NEWS/EVENTS Giesecke & Devrient, Iris Corporation and Madras Security Printers. Two consortiums included Marubeni Corporation in partnership with Zetes and NEC as well as Tata Consultancy Services in collaboration with OnTrack Innovations. Local press said that funds have been secured from various sources, with the World Bank having set aside US$20 million for the project. Despite having been delayed numerous times, the new deadline for the project’s completion has been set at December 2009.
New partnership on person-to-person money transfer
agem Orga has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Bekoz Group, a company that is pioneering person-to-person money transfer using mobile phone technology. Sagem said that the history of payment transaction methods is constantly evolving, from the classic paper cheque and cheque cards of the 1970s to online banking over the Internet starting in the
1980s. The solution created by Sagem Orga and Bekoz is designed to pave the way for the next steps of this evolution: a universal, secure and easy-to-use payment solution using mobile phones. Bekoz claims its instant, real-time free payment system is like cash replacement, with no hidden charges. Bekoz makes its money from currency exchange and topping up mobile phones. It does this with cheap but powerful computers, and there are no geographical costs because it uses the Internet. Security is aided because all funds handled by Bekoz are held with a major bank. The Bekoz Mobile Money solution has a secure platform allowing additional services such as person-to-person payments, international money transfer, pre-pay transactions and credit recharge to mobile phones. The security of Mobile Money is built upon tamper-resistant modules: the Sagem Orga SIM, based on Java card technology, and the centralized Bekoz service with Hardware Security Modules (HSM). Secure payment transactions are enabled by two components: the SIM card applications “BeCode” (a one-time password identity verification module) and “BeSafe” (a servertriggered transaction authentication module). These modules allow all Bekoz financial transaction services, such as BePay, BeMoney and BePhone, to proceed in a secure and authenticated manner.
EVENTS CALENDAR 24–26 March 2009 ExCel, London, UK Passenger Terminal EXPO 2009 The Passenger Terminal EXPO conference and exhibition attracts 3,500 delegates each year from airports, airlines, authorities and related consultancies and companies. The event includes sessions on border control management, IT systems integration and communications as well as aviation security. Contact: Janine McEvilly, conference director, email: [email protected]
26–27 March 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London, UK Security Document World 2009 Following the success of previous events, this year’s show has moved across London to an even bigger venue. The show will continue to focus on advanced security documents, border control, eID, registered traveller and anti-counterfeiting technologies. The event is designed for government officials, company executives and technologists in the ePassport, visa, eID, driving license, registered traveller, law enforcement, digital ID, employee ID, security printing, biometrics and smart card industries. Contact: Pam Chattin, exhibition manager, Tel: +44 1322 663006, email: [email protected]
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1–2 April 2009 Hilton Tower Bridge, London, UK
Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference Now into its third year, this two-day event will include a mixture of presentations, panel sessions, round tables and demos. The event will look at what the London Olympics in 2012 could mean for the contactless industry, and will also examine business model partnerships and worldwide contactless projects. Contact: Susan Hicks, program director, email: [email protected]
21–22 April 2009 Hofburg, Vienna, Austria SIMposium 2009 Now into its third year, the SIMalliance’s global conference moves to Vienna this year. The event brings together players from the mobile ecosystem and beyond to discuss emerging business opportunities and the latest trends in the convergence of mobile services. Contact: www.simalliance.org
20–22 October 2009 QEII Conference Centre, London, UK Biometrics 2009 More than 1500 delegates and visitors descended on the show in 2008 and this year’s edition promises to enhance its reputation as the defining biometrics industry event. Expect controversy, case studies and in-depth coverage of all the industry’s most exciting initiatives from across the world. More information: Elsevier, Web: www.biometrics2009.com
IN BRIEF • Gemalto and India-based technology partner mChek have joined forces to bolster the range and choice of secured mobile banking solutions available on Gemalto SIM cards to markets in South Asia. Since September 2008, Gemalto and mChek have deployed a broad range of mobile banking services with telecom operators in India and Sri Lanka on millions of SIM cards. The companies are aiming to extend their services into markets such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines. • Oberthur Technologies has been selected by Vodafone Qatar, part of the Vodafone Group, to provide the company with SIM Cards and top-up cards to support the upcoming launch of its mobile commercial services planned in March 2009. Oberthur Technologies has been supplying SIM Cards to Vodafone since 1999 and has also been a strategic supplier of the Vodafone Group’s portfolio of GUSIM products for several years. With a dedicated regional support team in Dubai, Oberthur Technologies is able to provide support services locally to Vodafone Qatar, including a certified SIM product combined with tailor-made SIM applications. • Oberthur Technologies has announced the integration of the Valimo Mobile Authentication Client (VMAC) into its SIM applications portfolio to provide a digital signature solution using Wireless Public Key Infrastructure (WPKI). The VMAC application, associated to the WPKI architecture provided by Valimo, ensures that personal data is safely transmitted and stored during online transactions. End-users can use their mobile phones as legally accepted signing and authenticating devices. The VMAC application is one of the latest universal mobile signature solutions, and is simple to use: pop-up messages appear on the phone screen whenever a signature is required. • TeleCable, a Spanish Mobile Virtual Network Operator, has chosen Oberthur Technologies to administrate its mobile devices – SIM cards and phones – with its OTA and device management platforms. SIM cards provided by Oberthur Technologies can be managed and updated using an Application Loader & Manager platform in order to meet the most recent requirements of the market. The Device Management platform enables mobile handsets to be configured automatically by inserting the TeleCable USIM in the handset, providing access to a large range of services such as Wap, MMS, SMS, GPRS and Email.
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