Category Archives: Projects

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 »

UK – London’s Oyster card is getting a revamp with a new app that will send low balance alerts to your phone

By | July 19, 2017

Transport for London (TfL) has announced a flurry of changes to the Oyster card, including a new app for passengers to get phone alerts when their balance is running low. Those who top up their pay as you go credit, or buy Travelcards using Oyster online can now collect their purchase from any Tube or rail station, tram… Read More »

USA – TriMet’s Hop Fastpass officially launches

By | July 17, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet officially launched Hop Fastpass, an electronic-fare card system, on Monday. Hop allows riders to use one fare system throughout the Portland-Vancouver region, provides benefits including daily and monthly ride savings and auto-loading and lost-card protection. Planning for the electronic fare system started in 2011, while construction work at MAX platforms laid groundwork for Hop starting in March… Read More »

Haiti – Diaspora : Towards a National Identity Card for Haitians living Living abroad

By | July 15, 2017

Thursday, in order to learn about the mechanisms to be put in place to register members of the Haitian Diaspora so that they can participate fully in the economic, social and political life of the country, Stéphanie Auguste the Minister of Haitians (MHAVE) met with Wilson Fièvre, the Director General of the National Office of Identification (ONI). This… Read More »

Philippines – iDOLE OFW ID launched

By | July 15, 2017

MANILA, July 15 — The Department of Labor and Employment will soon issue the guidelines for overseas Filipinos workers to be able to avail of the iDOLE ID card, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday. Launched on Wednesday, Bello described the iDOLE ID as the ‘best gift’ that President Duterte is giving to millions of OFWs for easy transactions with… Read More »

You will now be getting a smart vehicle registration card for your car in Pakistan

By | July 15, 2017

The excise bureau of Punjab has declared that smart card will replace one’s vehicle’s enrollment book. The new reported smart card will highlight a close field communication chip which will show the data viewing the vehicle, for example, the chassis number of the vehicle and the expiry date of the token assessment. Additionally, it will likewise hold the… Read More »

Hong Kong – Provision of “stop-and-go” e-payment facilities at Shing Mun Tunnels to begin next Sunday

By | July 14, 2017

The Transport Department (TD) today (July 14) said that the “stop-and-go” e-payment system will be first introduced at the manual toll booths of the Shing Mun Tunnels next Sunday (July 23) to provide motorists with an additional and convenient means of toll payment. A spokesman for the TD said that the “stop-and-go” e-payment system offers four payment methods, namely… Read More »

Filipino National ID law pushed, but will it pass this time?

By | July 13, 2017

Manila: A senior Philippine lawmaker is urging Congress to prioritise the passage of a national ID law saying the measure would boost the efficiency of government services and expedite transactions requiring information on a person’s identity. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Senate and House of Representatives must swiftly pass measures on the establishment of a national… Read More »

Israel slashes price for passports ordered at Ben Gurion Airport

By | July 13, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Wednesday announced a discounted price for emergency passports purchased at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The discount is in compensation for the long wait times for those who wish to purchase a passport at their local Interior Ministry. Previously, citizens did not need an appointment for the Interior Ministry. However, since June 1… Read More »

CardTek supports Axis Bank roll out of transit and payment cards

By | July 13, 2017

Cardtek, a leading global payment technologies provider, today announced that it has supported Axis Bank to launch a national open-loop payment system for public transportation in India. The new payment solution will fully integrate the banking systems and it is certified by RuPay, the national smart card based payment standard in India, providing a secure payment platform that… Read More »