Wednesday, 08 June 2011

BP and Aral to Deploy MasterCard PayPass

MasterCard has announced that BP/Aral gas stations will have MasterCard PayPass contactless payments terminals in its service stations across the UK, Germany and Switzerland over the next 2 years. BP is the British oil giant, while Aral operates about 2,600 stations throughout Germany.

The deal will let BP/Aral customers use MasterCard PayPass or Maestro PayPass cards to pay for fuel, snacks and coffee at the gas stations. The 'Tap & Go' payment technology can be used by customers to pay for everyday purchases up to the value of 15-Pounds in the UK, 25-Euros in Germany and 40-Swiss Francs in Switzerland. People can also use the same cards to make high purchases by authenticating the card with a PIN or signature.

According to MasterCard, currently there are 1,170 BP branded sites in the UK, over 400 in Switzerland and 2,500 Aral branded sites in Germany.

Replacement of 40 million RSA Tokens will - Literally - Cost the Earth

News that RSA, the security division of EMC, has announced plans to replace all 40 million of the SecurID tokens issued to its clients - following the recent cyber attack against Lockheed Martin - has been called a disaster in financial and ecological terms by SecurEnvoy.

According to Andrew Kemshall, SecurEnvoy's co-founder, the deployment costs for RSA's clients will cost around four billion pounds, whilst the environmental cost will work at around 4.3 million tonnes of CO2.

"Our observations suggest that the on-costs of deploying a single SecurID token is around 100-pounds per token - this includes the direct and indirect costs for the organisation concerned. And then there is the environmental costs, which our Web site calculates at 4.3 million tonnes of Co2 - the equivalent of flying around the world 500,000 times in terms of the effect on the environment," he added.

The SecurEnvoy co-founder says that his firm's research at the Infosecurity Europe show in April of this year revealed that 38 per cent of RSA token users were looking for a replacement. "Against the backdrop of this survey, I wonder how many users of two-factor authentication will now be questioning the wisdom of using a hardware-based token system, when the benefits of using a software token - which include significantly lower on-costs and faster deployments - are now becoming apparent" Andrew concluded.

CardLogix and Datastrip Secure Identity with Smart Cards and Biometric Terminals

CardLogix and Datastrip have formed a partnership for mobile and secure identity management. As partners, the companies will use CardLogix smart cards and Datastrip fingerprint biometric technology to deliver handheld, mobile fingerprint identity verification for National ID, Voting, Law Enforcement, and Airport Security operations.

CardLogix smart cards and Datastrip fingerprint biometric capture uniquely identifies people that cannot be altered or duplicated by a fraudster.

CardLogix M.O.S.T or Credentsys smart card or the CardLogix ePassport can powerfully encrypt and secure data. When inserted into a Datastrip reader, like the popular handheld Easy Verify model, a CardLogix software program matches fingerprints to identify the right cardholder.

ABnote Helped Snapper Generate Over 41 Million Transactions

Today, Snapper announced of producing the majority of its smartcards through ABnote, its strategic partner in Christchurch, New Zealand.

ABnote is the major supplier of secure transaction products, EMV smartcards, driver's licence and barcodes in Australia and New Zealand. Snapper has rolled out its leading contactless payments system across the Auckland Super City, bringing New Zealand's fastest way to pay within everyday reach of 1.5 million New Zealanders.

ABnote has helped Snapper offer the first transit application in the Australasia region that uses contactless with laser engraving security technology.

Miki Szikszai, Snapper CEO said: "Since Snapper first launched in Wellington nearly three years ago we have been looking for a smartcard manufacturer that could deliver a combination of the best possible production and delivery to Snapper's exacting standards. We chose ABnote for its quality control, globally proven capability and commitment to delivery. We're also enjoying the great benefit that ABnote is local too, with operations right here in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since production started in late 2010, ABnote has produced over 200,000 Java Card Open Platform smartcards for Snapper".

Snapper cards have generated over 41 million transactions across 1,000 buses, 2,000 taxis and hundreds of retailers in New Zealand. According to the Snapper CEO, ABnote has developed unique packaging techniques for a full smartcard "match and attach" automation process that uses intelligent photo capture and an automated unique folding application for Snapper smartcards to ensure 100% accurate card-to-carrier matching.

Smart Card Alliance and NFC Forum Partner to Launch First NFC-Focused Event in U.S.

The Smart Card Alliance and the NFC Forum will co-host an event focused on Near Field Communication (NFC) in spring 2012, the two organisations announced today.

The NFC conference, the first in the United States, will focus on the state of the technology for NFC, NFC devices and add-ons, NFC ecosystem development, use cases for NFC-enabled applications (both payment and non-payment), NFC implementation, and North America and international markets for NFC.

"We are launching this new conference in response to the industry's demand for more education and networking opportunities around NFC. We are looking forward to building a conference agenda that explores the many exciting NFC-enabled applications that enrich consumers' lives, including payments, coupons, loyalty, ticketing, IT network and building access, identity and healthcare," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

The Smart Card Alliance and NFC Forum will announce the date and location of the 2012 NFC conference later this year.

eWise Secures $14 Million for Online Payments Technology

eWise, a global payments and online financial management solutions provider, has raised $14 million from the venture capital firm Wellington Partners. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Balderton Capital, TTV Capital and Patagorang.

This recent funding will help the company to accelerate its plans to transform the payments landscape, and to drive the expansion of Secure Vault Payments in the U.S. and of eWise payo in the U.K. eWise will also unveil a mobile solution, which will be piloted later in 2011. Secure Vault Payments was launched in 2010 by eWise and NACHA - Electronic Payments Association, which acts as the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network regulator in the U.S.

eWise's technology provides consumers with the most convenient, secure and cost-effective way to pay online using their bank account straight from a merchant's site without the need to have a credit or debit card. It also gives banks and merchants the only online payment option that provides real-time authorisation of funds and guaranteed payments at lower costs.

Over the past decade, eWise has worked with HSBC, Westpac and Ping An, delivering solutions that make transacting online easier and more secure for millions of end-users worldwide. eWise's online payments technology is also used in the U.S. Bank.

The Future of Cards and Payments

The future of Cards and Payments

UK to Have 20 Million Contactless Cards by 2011

By the end of this year, UK will have 20 million contactless cards in use. According to Visa, the roll out of NFC terminals at brand outlets like McDonald's will increase the usage of contactless cards.

There were 13 million Visa payWave cards in circulation as of March 2011 compared to 8 million last June, and the rate of growth is expected to boosted with more banks and retailers embracing the Near Field Communication technology.

McDonald's has NFC contactless terminals across its 1200 UK restaurants, while Starbucks is about to follow NFC steps. Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of America has all joined Barclays in issuing contactless cards.

Visa announced that the Transport for London has decided to upgrade its Oyster network, enabling travellers to use their Visa cards for journeys. The system will be implemented first in buses from February next year, and will then be introduced in tube rails later that year.

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