The CardLinx Association announced their latest collaboration forum on September 22nd in the Seattle area. This forum will focus on the increasingly important role of data in digital commerce.
CardLinx Association has published the final versions of its first four standards to enable interoperability between the payments and digital marketing ecosystems. The standards have been developed by working groups of the global payment networks, merchants, banks, digital advertising publishers, payment processors, and card-linked offer technology companies.
San Francisco-based The CardLinx Association is kicking off a robust schedule of events for February and the Spring. Each forum in the series will focus on a dynamic area in card-linked offers.
CardLinx announced the publication of an industry-wide protocol, the CardLinx Boar Standard, that provides a standard order format to digital publishers for an offer, coupon, or loyalty program linked to a payment card or payment credential. Until now, merchants were required to develop multiple orders for each card-linked offer because each order could only be delivered by a specific publisher. The Boar Standard has developed a common format for the industry which will enable a merchant or advertiser to place one order per offer and have that same card-linked offer published across multiple digital platforms including the web and mobile. As the number of publishers increases, merchants and advertisers will be able to increase the reach of their card-linked marketing campaigns by adopting this standard.
Unity Bank plc has recorded a 1Q/14 26% profit before tax from the year ago period, corresponding with its mandatory annual re-certification of its PCIDSS. The bank also received its Report on Compliance (RoC) from the external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), NetHost Legislation Ltd. This is in line with the directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria that all banks must achieve certification to the PCI standards, Unity Bank had successfully attained its certification on April 5, ahead of almost three-quarter of the banks in the country and is among the first to complete its annual recertification. The bank has also disclosed that to ensure that it continues to maintain its high security standards for the protection of card-holder data and card production environments, it is putting resources in place to train its own team of Internal Security Assessors (ISAs) to lead future recertification exercises and work with external Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) to obtain RoC.
CardLinx, which facilitates the interoperability and growth of card-linked offers and Deem cloud commerce announced a new draft protocol. The CardLinx Chameleon Standard, for pro-actively combating fraud resulting from returns of CLO purchases is designed to strengthen the card-linked industry by protecting merchants from offer misuse. The new standard addresses when a rebate reversal should occur and capabilities for automatic reversals. It also establishes data reporting requirements that will enable detection of fraud patterns and fraudsters in real time. The CardLinx™ Chameleon Standard will play a critical role in card-linked commerce at a time when transaction security has become increasingly important.
The CardLinx Association will share insights on this rapidly growing sector at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Silvio Tavares, CardLinx President and founding CEO, along with the following CardLinx board members, will participate in a panel presentation titled “The Convergence of Advertising and Payments.” The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00 am. Card-linked offers stand at the unique intersection of the payments, social media, advertising, and retail industries. As the “offers” space has become more popular, consumers have often found it cumbersome to take advantage of the variety and amount of offers available.
USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries had entered into a new exclusive three year agreement with AMI Entertainment Network (“AMI”) touch screen entertainment products and electronic jukeboxes. This new agreement broadens the relationship, making USA Technologies the exclusive provider of transaction processing services for all of AMI’s credit- and debit card-enabled Megatouch game machines in addition to all of the Rowe Jukebox game machines. With this, USA Technologies’ ePort SDK cashless payments software is installed into the machines and shipped by AMI to customer locations, ready to accept credit and debit cards for payment, as well as provide remote machine and sales data through USA Technologies’ ePort Connect Service.
Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure unveiled the first ChargePoint Network charging station for electric plug-in vehicles that accepts MasterCard “PayPass” contactless payments. The two ChargePoint stations are part of the ChargePoint America program and allows EV drivers in the Bay Area to pay for parking and charging their electric cars quickly and conveniently by simply tapping their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card on a PayPass-equipped reader designed and developed by Uniform Industrial Corporation. Coulomb has shipped more than 850 ChargePoint stations worldwide and has installations in more than 14 Bay Area cities including San Francisco, San Jose and Walnut Creek, building on growing momentum to establish the Bay Area as an epicenter for electronic vehicle usage and infrastructure development. Coulomb Technologiesâ ChargePoint stations will continue to accept their proprietary ChargePass contactless payment cards, along with MasterCard PayPass contactless payments, allowing users to tap their PayPass cards or devices on PayPass readers located directly on the charging stations.
