Category Archives: Technology

Trust and end-user convenience are two priorities your business must embrace

By | June 14, 2017

As a former engineering student who established his career in tech marketing, it’s a privilege to have been part of several technological revolutions that are improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. I’ve always been interested by the way progress impacts usage. I thought that technology moved quickly back then, but it’s exponentially faster in 2017, no… Read More »

The emerging double standard in passport biometrics

By | June 14, 2017

Modern passports can contain up to three biometric modalities.  Faces are used in every passport. In addition to being printed on the biographic page, face images are often embedded in an electronic chip. This chip dissuades fraud by allowing for a comparison of the printed image with the image submitted during the issuance process. The faces contained in passport chips… Read More »

Microsoft Enlists eSIM, Windows 10 on ARM for ‘Always Connected PCs’

By | June 1, 2017

Full-fledged Windows on ARM-based hardware took a major step closer to reality this week. During the Computex 2017 tradeshow in Taipei, Microsoft officially announced the impending release of so-called “Always Connected PCs” featuring eSIM technolgy, some of which will be powered by Snapdragon 835 processors from Qualcomm. Echoing the software giant’s relatively new “cloud-first” ethos, Microsoft envisions a… Read More »

Ready for tomorrow: Infineon demonstrates first post-quantum cryptography on a contactless security chip

By | May 30, 2017

Munich, Germany – 30 May 2017 – Due to their computing power, quantum computers have the disruptive potential to break various currently used encryption algorithms. Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY), the leading provider of security solutions, is ready to provide a smooth transition from today’s security protocols to next-generation post-quantum cryptography (PQC). The company has… Read More »

eSIM market projected to rise ninefold

By | May 4, 2017

    The embedded SIM (eSIM) market is projected to increase nearly ninefold, from a relatively small base of 108.9 million shipments in 2016 to 986 million shipments in 2021, industry expert said. Initially, Don Tait, senior analyst at IHS Technology, said that eSIM shipment growth has been driven by areas such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and tablets. Volume… Read More »

Mastercard Reveals Credit Card With Biometric Fingerprint Scanner

By | April 20, 2017

Credit card users may soon be able to make transactions without the PIN they are expected to remember, after Mastercard revealed a credit card featuring a biometric fingerprint scanner. The company had introduced the payments card in South Africa, following successful trials with a local bank and retailer which do not require its owner to enter a four-digit… Read More »

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card

By | April 20, 2017

JOHANNESBURG AND PURCHASE, N.Y. – April 20, 2017 – Mastercard today unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. South Africa is the first market to test the evolved technology, with two separate trials recently concluded with Pick n Pay, a leading supermarket retailer, and Absa… Read More »

EuroCommerce Publishes Guide To Contactless Payments

By | April 16, 2017

EuroCommerce, a group that represents the retail sector across Europe, has published a new guide for retailers providing information and advice on contactless payments. Contactless technology allows for payment of small transactions to be completed quickly by contactless card or mobile app. EuroCommerce says that businesses need to take advantage of the potential benefits of this technology, and train staff on… Read More »

Samsung will Attempt to Convert Wearables into Prepaid Credit Cards

By | April 3, 2017

Samsung can become creative at times in spite of their phones bursting into flames (too creative) or their CEO getting arrested for political corruption (no creativity). In fact, the South Korean tech giant may have some superb ideas for how to make mobile payment work. Instead of giving devices like smartwatches the full power of a credit card,… Read More »

Blockchain Without Smart Card Technology is Like a House Without a Roof

By | March 30, 2017

Blockchain and smart card technology go together like cheese and wine. Why, you ask? We talked to Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance about their newly-launched white paper, organizations’ need for blockchain, smart card technology and blockchain’s potential in IoT. The Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council recently released a white paper to “provide a primer on… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance White Paper Describes The Role Of Smart Card Technology

By | March 24, 2017

Implementations of blockchain-derivative apps are without a doubt gaining traction and growing at an alarming rate. With over 1 billion invested in implementation since 2009, and 60 percent of that funding occurring since the beginning of 2015. Its true that blockchain has the ability to create a faster, secure platform for various types of transactions, all implementations universally… Read More »

Interview to Amal Graafstra, Founder of Dangerous Things, the Company that Wants to Implants a Smart Card in Your Hand

By | March 20, 2017

Today interview is with Amal Graafstra, founder of the biohacking company Dangerous Things. Q: Hi Amal, can you share with us how and why did you get into electronic implants business? A: Back in 2005, I had an office where the only door leading outside was an emergency exit style door with a crash bar but no alarm.… Read More »

The impact of Java Card technology yesterday and tomorrow: Safran Identity & Security celebrates 20 years with the Java Card Forum

By | March 2, 2017

March 02, 2017 As a long-standing member, Safran Identity & Security takes part in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Java Card Forum, an industry organization dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card technology products. Until today, 20 billion Java Cards have been sold, and Java is the most common IT platform worldwide. “Over the… Read More »

Consumers Voice Preferences, Wishes in Ways Technology Power Payments

By | March 1, 2017

Fifth Annual Mastercard Digital Payments Study Highlights Social Media Trends Around Digital Wallets, Artificial Intelligence and More SINGAPORE – March 1, 2017 – Digital wallets continued to gain prominence in smartphones and laptops worldwide and dominated the discussion of new ways to pay, with the topic now topping 83 percent of Asia Pacific conversations and 75 percent of… Read More »

New German Passport to Boast Enhanced Security Features

By | February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 Germany’s Interior Ministry has released details of a new passport to be released on 1 March. A statement by the ministry on 23 February noted that the new safety features included in the travel document will “secure the high international reputation of the German passport”. Speaking at presentation of the new passport, German Minister of the Interior,… Read More »

More control over card surfaces

By | February 7, 2017

The reputable trade journal Card Manufacturing recently took a close look at the subject of personalized banking and credit cards. If you’re not familiar with the article already, it’s well worth reading because of the insight it provides into new developments and opportunities. The author, David Tushie, is a long-established industry expert and independent consultant. He is also… Read More »