Category Archives: Projects

UK – Southern Vectis Introduces Contactless Payment

By | October 8, 2017

Bus passengers will find it easier to pay for travel across the Isle of Wight from now on – thanks to the introduction of contactless payments by Southern Vectis. The first of its buses to leave the depot with the new technology is a brand new ADL Enviro 400 MMC double decker vehicle. Southern Vectis Managing Director, Andrew… Read More »

India – Govt To Hold Camps To Issue New Smart Cards

By | October 8, 2017

Chhattisgarh Government announced on Saturday that it would hold camps across the State to issue new health smart cards from November to help poverty-hit families to avail cashless treatment at registered hospitals. Chief Minister Raman Singh presided over a meeting of the health department at his official residence on Saturday in which senior health officials informed him that… Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago – New call centre to obtain passport

By | October 7, 2017

The Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Division has established a new call centre for booking passport appointments. In a press release, the Ministry of National Security said locals who are seeking appointments for a new machine-readable passport or for renewals are asked to call (868) 225-4664. The ministry said callers will be prompted to select option two when the… Read More »

Taiwan – No biometrics for identity cards with chips: minister

By | October 7, 2017

New national identity cards with integrated chips proposed by the Ministry of the Interior will not incorporate biometric data, due to information security concerns, Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said. The ministry had initially proposed incorporating retinal or fingerprint scan data into the cards to assist government efforts to digitize records and services, but using biometrics… Read More »

Greece – New electronic cards for transportation making debut in Athens

By | October 7, 2017

At least 3,000 new electronic tickets had been sold by Friday afternoon, announced the Athens urban transport organisation (OASA), which is gradually rolling over from paper tickets to rechargeable cards for all transportation means. Tickets are still available in paper, but electronic card users are offered a bonus of an extra ride for free. The contactless cards, available… Read More »

Nigeria – INEC To Deploy 6,000 Card Readers For Anambra Polls

By | October 6, 2017

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the commission will deploy about 6,000 smartcard readers for Anambra State polls. The Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu who stated this last Wenesday said the commission was ready for the Anambra State governorship election which comes up next month. Yakubu said the commission would not be threatened by the legal… Read More »

UK – Contactless payment introduced on Isle of Wight buses

By | October 6, 2017

CONTACTLESS payments have been introduced on Isle of Wight buses. Southern Vectis passengers on all buses will be able to tap their card or smartphone from today (Friday). The first bus equipped with the new technology, a double decker with the latest low emissions Euro 6 engine, left the depot this morning.   Managing director Andrew Wickham said:… Read More »

Romania – New access cards for Bucharest subway available “within two weeks”

By | October 5, 2017

The new access cards for the Bucharest subway are already printed and will go on sale “within two weeks,” Marin Aldea, the general director of the capital’s subway operator Metrorex, said, quoted by Mediafax. The new access cards are required after Metrorex replaced its old turnstiles with a swing gates system, designed to work with contactless cards. The subway operator had… Read More »

Nepal – Four companies show interest to supply smart cards

By | October 4, 2017

Four international companies — three French and one Indian — have shown interest to supply smart driving licence cards to Nepal. Including Madras Security Printers India, which is also the present supplier, Oberthur Technologie France, PW Technologies France and Cilpsals Technology France have shown interest to supply smart driving licence cards. The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) had… Read More »

Cracking of one ID card would require Estonia to deactivate 750,000 cards

By | October 4, 2017

Should even one of Estonia’s national ID cards be cracked, the certification center of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) would be obliged under law to void all of the approximately 750,000 cards containing the chip in which a security flaw was discovered at the end of August. “In principle, if someone manages to crack the card… Read More »

Philippines – UnionBank allows users to ‘lock’ ATM cards

By | October 3, 2017

MANILA – UnionBank clients can now “lock” their ATM cards, adding another layer of security as banks tighten measures against fraud, the lender said Tuesday. A card can be locked using the bank’s mobile app and while the feature is active, its counterpart account will be inaccessible to criminals, the bank said in a statement.   “The lock… Read More »

Evry and Aktia Bank in Finland enter into card agreement worth Nkr150 million

By | October 2, 2017

(Oslo/Helsinki, 2 Oktober 2017) EVRY has entered into an agreement to deliver the entire value chain for card payment to the Finnish bank Aktia. As part of the agreement, EVRY will deliver virtual debit and credit cards for Aktia’s digital wallet solution, Aktia Wallet. The agreement, which runs for a period of five years, was won against strong… Read More »

Zwipe tech powers first commercially available contactless biometric payment card

By | October 2, 2017

OSLO, NORWAY, 2 October 2017 – Zwipe has announced that it has made the first shipment of its biometric technology products, for use in commercial contactless biometric payment card pilots by leading card manufacturers and banks.   Commenting on the announcement Kim Humborstad, founder and CEO of Zwipe said “We now have extensive agreements in place with some of the… Read More »

Bangladesh – EC goes for new smart NID scheme

By | October 1, 2017

The Election Commission has decided to take up a state-funded project to distribute smart NID cards among voters following a failed attempt to get the work done through joint finance with the World Bank. The proposed Tk 1,600-crore project would run from January 1 next year to 2022, said EC officials. The move comes after the commission scrapped… Read More »

Nigeria – Aliyu Aziz: Reliable Identification Data Can Kick-start Digital Economy

By | September 30, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, is one of the least reported agencies of government, yet it is one of the most strategic in terms of national planning digital economic management. Aliyu Aziz, the director-general and chief enrolment officer of the Commission, in a recent paper, highlighted the strategic importance of the agency to the country and her… Read More »

Ghana soon to roll out chip-embedded passports

By | September 28, 2017

The Passport Office is banking on the successful rollout of the national ID system to significantly enhance its operations and stem the illegal acquisition of Ghanaian passports by foreigners. At a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, the Passport Office also announced it will soon roll out the chip-embedded passports to further enhance the security of the travel… Read More »

Now transgenders in Pak can use their guru’s name in place of parents in ID, say authorities

By | September 28, 2017

For the first time, transgenders in Pakistan can use the name of their ‘gurus’ as parents in their computerised national identity cards, authorities have said. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the country’s computerised national identity cards (CNICs) issuing authority, informed this to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday, during the hearing of a plea of… Read More »

UK – ‘Contactless by 2019’ – Transport for Greater Manchester promises improvements to much-maligned smart-ticketing system

By | September 27, 2017

After coming in for heavy criticism, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has admitted its new smart-ticketing system is “not yet where we want [it] to be”, but has laid out a longer-term plan for the platform that includes contactless payment and Oyster-style top-up.   The Get Me There scheme includes an app and a smart card – dubbed… Read More »

China to introduce eIDs embedded in SIM cards

By | September 26, 2017

China is planning to embed personal identity information into SIM cards to better protect citizens’ private information, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS). Personal information leakage has become a serious problem in the era of Internet. According to incomplete statistics, some 6.5 billion pieces of personal information of Chinese citizens were leaked in 2016. Electronic… Read More »

Emirates ID card becomes the enabler for 90% of smart services at 7 government entities

By | September 25, 2017

Within the initiatives of Government Accelerators’ Teams UAE government announced that the Emirates ID card becomes now, instead of any other identification documents, the main enabler of 90% of the smart services provided by seven government entities. The list of entities that achieved this percentage in their smart services includes Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Culture and… Read More »