Wednesday, 15 June 2011


CPI Card Group Launched New Secure Dual Interface EMV Solution with NXP

CPI Card Group, leading producer of contactless cards, has joined hands with NXP Semiconductors to introduce NXP's payment solution for its latest secure dual interface EMV solution. At present, CPI is the only manufacturer in North America to offer the Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) reliable technology for the dual interface card construction.

CPI's EMV solution is based on the NXP SmartMX dual interface solution with 12K EEPROM memory. NXP's SmartMX products have been tested in evaluation labs in numerous Common Criteria and EMVCo certifications. The devices feature advanced security concepts including the patented GlueLogic design methodology, dedicated hardware firewalls to protect software and data, and a comprehensive suite of technologies addressing attack scenarios with light and lasers. The SmartMX products have also passed Cryptography Research Inc's stringent DPA Countermeasure Validation Program for smartcards.

Benoit Guez, Director of Smart Cards and New Technology confirmed: "CPI is very pleased with the NXP and SPS partnership as it will help us offer our customers a new alternative. Our first target market will be in Canada, where our Toronto facility is fully certified in producing and personalizing EMV cards. CPI is also offering dual interface cards to EMV markets in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, providing full support to financial institutions with their EMV strategies".



CCTV Website Internet Eyes Forced into Privacy Changes by ICO

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) told the CCTV monitoring website Internet Eyes to make significant changes out of privacy concerns. CCTV monitoring website Internet Eyes posted footage of a shopper on public video-sharing website YouTube.

In January 2011, the ICO received a complaint about a clip posted on YouTube that contained an identifiable image of a person in a shop. The clip appeared to have been uploaded by a viewer who had used the CCTV footage streamed to their computer from the Internet Eyes website.

Internet Eyes is a CCTV scheme that allows retailers to have their live surveillance footage watched online by individuals. The scheme operates by streaming CCTV images that are viewed by registered members who can get reward if they spot and report crimes that they see taking place.

Deputy Commissioner, David Smith, said: "CCTV footage should not end up on YouTube when it shows someone simply out doing their shopping. A person's CCTV image is their personal data. The law says that it should only be disclosed where necessary, such as for the purposes of crime detection and not merely for entertainment".

ICO Deputy Commissioner said to have received only one complaint against Internet Eyes. Further, the ICO's investigation found that Internet Eyes had failed to make sure that the transfer of CCTV images it was streaming to its viewers over the internet was encrypted. The company also did not keep a full record of its viewers' activities and so were unable to identify which viewers had monitored specific footage. This meant Internet Eyes was unable to determine which viewer posted the clip online.



Gemalto a Finalist for TechAmerica Foundation Software Award

Gemalto has been selected as a finalist in the software category for TechAmerica Foundation's American Technology Award for its Coesys Enrolment and Issuance solutions. The award, "The Termans," bestows the only national "Best Of" distinction that recognises all technology products and services across the technology industry.

Coesys Enrolment & Issuance solutions combine the software, equipment and integration services for governments to securely capture biometric data, personalise and issue secure documents such as e-passports, health care and identity cards, as well as driver licenses. Coesys offers security features such as end-to-end encryption and laser sealer, implementing a state-of-the-art key management system capable of addressing specific customer requirements.

Nominations for the award were vetted by industry experts and TechAmerica Foundation leadership. The Termans is named after Frederick Terman, who is widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley. The winners will be presented today at TechAmerica Foundation's ninth annual Technology and Government Dinner in Washington, DC.



Orange to Put Three New NFC Phones for Sale

Leading French Telecommunication Company - Orange will put three new NFC handsets on sale by July 2011. Among the phones that will go up for sale includes the new 2G mobile phone from LG Electronics (T530), a new version of the Samsung S5230 and the previously announced Wave 578 also from Samsung Electronics.

In all, Orange France will have 7 to 10 NFC models on sale by the end of this year, including one or more BlackBerrys from RIM and another smartphone supporting Android, said Didier Durand, director of mobile contactless services for Orange France.

Orange, like many other mobile operators in Europe is insisting on embracing NFC technology in mobile phones that will support the single-wire protocol standard. NFC will enable them to host secure applications on their SIM cards. Such NFC phones as Google's Nexus S and Nokia's C7 do not support SIM-based applications, at least not the current Nexus S in market. France's other major operators are also in the process of rolling out NFC phones at their shops.



Mexico's Leading Bank Orders 10,000+ Hypercom Optimum Payment Systems

Hypercom Corporation announce that Mexico's largest bank, BBVA Bancomer, has selected and will deploy more than 10,000 Optimum M4230 mobile payment systems to its merchant customers. Hypercom's M4230 replaces an incumbent provider's product and was selected in head-to-head competition with other global payment providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"BBVA Bancomer's selection of Hypercom's high security electronic payment systems reinforces our already significant footprint, is a major endorsement by the premier bank in Mexico and represents a very important win in the MCCA region this year," said Samia Bounaira, Vice President and Managing Director, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America (MCCA), Hypercom Corporation.



The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association Announces New Executive Board

The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association (UKGCVA), the trade body representing the UK's 4 billion-pound voucher, gift card and stored value solutions industry, has elected its new executive board.

The successful candidates now joining the board responsible for directing the policy and operation of UKGCVA are Diane Jackson of CPI Card Group Europe, Steve Bradbery of Ceridian SVS and Siobhan Moore of Salans LLP.

They join Wayne Harrington of Edenred and Kevin Lake of Countdown, both of whom have been re-elected, while Tony Rich of Halfords, Bill Alexander of Red Letter Days, John Bohan of Marks & Spencer and Denise Porter of treatme.net continue in office.

"The newly elected board boasts vast experience and a broad skill set. Our strong representation from the high street, among e-retailers and with industry service providers in both the executive committee and across our full member network continues to cement the Association's reputation as the authoritative voice on the industry," said Andrew Johnson, director general of The UKGCVA




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