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Episode 107: Changing landscape for smart card manufacturers

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 9:11am

Smart card manufacturers are changing their focus from producing cards to software and services, says Jean-Noel Georges, global program director at Frost & Sullivan. Regarding ID’s Gina Jordan spoke with him about the changing market and where smart card manufacturers are focusing their energy.



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Optical Document Security conference calls for papers

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:08am

The Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Technologies conference is looking for presentations looking at the technical aspects of optical security for the January 2014 conference. The conference offers a platform to researchers, developers, manufacturers and users of security to present their findings, new developments and new work on a technical and scientific level.

Many developments in banknote and identity document security have first been unveiled at this conference, with development and commercialization partnerships often resulting. With its restricted attendance by industry specialists it is a well-suited forum to announce bleeding edge technologies.

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Facial recognition software precision still off

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 9:36am

After the Boston Marathon bombings, investigators had images of the two men believed to be responsible for the attack; however, facial recognition software couldn’t help identify the pair. Real humans had to make the match.

As reported in the Boston Globe, even though pictures of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were in government databases, facial recognition software couldn’t take the fuzzy images from the marathon site and match them against an image such as a photo for a driver’s license.

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ICMA’s top five trends in card manufacturing

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 2:26pm

By Al Vrancart, Founder Emeritus and Industry Advisor, International Card Manufacturers Association

With the card manufacturing industry constantly evolving, there are particular areas of the industry that offer the most growth potential in 2013. These trends will directly affect how card manufacturers and personalizers conduct business today and will shape the future of the industry.

Consider these top five growth trends:

Government/Health: This market segment has a diverse array of plastic card applications including national ID, driver licenses, passport cards, social benefits and public and private health care cards. New card technologies, government imposed ID standards and security and fraud issues and concerns are driving growth in this segment. These cards are becoming more technologically sophisticated and expensive. There were 2.3 billion cards manufactured in this segment in 2012, according to ICMA’s 2012 Global Market Statistics Report.

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Slides from April 24 IAB meeting online now

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 2:13pm

The April meeting of the influential Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) was recently held in Washington D.C. FIPS201.com was on hand to cover the event and has provided, as a service to the IAB and the smart card community, an audio recording of the presentations. Click on the link below to access a list of audio and accompanying PowerPoint slides (in pdf format).

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Spring 2013 Regarding ID Magazine available via interactive PDF viewer

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 10:31am

AVISIAN Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the interactive version of the spring 2013 issue of Regarding ID.

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Frost & Sullivan: The three-headed monster of the smart card industry

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 8:42am

The smart card industry is dominated by three major players — Gemalto, Oberthur and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D)— with each jockeying for peak position to capture the market.

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan reveals the current state of the market and the moves being made by its top competitors.

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Equifax identity proofing platform achieves LOA 3

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 9:12am

Identity authentication and fraud mitigation service provider, Equifax, has revealed that its identity proofing platform has achieved FICAM Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3). Equifax’s solution has also been named an Identity Proofing Component member of the SAFE-BioPharma Trust Framework.

Equifax’s FICAM Assurance Level 3 demonstrates the company’s ability to protect user identities and agency data, while also working to reduce loss associated with fraud, waste and abuse.

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eID solutions connecting European citizens to public agencies

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15am

As countries the world over continue to implement electronic government services for citizens, the need to prove identity online is becoming a vital necessity. A white paper from UL Transaction Security details the current state of eID in Europe and the growing number of implementations across the continent.

The white paper, “Electronic Identities in Europe,” begins by explaining the three main methods of eID currently being used: password-bases systems, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Attributed Based Credentials (ABC).

Password-based systems are those schemes that enable the users to authenticate and to electronically “sign” a document or an action — in other words, agree with the contents of the document or action— by entering a username and password. This method uses passwords that are either static – one password per every log-in – or dynamic as in One Time Passwords.

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Contactless card shipment break records

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 1:01pm

Contactless payment card shipments are shipping at the fastest rate since the technology was first introduced, the Smart Payment Association announced at the Cartes North America conference.

More than 975 million cards were shipped in 2012, with the largest climb in the Asia Pacific region. China’s migration to chip-based payment cards influenced the region’s 24% growth rate. Europe returned an 8% growth rate, but the major trend in this mature market was the move to contactless. Contactless card shipments in North America increased by 1% with Canada representing most of that increase, as the U.S. continues the transition to EMV into 2014.

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Schlage introduces HandPunch terminal with multi-technology reader

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 11:47am

Ingersoll Rand announced the debut of its new HandPunch GT-400 time and attendance terminal that lets employees clock in with the same card used to enter their building facilities.

The MTR-G embedded reader module provides compatibility with aptiQ smart credentials, which provides advanced MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire EV1 encryption, to provide improved security. It also reads HID proximity, GE/CASI Proxlite, AWID proximity, Lenel proximity and popular 13.56 MHz smart cards; so companies do not have to switch out their installed card readers.

