Category Archives: Card Industry News

Huawei Selects OT’s eSIM To Connect HUAWEI WATCH 2

By | April 4, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, today announces that Huawei has chosen OT for the worldwide deployment of OT’s DakOTa v4.0, the first eSIM (embedded SIM) compliant with GSMA Phase II standards in their newly launched HUAWEI WATCH 2. With eSIM support, major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such… Read More »

HID Fargo Connect Brings SaaS to Campus Card Issuance

By | April 4, 2017

Today at the National Association of Campus Card Users meeting, CBORD and HID Global announced a new secure issuance service called HID Fargo Connect. In essence it is a SaaS or outsourced alternative to traditional ID card production. Pulling student data from CBORD’s Odyssey PCS or CS Gold system, the solution prints over the web to Fargo printers… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds Delay Issuance of National ID Cards

By | April 4, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it is working hard to address the challenges associated with the delay in issuance of the new National Identity Cards to Nigerians. The Director-General of the commission, Mr Aliyu Aziz, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that paucity of funds was delaying the production and issuance… Read More »

Gemalto Accelerates IoT Adoption and Innovation in Japan

By | April 3, 2017

​​​Amsterdam, Apr. 3, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected by SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) as a partner for On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) services enabling both consumer and industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) IoT connectivity and deployment of value added applications and services. Under the collaboration, Gemalto will supply its Remote SIM… Read More »

Entrust Datacard Partners With Elite Security Channels in India

By | April 3, 2017

The identity-based digital information security vendor pursues the indirect route of channels globally as an important part of the company’s GTM. It is the GTM strategy for India market. We follow the combined strategy of some direct and indirect strategy in only a handful of countries. However, the vast focus is to ensure the growth of the channel… Read More »

Australia – Fraud Cases Are Stretching Sydney Police Resources to The Limit

By | April 3, 2017

FRAUD cases are stretching inner-west police resources to the limit. Newtown police crime prevention officer Senior Constable John Tikisci said mail and identity fraud had been “going through the roof in the last five years”. “Police resources are tied up with preventable fraud matters when they can be directed towards reducing domestic violence and alcohol-related crimes which have… Read More »

Smartrac Completes Sale of Secure ID & Transactions Business to Linxens

By | April 3, 2017

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), April 3, 2017 – RFID and IoT pacesetter Smartrac today announced that it has completed the divesture of its Secure ID & Transactions Business Division to the Linxens Group. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. The transaction, first announced in November 2016, enables Smartrac to further enhance the development of innovative RFID products… Read More »

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 »

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 »