Jun 19

ACS Wins Innovative Product Award in National Golden Card Project 2015 Golden Ant Award

ACR35 width =HONG KONG, 11 June, 2015 – 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 honoured with the Innovative Product Award of 2015 Golden Ant Award. ACS’s entry is ACR35 NFC MobileMate Card Reader.

This is the second industry-level award that ACR35 has received after receiving the Best Mobile Payment Product Experience Prize in Golden Pine Awards 2014. Ken Tang, ACS Sales Director for China, received the award on behalf of ACS.

The award was announced in a gala dinner by 2015 China International Internet of Things Expo. Golden Ant Award is organized by the National Golden Card Project, which aims to foster the development of smart card‒related businesses in China. Zhang Qi, Director of the National Golden Card Project Office, announced the 2015 winners.

The Golden Ant Award is the highest award under the National Golden Card project. It recognizes smart card‒related enterprises and research institutions for their innovative spirit in the deployment and application of smart card projects; for advancing informatization and industrialization; and for giving rise to practical products and excellent achievements.

ACR35 NFC MobileMate Card Reader is a new smart card reader that can be used with mobile devices. By combining two card technologies (magnetic stripe and NFC tag), it provides users the flexibility to use magnetic stripe cards and smart cards, without additional hardware costs. ACR35 NFC MobileMate uses AES-128 encryption algorithm and DUKPT Key Management system to secure data. It is perfect for users who wish to transact securely while on the go.

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

Jun 08

ACS an Exhibitor in Smart Card Alliance Government Conference 2015

HONG KONG, 8 June, 2015 – 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 an exhibitor in Smart Card Alliance Government Conference 2015. The event will be held from 9 to 10 June in Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA. ACS will be in Booth 313.

Smart Card Alliance Government Conference 2015 aims to discuss the future of policy and evolving standards for government-issued credentials, and their use in physical and logical access systems.

ACS will exhibit its latest products that are suitable for e-Government, Access Control and other smart card applications. These include: ACR890 All-In-One Mobile Smart Card Terminal, a new generation smart card reader with PIN-pad combines magnetic stripe, contact, and contactless technologies, and its Software Development Kit (SDK), which contains a standalone device demo.

ACS will also exhibit ACM38U-Y3, an embedded contact reader module that uses the ACR38 core, which supports the Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) and the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, issued to US federal government employees and contractors. ACM38U-Y3 is one of the offerings under ACS’s newly launched Smart Card Reader Module product line, designed to be integrated into embedded systems, which include, but are not limited to: smart card readers, ATM machines, kiosks, and gaming machines.

For more information on the event, please visit www.govsmartid.com. For more information on smart card‒based e-government and access control solutions, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk.

May 08

ACS Launches ACR890 All-In-One Mobile Smart Card Terminal and Software Development Kit

ACR890 All-In-One Mobile Smart Card TerminalHONG KONG, 8 May, 2015 – 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), launched the ACR890 All-In-One Mobile Smart Card Terminal, which combines magnetic stripe, contact, and contactless technologies. ACS also launched the ACR890 Software Development Kit (SDK).

Even as older systems require replacement, companies cannot just throw out systems they have invested in,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “We are thus glad to offer solutions that will help companies that are transitioning from, say, magnetic stripe to contactless, or combining different interfaces for their applications. At the same time, our solution has new features to improve the overall experience of users.

ACR890 combines wireless data communication, firmware-upgradeability, and highly interactive user interface features (high-resolution color display, touch screen LCD, audio speaker and built-in thermal printer). It can use different connectivity types (GPRS/3G, Wi-Fi, USB, and serial ports) to communicate with other external devices within a network.

ACR890 accommodates organizations with different technological standards by supporting ISO 7816‒compliant Class A, B, and C cards; ISO 14443‒compliant Type A and B cards; MIFARE Classic Cards; FeliCa Cards; and ISO 7811 Tracks 1, 2, and 3 magnetic stripe cards. Its contactless support makes it ideal for mass-market applications, such as transport, loyalty, and payment. Its contact interface makes it suited for e-government applications, while its magnetic stripe support makes it applicable for loyalty and e-purse applications. It is standalone and handheld, making it primarily a field-based device. However, its different connectivity types make it also suitable for office-based operations.

ACR890 All-In-One Mobile Smart Card TerminalMeanwhile, the SDK contains a standalone device demo, a simulation of a bus fare application, and device setting configurations. It also contains sample codes (which include source codes to help users develop their own applications), user manuals, and other reference documents.

ACR890 is versatile, high-performing, and priced competitively,” adds Gilbert. “We are confident that it can become an indispensable part of many solutions worldwide.

ACR890 is also compliant with CE, FCC, and RoHS2. Users who want more information about the ACR890 may email info@acs.com.hk.

Apr 29

ACS Wins Best Loyalty Programme in Smart Awards Asia 2015

smart awards asia 2015HONG KONG, 29 April 2015 – 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 the Best Loyalty Programme Award in Smart Awards Asia 2015 on 22 April in Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore. Mr Gordon Lee, Sales Manager, represented ACS to receive the award.

smart awards asia 2015Smart Awards Asia recognizes excellence in the smart card, payment, and retail industries. ACS’s winning entry is e-PLUS Tap to Pay (e-PLUS), a loyalty, payment, and Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system developed based on NFC (Near Field Communications) technology for SM Prime Holdings Inc., the largest mall operator, developer, and retail company in the Philippines.

e-PLUS unifies multiple merchants and applications in one platform, increasing the array of options and benefits available to consumers. e-PLUS also widens reach for merchants, providing them with a way to offer perks to a broader customer base, while fulfilling other marketing strategic needs.

“This project is a result of effective collaboration with our client, which has enabled us to design a system that delivers sophisticated benefits to a country where NFC has not yet hit the mainstream,” says Gordon. “This award should be credited not only to the technologies that we have developed in-house, but the amount of thought and effort that we put to tailor these technologies to the needs and environments of end users.”

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For more information about ACS solutions, email info@acs.com.hk.

Apr 29

ACS Discusses EMV in Cards & Payments Asia 2015

Cards & Payments Asia 2015HONG KONG, 29 April, 2015 – 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), participated in Cards & Payments Asia 2015, which was held from 22 to 23 April, in Singapore. Michael Chan, Assistant Product Marketing Manager, conducted a presentation entitled, “What Makes Migration to EMV a Smart Bet for the Banking Sector.”

EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) is a global secure standard for payment transactions. It covers card-present transactions using a contact chip interface. Currently, almost 30 percent of card-present transactions worldwide are EMV. These figures are expected to be driven up further by high fraud rates, and the lack of cost-effective processing and reliable communications infrastructure.

With EMV, banks benefit from more approved transactions and greater revenues. Banks are also able to reduce expenses stemming from the need to reissue cards due to card counterfeiting. Michael presented business cases to demonstrate the impacts of EMV in an organization. He emphasized, however, that EMV deployment is more than a matter of buying new technology; it is also a matter of finding suitable resources and partners.

With the right resources and partners, banks can ensure that migration to an EMV system will progress painlessly. There are quite a number of considerations associated with EMV migration. An issuer should be able to address concerns that include key management, card personalization, PIN assignment, branch issuance, clearing and settlement, and consumer education. Meanwhile, the acquirer-in this case, the banking sector-will need to be able to address concerns regarding customer support, merchant training, terminal management, and so forth.

Transitioning to EMV will introduce a dynamic element to each transaction that that elevates security. In addition, EMV has risk management capabilities that issuers can maximize when authorizing transactions at point-of-sales (POS), making security flexible. For more information about EMV and EMV solutions, email info@acs.com.hk.EMV

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