Alcinéo and ASK are pleased to announce their partnership to provide contactless payment solutions for fare collection systems. Alcinéo will provide its contactless payment suite that covers the main payment scheme such as PayWave of Visa, PayPass 3.0 released by MasterCard or ExpressPay 3.0 for American Express. Additionnally, this payment suite comes with en Entry Point layer fully compliant with the modular architecture requested by EMVCo. Alcinéo payment suite has already gone through several certifications process successfully.
SMARTRAC is launching its new NTAG213 product line: BullsEye, Midas and Circus NTAG213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes user memory with password protection, are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 Tags and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards and offer UID mirror functionality. BullsEye tags come with etched NFC Forum N-Mark. Sharing their memory structure and feature set, SMARTRAC’s new NTAG213 products will replace the highly successful NTAG203 product range. The industry’s best-known all-purpose NFC tag, the SMARTRAC BullsEye, and its close relatives Midas and Circus are now available with the new NXP NTAG213 chip equipped with 144 bytes user memory with password protection. The new chip also features unique ID (UID) mirror functionality, which enables the IC’s serial number to be mirrored as part of its encoded URL address. SMARTRAC’s BullsEye NTAG213 all purpose NFC tag comes with an etched NFC Forum N-Mark in the tag’s center simplifies the use of the product as it can be placed directly on top of the printed materials providing easy recognition.
ASK SA is proud to announce that the company is now a supplier of M’Dina bus, the official transportation operator for the city of Casablanca, Morocco. ASK has been selected by M2M, to deliver the contactless cards for Casablanca’s new bus network. M’Dina Bus decided to choose ASK to upgrade its system and to offer a more convenient and versatile way of transportation. Based on CD 21 chip, the smart cards have been provided to the users of M’Dina network. Today M’dina bus provides more than 1.5 million of travels a day thanks to its numerous and efficient lines.
IC-TAG Solutions RFID forged distribution agreements with BlueStar POS, Mobility, RFID, Digital Signage, and ID and Security products, as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to Thermamark branded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) labeling products. Building strong relationships with distribution experts such as BlueStar, is a vital step in IC-TAG Solution’s continued growth around the world. The agreement also furthers BlueStar’s commitment to growing specialty technology markets by strengthening and enlarging the RFID channel to territories in United States, Canada and Latin America. IC-TAG’s commitment to RFID includes offering a broad Thermamark branded RFID product selection, fast delivery, technical knowledge, online ordering and much more. The RFID label portfolio consists of a variety of RFID, from item level RFID labels, such as 4″x1″ film thermal transfer labels featured with Avery Dennison UHF AD-223 inlays as well as an array of fanfold and direct thermal label options.
CPI has chosen NXP’s payment solution for its latest dual interface product to facilitate the migration to EMV systems in North America. This provides an opportunity for banks to provide additional consumers advanced services and applications. The CPI qualified solution is based on the NXP SmartMX dual interface solution with 12K EEPROM memory. NXP’s portfolio of SmartMX products has been vetted by independent evaluation labs in numerous Common Criteria and EMVCo certifications. The devices feature advanced security concepts including the patented GlueLogic design methodology, dedicated hardware firewalls to protect software and data, and a comprehensive suite of technologies addressing attack scenarios with light and lasers.
UPM RFID is launching an extensive selection of RFID NFC tags and inlays to meet the needs of a variety of applications. UPM RFID’s latest NFC products are top performers designed to satisfy the growing demands of NFC application developers looking for readily accessible tags. UPM RFID has released several NFC tag products over the years supporting the latest ICs, and has built a solid reputation globally as a supplier of high-quality, high-volume NFC tags. UPM RFID’s “All-Star” NFC products have been UPM BullsEye(TM), UPM RaceTrack(TM) and UPM MiniTrack(TM). UPM RFID is working with leading NFC smartphone manufacturers to ensure the interoperability of products in various end-uses. As tag functionality and performance are defined in cooperation with device manufacturers, UPM RFID will have greater opportunities to utilize market feedback to match high-quality NFC products to market needs.
HID Global secure identity surpassed its 100 millionth product shipment of e-government inlays and prelaminates to 28 countries worldwide. A developer in the deployment of wire transfer and wire embedding technologies, the company developed and patented its “ceFLEX” high-tech inlay material that increases e-document resiliency. And with e-passport market revenues projected to reach nearly $7 billion annually by the end of 2014, with a compounded annual growth rate of 31.5%, 88% of all passports issued in 2014 will be electronic. Acuity said e-passports accounted for 57% of all passports issued and 28 percent of all passports in circulation during 2009. HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators and application developers serving a variety of markets.
