Feb 06

ACS a Sponsor in SCA 2014 Payments Summit

HONG KONG, 29 Jan, 2014 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), will be at the Smart Card Alliance’s seventh annual Payments Summit. It will be held on Feb 5 to 7, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

The event covers EMV, mobile, and transit payments. It will be a good opportunity to connect with industry players, and to attend talks and workshops on emerging technologies, considerations surrounding standards, approaches to payment, and strategies for different platforms.

ACS provides payment solutions in a diverse array of form factors and connection interfaces. A few examples are: theACR123, a MasterCard Paypass and Visa Paywave payment terminal; ACR89U-A2, a handheld smart card reader with PIN-pad that offers contact and contactless support and may be equipped with a thermal printer; ACR122T, a token-sized NFC reader that supports Mifare cards, ISO 14443 Type A and B cards, and all four types of NFC tags; and the ACR31, an audio jack reader for magnetic stripe cards supporting Mobile POS (Point-of-Sales).

Attendees are encouraged to get in touch with Bob Merkert, ACS President for the Americas, via 609 332 8593 or robert.merkert@acs.com.hk, to get a free ACR38U PocketMate Smart Card Reader during the Payments Summit.

The PocketMate is a USB-sized device that transforms into a full-sized reader for contact cards through a single swivel motion. FIPS 201-certified, PC/SC-compliant, and CCID-compliant, it enables easy deployment of secure applications in e-banking, e-payment, access control, and e-government. The PocketMate may now also be used on mobile devices running on Android™ 3.1 or higher.

Those interested in payment solutions are encouraged to visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk. For more information on the SCA Payments Summit, click here.

 

Dec 28

ACS was named as one of The Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential Brands 2013

HONG KONG, 28 Dec, 2013 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), was named as one of “The Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential Brands for 2013″ by the Word Brand Laboratory.

Being selected as an influential brand is proof not only of popularity, but also of a brand’s capability to maximize shareholder value. The World Brand laboratory determines awardees through a mathematical valuation of intangible assets, including: customer loyalty, brand value, profitability, and market value. Past awardees of the distinction include internationally renowned enterprises like HSBC Hong Kong, Bank of China Hong Kong, and Cathay Pacific. Mr. Denny Wong, CEO and founder of ACS, accepted the award on behalf of ACS on Dec 27, 2013 in an award conferring ceremony (see picture).

As a worldwide leader on intangible asset valuation, the World Brand Laboratory has similarly assessed well-known brands for accounting, taxation and commercial purposes. It is also the organizer of “the World’s 500 Most Influential Brands” and “the Asia’s 500 Most Influential Brands.”

“This award validates the level of quality, innovation and service that ACS constantly strives to achieve,” says Denny. ” Since ACS was established, we have fostered a corporate culture of delivering on promises and maintaining integrity-this culture constantly builds a reputation for ACS. ACS will continue to combine scientific spirit and Confucius thoughts to build a sustainable electronic and information technology business which is green in order to achieve the dual purposes of business growth and environmental protection.”

 

Nov 11

ACS an Exhibitor and Speaker in Cartes 2013

cartes logoHONG KONG, 11 Nov, 2013 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), will be speaking and exhibiting its solutions in Cartes 2013. The event will be at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, on Nov 19 to 21, 2013. ACS will be in Hall 3F Booth No. 083.

Aside from members of its trusty product lines, ACS will also unveil additions to its mobile card readers. One is the ACR32, a phone jack card and PC-linked reader which reads magnetic stripe and contact cards. Another is the ACR35, a phone jack card reader which reads magnetic stripe and contactless cards.

ACS will also show the newest member of its contactless readers, the ACR1252U. This next-generation USB NFC reader has recently passed the NFC Forum Certification program, making it one of the first readers in the industry to receive a gold standard of compliance in terms of interoperability with other NFC devices.

Gilbert Leung, ACS’s VP for Sales and Marketing, will be among the speakers of a panel discussion with the topic, “Digital Wallets & eMoney: What’s New?” on Nov 21, 4PM. The discussion will focus on Mobile POS and TSM and feature industry experts from all over the world.

