Friday, 23 September 2011


Oberthur Launch Multimode Card

Oberthur Technologies, the world's second largest provider of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, announced the commercialisation of its multimode CSIM/ USIM cards for CDMA2000 and LTE networks. This card is able to handle authentication with current major network technologies such as: GSM, UMTS, CDMA2000 and of course LTE networks.

Oberthur Technologies collaborated with Qualcomm Incorporated to validate interoperability of its new LTE CSIM card with Qualcomm's MDM9600 and simultaneous voice and data over LTE (SVLTE) solutions.

The multimode CSIM/USIM card is a state-of-the-art smartcard that allows maximum connectivity to end-users. With such a card end-users will be able to connect to all GSM, UMTS, CDMA2000 or LTE networks thus benefiting from maximum roaming capabilities and best communication rates.

This card can either be used in a CDMA2000/LTE phone to access CDMA2000 and LTE networks or in an UMTS/LTE phone to access UMTS and LTE networks. When used in a multimode CDMA2000 / UMTS / LTE phone, referred to as "World Phone", the card truly becomes a universal tool to access any available networks.



Biometrics will Speed Border Crossing

According to the El Paso Times US Customs and Border Protection officers will be collecting fingerprints from pedestrians crossing the Paso del Norte International Bridge which crosses the Rio Grande connecting the US with Mexico.

The biometric or digital fingerprints are being entered into a database to be used for a pilot due to begin in November. The system requires a set of high-quality fingerprints to be on file and linked with an entry document, such as a laser visa.

Non-U.S. citizens who have an older border crossing card or legal permanent resident card (issued before 2008), or those who have not applied for an I-94 travel permit in the last three years, will need to submit biometrics to take part in the pilot.

Travellers who have biometrics on file will already be added to the database and won't need to resubmit digital fingerprints.

Once it's in place, the new system will use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometric data to speed up the entry process. The lanes will have a gated system in which someone's RFID-enabled document will be read and fingerprints scanned before they approach the inspection station.

The U.S. officer working the primary inspection booth will receive results of the biometric verification and all required information before the pedestrian arrives at the inspection station.

Officials said U.S. citizens having the right documents, such as a U.S. passport book or U.S. passport card, also helps to cross the border faster and more efficiently.



Nordic ID and austriamicrosystems Launch Next Generation UHF RFID Reader

austriamicrosystems a designer and manufacturer of high-performance analogue ICs and Nordic ID announce the release of Nordic ID high performance, next generation UHF RFID Reader solutions, enabled by austriamicrosystems' UHF RFID reader ICs. The AS3992 powers the Nordic ID UHF RFID reader, NUR-05W, the smallest 500 mW RFID engine in the industry. This module is the engine that drives the recently announced Nordic ID Morphic, Nordic ID Merlin and Nordic ID Sampo mobile computers and ID readers.

Nordic ID Morphic UHF RFID Cross Dipole is the smallest UHF RFID mass reading Windows CE device on the market. The Nordic ID Merlin UHF RFID Cross Dipole enables RFID reading from any angle at 4 meters or more for as long as 28 hours on a single charge. The Nordic ID Sampo S1 is a sleek, easy to use, mountable USB reader for interactive read/write RFID applications.

The AS3992 UHF reader chip is an integrated analogue front-end and data framing system for a 900 MHz RFID reader system. Built-in programming options make it suitable for a wide range of applications in UHF RFID systems. Designed to simplify the design and implementation of an EPC Class1 Gen2 reader, austriamicrosystems' AS3992 requires only a standard 8-bit microcontroller with minimal other components.

Nordic ID (Finland) provides mobile devices for professional use enabling customers to improve their inventory management, customer service, communication and supply chain control. Nordic ID manufactures both RFID and barcode mobile computers and fixed RFID readers and currently offers the largest RFID product portfolio to serve the rapidly growing RFID needs of various industries including the apparel industry. The Nordic ID product portfolio includes the Nordic ID Merlin, the Nordic ID Morphic and the Nordic ID Sampo. All the products include the Nordic ID UHF RFID reader, the NUR-05W.



