Wednesday, 29 June 2011

INSIDE Secure and ZTE working to bring NFC Phones to GSM and 3G Networks

Yesterday, INSIDE Secure announced its partnership with ZTE Corporation to integrate INSIDE's NFC technology into ZTE's GSM and next-generation TD-SCDMA Android OS based smartphone platform.

INSIDE and ZTE are creating the NFC solution based on the INSIDE MicroRead NFC controller and the companion Open NFC protocol stack. The solution will enable consumers in China and elsewhere to use ZTE 3G smartphones for a broad range of secure NFC applications, including payments, transportation, loyalty, ticketing and access control.

A third-generation product that sets a new standard for ease of integration, the MicroRead NFC controller offers a broad range of NFC options and provides the capacity to implement any secure element, including SIM, SE or SD card, to support any business model.

China UnionPay and CCB Signed New Mobile Phone Payment Agreement

China UnionPay, one of the world's leading bank card associations, signed a framework agreement with China Construction Bank (CCB) to explore a mobile phone payment program. The two companies will work together to develop an innovative, new payment systems that can be used online or through mobile phones.

With the new mobile phone payment services on offer, customers will be able to shop online, pay utility bills, make credit card payments and buy airplane tickets using their mobile phones.

Zhu Xiaohuang, vice president of CCB said, "The mobile phone payment program has great potential and will help to speed up the construction of China's financial service system". Xu Luode, president of China UnionPay added, "CCB is the first state-owned bank to sign a cooperative agreement concerning the exploration of mobile phone payment platforms".

NXP MIFARE Plus to Power St. Petersburg Transport Card Project

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that it's MIFARE Plus contactless IC has been selected to power the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Since 2009, "Podorozhnik", a unified electronic transport card, has been introduced in St. Petersburg to provide passengers a convenient transport payment system. The City Transport Committee of St. Petersburg, NXP and AFC solution had jointly started the project along with SMARTRAC, a global inlay manufacturer.

The "Podorozhnik" transport card includes eWallet system and the card allows access to all public transportation systems in St. Petersburg region. The eWallet card features a multi-purpose payment control policy allowing future integration of new players and new services based on MIFARE Plus cards.

Podorozhnik system implementation is built around the NXP MIFARE Plus IC, which has got the Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification and features 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

MIFARE(tm) technology is already used by operators of public ground and underground transport in the S-Petersburg and Leningrad Region, as well as suburban electric trains.

BP to Go Contactless in the UK, Germany and Switzerland

Oil giant BP (British Petroleum) will very soon launch contactless payment terminals in all of its service stations in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. If the contactless roll-out is a success, BP could even take measures to lift the current 25-Euro limit imposed on contactless payments, in order to capture a larger proportion of fuel sales, rather than just shop purchases.

Germany will have the largest roll-out, with all 2,410 Aral sites becoming equipped with the contactless technology, while in the UK and Switzerland, 1,174 and 400 BP sites, respectively, will become contactless. The terminals will accept payments up to 15-Pounds in the UK, 25-Euros in Germany and 40-CHF in Switzerland.

According to Datamonitor research findings, on an average, customers across Europe fill up with 37 litres of fuel at a time, costing approximately 40-Euros. It is therefore likely that a great deal of contactless purchases at BP sites will be for shop items rather than for fuel.

Initially, the payment terminals, will only accept MasterCard PayPass cards. Customers can use their contactless-enabled cards to complete transactions by passing the card over the contactless reader installed in all of the BP service stations.

Indian Bank Launched e-Wallet Card

India's third largest private sector bank - Axis Bank, has introduced an 'e-Wallet Card' for making payments on all websites that accept Visa cards. The e-Wallet Card can be used like any credit or debit card for making online payments. The card will be offered free of cost by the Axis Bank to all its customers.

Bank customers will receive an e-Wallet Card instantly from Axis Bank's Internet Banking system. Users just need to log on to the Bank's Internet Banking portal, select the e-Wallet Card option from the Cards menu and select the source account from which the funds would be debited. Instructions will be given at each stage to each customer for getting the Axis Bank e-Wallet Card.

R. K. Bammi, Executive Director, Retail Banking said: "The e-Wallet Card is another instance of the Bank using technological know-how to design a product that is secure and customised for consumer's online payment needs. We hope that the e-Wallet Card will encourage consumers to embrace the e-payment platform".

Zix Corporation Offers Encryption Services to Berkshire Bank

America-based Berkshire Bank has renewed its contract with Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), a leading email encryption services provider. The new three-year renewal agreement will let ZixCorp offer transparent email encryption with ZixGateway to continue implementing a proactive, data security strategy to protect the sensitive information of all bank customers.

The ZixCorp solution also helps the Berkshire Bank satisfy the privacy requirements in Massachusetts regulation 201 CMR. Since 2008, Zix Corporation is providing its encryption services to Berkshire Bank.

John Sinopoli, Vice President, Information Technology for Berkshire Bank said: "CMR 17 was a significant regulatory adjustment for businesses managing the sensitive information of Massachusetts residents, but Berkshire Bank was well prepared for the change. We were completely comfortable with the new secure email requirement because ZixCorp Email Encryption Services was already providing us with a convenient security and compliance solution".

Effective from March 2010, 201 CMR 17 mandates the protection and security of sensitive information about Massachusetts residents. The state regulation applies to all persons and businesses that possess personal information about a resident of Massachusetts.

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