Those interested in smart card–based solutions are encouraged to drop by ACS’s booth, or email info@acs.com.hk. Meanwhile, for more information on Cartes 2013, please visit www.cartes.com.

Nov 01

ACS Awarded NFC Forum Certification for ACR1252U

HONG KONG, 01 Nov, 2013 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), has received the NFC Forum Certification for its ACR1252U.

ACR1252The ACR1252U is a next-generation USB NFC reader and one of the first NFC Forum-certified readers in the industry. This contactless reader builds on 13.56 MHz and ISO14443 contactless technologies, which are among the most widely adhered to standards in the industry.

Being authorized to use the NFC Forum Certification Mark proves that the ACR1252U can truly perform the three NFC modes: card emulation, reader and peer-to-peer (P2P). The ACR1252U performs these by mimicking an NFC card/tag, reading an NFC card/tag and interacting with other NFC mobile phones/devices, respectively.

Together, these technical features mean that the ACR1252U is good not only for traditional network security and loyalty applications, but also for some interesting and creative NFC applications, such as smart posters, mobile payments, and file exchange with other NFC devices.

The NFC Forum Certification is also an industry gold standard of compliance that guarantees a level of interoperability with other NFC devices. Given the foreseen upsurge of NFC devices and applications, this interoperability makes devices more versatile and widens options for users.

The NFC Forum certification was awarded to ACR1252U after a series of laboratory tests. It is another ACS milestone and a proof of our R&D efforts devoted to NFC technology,” said Gilbert Leung, VP of Sales and Marketing. “ACS is happy and excited to be one of the forerunners in creating and facilitating adoption of different NFC applications.

Engineering samples of the ACR1252U will be available at the end of 2013. Users who want to be updated regarding sample availability or ask about other NFC solutions may email info@acs.com.hk.

N Mark Certificate

Oct 25

ACS’s ACR320 Ticket Validator Design Lauded in 2013 Hong Kong Awards for Industries

certificate of merit logoHONG KONG, 25 October, 2013 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), has been awarded the Machinery and Machine Tools Design Certificate of Merit in the 2013 Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI). The award recognizes ACS’s ACR320 Ticket Validator, a powerful all-in-one Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) device for public transport.

ACR320 Ticket Validator
ACS last received recognition in this category in 2009, when the HKAI awarded a Certificate of Merit to ACS’s eH880 eHealth Smart Card Terminal. Entries are evaluated in terms of innovation, application of technology, functionality, ergonomics, cost performance, marketability, safety, and environmental impact.

Judges have noted that the ACR320 Ticket Validator ensures that “operators receive correct income, by eliminating free-riders or fraud. The product is competitive, inexpensive to build, and the operating cost is low. It has already established a market in several developing countries and has the potential to expand into other regions.

The ACR320 Ticket Validator includes a GPS module, which enables distance-based fare collection and aids in fleet management. Supporting ISO14443 Type A &B, Mifare, and NFC-compliant cards, it is in keeping with the cashless trend, widely predicted to be the way of the future. It is also built with a strong 32-bit ARM11 processor which can complete typical transactions in 300 milliseconds (including recovery and backup).
Apart from the GPS module, it supports different connection modes for data transfer, including Wifi, 3G and Bluetooth. Dust and water-resistant, it is incorporated with over-voltage and over-current protection, card authenticity and validity checking, blacklist checking, and touchscreen capabilities.

This award proves the amount of thought that went into creating the ACR320 Ticket Validator,” says Gilbert Leung, VP for Sales and Marketing. “And the fact that we were recognized by the HKAI twice within 4 years shows how we aim to bring the best device to the market, every single time. This award has inspired us, more than ever, to develop solutions that deliver maximum value and innovation.

For more information on the ACR320 Ticket Validator, please email info@acs.com.hk.

ACR320 Certgilbert in 2013 HKAI

 

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