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India – Linking of Aadhaar With Ration Cards Temporarily Stopped

By | March 21, 2017

Even as a large number of people were running from pillar to post to link Aadhaar and ‘unblock’ their ration cards that were earlier blocked for non-linking of Aadhaar, the State government has temporarily stopped this process without any announcements to facilitate issuance of smart cards from April 1. An official from Madurai north taluk said that access… Read More »

UK – Another Step Forward for Birmingham’s Answer to the Oyster Card

By | March 21, 2017

Birmingham’s Oyster-style travel card can now be used on local train services opening it up to thousands of more commuters. The Swift card, already used on buses and trams, will now be accepted on London Midland, Chiltern, Virgin, Arriva and Cross Country train services within the West Midlands area. A total of 12,000 rail commuters who currently use… Read More »

Isle of Man – Launch of Go Silver Smart Cards

By | March 21, 2017

Go Silver smart cards will be issued to around 21,000 senior citizen residents on the island over a 3 to 4 week period from week commencing Monday 3rd April.  The card replaces the 60+ senior citizen concessionary travel pass currently used.  The new ‘touch and travel’ card will require to be scanned on each journey made. The 60+… Read More »

Romania Plans to Introduce Electronic ID Cards

By | March 21, 2017

Romania may replace the current identity cards with electronic ID cards that would also allow holders to login to public administration platforms for various electronic services. The Romanian Ministry of Interior announced that it has put up for public debate a draft law on the introduction of electronic ID cards. According to the Ministry’s statement, this draft law is… Read More »

Nigeria’s e-Passport Database In Malaysian Firm’s Custody

By | March 21, 2017

By Chima Akwaja, By Christy Nwaogu — Mar 21, 2017 3:46 am | Leave a comment The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is not in charge of the country’s e-passport central database where all travel documents of its citizens are stored. Investigations by LEADERSHIP has revealed that over ten years after the federal government, through the NIS, entered into… Read More »

Dominica – $1.6m For National I.d Cards For Next General Elections

By | March 20, 2017

The Government of Dominica continued its series of town hall meetings on Thursday at the Baracoon Building in Roseau. In his address, Dominica’s Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit spoke about several developments ongoing in the country. The Hon Prime Minister announced that funds have been made available to the Electoral Unit to provide all citizens… Read More »

Highest Number of Romanian Passports in Six Years Issued in 2016

By | March 20, 2017

Almost 1.19 million passport requests were filled with Romanian authorities last year, a 24% increase year-on-year and a 42% increase compared to 2010, according to data from the Romanian Interior Affairs Ministry (MAI). The number covers both regular electronic passports and temporary ones. The growth trend is visible in the first months of the year as well. Romanian… Read More »

Kenya – Jubilee Under Pressure to Abandon Smart Card in Primaries

By | March 20, 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is staring at a crisis over what some now describe as an over-ambitious plan to conduct its nominations using a digital smart card. Mr Raphael Tuju, the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat, on Monday said the National Elections Board will make a decision on the use of the cards, a double-edged decision… Read More »

KOMSCO supplies electronic ID cards to Kyrgyzstan

By | March 20, 2017

The Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corp. (KOMSCO) has begun supplying national electronic identification (e-ID) cards to Kyrgyzstan, the company’s first exports of such cards. “Korea has been exporting its advanced systems such as electronic government (e-government). The export of the e-ID cards is meaningful since we have been diversifying our export items,” KOMSCO CEO… Read More »

India – Finally, BMTC to roll out smart card on pilot basis this month

By | March 19, 2017

BENGALURU: The much-awaited cashless ride in Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC) buses is inching closer to reality. The corporation will issue over 100 smart cards to commuters as part of the long-delayed project, which will be launched on a pilot basis this month. BMTC had earlier said it would kick off the system in January but deferred it. Officials… Read More »

Philippines: APO’s Woes

By | March 19, 2017

APO Production Unit Inc., a government controlled corporation and printing office under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), never had it this good. During former president Benigno Aquino III’s term, APO became one of three recognized government printers that may handle the printing of accountable forms and sensitive high quality/volume printing needs of government agencies and offices. The… Read More »

India – Land Records in Smart Card Format Soon

By | March 18, 2017

Passbooks of agriculture lands may soon be carried like a debit or credit card with the Government planning to introduce high security cards. Deputy Chief Minister Mehmood Ali said they have studied the formats of some neighbouring states and also finalised a few models and design. Final decision will be taken with the consent of Chief Minister K.… Read More »

Philippines: AF Payments Hits 3M Mark in Beep Card Sales

By | March 16, 2017

AF Payments Inc. said on Thursday it has sold 3 million beep cards mostly to Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) riders since it started operations in 2015. The beep card is a reloadable contactless smart card with a stored value of up to P10,000, and can be used in LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, selected bus… Read More »

‘Contactless’ Payments Appear In Costa Rica

By | March 16, 2017

Q COSTA RICA – Like it or not, ‘contactless’ pay is quickly making its way in Costa Rica, with more than 2 million cards with this technology already circulating in the country. As of last month (February 2017), the Banco Nacional (BN), BAC Credomatic and the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) report having issued 2,238,169 cards with contactless… Read More »

Indonesia: Second e-ID Card Hearing Probes Budgeting Aspects

By | March 16, 2017

The second hearing in a graft trial on e-ID card procurement on Thursday heard witness testimonies. “In the second hearing, we will dig into the budgeting aspects [of the e-ID card project]. Home Ministry witnesses presented by Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] prosecutors are ready to testify,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said prior to the hearing.   Agus Martowardojo,… Read More »

Case Study – Matica Helps to Provide a New Wave of Visa Contactless Payments For Bank of Cyprus

By | March 16, 2017

Customer: The Bank of Cyprus is the biggest in the country and employs 4,279 staff worldwide, (4,000 in Cyprus). There are 130 branches / business offices; 125 of these operate in Cyprus. Matica Partner: Mellon (Cyprus) Ltd – one of Matica’s longest serving partners since the company was established. Business challenge: In a bid to continue leading the… Read More »

Indonesia – Ministry Officials to Testify in e-ID Card Case

By | March 16, 2017

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Wednesday that Home Ministry officials would be present as witnesses in the second hearing into the e-ID card case. The hearing is scheduled to be held on Thursday at the Jakarta Corruption Court. “[On Thursday] we will delve into the budgeting aspects [of the e-ID case]. There will be witnesses from… Read More »

Kenya: Electoral Commission Rushes to Conclude Tender Evaluation

By | March 15, 2017

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is rushing to conclude the evaluation of a Sh3 billion tender for a system to manage this year’s General Election. On Wednesday, it said it would comply with orders of the Public Procurement Administrate Review Board to conclude evaluation and award the deal to Gemalto SA, a French firm. “The Commission… Read More »

Is it Time for the UK to Rethink Identity Cards?

By | March 14, 2017

14 March 2017 Last updated at 15:55 GMT Peers in the House of Lords suggest to Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford that the government should have a rethink on identity cards in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. The previous Labour government’s ID card plan was scrapped after the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic Passports Delayed to September

By | March 14, 2017

Kenya has delayed the planned April 3 rollout of an electronic passport to allow other East African Community (EAC) member countries to simultaneously launch the document in September. In a statement, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa yesterday said Kenya and its EAC partners, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi will jointly launch the EAC e-passports on September 1.… Read More »