Monday, 03 October 2011

New ISO/IEC 14443 A/B Reader

ARCONTIA TECHNOLOGY AB, a Swedish producer of contactless smart card readers and terminals, has announced the next generation smart card embedded controller board for e-ticketing and e-payment. With a fully embedded ISO/IEC 14443 A/B smart card reader

Featuring a series of high speed communication interfaces, advanced contactless features, as well as an external antenna for optimized reading performance, ARC1810OEM is a high performance contactless smart card controller board.

ARC1810OEM is designed for use in validators, turnstile gates, driver consoles, add value machines and ticket vending machines, providing system integrators and solution providers maximum flexibility to easily design and develop their own ticketing or payment terminal.

With a powerful ARM9 - 400MHz processor, ARC1810OEM can also operate as a master device with one or more slave devices, allowing multiple fare collection and payment devices to work simultaneously.

ARC1810OEM supports nearly all global contactless standards, including the entire MIFARE family, Smart MX, Calypso, as well as support for future EMV contactless and NFC compliance, making it suitable for use in both existing and emerging contactless payment and ticketing markets.

In addition to the benefit of different communication interfaces, including Ethernet, USB, RS232 and RS485, ARC1810OEM is a highly configurable board that runs on Linux embedded operating system for easy integration and high speed. ARC1810OEM is a cost-efficient solution for system integrators and solution providers looking to build their own ticketing or payment terminal, featuring the latest in contactless technology.

Cryptography Research signs License with Major Smartphone Manufacturer

Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus Inc.), has announced it has signed a license agreement with a major smartphone manufacturer for the use of CRI's Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures patents. Under the agreement, ongoing royalties will be paid for the use of CRI's patented innovations. Specific terms of the agreement and disclosure of the smartphone manufacturer are confidential.

"Consumers increasingly rely on their smartphones and tablets to perform financial transactions, store personal data and access premium content," said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research. "Our DPA countermeasures technology is a key part of securing mobile devices to safeguard the data of consumers and content providers worldwide."

Differential Power Analysis (DPA) is a form of attack that involves monitoring variations in electrical power consumption of a target device and then uses advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys or other secrets. Strong countermeasures to DPA are important for securing mobile devices, bank cards, pay television systems, secure identity products, secure storage media, and other electronic systems and components. Many of the world's leading security standards include requirements that devices be protected against DPA and related attacks.

Cryptography Research has developed a portfolio of more than 55 patents covering countermeasures to DPA attacks, with additional patent applications pending worldwide.

Multi-purpose Card for all Adult Citizens

The Indian Economic Times reports that the New Delhi Government is proposing to issue multi- purpose smart identity cards to all adult citizens by the end of 2013. The cards can also be used in place of ration, toll and election cards.

The proposed card will carry Aadhar numbers, photographs, biometric data such as finger prints and an iris scan of the card holder.

Hire a Bike with a Smart Card

As reported by the Transit eMoney News Smart card travel is now in operation in Bath UK thanks to the launch of the city's first ever cycle hire scheme.

As part of Bath and North East Somerset Council's European CIVITAS Renaissance project, more than 50 bikes are available for hire for both residents of the city and visitors.

Requiring a contactless smart card to operate, the system - which is on a ten-month trial and being run by Italian company Bicincitta - will be similar to other schemes in place in European cities such as Rome and Turin.

Adrian Roper, south-west of England director for the Sustrans charity, said: "Introducing a cycle hire scheme is a positive step towards providing people with more travel choices and healthier, more environmentally-friendly options for doing short, local journeys around Bath."

People wishing to hire bicycles can pick them up from Orange Grove next to the Guildhall, Railway Place next to Bath Spa Station, Charles Street outside Green Park Station or Sydney Place outside the Holburne Museum.

Cryptzone warns on Smartphone take-up effects on Company Security Risk Profiles

News that US smartphone buyers are embracing the Google Android platform - whilst one in ten school children in the UK now have an iPhone - signals that the smartphone has become ubiquitous in our lives, says Cryptzone, the European IT threat mitigation specialist.

According to Peter Davin, Cryptzone's CEO, as the new iPhone 5 is about to be launched on both sides of the Atlantic, these statistics - which are just two of several indicators on the rise in smartphone usage - mean that IT managers now need to develop a more effective access strategy for the increasing use of smartphones and tablet computers in the workplace.

"Lord Erroll said at this year's Infosecurity Show keynote back in April that the consumerisation of IT is now inevitable (, but regardless of who actually owns the portable device, we agree his point that organisations must accept that portable devices are now as much a facet of workplace life as the photocopier - which, incidentally, auditors viewed as a significant security threat back in the 1970s when they started reaching the mainstream," he said.

"The rise and rise of Google Android as a portable device operating system of choice, however, changes things from an IT security perspective, since - as an open source operating system - users can clearly download their apps from many different sources, some of which are less secure than others," he added.

The irony of the surge in take-up of Android devices in the US marketplace, he went on to say, is that the US corporate environment is arguably one of the most heavily regulated in the world, with federal law imposing all manner of requirements on IT departments in terms of governance and security.

A quick glance through the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, he explained, will confirm this to be the case. And, he noted, any European firms that want to trade with US companies usually have to abide by the terms of the Act.

"I'm often asked where does all this technology leave us on the security front, and I always reply that governance now goes hand-in-hand with conventional IT security. It all comes down to risk mitigation and reducing the risk profile of your organisation," he said.

"And against the backdrop of Android becoming the smartphone operating system of choice for our US colleagues, and the iPhone continuing its march upwards here in Europe, the time has come for all IT security professionals to develop more effective portable device security strategies. Unless this happens, it is clear that the risk profile of the organisation is going to increase - and that's a bad thing, regardless of which side of the Atlantic your offices are located," he added.

Half Population of Emirates Registered

According to the Khaleej Times On-line more than 3.5 million, that's over half the population of the UAE have registered for the ID card and population register over the last 18 months.

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