Category Archives: Projects

SA issues 10 million new smart ID cards – home affairs minister

By | May 16, 2018

Gigaba says it is likely that the department will not reach 38 million conversions from barcoded IDs to smart IDs by 2023. A total of 10 million smart ID cards have been issued to South African citizens in the past five years, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. “When the first card was issued, in 2013,… Read More »

India – More than half of Metro commuters use smartcards

By | May 16, 2018

BENGALURU: Namma Metro commuters are going smart. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) statistics show around 60% of those travelling on Purple Line (Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road) and 51% on Green Line (Nagasandra-Yelachenahalli) are using smartcards. With BMRCL providing patrons a 15% discount on fares, more passengers now prefer cards over tokens. While the number of travellers using smartcards on Purple Line has increased from 15% in 2012… Read More »

IDEX sensors in biometric bank card end user trial in the Middle East

By | May 16, 2018

Oslo, Norway – 16 May 2018 – IDEX ASA, the leading provider of advanced fingerprint identification and authentication solutions is proud to announce that it’s fingerprint sensors are being deployed in biometric cards used for a new end customer trial, which is being run in the Middle East. “We are seeing increased customer activity in the biometric card space,… Read More »

MVR smart card introduced for vehicle registration

By | May 15, 2018

KARACHI – Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla on Monday introduced security featured MVR smart card for vehicle registration which aimed to eliminate forgery in transfer and registration of vehicles. Talking to media after introducing the smart card here at Civic Centre, Chawla said that Sindh government had achieved a milestone by inducting such thing… Read More »

India – Soon, pay taxes, bills with Corporation smart cards

By | May 15, 2018

Civic body to roll out cards in June; to offer discounts With the support of ICICI Bank, the Chennai Corporation will roll out its smart card project by the end of June, facilitating payment for civic services of three departments. “In the first phase, the smart card will be used for payment of property tax, profession tax, water… Read More »

National Bank of Kuwait and Mastercard make GCC debut of pioneering biometric solutions

By | May 14, 2018

Identity Check offers an innovative authentication solution for online transactions, while biometric card features an embedded fingerprint sensor to provide an additional layer of security when making payments in-store Answering the market’s growing demand for increased convenience and security associated with biometric technology, National Bank of Kuwait and Mastercardannounced two pioneering biometric solutions designed to improve online and in-store shopping at… Read More »

Afghanistan – More ID card distribution centres to be set up in Kabul

By | May 13, 2018

KABUL (Pajhwok): Five more electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs) distribution centres would be set up over the next six months in Kabul, an official said on Sunday. Two weeks back, President Ashraf Ghani obtained his e-NIC, marking the launch of the process, but his CEO Abdullah Abdullah and few others figures opposed the move. Abdullah and others argued the… Read More »

E-Gates to give immigration clearance in seconds to citizens of select countries

By | May 13, 2018

NEW DELHI: Come January 2019, low-risk foreign travellers will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters as the government plans to install special automated kiosks for speedy document and identity verification. Low-risk travellers from select countries from January 2019 can enter India without standing in long queues at immigration counters as the government has… Read More »

India – With open-loop smart card a dud, BMTC plans closed-loop ones

By | May 11, 2018

BENGALURU: With the Reserve Bank of India’s tougher know your customer (KYC) norms hitting Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s cashless expansion plans, the state-run bus corporation is now mulling closed-loop smart cards. BMTC’s present open-loop smart card was unveiled in June 2016, but the corporation delayed its implementation due to technical glitches. The card, a cashless facility, was launched in conjunction… Read More »

Gemalto enables digitization of Hong Kong’s Octopus card into Samsung Pay

By | April 26, 2018

Amsterdam, April 26 2018 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announced that its Trusted Service Hub (TSH) is enabling the secure digitizationof Octopus contactless smart cards into Samsung Pay. Named Smart Octopus in Samsung Pay, this new mobile payment service allows consumers to securely pay and travel by simply tapping their designated Samsung smartphones against an Octopus acceptance reader for payment… Read More »

Taiwanese vote online for new national ID card design

By | April 26, 2018

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) on Saturday (April 21) launched an online contest to select a new design for Taiwan’s national ID card, and the clear winner so far is a relatively plain, white look.  In February, the MOI announced that it would hold a “Identity Document Redesign” vote and because there were no… Read More »

Gemalto awarded multi-year service contract for new British passports

By | April 23, 2018

London, 23 April ​​​2018 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announces it has won an open tender with the Home Office, acting through Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO), for the production of the next generation of British passports and associated services.  Gemalto, an international security company with substantial operations in the UK, won the contract following a… Read More »

areeba introduces Gemalto’s contactless biometric payment card to the Middle East

By | April 15, 2018

• Revolutionary contact and contactless card replaces PINs with a built-in fingerprint scanner  • Biometric card will work with thousands of standard POS terminals across Lebanon  • areeba’s new initiative is a first for the MEA region  Dubai, 15 April 2018 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying its Visa biometric contactless EMV bank card to… Read More »

Visa Expands Global Network of Partners to Promote Contactless Payments in Public Transportation

By | February 27, 2018

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa (NYSE: V) today announced it has signed 14 new technology companies, from across 10 countries, as part of its Visa Ready for Transit program. The program works with companies whose technology solutions are accelerating seamless, friction-free commuting with contactless payments – helping to promote contactless growth in public transportation globally. The Visa Ready for Transit… Read More »

Ireland – Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two

By | February 24, 2018

THE STATE HAS launched a tender for the production of the next round of Public Service Cards (PSC). The controversial card, which was first introduced in 2012 for accessing certain social welfare payments but has now been expanded as a requirement for many other services, currently has a seven-year lifespan. Now, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social… Read More »

Ukraine sees record demand for biometric passports amid visa-free regime with EU

By | February 23, 2018

KIEV, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — The demand for biometric passports in Ukraine hit a record-high in 2017 due to the introduction of the visa-free regime with the European Union (EU), official data showed Friday. The State Migration Service said in a report it has issued about 4.033 million biometric passports last year compared with 1.509 million in 2016.… Read More »

Malta – 400,000th biometric passport issued

By | February 22, 2018

Identity Malta has in recent days issued the 400,000th passport to Maltese citizens. It is calculated that by the end of this year each valid passport will be biometric. As a commemoration on this significant event, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Julia Farrugia presented a memento to Mrs Michelle Guisti who is the 400,000th person who applied to renew… Read More »

Kenya – IDs fitted with electronic chips in the pipeline: Interior Ministry

By | February 20, 2018

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Feb 20 –The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government is working on a roll-out of third generation identity cards in a move geared towards enhancing free movement of persons and regional trade. According to the outgoing Director of Immigration Services, Gordon Kihalangwa, the procurement process is underway and is expected to be completed by… Read More »

E-passports will be introduced by 2020 in Tanzania

By | February 19, 2018

By January 2020, East African Community e-passports will replace the old national document. It’s an attempt to facilitate trade between the five EAC member countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. E-passports characteristics Following the same steps as Kenya, Tanzania will introduce the electronic passport to its citizens in 2020. The new travel document will charge Tsh150,000 for… Read More »

Afghanistan – Paktia youth warn against sabotaging e-NICs process

By | February 19, 2018

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Youth Jirga from Loya Paktia has thrown its weight behind the issuance of electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs) and demanded legal action against those trying to sabotage the national process. Abdul Hakem Safi, head of the Youth Loya Jirga, told reporters in Kabul that if issued e-NICs would help reduce crimes, ensure transparent elections. He warned powerful… Read More »