INSIDE Contactless’ MicroPass(R) 4003 contactless intelligent
payment processor is now powering the “MasterCard PayPass” contactless payment
technology recently launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Housed in a
convenient key fob form factor and employing a unique antenna design, the
MicroPass 4003 is the first contactless payment technology introduced in
Latin America that people can use to pay their fare on public
transportation systems. Credicard MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro can use their
MicroPass-powered key fobs to quickly and easily pay at the Pao de AÃÂ§ÃÂºcar
(Sugarloaf Mountain) lift, Supervia train stations, UCI cinemas, McDonald’s
fast food restaurants and Estapar/Riopark parking lots throughout the city,
and will soon be able to use them at the Rio de Janeiro Metro system.
Redecard, the Brazilian acquiring company, plans to add more PayPass
merchant acceptance locations in the near future. Rio de Janeiro was chosen for the Brazil launch because of its robust
infrastructure, dynamic and young population and its appeal as a key
tourist destination; particularly from countries where PayPass is already
widely used, such as Europe, Canada and the U.S.
SMARTRAC RFID transponders has signed binding agreements to acquire the
assets of Millennium Card’s Technology (MCT), a subsidiary of On Track
Innovations contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions, and
the machinery/inlay production intellectual property from OTI for EUR
8.5 million (approx. $12.5 million). The Parties signed a supply
agreement that will fully secure OTI’s delivery of products and projects
and SMARTRAC becomes OTI’s exclusive supplier for wire-embedded and Dual
Interface Inlays. All patent litigations and in particular all patent
infringement legal proceedings between SMARTRAC and OTI have been
ceased. SMARTRAC sees these agreements as an opportunity to strengthen
its leadership position in the global RFID inlay market, offering a
wider range of products through OTI’s production and machinery to its
manufacturing capacity. The sale of assets will significantly reduce OTI
operating expenses, which will cease to produce inlays.
Following more than one year in development, the industryâs first
full-face foil PVC card certified by Visa for contactless payment
transactions has been introduced. IL-based Perfect Plastic Printing says
its new card enables issuers to provide contactless payment cards with
the same high aesthetic appeal of foil as their traditional cards. The
card is based on INSIDE Contactless’ “MicroPass 4003.” MicroPass 4003
provides support for “Visa payWave,” including “Visa MSD 1.4.2” and
“Visa 2.0.2 Streamline Online qVSDC” standards for global
interoperability. Foil cards have attractive metalized foil applied
across the entire face of the card, offering a mirror-like reflection
unattainable with printing ink alone.
RFID inlay manufacturer SMARTRAC N.V has
received Card Quality Management (CQM) Certifications from MasterCard.
CQM is a quality program ensuring high quality standards throughout the
entire production process of MasterCard-branded products.
The CQM Label has been granted to SMARTRAC’s High Frequency card inlays,
Durable Dual Interface (DDI) Inlays as well as to the module packaging
process. With the recently awarded CQM certification, SMARTRAC’s
production processes from
chip embedding to manufacturing of the DDI and HF card inlays have
formally been verified to pursue the strict MasterCard quality
requirements for the manufacturing facility, process management,
testing, evaluation, and auditing. SMARTRAC’s High Frequency (HF) card
inlays for highly secure
ePayment cards have already been certified by MasterCard in 2006. This
certification has been renewed for all SMARTRAC HF inlays within the
NXP Semiconductors is set to launch the “IC MIFARE Plus” microcontroller
smart card. Security, performance, privacy and ease of use are at the
heart of “MIFARE Plus”. It is the only smart card IC of its class to
offer strong AES encryption for authentication, integrity and
confidentiality. Introduction of “MIFARE Plus’s” AES security avoids any
performance degradation to current infrastructure service levels. MIFARE
Plus chips comprise a number of additional security features
which, when used optimally in the infrastructure, provide a system that
prevents individuals from being identified and tracked by others.
Finally, migration planning is made easier as MIFARE Plus supports the
pre-issuance of new cards; co-existence of current and new cards; and
software based infrastructure upgrades.