Tag Archives: Payment Cards

Qatar – Commercial Bank launches first contactless debit cards in country

By | November 7, 2017

Commercial Bank has announced the launch of the first contactless debit cards in Qatar on the internationally-accepted Visa and MasterCard NFC platform.  The contactless debit cards will enable Commercial Bank’s customers to conveniently ‘Tap & Go’ at NFC-enabled point of sale (POS) terminals and they can also use the card as a normal debit card at any POS… Read More »

Philippines – BDO to clients: Switch to EMV debit cards

By | October 31, 2017

BDO Unibank called on its clients to immediately obtain their debit card with embedded EMV chip to ensure wider protection against fraudulent activities usually carried out in electronic banking channels. “The bank’s objective over time is to effect a holistic approach to protecting the clients’ accounts from fraud. But to achieve this, clients must obtain their EMV chip… Read More »

Revised IATA rules bring some relief to Philippine agents

By | October 30, 2017

IATA will no longer mandate all its 242 accredited Philippine agencies to use credit cards for BSP payment transactions, to the relief of agencies who believe that the rule is an attempt by an airline group conspiring to run them out of business. Of the IATA accredited agencies, only 46 are using credit card to transact while 196… Read More »

UK – Touch and go! Nottingham public transport to go contactless

By | October 20, 2017

Nottingham is set to become the first city outside London where people can pay for their bus and tram journeys using contactless bank cards and phones. The news follows a successful bid by the City Council for £2.4m from the Department for Transport to develop the technology, which will also include a daily cap on fares already enjoyed… Read More »

NXP Unveils Breakthrough Innovations for Payment Cards

By | October 19, 2017

New fingerprint-on-card solution and world benchmark on payment card transaction speeds, <200 msLAS VEGAS, Oct. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (MONEY 20/20 2017) — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today debuted two significant technology breakthroughs at the largest fintech innovation event, Money 20/20, October 22-25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The company will showcase its new contactless fingerprint-on-card solution while also demonstrating a new world benchmark for payment… Read More »

ABCorp Provides US Banks With Unrivaled Dual-Interface Payment Card Solutions

By | October 18, 2017

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — American Banknote Corporation, a leader in financial payment solutions, today announced that it has significantly increased its capacity to produce dual-interface EMV payment cards. New investments in industry-leading equipment, technology, and the strict qualification process of suppliers, has fast-tracked ABCorp’s PCI-compliant facilities to respond to the rising demand of contactless products. With strict attention to… Read More »

UK – ALL McGill’s Buses Getting Contactless Payment By End Of 2017

By | October 17, 2017

CONTACTLESS payment is being introduced on all McGill’s buses by the end of the year. Customers will be able to buy their single, return, all-day and weekly tickets -– up to the value of £30 -– with their Contactless bank cards or enabled mobile devices. The Greenock-based company has already started rolling out Contactless, with Erskine to Glasgow… Read More »

India – New and upgraded Kochi Metro cards from November

By | October 17, 2017

KOCHI: Kochi Metro Rail Limited will start issuing new and upgraded Kochi One cards from all Metro stations from November.  There have been complaints that the multipurpose Kochi One cards are not functioning in the swiping machines of commercial establishments.  “The cards are not faulty, but they have to be upgraded. More than one lakh cards are ready which… Read More »

Banca Transilvania takes the lead on the Romanian card market

By | October 13, 2017

Local lender Banca Transilvania is the largest card issuer in Romania with 3 million cards in its portfolio, and an 18.5% market share. The bank hasn’t specified how many of these are active cards. Banca Transilvania also ranks first for the volume of card transactions, with a 20% market share. The lender launched the first card in 2000.… Read More »

Malta – HSBC introduces contactless payment cards

By | October 12, 2017

HSBC Malta is introducing contactless cards, which allow customers a faster, more convenient way to pay, up to a pre-set limit of €25 per transaction. HSBC Premier Credit cardholders will be the first to benefit from this innovation before the service is extended to other customers in 2018. Instead of using cash, customers can pay by simply tapping… Read More »

Former Westpac exec fights fraudsters with Da Vinci card

By | October 10, 2017

A former senior security executive at Westpac has founded a firm that lets people put all of their cards on a single piece of plastic that generates one-time PINs for transactions. Called ScramCard, the UK startup lets users link up to eight cards, online or via an app, to their Da Vinci Choice Mastercard, which has an e-ink… Read More »

UK – Southern Vectis Introduces Contactless Payment

By | October 8, 2017

Bus passengers will find it easier to pay for travel across the Isle of Wight from now on – thanks to the introduction of contactless payments by Southern Vectis. The first of its buses to leave the depot with the new technology is a brand new ADL Enviro 400 MMC double decker vehicle. Southern Vectis Managing Director, Andrew… Read More »

Romania – New access cards for Bucharest subway available “within two weeks”

By | October 5, 2017

The new access cards for the Bucharest subway are already printed and will go on sale “within two weeks,” Marin Aldea, the general director of the capital’s subway operator Metrorex, said, quoted by Mediafax. The new access cards are required after Metrorex replaced its old turnstiles with a swing gates system, designed to work with contactless cards. The subway operator 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 »

Over 20 million merchants outside the Chinese Mainland take UnionPay service as a must-have

By | October 1, 2017

SHANGHAI, Oct. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — According to China’s National Tourism Administration, China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, with the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt being the preferred long-distance destinations. It’s reported that more than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards.  To welcome Chinese tourists, merchants are taking the acceptance of UnionPay as a significant… 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 »

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 »

Bank card purchases in Hungary up 25% in Q2

By | September 18, 2017

The value of purchases made in Hungary with locally issued bank cards rose 25% year-on-year to HUF 1,066 billion in the second quarter of 2017, the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said in a quarterly report published Friday, cited by state news agency MTI. Card holders made more and higher-value purchases in Hungary with slightly fewer bank cards… Read More »

VTB Bank (Armenia) and MasterCard to issue PayPass cards

By | August 16, 2017

YEREVAN, August 16. /ARKA/. VTB Bank (Armenia) is the first bank in the country to issue MasterCard PayPass contactless payment cards. “The unique technology of PayPass is one of the most modern, fast, affordable and reliable ways of making card payments around the world,” the bank said in a press release.  It said  MasterCard PayPass payment cards have… Read More »