Category Archives: Card Industry News

Trust and end-user convenience are two priorities your business must embrace

By | June 14, 2017

As a former engineering student who established his career in tech marketing, it’s a privilege to have been part of several technological revolutions that are improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. I’ve always been interested by the way progress impacts usage. I thought that technology moved quickly back then, but it’s exponentially faster in 2017, no… Read More »

Payfone Secures Patent for First-of-Its-Kind SIM Swap Fraud-Fighting Tech

By | June 14, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2017) – Payfone, the leader in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, announced today that it has secured a patent for a first-of-its-kind technology that thwarts SIM swap scams, one of the fastest-growing types of fraud plaguing consumers today. Payfone’s newly patented API-based solution detects and prevents SIM swap fraud by leveraging the… Read More »

Telit and Tele2 Introduce Telit simWISE – a Module-Software Embedded SIM Technology

By | June 14, 2017

New module-software embedded SIM technology significantly reduces time to market, complexity, and total cost of ownership  London, June 14, 2017 – Telit and Tele2 global enablers of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the introduction of Telit simWISE, a first-of-its-kind cellular module-embedded technology. The new technology can act as a replacement or complement for manufacturers of cellular-connected… Read More »

The emerging double standard in passport biometrics

By | June 14, 2017

Modern passports can contain up to three biometric modalities.  Faces are used in every passport. In addition to being printed on the biographic page, face images are often embedded in an electronic chip. This chip dissuades fraud by allowing for a comparison of the printed image with the image submitted during the issuance process. The faces contained in passport chips… Read More »

Jamaica – National ID system a priority for government

By | June 14, 2017

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. He said the system will have a “positive transformational effect” on the country and serve to improve the lives of Jamaicans. “It will support the ease of doing business by impacting positively on security-related programmes, while promoting financial and… Read More »

Ghana – NIA to issue ‘instant’ National ID card from Sept. 15

By | June 13, 2017

  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the National Identification Authority (NIA), will issue the first of the proposed Ghana National Identity Card on September 15, 2017. According to Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, Executive Secretary of the NIA, persons living in areas with good internet coverage will get their cards within 10 minutes of filling the appropriate forms, while those… Read More »

Pakistan – Askari Bank, UnionPay sign agreement for debit card issuance

By | June 13, 2017

BEIJING: Askari Bank Limited (AKBL) and UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment schemes, has entered into an agreement to issue UnionPay QuickPass (NFC) and EMV Chip Cards in Pakistan.  The initiative will allow AKBL customers to enjoy convenience of contactless payments ‘TAP & GO’ while keeping the payments safe and secure.  The agreement would allow AKBL… Read More »

Azerbaijan – Payment for public transport to be further simplified

By | June 13, 2017

Salary cards [plastic cards] can be used for paying for public transport in Baku, said Mais Aghayev, the head of the Public Relations Department of Baku Transport Agency. “It’s early to talk specifically about the time frame of implementation of the project, in view of the fact that there are certain nuances that need to be addressed. We… Read More »

VoiceBase Achieves PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1 Certification

By | June 13, 2017

San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VoiceBase the industry leading provider of speech analytics for the cloud, today announced the company has validated compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) version 3.2 as a “Level 1” service provider for its PCI Detection & Redaction features. The completion of PCI DSS Level 1 Certification… Read More »

Visa to Roll Out Cashless Experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

By | June 13, 2017

Visa upgrades fan experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and debuts the latest payment technologies for fans in Russia. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Visa (NYSE:V), the Official Payment Service Partner of FIFA, today announced that football fans attending the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 will have a front row seat to enhanced payment experiences at official FIFA stadiums. Visa is implementing 1,600… Read More »

Network Of Payment Card Fraudsters Dismantled: 3 000 Victims Lost At Least Eur 500 000

By | June 13, 2017

A successful operation that took down an international criminal network of payment card fraudsters was carried out by Central Investigating Judge number 5, the Public Prosecution Office at the Audiencia Nacional and National Police of Spain, and the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime in Bulgaria, with the support of Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). As a… Read More »

New Zim Passport “To Auto-Correct Ndebele Names,” says Govt

By | June 13, 2017

The government says it is unveiling a new passport which will help auto correct misspelt Ndebele names. Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede announced the new passport at a function held in Harare over the weekend. Mudede stated that the new passport will also clear the long standing complaint of misspelt IsiNdebele words on the current passport. The misspellings have… Read More »

Ukrainians residing in occupied Donbas, Crimea will get biometric passports after additional vetting

By | June 13, 2017

Ukrainian citizens residing in Russian-occupied Donbas and Crimea will be able to receive Ukrainian biometric passports after additional vetting, Press Secretary of the state-run Dokument enterprise Volodymyr Polischuk has said. “To obtain biometric passports, citizens whose residence registration is in the occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea will have to provide additional documents for identification,” he said on… Read More »

Philippines – EMV-delayed banks must set aside funds to cover losses

By | June 13, 2017

BANKS that are not yet Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV)-compliant will soon have to aside provisions to cover any operational loss that may be incurred for not having a more secure chip-based technology, the central bank said. EMV is the global standard for chip-based credit and debit card transactions that are supposedly more difficult for fraudsters to hack into,… Read More »

ICC Solutions releases the updated INTERAC U.S. Test Suite

By | June 13, 2017

ICC Solutions is delighted to announce the release of the updated INTERAC U.S. Test Suite, hosted on the industry leading ICCSimTMat test tool platform, which has been fully tested and registered by Interac Association. This test suite enables Acquirers, VAR’s, ISV’s and Merchants to perform EMV level 3 contact chip terminal integration tests to achieve formal accreditation with… Read More »

Swedish railway uses microchip implants

By | June 12, 2017

Sweden’s state-owned rail operator SJ is allowing passengers to use microchip implants rather than conventional tickets.  The idea is currently being trialed just among some SJ members. It means all they need to travel is their left hand and the small microchip implanted in it. Authorities believe implanting the microchip will make the train journey more convenient. SJ… Read More »

NGO To Israeli High Court: Block State From Public Biometric Campaign

By | June 11, 2017

An NGO asked the Israeli High Court of Justice to block the state from a public campaign it kicked-off earlier Sunday to convince the general public to sign up for smart card-identification and the country’s biometric database. The NGO, the Digital Rights Movement (DRM), asserted that the campaign is designed to fool the public into signing up for all… Read More »

India – Kochi-One smart card to be launched on June 17

By | June 11, 2017

The much awaited multi-purpose Kochi-One smart card for commuters will be launched during the inaugural function of the Metro project on June 17. The passengers can use the co-branded cards for taking various modes of transport including private buses, boats and also for mercantile and internet transactions. It can be linked to any bank account of the user… Read More »