Category Archives: Card Industry News

Back to Blue: UK to Scrap Maroon European Passport for Iconic Dark Blue Design

By | April 2, 2017

The maroon passport currently held by British citizens will revert back to its original dark blue colour as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the Home Office has confirmed. The classic dark blue design, which was replaced by burgundy-coloured passports in 1988 to comply with EU policy of a single European passport, could be re-introduced as soon as 2019,… Read More »

UK Passport Could Turn Dark Blue After Brexit Under £490m Contract

By | April 2, 2017

The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document. The passport is routinely redesigned every five years and Eurosceptics view the new contract as a way to ditch the EU burgundy cover in favour of a return to the colour of the past.… Read More »

India – Tamil Nadu to Issue 1.89 Crore Smart Cards to Stop PDS Leakage

By | April 2, 2017

CHENNAI: Ration cards in Tamil Nadu are set to get a digital makeover with chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamihanding out the first set of smart cards to residents on Saturday at an event in Korattur. All ration card holders in Tamil Nadu will be issued smart cards by May, the CM announced. The chief minister launched a smart family… Read More »

Spain – Huge Credit Card and Social Security Fraud Unravelled by National Police

By | April 2, 2017

OFFICERS of the National Police have arrested 73 people across Spain in connection with an internet travel agency which it is estimated obtained at least €1.5 million by use of fraudulent credit cards. A single bank reported the possible use of a forged credit card to the National Police and this led to an investigation which discovered that… Read More »

Card Industry Celebrates Winners of the Elan Awards at the 27th Annual ICMA EXPO

By | March 31, 2017

ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwired – March 31, 2017) – The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, has announced its winners of the 2017 Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence. Jeffrey Barnhart, ICMA founder and executive director, revealed the winners at the 27th annual ICMA Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO. The… Read More »

Haiti – Politics : Deliveries of Passports, Numbers Game

By | March 31, 2017

On Thursday, Jovenel Moïse inaugurated various pilot centers for the reception and delivery of identity documents (CRLDI) in several communes of the metropolitan area, notably in Tabarre, Petion-ville and then downtown Port-au- Prince, at Lamarre Street, where a center was already operational. The taxpayer will now be able to carry out all the administrative procedures for obtaining Identity… Read More »

Fingerprints™ Premieres First Own Contactless Card Solution Demonstration.

By | March 31, 2017

Fingerprints™ launched the ultra-thin fingerprint touch sensors for smart cards, FPC1300 series, in December 2016.  The series includes FPC1320 and FPC1321. FPC1320 has been used for initial evaluation whereas FPC1321, with its smaller footprint is easier to integrate in smart card designs and the smaller sensor also has lower current consumption during image capture. Various customers and strategic… Read More »

Global Contactless Smart Card Sales Market Report 2017

By | March 31, 2017

In this report, the global Contactless Smart Card market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022. Geographically, this report split global into several key Regions, with sales (K Units), revenue (Million USD), market share… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Legalises Smart Card Reader For Election‎s

By | March 31, 2017

The Senate on Thursday concluded the amendment of the Electoral Act ‎by giving legal teeth to the usage of smart card readers during elections. The Senate gave the go ahead to the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the smart card or any other method of voting its may deem fit for future elections. It agreed in the… Read More »

By | March 31, 2017

31st March 2017 PRESS RELEASE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF BAN ON ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT For Immediate Release The Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister informs the general public it has decided to partially lift the temporarary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017.  The objective of the partial… Read More »

Consumers Willing To Pay For A Biometric Safer Credit Card – The SmartMetric Biometric Credit Card As A New Consumer Device

By | March 30, 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – SmartMetric, Inc. (SMME) — The new SmartMetric biometric credit card with built in electronics and a powerful fingerprint reader has turned the ubiquitous credit card into a new consumer device. And in so doing has turned the credit card from being a cost commodity for Banks into a new product… Read More »

UK Financial Fraud Data for 2016 Published

By | March 30, 2017

Financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show. The new data shows banks and card companies prevented £1.38 billion of fraud last year, equivalent to £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud being stopped.… Read More »

Hong Kong – Syndicate Racked up HK$650,000 in Shopping Spree on Stolen Credit Cards

By | March 30, 2017

Police have arrested four suspected members of a fraud syndicate that used stolen credit cards to rack up HK$650,000 in bills on shopping sprees in Hong Kong. Authorities said the gang had been in operation since October last year and was involved in at least 28 cases in Sham Shui Po. Officers were investigating whether the syndicate was… Read More »

Blockchain Without Smart Card Technology is Like a House Without a Roof

By | March 30, 2017

Blockchain and smart card technology go together like cheese and wine. Why, you ask? We talked to Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance about their newly-launched white paper, organizations’ need for blockchain, smart card technology and blockchain’s potential in IoT. The Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council recently released a white paper to “provide a primer on… Read More »

SoftBank is Working on Reprogrammable eSIM Technology for IoT; SIM to be Carrier Independent

By | March 30, 2017

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank appears to be dipping its toes in the Internet of Things (IoT) space with the announcement of an eSIM project for IoT devices. An eSIM (embedded SIM) is an electronic SIM card that can be reprogrammed as necessary, and even remotely. A user/administrator can remotely convert the eSIM to support any compatible carrier network.… Read More »

Fingerprint Cards AB Publishes Annual Report for 2016

By | March 30, 2017

Press releaseMarch 30, 2017 Fingerprint Cards AB (publ) publishes Annual Report for 2016 Fingerprint Cards’ Annual Report for 2016 is now available on the company’s website. The Annual Report can be downloaded as a PDF at: https://corporate.fingerprints.com/en/financialinfo/financial-reports/ To request a printed version of the Annual Report, please contact the company on [email protected] This information is information that Fingerprint… Read More »

UK – Crackdown on Contactless Card Security Flaw Welcomed by MPs

By | March 30, 2017

Contactless card fraud may be going undetected because people may wrongly assume cancelled cards can no longer be used. Photograph: Barclaycard/PAThe City regulator has set out measures to tackle fraudulent payments on contactless cards which have been reported lost or stolen. In a letter to the Treasury select committee, published on Thursday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said… Read More »

Research – Global Card Personalization Process Equipment Market 2012- 2022

By | March 30, 2017

Global Industry Analyze on Card Personalization Process Equipment Market by Type, Manufacturers, Regions, and Application, Forecast up to 2022 The scope of the Report: This report primarily focuses on Card Personalization Process Equipment in the global market. This report mainly covers Card Personalization Process Equipment market in North America, Card Personalization Process Equipment market in Europe, Card Personalization… Read More »

Ireland – New Online Irish Passport Renewal Service Launches Today

By | March 30, 2017

A NEW online Irish passport renewal service will be launched today amid an increasing number of applications. The service, which will be unveiled by the Republic’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, will allow Irish citizens to renew their passport books and cards online from wherever they are in the world. The facility is for adults who are over… Read More »

Afghanistan – Govt Given 90 Days To Roll Out Electronic ID Card System

By | March 29, 2017

Mohtat said BICIA will start by hiring staff, including technical teams, and will implement the preliminary phase in Kabul. “Soon we will announce our hiring process and we will give opportunities to our previous employees that were already trained, and who we invested in,” he said adding that testing the electronic ID card system would however take about… Read More »