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 »

ICMA, Secure Technology Alliance Co-Locate Conferences for 2018

By | August 3, 2017

Princeton Junction, N.J., Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, and the Secure Technology Alliance, a multi-industry association working to stimulate adoption of smart card technology and advanced payment technology, announced today they will co-locate their respective conferences for the third year in a row.… 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 »

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. Declaration against Counterfeit ACR122U NFC Readers

By | August 2, 2017

HONG KONG, 2 Aug, 2017 – We, Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS), have acquired information that one of our products, the ACR122U USB NFC Reader (www.acs.com.hk/en/products/3/acr122u-usb-nfc-reader/), is being counterfeited. Many of the counterfeit products have been widely sold on Taobao (www.taobao.com), Alibaba 1688 Website (www.1688.com), and other online platforms. We are very concerned about this counterfeiting issue, and… 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 »

Optaglio brings 3D animations between security elements

By | August 2, 2017

 LOCHOVICE (August 2, 2017) – Optaglio, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced the latest innovation developed by OPTAGLIO LABs. Its holograms can now include a small object such a little figure, which moves, runs, makes a gesture etc. OPTAGLIO continuously updates its portfolio of visual effects in its holograms to keep an advantage over potential… 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 »

CPI’s Instant Issuance Tech Proves Value for Bank after Breach

By | August 2, 2017

They say the proof is in the pudding. For CPI Card Group, it’s a case study showing how its instant issuance technology [email protected] saved an issuer significant time and money—and improved customer satisfaction—when it had to replace nearly 800 cards after customers were affected by a retail data breach. Within four months of implementing CPI’s instant issuance solution, northeast Indiana-based Farmers… 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 »

UK – Contactless payments to save shoppers 141 MILLION hours

By | August 2, 2017

The rise of contactless payments continues, and they’re set to save UK shoppers a hefty 141 million hours over the next few years. So says research from Barclaycard, commissioned to mark the tenth anniversary of ‘touch and go’ payments. The credit card firm has crunched the numbers, and says this time saved by 2021 will be worth almost… Read More »

Frost & Sullivan Commends Credence ID’s Rollout of CredenceTAB™, a Biometric Tool that Combines Document Reading and Biometric Enrollment and Verification in a Portable Device

By | August 1, 2017

Credence ID’s unique product suite offers convenience, portability, and customization to satisfy a wide range of identification projects SANTA CLARA, California, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the mobile biometrics and credential reading market, Frost & Sullivan announced today the recognition of Credence ID  for  its 2017 Global New Product Innovation Award. In May 2017, Credence ID… Read More »

UK – Contactless sheds growing pains as tenth anniversary looms

By | August 1, 2017

With the tenth anniversary of the introduction of contactless cards in the UK fast approaching, Barclays is forecasting that tap and pay spending will soar by more than 300% over the next four years as seven in ten Brits begin to use the technology more frequently for everyday purchases. Barclaycard first introduced the technology to the UK almost… Read More »

Telefónica launches ‘out of the box’ mobile connectivity for consumer devices with latest Gemalto cloud service

By | August 1, 2017

  Leading telecoms operator offers remote subscription management for consumer IoT devices  such as tablets, connected PCs and wearables • Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity cloud service available to Telefónica Group companies across 17 different countries • Consumers can conveniently add new devices to their subscription plans • Fully compliant with the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning specifications to ensure compatibility… 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 »

Biometric Payment Technologies Supported by 80% of Americans, Survey Says

By | July 31, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — A recent survey conducted by Viewpost on how American consumers view the future of payments and key issues around awareness of payment technologies reveals a high interest in biometric and “futuristic” payment options. The company surveyed a cross-section of 1,000 U.S.-based consumers, finding that overall, 80% of Americans are in support of using tools like sensor fingerprinting,… 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 »

China – Mobile payments are in, cash and card nearly out

By | July 31, 2017

“Alipay or WeChat Pay?” she asked as soon as he finished his lunch. “So you don’t accept bank card? And cash isn’t an option?” Chang Xiaohui, 27, an electrical engineer, counter-questioned the waitress at a Hong Kong-style restaurant in Shanghai. She replied: “Sure we do. I mean, not many people are using bank cards or cash nowadays, right?”… 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 »