Tag Archives: Europe

Production of ID and bank cards in Nitra ends

By | December 4, 2017

The German company Giesecke + Devrient, which produces banknotes, security cards, payment cards, ID cards and passports, will close its Slovak plant in Nitra. The company announced the decision on November 30, the Sme daily wrote. The closure of the plant will impact the 370 employees who work there. The company noted it will offer them jobs in… Read More »

A visit to Card Tech, the Italian company on the forefront of Biometric Smart Card development

By | November 13, 2017

On a cloudy day of Autumn, I found myself in a car riding through an industrial area at the southern border of the city of Udine, the historical capital of Friuli, in the northeastern Italy. The car stopped at the gate of Friuli Innovazione a Science and Technology Park hosting innovative start-ups, industrial research spin offs and research… Read More »

BOV cards become contactless

By | November 12, 2017

Bank of Valletta has started rolling out its contactless cards. Ivo Camilleri, executive electronic banking, said: “The contactless card upgrade ushers in a new era of digital banking in Malta. The cards combine the security of traditional chip-and-pin cards with the convenience of wireless payments. Paying for low-value items is for the first time easier than paying cash.… Read More »

Estonia – Government to suspend ID card certificates with security risk at midnight

By | November 3, 2017

The Estonian government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday night to suspend the certificates of Estonian ID cards vulnerable to a detected security risk on Friday night at midnight. The government explained its decision at an emergency press conference called on Thursday night. “I apologize before all of our citizens and people who have not been able… Read More »

UK – Touch and go! Nottingham public transport to go contactless

By | October 20, 2017

Nottingham is set to become the first city outside London where people can pay for their bus and tram journeys using contactless bank cards and phones. The news follows a successful bid by the City Council for £2.4m from the Department for Transport to develop the technology, which will also include a daily cap on fares already enjoyed… Read More »

Greece – Smart cards now used across Athens metro and trains

By | October 20, 2017

Commuters in Athens are now able to use the new integrated ΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ ticket andΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ smart card, which is now being issued across the Greek capital’s transport network. Starting Monday, commuters were able to apply for ATH.ENA cards at all metro and ISAP urban railway stations (Lines1, 2 and 3) by submitting a self-addressed envelope with a recent ID/Passport-style photo, a photocopy of… Read More »

Bulgaria cuts red tape in process of issuing identity cards and passports

By | October 18, 2017

Bulgaria’s government decided on October 18 to reduce the requirements regarding documents to be submitted when applying for the issuing or replacement of identity cards and passports. The changes to the rules mean that when citizens have a change of national identity number, name, permanent address or gender and these facts are recorded in the national population database,… Read More »

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 »