Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Hypercom Brings EMV Card Payment to Dubai's Metro

Hypercom Corporation announces that it has completed the full EMV certification of all of its Artema Modular self-service payment systems and Artema Compact countertop terminals across 49 Dubai Metro stations to speed ticketing for four million passengers per month. The EMV certification means that travellers on Dubai's urban railway network will benefit from secure and convenient payment using their chip and PIN cards.

Thales, the integrator in charge of the Dubai Metro fare collection system, selected Hypercom's self-service and countertop payment systems for this implementation. Laurent Eskenazy, bids and system director for revenue collection systems of Thales explains, "Demand for future-proof self-service systems is accelerating globally, enabling consumers to benefit from round-the-clock access to goods and services. With Hypercom, we are bringing state-of-the-art self-service ticketing throughout Dubai's premier metro system."

Hypercom's Artema Modular provides a rugged and reliable card payment solution that has been designed to ensure the highest levels of transaction security.

Motorola and Salamanders Joint ID/Accountability Solution Fulfils Both HSPD-12 and HSPD-5

Salamander Technologies MOBILE PIV software has been integrated with the Motorola Solutions MC75A handheld mobile computer and Biometric Smart Card reader attachment to add a FIPS 201-compliant Cardholder Unique Identifier reader to the General Services Administration Approved Product List . This unique solution goes beyond HSPD-12 requirements by including HSPD-5 required tracking functionality.

Salamander Technologies' MOBILE PIV identification software, part of Salamander's interTRAX Suite of Accountability Solutions, enables Motorola's MC75A handheld mobile computer and Biometric Smart Card reader attachment to provide credentialing, secure access and identity verification to First Responders. This integrated Motorola/Salamander FIPS 201-compliant product fulfils Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which requires federal workers to carry a secure Personal Identity Verification card, by capturing and then certifying fingerprint samples when authenticating a cardholder's identity. It controls site security and access by employing three-factor authentication.

In addition, MOBILE PIV solution fulfils HSPD-5, which requires agencies to follow National Incident Management System guidelines. These guidelines require situational awareness at an incident.

"This is a total solution story," said Rob Jones, Salamander chief technology officer. "We embarked on this journey with Motorola Solutions to provide interoperability with federal ID cards, while allowing users to participate in Salamander's widely adopted incident command model. This product allows ID cards to be used in real-world situations, enabling incident commanders to track first responders with total confidence that Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 201 guidelines are being followed - whether they arrive from local, state, or federal government agencies."

Prepaid 2011


Bell ID Simplifies EMV Smart Card and NFC Application Management with Versatile New Platform

Bell ID today announced the launch of 'EMV Token Manager', a new web based solution which coordinates and simplifies the management of any type or combination of EMV token deployment, including contact, contactless and dual interface cards as well as the option to support contactless applications in NFC enabled mobile phones.

EMV Token Manager is responsible for performing data preparation for any EMV or chip payment application and for managing the entire lifecycles of an EMV token, its associated applications and related cryptographic keys. It enables issuers of payment applications to simply and quickly migrate to EMV and to enhance the functionality of their existing EMV deployments.

Significantly, EMV Token Manager's design directly incorporates feedback from a series of customer consultation workshops, ensuring that it reflects actual industry and customer requirements relative to EMV token management. As a result, an improved and highly intuitive online user interface simplifies both operations management and configuration. Optional enhancements such as EMV instant issuance, EMV scripting, internet PIN change, multi-application management, post-issuance management functionality and NFC mobile application management reinforce the value and versatility of the system, and the ability to contribute to the growth and profitability of issuers' chip programmes.

EMV Token Manager is compliant to relevant standards such as EMV, PCI and GlobalPlatform, enabling customers to implement fully certified end-to-end solutions.

David Worthington, Principal Consultant Payment & Chip Technology at Bell ID, comments: "The solution's 'customisation through configuration approach ensures that it can be adapted to suit potentially unplanned future business requirements, such as managing multiple token types - perhaps payment applications on both cards and mobile phones - side by side. This level of future-proofing is essential in the increasingly dynamic payments market where new and emerging technologies continue to drive change at a very fast pace."

Fraud rates up 11 per cent in 2010, reveals Experian

Experian today published a new report revealing that frauds attempted against financial services providers increased by 11 per cent in 2010. 20 in every 10,000 applications for credit and other financial products made last year were discovered to be fraudulent, up from 18 in 2009.

Experian's fraud report uses information collated through the National Hunter and Insurance Hunter fraud data sharing schemes to detail the evolving nature of fraud in the UK's financial services sector.

2010 saw a 25 per cent increase in fraudulent applications for current accounts, with almost half of new cases down to identity fraudsters. Experian's experts suggest that organised criminals could be increasingly looking to open fraudulent current accounts to launder money or provide a more convincing platform for targeting credit products offered by the same organisation.

Identity frauds targeting personal loans increased for the first time in four years. Seven in every 10,000 loan applications were flagged as fraudulent in 2010, up from five in 2009. Identity fraudsters were responsible for 60 per cent of these cases. Levels of identity fraud attempts to obtain new credit cards also stabilised at 19 per 10,000 applications in 2010, having fallen each year since 2006.

Experian's analysis reveals that identity fraudsters continue to misuse the identities of the wealthiest sections of society most frequently. However, young single people living in shared and rented accommodation from all sections of society are also amongst those most targeted.

London remains the identity fraud capital of the UK, with residents Woolwich and East Ham recording the most incidents per head of population, although the fraudsters are migrating west into the Thames Valley, with areas such Reading and High Wycombe firmly on the radar.

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