Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

Powered and Next Generation Cards

By | July 17, 2018

Last year APSCA organised the world’s first conference and exhibition on Powered and Next-Generation Cards. In 2018 this trailblazing industry event takes a deeper dive into next-generation card products that are now being launched by innovative issuers around the world, particularly biometric payment cards. The Powered and Next-Generation Cards conference will combine thought leadership, innovation and best practices… Read More »

Thailand – BTS to replace single-trip magnetic cards with Thin Cards

By | June 21, 2018

Bangkok – BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited will replace the single-trip magnetic cards with smart cards, also known as Thin Cards to accommodate skytrain expansion. The CEO of the BTS, Surapong Laoha-Unya, said on Tuesday that the company would like to apologize to skytrain commuters, as the use of single-trip or one-day magnetic cards may encounter inconveniences at… Read More »

Thailand – Holders of the ‘poor man’s debit card’ can ride subway from next month

By | June 14, 2018

Holders of state welfare smartcards will be allowed to use them to pay for subway fares starting late next month. Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said on Thursday that holders of the welfare cards, dubbed “the poor man’s debit card”, can register with the MRT to use the subway service from July 6 to… Read More »

Nepal – Govt vows to issue over 300,000 driving licences by mid-August

By | June 13, 2018

Jun 13, 2018-The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has said it will complete distribution more than 300,000 smart driving licences by mid-August. Around 400,000 licence cards and additional printing equipment have been procured to ensure the process is completed within two months, according to the department. Apart from 200,000 driving licences to be issued to new-riders, the department… Read More »

Hong Kong – Why Octopus Cards needs new business initiatives

By | June 12, 2018

As competition heats up in Hong Kong’s e-payments market, the city’s dominant smart-card operator, Octopus Cards Ltd., is seeking to expand into a new business segment: online shopping payments. The company, whose stored-value cards are used daily by millions of Hongkongers to pay for public transport and other small transactions, feels it needs to look beyond its traditional… Read More »

South Korea – Touch Your Finger and Your Bill Gets Paid

By | June 11, 2018

The Korean credit card industry is introducing the so-called FingPay, which allows users to pay for bills by putting their finger on the terminal. Shinhan Card, BC Card, and Hana Card announced on June 10 that they would introduce FingPay, a non-media convenient payment system that uses finger vein authentication, in partnership with LG Hitachi and Nice Information… Read More »

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 »

IDEMIA Provides Its Subscription Management to TrueMove H in Thailand to Activate the First eSIM Connected Watch in the Country

By | June 7, 2018

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The first eSIM connected watch is now available in Thailand, thanks to a launch from TrueMove H. Based on IDEMIA subscription management, or remote SIM provisioning, the technology allows to remotely connect the embedded SIM of the smart watch to TrueMove H without the need to insert a physical SIM card. Indeed, it is a secure… Read More »

Delhi: Metro staffer, two others held for recharge card fraud

By | June 7, 2018

Delhi Police have arrested three persons, including a contractual employee with the Delhi Metro, for allegedly distributing recharged Metro smart cards to passengers for half the rate. According to the Delhi Metro Police, the accused — identified as Rajesh Maurya (26), a contractual employee posted in Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) unit of Delhi Metro, Anil Kumar (27) and… 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 »

Smart card printing introduced in Nepal

By | May 26, 2018

KATHMANDU, May 26: There is a piece of good news for over a million who have passed the driving license test and are waiting to get their smart driving license for over nine months. Malika Incorporate Pvt Ltd, a Nepali company, has launched smart card printing machines in Nepal, along with its international partner Zebra Technologies.  At an event… Read More »

Smart city and public safety to take centre stage at Guangzhou Public Security Technology 2018

By | May 25, 2018

Leading security industry companies, including Dahua Technology, Hikvision, Huawei, SenseTime, SensingTech and Intellifusion, have selected the upcoming edition of Guangzhou Public Security Technology (GPST) as their trading platform of choice, as final preparations begin ahead of the highly anticipated 2018 show. As one of the year’s key trade fairs for safety and security products, GPST together with Guangzhou… 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 »

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 »

India – DoT issues guidelines for M2M number verification, allows eSIMs

By | May 17, 2018

NEW DELHI: The telecom department has asked carriers that are offering machine to machine (M2M) services to follow KYC norms before issuing SIMs for the service which will have restricted features such as calls and data will be limited to one and two numbers, respectively.  In a notice issued on Wednesday, DoT said that in cases where the… 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 »

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 »

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 »