Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Time is Money with Launch of Watch2pay

The saying that 'time is money' has become a reality with the launch of Watch2pay, the UK's first ever prepaid contactless wristwatch, enabled with MasterCard PayPass contactless technology to allow consumers to simply 'Tap & Go' to make fast, secure payments for up to 15-pounds within seconds.

MasterCard has worked closely with watch manufacturer LAKS and issuer Vincento to bring this latest innovation to British consumers, who will now be able to tap their wristwatch against a contactless reader to make a payment at more than 70,000 retailers in the UK, without needing to enter a PIN.

Matt Lanford, Head of Prepaid at MasterCard Europe, said: "Since we introduced contactless to the world nearly a decade ago, we've been driving innovation in Tap & Go payments. We're maintaining that momentum by working with Vincento and LAKS to bring together prepaid and contactless payments in a wristwatch for the very first time in the UK, offering consumers a safe, simple and smart way to pay for everyday items."

Contactless wristwatches are already in use in Turkey, Poland and a number of markets in Asia. Watch2pay builds upon the growing demand for contactless payments and prepaid cards in the UK, which respectively offer consumers greater security than cash and allow them to segment and set budgets for different spending needs. This is the first time in the UK that a wristwatch has been enabled with the payment technology to meet both these functional needs.

The wristwatch comes with a reloadable MasterCard prepaid card which is not linked to a bank account or any line of credit. The card is valid up to two years and accepted at over 32 million retail locations worldwide.

INSIDE Opens Door to iCLASS Credentials on NFC-enabled Smartphones

INSIDE Secure today revealed that its SecuRead NFC solution is securing and powering the HID Global iCLASS digital keys and mobile secure identity feature available on multiple new NFC-enabled smartphones. Since the establishment of its partnership with HID in 2001, INSIDE has been the supplier of semiconductor components for HID iCLASS credentials, and all INSIDE Secure NFC products are now supporting the HID iCLASS command set and protocol necessary to communicate with iCLASS readers.

"Last year we announced our commitment to bring market-leading iCLASS access control and identity credentials to NFC mobile phones by building this capability into all of our NFC solutions, and now we are seeing the first results of this partnership," said Didier Serra, executive vice president and general manager for the US at INSIDE Secure. "Multiple smartphone manufacturers have the opportunity to incorporate this technology into their next-generation NFC mobile devices, and INSIDE will continue to add value to its NFC solutions through additional functionality to serve the needs of the market."

A suite of new smartphones being deployed into the US and other markets will support iCLASS digital credentials and be compatible with the large installed base of iCLASS readers used for physical access systems in buildings, student IDs, time tracking and attendance application and more. People will be able to simply wave their NFC-enabled smartphone in front of a reader, instead of physical keys or smartcards, to use iCLASS digital credentials for authentication.

NHS Business Service Authority selects ID Data for 10 million Card Solution

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has awarded a two-year contract to ID Data for the provision of a complete plastic card solution. Under the agreement, ID Data will handle all production and fulfilment requirements for more than 10 million cards each year including the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

In addition to the EHIC, the company will also be responsible for the Tax Credit Exemption Card and the NHSBSA Medical Cards. ID Data will undertake all aspects of card production and fulfilment, including design, manufacturing, personalisation and mailing. The operation will meet strict European specifications for the manufacture of plastic cards.

Brendan Brown, Head of Operations at the NHS Business Services Authority commented: "ID Data Cards has demonstrated its ability to provide a high quality card solution in a responsive and cost effective manner. We needed a card partner that could not only meet the precise needs of the NHSBSA, but more importantly those of the general public."

GlobalPlatform Announces Board of Directors For Fiscal Year 2011-12

GlobalPlatform has announced its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2011-12, following annual elections for five of the eleven Board seats. Individual members to serve as Board Officers for a one-year team have also been confirmed.

Marc Kekicheff, Senior Business Leader of Chip Innovation within the Technology Office at Visa Inc. retains his position as Chairman of the organisation for the second year. Uwe Wittig, Group Vice-President within the Payment Division of the Cards and Services Business Unit at Giesecke & Devrient also continues as Vice-Chair. For the fifth consecutive year Yves Moulart, Director of Development and Innovation within STMicroelectronics' Secure MCUs Division, Secure Software Solutions will serve as GlobalPlatform's Secretary / Treasurer.

Five Board seats were open for election. In addition to Yves Moulart each of the following individuals were elected to serve a two year term:

Jon Geater, Director of Technology and Secure Services Division CTO - ARM

Remi de Fouchier, Senior VP, Trusted Services Management Business Unit - Gemalto

Arnaud du Chene, VP, Head of Quality & Approval within the Chip Centre of Excellence - MasterCard Worldwide

Sebastian Hans, Senior Standardisation Manager - Oracle

Marc Kekicheff comments: "GlobalPlatform continues to grow in both membership and influence. Since the beginning of October, six new members have joined the organisation, bringing the total membership to 77. I'm also pleased to report that member interest and engagement has never been so high, demonstrated by levels of participation in GlobalPlatform Task Forces and Technical Committees.

New Contis Group FD Powers Aggressive Growth Goals

Contis Group - a leading edge payments technology and prepaid card solutions provider to major global banking and retail brands - has appointed a financial director with a strong track record in driving acquisitions and business growth.

Andi Lonnen was the former group financial controller of The Private Health Partnership (PHP) Ltd in Baildon where she played a key role in doubling its turnover over a seven year period and in PHP purchasing two companies, becoming Finance Director of the Medical Care Direct Ltd subsidiary.

Managing director Mike Fromant said: "Andi will be a great asset as we continue to innovate and expand organically and by acquisition. The prepaid sector is forecast to continue growing until at least 2017, with the UK expected to clinch a 25% share of the European market. Andi will play a substantial role in helping us to cement our position as the only true end-to-end service provider in the prepaid card industry."

2011 has marked a series of milestones for Skipton-based Contis Group, which last month was accepted as a Principal Member of VISA Europe, and in July reinforced its commitment to the prepaid card market by announcing a 2 million-pound investment programme.

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