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07 August 2014

NXP has been a partner of the famous Vierdaagsefeesten (Four-Day Festivities) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands for many years, but this year a new dimension was added to the partnership. With the introduction of a card that allowed visitors to make contactless payment at the Valkhof Festival – one of the party venues during the Vierdaagsefeesten. At the event, which took place in the city centre of Nijmegen in July, attendees were able to make use of the special card fitted with an NXP MiFare DESFire chip. By introducing the card, the 44 year old event was propelled into the future, catching onto the new payments trend. All bars and restaurants involved in the Valkhof Festival switched from the traditional tokens that visitors previously used to pay for their food and drinks, to a chip card enabling cashless payments.

30 July 2014

Maybank is tapping further into the premium card segment with the introduction of its new Maybank Visa Signature credit card, bringing to the market Malaysia’s first credit card to offer both cash back on a daily basis as well as flexibility to convert Treats points into cash. Speaking at the launch of the new product in Kuala Lumpur, Maybank Head of Consumer Financial Services Malaysia, Hamirullah Boorhan said that based on its market study, the Bank has identified that there exists a demand from the high-end mass-affluent customer segment, which fall between the platinum and super-premium card range. Ng Kong Boon, Visa Country Manager, Malaysia said, “Malaysia’s affluent class continues to grow, creating a need and business opportunity for both Visa and its banking partners to introduce a product that caters to the special requirements and lifestyle of this new segment of affluent consumers. The new Maybank Visa Signature card also comes with Visa payWave functionality. As part of today’s launch, Maybank Visa Signature cardholders can enjoy up to 5% cashback on their Visa payWave transactions for a limited period. Visa is proud to be working with Maybank to drive innovations in payment technology in the country, in line with the Malaysian government’s e-Payment vision as laid out in its Economic Transformation Programme,”

28 July 2014

Cubic Transportation Systems has been awarded a contract for more than USD8 million to convert existing paper magnetic fare card vending machines to sales and reload devices for SmarTrip, the contactless smart card for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the US. The project is part of the agency’s plan to eliminate paper ticketing from its fare system to all contactless media by Spring 2016. Cubic will upgrade more than 500 machines with hardware kits including smart card readers and related software on all Metrorail lines, including the Silver Line to Dulles Airport that opened two days ago. Cubic also produced and installed the fare collection system to the new line under a separate contract. “We’re pleased to be part of WMATA’s transition to a paperless system, as well as having been so involved throughout the agency’s entire fare collection history,” said Matt Newsome, SVP and GM, Cubic Transportation Systems, Americas. “Cubic brought contactless technology to the region – in fact, it was the first contactless system for transit in the US. WMATA set the standard that other agencies followed.”

25 July 2014

Millions of customers are set for easier and more convenient journeys with Transport for London (TfL) having introduced contactless payments for all pay as you go customers on the Tube, London Overground, DLR and Trams in addition to the capital's buses. The new option, which is part of a huge range of improvements TfL means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts. Contactless payments - credit, debit, charge or prepaid cards or devices - work in the same way as Oyster, charging the pay as you go fare by touching in and out on the readers at the start and end of every journey. Shashi Verma, TfL's Director of Customer Experience said, “Offering the option of contactless payments will make it easier and more convenient for customers to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top up Oyster credit and helping them get on board without delay. The pilot has been a success, with participants giving us really useful feedback. This is the latest step in making life easier for our customers by using modern technology to offer the best service possible.”

23 July 2014

UL is pleased to announce that the latest MasterCard Card Personalisation Validation (version 7) module in the Collis EMV Personalisation Validation Tool (version 3.9.5) has been qualified by MasterCard including the US Common Debit AID (i.e. the US Maestro AID). Professional testing of personalised MasterCard EMV/PayPass cards is essential to ensure global card acceptance. In addition, Debit MasterCard cards issued in the US must support the MasterCard AID and the US Maestro AID, in order to enable unaffiliated network routing required by US legislation. The newly developed MasterCard Card Personalisation Validation (CPV) module in the Collis EMV Personalisation Validation Tool checks if MasterCard cards are correctly personalized according to the latest MasterCard specifications. It includes the US specific personalisation profiles that ensure compliance with the Durbin Legislation. Maxim Dyachenko, Service Line Manager Test Tools at UL’s Transaction Security division states, “We are proud to have the new MasterCard CPV version qualified. The use of the Collis EMV Personalisation Validation Tool fits also seamlessly to prepare for the MasterCard CPV Formal Approval Service that UL can deliver. This test tool with the MasterCard CPV module is of great value to all its users getting ready for the US EMV migration since it enables issuers of MasterCard cards to speed up their personalisation process, which reduces their time-to-market.”

