Monday, 24 October 2011

New Design Chip from ARM

Britain's ARM has unveiled a chip design that offers the same computing power as the silicon in today's high-end smartphones, but uses five times less energy, and which it says will enable sub-$100 devices to be on the market by 2013.

The Cambridge-based company, whose architecture dominates the smartphone and tablet sector, said the new Cortex-A7 chip was its most energy efficient apps processor to date.

Iris Recognition into 34 Automated e-gates at Gatwick

AOptix Technologies, Inc. a developer of innovative iris recognition solutions, and Human Recognition Systems Ltd. (HRS), the UK identity management company announced their successful implementation integrating the AOptix InSight VM iris recognition system into 34 automated e-Gates at the Gatwick Airport South Terminal. AOptix was selected by HRS for their ability to bring a time saving, enhanced passenger experience to the world's busiest single-runway airport.

With the goal of improving the overall airport experience for millions of travellers from all over the world, the InSight VM is integrated into MFlow Track, developed by HRS for positive passenger identification as part of Gatwick Airport's automated security process.

The AOptix-HRS approach delivers a highly accurate match of passenger to boarding pass on a remarkably consistent basis. Designed for ease of use and high throughput, the system is intended to create secure, customer friendly passage into the international departure lounge area where passengers can shop, dine, and relax prior to boarding their flights.

"Human Recognition Systems has been deploying iris recognition systems for 10 years now and with the introduction of the InSight iris recognition solution from AOptix, we are able to exploit the full power of iris biometrics," said Neil Norman, Human Recognition Systems' chief executive. "We are pleased to be working with our partner AOptix and in having the InSight VM integrated into our MFlow product and having successfully deployed the first system in Europe at Gatwick Airport."

"Already passengers are spending on average less than five minutes in security," said Geoff Williams, Head of Security at Gatwick Airport. "With our new spacious preparation area and 19 security lanes, some of which are designed to assist families with young children and premium travellers, the new technology will help increase the efficiency of the security operation and provide a better service."

Contactless Card Ensures Aid gets to the right People

Paystream, in partnership with sQuid, have provided a solution, whereby the people of Northern Kenya, affected by severe drought and famine, are issued with a contactless card. These cards can only be used at charity approved stores and outlets for the purchase of food supplies, as intended by Aid agencies and their donors, and will help to ensure that aid gets to the right people and is spent on what it is intended for.

The traditional method used to distribute food aid is cash based, which brings with it a multitude of complications, often resulting in the misappropriation of funds. Logistical problems and the high cost of transporting supplies to remote villages demand more efficient solutions.

SOS Children's Villages and Paystream have been working together with the local community and shop owners to devise a card that is loaded with value and can be used at specified POS terminals supplied to the stores. It allows villagers to purchase supplies directly from the shops in their areas. Communities are educated as to how the system works the money that each holds and the kind of food stuff that they are allowed to purchase from the shops. Payments are secure, fast and efficient, significantly reducing the administration previously required by SOS to ensure the funds go where they are most needed.

All card based transactions will originate from approved card holders to POS devices deployed by Paystream to appointed stores.

SOS Children's Villages' portal sets descriptions and payment details for the shopkeepers. Simple and intuitive, data can be easily exported into SOS packages for quick and easy accounts reconciliation and visibility of payees.

SCM Microsystems Supplies Korean Market

SCM Microsystems, a provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. announced that several of its smart card readers have been certified for use in the Korean market and now carry the official Korea Certification (KC) mark.

Readers certified for use in Korea include SCM's SCL3711 and SCL011 contactless readers, SDI011 dual interface reader and SCR3310v2.0 and SCR3500 contact readers. The certification signifies compliance with all standards and requirements of the Korean authorities for radio communications equipment. The KC mark ensures that the readers can now be used by government agencies, enterprises and private users.

"Korea's rapid adoption of smart card-based technologies for telecommunications, banking and payments, transportation and corporate ID makes it an attractive growth opportunity for SCM, and certification of our readers is an important step to penetrating this key Asian market," said Dr. Manfred Mueller, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. "This initial certification brings value to our customers in Korea as it allows them to leverage proven SCM technologies to quickly build and certify their own market solutions. As part of our global certification program we will continue to pursue certifications for additional product families in the coming months."

Smartphone Compatible Radiation Detector

Universal Detection Technology, a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, announced today that it has started developing a smart phone compatible radiation detector. The device will be able to read radiation levels and to communicate the results with smart phones such as Apple's iPhone.

The device is being developed in response to the needs of the Company's current and potential customers to have the ability to capture radiological data on a smartphone to be saved, analyzed, and immediately uploaded to any distribution channel. The Company is working to launch the device in the second quarter of 2012. Once completed, the Company plans to make the device available in the United States, Japan, and other countries as well. The initial development of the device has been focused on making it "blue tooth" compatible with Apple's iPhone although the Company expects to add other smartphone platforms in the future.

The Company cannot assure that it will successfully develop the device in the anticipated time frame for development, if at all, due to any number of factors including software of other scientific difficulties, lack of funding, or abandonment of the project, if customer demand diminishes substantially.

Commonwealth Bank Campus Card

Commonwealth Bank has released details of the Commonwealth Bank Campus Card, an innovative, all-in-one student card that fuses the traditional student ID card with contactless prepaid MasterCard.

Campus Card incorporates library and internet services, photocopying, building access, printing and transport concession with student ID into one smart card, but also gives students the ability to spend their own funds anywhere at the University, as well as online, over the phone, or at any of the 30 million MasterCard merchants worldwide.

University of Canberra was the first University in Australia to launch Campus Card with the Commonwealth Bank, and Macquarie University will be rolling out Campus Card later this year. Commonwealth Bank's Campus Card was awarded the 2011 Australian Business Award for Best New Product.

Anthony Hughes, Commonwealth Bank General Manager Deposits and Transactions, says the aim of the Campus Card is to offer cashless convenience to students through combining the benefits of a prepaid MasterCard with the existing student card.

"Commonwealth Bank worked closely with the universities to discover what they were looking for to make student-life simple and easy. Combining a student ID with a prepaid card now brings together everything students need on one universal, easy to use card and we are in talks with a number of other universities to bring this solution to students across Australia "said Mr Hughes.

The optional prepaid debit card can be activated at no cost and managed through a self service website. There are a variety of free loading options including BPAY to load money onto the card, and students don't need to be Commonwealth Bank customers to use Campus Card.

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