Monday, 13 June 2011

Cardag New BRIDGE Card Certified by ITSO

Cardag Deutschland GmbH in Thuringia has been successful in attaining full certification for its new BRIDGE card by ITSO Ltd, the UK Transport Smartcard Standards Organisation, according to the ITSO CMD2 specification. In a single card this combines transport functionality with 4K byte MIFARE emulation and supports applications such as electronic purse, cashless catering, access control, library, leisure services, student attendance management, taxi use, and a broad range of citizen benefits.

In this way, with one card, the requirements of transport operators and citizens can both be satisfied, whilst reducing the need to upgrade infrastructure. "Open flexible multifunction secure transport ticketing is a growing trend across the world. The ITSO specification facilitates this powerful concept in the UK. The potential for focussed special designs like the BRIDGE card in schemes based on Open Public Transport Standards is enormous" so says Dr. Tilo Pannenbacker, Vice President & General Manager, Business Line Personal & Object ID of Infineon Technologies AG.

Card personalisation bureaus can initialize the BRIDGE card ITSO transport function and at the same time load the specific local citizen services applications including e-purse applications and combined staff/transit cards, building access, entitlement and much more.

MasterCard to Start New Zealand's First Ever Contactless Mobile Phone Payments Trial

MasterCard Worldwide and ANZ will carry on a trial of a new would-be introduced Mobile Phone Purchase System in New Zealand. This will be the country's first ever NFC-based contactless mobile phone payment trial. The system will let customers pay for goods and services by simply tapping their mobile phones on a NFC-based reader or payment terminal.

Under the trial, some ANZ staff will be given either a contactless sticker or a memory card enabled with MasterCard's contactless PayPass technology. The staff can make payments of up to $80 by tapping their handsets in front of a MasterCard PayPass terminal.

ANZ will have MasterCard PayPass enabled terminals available at major merchant locations such as Hell Pizza, St Pierre's Sushi and Corporate Cabs from July this year. Westpac Stadium and Eden Park were the first retail locations to introduce the technology in Australia.

At present, 311,000 merchant locations accept PayPass worldwide.

LaserCard COO Dr Christopher Dyball Receives ICMA's ACE-M Accreditation

LaserCard are very pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Dyball, Chief Operating Officer at LaserCard (part of HID Global) has achieved ICMA's ACE-M accreditation, having passed the organisation's Advanced Card Education Examination. The qualification is a further validation of LaserCard's commitment to maintaining and extending the skills and knowledge required for advanced card manufacturing.

Dr. Dyball has worked on all stages of development and production of LaserCard's ID card solutions, including card and manufacturing process design, materials selection and equipment specification. He earned a Ph.D. in polymer science from Lancaster University and a BSc from the National College of Rubber Technology, London, England. He holds multiple U.S. patents and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. From 1992 to 1996 Dr. Dyball chaired the ANSI NCITS B10 committee, which is responsible for the development of card-related standards. He also participates, as Document Editor, in ISO standards committee SC17/WG9, which prepared the current ISO/IEC 11694 series of standards for optical cards.

Dr Dyball said, "The intricacy of government ID cards continues to grow, driven by government requirements for ID credentials that fulfil multiple purposes. This creates ongoing demand for innovation and superior expertise in card design and manufacture. LaserCard has always been at the forefront of this field, and I am very pleased to have achieved this qualification."

Sony Hackers Arrested in Spain

The Spanish police have confirmed of arresting 3 cyber criminals related to the Sony website and PlayStation breach. Police handcuffed the 3 hackers belonging to the Anonymous group after raiding a house where the criminals carried on the attacks using a computer server. The hackers have also targeted websites of MasterCard, 2 large Spanish banks and Italian energy company Enel SpA, as well the governments of Egypt, Libya and Iran.

Police officials portrayed the suspects as "senior members of Anonymous in Spain". However, the police have made it a point to mention that there are branches of this group spread across different countries.

Supporters of Anonymous wrote a message on an Anonymous blog and they even tweeted with reference to the group's motto, "V for Spain... We are Legion, so Expect Us". Anonymous supporters contribute their computers and internet bandwidth to help attack websites.

U.S. Bank First in United States to Issue Dual EMV Chip and Contactless Payment Solution for International Travellers

U.S. Bank, lead bank of U.S. Bancorp in partnership with Visa and Oberthur Technologies, announced its release of a dual interface payment solution that offers enhanced acceptance and compatibility with credit cards systems worldwide. The new U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa credit card combines Visa payWave, EMV chip, and magnetic stripe technologies, enabling customers to have the best experience possible wherever they use their cards.

"U.S. Bank is pleased to be the first issuer in the United States to provide dual interface EMV cards that can be conveniently used anywhere - whether it be a chip-card reader with a merchant overseas or a contactless payment terminal or magstripe reader here in the United States," said Cliff Cook, chief marketing officer for U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. "While we believe EMV is important for our international travel cardholders, payWave is more widely accepted in the United States and is key to driving mobile payments in the future."

The dual interface smart cards, manufactured and personalised in the United States by Oberthur Technologies, will be introduced to more than 20,000 U.S.Bank FlexPerks Visa cardholders this month, with plans to expand the offering to other travel reward cardholders in the coming year. EMV is a global standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip card technology with enhanced security. Over one billion card users outside the United States are currently utilizing this technology.

"While EMV is widely accepted internationally, it is still very new to the United States, but U.S. Bank understands the need for its customers to be able to access funds while travelling," said Martin Ferenczi, managing director for the Americas region for the card systems division at Oberthur Technologies.

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