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Episode 106: Two-factor authentication on the path to mainstream

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:46am

Two-factor authentication will not only gain in popularity but will be the norm within two years, says Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos. RegardingID’s Gina Jordan spoke with Wisniewski about a Forrester Research report that predicts that two-factor authentication will likely be widespread within two years.

Wisniewski feels that widespread may be a bit of a stretch, but says that mainstream may be a more realistic description. “We’ve already seen the likes of Google, Facebook, banking institutions and online gaming facilities adopt two factor authentication as an optional, additional account verification method,” explains Wisniewski.

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Evolis releases new card printer

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:15pm

Evolis released Elypso, a desktop card printer that offers features for instant issuance in one model: manual card feeding, front-desk operations, dual-sided printing and encoding for magnetic stripe, contact and contactless chip card.

Evolis designed Elypso to match the performances of Primacy with the smaller footprint of Zenius. This solution delivers personalized cards over the counter, whatever the application: payment cards, transportation passes, consumers’ loyalty cards or other possibilities

Elypso comes with the latest software from Evolis. This printer is monitored from the user’s interface and through pop-up alerts on the printing status. Cards can be loaded at the printer’s front end, while the printing ribbon, available in a cassette format, can be dropped into its slot in the printer.

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Report: Consumers want better online authentication

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:58pm

Consumers don’t like user names and passwords and would rather have multi-purpose identity credentials that could be used across sites, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute.

In the U.S., 46% of individuals don’t trust systems that rely on user names and passwords for access. Another 38% don’t trust sites unless they require frequent password resets. “People expect more, especially when visiting a bank versus social media site,” says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “People are expecting businesses to do more on the authentication side.”

The idea of a multi-purpose identity credential to manage access to multiple sites is appealing with 51% of consumers interested. The multi-purpose identity credential would be managed by a trusted provider, who in turn licenses authentication capability to organizations providing cloud-based services such as banks, retailers, health care, government agencies and other Internet service providers.

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Immigration bill proposes $1 billion for new Social Security card

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:47pm

Smart card possible? Changes to employee verification system also proposed

The proposed immigration reform act calls for $1 billion to create and issue new Social Security cards.

The new cards would have to be “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant, wear-resistant and identity theft-resistant social security cards.” Specific card technologies were not mentioned in the bill but there are only a handful of technologies that would fit the criteria.

If the bill passes as is the Social Security Administration’s commissioner would have 180 days to start work on issuing the new credentials. And within five-years the administration would only be issuing the new credentials. The $1 billion would in the fiscal year 2014 budget and remain available until spent.

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Saudi Arabia university upgrades ID cards

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:42am

Bell ID has been selected King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, to advance its smart card identity management system. In addition to a software upgrade, the solution has been extended to include time and attendance functionality for staff and contractors.

Bell ID Identity Token Manager is Web-based software that enables issuers of chip-based identity cards, such as universities, governments and enterprises, to deploy and manage single and multi-application identity schemes. In addition to managing credentials on cards, the solution offers the possibility to load and manage these on mobile devices containing a near field communication chip.

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Russia launches smart card based on NXP's SmartMX2 with banking, transport and eGov functionality

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 7:43am

NXP announced with ALIOTH, a Russian government and payment cards solutions provider, the launch of a multi-application contactless smart card solution product called SCOne based on NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller with banking, transport ticketing and eGovernment functionality.

The availability of this new SmartMX2-based card follows the announcement that the Moscow Department of Transport has selected MIFARE Plus for the new “TROIKA” smart card project. Additionally, the city of St. Petersburg is also using MIFARE Plus technology for its public transport system.

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Quantum Secure unveils CIV software

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 10:33am

Quantum Secure introduced “SAFE for CIV,” a software solution that aims to close the physical identity management gap between PIV and non-PIV badge holders for government agencies. This solution will create one system to manage all identities while maintaining the security standards of PIV credentials.

Quantum Secure’s SAFE for CIV software solution enables users to manage the entire lifecycle of CIV cards, cardholders and associated PKI certificates with audit and reporting. The software includes the following features:

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Digital Identification Solutions releases new printer drivers

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 9:45am

Digital Identification Solutions AG announced the release of EDIsecure Connect, a software solution that drives multiple hardware systems and offers different security features across models on the same platform.

EDIsecure Connect is designed to be more than a conventional printer driver, providing a range of functional elements and is available in three different levels, including the free BASIC version, the feature rich PRO version, and the integration enabled software development kit.

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Entrust updates mobile credential software

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:47am

Entrust Inc. updated its mobile smart credential, offering a multi-purpose digital identity for secure physical, logical and cloud access. The Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential 2.0 offers new capabilities to complete identity-assured transactions, signing digital transactions and documents all from a mobile device.

The Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential offers a defense against malware-based fraud attacks by empowering users to authenticate enterprise, web or cloud transactions via a mobile channel. By moving transactions out-of-band to the mobile channel, users cannot only review the exact details of the transaction they are about to perform, they can also confirm and approve them in real time from their phone.

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