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Soaring from the Western Europe, Austria Card is known by far for its innovative yet remarkable products, be it in the payment or the ID sector. Continuously conquering the world of contactless, Austria Card has made its presence known & felt by its great movement, especially with the dual interface cards which serves as a pace setter among many countries.

There has been a newly renewed outburst of interest in biometrics in the cards industry and how it can be applied to cards to enhance security & ease of use. Biometric scanners come in different shapes and sizes and also differing in technologies on the card body part. 

The increase intention in ID card and e-Document forgery may seem to be getting out of hand recently, especially when criminals are going up and beyond, to achieve their goals by attacking the weaknesses in the personalisation process itself. There are many ways to increase security measures on an ID card which includes but not limited to laser engraving, lamination overlay and more. 

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29 April 2015

Steward Bank has launched the first MasterCard World Rewards Credit and Debit cards, giving cosmopolitan customers access to unique privileges and rewards not seen before in Zimbabwe.  The premium card programme was launched at an exclusive golf day at the Royal Harare Golf Club attended by over 200 of  Harare’s affluent consumers. World Rewards gives MasterCard World cardholders access to a range of lifestyle privileges including exclusive offers on flights, accommodation,  car hire, dining, retail, culture, sports and entertainment worldwide, as well as access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences through the MasterCard Priceless Cities and Priceless Africa programmes.   Cardholders have 24/7 access to dedicated service agents that can assist them in 72 languages, emergency card replacement,   and a virtual payment concierge for card-not-present transactions. Zimbabwe’s international travellers can access more than   500 exclusive airport lounges and  can earn loyalty points each time they use their MasterCard World card in Zimbabwe and abroad. These points can be redeemed for flights, hotels and car rentals at the location of their choice.

27 April 2015

Tiempo Secure  is partnering with SP-Tek (Secure Platforms Technology)  to bring to the market smart card chips equipped with the JavaCard OS. Their combined offer  is especially targeting smart card manufacturers in the Americas, who are supporting the current migration from magnetic stripe to EMV smart cards. Tiempo Secure’s dual-interface secure microcontroller TESIC-SC is built around the company’s patented asynchronous design  technology. As Tiempo Secure’s chips are clockless, they bring additional security and a faster execution speed, especially incontactless mode, because they can adapt dynamically according to the strength of RF communication. Thanks to faster speed  and higher security, Tiempo Secure’s TESIC-SC is ideally suited to develop EMV payment applications.   SP-Tek is a technology intensive company founded by a group of kernel engineers and cryptography specialists. As a true believer  in the potential of open platform technologies, SP-Tek has developed a JavaCard-based OS  fully compatible with GlobalPlatform standards.  Tiempo Secure’s TESIC-SC chip, together with SP-Tek’s JavaCard EMV OS , will be submitted for EMVCo certification early 2016 and be commercially available soon after.

23 April 2015

Heartland Payment Systems  has  announced recently that  it has teamed with PAX Technology to provide EMV-compliant payment terminals through its Heartland Secure card data security solution and comprehensive breach warranty.   With Heartland Secure, a card data security solution that combines EMV, Heartland E3™end-to-end encryption and tokenization, PAX can now provide merchants with the highest level of security available to protect against card-present data fraud. By removing card data from the transaction, Heartland Secure provides businesses with protection against POS intrusions, insider misuse and other common sources of data fraud by eliminating the opportunity for criminals to monetize card data.

23 April 2015

Mellon Technologies, RBS and Ingenico Group has announced the extension of their cooperation in innovative payment solution delivery, resulting in a fully integrated solution streamlining cash and card transactions at the point of sale. The solution combines the innovative Ingenico smart terminals with the recently launched next generation RBS cash registers, the successful integration of which was managed by Mellon. The two systems are connected through a specific communication protocol and exchange the necessary data every time a card-based transaction (debit, credit or prepaid) is taking place.   Thanks to the fully-integrated information system, the transaction details are sent from the cash register to the payment terminal automatically, without requiring any manual entry of the purchase amount on the payment terminal. This way, it helps reduce the check-out time, eliminate the amount entering errors, while the cash register system provides a detailed report of all payments transactions, including those made with a banking card. The solution fully complies with the Ministry of Finance and the local Tax authorities’ mandates with regards to retail transactions handling, as well as meeting all international card payment industry standards through Mellon’s dedicated services to EFTPOS terminal software updates.

