Category Archives: Projects

Philippines – Government has enough funds to implement national ID system

By | June 23, 2017

The House appropriations committee has approved the proposed funding requirement for a measure which seeks to consolidate all existing government-initiated identification (ID) systems into one integrated Filipino ID system. In a statement on Friday, appropriations committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said there would be enough government funds to carry out the implementation of a national… Read More »

Octopus makes move into online payment

By | June 23, 2017

Payments for shopping, donations and bills can now be settled with Octopus card over the internet following the launch of a new app. The app combines three side products of the Octopus card – Octopus O! ePay, Octopus app and the Octopus Mobile SIM – and aims to provide customers with a new payment experience, the company said.… Read More »

Visa Presents Payment Innovations in Russia for Confederations Cup

By | June 23, 2017

KAZAN, Russia – Visa presented its innovations for “contactless” payment during the Confederations Cup in Russia, where thousands of fans will be able to make their transactions more conveniently, quickly and safely than ever before. “These innovations will allow transactions to be made in a matter of seconds, and not only at the stadiums but also in daily… Read More »

Timor introduces ePassports

By | June 23, 2017

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as… Read More »

Philippines – Warning aired vs e-passport with altered materials

By | June 23, 2017

Filipinos traveling abroad may run into trouble due to alleged unauthorized changes in materials and security features of the new digital passport, according to an anticorruption watchdog. Lawyer Argee Guevarra, a co-founder of the Action for Good Governance, said a private firm contracted by state-owned printer APO Production Unit Inc. has been producing e-passports with materials different from… Read More »

UK – First Bus To Roll Out Contactless Payment Across Aberdeen Buses

By | June 22, 2017

A bus company has become the first in the North-east to offer a contactless payment scheme – meaning Aberdonians will no longer have to rummage in their pockets for exact change. First Aberdeen has unveiled its plans to offer passengers the choice of using their contactless bank cards on its vehicles. Andrew Jarvis, managing director of First Bus… Read More »

Czech Republic Becoming A World Leader In Contactless Payment For Public Transportation

By | June 22, 2017

The Czech Republic is undergoing a revolution in the way passengers pay for public transportation services, writes news site idnes.cz. Around 2,000 bus and tram services now enable ticket payments to be made using a contactless card. And that number is set to continue to grow, says Petr Zlámalík, of Mastercard Advisors, the professional services arm of card… Read More »

ABN AMRO tests contactless payment with wearables

By | June 22, 2017

ABN AMRO is the first bank to enable clients to make payments directly from their current accounts using a wearable. A select group of users is currently testing various wearables, including a special Kerv ring (photo) and a watch with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). The test users will be able to use these wearables to make contactless… Read More »

LankaClear and JCBI partner to establish National Card Scheme in Sri Lanka

By | June 22, 2017

Colombo and Tokyo, June 22, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – LankaClear (Private) Limited (LankaClear), an organization incorporated in 2002 and owned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and all Licensed Commercial Banks operating in Sri Lanka, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB), announced on June 20th that… Read More »

Jamaica – Government Seeks To Put National ID Fears To Rest

By | June 22, 2017

Public fears that the much-talked-about National Identification System (NIDS), when passed into law, will not be as secure as intended, have been dispelled by the Government. Chief Technical Director in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart explained that the system will be “safe, secure, and good for business”.… Read More »

UK – Contactless payments now available on Quaylink Q3

By | June 21, 2017

Passengers using the Q3 Quaylink service can use contactless payments from today (21 June 2017) Passengers using our Q3 Quaylink service can now take advantage of faster and more efficient boarding with contactless payment options. Ahead of being rolled out across all Go North East routes in early July, the technology is available on the popular, high-frequency service from… Read More »

Philippines – BSP urges depositors to ask for EMV-enabled ATM cards

By | June 21, 2017

he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday said clients must ask their banks to replace their automated teller machine (ATM) cards with the latest Europay, MasterCard, Visa or EMV-enabled cards. “We’re calling on depositors, all banking clients, that if they haven’t yet changed their cards to EMV,” they should do so, BSP Assistant Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier… Read More »

USA – PennDOT to phase in newly-designed driver licenses, identification cards

By | June 20, 2017

  HARRISBURG, Pa. — As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products. PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over… Read More »

India – Madhya Pradesh to get nine new passport centres

By | June 19, 2017

BHOPAL: The Union government has decided to open passport centres at nine new locations in Madhya Pradesh. External affairs minister Sushma Swarajrecently announced the launch of 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) across the country, including nine in MP. “These will be in addition to four POPSKs announced by the ministry of external affairs in the… Read More »

Philippines – New e-passport ‘fake’ – anti-graft advocate

By | June 19, 2017

An anti-corruption advocate on Monday claimed that the new e-passports scheduled to be released in August or September have serious flaws that may cause problems to Filipino travelers. Argee Guevarra, convenor of Action for Good Governance, said that the new e-passports “will not stand up to scrutiny and may cause them to be flagged as fake.”  “Thousands of… Read More »

Philippines – Anticorruption advocate warns of glitches in e-passports

By | June 19, 2017

THE head of a non-governmental organization on Monday warned that serious flaws in future batches of Philippine e-passports will cause overseas workers and other Filipino travelers to be barred from entering their countries of destination. “Thousands of migrant Filipino workers and other travelers are unwittingly headed to purgatory on Earth. They may be barred from entering countries of… Read More »

Philippines – It’s time to adopt a unified national ID system

By | June 19, 2017

AMIDST the crisis that the country is now facing in Mindanao, we want to spend time today to discuss the great importance for the Philippines to make a supreme decision to adopt and implement a unified national ID system. This has risen in importance in part because of the confirmed news that there are now in the country… Read More »

Philippines – National ID system to spell success of tax safety nets for poor Filipinos

By | June 17, 2017

MANILA, June 17 — The government is bent on issuing national identification (ID) cards to all Filipinos that will also serve as social welfare cards to ensure the effective and targeted implementation of its social safety nets for the poorest families under the proposed Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), the Department of Finance (DOF) said. According to… Read More »

Philippines – Again, a national ID

By | June 17, 2017

The idea has been tossed around for years, with proponents caving in to resistance from various quarters. Now it looks like the Duterte administration will finally push through with the implementation of a national identification system, with the initial purpose of streamlining tax collection. In previous administrations, the implementation of a national ID was pushed mostly for security… Read More »

Malawi – Minister requests NICE to help clear misconceptions over national identity cards

By | June 17, 2017

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama this week requested the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) to assist to clear misconceptions over the issuance of national identity cards, which some people are saying are meant for destruction. Speaking when she visited some registration centres in Nkhotakota on Wednesday, Chazama said it was sad to… Read More »