Category Archives: Projects

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 »

Ghana Cards to cost $293m, not $1.2bn – NIA

By | June 2, 2018

The National Identification Authority (NIA), led by Executive Secretary Prof Ken Attafuah, has clarified that the total cost of producing the Ghana Cards is $293 million, not $1. The National Identification Authority (NIA), led by Executive Secretary Prof Ken Attafuah, has clarified that the total cost of producing the Ghana Cards is $293 million, not $1.2 billion, as… Read More »

Estonia cancels security certificates of 11,100 electronic ID cards

By | June 1, 2018

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) on Friday canceled the security certificates of roughly 11,100 electronic ID cards affected by a security flaw. Cards with more than three months left until their expiration date can be replaced by their owners under warranty. A total of 3,300 replacement ID cards were manufactured under warranty and dispatched to PPA… Read More »

JSC Russian Agriculture Bank Enables Acceptance of JCB Cards in Russia

By | June 1, 2018

Moscow and Tokyo, June 1, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – JSC Russian Agriculture Bank (“RSHB”) and JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., are pleased to announce the launch of JCB card acceptance on the RSHB ATM and POS terminal network. RSHB’s acquiring network includes 3,800 ATMs, 1,700 info-kiosk terminals and more than 10,500 POS… Read More »

Ghana – NIA to issue 88.9 million cards in 15 years

By | May 29, 2018

Documents sighted by The Finder, which gave a detailed breakdown of the $1.2 billion ($1,222,171,258) cost of the Ghana Cards to be issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA), indicate that the NIA will bear $531 million of the cost while the private partner, Identity Management Systems (IMS), will foot the remaining $678 million of the cost. Government… Read More »

Registration for Ghana Card begins today

By | May 28, 2018

After multiple postponements, the registration and instant issuance for the national identity card, also known as the Ghana Card, is set to begin at 7 am today [Monday]. The project is among initiatives being undertaken by the government to formalise the economy. According to the National Identification Authority, former heads of state, journalists and security officials will be… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card distribution process begins

By | May 26, 2018

Phidim, May 25 – The process of distributing national identity cards has begun in Panchthar. A team led by Shivaraj Joshi, director at National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs has started its work by setting up an office in Panchthar district headquarters Phidim today. Though the concept of national identity cards was conceived… Read More »

Vietnamese banks urged to smarten up magnetic stripe cards amidst information theft

By | May 25, 2018

Card replacement costs about $1 each and there are about 70 million local cards.  Vietnam is urging for a bank card upgrade from magnetic stripe to chip in order to prevent information theft.  Authorities need to rush the completion of a chip card system, said Nguyen Kim Anh, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam in a… Read More »

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closes token counters to promote smart cards

By | May 25, 2018

In order to promote the usage of smart cards or ticket vending machines (TVM), the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is closing down counters at Metro stations that have less footfall. Keeping in tandem with this plan, all the Metro stations being developed under Phase III, will only have TVMs. Only interchange Metro stations will have the facility… Read More »

SmartMetric Announces Sale of its Biometric Security and Identity Card to a Major University in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By | May 25, 2018

NEW YORK, May 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SmartMetric, Inc. (OTCQB:SMME), SmartMetric is pleased to announce that through its newly appointed security card distributor, Groupo Datco it has secured a sale for the SmartMetric multi-function biometric security and identity card.  A large University has provided an order for the SmartMetric biometric card and it will be used to… Read More »

Italian IPZS publishes clarification about alleged malfunction of 350.000 CIE Cards

By | May 22, 2018

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) that is the Italian Government Office and Mint on May 20, 2018 have issued a press release on the alleged malfunction of about 350.000 eID Cards, locally known as CIE (Carta d’Identità Elettronica) reported by the Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero. The article, published on the May 20 2018 edition of… Read More »

India – Apple Watch: Airtel threatens to drag Reliance Jio to court

By | May 21, 2018

The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, has threatened to take legal action against Reliance Jio for blaming it for violating unified licence (UL) conditions relating to setting up of network infrastructure for pairing Apple’s Watch Series 3 with iPhone in the country. “We assure the government that all information relating to customers, network nodes etc along with provisions… Read More »

Pakistan – Sindh replaces car registration books with smartcards

By | May 19, 2018

KARACHI: The Sindh government has introduced security-featured Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) smart cards to ensure authenticity of registration documents. The smart cards will replace registration booklets. Mukesh Kumar Chawla, the minister for Excise and Taxation, introduced the smart card at a ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Friday. Talking to the media afterwards, Chawla said the new cards… Read More »

Govt gives a green signal to eSIMs in India

By | May 18, 2018

he Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday issued guidelines regarding Embedded SIMs (eSIMs) that are used in devices such as Apple Watch, and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services in India. Mobile users will not have to buy a new SIM while changing service provider or while buying a new connection, DoT stated in the new guidelines allowing the use… Read More »

Taiwan Mobile Selects G+D Mobile Security for eSIM Management

By | May 18, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan, May 18, 2018 – G+D Mobile Security announces that Taiwan Mobile – a leading telecommunications company in Taiwan – has selected G+D’s hosted AirOn Go eSIM management solution for the remote provisioning and management of eSIM-enabled consumer and enterprise devices. Taiwan Mobile started introducing its eSIM services on 11 May 2018. Users will benefit from the… Read More »

Belarus chooses supplier of hardware, software to make biometric documents

By | May 18, 2018

MINSK, 18 May (BelTA) – The Belarusian R&D enterprise Cryptotech of the Mint Department of the Belarusian Finance Ministry signed a contract with the consortium of Emperor Technology (China) and X Infotech (Latvia) on buying equipment and software for making biometric documents in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Interior Ministry website. The consortium of Emperor Technology (China)… Read More »

India – BMTC in a fix over issuing smart cards to students

By | May 18, 2018

Strict guidelines by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on issuing smart cards to bus passengers has put the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) in a fix. Officials said that as per the guidelines, all smart cards can only be issued after a commuter provides documents, such as a passport or driver’s licence or Aadhaar card. BMTC officials… Read More »