Smart Card Alliance Announces Keynote Speakers

The Smart Card Alliance announced a full-day lineup of keynote presentations to kick off its 2011 Smart Card Alliance Annual Conference. On May 3rd, seven payments and ID security experts will take the stage to deliver keynotes on the latest advancements in technology for EMV, contactless and mobile payments, and secure identification. In addition, a panel of Canadian financial industry experts will share their Canadian EMV migration experience. Attendees can look forward to “Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Payment Technology to Enhance the Payment Process” by Richard Oliver, executive vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; “Should The US Follow The Existing Path or Forge a New Path To EMV?” by Dave Birch, director, Consult Hyperion; “EMV Global Deployment Reality” by Dr. Toni Merschen, consultant and former group head for chip at MasterCard International; “The United Nations Federal Credit Union International Traveler Credit Card” by Merrill Halpern, manager of card services, United Nations Federal Credit Union; “The National Strategy for Trusted Identities In Cyberspace” by Michael Garcia, cybersecurity strategist, Department of Homeland Security; “Securing Personal Devices for Enterprise Use” by Patricia Titus, vice president and global chief information security officer, Unisys; and “Canadians Discuss Their EMV Migration Experience” by Panel featuring moderator Catherine Johnston, president & CEO, ACT Canada, and panelists Oliver Manahan, vice president of emerging payments, Emerging Payments, MasterCard Worldwide, Allen Wright vice president of product management, Interac Association; Steve Braceland, president, STJ Retail; and Sharon Fisk, director of business innovation, ATB Financial.

EZIO & MC CAP

Digital security provider Gemalto has announced that its
Ezio Pocket Reader is the first fully certified reader made available to
the market for MasterCard “Advanced Authentication for Chip” (CAP). It
supports financial institutions in markets where off-line PIN is not
used to verify online customers’ identity. The CAP reader makes it
easier for
banks to deploy strong authentication to their entire base of online
customers, as they no longer need to make any changes to their legacy
cards. It also enables millions of new banking customers to benefit from
increased security for online transactions, by making it accessible in
every environment. The Advanced
Authentication for Chip specification allows two-factor authentication
on any EMV card already in use, whether or not it has been personalized.
Gemalto provides end-to-end solutions for digital security, from the
development of software applications, through the design and production
of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and
tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers.

GLOBALPLATFORM BOARD

Smart card advisory GlobalPlatform has announced its Board of Directors
for FY 2008-2009. Sebastien Tormos, VP Marketing at Datacard Group is
the new Chairman and will be supported by Marc Kekicheff,
Senior Business Leader of Product Technologies at Visa Inc., who will be
GlobalPlatform’s Vice Chair for a fourth term and Yves Moulart â“
Director of Cards, Technology and Architecture within
STMicroelectronics’ Smart Card Products, Software Engineering division
as Secretary/Treasurer. Five new Board members were selected that
include Bob Beer, Business Consultant – Aconite; Jean-Loup Depinay,
Program Manager R&D Funding ⓠOberthur Card Systems; Dominic Fedronic,
Chief Technology Officer – ActivIdentity; Eikazu Niwano, Senior Research
Engineer, Service Integration LaboratoriesⓠNTT Corporation and Uwe
Wittig, Group Vice President, Cards & Services, Division Payment –
Giesecke & Devrient. One of the first duties of the new Board of
Directors was to reappoint Shoji Taniguchi, Chief Marketing Specialist
at Toshiba Corporation, to his position as Strategic Director to
maintain responsibility for
positioning GlobalPlatform in key Japanese and Asian government initiatives.

LUFTHANSA MASTERCARD

Mastercard has unveiled the new “Lufthansa Miles & More Credit
Card” , that offers holders the convenience of
secure Tap & Go payment transactions. The “Miles &
More Credit Card” features a SmartMX security EMV chip from NXP
Semiconductors The card is issued by Deutsche Kreditbank
AG in cooperation with Lufthansa. The new “Lufthansa Miles & More Credit Card” is the first credit card in
Germany to offer MasterCard PayPass, an
innovative contactless payment technology already successfully
introduced at participating retailers in the United States and 23 other
countries worldwide, enables the payment of up to 25 Euros with just a
simple tap of the card over the PayPass reader – no signature or PIN
required. The first MasterCard PayPass terminals in Germany have been installed at checkout counters in the Frankfurt and Munich Airports, and are expected to become more widely available through participating retailers throughout the country.

