Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia must register their identities by February 2018 or face suspension

By | October 12, 2017

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have more than pulsa (phone credit) to worry about, as the government is requiring them to officially register their identities with their mobile number. The IT Ministry (Kominfo) recently issued a ministerial decree requiring every prepaid SIM card owner — if they haven’t already done so — to register their number with… Read More »

India – Visakhapatnam: Swipe your debit/credit card, pay bus fare

By | October 10, 2017

Visakhapatnam: Don’t have the change to pay for bus fare while travelling in the government-run city buses? No need to worry, you can just pay using your debit/credit card. Interestingly there is  no need to chip in or swipe the card, just wave it at the ticket machine carried by the bus conductor.  For the first time in the… Read More »

India – Govt To Hold Camps To Issue New Smart Cards

By | October 8, 2017

Chhattisgarh Government announced on Saturday that it would hold camps across the State to issue new health smart cards from November to help poverty-hit families to avail cashless treatment at registered hospitals. Chief Minister Raman Singh presided over a meeting of the health department at his official residence on Saturday in which senior health officials informed him that… Read More »

Malaysia – Mastercard to complete shift from signature to pin by Jan 2018

By | October 7, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Mastercard Inc said it will reach a key milestone by January 2018 when all its debit cards feature contactless and a personal identification number (PIN)-enabled function, in a move to provide more convenience to consumers, prevent fraud and improved security. Wider contactless acceptance is expected in Malaysia, with more merchants opening up to the technology, the… Read More »

Taiwan – No biometrics for identity cards with chips: minister

By | October 7, 2017

New national identity cards with integrated chips proposed by the Ministry of the Interior will not incorporate biometric data, due to information security concerns, Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said. The ministry had initially proposed incorporating retinal or fingerprint scan data into the cards to assist government efforts to digitize records and services, but using biometrics… Read More »

Nepal – Four companies show interest to supply smart cards

By | October 4, 2017

Four international companies — three French and one Indian — have shown interest to supply smart driving licence cards to Nepal. Including Madras Security Printers India, which is also the present supplier, Oberthur Technologie France, PW Technologies France and Cilpsals Technology France have shown interest to supply smart driving licence cards. The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) had… Read More »

Philippines – UnionBank allows users to ‘lock’ ATM cards

By | October 3, 2017

MANILA – UnionBank clients can now “lock” their ATM cards, adding another layer of security as banks tighten measures against fraud, the lender said Tuesday. A card can be locked using the bank’s mobile app and while the feature is active, its counterpart account will be inaccessible to criminals, the bank said in a statement.   “The lock… Read More »

CB Bank launches contactless system with Visa, Master

By | September 25, 2017

INTERNATIONAL payment service providers Visa and Master have launched a contactless payment system in collaboration with CB Bank. It aims to substitute the current cash payment system in Myanmar, U Zayar Aung, head of cards at CB Bank told The Myanmar Times. The service will allow users to make payments by just touching their debit cards and credit cards… Read More »

Bangladesh – Govt to fund distribution of smart NID cards as World Bank pulls out

By | September 21, 2017

The Election Commission has taken up a Tk 16 billion new project aiming to distribute smart NID cards among citizens with local funds. The latest project is modelled on the previous project, known as Identification System for Enhancing Access to Service’ or IDEA. The World Bank is no longer willing to fund the project which expires in December… Read More »

India – In the works, single smart card for all forms of transport

By | September 20, 2017

An integrated ticketing system, by which commuters in Mumbai can use a single smart card to travel on all forms of transport is in the works and is expected to be in place in the next two years, before two Metro lines come up in the city. “In the next two years, before the Metro corridors are commissioned,… Read More »

India – Scribes, govt staff to get smart health cards

By | September 19, 2017

Hyderabad: The State government is mulling introducing smart card for the employees, journalists and pensioners (EHS, EJS and PHS) which contain entire medical and health data of beneficiaries. This method is being intended to provide preventive healthcare. According to officials, the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust is planning to hold medical camps to collect the health data of those who… Read More »

German biometrics firm eyes ID project

By | September 19, 2017

German biometrics company Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH, which won the contract to supply driver’s license cards in the country, expressed interest to participate in the national ID system project.  “We have helped to shape the world of security through our innovations, and we see many areas where the Philippines can benefit from our technology. From border control systems… Read More »

SBI Card customer base grows to five million

By | September 18, 2017

Hyderabad: SBI Card, the second largest card issuer in the country, has grown its cardholder base to five million by adding one million pluscustomersover the last year. The company has also seensignificant increase incard spend which has grown from an average ofRs 3500 crores per month to Rs 5500 crores plus per month,over last one year. This has… Read More »

India – Common card scheme to be delayed; SAM chips not yet procured

By | September 17, 2017

New Delhi, Sep 17 The common mobility card scheme for Delhi metro trains, DTC and cluster buses will be delayed for some time as the SAM chips to be fitted with electronic ticketing machines in buses have not been procured, a senior Delhi government official has said. As per the plan, the smart cards used for commuting in… Read More »

Philippines – Will national ID system finally make it as a law?

By | September 16, 2017

Last week, in the nth attempt over the last 29 years, proponents of a national identification system managed to get the House of Representatives to approve a bill instituting such a system in the country: 142 voted yes, only seven (the Makabayan bloc) voted no.  In May 2015 the House passed a similar bill, but the Senate didn’t.… Read More »

J&K Bank launches multi function campus card for CuJ students

By | September 15, 2017

JAMMU: Chairman and CEO J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmed Thursday unveiled the multi-function campus card for students at Central University of Jammu (CuJ), a press note issued here read. Vice Chancellor Central University, Prof Ashok Aima; Executive President J&K Bank, S S Sehgal; Dean Student Welfare, Prof Devanand; Registrar, Dr Ravi Kumar; Professor In-charge, IIT Jammu; Dr Dinesh Pandya… Read More »

UNITED Amara Bank (UAB), one of the largest financial institutions in Myanmar, will issue more than 15,000 Visa credit cards by the end of this year, says Christopher Loh, the bank’s chief executive officer and special adviser to the chairman.

By | September 14, 2017

Loh announced on Tuesday the launch of UAB’s first suite of credit cards with Visa in the country. He said three types of Visa cards would be offered; Classic, Gold and Platinum, depending on an applicant’s monthly income.  Those aged 21 and older can register for the Classic card if they earn at least 300,000 kyats (Bt7,360) a… Read More »

Infineon and Goldpac Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Smart Manufacturing

By | September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017,Zhuhai, China—responding to China’s “Made in China 2025” strategy, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and Goldpac (Stock Code: 03315) signed a strategic cooperation agreement today. The two sides reached a consensus that Infineon will help to further elevate the smart operation capabilities of Goldpac through the leveraging of their experience and knowledge of… 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 »

Philippines – House approves National ID System

By | September 8, 2017

The House of Representatives approved on Friday a bill seeking to install the National ID System. House Bill 6221, which passed on third and final reading, is also known as the “Filipino Identification System” that will provide for the establishment of a National Identification Database System or the Filipino Identification System (FilSys).   At least 142 lawmakers voted… Read More »