Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Morpho Unveiled World's First Physical Access Control Terminals

Morpho (Safran group) has introduced the MorphoAccess VP Series, which happens to be the world's first range of physical access control terminals. It is made combining the finger vein and fingerprint biometrics.

The easy-to-use MorphoAccess VP Series of terminals is especially designed for authentication or identification purposes. Morpho terminals are PoE (Power over Ethernet) and Wi-Fi capable and have received FBI PIV-IQS and IP 65 certifications.

The MorphoAccess VP Series will be displayed at the IFSEC, a major European security trade show, in Birmingham, UK, from May 16 to 19, 2011.

UK's First American Express-Branded Contactless Credit Cards Launched

Yesterday, MBNA announced they will be issuing first American Express-branded, contactless credit cards to their customers in the U.K.

With the launch of First American Express-Branded Contactless Credit Cards, MBNA becomes world's first issuer of EMV-enabled contactless credit cards for all 3 payment networks - American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

The move is part of a phased initiative taken up by MBNA to issue contactless-enabled cards for new customers, and replace credit cards for all of its U.K. customers by the end of 2012.

Ian O'Doherty, Europe Card executive for Bank of America, which operates the MBNA brand in the UK, said: "We are delighted to offer a world first in providing EMV-enabled contactless credit cards across the three major payment networks. It is a sign of our global commitment to innovation and to delivering for our customers".

MBNA-issued American Express-branded cards will be automatically converted to EMV-enabled contactless credit cards when they are re-issued or replaced. To use their new contactless cards, customers simply need to touch the card at payment terminals that display the contactless symbol and American Express logo without the need to enter the PIN.

AT&T to Offer Consumer Wireless Security Service in 2012

In an attempt to prevent rising security threats to mobile devices, AT&T will be starting a consumer wireless security service next year. Juniper Networks has already shown a 400 percent rise in tainted Android applications.

The new would-be launched AT&T wireless security service would also cover iPhone devices in response to a "spike" in attacks on mobile devices, which AT&T enterprise business chief John Stankey attributed to the growing base of mobile devices.

Android Malware Up By 400%

Juniper Networks in its latest study titled "Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011" has found that enterprise and consumer mobile devices such as Google-owned Android OS smartphones are exposed to security threat, leading to a record 400 percent increase in Android malware since last year. The report also warns users of sophisticated Wi-Fi attacks.

Key findings of the study are given below:

  • Wi-Fi attack: Mobile phones are increasingly falling prey to Wi-Fi attacks, including applications that enable an attacker to easily log into your email and social networking sites
  • Text threat: 17 percent of all reported infections are due to SMS Trojans that are sent via SMS messages to premium rate numbers
  • Device loss and theft: 1 in every 20 Juniper customer phones are lost or stolen, requiring locate, lock or wipe commands to be issued

Fulcrum Biometrics Announced FbF mobileOne for iPod Touch

Fulcrum Biometrics, a leading global provider of multiple biometric identification systems, announced its FbF mobileOne fingerprint biometric accessory and companion app exclusively available for iPod touch. FbF mobileOne is the world's first fingerprint biometric solution designed exclusively for iOS.

The FbF mobileOne uses AuthenTec's TCEFC1 TouchChip silicon fingerprint module that sends FIPS-201/PIV-certified fingerprint images to the FbF mobileOne App on iPod touch for onboard processing, storage and forwarding. The FbF mobileOne App supports the embedded fingerprint scanner.

With its pocket size and more than 9 hour battery life, FbF mobileOne is well suited for mobile identification systems including biometric voter registration, on-site time and attendance in offices and law enforcement warrant searches. The new fingerprint biometric accessory can also be used for logical and physical security and it is suitable as part of a HIPAA-compliant medical information system.

Network Media Services Adds Intercash Payment Solution

Network Media Services has added Intercash, the leading pre-paid card and online payment solution, to its range of performance marketing systems. According to Network Media Services, Intercash features will strengthen the company's appeal to affiliates throughout the world.

Ian Jewers, Managing Director of Network Media Services commented: "The integration of Intercash into our retail, e-gaming and e-trading systems will mean that affiliates can have instant, hassle-free access to their commission, wherever they are".

Patrick Seguev, CEO of Intercash said: "We are very excited about our venture with Network Media Services, and to be a part of their performance marketing systems. Network Media Services merchants are now invited to benefit from this powerful venture and our Intercash Zero program, providing a great way to pay affiliates, at Zero cost and time to start".

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