Orange and Barclaycard Launch Samsung Wave 578 with Quick Tap

Orange and Barclaycard have announced the upcoming launch of the second Quick Tap contactless payments enabled handset following their launch of the UK's first mobile contactless payments service earlier this year. In the coming weeks, consumers will be able to purchase the Samsung Wave 578 with Quick Tap from Orange's shops, online and via telesales.

The new Samsung Wave 578 with Quick Tap contactless payments will be available in a stylish Black with a sleek, user-friendly design and bright 3.2" WQVGA TFT screen. It runs on Bada, Samsung's own operating system, and offers Wi-Fi, HSDPA, A-GPS, MicroSD and Bluetooth. The 3G+ handset also features integrated social networking, including Facebook and Twitter, plus a 3.2 mega pixel camera and video recording.

Consumers will be able to use their Wave 578 with Quick Tap to make secure and convenient payments using the handsets NFC capability at over 50,000 stores nationwide, including Pret a Manger, EAT, Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds - making purchases of GBP-15 and under. To support the launch, Barclaycard is providing Orange customers with GBP-10 cash added to their account upon activation, and 10% cash back on all Quick Tap purchases made in the 90 days.

Barclaycard, Barclays debit or Orange Credit Card users can then load funds of up to GBP-100 simply and securely onto the handset's Quick Tap app. The user friendly payment app, which sits on the home screen of the handset, contains information such as electronic statements detailing Quick Tap purchases so customers can keep an eye on their spending and manage finances easily on the go.

The Samsung Wave with Quick Tap will be available from Orange in the coming weeks on pay as you go and free on select price plans.



Biometrics help Loss Prevention at KFC Franchises

DigitalPersona, Inc., a provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, has announced that many KFC restaurants owned by the chain's franchisees are improving their loss prevention programs with DigitalPersona fingerprint biometrics. Two such KFC franchisees, West Quality Food Service, Inc. and KBP Foods, are using DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Readers, which are now available through the franchise's central purchasing co-op, in restaurants across the Midwest and Southeast. They added the DigitalPersona biometrics to their existing NCR Advanced Restaurant (formerly Compris) point-of-sale (POS) software in order to eliminate the need for personal identification numbers (PINs) and to hold employees as well as managers more accountable. Both franchisees have seen an immediate reduction in payroll fraud and unauthorised transactions, resulting in improved operations and profits.

Employees at these KFC restaurants previously used PINs at point-of-sale terminals to access time-and-attendance systems, while managers used PINs to authorise discounts, voids and overrides. Unfortunately, employees were able to share PINs to inappropriately clock one another in, boosting labour costs. Similarly, staff could secretly use managers' PINs to authorise fraudulent transactions, driving up the cost of food. Since integrating DigitalPersona fingerprint biometrics with each store's POS software, the franchisees have significantly raised individual accountability by tying transactions to the specific employee that performed them. Biometrics has proven to be a strong deterrent that has eliminated buddy punching and reduced the number of unauthorised transactions.

DigitalPersona U.are.U fingerprint readers have been integrated into more than 90 percent of the biometrically-enabled POS systems in the U.S. and are supported by a variety of commercial POS applications. DigitalPersona fingerprint readers enable restaurants and retailers to transition away from swipe cards and PINs, which can be easily lost, stolen or shared. In contrast, biometrics ties individuals to the actions they perform, providing a powerful deterrent to time-and-attendance and management-override fraud. Fingerprint biometrics also makes it easier for businesses to address the stringent Payment Card Industry (PCI) mandates for strong identity security controls and can improve productivity as well as customer response times by simplifying and speeding up system login.



