Wednesday, 23 November 2011

US Overtaken by China as World's Largest Smartphone Market

According to research by Strategy Analytics, China has become the world's largest smartphone market after it overtook the US in Q3.

This is the first time China has overtaken the US with smartphone shipments rising to a record 24 million, compared with 23 million to the US.

The rise is being attributed to the availability of Smartphones in the retail market and mass of low cost Android phones from local brands.

Neil Mawston Executive Director of Strategy Analytics commented "China has become a large and growing smartphone market that no hardware vendor, component maker or content developer can afford to ignore".

Morpho and Moneo Launch "MoneoPass by Morpho" Contactless Card

Morpho (Safran group) and Moneo Payment Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of the MoneoPass by Morpho contactless card. Morpho designed the cards for multiple uses and a range of markets (local authorities, universities, businesses, and transport operators) according to Moneo Payment Solutions' specifications.

The use of multi-application contactless cards such as MoneoPass by Morpho is set to spread, as they combine various uses in a single medium. These include Moneo payment, access to transport, access management and control, season tickets, ID badges, catering, loyalty cards, etc.

The card can be rolled out quickly without affecting existing infrastructure. The new version offers two notable improvements: it complies with the Calypso transport standard which is widely used throughout France and in a number of European countries, and it can also be used for highly secure applications as it contains PKI keys (Public Key Infrastructure).

Gemalto Deploys First Contactless EMV Payment Cards in Brazil for Santander Universities

Gemalto has been chosen by Banco Santander Brasil, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, to deploy the first contactless EMV payment system in Brazil. Santander Universities Global Division, responsible for the project, expects to issue thousands of contactless payment cards to Brazilian university students over the next 12 months. This innovation represents the evolution of the University Smart Card, which is already widespread in 12 countries, in more than 200 universities and with 5 million users.

This important breakthrough allows Santander Universities to take the lead in the market, providing the new contactless technology along with financial and academic functions. Besides the speed and convenience of contactless payments, students in Brazil will continue enjoying the features of the university smart cards they already have. These features include EMV security, digital ID, strong authentication and access to university facilities, as well as public transportation in some universities.

"The card offers unmatched technology in our market and gives us a leading edge that adds great value to our brand, positioning and activities. We want to strengthen our ties with universities offering state-of-the-art technology, which improves the operation of the institutions," said Jamil Hannouche, Director of Santander Universities in Brasil.

One iota Rolls-out 'Two-click' Mobile Commerce Solution with PayPal

One iota has integrated its MESH technology platform with PayPal's Mobile Express Checkout, allowing brands and retailers to utilise the 'two-click' mobile payment system on their mCommerce sites.

PayPal's innovative payment option enhances the transaction process on mobile-optimised sites, enabling shoppers to checkout securely and quickly, using only two clicks to complete a payment.

One iota's customers will now be able to run PayPal Mobile Express Checkout alongside their existing payment systems, to offer shoppers an efficient, alternative checkout facility.

Damian Hanson, CEO at One iota, commented: "mCommerce has continued to gain momentum throughout 2011, with 28 per cent of British smartphone users currently making purchases from their devices. It's now vital for brands and retailers to be able to offer a quick and secure checkout process to their customers."

Council Warned after Personal Data went Missing for Two Years

Southwark Council breached the Data Protection Act by misplacing a computer and papers containing 7,200 peoples' personal information which were discovered in a skip earlier this year, confirmed the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

The computer and papers were mistakenly left at one of the council's buildings at the Spa Road Complex in Southwark when it was vacated in December 2009. They were then discovered in June of this year and disposed of by the building's new tenant. The information stored on the computer and featured in the papers included details of peoples' names and addresses, along with other information relating to their ethnic background, medical history and any past criminal convictions.

The breach was reported to the ICO on 3 June 2011 shortly after the information was discovered in the skip. The ICO's enquiries found that, while the council did have information handling and decommissioning policies in place, the policies were not followed when the offices were vacated. The council also failed to make sure the information stored on the computer was encrypted.

Sally Anne Poole, Acting Head of Enforcement said: "The fact that thousands of residents' personal details went missing for over two years clearly shows that Southwark Council's policies for handling personal information are below standard"

ecLS Partners with LaSer for Prepaid Processing

Ingenico announces that easycash Loyalty Solutions GmbH (ecLS), an Ingenico company, is taking over the processing for LaSer. ecLS will use its high-performance systems to process the international open and closed loop prepaid cards of LaSer.

Within the framework of this cooperation, ecLS makes its systems available to LaSer. While the French partner supports customers and carries out the card issuing and administration, ecLS is responsible for the processing of the payment procedures. All international transactions by LaSer customers are processed in the ecLS data centres.

LaSer is the leading European company for intermediation and customer relationship services combining, in its broad approach to customer relationship, the full range of card and consumer credit with loyalty and customer relationship management expertise.

Equally owned by the Galeries Lafayette Group and BNP Paribas Personal Finance, LaSer is the number one proprietary card company in Europe with 20 million cards as well as the number one provider of loyalty programs in France.

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