Thursday, 06 October 2011

VASCO & OpSource Partner

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. a leading software security company specialising in authentication products, announced that it has partnered with OpSource, Inc., Dimension Data's wholly-owned enterprise cloud and managed hosting business, providing an enterprise-class solution for joint clients. VASCO's authentication platforms VACMAN, IDENTIKEY and its cloud-based authentication DIGIPASS as a Service offering are now available for the OpSource Cloud.

OpSource provides enterprise cloud and managed hosting solutions, enabling businesses of all sizes to accelerate growth and scale operations while controlling costs and reducing IT infrastructure support risks. As part of the partnership, VASCO's strong authentication and e-signature solutions have been tested and validated on the OpSource Cloud. VASCO adds additional security to OpSource's Cloud platform, offering businesses cloud and managed hosting solutions that are secure, high performance and easy to manage.

The joint partnership provides enterprises with customised and secure cloud-based services that match the organisation's business needs in addition to their application hosting requirements.

VASCO's two-factor authentication technology replaces less secure static passwords with dynamic one-time passwords. This enhancement increases access security without compromising user convenience, assuring clients that only properly authenticated users gain access to the OpSource network.

DigitalPersona & Diebold Responsible for Successful 2010 Brazilian Elections

DigitalPersona, Inc., a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, has announced the company's U.are.U fingerprint biometrics were incorporated by Diebold into the electronic voting system used in the successful 2010 Brazilian national elections. The combined Diebold-DigitalPersona solution enabled the identity of voters to be verified in the balloting that resulted in the historic selection of President Dilma Rousseff. To ensure that Diebold met the stringent deadlines and quality standards set by the Brazilian government, DigitalPersona delivered more than 180,000 U.are.U 4500 fingerprint modules over the course of just 3 months. In addition, DigitalPersona worked closely with Diebold to enable its electronic voter registration and balloting systems to take full advantage of the imaging capabilities of the U.are.U fingerprint readers.

Talking iPhone

On Tuesday night Apple launched its new iPhone 4S which can answer questions such as "What is the weather like today" and receive an answer. The voice recognition system called Siri can also answer more complex questions such as how the stock market is doing or where is the nearest restaurant. The new phone looks the same as the iPhone 4 but has the dual core A5 chip which is used in the iPad 2 tablet computer. The camera is improved and data downloads are faster with better reception. The new operating system, iOS 5 will be available as a free update from October 12

G&D Partner with Precise Biometrics

Precise Biometrics announces that they have entered into a partnership agreement with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) that will provide Precise Match-on-Card technology for use on G&D smart-cards. The agreement enables the two companies to provide leading smart card and on-card fingerprint comparison technology while quickly responding to customer needs.

G&D, one of the world's leading providers of smart-card solutions, and Match-on-Card industry leader Precise Biometrics have entered into a partnership agreement which enables G&D to use Precise Match-on-Card technology on its smart-cards. The card's chip contains the cardholder's fingerprints, enabling them to be securely identified so their information cannot be stolen or used by other individuals. Precise Match-on-Card enables the fingerprint to be stored on the card and securely matches the fingerprint directly on the card itself. This biometric verification greatly reduces fraud as well as protects personal data.

The Precise Biometrics solution has a track record of successful implementations, with its Precise Match-on-Card which has been chosen for six national ID projects including Nigeria, Portugal, Qatar, Bahrain, Thailand, and Venezuela. It is also used on physical access control credentials and employee ID cards in both the private and public sectors.

Steve Jobs dies aged 56

Co-founder and former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56.

In a statement Apple paid tribute to Steve saying: "brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve"

Personal Argentina and Gemalto Deploy SIM-based Facebook Service

Gemalto had announced that Personal Argentina will go live with the Facebook for SIM software application. Personal Argentina will provide its more than 17.4 million customers with an innovative new way to access Facebook from any type of handset, and without the need for a data plan.

The software application, which is embedded inside the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM), allows you to easily access core Facebook features from the phone's main screen, through an intuitive and interactive menu. You can receive notifications of wall posts and messages, view friend requests and status updates. To begin using the service, you simply login using your existing Facebook account credentials and it just works.

"The new Facebook for SIM by Personal allows us to continue multiplying accesses to social networks, anytime, anywhere, for millions of customers who could be connected, regardless of device they have," said Ezequiel Lopez Alcala, Innovation and Value Added Services Manager, Personal.

"The launch of Facebook for SIM reinforces Personal's history of delivering innovative solutions," added Guillaume Lafaix, Vice President Sales Latin America South Cone at Gemalto. "At Gemalto, we share Personal's vision that access to Facebook should be available to everyone, including those without access to PC-based internet, smart phones, or mobile data plans."

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