Eurosmart: 10 billion secure elements

The history repeats itself and habits are well established: Trustech, the main event for digital trust technologies, is the place where Eurosmart announces its results and forecasts, providing all of us with its global vision of the industry. This year, Stefane Mouille, President of Eurosmart, insisted on the fact the secure transactions industry has been experiencing a steady growth for several decades now. Since 2014, Eurosmart has added an oem segment, called “device manufacturers” to its traditional ones: telecom, financial services, government and healthcare and others. Globally, Eurosmart counts shipments of secure elements, and says that 10.2 billion units were shipped in 2018, and an

EMV adoption gets global

This week as the whole secure transactions industry is gathering in Cannes, France, for Trustech event, several good news about the adoption of digital trust technologies are coming from different locations. In India, the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s Central Bank, has mandated that magstripe cards will be removed by end of December 2018. Already since September 2015, all Indian payment card issuers had to issue EMV cards. Now, from January 2019, only EMV Chip and PIN cards will be valid for transactions. This resolution covers credit and debit cards, and domestic and international payment cards. It has meant converting all POS terminals, all ATMs, and for all stakeholders going thro

With Soft Law, European regulations GDPR and PSD2 create world influence

In a world now dominated by only two superpowers, the USA and China, Europe is trying to find ways to keep its existence on the international scene. This move is driven though soft law, such as non-binding resolutions, declarations, and guidelines created by governments and private organizations. Technical standards like GDPR or PSD2 play an essential role in this influence strategy. Europe is no longer conquering the world as it had been doing over the past centuries, however, the European Union serves as a model to several other state groups around the word. Since the 1950s, member states in the EU have been ready to surrender some of their sovereignty to a meta-entity, to share leadership

Fingerprints to be added to EU ID cards

The European Commission is actively pushing new measures that would imply adding fingerprints and other biometric data in all EU ID cards. The goal of the project is to “tighten the screws until there's no wiggle room left for terrorists or criminals and no means for them to launch attacks,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. The measure will cover EU citizens' identity cards and non-EU family members' residence cards. European ID cards allow citizens to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA and Switzerland. As of now, more than 80 million European citizens have non-machine-readable paper-based ID cards, without biometric

Facial recognition to make travels easier

Facial recognition technologies always trigger fears of a Big Brother state. Matching a candidate image with the one kept for reference does not threatens anyone’s privacy. Finding out the image of one person out of database containing millions of faces is a different story and may raise concerns among civil liberties organizations. For instance, Veridos (G+D) announces its VeriGO®TrueID solution, which consists of a mobile app for face detection and server-side matching, with checks performed against an already existing national biometric database. Veridos markets this solution as a means to facilitate enrolment for ID renewal, as citizens can identify themselves through their own smartphon

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