Monday, 25 July 2011

USCIS Wins Int'l Innovation Award for Its U.S. Green Card

HID Global has announced that the U.S. Permanent Resident ("Green") Card has won the ACT Canada "International Innovation Award" for Identity Management. The U.S. Green Card is issued to all legal foreign residents of the U.S. under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) border security program. USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

USCIS was honoured for the application of secure innovations to the U. S. Green Card's structure and its data and visual security features. The re-designed Green Card, launched in mid-2010, is the world's first ID card to combine HID's LaserCard optical security media (OSM) technology and an embedded RFID tag with other advanced security features. Since the introduction of the first OSM-based Green Card in 1997, the digital security of the card's OSM technology has never been compromised. A report by market research firm Frost & Sullivan concluded that because of its innovations, "the next generation U.S. Green Card sets a new standard for international government ID programs."

"ID security and functionality are pressing concerns for governments worldwide and the card industry must continually innovate to help maintain the integrity, longevity and usefulness of major ID programs," said Cathy Johnston, president of ACT Canada. "The U.S. Green Card is a leading example of an ID card that leverages advanced technology and manufacturing expertise to enable greater security and functionality."

Samsung Android Phone Takes Over Apple iPhone

According to Strategy Analytics, a research company based in Boston, the sale of Samsung Electronics Co.'s Android smartphones has surpassed the sale of Nokia Oyj and Apple Inc.'s smartphone for the first time on demand for devices that run on Android software.

Samsung is estimated to have sold between 18 million and 21 million smartphones globally in the April-June 2011 quarter, compared to 16.7 million sales for Nokia and 20.3 million iPhones sales for Apple.

Neil Mawston, a London-based analyst at Strategy Analytics said: "The estimates show Google Inc's Android is gaining ground on Apple in smartphones as Nokia, which is turning to Microsoft Corp for software support, struggles to keep up with the pace. Samsung, which also produces low-end phones that aren't capable of downloading applications, has said it aims to more than double sales of high-end devices this year".

According to Mawston, "Samsung stands a reasonable chance of capturing the top spot on a quarterly basis if it can continue expanding its Android portfolio across high-growth markets like China and Brazil. Samsung and Apple will be at similar levels in smartphones by the end of the year".

Czech Republic Begins Mobile Phone Contactless Trial Program

One of Czech Republic's leading financial institution Komercni banka and global financial services provider Citi have joined hands to start a mobile phone contactless payment program in Czech Republic's capital city Prague. The trial program is set to run for 6 months, until January 2012.

The banks also have partnered with telecommunications company Telefonica on the trial. The trial will be carried on 400 customers who will pay for their shopping at Globus hypermarket stores in Prague by waving Samsung Star 5230 NFC mobile phone handsets with pre-installed O2 wallet mobile applications against terminal readers.

According to news sources, Visa Europe has provided the payment application in stored Telefonica's SIM cards. The technology partners of the pilot project include global device manufacturer Samsung, French payment services provider Ingenico CZ, Germany-based electronic payment services provide Giesecke & Devrient, US provider of smart card-based services Oberthur Technologies and Global Payments Europe.

Verizon Appoints New CEO

The Verizon Board of Directors has named Verizon President and COO Lowell C. McAdam as the new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Verizon Communications Inc. McAdam will take on office from August 1, 2011. Ivan G. Seidenberg will step down from the CEO's position, but will remain as the chairman to continue to facilitate the transition. McAdam will have responsibility for the operations of Verizon, including all business units and staff functions.

Seidenberg said, "Lowell's appointment to CEO is testimony to his extraordinary record of achievement. As a member of Verizon's executive leadership team since 2000 and COO over the last 10 months, Lowell has proven his ability to move the organisation quickly and to focus on strong performance on behalf of our employees, our customers and our investors. His stellar leadership of Verizon Wireless and his outstanding 28-year career in the telecommunications industry have positioned Lowell to understand the potential of our company and the actions that need to be taken every day to attain that potential. The board and I are excited by what Lowell brings to our company: his outstanding character, his conviction and his dedication to Verizon's success".

In his current role, McAdam, 57, is responsible for all business operations at Verizon, including the strategic direction of the company's products and technologies. He has served on the board of Verizon since March 2011 and on the board of Verizon Wireless since 2003, chairing the Verizon Wireless board since September 2010.

Previously, Lowell McAdam acted as the president and CEO of PrimeCo Personal Communications, a joint venture owned by Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch. He also served as PrimeCo's chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing the building, deployment and successful launch of the new company's customer service operations and all-digital network.

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