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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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03 March 2015

The Government of Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and MasterCard announced the details of a recent MoU that will aim to extend financial services to 54 million Egyptians. As part of the agreement, MasterCard will work with the government to roll out a digital ID programme that links citizens’ national ID to the existing national mobile money platform, allowing Egyptians to participate in the formal electronic economy through a single, easy-to-use cashless programme. MasterCard already has significant assets and partnerships in Egypt, and will leverage those to deploy the new cashless system. The system will allow the government to issue digital ID cards which can be used to pay for a number of services including government fees, mobile bills, merchant purchases and domestic remittances. In addition, salaries and social benefits will be electronically disbursed through the card. All transactions will be processed in real-time and will be fully secure. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology commented, “Under Egypt’s new progressive leadership, the country is on the road of positive change; we remain committed to driving this change. With Egypt’s mobile penetration rate at more than 100% and an existing interoperable national mobile money platform, this collaboration with MasterCard will provide millions of Egyptians with access to an innovative, safe and simple way to conduct financial transactions using their national ID card.”

03 March 2015

At Mobile World Congress, MasterCard announced a partnership with Steward Bank, Zimbabwe’s most innovative bank, which will make remittance services available to the bank’s more than 1.5 million account holders. For the first time, the bank’s customers will be able to receive funds sent by family and friends abroad directly into their Steward Bank accounts. This is through international money transfer hub HomeSend. In the next phase, Steward Bank’s sister company EcoCash will soon connect to HomeSend, enabling more than 4 million EcoCash mobile money customers to receive remittances into their mobile money wallets, after which they can pay bills, pay merchants, send money and cash out. Those who hold a MasterCard Debit Companion card linked to their EcoCash wallets will also be able to withdraw money from MasterCard-licensed ATMs and pay for goods and services at millions of merchants that accept MasterCard payment cards, both in Zimbabwe and internationally. “Thousands of under-banked Zimbabwean families are dependent on funds sent by relatives working in other countries. Now, through the partnership with MasterCard and HomeSend, these citizens have access to affordable, convenient money transfer services,” said Lance Mambondiani, Acting CEO, Steward Bank.

01 March 2015

As consumers increasingly trade cash to use their cards through connected devices, Samsung is enabling a wider audience to take advantage of digital commerce. Samsung Electronics has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases. MasterCard built the foundation for secure digital transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want. Samsung Pay delivers a seamless and secure mobile payment experience that will work at both contactless-enabled and most traditional POS terminals. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using a Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer the enhanced security, benefits and guarantees of a digital MasterCard transaction including the latest tokenisation technology. Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay. “This is an exciting time for payments,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard. “As consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices in their everyday lives, we are excited to work with an industry leader like Samsung to deliver new payment options to our cardholders around the world. We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years and together we’re delivering a digital payment experience that is both simple and secure.”

27 February 2015
COMPRION has created  the new OTA Remote Management Translator which helps to check  the data flow between the SIM card – as the Secure Element within  the cell phone – and the network and to make these services more  secure and reliable. Companies such as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and service providers sometimes need to change the content of a SIM card when it is  already in the consumer’s smartphone, for example when they introduce new applications like a mobile wallet. They use Over-The-Air (OTA)  communication as a core mechanism for secure loading, configuring  and deleting SIM card applications. In order to protect data integrity as  well as subscribers' privacy, data is secured by encrypted sessions.
 
 Test engineers who want to detect and solve problems in the OTA communication chain face the challenge of understanding the encrypted commands. This is the reason why COMPRION has created the new OTA Remote Management Translator that enables the user to view the complete OTA communication. It decrypts and unwraps the data packages, sets them to the right order of command and response pairs and translates them into a human readable format. This new feature is available  for COMPRION's spy and handset test tools.
26 February 2015

Infineon Technologies announced its new SLM 97 and SLI 97 security controller families. The new products stand out with unique features required for M2M communication in industrial as well as automotive applications such as emergency Call (eCall) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication. With the launch of the new SLM 97 and SLI 97 product families, Infineon strengthens its position in the growing industrial M2M and connected car markets. The new products enable the full implementation of embedded SIM as defined by GSMA and ETSI, increasing flexibility and simplifying the deployment of new M2M solutions. The SLM 97 security controllers are tailored to industrial M2M applications requiring high endurance and robustness. They are qualified according to internationally recognised industrial standards and delivered in standard embedded M2M packages as well as in standard SIM card module. The SLI 97 security controllers are qualified according to the high quality automotive standards (AEC-Q100) and tailored to the difficult environmental conditions of automotive applications. They pass through exhaustive quality processes to minimie failure rates. This makes them the perfect products for SIM cards or embedded security products in connected cars.

