Category Archives: Projects

Nigeria – Funds stall production of electronic ID cards

By | August 9, 2017

Lack of funds tied to recession is currently slowing the production and issuance of the national electronic identification card being handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Out of the 18.5 million enrolments and registrations made since 2012, when the project began, NIMC has only been able to issue 1.2 million cards. The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu… Read More »

Seamless Delivers Contactless Payment Solution to a Hungarian Bank

By | August 9, 2017

STOCKHOLM, August 09, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MeaWallet A/S (“MeaWallet”), part of Seamless Distribution AB, has signed an agreement with a Hungarian bank for delivery of MeaWallet’s proprietary technology for contactless card payments.  The technology will be delivered as a managed service, integrating MeaWallet´s tokenisation platform with the bank’s banking application. The solution will enable the bank’s clients to perform contactless… Read More »

Liberia Launches new Biometric ECOWAS Passport

By | August 8, 2017

Liberia has become the latest upgraded member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Agreement with the official launch of the of Liberian Bio-metric e-Passport, the official Liberian travel document printed and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later became the very first recipient of the upgraded travel document, performed… Read More »

Somerset Waste Partnership ton only accept card payments from next month

By | August 8, 2017

THE old saying ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass’ is being put to bed across Somerset next month. The county’s 16 recycling sites will switch to operate cash-free and cheque-free from Friday, September 1, with almost all payments taken only on credit, debit and charge cards. The only exceptions will be the £2 cash entry fees for Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites,… Read More »

Foreign cards on horizon, may woo Chinese users

By | August 8, 2017

Foreign debit and credit card companies face a long fight with local electronic payment market leader UnionPay as industry supervision is still evolving and customer needs are diverse, experts said.   US card network Visa has applied for a license from China’s central bank to operate in the Chinese market, it said in an email on Friday. MasterCard,… Read More »

UK – Cathedral moving to contactless cash to boost donations

By | August 7, 2017

St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk is now taking contactless card payments in a bid to boost dwindling donations. Parishioners can already give to the 11th Century gothic building by direct debit. However The Rev Cannon Graham Hedger said “alot of people don’t carry cash on them anymore.” A contactless bank card reader has been placed next to the… Read More »

UniCredit Bulbank successfully completes first European trial of Mastercard’s next generation biometric card with IDEX fingerprint sensor

By | August 7, 2017

Oslo, Norway, 7 August 2017 – IDEX, a leading  provider of fingerprint solutions for mass markets, today announced that UniCredit Bulbank of Bulgaria recently completed a trial of Mastercard’s next generation biometric card, using IDEX’s flexible fingerprint sensor. The trial received extremely positive customer feedback, which focused on the convenience, security and ease of use of the card… Read More »

Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

By | August 3, 2017

Dubai: Good news to Filipinos who endure serpentine queues when applying for or renewing their passport. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years. The law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10… Read More »

French firm Oberthur Technologies wins $12M contract for e-passport issuance in Burkina Faso

By | August 3, 2017

(Ecofin Agency) – French firm Oberthur Technologies (OT), specialized in the designing and provision of embedded security solutions and services, for payment, telecommunication and identification sectors just won a major contract in Burkina Faso. Indeed, the company was picked by the government of Burkina Faso to operate and manage a system of e-passport issuance and e-archives in the… Read More »

India – Soon, walk into metro station without taking your card from pocket

By | August 3, 2017

CHENNAI: Commuters could soon walk into a metro station, hands in pockets, take a ride, and walk out without waiting in queues or swiping their smart cards. Chennai Metro RailLimited has invited tenders to introduce contact-less smart cards which can be detected by scanners at stations even if the passenger keeps it in the pocket or a bag. The ticket price… Read More »

UK – Greater Manchester is one step closer to having its own version of Oyster card for ALL public transport

By | August 3, 2017

Greater Manchester is one step closer to having its own version of the Oyster card for use on all public transport. The ‘Get Me There’ smartcard has now been launched for use on trams and buses across the region. Passengers will also be able to use it on trains in the next four years, if transport bosses keep… Read More »

Sri Lanka cabinet approves issuing e-passports under PPP scheme

By | August 2, 2017

Aug 02, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved a proposal to introduce a chip enabled e-Passport where personal particulars of passport holders would be digitally signed and stored in a chip. The cabinet approval for the joint proposal made by Digital Infrastructure Minister and Internal Affairs Minister has been granted to implement the project as a… Read More »

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 »