Friday, 07 October 2011

Auchan Group Streamlines Supply Chain with help from Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services is working together with Auchan Group, the international food retail group, to offer a real-time tracking solution to monitor the routing of plastic creates which carry fruits and vegetables in its French supermarkets.

Using plastic crates with RFID chips, Auchan will track its produce throughout the distribution chain, from the truck farm to the logistics platform, in the stores and through the washing station.

The Orange platform application also enables 24-hour access through a secure Web interface, allowing both Auchan and the plastic crate renter to the entire route of the containers in real time - to anticipate any immobilization or loss.

In addition to optimizing the logistics chain this solution enables greater security for the warehouse employees, reducing accidental risk connected with handling wooden crates, reduced crate loss, reduced waste by reusing plastic RFID containers, and decreased carbon emissions. (Source: RFID News)

New Key Fob from Daily RFID

DAILY RFID has launched a new HF MiFare key fob-22. Using MiFare technology, these HF RFID key fobs can be used for access control applications.

The contactless HF MiFare key fob will read and write and the smart key fob can be made with various MiFare chips, such as Mifare-One S50 and Mifare-One S70. Also, with chips sealed inside the ABS or PVC material housing, the fog will withstand harsh environments; resist abrasion, impact and corrosion as well as high temperatures.

Besides, this smart key fob permits the encoding of a wide range of data and information. Thus, it can transfer all information and retain the data for later use. It has the memory structure and capacity to store multiple applications on a single chip. Furthermore, the data on the key fob is password protected.

The key fob is printable with a silkscreen logo or number, and other customizations such as size and colour are available on request.

RIM Shares Rally

Shares in BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion rose as much as 12 percent in trading yesterday, their biggest one-day gain in two and half years, amid speculation that the struggling firm has become a takeover target. According to Bloomberg, RIM's stock was up US$2.60 to US$23.60 on the Nasdaq yesterday afternoon, the biggest one-day gain since April 2009. The UK's Independent newspaper had earlier reported that there were "vague rumours" RIM has asked an investment bank to look at strategic options, suggesting that UK-based operator Vodafone was an (unlikely) potential acquirer. (Source: Mobile Business Briefing)

ID Card for Irish Welfare Claimants

As reported in the "The Journal", the department of Social Protection is set to begin rolling out a new identity card scheme which it hopes will cut down on welfare fraud by making it more difficult for people to use false identification when claiming payments.

Speaking yesterday to the Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education, the Department of Social Protection's deputy secretary Anne Vaughan said combating fraud was one of the department's central concerns.

The new Public Services Card, which contains biometric information on the cardholder, is being piloted in Tullamore, Sligo and King's Inn in Dublin city, Ireland. No cards have been issued yet, but the first are expected to be distributed from next week.

The cards will initially be given to people of working age and an estimated 4,000 cards will be issued by the end of the year.

The front of the card will have a photograph of the cardholder as well as their name, signature and the card expiry date. The person's PPS number and a card number will be on the back. The card will electronically hold further details such as date of birth, sex, nationality, mother's former surname (if any) and any former surnames of the cardholder.

A chip and pin system for the cards is also being planned.

The department says that the card will act as a 'key' for access to public services and will reduce resources currently required to verify a person's identity. It also says that the card will replace current cards in use such as the Free Travel Card and Social Services Card.

Intercede Win $1m Travel Document Contract

Intercede has announced that it has won an order for the supply of Intercede MyID Identity and Credential Management software licenses totalling in excess of US$1m. This contract is in support of the issuance of ICAO compliant smart card travel documents. The country and partner cannot be named at this time.

This contract will contribute more than $1m to current year sales as well as generating a long term annuity support and maintenance revenue stream. At a time of global recession and spending cuts, this new government related order underscores the resilience of Intercede's business model and places Intercede on track to meet full year market trading expectations.

Richard Parris, Intercede Chief Executive, commented: "Intercede continues to supply its MyID software in support of homeland security initiatives around the world. Intercede MyID is already used to issue ICAO compliant documents for the government of Kuwait and this new contract reinforces our reputation for producing software capable of managing the issuance of biometric passports to citizens. This puts Intercede in an excellent position to benefit from the growing market in secure electronic travel documents".

Intercede has announced that the Intercede MyID Identity and Credential Management System now incorporates support for the life-cycle management of Russian conformant security tokens including the Rutoken, a Russia manufactured authentication device.

Katie Price the Victim of Fraud

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Katie Price, alter ego Jordon, has been the victim of a credit card fraud which netted the fraudster GBP 14,000. A woman claiming to be Katie Price contacted Ms. Price's bank claiming to be Ms. Price, saying she had lost her credit cards and was re-issued with new ones in the name of Katie Price. The woman, then impersonating Katie wearing a blonde wig and sun glasses withdrew up to GBP 14,000. Ms. Price has subsequently been reimbursed by HSBC and Lincolnshire police are investigating as thousands of pounds worth of goods had been order on-line and attempts had been made to open other accounts in Ms. Price's name

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