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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!

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 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 >>>

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!

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:

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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.

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The APG8202 doesn’t just generate security codes. It is also used toauthenticate users. Here we show how users can verify their identity by using the APG8202 with a smart card (something the user has) and a PIN code (something that the user knows).

This demo shows how one can use APG8202’s Identify Mode, which is the first mode of CAP, to enable users to authenticate themselves by inserting their respective cards in the CAP Reader.

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.