Tuesday, 27 March 2012

DIBS Applies to Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority to Comply with the EU Payment Services Directive

DIBS, the leading provider of payment solutions for e-commerce in the Nordics, have applied to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority to become a so called payment institute in order to comply with the EU Payment Services Directive. The ambition is to make it easier for retailers to accept payments via internet and smart phones.

DIBS role in the value chain is to safely and easily manage the transaction flow in digital commerce. The ambition is to simplify for e-shops to start up their business or expand existing offerings to new markets.

"DIBS is a driving force in e-commerce. We will now simplify the process for companies to start e-commerce and expand into new markets. This makes it even easier to grow digital sales via internet and mobile phones," says Eric Wallin CEO of DIBS.

General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Lawsuit with Smartrac Technology

General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced on behalf of its subsidiary, Leighton Technologies LLC, that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Smartrac Technology Ltd. of Ayutthaya, Thailand, and its U.S. affiliate, Smartrac Technology US, Inc. of Chanhassen, Minn. Under the settlement agreement, Leighton Technologies has licensed its portfolio of six "Contactless Cards" patents to Smartrac.

The settlement with Smartrac Technology Ltd. and Smartrac Technology US, Inc. resolves Smartrac Technology Ltd. et al v. Leighton Technologies LLC (1:2011cv03807) filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"We are pleased to have reached an amicable resolution of this case," said Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation. "Smartrac has joined a growing list of smart card manufacturers that have licensed the Leighton patents."

Nine Finalists Announced in NFC Forum & WIMA's NFC Global Competition 2012

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of NFC technology, and WIMA, a worldwide event dedicated to NFC technology, announce the nine finalists in their Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012.

Created to recognise the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary NFC solutions around the world, this year's competition attracted three times as many entries as the previous contest in 2010, showcasing the tremendous growth and interest in NFC implementations.

A jury composed of senior professionals and recognised experts from academia and industry evaluated all entries and selected three finalists in each of three categories, as follows.

Best Innovative Solution for the entry that uses NFC technology in the most inventive way to address a market, business, or consumer need:

SAi (Israel): Tag-a-Bag luggage tagging and identification: TapThat Games LLC (USA): TapThat game: XIUS (USA): MIT Active Poster Cafeteria Ordering System

Best Business Viability for the entry that offers an NFC solution with the most commercial potential:

Barclaycard (UK): Quick Tap contactless mobile payment service: Korea Smart Card Co., Ltd. (South Korea): Mobile T-money ticketing solution: NXP Software (China): MediaTribe media sharing

Best User Experience for the solution that best leverages the power, ease, and convenience of NFC technology:

good2gether (USA): good2gether and Do Good Badges for non-profit support: Korea Smart Card Co., Ltd. (South Korea): Mobile T-money ticketing solution: NXP Software (China): MediaTribe media sharing

Finalists are invited to the awards ceremony on April 12, 2012 at WIMA in Monaco, where the three first-place winners will be announced.

Iris ID Systems Announces Interoperability Between Its' IrisAccess Platform and NFC-Enabled BlackBerry Smartphones

Iris ID Systems Inc. and HID Global announce that the IrisAccess platform iCAM7000 can be used with select NFC enabled BlackBerry 7 smartphones. The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 smartphones activated with HID Global's iCLASS digital credentials will be compatible with the installed base of iCLASS readers that are embedded in the iCAM 7000 series for applications ranging from physical access systems in buildings to applications that track time and attendance, and other identity dependent applications.

Using a NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone, the iris templates of a user are securely stored to an iCLASS digital credential on the phone. That credential can then be presented for authentication by simply holding the NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone in front of an iCAM7000 series iris camera.

Andrew Bocking, VP Handheld Software Product Management, at RIM, said, "Having added NFC capabilities to a range of our BlackBerry 7 smartphones, we're excited to be able to support the secure storage of an Iris ID biometric template to an iCLASS credential. NFC enables smartphones to become even smarter mobile computing platforms, and this is another great example that demonstrates the potential that NFC on mobile devices brings to the physical access control space."

Pilot programs using BlackBerry smartphones activated with iCLASS digital credentials and iris identification are planned for later this year.

Nets Becomes Mobey Forum's First Non-Banking Full Member

In response to the rapid evolution of the mobile financial services (MFS) ecosystem, Mobey Forum has published new Articles of Association which open full membership to all supervised payment institutions. The global bank-led industry association also announces its first non-banking Full Member, Nets, a leading northern European payment solutions provider.

"In order to effectively drive the evolution of the mobile financial services ecosystem Mobey Forum must continue to recognise the importance of fostering dialogue between all stakeholders in the value chain," comments Ron van Wezel, Chairman, Mobey Forum. "By opening up full membership to all financially regulated companies, Mobey Forum is providing a range of different stakeholders with voting rights and the possibility of joining its Board of Directors to exert greater influence on the organisation's strategic direction."

"Nets have recognised this opportunity and we welcome its representative, Kristian Thure Sorensen to our Board," continues van Wezel. "Kristian is already well known in the Mobey Forum community. In addition to his Board responsibilities, Kristian has also agreed to take up the important role of chairman of Mobey Forum's Marketing Workgroup."

MiY-ID-Gov Achieves Biometric Authentication System Category Certification as Specified by FIPS 201

3M Cogent announces its MiY-ID Gov biometric access control reader is the first product to be certified as an approved biometric authentication system by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in accordance with FIPS 201 standard (Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201)

"The evaluation testing for the Biometric Authentication System product category is one of the most extensive tests in the GSA FIPS 201 evaluation program. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to solving our customers' operational challenges by aligning our biometric technology with government requirements," commented Christopher Crump, director of commercial business of 3M Cogent. "In addition to FIPS 201 PIV credentials, MiY-ID Gov supports other government identity credential programs such as Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC), and Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC)."

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