Category Archives: Projects

All eyes on Indonesia’s identity card scam

By | August 2, 2017

        Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) leader Prabowo Subianto, who has his eye on another bid for the presidency in 2019, knows a losing cause when he sees one – even if many of Indonesia’s tone-death political parties don’t. Heeding widespread public condemnation, Prabowo’s opposition party has pulled out of Parliament’s critical inquiry into the… Read More »

Nigeria – Committee Proposes 3 Years To Issue 180m National ID Cards

By | August 2, 2017

The National Database Harmonisation Committee has proposed three years for the capture of 180 million Nigerians and other residents in the National Identification card scheme. The issuance of the National Identity Cards which started several  years ago had been slowed down due to multiplicity of data collection points but the harmonisation committee had tried to achieve a one-stop… Read More »

Liberia – MOFA closes passport, visa sections temporarily

By | August 1, 2017

Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced the temporary closure of the Bureau of Passport and Visas sections to new applicants and individuals applying for passports as they prepare to begin the issuance of e-Passports shortly. The Foreign Ministry said in order to get this vital process underway, the Bureau of Passport and Visas doors will… Read More »

India – Chennai Metro Rail to introduce contactless smart cards

By | July 31, 2017

CHENNAI: Metro rail commuters in Chennai could soon walk into any station and take a train without making the effort of swiping their smart cards or waiting in queues at the ticket counters to buy tokens. Chennai Metro Rail is in the process of introducing contactless smart cards, where commuters can simply walk in through scanner gates with a tiny chip or… Read More »

India – ORR toll plazas to turn ‘smart’

By | July 30, 2017

Hyderabad: Taking a cue from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the 30 (RFID) enabled toll collection system on the Outer Ring Road. The idea is to reduce the waiting time for motorists at the toll gates and ensure smooth passage. Under the existing toll collection system, motorists have to tender cash at toll gates and seek clearance… Read More »

UK – Lothian Buses introduce pilot ‘contactless payment’ scheme

By | July 28, 2017

If you are using Lothian’s Airlink 100 service between Edinburgh city centre and Edinburgh Airport from Sunday 30 July then you will be able to pay for your fare using contactless, as part of a pilot scheme. The technology is being fitted to Lothian’s brand new fleet of Airlink buses, and will be a first for the city,… Read More »

Com Bank introduces Sri Lanka’s first chip and PIN debit card

By | July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank of Ceylon has introduced Mastercard debit cards with chip and PIN technology for the first time to the country. “These cards replace the existing Maestro debit cards with magnetic strips. The new Chip and PIN debit card will minimise the possibility of fraudulent transactions at Point-of-Sale (POS) due to… Read More »

10,000 Kuwaiti electronic passports being issued weekly

By | July 27, 2017

  Authorities in Kuwait are stepping up efforts to issue the new-look electronic passports to all citizens. Six specialized centres are issuing a total of 10,000 passports weekly – with a priority given to holder of passports which are nearing expiry. A security source told Alanba  newspaper that it takes an average 72 hours to issue an electronic… Read More »

Philippines – BDO JCB Platinum Credit Card Launch

By | July 27, 2017

Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., (referred to below as “JCB”) announced the launch of the first JCB Platinum Credit Card in the Philippines issued by BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the largest bank in the country. The new high-end… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card will be gender inclusive, says Minister Sharma

By | July 25, 2017

Home Minister Janardan Sharma has claimed that the new national identity card, which is going to be launched soon as a pilot project, will be gender inclusive. Responding to queries raised by some lawmakers about the rumoured features of the new ID that is supposed to replace the citizenship card, Sharma said the details will include the names… Read More »

Philippines – Duterte orders increase of OFW aid to P1-B

By | July 24, 2017

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he directed concerned government agencies to raise the assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from P400 million to P1 billion. The President said he issued the directive because the government is primarily responsible for securing the rights and welfare of Filipinos working abroad. “We now talk about our overseas Filipinos. They… Read More »

Handy way to pay: US firm plans to fit employees with microchip implants

By | July 24, 2017

A US vending business is entering a new era of ‘convenience’ by implanting microchips in employees that will allow them access to basic workplace amenities. At least 50 staff at Wisconsin firm Three Square Market have volunteered to have a microchip, similar to one in a contactless credit card, inserted into their hand, according to the company. Three Square… Read More »

UCPB shifts to EMV chip-based cards; to deactivate old, magnetic-striped cards by August 1

By | July 22, 2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Out with old, in with the new. The United Coconut Planters Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines, announced that it will be using the Europay, Mastercard, VISA debit card which is the global standard for payment card security. As the bank shifts to an EMV chip-based cards, it further announced that it would… Read More »

Bank of China to release Sheng Siong credit cards

By | July 21, 2017

These contactless cards offer 12% cash rebates. As part of efforts to drive Singapore’s cashless agenda, the Bank of China Singapore Branch (BOCSG) and local supermarket chain Sheng Siong launched a new contactless credit card that offers up to 12% cash rebate across all stores. According to a joint release, the cash rebate is the highest amongst grocery… Read More »

Bahamas – Slow Passport Collection Upsets Henfield

By | July 21, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield is not too pleased with the rate in which Bahamians are collecting their e-passports from the Passport Office, and although he acknowledged that the location may not be as ideal, he encouraged persons to collect their documents. “I am very happy with the progress of my staff with this regard, but I… Read More »

Samoa – National ID in the pipeline

By | July 21, 2017

 (M.P.M.C. Press Secretary) – Samoa is on her way to having her very own National Identification Card, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed. The National ID concept has been long in the government’s thinking tank, the Prime Minister was quick to add. Like the United States Green Card, Samoa is on its way to having a National… Read More »

UK – HRH Prince Henry of Wales launches brain injury ID card

By | July 20, 2017

The charity’s Brain Injury Identity Card will help the police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. Speaking to brain injury survivors and ID card holders Jamie Gailer and Dominic Hurley at the launch event in Ipswich, Prince Harry said: “This surely is a life-changing moment… Read More »

India – Delhi Metro Introduces Smartwatch for Travel

By | July 20, 2017

Delhi’s Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has introduced a system of wearable tech payment for travellers on its metro system. As of June 2017, passengers on Delhi’s extensive rail network will be able to use smartwatches as a form of smart card for entering and exiting the system. Working in collaboration with company LAKS GmbH, DMRC launched the innovative… Read More »

Swatch updates mobile-payment watches for China, linking with UnionPay to keep sales ticking

By | July 20, 2017

Swatch Group, which claims to be the world’s largest watch maker, has launched the second generation of its chip-embedded devices that can be used for mobile payments in China, after teaming with UnionPay to offer “Swatch Pay”. The new watches can be linked with credit cards issued by 11 partner banks – including Bank of China, Industrial and… Read More »

Shinsegae releases SSG branded credit card

By | July 19, 2017

Retail giant Shinsegae said Wednesday that it will release a branded credit card called the SSG Card on Thursday. While most retailers partner with existing credit card companies to create credit card benefits for their consumers, Shinsegae produced its own card to create synergy with its SSG Pay system. When used together with SSG Pay, the SSG card… Read More »