Category Archives: Technology

Secure Technology Alliance Provides Recommendations, Best Practices for Implementing Fast, Convenient Contactless Payments

By | February 5, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consumers want payments to be faster, more secure, and seamless, and many stakeholders across the payments industry are looking to contactless payments as a way to meet these expectations. For merchants, issuers and processors considering contactless payments, the Secure Technology Alliance has released a new white paper today that provides recommendations… Read More »

Visa Enables More Cash-Free Moments in Minneapolis: Local Merchants and U.S. Bank Stadium Receive Point-of-Sale Upgrades

By | February 2, 2018

Visa teams up with Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald & AP Rookie of the Year Nominee Christian McCaffrey to provide select merchants and fans a fast, secure payment experience MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa (NYSE: V) today announced that it upgraded the point-of-sale (POS) terminals of select Minneapolis-based small businesses, helping create quicker, easier and more seamless payment experiences for their… Read More »

Why Making Space for Smart Cards is Essential for Blockchain App Development

By | February 2, 2018

“If you own the keys to your cryptocurrency account, your money is secure. If someone else holds the keys to your account, they own your money, too.” This popular saying by bitcoin experts warned early blockchain adopters against the risks of sharing passwords, keys and passphrases in mobile apps or cloud-based storage. Most advise in favor of keeping… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Highlights Payments, Transportation and Mobile Councils Accomplishments in 2017

By | January 31, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Secure Technology Alliance Payments, Mobile and Transportation Councils had a productive year in 2017 with strong member participation, quality deliverables, and significant headway in stimulating the understanding, adoption and widespread application of secure technologies in the payments space. “The industry and technology councils are a critical piece in the Alliance’s… Read More »

US Payments Forum Winter 2018 Market Snapshot: EMV Enablement Growth in New Markets, Predictions for Contactless Payments in Transit, Prioritizing Online Transaction Security

By | January 29, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Payments Forum today released its winter 2018 market snapshot, providing updates on the status of the U.S. EMV chip migration and contactless payments, 2018 priorities to address technologies for securing online transactions, and recently-released resources for the payments industry. State of the Market: EMV Enablement Growth in Retail Petroleum and… Read More »

Two “SESAMES Awards” for post-quantum cryptography on contactless security chip

By | November 29, 2017

Munich, Germany, and Cannes, France – 29 November 2017 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) has been recognized with two SESAMES Awards for the world’s first post-quantum cryptography implementation on a contactless security chip. The prestigious industry awards were presented today at the TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes. Infineon was awarded in two of six categories:… Read More »

Versasec Announces Plan to Protect Clients from ROCA

By | November 18, 2017

New York, NY, November 18, 2017 –(PR.com)– Versasec, the leader in smart card and virtual smart card management systems, today announced simple steps its clients can take to understand their ROCA vulnerability. The Return of Coppersmith’s Attack (ROCA), designates an updated version of an old attack that exposes the vulnerabilities of weak RSA keys. The attack is named… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Industry Councils Announce New Charters to Align with Broadened Mission of Organization

By | October 23, 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Secure Technology Alliance Access Control, Identity, and Health and Human Services Councils have redefined their charters to align with the expanded focus of the Alliance. The Secure Technology Alliance (formerly known as the Smart Card Alliance) expanded its charter and activities in March 2017 to include multiple form factors and related… Read More »

Smart Card Support in Red Hat Enterprise Linux

By | September 26, 2017

Recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases see an expansion in support of the smart card related use cases. However customers usually have a mixed environment and standardize on a specific version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for period of time. It is important to understand the evolution of the smart card related feature to plan your deployment and understand… Read More »

OPTAGLIO security holograms exceeded 5 million DPI

By | September 11, 2017

LOCHOVICE (September 11, 2017) – OPTAGLIO, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced it exceeded the resolution of 5 million DPI. This move further enhances anti-counterfeit resistance because such resolution is beyond the reach of any potential attacker. Cards producers are thus given a technological advantage that is likely to sustain over more than ten years. „This success is backed… Read More »

Visa Drives Payment Innovation in Hong Kong

By | September 8, 2017

HONG KONG, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Visa is committed to enhancing contactless payment experience and security, and to the advancement of mobile payment ecosystem in Hong Kong.  Backed by a tech-savvy society with a high percentage of electronic payment in term of the total personal consumption expenditures in Hong Kong (65.5 percent)[2], Visa’s contactless in face-to-face transactions ratio has tripled in the past… Read More »

OPTAGLIO prepares a new generation of microholograms

By | August 18, 2017

LOCHOVICE (August 18, 2017) – OPTAGLIO, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced it established a research unit focused on microholograms. Scientists and technicians are working together in the new team, which is closely connected to OPTAGLIO Labs. This new research program is partly financed by European Union funds.   „Microholograms are our unique solution, but… Read More »

Philippines lags Southeast Asia in credit card use

By | August 16, 2017

MANILA – The Philippines lags Southeast Asia in terms of cashless transactions, even as majority of Filipinos prefer it because of safety and convenience, according to a VISA study. In 2016, 9 percent of personal consumption expenditures were done through credit and debit cards, compared to 50 percent in Singapore and 30 percent in Malaysia and 16 percent… Read More »

USA – Chicago news team finds new cause for worry in chip cards

By | August 15, 2017

With EMV implementation driving a rapid increase in card-not-present fraud in the U.S. — from an estimated $3.1 billion in 2015 to an expected $5.2 billion in 2017 — Chicago TV station WLS thinks you should be worried about (drum roll, please) the smart chip falling out of your card. The station’s recent I-Team report advised viewers that, “The chips in credit and… Read More »

China – Mobile payments are in, cash and card nearly out

By | July 31, 2017

“Alipay or WeChat Pay?” she asked as soon as he finished his lunch. “So you don’t accept bank card? And cash isn’t an option?” Chang Xiaohui, 27, an electrical engineer, counter-questioned the waitress at a Hong Kong-style restaurant in Shanghai. She replied: “Sure we do. I mean, not many people are using bank cards or cash nowadays, right?”… Read More »

The End of an Era for the SIM. Welcome eSIM.

By | July 13, 2017

The first SIM card was developed by the German company Giesecke & Devrient GmbH , which later sold three hundred cards to the Finnish operator Radiolinja that began commercial operation in 1991 . It was unique to each phone line, so the operator that you chose added your identifying data and the services offered. SIM cards are available in 4 different formats: Full size (1FF), Mini SIM (2FF), Micro… Read More »

Trust and end-user convenience are two priorities your business must embrace

By | June 14, 2017

As a former engineering student who established his career in tech marketing, it’s a privilege to have been part of several technological revolutions that are improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. I’ve always been interested by the way progress impacts usage. I thought that technology moved quickly back then, but it’s exponentially faster in 2017, no… Read More »

The emerging double standard in passport biometrics

By | June 14, 2017

Modern passports can contain up to three biometric modalities.  Faces are used in every passport. In addition to being printed on the biographic page, face images are often embedded in an electronic chip. This chip dissuades fraud by allowing for a comparison of the printed image with the image submitted during the issuance process. The faces contained in passport chips… Read More »

Microsoft Enlists eSIM, Windows 10 on ARM for ‘Always Connected PCs’

By | June 1, 2017

Full-fledged Windows on ARM-based hardware took a major step closer to reality this week. During the Computex 2017 tradeshow in Taipei, Microsoft officially announced the impending release of so-called “Always Connected PCs” featuring eSIM technolgy, some of which will be powered by Snapdragon 835 processors from Qualcomm. Echoing the software giant’s relatively new “cloud-first” ethos, Microsoft envisions a… Read More »