Irish Passport Applications Surge Continues

By | April 15, 2017

Applications for Irish passports from Northern Ireland and Britain have risen by 68% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Figures from the Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs showed that applications had risen by 26% overall. The department had received a record number of overall applications in 2016. There has been an… Read More »

Poland – Santander to Issue 100,000 Student Smart Cards in Poland

By | April 14, 2017

Santander Bank has partnered with universities in Poland as part of the bank’s Santander Universities branch to issue as many as 100,000 student smart cards, combining academic and payment functions on campus. The issued smart cards are part of the Santander Universities program with which Poland’s Bank Zachodni WBK wants to promote the idea of entrepreneurship among students… Read More »

UK – Mobile Payments Struggle To Make Impact On Contactless Card Use

By | April 14, 2017

The widespread popularity of contactless cards is stunting the adoption of mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Android Pay in the UK, according to research. Just 1pc of British consumers would choose to use mobile payments in everyday scenarios such as buying lunch or shopping for clothes, far below those who would opt for cards or cash.… Read More »

USA – Lehigh installs Contactless Access Readers

By | April 14, 2017

Lehigh University has made the decision to fully transition from mag stripe to contactless door access across its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campus, and is hard at work on the next phase of campus integration. According to a report from student publication, The Brown and White, Lehigh’s IDs, Electronic Access and Locksmith (IDEAL) Office is spearheading the building access overhaul.… Read More »

USA – Bank of America Reissues Alaska Visa Cards; Customer Data’s Safe, Airline Says

By | April 14, 2017

Bank of America has reissued an undisclosed number of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Visa credit cards as a precaution due to a potential third-party compromise of card information. Alaska Airlines says its systems were not compromised, customer data is not at risk and that the issue is not believed to be significant. Bank of America says cards are… Read More »

Pioneering Cardtek Reveals New Strategy On Path To Become Global Leader In Financial Technology

By | April 14, 2017

Having achieved almost 50% growth and having secured a significant investment in 2016, pioneering technology company Cardtek is making new breakthroughs in its international growth strategy in 2017. The company is aiming to take its place within the top 10 financial technology companies in the world within the next five years. In this new era, led by Executive… Read More »

India – Ats Arrests Lucknow’s Asst Passport Officer Sudhakar Rastogi

By | April 13, 2017

Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of UP Police claimed to have arrested Assistant Passport Officer in Lucknow Passport Sewa Kendra, Sudhakar Rastogi in Lucknow for indulging in alleged irregularities in issuing passports.  An FIR was registered against him at ATS Gomti Nagar police station under section 419,420,467,468 and 471 of IPC along with 12,Passport Act. ATS sources said that the… Read More »

Nigeria – Danbazau Reads Riot Act to Corrupt Immigration Officers

By | April 13, 2017

The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs. The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting… Read More »

Congo President’s Adviser Received Payments From Gulf Companies

By | April 13, 2017

In June 2015, the Belgian company Semlex signed a deal to supply biometric passports to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. A few weeks later two companies based in the United Arab Emirates made payments totaling $700,000 to private bank accounts held in the name of Emmanuel Adrupiako, a Kabila adviser who helped… Read More »

Payments Summit Highlights Evolution of Transactions

By | April 13, 2017

The status of EMV-chip migration, online and card-not-present fraud mitigation, and frictionless payments were among the hot-button mobile and digital commerce topics explored at the 10th Annual Payments Summit. The overarching theme of the Payments Summit, a Secure Technology Alliance event, which until recently had been associated with the Smart Card Alliance, centered on the wave of change… Read More »

ESN Official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017

By | April 13, 2017

Embedded Security News is a proud official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017, the annual meeting of ID4Africa movement that this year will be held from 26 to 28th of April in Windhoek, Namibia. The Mission Modules of ID4Africa are: Promote the responsible adoption of digital identity in order to enhance people’s lives, make them visible, and empower them… Read More »

Launch of the World’s First Smart Card with Fingerprint Identification

By | April 12, 2017

The world’s first financial smart cards with fingerprint identification function have officially unveiled. Combined with Taiwan ELAN Microelectronic Corporation’s strength in chip design, Jinco Universal’s competence in manufacturing smart card, and KSID (Korea Smart ID)’s energy in system integration, to jointly introduce the South Korea Woori Bank’s brand-new fingerprint financial card. This transnational cooperation creates a new era… Read More »

OEM-Pay Contactless Users to Surpass 150 million

By | April 12, 2017

Newly released data from fintech analysts Juniper Research has indicated that OEM-Pay contactless users are expected to exceed 100 million for the first time during the first half of 2017.The research also says user numbers are expected to surpass 150 million by the end of this year. According to the new research – Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearables… Read More »

Uganda: UCC Insists On 7-Day Simcard Validation Ultimatum

By | April 12, 2017

All mobile phone sim-cards must be verified and validated within seven days or risk being switched off, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned. The warning is the latest among many previous ones from the regulatory body, where it has severally threatened to deactivate unregistered sim-cards.  During yesterday’s stakeholders meeting with National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Inspector… Read More »

Dominica – Cabinet Approves Over $1M For New National ID System

By | April 12, 2017

Cabinet has approved over one point five million dollars for the funding of a new national identification system. According to a press release from the office of the Cabinet Secretary on April 10, the new system would allow all eligible electors to enroll and be issued a national identification card. Cabinet gave its prompt approval in February, after… Read More »

Countries Delay East Africa e-Passports Plan Until Next Year

By | April 12, 2017

East African Community citizens will have to wait longer for “smart” national and regional passports as member states lag a year behind schedule in delays that highlight the obstacles facing joint issuance of travel documents in Africa. East African Community partner states were supposed to begin issuing e-passports at the beginning of this year.  However,  Uganda, Rwanda and… Read More »

Belarusians to Receive Biometric Passports in 2019

By | April 12, 2017

“I think that in 2019 we will start to issue the first biometric ID-passports. The procedure for obtaining them is under control by the Interior Ministry,” Syarhei Papkou, Minister of Communications and Information, said in the BelTA press center. The State Border Committee spoke about the introduction of biometric passports already in 2013. Last year, the Ministry of… Read More »

Visa and American Express to Strengthen Security for Stolen Contactless cards

By | April 12, 2017

Visa is to bring all of its contactless transactions online this year across 10 European countries to give consumers “more control over their accounts” following calls from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for banks to tighten the processes they undergo when a customer reports a stolen contactless card. American Express is also “reviewing options” to ensure those… Read More »

Rippleshot Uses Big Data Tools to Mitigate Credit Card Fraud

By | April 12, 2017

A company founded by an Indiana University graduate to fight payment-card fraud with data analytics, statistical modeling, and machine learning is now backed by the school’s Innovate Indiana Fund. Part of a $2.6 million investment round, the funding will help Chicago-based Rippleshot launch a new product later this year aimed at stopping criminals from scamming online merchants. The… Read More »

2017 Global E-Passport Market to grow at a CAGR of 26.31% by 2021

By | April 12, 2017

SUITE 600, DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, April 11, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Description Global E-Passport Market 2017-2021 The Global E-Passport Market to grow at a CAGR of 26.31% during the period 2017-2021. The following Companies as the Key Players in the Global E-Passport Market : • Gemalto • Giesecke & Devrient • Infineon Technologies • Safran Identity & Security… Read More »