Tag Archives: Europe

Wirecard Acts as Technology Provider for Twisto to Offer Contactless Payments in the Czech Republic

By | October 12, 2017

MUNICH, October 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wirecard, the leading global specialist for digital payment solutions and internet technology, cooperates with Twisto to provide contactless payments via credit cards and wristbands at the point of sale (POS) in the Czech Republic. Twisto is the first FinTech company providing physical credit card payments in the region. The company was awarded as ‘Best European… Read More »

UK – Southern Vectis Introduces Contactless Payment

By | October 8, 2017

Bus passengers will find it easier to pay for travel across the Isle of Wight from now on – thanks to the introduction of contactless payments by Southern Vectis. The first of its buses to leave the depot with the new technology is a brand new ADL Enviro 400 MMC double decker vehicle. Southern Vectis Managing Director, Andrew… Read More »

Greece – New electronic cards for transportation making debut in Athens

By | October 7, 2017

At least 3,000 new electronic tickets had been sold by Friday afternoon, announced the Athens urban transport organisation (OASA), which is gradually rolling over from paper tickets to rechargeable cards for all transportation means. Tickets are still available in paper, but electronic card users are offered a bonus of an extra ride for free. The contactless cards, available… Read More »

UK – Contactless payment introduced on Isle of Wight buses

By | October 6, 2017

CONTACTLESS payments have been introduced on Isle of Wight buses. Southern Vectis passengers on all buses will be able to tap their card or smartphone from today (Friday). The first bus equipped with the new technology, a double decker with the latest low emissions Euro 6 engine, left the depot this morning.   Managing director Andrew Wickham said:… Read More »

Romania – New access cards for Bucharest subway available “within two weeks”

By | October 5, 2017

The new access cards for the Bucharest subway are already printed and will go on sale “within two weeks,” Marin Aldea, the general director of the capital’s subway operator Metrorex, said, quoted by Mediafax. The new access cards are required after Metrorex replaced its old turnstiles with a swing gates system, designed to work with contactless cards. The subway operator had… Read More »

Cracking of one ID card would require Estonia to deactivate 750,000 cards

By | October 4, 2017

Should even one of Estonia’s national ID cards be cracked, the certification center of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) would be obliged under law to void all of the approximately 750,000 cards containing the chip in which a security flaw was discovered at the end of August. “In principle, if someone manages to crack the card… Read More »

UK – ‘Contactless by 2019’ – Transport for Greater Manchester promises improvements to much-maligned smart-ticketing system

By | September 27, 2017

After coming in for heavy criticism, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has admitted its new smart-ticketing system is “not yet where we want [it] to be”, but has laid out a longer-term plan for the platform that includes contactless payment and Oyster-style top-up.   The Get Me There scheme includes an app and a smart card – dubbed… Read More »

Bank card purchases in Hungary up 25% in Q2

By | September 18, 2017

The value of purchases made in Hungary with locally issued bank cards rose 25% year-on-year to HUF 1,066 billion in the second quarter of 2017, the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said in a quarterly report published Friday, cited by state news agency MTI. Card holders made more and higher-value purchases in Hungary with slightly fewer bank cards… Read More »

UK – Skimmer sentenced and deported

By | September 12, 2017

A 42-year-old Romanian man living in the country illegally who pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to numerous counts of criminal conspiracy involving the use of “skimmers” on Camden-area ATMs appears to have been deported. The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested Gheorghe Iordache, 42, whose last known address was in Florence, on April 18. According to online Kershaw County Clerk… Read More »

Hutchison Drei Austria debuts eSIM devices

By | September 12, 2017

Hutchison Drei Austria has become the first provider in the country to launch an eSIM device, that is, with an embedded SIM card, reported Der Standard. The first device using the new technology will be the Watch 2 by Huawei, which the operator will start selling in October. Although mobile operators have been opposing the introduction of eSIM… Read More »

Potential security risk could affect 750,000 Estonian ID cards

By | September 5, 2017

Last Thursday, Estonia’s Information System Authority (RIA) was informed by an international group of researchers that a potential security risk had been detected affecting all national ID cards issued in Estonia after October 2014. Estonian experts have determined that the potential risk does indeed exist, affecting 750,000 currently valid ID cards issued after Oct. 17, 2014. ID cards… Read More »

UK – North Devon Council car parks now accept card and contactless payments

By | September 5, 2017

Updated parking machines in council’s car parks now accept cards and mobile phone payments Users of North Devon Council car parks can now pay for their parking using a card or contactless payment. The council has updated its parking machines to accept cards, including with Apple Pay and Android Pay, if you don’t have any cash. Users can… Read More »

Decree on crossing border by foreigners on biometric passport came into force in Ukraine

By | September 2, 2017

ukr Kyiv: The decree on the crossing of the state border of Ukraine by foreigners only on the biometric passport since 2018 has come into force today. It was published in the newspaper “Government Courier”. Today, the decree signed by the President of Ukraine on the introduction of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the introduction… Read More »

Spanish authorities arrest members of global credit card fraud network

By | September 1, 2017

Six men were arrested across the country as part of an international crack down on a gang that stole millions of euro and operated in half a dozen countries. Spanish police have arrested six men in the cities of Zaragoza, Madrid and A Coruña in connection with a global credit card fraud scheme. The international crime racket defrauded thousands of… Read More »

Ireland – Taoiseach insists Public Services Card “is not a national ID card”

By | September 1, 2017

“What she should really be doing is outlining the benefits of the card: that you will have less bureaucracy, that you will have a streamlined approach for people accessing State services, to reassure people from a data protection perspective that information they have supplied will be protected”. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister said the front of… Read More »

Ireland – Call for debate on ID cards amid PSC controversy

By | August 29, 2017

A solicitor and data protection expert has expressed concerns over the introduction of the new Public Services Card. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Simon McGarr said there does not appear to be a lawful basis to make it a compulsory requirement, but compulsion is being levied on individuals to force them to get it. Minister for Employment and… Read More »