Friday, 23 December 2011

Government to Ban 'Rip-off' Card Surcharges

The government has announced plans to support the Which campaign and ban 'rip off' card surcharges, by confirming that it will implement a ban against excessive card surcharges following the Which surcharge super complaint.

Which submitted a super complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in March 2011, asking the regulator to investigate excessive credit and debit card surcharges.

Which were delighted when the OFT upheld their super complaint and the European Parliament agreed to cap debit card surcharges across Europe via an amendment in the Consumer Rights Directive. This is due to come into effect across Europe in June 2014.

The Treasury has now confirmed it will implement the ban on excessive surcharges by bringing the Consumer Rights Directive into effect in the UK by the end of 2012.

Which executive director, Richard Lloyd, welcomed the plans as a victory for consumers saying: 'This announcement goes further than the Office of Fair Trading's proposals, finally putting an end to these unfair and excessive charges.'

Consumers see Contactless as a Stepping Stone to Mobile Payments

Visa Europe launched its second quarterly Contactless Barometer study. The Barometer canvassed perceptions of contactless technologies across the UK, Poland and Turkey, based on surveys of 1,700 banked individuals and in-depth panel sessions with around 500 contactless card owners per market.

Seventy seven per cent of contactless owners across all three markets agreed or strongly agreed that contactless technology would ultimately become more commonplace than cash as a payment method (UK: 73%, Poland: 79%, Turkey: 79%). Eighty seven per cent also agreed that contactless will be instrumental in bringing mobile contactless payments to market in the near future (UK: 84%, Poland: 89%, Turkey: 89%).

InspirePay Launches Online Payment Tool

BOULDER - Startup company InspirePay has launched an Internet payment tool that aggregates Internet commerce choices such as PayPal, Google Checkout and Dwolla in one place.

The Internet payment tool will allow companies to make and receive payments through an online payment page that users can set up themselves, said Mark Fischer, founder and chief executive officer.

"Aggregated under a fully open network with our powerful application programming interface, InspirePay makes it possible for anyone to set up a payment page, brand it, customize it and connect their payment methods," said Mark in a press statement.

HRS Help Airports keep Passengers Moving for the Christmas Get-away

Human Recognition Systems (HRS), the UK's independent leader in biometric solutions, is working hard this Christmas helping UK airports to keep passengers moving.

As the airports face their busiest time of the year with an estimated 4.25 million people travelling over the Christmas and New Year holiday MFlow solutions from HRS make life easier for passengers. Built for the aviation industry its solutions are based on measuring and managing passenger flow.

The key benefit to passengers will be in the airports that have deployed MFlow Journey, which uses non-intrusive facial recognition to help airports address the continuous challenge of understanding and measuring queues. By knowing when queues are becoming a bottleneck the airport can take action to deploy more staff or open more areas. At Gatwick airport MFlow Journey drives the display boards showing queue times, enabling passengers to pick and choose the lane they want to use, so they can get through the security process as quickly as possible and have more time to spend relaxing or shopping.

Richard A. Clarke to Join Identive Board of Directors

Press Release

Identive Group, Inc. announced that Richard A. Clarke has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2012.

"Richard Clarke is a true pioneer in crucial areas of cyber security and was amongst the first to call for combining cyber and physical identity management systems. Since the early days of Identive's predecessor Bluehill ID, Dick has been a supporter of our vision to create a company totally focused on Secure ID. He brings to the Board a truly rare blend of strategic vision and a deep understanding of electronic security threats, how they relate to geopolitical issues and the technologies being exploited. It is an honour for Identive to be the first public operating company for which Richard Clarke has become a director," said Ayman S. Ashour, Chairman and CEO of Identive.

Smart Card News will be back in 2012

We will be closed for our Winter Holiday from midday today and will return on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.

We would like to wish you Seasons Greetings and a Prosperous New Year for 2012.

Best regards, from all at Smart Card News.

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