, 2017

Amsterdam, December 22, 2017 at 11:00 PM – Following the formal announcement on December 17, 2017 in respect of Thales’ intended recommended all-cash offer for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares (“Shares”) of Gemalto N.V. (“Gemalto”) (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), all transactions by Gemalto concerning Shares are to be announced in a press release under the Dutch public offer rules.… Read More »

Datasonic launches factory to manufacture new e-passports

By | December 21, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21): Datasonic Group Bhd has today launched its new factory in Petaling Jaya to manufacture the new generation of the electronic international Malaysian passport (e-passport). “I am excited with the launch of our new factory, equipped with all the necessary machinery and relevant technology capabilities,” said the group’s chairman General Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Hashim… Read More »

India – Cm Inaugurates E-challan, Smart Card Based Driving Licence

By | December 21, 2017

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, inaugurated E- Challan and smart card based driving license scheme at State secretariat on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the process has started to make the transport department of State high tech. He said that the approval to purchase ten Boleros for enforcement and revenue collection has… Read More »

“Trophées des Cartes innovantes 2017”: IDEMIA and CB Awarded for the F.CODE Biometric Payment Card

By | December 20, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the Trophées des cartes innovantes 2017 card innovation awards, e-money and payment professionals awarded the trophy for most innovative technology in the “Security – Identity – Authentication” category for the F.CODE Comfort biometric payment card to IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, and Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB. As the number… Read More »

The first Common point related Card to be issued in Vietnam

By | December 20, 2017

Hanoi and Tokyo, Dec 20, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), a major telecommunication group in Vietnam; Vietinbank, one of the largest state-owned banks in Vietnam and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), today announced the launch of the Vietinbank-VNPT-JCB Co-branded card (Vpoint Card) in Vietnam. The… Read More »

KEOLABS brings full coverage of NFC certification needs: devices, readers and tags

By | December 20, 2017

With its approval for all functions of the NFC Forum specification, including devices, readers and tags, KEOLABS now provides the most suitable test solution for developers, vendors and test labs alike.  20 December, 2017, Salon de Provence, FRANCE – The NFC Forum Certification Program now covers tags and readers in addition to the formerly existing ‘universal’ certification, which targeted only… Read More »

Over 600,000 biometric passports in print queue at Ukraina Printing House

By | December 19, 2017

The Document state enterprise has produced over a million biometric passports, and delays with the issuance of such documents depend on the Ukraina Printing House, where more than 600,000 applications for documents are already in the print queue, the enterprise’s spokesman, Volodymyr Polischuk, has said. “The technical production [of biometric passports] depends on the Ukraina Printing House. They… Read More »

CPI Card Group Announces Reverse Stock Split

By | December 19, 2017

LITTLETON, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CPI Card Group Inc. (Nasdaq:PMTS) (TSX:PMTS) (“CPI Card Group” or the “Company”) a global leader in financial and EMV® chip card production and related services, today announced that it will effect a 1-for-5 reverse stock split. The reverse stock split will be effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT, on December 20, 2017. The Company’s common stock will begin… Read More »

IDEX to host investor presentation and showcase fingerprint innovations for convenience and security at CES 2018

By | December 19, 2017

Oslo, Norway, 19 December, 2017 — IDEX ASA, a leading provider of fingerprint solutions for mass markets, today announced the company will host an Investor presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 10 January. As part of the event, members of executive management will present IDEX’s business strategy and highlight the company’s leadership position and market opportunities… Read More »

DERMALOG Enables Secure Access to Electronic Passports

By | December 18, 2017

HAMBURG, Germany, December 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The German Federal Office for Information Security has certified DERMALOG‘s “ePassport MRTDAPI“ inspection software. The innovation leader in biometrics thus offers a secure and reliable solution for checking electronic ID documents. Thanks to biometrics, official documents are better protected against counterfeiting. For example, passports today not only consist of visible authenticity features such as holograms or imprints,… Read More »

Ghana – National ID Project Officially Begins In January 2018

By | December 18, 2017

LARGE SCALE rollout of national ID cards to Ghanaians will begin next month as government finishes the ground works for the exercise to be carried out at the regional level by the National Identification Authority, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said. According to him, the government has planned to start issuing significant volumes of the national ID cards… Read More »

First Data and JCB enable JCB J/Speedy contactless acceptance with key merchants in Hong Kong

By | December 18, 2017

Hong Kong and Tokyo, Dec 18, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., has launched JCB J/Speedy in partnership with First Data Corporation (First Data) in Hong Kong. JCB J/Speedy is the JCB brand contactless payment solution. JCB J/Speedy users simply tap their card or mobile phone on a reader… Read More »

Taiwan to upgrade e-passport to improve security

By | December 18, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Taiwan will issue a next-generation biometric passport later this month in an effort to tighten security and prevent identity theft, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. Starting Dec. 25, citizens will be able to apply for the upgraded passports at the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taipei, its branch offices in Taichung,… Read More »

Thales and Gemalto create a world leader in digital security

By | December 17, 2017

• €51 offer price, representing a premium of 57% over the closing price as of 8 December 2017 • All-cash offer unanimously recommended by Gemalto’s Board of Directors and unanimously approved by Thales’s Board of Directors  • Creation of a global market leader in the fast-growing digital security market, supporting the most demanding clients in their digital transformation… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate legalises card readers, sets fees for aspirants

By | December 16, 2017

The Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 Amendment Bill 2017 passed recently by the Senate makes the use of card readers mandatory and bans manual accreditation, when it becomes law. According to the amendment, House of Representatives aspirants are now to pay N1,000,000 and those for State Assembly will pay N500,000. The law states there shall now be full… Read More »