22 April 2015
Paymax, a  Polish mPOS solution provider  has confirmed  that its proprietary mPOS card acceptance solution, Paymax Bluepad-50, had been approved by the Visa Ready Programme. The goal of the programme is to validate that devices and software produced by third-party vendors are compliant with Visa’s  (excluding Visa Europe territories) requirements for mobile payments, in Visa  territories. Thanks to Visa Ready Partner Programme, Paymax has obtained new opportunities to expand business to new markets around the globe.   The Visa Ready Programme  is designed to accelerate innovative payment solutions globally and to make purchases on  mobile and connected devices as simple, convenient and secure as swiping a plastic card. Mobile technologies, including  the Paymax solution, increase card acceptance for all businesses and retailers, regardless of their size of business.   In order to maximize the benefits of partnering with Visa and as part of the Visa Ready Programme, Paymax has validated  its hardware (Paymax Bluepad-50) and software and has also received support for payments market best practices.
22 April 2015

CPI Card Group  announced that its Director of R&D  Barry Mostelle was recognized with the Outstanding Member Service Award at the ICMA 25th Anniversary Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mosteller was recognized as being a great asset to the association and to the ICMA board through chairing the Personalization Performance Metrics task force; actively recruiting new members into the association; his efforts to increase membership size; enlisting CPI to produce the ‘Save the Date’ card for the EXPO; and for being a regular presenter at ICMA events and a board member for four years.   With 22 years of experience in card manufacturing, EMV, research and development, project management and marketing, Mosteller has led the development of many significant innovations in card technologies and materials, and authored or co-authored five card-related patents. Mosteller is also ACE-M (manufacturing) and ACE-P (perso) accredited.

22 April 2015

SMARTRAC has announced a new version of its popular NFC BullsEye tag featuring Sony’s FeliCa Lite-S chip. This Sony-based SMARTRAC BullsEye tag provides 224 bytes of user memory, and an enhanced security feature that enables mutual authentication by message authentication code (MAC), making it ideally suited for all typical non-payment NFC applications.  This  tag enables a high-performance and cost-effective solution for many application areas such as electronic pairing, gaming, smart posters, loyalty and product authentication. The tag complies with NFC Forum Type 3 Tag and ISO/IEC18092 standards, and is a halogen-free product. It is also compatible with the existing Sony FeliCa Lite-S infrastructure, delivers high-speed data rates of up to 212kbps/424kbps (Auto Switching Supported), and is NDEF pre-formatted.

21 April 2015

IdenTrust announced it is approved as an issuer of IdenTrust Global Common (IGC) PIV-I digital certificates for individuals requiring US Federal government interoperability and a high degree of ID assurance for both logical and physical access.  The ability to issue an IGC PIV-I digital certificate is an addition to the IGC Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as-a-service which offers Basic, Medium Software, Medium Hardware, and PIV-I Assurance levels. Companies updating their credentialing processes now have the option of using high assurance IGC PIV-I digital certificates which can be obtained via a software as a service (Saas) delivery model integrated with an on-premise Card Management System such as HID Global’s ActivID CMS.

21 April 2015

UnionPay International and Moneris Solutions, held a joint ceremony at Brooks Brothers’ Toronto flagship celebrating the recent signings of Moneris merchants who can now offer UnionPay card acceptance to UnionPay cardholders in Canada for travelling, study, living and business. Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay International, Jeff Guthrie, Moneris’ Chief Sales and Relationship Officer, and Rob Cameron, Moneris’ Chief Product and Marketing Officer attended the ceremony, adding Brooks Brothers to the roster of significant merchants in Canada that can now accept UnionPay cards as a form of payment. By the end of last year, Moneris enabled UnionPay card acceptance at thousands of merchant locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and other major Canadian cities, covering mainly retail, tourism, entertainment and other industries supported by Chinese tourists and local residents. In the future, UnionPay International will enhance its partnership with Moneris to include online payment and contactless payment acceptance.

21 April 2015

TSYS has  announced the enablement  of full service payment processing under American Express OptBlue, the small merchant acquiring programme  from American Express. This new programme  allows our eligible direct merchants and small merchants from our third party clients to accept and process American Express Card transactions the same way they do other payment card transactions from major card networks. Merchant benefits include improved cash flow, easier and faster reconciliation and one easy-to-read statement for all card brand activity.