Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Precise Match-on-Card Selected For Nigerian National ID Card

Precise Biometrics has been chosen to deliver its Match-on-Card technology for the Nigerian National ID card initially comprising 50 million citizens. The card will function both as national ID and as a bank card. The project was won through Precise Biometrics' Nigerian partner Interswitch. In expected value, this national ID project is the largest so far won by Precise Biometrics.

Precise Biometrics' Nigerian partner Interswitch is a member of the One SecureCard consortium, which won 50 percent of the total ID card project. Nigeria will start to issue ID cards to its citizens this year. The card is planned to be issued to 100 million citizens. This means that the project for Precise Biometrics comprises 50-60 million cards to be issued during a six year period. The ID card will also operate as a bank card under the Interswitch-owned brand Verve.

Nigeria has chosen to add Match-on-Card to its ID card due to issues with fraud and identity theft. Match-on-Card enables storage and matching of a fingerprint directly on the card itself, a secure biometric verification that greatly reduces fraud. Many Nigerian banks are looking into Match-on-Card, expecting to include the technology in other projects.

Nigerian citizens will use the card for public services including health care, pensions and other social services. In addition, a large majority of Nigerians remain unbanked and therefore may not always receive payments they are entitled to. Because the ID card will also operate as a bank card, many Nigerian citizens will have access to a financial system from which they might otherwise be excluded.

As a separate and additional opportunity in Nigeria, Interswitch will continue to pursue more Local State ID card projects in Nigeria similar to their first win, Cross River State, which also includes Precise Match-on-Card.

Precise Biometrics is the leading global supplier of Match-on-Card. The company has delivered Match-on-Card to five additional national ID cards, including Portugal, Thailand and Venezuela.

Smartmetric Files Lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard

According to a report in the SMR (StockMarketReview.com) SmartMetric, Inc. has announced that the Company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against smart card issuers Visa and MasterCard in the California Federal Court. SmartMetric filed the lawsuit in defence of its U.S. Patent 6,792,464 ('464 Patent) which provides patent protection concerning both 'contact' and 'contactless' smart card technology specifically when used to automatically access a credit card company network via such contact points as ATM machines or Point of Sale (POS) machines.

SmartMetric is seeking preliminary and permanent injunction against both Visa and MasterCard to prohibit them from further infringements along with a cash award for damages and a royalty payment.

Dublin Buses are now Smarter

As reported by the Irish Times this week, the National Transport Authority of Ireland has unveiled a new Dublin Bus web, text and App. Service that enables passengers to check when the next bus is due at any of the capitals 5000 bus stops.

The App. Is currently available for the iPhone and will have an Android version available in November. A text to 53035, to access the service costs 30 cents per message.

Samsung Launches 2.4G Smartphones

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest mobile-phone maker, released two new smartphones in Seoul on Monday as global mobile operators move to faster fourth-generation (4G) networks.

Samsung is confident that sales of the two new Galaxy handsets compatible with long-term evolution (LTE) technology will exceed shipments of its previous smartphones, a company representative said.

Samsung sold 10 million Galaxy S2 smartphones worldwide since its debut in April, the tech titan said Sunday.

The speed of the mobile Internet on the LTE network is up to five times faster than the third-generation (3G) wireless network, giving more rapid video streaming and Web surfing experiences to phone users.

Two mobile operators in South Korea launched LTE networks in major Korean cities this summer. SK Telecom Co., the largest mobile carrier, plans nationwide LTE coverage by 2013 while LG Uplus Corp., the smallest carrier, aims to offer LTE service across the country next year.

The first new LTE smartphone from Samsung sports a 4.5-inch wide Super AMOLED display with a 1.5-gigahertz dual core processor. It will sell for 858,000 won ($736).

The second model features a 4.65-inch high-definition display and will cost around 900,000 won, according to the company.

Other phone makers have been readying new LTE smartphones to work with carriers' 4G service plans. Taiwan-based HTC Corp., the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, unveiled its Raider 4G smartphone in South Korea last week.

A German court upheld a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy tablet computer in Germany earlier this month, after Apple complained that the Galaxy Tab copied the iPad.

Samsung and Apple are in dispute in about 20 lawsuits worldwide over designs and patents of smartphones and tablet computers.

Texas Instruments Inc. Announced the Acquisition of National Semiconductor is Complete.

