Tag Archives: Middle East

Workz becomes region’s first GSMA-certified eSIM factory

By | August 7, 2018

7 August 2018, Dubai, UAE: Workz Group, the mobile solutions and serialized software specialist based in Dubai Production City, has become the Middle East and Africa’s first manufacturer to be certified by the GSMA for production of the SIM with eUICC software – a key component in the Internet of Things sector that will enable the remote management of… Read More »

Ebtikar attains GSMA Security Accreditation

By | August 4, 2018

EBTIKAR Card Systems, an Etisalat Group subsidiary, announced that its advanced production center in Ajman renewed Security Accreditation Scheme (SAS) certification from the global organization ‘Global System for Mobile Communications’ (GSMA). GSMA SAS qualification is the highest standard of safety and data protection in smart card industry. Currently, there are 30 SAS certified companies worldwide. Ebtikar remains one… Read More »

IDEX sensors in biometric bank card launched in the Middle East

By | July 27, 2018

Oslo, Norway – 27 July 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 smart cards launched by a bank in the Middle East. “This customer launch is yet another indication of the significant interest in biometrics in the smart cards for payments… Read More »

Bahrain – IT expert jailed for illegally renewing smart cards

By | July 16, 2018

An Asian IT expert who was working as a sub-contractor with the eGovernment Authority will spend next three years behind bars for attempting to illegally renew four smart cards. The accused only received BD40 from a cafeteria man to renew the smart cards, according to court details. “I discovered a loophole in the eGovernment Authority’s system, where I… Read More »

Pakistan – Sindh replaces car registration books with smartcards

By | May 19, 2018

KARACHI: The Sindh government has introduced security-featured Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) smart cards to ensure authenticity of registration documents. The smart cards will replace registration booklets. Mukesh Kumar Chawla, the minister for Excise and Taxation, introduced the smart card at a ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Friday. Talking to the media afterwards, Chawla said the new cards… 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 »

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 »

IDEMIA Delivers the New Metal HSBC Black Credit Card

By | April 15, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IDEMIA’s metal cards are the newest addition to HSBC’s credit card offering in the UAE. The new HSBC Black Credit Card is designed for the affluent customer segment and it features exclusive benefits including 200,000 sign-up Air Miles, 100,000 anniversary Air Miles, accelerated rewards earning up to 2.5 Air Miles per 1 AED spent… 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 »

Riyad Bank launches Saudi Arabia’s first contactless payment bracelets with Gemalto solution

By | March 11, 2018

Dubai, 11 March 2018 – Riyad Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in Saudi Arabia and a leading bank in the Middle East. Now, with Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, Riyad Bank, is launching the country’s first ever range of contactless payment wristbands. Fitted with Gemalto’s proven contactless MiniTag, the bracelets are linked to the user’s existing debit… Read More »

Jordan bags Regional ID Document of the Year 2018 award

By | February 24, 2018

Amman, Feb. 24 (Petra) — Jordan has won the Regional ID Document of the Year 2018 award, recently announced at the High Security Printing (EMEA) Conference in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The award was received by Director-General of the Civil Status and Passports Department, Fawaz Al-Shahwan, during his participation in the annual conference held between February 19… Read More »

Kuwait wins best electronic passport prize for 2018

By | February 21, 2018

KUWAIT, Feb 21 (KUNA) — The Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday wining the “outstanding achievement for the best electronic passport for 2018” prize during its participation in the annual international convention, The High Security Printing Europe, Middle East and Europe Conference, held in Poland between February 19-21. The Ministry’s General Department of Public Relations and Security Media… Read More »

Old Israeli ‘Rav Kav’ Smart Card May No Longer Work; Riders Urged To Upgrade

By | February 21, 2018

  The Ministry of Transportation calls for holders of Rav Kav smart cards issued before 2016 to replace them, before they are restricted. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis holding Rav Kav smart cards issued by Egged before 2016 will have to replace them. The Ministry of Transportation and Egged invite the veteran card holders, those with cards without… 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 »

Afghanistan – Electronic ID Cards Roll-Out To Start In Kabul Soon

By | February 16, 2018

The electronic National Identity Card department will start the issuance of the new ID cards in Kabul in the near future, head of the office, Rohullah Ahmadzai said.   The cards, he said, will include nationality and ethnicity information of the card holders.  He said President Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani and Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar… Read More »

Pakistan – Vehicle registration books to be replaced with ‘smart cards’

By | February 8, 2018

LAHORE: The Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Department is likely to launch automated vehicle registration cards by April, replacing the current registration books. The initiative would be piloted from Lahore in March and later no new book would be issued as they run out of stock. Subsequently motorists will be issued smart cards instead of registration books. The… Read More »

Pakistan – PSP condemns NADRA’s delay in issuing ID cards

By | January 29, 2018

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Secretary General Raza Haroon on Monday condemned National Database Regulatory Authority’s (NADRA) delaying tactics regarding the issuance of National Identity Cards (NIC) to the citizens. He further stated that depriving the people of their NICs is a violation of the constitution, the rule of law and the fundamental rights. He also met with the… Read More »