Monday, 10 October 2011


Go-Trust microSD make final round for prestigious Sesames Mobility Award

GOTrust Technology Inc. announced that its SWP microSD has been selected as one of only three finalists in the prestigious Sesames Mobility Award, for best technological innovation in mobile phone functionality and security.

The Sesames awards are part of the Cartes Expo and Conference to be held in Paris this November 15th to 17th. Every year for the past 16 years, SESAMES Awards have been presented to the best projects in ten technology categories. The Cartes website says ?The SESAMES represent an unchallenged seal of approval in innovation and are regarded as global standards for card manufacturers and related industries. They represent a real promotional springboard and give the winners a reputation and credibility guaranteeing their project?s success.?

The GO-Trust SWP microSD is an alternative secure element for NFC mobile transactions and also a 4GB flash memory card and a JAVA smart card that can support hardware security of all other types of secure banking transactions that take place over the internet using smart phones ? such as funds transfer, bill pay, auto recharge of the NFC purse or ticket/voucher store.



Mifare DESFile MFICD40 Hacked

The encryption on the Mifare desfire (MFICD40) smart card has been broken by Engineers at Ruhn University in Bochum enabling access to the stored keys. The researchers, David Oswold and Cristof Paar ,using a differential power analysis attack, succeeded in hacking the card in a few hours using equipment costing a few thousand dollars. Cristof Paar was part of the team that hacked the Mifare Classic.

Mifare point out that the hack was only successful after many months of monitoring the card and can take days or hours under laboratory conditions. The Card is being discontinued at the end of 2011. The MFICD40 is used in door entry systems and public transport systems e.g.. The Czech railway, and the CliiperCard used in San Francisco.



Xiring Smart Card Readers Ordered By French Government

XIRING has confirmed that the French governmentís central procurement agency (UGAP) placed an order on 4 October, 2011, for 87,000 Leo by XIRING secure eID smart card readers as part of a deal announced at the beginning of the year.

The readers form a key part of plans to secure IT systems in government offices using a professional ID smart card, known as an Ďagent cardí. According to the company, the Leo by XIRING secure eID card readers will give government employees secure, authenticated access to workstations and confidential information. They will also enable them to carry out secure paperless administrative transactions using digital signatures.

Leo by XIRING is a secure desktop smartcard reader that connects to the workstation via USB. It has a keyboard and an LCD display, and includes software that complies with the technical and security requirements of the French National Agency for Secure Identity Documents (ANTS).



Mumbai transport Smart Card announced for tourists.

Mumbai have announced that they will be introducing a smart cart similar to Londonís Oyster card and Hong Kongís Octopus card. The smart card will be aimed at tourists and will be available by the end of 2013. KPMG have been hired by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as consultants who are currently searching for a company to build the system.



MBS Switching to smartcard

Antigua St Johnís Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) beneficiaries, employees, and health care providers will be given smart cards that will allow them to gain access to prescriptions, doctor visits, and laboratory services. Gemalto has been contracted to implement the system which should be ready for testing this month, gemailto portfolio includes Londonís oyster card, Frances Navigo and many other transport smart cards around the world.



New Smart Card gives access to more than 500,000 library items

Local library users can now choose to become SMART library members and gain access to more than half a million library items across 23 libraries.

The SMART libraries initiative is New Zealand's only tertiary and public library collaboration giving new and existing library members at Hutt City, Porirua City, Kapiti Coast, Masterton District, Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) libraries the option to swap their local library card for a regional SMART card.

SMART cards can be used at any participating library to view and reserve items and have them delivered to the library most convenient for pick up, free of charge. SMART card holders can also drop items off at any of the 23 participating libraries.

There is no cost to become a SMART library member.

The next phase of the SMART Libraries collaboration will be the continued enhancement of products and services across the region including the roll-out of downloadable ebooks and audio books, RFID (radio frequency identification), additional Web 2.0 products, and improved access to local and family history resources.




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