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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22 June 2015

Global Payments, a worldwide provider of payment technology services,  has announced that it has rolled  out the OptBlue programme  for American Express Card  acceptance in Canada on 24 June 2015. OptBlue offers small business merchants a single source for payment processing, pricing, underwriting, risk management, settlement, reporting, support and a consolidated statement. With this launch, Global Payments can now provide a solution that allows merchants to accept American Express the same way as any other card brand. 

22 June 2015

VietinBank and JCBI,   officially held a magnificent launch event for the VietinBank - JCB Hello Kitty Card with Hello Kitty as theme on 19 June  2015. The card targets young customers and ladies who are fond of the cute Hello Kitty.  In addition to the features of international credit card such as making payment via Internet or merchants' POS; money withdrawal at ATMs, Hello Kitty card is a key opening up a world of marvelous Hello Kitty gifts. VietinBank - JCB Hello Kitty Cardmembers get Hello Kitty related rewards when they spend with the card. Making purchases at any JCB merchants, cardmembers earn points to be converted into attractive Hello Kitty gifts such as a suitcase, backpack, water bottle, and toothbrush kit.

22 June 2015
deploy its new handheld EMV and NFC-enabled terminal solution that is fully supported with payment services from Verifone 
With more than 13 million customers, Westpac Group is one of the largest financial services institutions in Australia and New Zealand. Westpac Group—including St.George, Bank of Melbourne and Bank SA—will provide the VX 690 payment terminal from Verifone along with full terminal management support through Verifone’s Payment as a Service platform. The partnership provides a superior level of servicing that will offer Westpac Group’s merchant clients a market leading platform for faster onboarding, the ability to see their daily transaction activity in real-time and full support provided by Verifone’s technical expertise.
22 June 2015
In an effort to help healthcare providers comply with upcoming fraud-liability standards and protect their patients, Experian Health  has recently  announced it has joined forces with AxiaMed and Ingenico Group to deliver a new solution that enables fast, efficient and secure customer payment transactions. The EMV-compliant device allows hospitals and medical providers to protect patient financial information as well as reduce their liability should a fraudulent transaction occur.
“As many in the healthcare industry are aware, the 1 October 2015 deadline for organizations to implement EMV devices is fast approaching,” said Scott Bagwell, President of Experian Health. “As such, we’ve teamed with AxiaMed and Ingenico, two leaders in the patient payment space, to provide hospitals and medical organizations with an EMV-ready terminal that is tamper-resistant and delivers secure data transmission.”
19 June 2015
A consultation has been launched to ask whether passengers should always have the option of paying for their journeys in London's iconic 'black' taxis by card - making it even easier for anyone to jump into a cab and travel around the Capital. The London taxi trade has long been envied as a world-leading service. TfL and trade representatives are working together to maintain that reputation by trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible to use.
The proposal was endorsed at a meeting last month between TfL, the Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring, senior taxi trade representatives and card providers. Subject to the outcome of TfL's consultation, all agreed to work together to find a payment solution that will work for both drivers and customers.
The consultation is another step in TfL's continuing efforts, together with trade representatives, to modernise the industry and ensure that black cabs remain an essential part of life for people living in, working in or visiting London. Currently there isn't a requirement for taxis to accept card payments, and only around half of drivers do, despite a recent survey suggesting that 83% of passengers would like to be able to pay by card.
The consultation seeks views on whether card payments should be accepted, giving passengers an alternative to cash. There is no intention to stop taxis accepting cash payments or for taxis to become cashless.
19 June 2015
UL  has  proudly  launched  SmartStripe, a new, innovative testing device emulating magnetic stripe cards and taking away the need of any physical test card. This makes UL the first test tool vendor to offer a fully automated brand testing of a payment terminal over all three interfaces: contact, contactless and magnetic stripe.  Payment terminal user acceptance testing and brand testing requires tens, and with multiple brands, hundreds of test cards to conduct required test cases to ensure correct behaviour of the payment terminal and acceptance of a payment card. These physical test cards can get lost, outdated and corrupted. Therefore maintenance of the complete sets of test cards per brand adds to the inefficiency of manual test case execution which is already time consuming. 
With the introduction of the SmartStripe, UL offers acquirers and terminal vendors the complete automated solution to test and certify payment card acceptance devices. The SmartStripe works seamlessly with UL’s payment acquiring test tools providing a tester with automated test execution and test card emulation covering now also magnetic stripe besides contact and contactless card images.
19 June 2015
M1, in collaboration with CIMB, MasterCard  and Wirecard, transforms smartphones and tablets into terminals that allow  merchants to accept credit, debit and prepaid  card payments from customers anytime, anywhere. The M1 mPOS solution is designed to meet the needs of traditionally cash-based small businesses, startups, and ‘on-the-go’  enterprises such as push-cart vendors and small cafes, to allow them to offer their customers the convenience of card payment. The introduction of the M1 mPOS solution will offer merchants the benefit of a simple, safe and secure payment experience  for their customers, without the need to purchase, set up, and maintain a traditional POS terminal. Start-ups and businesses on-the-move will especially benefit from the mobility of the mPOS solution which allows it to accept payment anywhere with a wireless Internet connection.
18 June 2015
Gasoline retailers and their marketer partners face major changes to payment technology and the burden of fraud liability with the rollout of EMV-enabled credit cards. CITGO Petroleum  is stepping up to support its retailers and marketers through this transition. Attendees at a recent Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) in Atlantic City heard first-hand about a CITGO programme that will share the upgrade costs and fraud liability during the transition.  
The initiative, available to eligible CITGO retailers and marketers, underwrites a portion of the  POS  upgrades and provides incentives for those under the CITGO brand to convert to EMV-compatible technology. CITGO also has volunteered to temporarily shoulder the financial burden of the EMV Counterfeit Liability Shift for marketers and retailers as they work to upgrade their systems.
“CITGO retailers and marketers are under pressure to meet tight deadlines and navigate the financial and technological challenges these upgrades bring. As a partner to these businesses, our goal is to remove as many hurdles as possible and ensure their continued success,” Kara Gunderson, CITGO POS Manager and Chair of the Data Security Committee for Conexxus, told AREE guests.
18 June 2015
Fiserv a provider of financial services technology solutions, has expanded its card production capabilities to include milling and embedding, enabling the company to complete the entire EMV  chip card production process in house and streamline the migration to EMV chip cards for clients.   With state-of-the-art milling and embedding technology, Fiserv adds to its extensive EMV capabilities, including card personalization, transaction processing, real-time payments and funds access through the Accel debit payments network, risk management, staff and consumer education support and
strategic guidance.
17 June 2015
Pierce will be responsible for TSYS' North America consumer, commercial and healthcare lines of business. In addition, he will oversee all production support, client services, risk management solutions and the segment revenue planning office for the North America Services segment.
A 30-year TSYS veteran, Pierce was formerly Group Executive and business leader for the commercial cards and payments business at TSYS, responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of the company's commercial business.