Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Visa and Google Sign Licensing Deal

Visa announced it has granted Google a worldwide licence to Visa payWave, its NFC-based payment technology. The licence allows Visa-issuing banks to offer Visa account holders the chance to add their debit, credit and prepaid cards to Google Wallet. The global nature of the licence means that Visa's European member banks will be able to offer the same service when it launches in other regions.

Peter Ayliffe, CEO of Visa Europe, said: "Mobile payments are reaching a tipping point in Europe: we believe that 2012 will be the year that new payment technologies such as mobile and contactless achieve mainstream consumer acceptance".

"In the next few weeks we will be announcing further new products and services that mark yet another piece of the overall picture: each one is a stepping stone towards the next evolution of the payments industry. Ultimately, working with our partners and our member banks, we are enabling consumers to make payments at any time, in any place, and from any device."

VASCO Announces Bankruptcy Filing by DigiNotar B.V.

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. announced yesterday that a subsidiary, DigiNotar B.V., a company organised and existing in The Netherlands filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition under Article 4 of the Dutch Bankruptcy Act in the Haarlem District Court, The Netherlands on Monday 19th September 2011 and was declared bankrupt by the Court yesterday.

What is Chain Reaction DNA?

UK based company Strandna has launched a forensic identification device attached to a doorway to deter unlawful entry into a property. The new product called Chain Reaction DNA is ideally suited to hotel or homes.

Chain Reaction DNA is the ultimate deterrent designed to combat crimes such as Forced Entry and Aggravated Burglary. At the same time if activated it assists the Police in the identification of the perpetrators of these crimes using the latest in DNA trace technology.

Unlike other door limiters available today it responds proactively if subjected to a determined attack:

First, a 110-115 decibel alarm is activated to scare the attacker away and alert neighbours and passersby.

Second, the attacker and their clothes are sprayed with an alcohol based DNA trace invisible to the eye but detectable by the police authorities under a UV light which remains on the skin or hair for around 3 months - a powerful deterrent to the would be burglar and a major aid to prosecution and conviction. Retail cost GBP 99 + installation.

New NFC Tag

Identive Group, Inc. a provider of products, services and solutions for the identification, security and RFID industries, will be demonstrating the market's first NFC tag based on NXP Semiconductors' new NTAG203 chip at the NFC World Congress exhibition in France this week. Identive's new Smartag NFC product is available in poster label, pairing tag or tag-in-box form factors and offers an ideal combination of memory size and read range to enable NFC applications through glass windows, display cases and the like.

The new Identive tag is generally compatible to NXP's Mifare Ultralight and Mifare Ultralight C tags but boasts a 20% increase in read distance compared with the popular Mifare Ultralight C tag, enabling a more positive user experience with applications such as downloading information or accessing services. Moreover, the tag's 144 bytes of memory makes it perfect for city apps, social networking or mobile phone makers who wish to package their phones with pre-loaded NFC tags featuring a promotional URL address or other content. The tag is also available for design-in applications for clients wishing to utilize Identive's engineering services and expertise.

The Walrus has Arrived

Walrus is the name of a new Smartcard which will allow public transport users, as well as day trippers to the city, to use a single card for all their journeys.

Neil Scales, Chief Executive of Merseytravel, said; "This launch signals a revolution in the way people pay for and use public transport. Walrus will see the widest range of uses of any Smartcard in the country being fully integrated into all our varied forms of transport and ticketing, ultimately saving our customers time and money. We are aiming towards a network where people pass seamlessly through our stations and ferry terminals, while also being able to board buses and even buy a coffee.

Cllr Mark Dowd, Chairman of Merseytravel, added; "This is the first card of its type in the UK, encompassing both transport AND non-transport related products, and I believe this will revolutionise the way we travel in and enjoy this fantastic region and all it has to offer."

From Spring 2012 further products will be converted, with the full "pay as you go" card available from Summer 2013.

Walrus is based on the specifications of the government backed ITSO standards allowing interoperability of smart ticketing schemes throughout the UK.

miiCard Selected as Finalist for Innotribe $100K Startup Challenge

miiCard, the purely online digital passport, has been selected as one of just ten finalists for the Innotribe $100K StartUp Challenge at the Sibos conference in Toronto, Canada on 19-23 September 2011 with digital identity a key theme for the conference.

miiCard, powered by Yodlee, is a unique digital passport for the consumer that proves "I am who I say I am" in real time, for the first time. Owned and managed by the individual, miiCard allows the consumer to track, monitor and so take control of their online identity for the first time.

Sibos is an annual member event for over 8,000 financial services senior professionals and the trade media. The Innotribe session is held on the final day of the influential industry event and pits a selection of promising companies against one another, in a 'Dragon's Den' atmosphere. Last year, miiCard was voted 'Most Promising Startup' at the same event and this year is one of ten selected out of 200 applicants.

Problems with Electronic Ticket Readings

According to the Brisbane Times more than 11,000 Go Card users are being inadvertently charged a fixed default fare every week because of possible system errors or the sensitivity of the smart card readers. Users are charged if they do not or cannot "touch off" properly. It could be that the other cards in a wallet interfere with the Go Card readings. The UK London Oyster card will automatically refund overpaid charges to commuters who occasionally forget to Touch Off at the end of their journey.

Go Card is Translink's electronic ticket that allows travel on all Translink bus, train and ferry services.

ePassports for Canadians

Speaking at a conference at the Montreal headquarters of the United Nations Civil Aviation organisation Christine Desloges, the CEO of Passport Canada said that Canada will be issuing e-Passports by the end of next year.

An electronic passport has been under development since 2004 as part of the Ottawa national security policy.

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