ACS launches new corporate website!

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We have redesigned our corporate website! URL is still www.acs.com.hk; we’ve changed things a bit for you to be able to view smart card-related information more easily. We hope the new design gives you a better online experience. Feel free to tell us what you think!

ACS SDK Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the following 10 lucky winners of ACS’ SDK Giveaway!

- ACR1281U-C1 SDK worth USD199 -
1) Dhananjaya Ramakrishna
2) Eli Lao
3) Asger Lund
4) Bruno Cendón
5) Barkó László

- ACR89U-A2 SDK worth USD279 -
1) Judith De Witte
2) Clement Magwamba
3) Juan Diaz
4) Raul Maynar Selgas
5) Mandar Bapat

The contest was open to all likers of ACS’s Facebook page from August 15 until 15 Sep 2013.

Until next time!

ACS to Give Away Software Development Kits in Lucky Draw

1From August 15 to September 15, Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS) will be giving away ten software development kits (SDKs) to ten lucky subscribers of ACS’s Facebook page. Below are the contest details:

  • The contest will be open to all likers of ACS’s Facebook page until 15 Sep 2013. Non-subscribers can immediately like ACS’s Facebook page in order to be eligible for the contest.
  • We will be giving away five ACR1281U-C1 SDKs priced at USD199, and five ACR89U-A2 SDKs priced at USD279.
  • We’ll put up a contest page on August 15. We encourage you to check it out to find how you can have additional entries to the contest.

Below are some details regarding the prizes:

  • The ACR1281U-C1 SDK contains sample applications and codes, and tools and utilities for the ACR1281U-C1 Dualboost II, a second-generation USB dual-interface reader that helps integrate conventionally separate and independent applications into one device and one card.
  • The ACR89U-A2 SDK contains sample applications and codes, and tools and utilities for the ACR89U-A2, a handheld reader with pinpad that operates on both standalone and PC-linked modes at lower energy levels than its predecessor, the ACR88.

sdkFor questions regarding the ACR1281U-C1, the ACR89U-A2, or any of the two SDKs, please email PR@acs.com.hk. We hope to see you at the giveaway on August 15!

ACS Launches Product Line Websites

Aside from making our smart card readers viewable through our website, we have come out with six websites, each featuring one of our smart card reader lines.

This is intended to help users make side-by-side comparisons of ACS readers more easily. Each product line website combines into one page all overviews of the ACS smart card readers that fall under it. Links to websites for individual products and other related content are also included in the product line websites.

We hope that this makes it easier for those interested in smart card technology to find the solution that best matches their needs. Below are links to the product line websites:

pclinkedreaderzonePC-Linked Readers — these CCID– and PC/SC–compliant readers come in all sizes and form factors, to match user needs and preferences.

simcardreaderzone PC-Linked Readers With Mass Storage —These sim-sized card readers come with flash drive feature, to extend capabilities of applications.

contactlessreaderzoneContactless Readers — these readers use NFC technology to facilitate different applications, such as logical access control and contactless payment.

pinpadreaderzoneSmart card readers with pinpad —these readers employ two-factor authentication (smart card + PIN) to secure contact and contactless applications. These handy readers may be attached with peripherals such as portable printers, for greater functionality.

fingerprintreaderzoneSmart card/fingerprint readers — these readers employ two-factor authentication (smart card + fingerprint) for contact and contactless applications. These readers use silicon sensors for better performance, easier implementation, and more savings.

otpreaderzoneDynamic password generators —these readers use one-time password (OTP) technology to address password theft, and limits exposure of sensitive information within itself, instead of exposing it to PC terminals and other devices vulnerable to online attacks.

ACR89U-A2 Demo Videos

We have come out with 3 demo videos showing an example of how smart card technology can increase efficiency and convenience for transportation. Using the ACR89U-A2 software development kit (SDK), we simulated 3 different modules for the taxi fare-related transactions: registration of taxi passenger cards and driver e-purse cards, balance inquiry for driver/passenger cards, and standalone payment transfer.

Here are the videos:

Passenger/Driver Smart Card Registration

Balance Inquiry

Payment Transfer

The demo videos above are applicable not only to the ACR89U-A2, but also the ACR89 Series. In fact, the ACR89U-A2 SDK (which, as mentioned earlier, was used for these demos) provides users with sample applications, tools and utilities, and sample codes that may be used for the ACR89 in general. This will help users incorporate the device into their applications.

