Tag Archives: Asia

New IDs to deliver recognition, protection to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By | July 7, 2018

About 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will soon get credit card-sized plastic IDs that will help provide them another level of protection and preserve their right to voluntarily return to Myanmar in conducive conditions, according to the UN refugee agency. As per the UN estimates, nearly 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Sri Lanka – New passport with biometric data in microchip

By | January 14, 2018

A new passport to be issued this year will contain a microchip which could store personal details including biometrics of the holder, the Immigration Department said. Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe told the Sunday Times that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports. He said the introduction of… Read More »

Philippines – BSP warns of heightened ATM-related crimes

By | January 14, 2018

Fraudsters are targetting banks that are still vulnerable to debit and ATM-related crimes but this was expected by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as the June 30 deadline for the full EMV regime nears. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said they have monitored an increased number of bank fraud in the last few months but it… Read More »

Indonesia – More Politicians Grilled as KPK Digs Deeper Into e-KTP Graft

By | January 10, 2018

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators questioned several politicians on Tuesday (09/01) as witnesses in a high-profile corruption case related to a government project involving electronic national identity cards known as e-KTP. The politicians include North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), United Development Party (PPP) politician Nu’man Abdul Hakim and Democratic Party politician Jafar Hafsah. All… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card distribution to begin from Panchthar

By | January 9, 2018

The government is all set to distribute national identity cards from Panchthar. National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs initiated the preparation after reaching district headquarters Phidim today. A team led by Executive Director of the centre Ram Krishna Subedi held discussion with the chiefs of government offices and local representatives about the… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK to grill ex-House speaker Marzuki in e-ID case

By | January 8, 2018

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are to question former House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie as a witness in the multitrillion-rupiah graft case pertaining to the electronic identity (e-ID) card procurement project. Marzuki will be questioned as a witness for suspect Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo, the president director of IT consulting firm PT Quadra Solution that was involved in… Read More »

South Korea – Record Number of Passports Issued in 2017

By | January 3, 2018

Last year saw the largest ever number of passports issued at five-point-23 million, up 12 percent from 2016. The Foreign Ministry released the figures Tuesday, adding that the total number of passports held by Koreans was 29 million. The ministry added the increase in passport issuance was largely due to the steady rise in the number of annual… Read More »

Taiwan – Public urged not to remove stickers from passports

By | January 2, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday urged people not to remove a sticker from new biometric passports that would cover a bungled image, saying that doing so could result in passengers not being allowed to board their flights. The Central Engraving and Printing Plant is designing the sticker, which would feature Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and be placed… Read More »

Taiwan – Foreign ministry will not reprint botched passports

By | December 31, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued another statement on the bungled passport incident clarifying the number of misprinted copies and the cost of printing, stressing that it was not trying to conceal anything. The ministry’s statement apologized for misprinting 550,000 biometric passports that mistakenly featured an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International… Read More »