Jan 19

ACS Launches ACR1255U-J1 Secure Bluetooth® NFC Smart Card Reader

HONG KONG, 07 November, 2016 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 2086), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), has launched the ACR1255U-J1 Secure Bluetooth® NFC Smart Card Reader. ACR1255U-J1 combines 13.56 MHz contactless technology and Bluetooth® Smart (also known as Bluetooth® Low Energy or BLE) connectivity, to facilitate contactless transactions without a physical connection to a terminal.

ACR1255U-J1 was designed to cater to the recent shift of users from the desktop to the mobile platform. Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, ACR1255U-J1 can connect to devices running on Android™ 4.3 and above, iOS 5.0 and above, Windows® operating system, and Mac OS®. The highly portable ACR1255U-J1 supports ISO 14443 Type A and B smart cards, MIFARE, FeliCa, and ISO 18092-compliant NFC tags and devices.

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This Bluetooth® Smart device runs off a compact and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for extended periods, and still have a communication range similar to classic Bluetooth®. Aside from its Bluetooth® Smart interface, this mobile card reader also has a USB 2.0 full speed interface in PC-linked mode. It is USB firmware upgradeable, making it easily adaptable to evolving technology scenarios.

ACR1255U-J1 elevates convenience because it requires no physical connection to a smartphone or tablet to perform contactless transactions,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ACS. “And by using Bluetooth® Smart, this device delivers convenience in an energy-efficient manner. ACR1255U-J1 has the potential to simplify a wide range of operations.”

For more information on ACR1255U-J1 or other mobile card readers, email to info@acs.com.hk.

Jan 19

ACS Launches ACM1252U-Z2 Small NFC Reader Module

HONG KONG, 23 December 2016 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 2086), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), has launched ACM1252U-Z2 Small NFC Reader Module, a very compact contactless module designed for integration into embedded systems.

By design, ACM1252U-Z2 is suitable for integration into notably smaller systems, e.g. laptop and tablet. Thus, it lends itself well to customization and as part of ultra-portable solutions.

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ACM1252U-Z2 is based on 13.56 MHz contactless technology. It supports ISO 14443 Type A and B cards, MIFARE®, FeliCa, ISO 18092-compliant NFC tags, and other NFC devices. It supports the following OS: Windows®, Linux®, MAC OS® and Android™. It is PC/SC and CCID-compliant. A micro USB cable and bi-color LED make the device more user-friendly. It is also firmware-upgradeable.

ACM1252U-Z2 is compliant and certified with major international standards, including: Microsoft® WHQL, FCC, CE and RoHS2.

“ACM1252U-Z2 is a timely addition to ACS’s portfolio of contactless reader modules,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “It is a well-designed, fast solution for providers of embedded systems.”

For more information about ACM1252U-Z2 and module readers, email info@acs.com.hk or visit www.acs.com.hk.

Nov 29

ACS Wins 2016 Award for International Payment Innovation Benefiting Citizens

HONG KONG, 29 November 2016 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 2086), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), was recognized in the 2016 ACT Canada IVIE Awards. It was the winner for the category, ‘International Payment Innovation Benefitting Citizens.’

The IVIE Awards celebrate innovation in payments and secure identity products. It is organized every year by ACT Canada, an international association for the smart card industry.

This year, ACS’s entry was the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the Philippines, a project where ACS served as the technology provider. The project was launched in January 2016. It benefitted citizens by connecting three key cities in Cebu, an emerging economic hub in the country. This new and affordable public transportation increases mobility not only for workers, but also for students, the elderly, and tourists. It relies on smart card technologies for automatic fare collection (AFC), and enables other intelligent transport functions such as fleet management.

This is the second time that ACS has been recognized in the IVIE Awards. The first time was in 2014, when ePLUS, an end-to-end contactless micropayment system in the Philippines, won a Silver Award for the ‘International Payments Benefitting Merchants’ category. The ePLUS card, which is the contactless stored value e-purse used in ACS’s 2014 winning solution, is the same card used for AFC in the Cebu BRT system. This is in keeping with the vision for ePLUS to embody the all-in-one card concept.

“This award is in recognition of our efforts to further branch out into intelligent transportation systems,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “We hope to come out with more comprehensive solutions benefitting people from all walks of life.”

For more information about ACS’s transportation solutions, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk. For a list of the 2016 IVIE Awards winners, click here.

Nov 24

ACS To Participate in Trustech 2016

HONG KONG, 24 November 2016 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 2086), 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 an exhibitor in Trustech 2016. The event will be on 29 November to 01 December 2016, in Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. ACS’s booth will be in Riviera Level H057.
ACS will show its latest products, including ACOSJ, a cryptographic smart card solution that is powered by Java and compliant with GlobalPlatform Card specifications; ACR900, an advanced point-of-sale (POS) terminal; and new ACR39U smart card readers with USB Type-C interface..
Trustech incorporates the Cartes Exhibition, an event showcasing offerings of players in the smart card ecosystem, and Trustech Confex, a speaking and exhibiting event for payment and identification technologies. ACS has been a constant presence in previous Cartes Exhibitions, and intends to participate in Trustech in the coming years. Trustech 2016 is touted to be the largest event dedicated to trust-based technologies, bringing together different experts and industry players. This year, the event will highlight market innovations for payment, identification, connections and security.
For more information on Trustech 2016, visit www.trustech-event.com.

Oct 07

ACS Discusses Non-Payment NFC in IoTE 2016

HONG KONG, 18 August 2016, – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 2086), Asia Pacific’s top supplier and one of the world’s top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), participated in the 2016 Shenzhen International Internet of Things and Smart Card Exhibition (IoTE), held from 18 to 20, August, in Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Mr. Kingway Yang, ACS Sales Manager, also presented a talk regarding non-payment NFC in the exhibition’s payment forum session.

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Kingway introduced NFC technology, enumerated the NFC payment solutions and other successful NFC applications outside of payment, and discussed secure elements (SE) that are usually required by NFC payment transactions. 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 non-intrusively. 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.

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

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