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.

Sep 21

ACS Launches ACOSJ Java Card

HONG KONG, 21 September, 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), launched ACOSJ, a cryptographic smart card solution that is powered by Java and compliant with GlobalPlatform Card specifications.

ACOSJ provides a secure platform for rapid application development of many value-adding applets, including e-banking, e-payment, loyalty, e-government, and public key infrastructure (PKI). ACOSJ has a fast read/write speed, is highly durable, and can house multiple secure applications. It comes in contact, contactless, and dual interface options. It is listed on the GlobalPlatform website as one of the products to present a successful test report from a GlobalPlatform-qualified laboratory.

ACOSJ is equipped with powerful cryptographic capabilities. These functionalities enhance the security and performance of cryptographic operations and data management, both of which are essential to fulfilling the security requirements of smart card applications.

ACOSJ employs AES, DES/3DES, RSA, ECC, SM, SEED and SHA-1/2 support. ACOSJ is either certified or compliant with the following standards: Java Card 3.0.4 Classic, Global Platform 2.2.1, Mapping Guidelines v1.0.1, CC EAL5+ (chip level), and EMVCo (chip level).

ACOSJ card body can be customized upon request, such as modifications on full color artwork, text embossing and security printing, as well as addition of signature panels and magnetic strips.

“ACOSJ provides elevated security and flexibility,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “Through a single card, developers get an interoperable execution platform that can store and update multiple applications. It is also compatible with existing standards. It does these while providing security to the developer’s solutions.”

For clients who are looking for a secure payment card product, ACS also developed the ACOSJ-P payment card solution, which is compliant with the UnionPay Card standard. The built-in PBOC 3.0 application works with the ACOSJ platform to enable payment functions (e.g. debit, credit and QuickPass).

For more information about ACOSJ and other smart card technologies, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk.

Aug 23

ACS Wins Award for Best Solution in Golden Pine Award 2015

HONG KONG, 23 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), won the Best Solution Prize in Golden Pine Award 2015. ACS’s entry is an ETC (electronic toll collection) card mobile top up solution, provided by its subsidiary in China, ACS Technologies (Shenzhen) Ltd. The solution is for China toll road operators in Beijing, Anhui and Zhejiang.

“Golden Pine Award” is geared toward the mobile payment industry and has been held for the second year in 2016. The award winners were announced on the 10th Payment China Summit that was organized by Shine Media, Shanghai Pudong Finance Promotion Association, and the mpaypass network.

Best solution award: ETC card mobile top up solution for China toll road operators

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By the end of 2015, most provinces across China had realized the networking of expressway ETC. Statistics show that by the end of 2020, the car ownership in China will be 200 million; the mileage of expressways in China will amount to 160,000 km; and there will be 7500 toll stations on toll expressways nationwide. But problems also come when the construction of expressways accelerates to increase the traffic mileage: inefficient manual toll collection, traffic jam and environmental pollution near toll stations. These impose considerable pressure on government and highway management departments. Above all, the corresponding problem to be addressed lies in the inconvenience for 21.05 million ETC users to top up ETC cards and check their balance.

For this reason, ACS has followed the trend of mobile networking, to launch the ETC mobile top up solution. So far the solution has been successfully used in expressways in Beijing, Anhui, Zhejiang and so on. It helps toll road operators greatly enhance operation and management efficiency, reduce manual service cost, and improve the level of service. And not only that, these ETC card users can now access the convenient top up service for “one card, all pass” on expressways.

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