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 »

UK – FCA Assesses Contactless Card Fraud Risk

By | April 3, 2017

The chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has written to the treasury select committee, outlining the extent of contactless card fraud in the UK and the options available to tackle it. John Griffith-Jones, who is chairman of the Payment Systems Regulator as well as the FCA, wrote to Andrew Tyrie MP, chairman of the treasury committee, to… Read More »

How Card Savvy Are You?

By | April 3, 2017

Stolen-card, counterfeit-card and card-not-present (CNP) fraud are the three most prevalent types of fraud used to defraud customers. African Bank’s Sales and Marketing Executive, Alfred Ramosedi, said criminals are getting more and more sophisticated in their fraud scams but the three modus operandi listed above are still the most prevalent and consumers should familiarise themselves with these scams… Read More »

ACTA’s Request to Postpone PCI DSS Granted, New Deadline is March 2018

By | April 3, 2017

TORONTO — Following concerns from the travel agent community, IATA has extended the deadline for agents to comply with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS). Originally scheduled for June 1, 2017, IATA’s Passenger Agency Conference Steering Group (PSG) has announced that it has approved the postponement of PCI DSS compliance until March 2018. The move… Read More »

Philippines – Labor Group Set To Sue APO-PU, Ugec Execs Over Passport Mess

By | April 3, 2017

A FEDERATION of labor unions is poised to file graft charges against ranking officials of a state-owned printing company and its private partner for allegedly entering into a partnership agreement with a private corporation without legal authority and squandering billions of pesos on an outsourcing scheme grossly disadvantageous to the government. The Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions… Read More »

SoftBank Signs On for Gemalto eSIM Provisioning Solution

By | April 3, 2017

Japan-based telecom SoftBank will use Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity for remote SIM provisioning. In a statement announcing the partnership, Gemalto suggested that its ODC platform will give the MNO “a competitive edge” in offering digital services not just for smartphones, but other Internet of Things devices like wearables, smart meters, and connected cars. The company also highlighted the “great… Read More »

FPC Debuts its Own Contactless Card Solution, Posts Video Demos

By | April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017 – Fingerprints Cards (FPC) has developed its own smart card that integrates its new ultra-thin fingerprint touch sensors for smart cards, FPC1300 series. Released in December, FPC1320 is designed to be used for initial evaluation while the smaller footprint of FPC1321 enables it to be seamlessly integrated into smart card designs as well as ensures a lower… Read More »

Philippines – APO-PU Erred in e-Passport Subcontract–Palace Official

By | April 2, 2017

MALACAÑANG has strongly hinted that state-run APO-Productivity Unit Inc. (APO-PU) may have committed grave abuse of discretion and could be held criminally and administratively liable for engaging the services of a privately owned printing company for the implementation of the e-passport project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Short of recommending the immediate repeal of the existing… Read More »

Back to Blue: UK to Scrap Maroon European Passport for Iconic Dark Blue Design

By | April 2, 2017

The maroon passport currently held by British citizens will revert back to its original dark blue colour as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the Home Office has confirmed. The classic dark blue design, which was replaced by burgundy-coloured passports in 1988 to comply with EU policy of a single European passport, could be re-introduced as soon as 2019,… Read More »

UK Passport Could Turn Dark Blue After Brexit Under £490m Contract

By | April 2, 2017

The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document. The passport is routinely redesigned every five years and Eurosceptics view the new contract as a way to ditch the EU burgundy cover in favour of a return to the colour of the past.… Read More »

India – Tamil Nadu to Issue 1.89 Crore Smart Cards to Stop PDS Leakage

By | April 2, 2017

CHENNAI: Ration cards in Tamil Nadu are set to get a digital makeover with chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamihanding out the first set of smart cards to residents on Saturday at an event in Korattur. All ration card holders in Tamil Nadu will be issued smart cards by May, the CM announced. The chief minister launched a smart family… Read More »

Spain – Huge Credit Card and Social Security Fraud Unravelled by National Police

By | April 2, 2017

OFFICERS of the National Police have arrested 73 people across Spain in connection with an internet travel agency which it is estimated obtained at least €1.5 million by use of fraudulent credit cards. A single bank reported the possible use of a forged credit card to the National Police and this led to an investigation which discovered that… Read More »

Card Industry Celebrates Winners of the Elan Awards at the 27th Annual ICMA EXPO

By | March 31, 2017

ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwired – March 31, 2017) – The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, has announced its winners of the 2017 Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence. Jeffrey Barnhart, ICMA founder and executive director, revealed the winners at the 27th annual ICMA Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO. The… Read More »

Haiti – Politics : Deliveries of Passports, Numbers Game

By | March 31, 2017

On Thursday, Jovenel Moïse inaugurated various pilot centers for the reception and delivery of identity documents (CRLDI) in several communes of the metropolitan area, notably in Tabarre, Petion-ville and then downtown Port-au- Prince, at Lamarre Street, where a center was already operational. The taxpayer will now be able to carry out all the administrative procedures for obtaining Identity… Read More »

Fingerprints™ Premieres First Own Contactless Card Solution Demonstration.

By | March 31, 2017

Fingerprints™ launched the ultra-thin fingerprint touch sensors for smart cards, FPC1300 series, in December 2016.  The series includes FPC1320 and FPC1321. FPC1320 has been used for initial evaluation whereas FPC1321, with its smaller footprint is easier to integrate in smart card designs and the smaller sensor also has lower current consumption during image capture. Various customers and strategic… Read More »

Global Contactless Smart Card Sales Market Report 2017

By | March 31, 2017

In this report, the global Contactless Smart Card market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022. Geographically, this report split global into several key Regions, with sales (K Units), revenue (Million USD), market share… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Legalises Smart Card Reader For Election‎s

By | March 31, 2017

The Senate on Thursday concluded the amendment of the Electoral Act ‎by giving legal teeth to the usage of smart card readers during elections. The Senate gave the go ahead to the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the smart card or any other method of voting its may deem fit for future elections. It agreed in the… Read More »

By | March 31, 2017

31st March 2017 PRESS RELEASE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF BAN ON ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT For Immediate Release The Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister informs the general public it has decided to partially lift the temporarary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017.  The objective of the partial… Read More »

Consumers Willing To Pay For A Biometric Safer Credit Card – The SmartMetric Biometric Credit Card As A New Consumer Device

By | March 30, 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – SmartMetric, Inc. (SMME) — The new SmartMetric biometric credit card with built in electronics and a powerful fingerprint reader has turned the ubiquitous credit card into a new consumer device. And in so doing has turned the credit card from being a cost commodity for Banks into a new product… Read More »

UK Financial Fraud Data for 2016 Published

By | March 30, 2017

Financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show. The new data shows banks and card companies prevented £1.38 billion of fraud last year, equivalent to £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud being stopped.… Read More »