Asyacard DIT Joins the PayPass Drive

Turkey’s Bank Asya has implemented MasterCard’s “OneSmart” chip-based value application for the launch of its versatile “Asyacard DIT” chip and PIN card with “PayPass” technology. This partnership allows Bank Asya customers in Turkey to use a single, multi-application chip card for traditional payments, contactless payments and secure remote transactions at 109,000 merchant locations worldwide. Cardholders can even pay bridge tolls through the integrated municipal toll and transit application. The MasterCard Chip Authentication Program (CAP) secure two-factor authentication technology also allows “Asyacard DIT” customers to securely access online account information. The “OneSmart” Chip program provides transactional and security expertise to MasterCard cardholders and issuing banks while Bank Asya is a Turkish bank which serves over 1,000,000 individual card members through 124 Bank Asya branches located across the country.

ASYACARD DIT

Bank Asya has implemented MasterCard’s “OneSmart” chip-based value application for the launch of its versatile “Asyacard DIT” chip and PIN card with “PayPass” technology. This partnership allows Bank Asya customers in Turkey to use a single, multi-application chip card for traditional payments, contactless payments and secure remote
transactions at 109,000 merchant locations worldwide. Cardholders can
even pay bridge tolls through the integrated municipal toll and transit
application. The MasterCard Chip Authentication Program (CAP) secure
two-factor authentication technology also allows “Asyacard DIT”
customers to securely access online account information. The “OneSmart”
Chip program provides transactional and security expertise to MasterCard
cardholders and issuing banks while Bank Asya is a Turkish bank which
serves over 1,000,000 individual card members through 124 Bank Asya
branches located across the country.

MC EMV CARDS

MasterCard has passed the 300 million card milestone for EMV chip-based cards worldwide. While Europe continues to be at the heart of the EMV chip-based issuance and acceptance with significant numbers of POS and ATM terminals supporting the EMV card base. Much of the growth over the last twelve months has come from other regions
such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Globally, approximately one in every five MasterCard-branded cards
now carry an EMV chip with nearly a quarter of all POS devices upgraded to accept these cards. In Asia-Pacific, the growth rate of EMV chip cards over the past two years has exceeded 70%. In South Africa,
POS terminal deployment has reached critical mass encouraging banks to commence EMV card issuance. In the United Arab Emirates, EMV card issuance increased tremendously last year.

MasterCard Tops 300 Million EMV Chip Cards

MasterCard has passed the 300 million card milestone for EMV chip-based cards worldwide. While Europe continues to be at the heart of the EMV chip-based issuance and acceptance with significant numbers of POS and ATM terminals supporting the EMV card base. Much of the growth over the last twelve months has come from other regions such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Globally, approximately one in every five MasterCard-branded cards now carry an EMV chip with nearly a quarter of all POS devices upgraded to accept these cards. In Asia-Pacific, the growth rate of EMV chip cards over the past two years has exceeded 70%. In South Africa, POS terminal deployment has reached critical mass encouraging banks to commence EMV card issuance. In the United Arab Emirates, EMV card issuance increased tremendously last year.

GLOBALPLATFORM BOARD

GlobalPlatform has announced its 6 new Board of Directors and Board Officers for FY 2007-2008. Among those elected is Bob Beer, VP for
Datacard Group; Yves Moulart, Director at STMicroelectronics; Marc Birkner, Gemalto Development Director; Dr. Toni Merschen, Group Head for MasterCard Worldwide; Carmen Carnero Silvo, SERMEPA manager and Sebastian Hans, the manager for Sun
Microsystems. GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from around the world
and has accomplished numerous marketing advances with its smart card infrastructure.

MasterCard PayPass Watch Comes to Europe

Europe’s first watch equipped with “MasterCard PayPass” contactless technology has been launched by Garanti Bank. The news follows the launch in June 2006 of the world’s first watch equipped with “PayPass” in Asia, to coincide with the “2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.” Garanti Bank first launched its “PayPass” program in June of last year with the introduction of the “Garanti Bonus Trink” card. More than 600 merchant locations in Turkey accept “PayPass” including Burger King, Starbucks, Cinebonus, TAV and the I.stanbul Ferry. As of March 31st, there are more than 14 million “MasterCard PayPass” cards and devices in the market that are accepted at more than 51,000 merchant locations globally.