Friday, 28 October 2011

SMARTRAC Obtains Additional EAL5+ Certificate

SMARTRAC N.V. announces that the company has obtained EAL5+ certification for its high security production site in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

The EAL5+ site certificate complements the already existing EAL5 certificate. Certificates from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) are accepted in all countries following the Common Criteria specifications.

"With the completion of the second EAL5+ site certification, we are the only high security inlay and eCover manufacturer who has two active EAL5+ site certificates", says Dr. Christian Fischer, CEO of SMARTRAC. "We are very pleased that we are able to offer our customers a future-proof and flexible security commitment which serves their needs."

The facility in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, is part of the company's global network of certified high security production facilities in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. which comply with a range of quality and security standards, among them Security Assurance Certification from NASPO, ISO 9001 certification, and site certificates supporting the EAL5+ assurance level. The company's target to equip further production facilities with site certificates and increase the certification grade of existing ones offers business partners the possibility to satisfy demand alternatively on a certified SMARTRAC location nearby.

VeriFone Announces H5000 Hybrid Countertop Payment Solution with Integrated Card and NFC Acceptance

VeriFone Systems, Inc. introduces the H5000, a countertop payment solution that accommodates multiple payment types, including legacy magnetic stripe, EMV chip as well as contactless transaction with a single hybrid card slot and integrated NFC/contactless reader.

The H5000 represents the first major enhancement of a Hypercom system since VeriFone completed its acquisition of that company August 4, 2011. The all-in-one solution incorporates PIN pad and an optional printer and features a colour screen and graphical user interface for fast and easy use as well as value-added-services.

Clear2Pay's Open Card System Achieves Record Card Processing Volumes

Clear2Pay announces today benchmarking results for its Open Card System (OCS) application. In a joint programme, undertaken in co-operation with Intel, OCS recorded throughput of 11,109 business transactions per second with an average response time of 63ms.

The Open Card System is a latest-generation system for banks and processors, designed to meet the needs of card issuers and acquirers globally and to position financial institutions for the next wave of mobile payment schemes.

Sony to acquire Ericsson's share of Sony Ericsson

Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson ("Ericsson") announce that Sony will acquire Ericsson's 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB ("Sony Ericsson"), making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices - including tablets, televisions and personal computers - for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

As part of the transaction, Ericsson will receive a cash consideration of EUR 1.05 billion.

HID Global Launches Advanced General Purpose UHF Tags

HID Global introduces an expanded portfolio of InLine Tag Ultra passive contactless transponders, the most advanced general-purpose UHF tags available. With features that meet the most demanding applications, including automation, logistics, returnable transport items and industrial waste management.

Built for durability and versatility, the InLine Tag Ultra RFID transponders are compliant with EPC global-certified UHF Class 1 Gen 2 readers and provide 512-bit user memory with 128-bit EPC.

InLine Tag Ultra transponders are available in five configurations for mounting on virtually any material using standard screws, industrial adhesives or welding. The Slim versions are for space-restricted applications, and the Curve version is arched to hug metallic kegs or gas cylinders. All tags are waterproof, provide high resistance to aggressive liquids or physical impact and deliver excellent performance and reading stability across fluctuating temperatures.

Precise Biometrics Tests New Smartcard and Biometric Accessories for Mobile Markets

Recognising the tremendous growth of the mobile market and proliferation of mobile devices, Precise Biometrics is now testing and certifying the new mobile product series 'Tactivo'. Tactivo introduces strong authentication for mobile apps, using smartcards, biometrics, or both, and enables app developers to include use of the devices in a variety of ways in virtually any app.

Precise Biometrics is already in dialogue with partners, including Thursby Software Systems, and prospective customers regarding an upcoming release. Tests and certifications regarding the Tactivo family are ongoing, and information about the product, its launch, and other relevant data will be communicated within a timeframe surrounding the New Year.

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