There are two readers in the ACR89 product line, the ACR89U-A1 and the ACR89U-A2. The ACR89U-A1 supports contact card–based transactions only, while the ACR89U-A2 supports both contact and contactless transactions. (Note that there is also the ACR89U-A1 SDK, for users more interested in contact card–based applications.)

The ACR89U-A2 SDK is priced at USD279, while the ACR89U-A1 SDK is priced at USD239.

Both readers of the ACR89 line are handheld, and may be used in conjunction with the PTR89, a portable thermal printer for immediate printing of receipts.

Applications for the ACR89 line are not limited to transport; other applications include those for e-government, e-banking and e-payment, e-healthcare, and loyalty.

Users interested in the ACR89, the ACR89U-A1/A2 SDKs, or similar solutions may email info@acs.com.hk.

What Makes the ACR38U Suited for E-Government?

FIPS 201 is a US standard covering personal identity verification (PIV) for the US Federal employees/contractors. The ACR38U-I1 and ACR38U-N1 Pocketmate, both housing the powerful ACR38U core, are FIPS 201-certified. Both readers are also TAA-compliant, making them especially suited to Federal e-government applications.

Learn more about the ACR38U-I1 and ACR38U-N1 here:

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ACR38

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ACR3801 for E-Government

Did you know that the ACR3801 was designed to not slide across tabletops? And being certified/compliant with major standards (FIPS 201, TAA, PC/SC, CCID, MS WHQL, CE, FCC, ROHS and ISO7816), we know it won’t budge from the demands of e-government applications either. In our product presentation, we propose a way for you to integrate smart card technology into government services.

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ACS has released the ACOS7 and ACOS10 Combi SDK which offers Chinese language support

ACS introduces a software development kit (SDK) for the ACOS7 and ACOS10 Combi cards. The SDK’s technical documents, demo application, and smart card and reader tool offer Chinese language support, in addition to English.

“More and more countries are embracing smart card technology,” says Gilbert Leung, vice president for sales and marketing of ACS. “China, specifically, released a remarkable number of smart cards for use in banking, transport, and other areas. In connection to this, and to the increasing prevalence of the Chinese language globally, we have decided to incorporate Chinese language support for this SDK.”

The 2011–2015 plan of China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) states that China’s government has issued around 450 million integrated circuit (IC) cards and is expected to issue around eight million more by 2015, just for banking.

Read the press release here >>>

Contactless Payment with ACR123

With contactless payments, customers simply tap a card on a terminal. This cuts down time spent on payment transactions. We are going to release the ACR123, which not only saves shoppers’ time, but also offers compatibility and support for multiple contactless transactions, interactive display, security, and flexibility.

Read to learn more >>>

ACS Launches ACR31 EasySwipe Application for iOS

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS) has launched the ACR31 EasySwipe application, which displays information from bank cards swiped through the ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader. Supporting iOS 3.1 or higher , this application can show a banking card’s number, expiry date, service code and discretional data.

While the application is developed for demonstration purposes only, (and thus may not be used for actual banking transactions, purchases, etc.), it shows the functionality of ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader, and provides developers with cues when creating applications of their own using ACR31.

Developing a mobile application to be used with the ACR31 can enable the following benefits:

Mobility
The ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader is simply plugged into a smartphone or tablet. Used with a corresponding application, the ACR31 enables transactions anytime, anywhere.

Security
Data accessed via the ACR31 will be encrypted when sending into the mobile device, and therefore not be accessible to unauthorized parties.

Convenience
Because magnetic stripe card data will be accessed via smartphones or tablets—which most users already own—the time it takes for an end user to become familiar with the ACR31 is cut down. Downloading an app and plugging the ACR31 into his/ her smartphone or tablet is also much easier compared to setting up a comprehensive Point-of-Sales (POS) terminal.

Here are a few screen shots of the ACR31 EasySwipe application:

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Screengrabs from iPhone

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Screengrabs from iPad

The application may be downloaded for free through: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acr31/id610210269?ls=1&mt=8

ACS will be coming out with an Android version of the EasySwipe application. Stay tuned for updates!

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