Tag Archives: Asia

Philippines – Government has enough funds to implement national ID system

By | June 23, 2017

The House appropriations committee has approved the proposed funding requirement for a measure which seeks to consolidate all existing government-initiated identification (ID) systems into one integrated Filipino ID system. In a statement on Friday, appropriations committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said there would be enough government funds to carry out the implementation of a national… Read More »

OneAssist raises USD 18 million in Series C funding

By | June 23, 2017

OneAssist Consumer Solutions, a company that provides users insurance against credit card, smartphone and wallet thefts, raised USD 18 million in series C funding led by existing investors Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and New York-based insurance provider Assurant. This round also saw the entry of a new investor, Moonstone Investments. “Our vision for OneAssist is to build… Read More »

Timor introduces ePassports

By | June 23, 2017

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as… Read More »

Philippines – Warning aired vs e-passport with altered materials

By | June 23, 2017

Filipinos traveling abroad may run into trouble due to alleged unauthorized changes in materials and security features of the new digital passport, according to an anticorruption watchdog. Lawyer Argee Guevarra, a co-founder of the Action for Good Governance, said a private firm contracted by state-owned printer APO Production Unit Inc. has been producing e-passports with materials different from… Read More »

LankaClear and JCBI partner to establish National Card Scheme in Sri Lanka

By | June 22, 2017

Colombo and Tokyo, June 22, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – LankaClear (Private) Limited (LankaClear), an organization incorporated in 2002 and owned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and all Licensed Commercial Banks operating in Sri Lanka, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB), announced on June 20th that… Read More »

Philippines – BSP urges depositors to ask for EMV-enabled ATM cards

By | June 21, 2017

he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday said clients must ask their banks to replace their automated teller machine (ATM) cards with the latest Europay, MasterCard, Visa or EMV-enabled cards. “We’re calling on depositors, all banking clients, that if they haven’t yet changed their cards to EMV,” they should do so, BSP Assistant Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier… Read More »

Thailand – New KBank JCB Credit Card for Japan Enthusiasts and Travelers

By | June 20, 2017

TOKYO, June 20, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – KBank and JCB International (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have introduced the “KBank JCB Credit Card” to accommodate Japanese culture and lifestyles. A wide range of attractive privileges are offered, with first-year targets of 100,000 cards and spending of 2 billion Baht. Mr. Pipit Aneaknithi, KBank… Read More »

Philippines – New e-passport ‘fake’ – anti-graft advocate

By | June 19, 2017

An anti-corruption advocate on Monday claimed that the new e-passports scheduled to be released in August or September have serious flaws that may cause problems to Filipino travelers. Argee Guevarra, convenor of Action for Good Governance, said that the new e-passports “will not stand up to scrutiny and may cause them to be flagged as fake.”  “Thousands of… Read More »

Philippines – Anticorruption advocate warns of glitches in e-passports

By | June 19, 2017

THE head of a non-governmental organization on Monday warned that serious flaws in future batches of Philippine e-passports will cause overseas workers and other Filipino travelers to be barred from entering their countries of destination. “Thousands of migrant Filipino workers and other travelers are unwittingly headed to purgatory on Earth. They may be barred from entering countries of… Read More »

Philippines – It’s time to adopt a unified national ID system

By | June 19, 2017

AMIDST the crisis that the country is now facing in Mindanao, we want to spend time today to discuss the great importance for the Philippines to make a supreme decision to adopt and implement a unified national ID system. This has risen in importance in part because of the confirmed news that there are now in the country… Read More »

Philippines – National ID system to spell success of tax safety nets for poor Filipinos

By | June 17, 2017

MANILA, June 17 — The government is bent on issuing national identification (ID) cards to all Filipinos that will also serve as social welfare cards to ensure the effective and targeted implementation of its social safety nets for the poorest families under the proposed Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), the Department of Finance (DOF) said. According to… Read More »

Philippines – DOF pushes national ID system for 105-M Filiponos

By | June 16, 2017

To ensure that only poor families to be impacted by higher prices as a result of comprehensive tax reform will benefit from the proposed subsidies, the government plans to issue national identification (ID) cards to 105 million Filipinos, the Department of Finance said Friday. As such, the DOF urged Congress to pass into law putting in place a national ID… Read More »

Philippines – EMV-delayed banks must set aside funds to cover losses

By | June 13, 2017

BANKS that are not yet Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV)-compliant will soon have to aside provisions to cover any operational loss that may be incurred for not having a more secure chip-based technology, the central bank said. EMV is the global standard for chip-based credit and debit card transactions that are supposedly more difficult for fraudsters to hack into,… Read More »

Taisys, EA launch eSIM-based travel SIM in Malaysia

By | June 9, 2017

Taisys Technologies, a provider of secure mobile services, has launched an eSIM-based travel SIM dubbed ‘m8 World SIM’, in partnership with Enabling Asia Tech (EA). Malaysian MVNA Enabling Asia also operates an MVNO under the ‘Buzzme’ brand name. With the launch of its m8 World SIM, EA’s MVNOs and Buzzme clients can access roaming services based on the… Read More »

East Timor government goes live with Gemalto’s electronic passport solution

By | June 6, 2017

​Singapore, June 6, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to start issuing state-of-the-art electronic passports (ePassports) to its citizens. The complete solution comprises the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of capabilities such as easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data… Read More »

China – Permanent residents to get new ID cards

By | June 1, 2017

HOLDERS of Chinese green cards can apply for “foreign permanent resident ID cards” from today, the Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday. The new machine-readable cards with embedded chips are similar to Chinese citizens’ identity cards and will replace the current permanent residence cards. The new cards can be used to access finance, education, hospital, transport, telecommunications, tax,… Read More »

Lotte Card introduces ‘pay with your palm’

By | May 26, 2017

Lotte Card launched Hand Pay, the first system in the world that can process payments with the scan of one’s palm, on May 16. The payment method was made available at 7-Eleven Signature, an unmanned 7-Eleven in the Lotte World Tower in southern Seoul. Lotte Card’s Hand Pay allows customers to pay using an individual’s distinct vein pattern… Read More »

Macau looks to curb fraud with electronic identity cards, biometric and ID checks at ATMs

By | May 24, 2017

The region of Macau is cracking down on theft and identity fraud with new security measures, including a partnership with Gemalto and Veridos that will provide smart electronic identity cards for citizens. Macau’s new eID cards, with contactless “tap and go” support, are made from tamper-proof polycarbonate material, and include security features from Gemalto that include visual anti-counterfeiting… Read More »

Philippines – Cayetano vows to review DFA deal for passports

By | May 23, 2017

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano vowed to order a review of the contract entered into by the Department of Foreign Affairs and APO Production, Inc. over the manufacture of Philippine electronic-passports to determine its legality. “One of my concerns will be if the contract is found to be invalid,” said Secretary Cayetano in a press briefing Monday.… Read More »

Philippines – Trillanes wants swift passage of national ID system bill

By | May 21, 2017

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urged his colleagues on Sunday to hasten the passage of the country’s national ID system law, which he said could also serve as a preventive measure against crime and terrorism. In a press statement, he said that Senate Bill No. 95, or the Bill Creating the Filipino Identification Card, seeks to provide easy access… Read More »