24 February 2015

Oasis Smart SIM and Flo. Data are pleased to announce they are partnering to bring to the market a comprehensive IoT offer. A rare depth of skills and experience across Oasis and Flo. has delivered a complete package of leading edge solutions tailored to the emerging needs of the M2M and IoT services market. These range from an extensive subscription management and line activation solution, allowing mobile and smart objects to connect Over-the-Air, through to creating operational innovation and strategic transformation by delivering a new advanced level of real-time business intelligence and automated response actions driven by comprehensive instant analysis of Big Data. Yaelle Ben-David, Flo. CMO adds, “By partnering with Oasis, we are getting closer to one of the most innovative companies in the fields of SIM cards, operating systems and subscriber management. Our partnership puts us in a stronger position to bring a full offer to the M2M/IoT market that encompasses everything from hardware and OS supply to services such as subscription management and data intelligence. 

23 February 2015

Mobile and digital channels can no longer be ignored by businesses, and that includes the financial sector. Smartphones and other mobile devices have changed the way people shop, communicate and pay. As the number of sensitive data-based transactions increases, the need for secure and trustworthy communication is more crucial than ever. In response, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will be launching Convego CloudPay, a mobile cloud payment service compliant with the specifications of the major international payment schemes. The solution comprises of two main components: the CloudPay Server for mobile card provisioning and life cycle management, and the CloudPay Client Software, which includes digitalised payment cards and also executes payment transactions. Convengo CloudPay supports payment schemes such as MasterCard, Visa and Amex. For banks, the solution also includes managed services in payment scheme-certified data centres operated by G&D. Edgar Salib, Group SVP and Head of the Financial Institutions Division at G&D explains, “G&D is proud and happy to accompany banks into the digital age and support them with contemporary solutions.” The solution is an opportunity for banks to offer new and better services by answering the need to make mobile interactions secure. The bank is able to interact directly with customers since G&D delivers system-wide security while leaving the design and marketing to the bank.

20 February 2015

NXP Semiconductors announced the launch of a new contact smart card interface -TDA8037. Fully optimised for the next generation of pay-TV applications worldwide, the TDA8037 offers high levels of card protection, including short circuit detection and ESD protection. The ability of the TDA8037 to operate in a 3V supply domain makes it ideal for solutions where power efficiency and performance reliability are paramount. Innovative on-demand services for premium content continues to drive the market for smart card interfaces in set-top box (STB) applications. The power efficient TDA8037 interface device is an ideal solution in the extremely competitive and technically challenging STB landscape. Through close collaboration with Cisco, the TDA8037 achieved certification and validation thus enabling secure access to premium media content. As well as providing thermal and short circuit protections on all card contacts, the TDA8037 also integrates activation and deactivation sequences. These sequences can be triggered by software or hardware malfunctions, such as short-circuit, card take off, overheating or a significant drop in operating voltage.

20 February 2015

VTT is currently producing lamination plates with innovative security features for the production of cards worldwide. The CEO, Harry Post, is proud to present a perfect and cost saving  solution for the RFID card production at Interpol World Singapore 2015 and Cards & Payment Singapore 2015, bearing in mind the new significant increase of RFID card production in the US and around the world: VTT- Duro 900plus lamination plates. VTT- Duro 900plus with core hardness HV 400 and VTT-DIAplus technology with surface hardness HV 900,  offers an extreme  increase of lifetime versus all other materials like nickel and chromium-plated lamination plates made out of brass and mild stainless steel. These stainless steel  lamination plates with a thickness of 0.8 mm are only perfect for the production of RFID cards, due to absence of chip and antenna image transfer.  There are no dents and stripes; They are not only scratch-resistant, but also fully resistant to all damages that can occur in the card lamination process and a steady surface quality is provided. After years of lifetime, VTT-Duro900plus can even be reworked and used again. A process adjustment from normal plates to VTT-Duro900plus is not required. With a lifetime that exceeds at least 5 years, these plate are an optimum solution to optimise card production.

19 February 2015

Oberthur Technologies (OT) announced its selection by Getin Bank to introduce mobile proximity payments relying on HCE (Host Card Emulation). With this service, Getin is the first bank in Poland to propose a mobile payment program enabling quick, convenient and secure transactions using this Cloud-based approach and is making a new move toward the adoption of new financial services technologies. The solution provided by OT will be available to all Getin Bank customers at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Customers of Getin will be offered an easy and secure way of making proximity payments using HCE technology. Using NFC-compliant smartphones based on Android 4.4 or upper operation system versions, they will be able to perform contactless payments, regardless of their mobile operator. The payment experience using this HCE application is very simple. Customers only need to install the Getin Bank HCE mobile wallet and register their Visa mobile card in it. To make a transaction, they will log in to Getin Bank’s application and tap their mobile phone on a contactless payment terminal. Transactions up to USD14 (PLN50) will not require confirmation with a PIN. The application will also allow them to check the history of performed transactions and manage their payment cards.