Category Archives: Projects

Thailand – BTS to replace single-trip magnetic cards with Thin Cards

By | June 21, 2018

Bangkok – BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited will replace the single-trip magnetic cards with smart cards, also known as Thin Cards to accommodate skytrain expansion. The CEO of the BTS, Surapong Laoha-Unya, said on Tuesday that the company would like to apologize to skytrain commuters, as the use of single-trip or one-day magnetic cards may encounter inconveniences at… Read More »

Alfa-Bank’s New Processing Centre Runs On Openway’s WAY4 Platform

By | June 21, 2018

Alfa-Bank Belarus, part of the Alfa-Bank Group valued at $44 billion in total assets, has completed its migration to the WAY4 platform by OpenWay, a top-ranked digital payment software provider. Well-known in Eastern Europe for its digital banking approach, Alfa-Bank migrated its payment cards and online services to an on-premise WAY4 solution to cut operational expenses and time-to-market, and promote… Read More »

Westpac and NXT-ID Subsidiary Fit Pay to Extend Contactless Payments to Devices

By | June 20, 2018

MELBOURNE, Florida, June 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Westpac, Australia’s oldest bank and company, and one of four major banking organizations in Australia and New Zealand, and Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTD) and a provider of payment, credential management, and authentication platform services, have today announced an agreement to extend contactless payment capabilities to a range of new devices, including… Read More »

KDDI to supply SIM cards for Toyota’s connected cars

By | June 18, 2018

TOKYO — KDDI will start supplying subscriber identity module, or SIM, cards for Toyota Motor‘s connected cars in 2019. The new cards will enable communications globally, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move by the Japanese “au” mobile service provider comes as the Japanese auto giant plans to equip almost all the cars it sells in Japan and… Read More »

South Africa – Sassa calls on social grant beneficiaries to swop their cards

By | June 18, 2018

he South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) invites social grant beneficiaries to change their existing old cards into the new Sassa gold cards. The existing Sassa card will no longer be valid after  September 30 2018, said Sassa spokesman Senzeni Ngubeni in a statement, adding that this did not apply to those who received their social grants through their private… Read More »

Egypt – Transport Ministry to launch mobile app for ticketing service and smart cards

By | June 17, 2018

The Transportation Ministry on Sunday announced that it is preparing to launch a new railway booking service, via electronic payment or Visa Card, and will also release a mobile phone app allows citizens to inquire about the dates of trains and available places to reserve seats. Chairman and CEO of Transport Information Technology Company Khaled Attia said that… Read More »

South Africa – Department of Home Affairs invites Bethal youth to apply for Smartcards

By | June 16, 2018

BETHAL – The Department of Home Affairs will be celebrating Youth Day on Saturday, 16 June by rendering services to the youth. Their office will be open on this day as part of this department’s initiative to encourage the youth to apply for ID Smartcards. The department’s focus will be on learners from the age of 16 years… Read More »

NY: Transit Fares in NYC: MTA to Begin Retiring MetroCards in May 2019

By | June 15, 2018

June 14–The MetroCard’s days are officially numbered. The MTA will launch its new fare payment system in May 2019 along a stretch of the 4, 5 and 6 trains and across all bus routes on Staten Island, allowing riders to use mobile wallets or bank cards to pay for a ride, according to MTA officials. It’s the first… Read More »

Thailand – Holders of the ‘poor man’s debit card’ can ride subway from next month

By | June 14, 2018

Holders of state welfare smartcards will be allowed to use them to pay for subway fares starting late next month. Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said on Thursday that holders of the welfare cards, dubbed “the poor man’s debit card”, can register with the MRT to use the subway service from July 6 to… Read More »

South Africa – New ‘gold’ card for Sassa beneficiaries

By | June 14, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has called on beneficiaries to make new cards. Sassa said on Thursday that the existing cards would no longer be supported and used after September 30 this year. This change, however, does not affect beneficiaries who received their social grants through private bank accounts. Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said… Read More »

Rwanda Smart ID Pending Approval

By | June 14, 2018

The National Identification Agency (NIDA) says it is ready to start issuing integrated Smart Identity Cards that combine many identification features as soon as it is approved by relevant institutions. “Our systems are already upgraded and we are ready to start producing smart IDs,” Josephine Mukesha, NIDA General Director revealed to KT Press adding that “the next step… Read More »

Nepal – Govt vows to issue over 300,000 driving licences by mid-August

By | June 13, 2018

Jun 13, 2018-The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has said it will complete distribution more than 300,000 smart driving licences by mid-August. Around 400,000 licence cards and additional printing equipment have been procured to ensure the process is completed within two months, according to the department. Apart from 200,000 driving licences to be issued to new-riders, the department… Read More »

South Sudan to start issuing of EAC digital passport: official

By | June 12, 2018

In a bid to enhance cross-border movement of people and goods, South Sudan has said it is ready to begin processing and issuing East African Community (EAC) electronic passport. According to Mou Mou Athian, the under-secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, the e-passport is expected to unleash benefits linked to regional integration. “We… Read More »

Worldpay and IDEMIA introduce MOTION CODE debit cards to financial institutions in the U.S.

By | June 12, 2018

CINCINNATI, June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vantiv, now Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE: WP) and IDEMIA are spearheading the first North American pilot of the MOTION CODE™ debit card, a dynamic payment card that aids in the fight against card-not-present (CNP) fraud and against hackers to offset the repercussions banks face as a result of data breaches. The average cost of a data breach in the U.S.… Read More »

Hong Kong – Why Octopus Cards needs new business initiatives

By | June 12, 2018

As competition heats up in Hong Kong’s e-payments market, the city’s dominant smart-card operator, Octopus Cards Ltd., is seeking to expand into a new business segment: online shopping payments. The company, whose stored-value cards are used daily by millions of Hongkongers to pay for public transport and other small transactions, feels it needs to look beyond its traditional… Read More »

South Korea – Touch Your Finger and Your Bill Gets Paid

By | June 11, 2018

The Korean credit card industry is introducing the so-called FingPay, which allows users to pay for bills by putting their finger on the terminal. Shinhan Card, BC Card, and Hana Card announced on June 10 that they would introduce FingPay, a non-media convenient payment system that uses finger vein authentication, in partnership with LG Hitachi and Nice Information… Read More »

Thailand – ‘Poor’s debit card’ will soon work on QR-code payment system, says Commerce Minister

By | June 11, 2018

Lower-income people will be able to use their electronic welfare cards to buy goods from shops that support the QR-code payment system starting next month, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Monday. Holders of the state welfare chip cards, which are dubbed “the poor man’s debit card”, have complained that not enough of the so-called blue-flag shops have… Read More »

Nigeria – Ekiti 2018: Unclaimed PVCs being sold in Ekiti, Fayose alleges

By | June 10, 2018

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday alleged that unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards are being sold to “foreign” voters in order to rig the July 14 governorship election. The governor, who did not name those selling the cards, also urged those who have registered to immediately proceed to collect their PVCs before it is too late.… Read More »

South Africa – CPS to get the boot from SASSA offices by end of July, MPs told

By | June 7, 2018

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says plans are afoot to ensure that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will no longer have a presence in their offices come the end of July. SASSA appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on Wednesday to update MPs on its progress in complying with the Constitutional Court order to find… Read More »

South Africa – SASSA intros modernised payment cards

By | June 5, 2018

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has already administered welfare payments to beneficiaries using its new card design. This was the word from social development minister Susan Shabangu, addressing a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday. Shabangu’s announcement follows earlier indication from the South African Post Office (SAPO) that it had signed off on the new card design for recipients.… Read More »