Providing expertise on the use of PIV-I cards with physical access control systems (PACS) beyond the federal government to state and local governments and the private sector will be a top priority for the coming year, the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council said, announcing its new officers and steering committee. The Council also announced a workshop on PIV-I credentials at the 9th Annual Smart Cards in Government: Identity, Security & Healthcare Conference in November in Washington DC.
“Non-federal government and commercial organizations are now looking at how to leverage the smart card-enabled federal government FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential standard to implement trusted, interoperable identification credentials. As a result, we’re making education on PIV interoperable credentials a focus, helping organizations understand how they can be used with existing or new PACS systems,” said Physical Access Council Chair Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics. “Our first step to this end is the PIV-I workshop next month, and an accompanying white paper coming out soon.”
The workshop, “PIV-I Credentialing Workshop: Strategies for the Implementation of PIV-I Secure Identity Credentials” will be held on Tuesday, November 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes lunch. This full-day, interactive Smart Card Alliance educational workshop will explain the requirements of PIV interoperable identity credentials and examine real life business applications and usage models for implementing trusted identity credentials that comply with the technology, credential issuance policy, and security infrastructure for secure access applications.
“The Physical Access Council has become the go-to resource for guidance on challenging access control issues,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Council also provides direct input to government organizations on how new technologies and policies impact current and next generation physical access control systems.”
Physical Access Council white papers published this year, “FICAM in Brief: A Smart Card Alliance Summary of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance” and “Authentication Mechanisms for Physical Access Control Systems” are available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.
The Physical Access Council elected new officers and steering committee representatives in October. The Council is made up of more than 140 individuals from over 55 organizations spanning government agencies, smart card and software manufacturers, reader manufacturers, physical access control system manufacturers, systems integrators and biometrics solutions providers. New officers are:
Chair: Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics
Vice Chair: David Nichols, HID Global
Secretary: Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines
The newly elected 2010/2012 Steering Committee is:
Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines
Tony Ferguson, Bioscrypt / L-1 Enterprise Access Division
Bob Gilson, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
Walter Hamilton, Identification Technology Partners
Kevin Kozlowski, XTec, Inc.
Lolie Kull, HP
Bob Merkert, SCM Microsystems
David Nichols, HID Global
Steve Rogers, Intellisoft, Inc.
Adam Shane, AMAG Technology
Mike Sulak, Department of State
Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics
With more than 800 registrants and 50 exhibitors and sponsors expected, The 9th Annual Smart Cards in Government: Identity, Security & Healthcare Conference is the largest annual event for the government identity and security sector. This year’s conference will be held November 16th through the 19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Details on the agenda, pricing, sponsors and exhibitors, and registration can be found on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.
About the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council
The Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, usage, and application of smart card technology for physical access control. The group brings together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors and works on activities that are important to the physical access industry and that will help speed smart card adoption in this important market.
About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.
Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.
With over $587 billion in financial transactions handled by mobile
financial services around the world by 2011, OnPoint Community Credit
Union has decided to deploy the Tyfone “u4ia” mobile financial services.
Additionally, with over 60% of phones in the US have memory card slots
(close to one billion phones worldwide) as of 2009, the “u4ia” platform
will allow OnPoint to offer its mobile banking strategy with
fully-integrated mobile payments capabilities. The m-baning solution is
looking to leverage Tyfoneâs professional services and deploy robust
services and NFC contactless mobile payments. Tyfoneâs unique technology
integrates the Secure Element (SE), an NFC contactless chip and antenna
on standard Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, to foster a better
operator. OnPoint Community Credit Union serves over 199,000 members and
has assets of $2.8 billion.
CA-based Cubic Transportation Systems has teamed with ViVOtech to enable
the Cubic designed “Tri-Reader” all-in-one reader that will process bank
cards, prepaid cards and smart card-enabled mobile phones.
Under the agreement, Cubic will integrate ViVOtech’s contactless payment
software into the latest generation “Tri-Reader” platforms and will
obtain type certification for MasterCard Paypass, Visa PayWave, American
Express, and Discover cards, which will enable contactless bank card
acceptance at Cubic fare collection devices for public transit. With the
new software, the “Tri-Reader”, a very secure, ISO 14443 Type A-
and Type B-compliant smart card processor, will provide a single reader
that will seamlessly accept contactless bank cards, innovative new
prepaid products like the “First Data GO-Tag” solution, and emerging
Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile phone technology, as well as
currently issued transit cards and those conforming to national transit