Thursday, 24 November 2011


Visa Europe and Visa Inc to Launch V.me by Visa in 2012

Visa Europe and Visa Inc are launching digital wallet services in 2012, providing a secure and convenient online shopping experience, and today sees the announcement of the global brand for this new way to pay: V.me by Visa.

Making online payments possible with a single click, V.me allows online retailers and merchants to provide users with the simplest of checkout experiences, which is both secure and convenient, avoiding the need to enter payment card information every time they shop online. This is a service flexible enough to be tailored to fit an individual market's requirements, but robust enough to provide impeccable reliability and security.

More details of Visa's digital wallet service launch will be communicated in the coming months.



Aconite Fast-Track to PCI Compliance

Aconite, a leading provider of smart application management and EMV transaction processing solutions, congratulates strategic partner Thales e-Security on achieving PCI HSM certification for its payShield 9000 hardware security module (HSM). PCI HSM is the first HSM standard to be introduced by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to address security requirements when handling cardholder data. Aconite and Thales have together completed an integration program that allows Aconite solutions in card and mobile application management, key management and smart transaction processing - already designed and built for PCI compliance - and Thales payShield 9000 HSMs, to work seamlessly together.

Customers who select Aconite solutions together with Thales HSMs will benefit not only from faster implementation times and reduced costs from the elimination of HSM customisation and integration testing, but will be major step closer to being able to achieve full Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance.



INSIDE Secure wins 2nd prize in the Deloitte Technology Fast 5 Awards

INSIDE Secure, have won second prize in the Deloitte Technology Fast 5 Awards, which reward the fastest revenue growth by companies that had turnovers of 10 million Euros or more in 2006.

INSIDE Secure's rapid development in the five years from 2006 to 2010 saw its revenues increase by 318% to $78 million. The company now employs 355 people, half of whom are engaged in research and development, over five times as many as in 2006.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 5 is one of several categories in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 technology awards program, which was created in 2001 and rewards fast-growing technology companies. The different categories are the Fast 50, the Fast 5, the OSEO trophy, the NYSE Euronext trophy and sectorial prizes. As the chairman of Deloitte, Alain Pons explained that these prizes are aimed at French companies that have demonstrated "their ability to grow at a sustained and lasting pace." The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 national awards ceremony took place in Paris on November 17.



Biometrics Institute to Launch International Biometrics Privacy Charter

The Biometrics Institute will launch its Biometrics Privacy Charter on the 30 November 2011 during its 7th Biometrics Institute Technology Showcase and Exhibition which will be held at Hotel Realm in Canberra, Australia. The Charter will then be made available to all members.

"This Biometrics Privacy Charter has been designed by the Biometrics Institute to provide a universal guide for suppliers, end users, managers and purchasers of biometric systems," says Isabelle Moeller, General Manager of the Biometrics Institute, "it is the public's assurance that the biometric managers have followed best practice privacy principles when designing, implementing and managing biometric based projects."

The Charter is intended to be a guide across many different countries and jurisdictions. It takes into account the legislative and administrative frameworks of different countries but recognises that biometrics and information technologies do connect beyond national boundaries and across different fields as diverse as health records, border controls, consumer based applications in the telecommunications industry, banking and drivers licenses.



MasterCard and Telefonica Join to Offer Consumer Financial Solutions through Mobile Phones in Brazil

MasterCard and Telefonica announce the creation of a joint venture to offer mobile financial solutions for 65 million Vivo consumers in Brazil. The initiative will create a mobile wallet allowing consumers to make payments via their mobile phones as well as transfer funds, pay bills and make online purchases.

The service promotes financial inclusion for Brazilian consumers allowing operations between banked and unbanked consumers and fostering the acceptance of mobile payments in locations that traditionally have only accepted cash transactions, such as taxis and delivery services as well as direct sales such as door-to-door transactions.

The new company will operate independently with each shareholder holding 50 percent of the equity. The joint venture will be presented to competent authorities for approval.



IDENTEC Solutions Announces New CEO

IDENTEC Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Neil Robertson as CEO of IDENTEC Solutions.

Brian brings a respected 20-year career with success in developing highly profitable technology markets globally.

Most recently, Brian held the position of President at DSP Group Inc., a NASDAQ listed provider of wireless solutions where he was instrumental in leading a development strategy, while also overseeing the successful integration of the acquired cordless business from NXP Semiconductors.




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