Simple software solution to read RFID cards on Android tablets/smartphone by Carta+’s partner Springcard

26/06/2015

Source: http://tech.springcard.com/2015/springcard-pcsc-solution-for-android-released/

Carta+’s partner SpringCard PC/SC solution for Android has been released

 

SpringCard R&D team is proud to release a simple software solution to add support for SpringCard USB PC/SC Couplers to Android tablets (or smartphone).nexus9-with-springcard-pcsc-reader
The software is made of two parts:

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This software suite is compliant with all SpringCard USB PC/SC Couplers, for instance SpringCard Prox’N’Roll PC/SC, Prox’N’Roll HSP PC/SC, TwistyWriter HSP, CrazyWriter HSP, CSB HSP… Note that the current version of the Service and Library allows to work only with the Coupler’s contactless slot. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have an interest into addressing the smartcard / SAM slots of the Couplers.

To communicate with a USB PC/SC Coupler -which is basically a USB device, the Android tablet (or smartphone) must provide a USB Host stack. This should be the case of all tablets running Android 3.1 and higher. We recommend Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets, running Android 5.0 or 5.1, which are the reference platforms we use to develop and test the solution. An adapter cable is required to connect the Coupler if your tablet doesn’t provide a full-size USB host connector.

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Tip: if you’re not sure whether your tablet supports USB Host or not, just install the Service and the Demo application from Google Play, and check that your SpringCard Coupler is correctly activated by your tablet’s system. Remember that the Coupler will be powered by the tablet’s battery. Some tablets could be powered (by their mains adapter) even when an USB device is present, but most don’t; choose your tablet accordingly if you’re designing a kiosk or public-use system that should be mains-powered 24/7).

Icon of the SpringCard PC/SC Service for Android

To develop your own application using a SpringCard Coupler from Android, download the library (and the sample Demo application) from GitHub, and follow the Quick Start Guide (ref. SpringCard PMD15240) which is included in the GitHub project, or available directly here.

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We welcome your feedback!

Carta+ 2015 Wishes

23/12/2014

Carta+ wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015!

Evolis enters retransfer market with new printer AVANSIA

10/10/2014

Evolis has unveiled the AVANSIA, a new printer that utilizes retransfer-printing technology to deliver high quality, high durability cards.Carta+ Evolis Authorized Reseller

With retransfer printing, the card layout is first printed on a transparent film and then the print layer is transferred to the card. This technology makes it possible to cover the entire surface of the card, eliminate white edges and protect the print head from damage.


AVANSIA’s 600-DPI print head delivers quality images, as well as sharp texts, microprints and watermarks. The retransfer technology supports and can improve a variety of applications: employee badges, secured access cards, student IDs, payment cards, official identification cards, driver licenses, and more.

AVANSIA can issue more than 140 single-sided color cards per hour. The printer supports the delivery of cards in large runs, thanks to its large-capacity feeder and output hopper – 250 cards each – as well as consumables from the Evolis High Trust range that are engineered for this type of personalization.

Retransfer technology makes it possible to print on any card profile – PVC, PET, polycarbonate, ABA, etc. – even on cards with an uneven surface. To support specific requirements, AVANSIA supports all types of encoding including magnetic stripe, contact smart cards and contactless smart cards.

The AVANSIA offers an added layer of security via an RFID-based electronic key, which can be removed in order to prevent rogue use of the printer. A mechanical lock system is also available as an option.

The AVANSIA comes with a three-year standard warranty, coupled with the lifetime warranty on the print head. For more information on Evolis’ latest printer solution, visit the company’s website.

Source: http://www.cr80news.com/2014/09/24/

 

Vlucht MH17 Amsterdam- Kuala Lumpur

22/07/2014

Carta+ en zijn team

Geschokt door de vliegtuig crash vlucht MH17 Amsterdam- Kuala Lumpur wensen wij ons medeleven aan de families, vrienden en kennissen van de overledenen.

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La Carte-Plus (Plus-kaart), plus de 20 ans de fidélité chez Delhaize

16/05/2014

C’était il y a 20 ans. Enfin, pas tout à fait puisque c’est en novembre 1991 que Delhaize lançait sa carte de fidélité à code-barres Carte-Plus fabriquée chez Cartaplus Belgique“Plus”. Une première en Belgique, du moins dans le petit monde de la grande distribution alimentaire. Mais non une première européenne, même si l’enseigne au lion était parmi les précurseurs. Au départ, seuls ses propres supermarchés en profitaient. Mais progressivement la carte Plus s’est étendue aux autres enseignes du groupe, franchisés compris, puis à des partenaires et affiliés, se muant en carte multi-enseignes.

