Thursday, 23 June 2011

Intesa Sanpaolo Deploys Gemalto Contactless Prepaid Cards

Gemalto announced that Intesa Sanpaolo is deploying a new contactless prepaid card specifically designed for tourists taking part in the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification in 2011. Intesa Sanpaolo is a leading banking group of Italy. The bank is issuing the cards through its service centre Setefi.

Users can enjoy the speed and convenience of contactless payments in shops, as well as the security of EMV for conventional payments and online purchases. They are also offered speedy access to museums and cultural events.

Visitors can easily travel in the city area, by loading dedicated offers from the Turin transport company ("Gruppo Torinese Trasporti") onto their card. They can purchase the card at Intesa Sanpaolo branches, at Gruppo Torinese Trasporti outlets in Turin, as well as in touristic places (such as "Officine Grandi Riparazioni di Torino" and "Reggia della Venaria Reale").

DeviceFidelity to Turn Mobile Phones into Wallets

Yesterday, DeviceFidelity, Inc. the world's leader in plug and play mobile payment and contactless technologies announced being granted a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Patent No. 7,942,337, for turning mobile phones into NFC technology based mobile wallets.

DeviceFidelity mobile wallets will enable users to carry on contactless payment uses in public transport and all other contactless transactions through Points of Sale terminals.

In Dec 2010, In2Pay microSD became the world's first Visa certified NFC solution for commercial deployment. DeviceFidelity actively works in more than 100 customer projects worldwide either directly or through its partners, including smart card makers, terminal makers, application developers, TSM platform providers, handset makers and mobile banking solution providers.

The US patent describes a multi institution Mobile Wallet Architecture, protected by a Secure Element. It is capable of running multiple applications such as smart card, to deliver users NFC-based transactions from multiple accounts and varying institutions to make contactless payments on their preferred mobile device. The patent also describes a security framework usable to implement stronger protection than traditional payment methods to protect contactless transactions.

Citibank has Shell MasterCard for Czech Republic

Citibank has introduced the first contactless Shell MasterCard credit card in Czech Republic. The card will let the Citi cardholders to make contactless payments at all Shell stations and other retailers equipped with contactless technology. The Shell MasterCard, as the name goes, was issued in cooperation with MasterCard.

Citibank Czech Republic head of consumer lending George Denisenko said: "PayPass technology allows customers to pay for small purchases more quickly and conveniently than with cash. The technology has been used successfully in a number of countries. It has been on the rise in most European countries over the last several years and will be available for clients within the Czech Republic this fall".

Morpho Supplies Additional SmartGates in New Zealand

Morpho (Safran group) have announced that it will deliver additional SmartGate equipment to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports in response to the expected increase in air traffic during the Rugby World Cup 2011. This important phase strengthens the long term partnership between New Zealand Customs Service and Morpho for the implementation of improved border control solutions.

SmartGate carries out biometric identification of eligible ePassport holders. Travellers are identified in real-time using facial recognition technology, based on digital images stored in the chip of electronic passports. The system has been recognised as a key tool for the New Zealand Customs Service as it not only simplifies the control process but also accelerates border crossing without compromising security.

"Since its implementation, the SmartGate system has seen considerable uptake by the travelling public and has significantly improved Customs clearance time. This additional equipment will help us handle the expected high passenger throughput during the Rugby World Cup," said John Secker, Acting CEO of New Zealand Customs Service.

FIS Selected by Tyburn Group for Prepaid Card Processing

FIS a provider of banking and payments technology announce the Tyburn Group has selected to deploy FIS' prepaid card processing services in support of the newly launched TrustCard prepaid card for U.S. military personnel.

The TrustCard is designed to provide military personnel with a convenient, secure alternative to traditional payroll and money management. With the TrustCard, enrolees' payroll funds are deposited directly onto their TrustCard. Deposits are guaranteed by the FDIC and the cards can be used globally anywhere that MasterCard debit cards are accepted - enabling participants to have immediate access to funds for shopping, bill paying or cash withdrawals from an ATM. An added benefit to the cards is the ability of participants to add a Family TrustCard for spouses or family members - significantly simplifying the process of sharing payroll funds during deployments.

"Military personnel, particularly those in deployment situations, do not always have access to the same conveniences as the average consumer," said Frank D'Angelo, executive vice president, FIS Payment Solutions Group. "Through the TrustCard, they will have a secure way to manage their money, including receiving alerts through their mobile phone, managing funds online and the ability to add funds when needed".

Identive Group Hires New VP for Mobility and NFC Solutions

Identive Group, Inc., a provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries, announced the appointment of David Holmes as vice president Mobility and NFC Solutions, effective on from July 1, 2011.

As the new VP, Holmes will coordinate the company's current activities and also provide expanding solutions in mobility and Near Field Communication (NFC) areas.

Speaking in favour of David Holmes, Ayman S. Ashour, chairman and CEO of Identive Group said: "Dave Holmes is one of the pioneers in the NFC industry and has significant experience in pulling together the components needed to create, deliver and manage contactless mobile solutions. The timing is right for Identive to expand our focus on this exciting space, and Dave is the ideal person to take on this new role. In addition to driving NFC initiatives across our ID infrastructure offerings, Dave will be pursuing new revenue generating opportunities with mobile solutions and applications that leverage the breadth and depth of Identive's IP and expertise in NFC and other contactless technologies".

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