Saved $1.5M in Fraud Losses

ThreatMetrix a provider of fraud prevention solutions that do not require personally identifiable information (PII), and TeleSign, a phone-based authentication and verification service, announced that they have joined to deliver advanced online fraud prevention solutions for Name.com. TeleSign worked with Name.com to implement TeleSign Telephone Verification after Name.com also employed the ThreatMetrix Cloud-Based Fraud Prevention Platform. Together, the solutions have since eliminated more than $1.5 million in fraud losses annually for Name.com.

In recent years, Name.com, an accredited domain registrar and web hosting company, experienced as much as 10-12% annual fraud rates. By employing the one-two punch of TeleSign and ThreatMetrix to flag suspicious orders and create audit trails with phone verification, Name.com reduced the time and manpower needed to identify fraudulent orders and reduce illegal domain purchases by 98%.

Domain registrars like Name.com are frequently targeted by fraudsters, as compromised domain names are easy gateways for scamming customers of banks, cloud services companies, e-commerce and other websites. By stealing and redirecting domain names, fraudsters can intercept traffic and spoof websites to "phish" for credentials, compromise user accounts, and siphon off funds and personal data.



RFID Tags Track Miners

AeroScout has announced that Dundee Precious Metals Inc. has implemented AeroScout's Wi-Fi RFID mining solution for tracking people, equipment and vehicles. Currently in use at its Chelopech Mine in Bulgaria, Dundee Precious Metals is using the solution to improve worker safety and productivity, both on the surface and underground.

Based in Canada, Dundee Precious Metals is an international mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metal properties. AeroScout Wi-Fi Tags, which are worn by miners or mounted on vehicles and equipment, transmit important information over the mine's standard Wi-Fi network to AeroScout's MobileView software, which provides a real-time visual representation of the location of these people and assets. MobileView allows DPM to track and manage items and people through an easy-to-use interface and a variety of reports and rules-based alerts. DPM has deployed over 1,000 AeroScout Tags to track miners and monitor vehicle location, which helps decrease equipment downtime and utilize resources more efficiently.

Once a day all workers need to vacate the Chelopech Mine for the purpose of production blasting and explosive gas clearing. Prior to implementing AeroScout, the company kept track of workers by noting who had turned in their cap lamps at the end of their shift. Now, through the use of AeroScout solutions, this process is automated, allowing staff in the control room to quickly determine the location of miners.

Machinery traffic inside the mine is heavy and thus it is critical that workers driving underground can communicate closely with the control room. In the past, workers used a radio checkpoint system to relay their location. Now DPM has visibility into the location of its machinery, which helps the control room more effectively direct traffic, quickly identify problems and rapidly respond in case of emergencies.



TagMaster Announce Major Port Installation in the Gulf Area

TagMaster, producer of advanced RFID solutions for long range identification in access control, asset tracking and rail applications, has announced that Omnitec Security Systems L.L.C., a long term TagMaster partner based in Dubai, has been awarded the contract to deliver TagMaster's new XT-3 UHF reader and ID-tags to a major port installation in the Gulf area. The contract covers the supply of 154 TagMaster XT-3 readers which will be used in the vehicle access control system for the port.

The project will use the TagMaster XT-3 RFID reader, which is an EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) compliant UHF reader with built in antenna and full support for the TagMaster security concept, SecureMarkID. SecureMarkID ensures each tag has a unique identity and prevents duplication of the EPC Gen 2 ID-tags. This together with other security features in the reader ensures a reliable, robust and secure installation for the port. The reader is also equipped with a unique configurable LED indicator at the front of the reader as well as on the front of an optional external antenna. The XT-3 reader is easy to configure using a password protected standard web browser.

TagMaster's RFID systems are already used in a number of successful port installations around the world. Vehicle access control is an important issue in ports, both from a security and logistical perspective. Long range RFID is not only used as a secure way to automatically identify trucks and other vehicles driving in and out of the port, but also to control vehicle movement within the port area.




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