Category Archives: Projects

India – Just two weeks and you can use your Delhi Metro Smart Card to travel in DTC buses

By | August 16, 2017

In two weeks from now, 500 DTC buses in the capital will have the facility as Common Mobility Cards will be rolled out after years of delay. The Delhi Government has started obtaining chips called the Secure Access Mobile (SAM) from South Korea which provides the facility of cashless transportation in the city in buses. These will be… Read More »

VTB Bank (Armenia) and MasterCard to issue PayPass cards

By | August 16, 2017

YEREVAN, August 16. /ARKA/. VTB Bank (Armenia) is the first bank in the country to issue MasterCard PayPass contactless payment cards. “The unique technology of PayPass is one of the most modern, fast, affordable and reliable ways of making card payments around the world,” the bank said in a press release.  It said  MasterCard PayPass payment cards have… Read More »

Nigeria – Why PPP Model Should Be Adopted For National ID

By | August 16, 2017

The world has moved in terms of technology and innovation. The Nigerian government at the moment does not have the resources to throw at any national identity card project; neither does the economy have appetite for any white elephant project. It is, therefore, best for the government to apply the same public private partnership (PPP) model that was… Read More »

South African digital & physical security provider, Priority Group Holdings, choses Zwipe Access

By | August 16, 2017

OSLO, NORWAY – 16 AUGUST 2017, – Biometric technology company Zwipe is proud to announce that Priority Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a leading digital security provider and installer based in South Africa has chosen Zwipe Access as it’s preferred biometric access control solution. The two companies have signed a Distribution Agreement that includes the marketing, sale and distribution of… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Ivory Coast – Biometric temporary residence cards introduced

By | August 14, 2017

What is the change? Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have said that foreign nationals (excluding ECOWAS nationals) holding temporary resident cards are able to replace their current cards with new biometric cards starting today. What does the change mean? To apply for the new biometric temporary resident card, foreign nationals must personally appear at the Office Nationale d’Identification to have their fingerprints and… Read More »

India – Little progress in smart NID card distribution

By | August 13, 2017

Apparently set to miss the existing December-2017 deadline to provide the country’s all voters with smart national identity (NID) cards, the Election Commission (EC) now says it will do it by June 2018, reports UNB. Though the EC started the distribution of machine readable cards to replace the existing laminated ones among 90 million voters in October 1,… Read More »

Nigeria – NIMC plans e-ID Cards’ replacement, renewal

By | August 11, 2017

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said that it is working to ensure every Nigerian with National Identity Number (NIN) receives the electronic identity cards, and that it has set up machinery to renew others about to expire. Engineer Aliyu Aziz, NIMC’s director general and chief executive officer, regretted that recession and the inability of the private partners to… Read More »

Vietnam – Saigon Co.op, VietinBank sign far-reaching deal

By | August 11, 2017

  HCM CITY — The Saigon Union of Trading Co-operatives (Saigon Co.op) and VietinBank have signed an agreement to leverage their respective strengths to benefit tens of millions of customers. VietinBank will offer Saigon Co.op modern banking services, financing for its projects, working capital, cash flow management, collection, payroll and card payment services, and others. At the signing event… Read More »


By | August 11, 2017

 The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and TransitLink are working towards a fully cashless vision for public transport by 2020. This is in line with our Smart Nation efforts. 2.  To realise this vision, LTA and TransitLink will launch a series of initiatives where commuters will no longer use cash to pay for rides or to top up stored-value… Read More »

Philippines – ‘Urgent’ Natl ID bill sent to Palace

By | August 10, 2017

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said on Wednesday that the proposed Unified National ID System Act has already been endorsed to President Rodrigo Duterte for certification as “urgent.” “I am pleased to note that the proposed Unified National ID System Act was endorsed by the Executive  Committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Authority Council for certification by the… Read More »

Sierra Leone News: Parliament approves amendment to e-passport price

By | August 10, 2017

As requested by the parent agreement, Members of Parliament have yesterday approved the amendment of Clause 5 on the agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and NETPAGE (SL) Limited for the production of e-passports. According to ‘Clause 5′ of the agreement the initial sales price of the e-passport shall be the equivalent of $120 USD in Leones… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds stall production of electronic ID cards

By | August 9, 2017

Lack of funds tied to recession is currently slowing the production and issuance of the national electronic identification card being handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Out of the 18.5 million enrolments and registrations made since 2012, when the project began, NIMC has only been able to issue 1.2 million cards. The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu… Read More »

Seamless Delivers Contactless Payment Solution to a Hungarian Bank

By | August 9, 2017

STOCKHOLM, August 09, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MeaWallet A/S (“MeaWallet”), part of Seamless Distribution AB, has signed an agreement with a Hungarian bank for delivery of MeaWallet’s proprietary technology for contactless card payments.  The technology will be delivered as a managed service, integrating MeaWallet´s tokenisation platform with the bank’s banking application. The solution will enable the bank’s clients to perform contactless… Read More »

Liberia Launches new Biometric ECOWAS Passport

By | August 8, 2017

Liberia has become the latest upgraded member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Agreement with the official launch of the of Liberian Bio-metric e-Passport, the official Liberian travel document printed and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later became the very first recipient of the upgraded travel document, performed… Read More »

Somerset Waste Partnership ton only accept card payments from next month

By | August 8, 2017

THE old saying ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass’ is being put to bed across Somerset next month. The county’s 16 recycling sites will switch to operate cash-free and cheque-free from Friday, September 1, with almost all payments taken only on credit, debit and charge cards. The only exceptions will be the £2 cash entry fees for Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites,… Read More »

Foreign cards on horizon, may woo Chinese users

By | August 8, 2017

Foreign debit and credit card companies face a long fight with local electronic payment market leader UnionPay as industry supervision is still evolving and customer needs are diverse, experts said.   US card network Visa has applied for a license from China’s central bank to operate in the Chinese market, it said in an email on Friday. MasterCard,… Read More »

UK – Cathedral moving to contactless cash to boost donations

By | August 7, 2017

St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk is now taking contactless card payments in a bid to boost dwindling donations. Parishioners can already give to the 11th Century gothic building by direct debit. However The Rev Cannon Graham Hedger said “alot of people don’t carry cash on them anymore.” A contactless bank card reader has been placed next to the… Read More »

UniCredit Bulbank successfully completes first European trial of Mastercard’s next generation biometric card with IDEX fingerprint sensor

By | August 7, 2017

Oslo, Norway, 7 August 2017 – IDEX, a leading  provider of fingerprint solutions for mass markets, today announced that UniCredit Bulbank of Bulgaria recently completed a trial of Mastercard’s next generation biometric card, using IDEX’s flexible fingerprint sensor. The trial received extremely positive customer feedback, which focused on the convenience, security and ease of use of the card… Read More »

Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

By | August 3, 2017

Dubai: Good news to Filipinos who endure serpentine queues when applying for or renewing their passport. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years. The law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10… Read More »