Category Archives: Applications

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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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 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!

ACS Launches Online Demo Webpage and Loyalty and E-Purse Demo

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS) has recently put up demo.acs.com.hk , which shows some demo applications that use ACS devices. The first application featured on this page is the e-Purse and Loyalty Demo, which shows users how to create cashier and customer cards, shop for products, top up e-Purse cards, and convert loyalty points to e-Purse value. This is for users who want to come up with point of sale–related applications and loyalty programs.

ACS has developed the online demo webpage to improve its support package for developers. Through sample web applications that are comprehensive and on-demand, developers who want to integrate ACS devices into their applications can learn how to do so anytime and anywhere, even without an ACS representative.

Demos are geared towards users who already have ACS devices.

How to Access ACS’s Online Demo Webpage

  • Go to demo.acs.com.hk.
  • Another way to access the online demo webpage is through www.acs.com.hk. Users simply have to go to Support and Downloads, and then click Online Demo.

Demo Webpage

Demo webpage via acs.com.hk

  • After a simple registration, select Launch Demo. (Note that demos require a java plug-in.)

Demo Webpage

  • Users will also be asked to plug in supported readers/cards. For example, to access the  e-Purse and Loyalty Demo, users will need two ACOS3 Smart Cards and either an ACR38U Smart Card Reader or an ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo Smart Card Reader.

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  • Then, users can try out the demo.

Demo Webpage

ACS will be announcing other demos as soon as they are put up. Keep tuned for updates!

APG8202 Demo 4

With the Advanced Sign Mode, the cardholder has to fill other data fields besides the PIN before a secure code is generated:

APG8202 Demo 3

Here, we show how users may put digital signatures for transactions via the APG8202:

APG8202 Demo 2

In the demo below, we show how the APG8202 increases security when using credit cards for online purchases via its Challenge-Respond Mode. Since a user will need both an OTP generator and a PIN code to make an online purchase, fraudulent purchases become more difficult:

This demo shows how one can use APG8202’s Challenge-Response Mode, which is the second mode of CAP, to enable both users and merchants to benefit from enhanced security, via an added set of values, the Challenge, that a user must provide aside from his PIN in order to proceed with any transaction.

Smart Card Reader for Online Banking and Shopping

Online banking and shopping transactions often require PIN codes to authenticate users. But what if malicious parties manage to guess user PIN codes, or steal them mid-transaction? ACS helps address this security risk with the APG8202. Completely standalone, the APG8202 performs authentication not via PC, but in itself, minimizing exposure of the PIN code online.

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We will also be posting a series of demos that show the additional layers of security that the APG8202 enables for banking and payment transactions, i.e. authenticating users through smart cards and PIN codes; enabling digital signatures; and generating secure one-time codes.