Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

IDEMIA and JCB Partner to Launch the First F-Code Payment Card in Japan

By | November 7, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, today announces its partnership with JCB, the leading international payment network in Japan, to introduce the future of biometric payments to Japanese customers. With F-Code, the new generation biometric payment card which replaces your PIN code with your fingerprint, a new chapter opens up… Read More »

Nepal – Indian Company Wins Contract to Supply 750,000 Smart Driving Cards

By | October 31, 2017

Madras Security Printers of India has been given the contract by the government to print and supply additional 750,000 smart driving license cards. The company is also the current supplier of smart driving licenses card. According to the director general of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), Roop Narayan Bhattarai, three other French companies were also interested to supply the… Read More »

Philippines – BDO to clients: Switch to EMV debit cards

By | October 31, 2017

BDO Unibank called on its clients to immediately obtain their debit card with embedded EMV chip to ensure wider protection against fraudulent activities usually carried out in electronic banking channels. “The bank’s objective over time is to effect a holistic approach to protecting the clients’ accounts from fraud. But to achieve this, clients must obtain their EMV chip… Read More »

Revised IATA rules bring some relief to Philippine agents

By | October 30, 2017

IATA will no longer mandate all its 242 accredited Philippine agencies to use credit cards for BSP payment transactions, to the relief of agencies who believe that the rule is an attempt by an airline group conspiring to run them out of business. Of the IATA accredited agencies, only 46 are using credit card to transact while 196… Read More »

Passports with 10-year validity for Filipinos from January 1, 2018

By | October 28, 2017

Dubai: From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in. On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport. The 10-year… Read More »

Sri Lanka – Smart IDs from today

By | October 27, 2017

The smart identification card (Smart ID) was launched to the public today by the Department of Registration of Persons (DRP), Department Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said. To symbolize the Inauguration of the Smart ID, the first printed Smart ID was handed over to Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Nawinne and fifteen other applicants who applied… Read More »

Singapore – ICA Introduces New Design For Singapore Biometric Passport With Additional Security Features

By | October 26, 2017

 The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport with additional security features.  New visa page designs and additional security features  2        The new passport design will come with new visa page designs and additional security features that make the passport harder to forge or be tampered with.… Read More »

India – Passport applications touch 1 million a month, says Ministry

By | October 21, 2017

Passport Seva Kendras are receiving about a million of applications per month says the Ministry of External Affairs. The number of people applying for passports has been increasing ever since. To meet the demand from the public and also to help those frequent travelers in getting their passport formalities done, now and then passport melas are set up.… Read More »

Madras Security Printers wins contract to supply 750,000 smart cards

By | October 16, 2017

The government has awarded the contract of printing and supplying additional 750,000 smart driving licence cards to Madras Security Printers of India. Madras Security Printers is also the current supplier of smart driving license cards to the government. Roop Narayan Bhattarai, director general of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), informed that the Indian company was awarded the… Read More »

Wirecard provides IKEA Southeast Asia with payment eco-system for online business

By | October 16, 2017

Partnership strengthens IKEA online shop launch in Southeast Asia The global technology group Wirecard provides a regionally managed payment gateway solution for online IKEA shops in Southeast Asia.  Through its cooperation with Wirecard, IKEA Southeast Asia is now able to provide online customers with multiple payment options. Shoppers will be able to select between credit, debit and alternative… Read More »

Iris Appoints Shaiful Subhan As New Group Chief Executive Officer

By | October 16, 2017

Kuala  Lumpur, 16 October 2017 – The Board of IRIS Corporation Berhad (IRIS), a world leader in Trusted Identification, hereby announce the appointment of Mr. Shaiful Subhan as the new Group CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of IRIS effective today. Shaiful is an accomplished leader with great operational expertise and customer insights across multiple industries.  He was previously the COO… Read More »

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia must register their identities by February 2018 or face suspension

By | October 12, 2017

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have more than pulsa (phone credit) to worry about, as the government is requiring them to officially register their identities with their mobile number. The IT Ministry (Kominfo) recently issued a ministerial decree requiring every prepaid SIM card owner — if they haven’t already done so — to register their number with… Read More »

India – Visakhapatnam: Swipe your debit/credit card, pay bus fare

By | October 10, 2017

Visakhapatnam: Don’t have the change to pay for bus fare while travelling in the government-run city buses? No need to worry, you can just pay using your debit/credit card. Interestingly there is  no need to chip in or swipe the card, just wave it at the ticket machine carried by the bus conductor.  For the first time in the… 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 »

Malaysia – Mastercard to complete shift from signature to pin by Jan 2018

By | October 7, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Mastercard Inc said it will reach a key milestone by January 2018 when all its debit cards feature contactless and a personal identification number (PIN)-enabled function, in a move to provide more convenience to consumers, prevent fraud and improved security. Wider contactless acceptance is expected in Malaysia, with more merchants opening up to the technology, 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 »

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 »

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 »

CB Bank launches contactless system with Visa, Master

By | September 25, 2017

INTERNATIONAL payment service providers Visa and Master have launched a contactless payment system in collaboration with CB Bank. It aims to substitute the current cash payment system in Myanmar, U Zayar Aung, head of cards at CB Bank told The Myanmar Times. The service will allow users to make payments by just touching their debit cards and credit cards… Read More »

Bangladesh – Govt to fund distribution of smart NID cards as World Bank pulls out

By | September 21, 2017

The Election Commission has taken up a Tk 16 billion new project aiming to distribute smart NID cards among citizens with local funds. The latest project is modelled on the previous project, known as Identification System for Enhancing Access to Service’ or IDEA. The World Bank is no longer willing to fund the project which expires in December… Read More »