Dec 12

ACS Receives Certificate of Merit for Communications in APICTA Awards 2014

HONG KONG, 10 Dec, 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), received a Certificate of Merit for Communications for its contactless smart card reader module technology. The award was given last 30 November in Jakarta, Indonesia, during the Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology Alliance (APICTA) Awards.

ACS’s entry is the contactless smart card reader module technology, which refers to the platform for many of its smart card readers, developed based on 13.56MHz NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. APICTA judged the entry based on: uniqueness, market potential, functionalities and features, quality, and application of technology. ACS’ contactless smart card reader module technology stands out from the other entries from different countries in the Asia Pacific region.

ACS’s contactless reader platform enables ACS to be quicker and more flexible in responding to different new market trends and customers’ requests. The contactless smart card reader module may be used in contactless payment terminals, combined with biometric readers for stronger authentication, or used in mobile card readers to enable transactions anywhere. ACS solutions using this technology are consistently among the first to achieve major certifications, and break into new markets.

“In the past, we have been recognized for our end-to-end solutions and our individual devices. This time, we were able to gain recognition for the foundation of many of our products,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, who received the award on behalf of ACS. “This award helps validate our contactless technology roadmap, and prove that the faith of stakeholders in our technologies is well-placed.”

This success of the contactless smart card reader module technology was further celebrated by the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS), a non-profit professional organization striving to develop Hong Kong’s IT industry. Every year, HKCS nominates IT products or services that show significant promise societal contributions. This year, ACS was among HKCS’s nominees. ACS was able to share information about its entry in the APICTA Awards 2014-Winners & Merits Sharing Session and Press Conference on 8 December, which convenes the Hong Kong delegates for the APICTA awards, as a way to facilitate knowledge-sharing among Hong Kong’s IT industry players.

For more information on ACS’s solutions using its contactless smart card reader module technology, email info@acs.com.hk or visit www.acs.com.hk.

Dec 12

ACS Wins Best Contactless Payments Project in Payments Awards 2014

HONG KONG, 2 Dec, 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), won Best Contactless Payments Project in the recently concluded Payments Awards 2014. The award was announced on November 20 in London, UK.

ACS’s entry was e-PLUS Tap to Pay, ACS’s end-to-end payment and loyalty solution for the largest mall developer, operator, and retail company in the Philippines. e-PLUS Tap to Pay enables consumers to make payments through a stored-value contactless card to a vast array of merchants throughout the country. The system has introduced benefits for merchants and consumers alike, which are so far unmatched by any other private contactless payment and loyalty systems in the Philippines.

Payments Awards is organized by leading technology publications in UK to honor payment technology solutions that set standards for innovation and excellence. e-PLUS Tap to Pay was also shortlisted as Engagement and Loyalty Scheme of the Year.

“Since launch, the e-PLUS Tap to Pay has been recognized in different areas of the world as a truly innovative solution for loyalty, payment, and automatic fare collection,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “We are pleased that the merits of ACS solutions are being validated by industry experts internationally. We aim to replicate this level of competitiveness for all of our end-to-end solutions.”

For more information on ACS’s end-to-end solutions, email info@acs.com.hk or visit www.acs.com.hk.

Dec 12

ACS Discusses NFC for Connected Commerce in Cartes 2014

HONG KONG, 25 Nov, 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), was a speaker in Cartes 2014, held in Paris, France, from Nov 4 to 6. Ms. Zoe Ko, ACS Manager for Sales and Marketing Communications, conducted a presentation entitled, “Advocating NFC Towards Connected Commerce.”

In the presentation, Zoe highlighted an important distinction between traditional and connected commerce: more than ever, the latter enables shopping to be an instant activity. With traditional commerce, consumers would have to clip out coupons (or print out electronic ones to present during payment), make trips to stores, try out goods, and line up at counters to pay. Meanwhile, connected commerce enables customers to complete the entire shopping process without taking out a physical wallet or going to a brick-and-mortar establishment.

It must be noted that with the advent of NFC, connected commerce is no longer confined to accessing websites to participate in transactions. Consumers, for example, can use a mobile device to snap a promotional coupon on the street, log onto a mobile commerce site, receive information from a business, and even review past purchases. As long as a customer has an NFC device, anywhere can be a touchpoint for interaction with a business. Businesses can become truly connected to a consumer’s daily routine in a non-intrusive way.