"National is now a strategic part of TI's Analog growth engine. Together, we're focused on accelerating semiconductor innovation to improve performance and power efficiency for our customers' electronic systems," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

More than 5,000 National employees will immediately become part of TI. The two companies will begin the work to integrate National as a unit of TI's Analog business, which will have a combined portfolio of nearly 45,000 analog products, strong customer design tools, and a sales force that is 10 times larger than National's previous footprint.

"The closing of this transaction allows TI to expand its market presence with more leading-edge analog products, greater manufacturing capacity, and the largest sales and applications team in the industry. Together, we will serve more customers in more markets," Templeton said.

The transaction, announced on April 4, 2011, cleared all required regulatory reviews and was approved by National's shareholders. TI will include National's contribution to financial performance in the company's third-quarter earnings announcement on October 24.

With today's close, TI's Analog semiconductor business now represents more than 50 percent of the company's revenue.

TI will continue to operate National's manufacturing sites, located in Maine, Scotland and Malaysia, as well as business headquarters in Santa Clara and sales/design support around the world.

Smallest, Most Power Efficient NFC Solution

Broadcom Corporation a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has unveiled a new family of NFC chips designed to drive the mass deployment of NFC in consumer electronics devices. With a powerful combination of power, size and functional requirements, the new chips provide the advanced capabilities required by OEMs to ignite NFC adoption in consumer electronics.

Manufactured in 40 nm CMOS technology, the new Broadcom BCM2079x family slashes power consumption by more than 90 percent, uses 40 percent fewer components and has a 40 percent smaller board area, making it the smallest and most power efficient NFC solution on the market. The NFC controllers are platform agnostic with support for multiple secure elements or SIM cards - or both at the same time. In addition, Broadcom's advanced Maestro middleware allows new NFC applications to utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities in the device to spur new innovations in user interface and media sharing.

An accelerated adoption of NFC could transform the use of smartphones, advancing beyond contactless mobile payments and ticketing to enable radically simplified connectivity between the handset and other devices like Bluetooth headsets and Wi-Fi-enabled digital televisions. The proliferation of NFC has the ability to expand the usefulness of smartphones and inspire a range of new applications built on the ability to create simple, secure connections between devices and enable services with a touch of the phone.

App Turns Smartphone into Real-Time Temperature Monitoring Tool

American Thermal Instruments (ATI) announced a smartphone app that enables users to access ATI's LOG-IC NFC data logger to scan, review, and communicate real-time temperature monitoring data. The app is the first in the cold chain industry to provide fully functional end-to-end temperature monitoring in real-time.

During the announcement at the IQPC Cold Chain Conference in Philadelphia, ATI demonstrated the LOG-IC NFC app on a Google Nexus S smartphone. Exhibitors highlighted the simplicity of the process, showing how quickly users could use a smartphone to access real-time data and complete temperature histories from a data logger. Based on the Android operating system, the app functions on any NFC-capable smartphone.

ATI developers embedded near field communication technology in LOG-IC data loggers, enabling them to communicate with the LOG-IC NFC smartphone app. After scanning the data logger, users immediately see the data on the smartphone display and have the option to view it in various formats. All existing capabilities of LOG-IC data loggers have been maintained in the NFC version.

The new app includes the fully featured LOG-IC software, which offers clear, accurate decision support, as well as extensive analysis and documentation. Users can automatically and instantly generate a variety of reports, charts, and graphs to meet individual needs. Capitalizing on the capabilities of the smartphone, the app also allows users to share data with associates and export it to other applications.

General market availability of the LOG-IC NFC app is scheduled for January 2012. Meanwhile, ATI is releasing the app to companies who wish to participate in the Pilot Program.

Biometric In-Car Device Detects Alcohol in Blood

To aid with the continued advancement of the life-saving technology, a $2.25M award has been made to Takata in partnership with TruTouch Technologies to develop an in-vehicle solution that could help keep drunk drivers off the road, potentially saving hundreds-of-thousands of lives lost in alcohol-impaired crashes globally every year.

The TruTouch technology utilises an advanced intoxication detection technology that measures a person's alcohol level through the use of infrared light. With TruTouch, a person's BAC is determined when placing their finger on a near infrared sensor that analyses the alcohol concentration in his or her body. The device can produce accurate results in seconds and has a built-in biometric system to prevent tampering. The ultimate objective is to embrace this advanced technology and develop an automotive solution equipped to combat the global problem of alcohol related accidents. The Takata/TruTouch products require no user training, and no operator assistance.

TruTouch Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and sells patented non-invasive biometric alcohol testing systems into both existing and emerging alcohol testing markets

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