Thursday, 10 November 2011

INSIDE Secure's New NFC-based Security Chip Protects High-end Consumer Products

INSIDE Secure today introduced the VaultIC150, a low-cost and compact turnkey NFC-based security solution designed for embedding into high-end consumer or luxury products that are often targeted by counterfeiters and cloners.

By incorporating the VaultIC150 in their products, manufacturers of high-end consumer products (handbags, wine, watches, etc.) and consumables can track their products through distribution and retail channels, and allow consumers with NFC-enabled mobile phones to verify that the product is an original and not a counterfeit.

"Counterfeiting and cloning are taking a tremendous toll on makers of popular high-end brands, not only in lost revenues, but also in jobs lost and company reputation," said Christian Fleutelot, general manager, VaultIC, secure microcontroller solutions business unit, at INSIDE Secure. "The VaultIC150 provides these manufacturers with a simple, single-chip solution that provides banking-level security to protect their brands at an attractive price point."

The VaultIC150 solution's wireless NFC interface has a range of several centimetres and is available in several antenna form factors. This means that the chip can be deeply embedded into the product without leaving any visible trace, thus making the protection totally invisible. The chip requires no battery since the NFC interface and embedded antenna collect the RF energy emitted by the reader device to power the security circuitry and communications interface.

Identive Announces $3.3 Million in Transponder Orders for Transit Applications

Identive Group, Inc. today announced the receipt of two orders totalling $3.3 million for radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tickets for mass transit applications in the U.S. and Southeast Asian markets.

"Major metropolitan transit systems increasingly are moving to RFID technology for ticketing, to take advantage of greater security, durability and ease of operation for passengers," said Michael Kober, Managing Director of Identive's Transponder Division. "Identive continues to win significant contracts in this market and as we expand our production capacity, we are pleased to be able to serve an expanding customer base."

Identive expects to deliver the U.S. orders representing nearly $2.0 million over a 14-month period and the Asian order over the next 24 months.

The OSPT Alliance Welcomes Samsung as New Member

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance today announced that Samsung Electronics has joined the OSPT Alliance. As a full member of the Alliance, Samsung will pursue the development of commercialised semiconductor products for building next-generation transit fare collection systems based on the CIPURSE open security standard.

The CIPURSE open security standard addresses the need by transit authorities for future-proof fare collection systems with more advanced security than currently in use. Because it is an open standard, CIPURSE promotes vendor neutrality, cross-vendor system interoperability, lower technology adoption risks, higher quality and improved market responsiveness, all of which result in lower operating costs and greater flexibility for transport system operators. CIPURSE also offers a global basis for a faster transition of transit fare systems to the use of emerging NFC mobile phones and other devices and support for the adoption of NFC transit applications for a truly future-proof solution.

Royal Sun Alliance Launches Prepaid Insurance Card

Royal Sun Alliance (RSA) has teamed up with Edenred to launch a prepaid insurance card, redeemable at many of the UK's major high street and online retailers, including M&S, Homebase, Debenhams, B&Q, Argos and House of Fraser. The card can be used anywhere within the MasterCard / Maestro network.

The new card is available to all policy holders of the RSA which now provides them with the option of receiving a prepaid insurance card or a cash settlement when settling a claim for home and contents insurance.

Bell ID Launches TSM Software Solutions to Manage NFC Ecosystem Complexity

Bell ID announces the launch of Bell ID Mobile Token Manager, a versatile software platform that provides over-the-air (OTA) lifecycle management of applications, cryptographic keys and secure elements (SE) on near field communication (NFC) mobile devices. The solution assists mobile network operators, service providers (application issuers) and trusted third parties in executing complex Trusted Service Manager (TSM) services or the provisioning of applications onto mobile device handsets.

As the mobile payments industry transitions from small pilots to large-scale deployments, Bell ID has released its mobile token management solution specifically designed to meet the functional and commercial complexities of this ecosystem. The solution is positioned at the core of any mobile services implementation - regardless of technical and business partners - to perform the required data preparation and securely manage OTA the entire lifecycle of the SE, its associated applications and related cryptographic keys.

Bell ID has also been liaising with banks and payment services providers that would like to directly manage their mobile payment applications through the deployment of microSD cards.

There IS a Silver Lining to the Cyber 'Cloud'

A study published this week by the Carbon Disclosure Project predicts that the 'Cloud' can halve the carbon emissions generated by computing before 2020 but web entrepreneur Duane Jackson says the true savings can be far higher.

The study by the London based Carbon Disclosure Project concentrated on big IT concerns based in Britain and France and calculated that they would save carbon emissions by moving their data storage to web based 'cloud' systems.

"This study focuses on single large companies but I would prefer to calculate savings in terms of thousands of concerns moving their data storage and computer crunching into the cloud," said Mr Jackson, creator and MD of KashFlow.

'AHEAD IN THE CLOUDS' breakfast meeting takes place on 16th November, for more information visit

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