20 July 2014

FutureCard was awarded a contract with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of UAE for the supply of nine million Nol smart-cards. Within the framework of a public call for tender process FutureCard was selected out of five vendors for the supply of RFID “fare” cards which can be used to pay for travel on the metro, buses, water buses and paid parking provided by RTA. The contract was effective as of 1 July 2014 covering a period of two years as well as re-affirms FutureCard’s positioning in the field of smart cards. In an industry where references and expertise play a key role in the award of newcontracts, FutureCard has already established itself globally with banking, telecom and other similar government card projects. Ayhan Yalcintas, CEO of the FutureCard says, "We are extremely delighted at the advent of this relationship that allows us to team our experience and solutions with Road and Transport Authority. As RTA is wishes to develop integrated solutions of transportation network with the highest standards and world-class services, our team will place every effort to achieve these objectives to satisfy all citizens and by extension, the UAE government, who has trusted us with this project.”

16 July 2014

Wirecard has been supporting the mobile phone brand BASE as it launches the mobile BASE Wallet with a prepaid payment card on the market. This so-called Walletcard is a digital Maestro card. When used together with a mobile phone, this enables contactless payment via NFC at all MasterCard PayPass acceptance points worldwide. The payment card can be used immediately after registration via the BASE Wallet app, which also provides a real-time overview of all completed transactions and available credit. The top-up function is also conveniently integrated in the Wallet. Wirecard offers another MasterCard digital credit card for payment in online shops. The prepaid card is also available as a plastic card. This enables the use of POS terminals which are not yet equipped with NFC technology. “With our BASE Wallet, we are offering our customers a comprehensive range of services from a single source, including mobile payment, use of special promotions and issue of customer cards. The digital payment card is the core of the mobile wallet, allowing customers to immediately pay via their mobile phone quickly and securely. Wirecard supported us in the implementation of our solution by providing its extensive expertise in this area,” said Michael Kaduk, Director of Wholesale and Partner Business at E-Plus. “We are very excited about the launch of the BASE Wallet. The brand has a broad customer base who use their smartphone at every opportunity in their day-to-day life and are receptive to new developments. We are confident that there will be wide acceptance of this mobile payment solution in this target group,” says Christian von Hammel-Bonten, EVP Telecommunications at Wirecard. “Users of mobile apps want to have a solution that can be used intuitively, quickly and securely, which we guarantee through our Walletcard for BASE Wallet.”

16 July 2014

BASE mobile subscribers can now make contactless payments using their smartphone at the supermarket, when filling up their car and in restaurants using the “BASE Wallet” digital wallet – and it is just as secure as using a traditional debit or credit card. This high level of security is made possible by G&D. As a partner in security, it supplies special SIM cards with highly secure memory for storing the digital Maestro card. Giesecke & Devrient also operates a high-security data centre for E-Plus, enabling them to install the payment application on the SIM card, personalise it and manage it over its life cycle. Owners of NFC-enabled smartphones can now make contactless payments at more than 35,000 locations in Germany provided they have a digital wallet equipped with a payment function, like the digital Maestro card. “We think that contactless card or smartphone payment will become the norm over the next few years. Of course, we first need to fulfill all requirements for wide public acceptance. Customers want flexible, easy payment, without compromising on security,” says Carsten Ahrens, Group SVP and Head of the Telecommunication Industries Division at G&D. “Together, we are fulfilling customers’ need for security. We are also setting high standards in terms of the variety of applications. Right from the start, our mobile telephony customers can both pay securely using the mobile wallet and redeem digital coupons. Customers can also save their membership cards, such as their ADAC (the German Automobile Club) card, onto their smartphone. There is now no need to always carry your wallet with you, as smartphones with built-in digital wallets are becoming increasingly important in customers’ everyday lives,” says Martin Deventer, Director of Core Network and Services at E-Plus.

16 July 2014

Identiv announced that James “Jim” Ousley has joined its board of director. “Jim has extraordinary technology and business expertise and we are delighted that he is joining Identiv’s board of directors,” said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. “We look forward to benefiting from Jim’s wealth of experience in SaaS, cloud computing, and building strategic partnerships, as well as his insights from running a global services company and serving on several public company boards,” said Steve Humphreys, Chairman of the Board. “I am excited to be joining the Identiv board and working with this exceptional team,” said Jim. “We live in an increasingly connected world where everything needs to be trusted. Identiv is showing strong leadership with their Trust Services vision and I look forward to contributing my own experiences.”

15 July 2014

UL is pleased to announce that the Collis Brand Test Tool is confirmed by Visa to simulate the newest test cards included in the qVSDC Device Module. The newest Visa qVSDC Device Module test cards (version 2.1) are now simulated by the Collis Brand Test Tool (version 4.7.4). Also the associated test cases are included in the tool. The Visa qVSDC Device Module provides Visa payWave acquirers a set of tests designed to check compliance of a qVSDC reader with mandatory Visa testing requirements for use prior to deployment. “UL continues to provide high quality test tools for the payment market. We are confident that our customers will benefit from this confirmation as it will help them reduce the time to market, ease their contactless device testing, and increase their confidence during the Visa implementation,” adds Maxim Dyachenko, Manager Service Line Test Tools at UL’s Transaction Security division.