An example cited in the presentation is e-PLUS TaptoPay, an NFC-powered, end-to-end loyalty and payment solution for the largest mall operator in the Philippines. Through a contactless card or NFC phone, the e-PLUS system enables consumers to make electronic payments, avail of discounts and other perks, and benefit from smart queuing in retail establishments. Solutions like e-PLUS are expected to gain wider traction in the next few years. Growth drivers include growing shipments of NFC-enabled phones, and safer, more flexible storage of NFC secure elements.

ACS has long encouraged companies to leverage on the potential of NFC to improve services and maximize benefits for different stakeholders. For more information on NFC or NFC products, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk.

Dec 12

ACS Launches ACR32 and ACR35 Mobile Card Readers

HONG KONG, 20 Nov, 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), today launched two new mobile card readers with audio-jack interface: the ACR32 MobileMate, a magnetic stripe and contact smart card reader, and the ACR35 NFC MobileMate, a magnetic stripe card and NFC tag reader.

Both mobile card readers support hi-coercivity and low-coercivity magnetic stripe cards conforming to ISO 7810/ISO 7811 specifications. They interact with mobile devices via the standard 3.5 mm audio jack interface. Each device comes with one bi-color LED and one rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. To secure transactions, both devices are capable of utilizing DUKPT key management system and AES-128 encryption algorithm.

Both devices may be integrated into mobile environments running on iOS (versions 5.0 and above) and Android (versions 2.0 and above). ACS MobileMate App, a demo application for these mobile card readers, is already available on the App Store, and will soon be available on Google Play.

The ACR32 may be plugged into a mobile device, or―because of its USB 2.0 full speed interface―linked to a PC to perform transactions. It works in Windows, Linux and Mac environments. Aside from magnetic stripe cards, it also supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C smart cards, MCU cards with T=0 or T=1 protocol, and most memory cards.

Meanwhile, the ACR35 supports mobile devices exclusively. Aside from magnetic stripe cards, it can access ISO 14443 Type A and B cards, MIFARE cards, FeliCa cards, and ISO/IEC 18092 NFC tags. The ACR35 is charged via USB cable.

“With all the recent banking and payment developments geared towards consumers, we at ACS think that it only makes sense to develop corresponding solutions for merchants and other institutions,” says Gilbert Leung, ACS’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “If consumers are starting to forego cash, why shouldn’t merchants and institutions be able to forego bulky terminals? Regardless of whether they want to accept magnetic stripe, contact, or contactless payments, ACS will have a device that makes them fully mobile.”

The ACR32 and ACR35 are suitable for mobile banking, mobile payment, e-healthcare, and loyalty applications. ACS also offers other mobile card readers to meet a wider range of requirements. For more information, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk.

Nov 19

ACS Shortlisted in Payments Awards 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), qualified as finalist in two categories of Payments Awards 2014―Best Contactless Payments Project and Engagement and Loyalty Scheme of the Year.

For both categories, ACS entered e-PLUS TaptoPay, its end-to-end loyalty and payment solution for SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall developer, operator and retail company in the Philippines.

e-PLUS TaptoPay enables cashless payments through a stored value contactless card. The solution covers SM malls nationwide, SM entertainment and parking facilities, transport shuttles, major fast food outlets and convenience stores, schools, bookstores, cafeterias, and printers. Given its reach, e-PLUS TaptoPay is unparalleled in demonstrating to Filipinos the benefits of smart card technology, while making operations more efficient and secure for SM and its partner providers.

We are pleased that our solutions are being recognized in the international arena,” says Gilbert Leung, ACS’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “The scalability of e-PLUS helps make contactless payment acceptance more accessible to merchants of all sizes. Instead of deploying their own systems, merchants may just partner with SM, saving set-up costs and gaining instant access to a large base of customers. Meanwhile, consumers get the most out of this loyalty program, since they can now reap rewards from a vast selection of merchants and service providers through just one card. We are confident that the e-PLUS is doing its significant share in exposing the Philippine market to better possibilities.

Winners will be announced on 20 Nov 2014 in an awards gala dinner and ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, UK. For more information on ACS’s end-to-end solutions, email info@acs.com.hk or visit www.acs.com.hk.

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