En 10 ans, 2,6 millions de cartes Plus seront écoulées; et plus de 7 clients sur 10 en présentaient une aux caisses. Un score enviable qui sera nettement amélioré lors de la décennie suivante : aujourd’hui, 3,5 millions de cartes Plus sont en activité (représentant 65 % des familles en Belgique, insiste le distributeur) et 90 % du chiffre d’affaires du groupe en Belgique y sont liés.

Et pourtant, le prix de la fidélité est plus que modeste : 2 euros dépensés donnent droit à 1 point et 500 points se transforment en bon d’achat de 5 euros; soit une ristourne de 0,005 %. “Mais des points sont aussi attribués à l’achat de produits spécifiques, explique Louis Martin, directeur du programme de fidélité. L’accumulation va donc plus vite qu’on le croit.” Avec ceci que des points sont également récoltés auprès de partenaires (Di, Tom&Co, Brico, Q8 et, tout récemment, Planet Parfum), voire d’affiliés (Center Parcs, Avis, American Express ). Une liste qui a changé au fil des ans, avec des apparitions plus ou moins fugaces, “mais dans l’ensemble, on est fier de la longévité de nos partenariats”.

“Et puis, la carte permet également d’acquérir de manière plus avantageuse de la vaisselle, des couverts, des valises , ajoute-t-il, et d’obtenir des réductions dans des musées, théâtre, concerts, hôtels “ (site Internet carteplus.be ou hotelscarteplus.be).

A l’époque de son lancement, le consommateur était des plus infidèles, papillonnant de-ci de-là pour ses achats. En moyenne, il visitait, chaque trimestre, entre 4 et 5 enseignes différentes. Aujourd’hui, le score moyen est tombé à 2,5. “L’idée était de recueillir les adresses des clients et de bâtir une fidélité”, explique Louis Martin, Au fil des ans, les choses ont évolué. “La finalité a entre autres grandi avec la technologie. Une meilleure maîtrise des données a permis d’offrir des services plus appropriés à nos clients”, ajoute-t-il, tout en reconnaissant ne pas avoir utilisé toutes les potentialités actuelles. “Les Anglo-Saxons sont plus avancés, plus performants encore, les Britanniques notamment, même s’ils s’y sont mis plus tardivement, au milieu des années 90.”

Si le premier objectif de Delhaize était bien de fidéliser sa clientèle en lui offrant des avantages exclusifs, le second était de se créer un outil à même de l’aider à répondre aux évolutions du marché. “Le client est plus versatile qu’avant, plus sensible aux prix, plus exigeant, appréciant être traité de façon individuelle, ajoute Louis Martin. Cette carte est une porte pour mieux communiquer. Elle permet de personnaliser la relation, de mener des actions promotionnelles ciblées (sur les vins, les bébés ). Voire de nous adapter aux goûts de nos clients en matière d’assortiment.”

De là à penser qu’il jette un regard sur les consommations de chacun à la sauce Big Brother, il y a un pas. “On n’en a ni le temps, ni l’envie. Les données sont gérées en interne mais de manière dissociée par plusieurs personnes dans plusieurs départements. Soit des analyses agrégées par groupes de clients. Et, surtout, les données ne sont ni vendues, ni partagées avec des tiers. On attache beaucoup d’importance au respect de la vie privée.”Carte-Plus / Kaart-plus

Mais pourquoi dès lors, accepter de partager ses sacro-saints clients avec des partenaires ? “Il faut distinguer, ajoute le directeur du programme fidélité. La carte Plus n’est pas une carte discount. Mais elle est plus qu’une carte fidélité. C’est une carte multi-enseignes.” Qui intéresse les deux parties : un élargissement des potentialités de gains pour les clients, une augmentation du nombre de détenteurs de la carte (et donc du marketing qui y est lié) pour le distributeur et ses partenaires. Qui y mettent des moyens. “On ne veut pas dévoiler les accords mais il y a clairement un business model établi en termes de participation financière, de communication “

Tous, en tous les cas, participeront à ce vingtième anniversaire. Qui débute par la modernisation du support lui-même. “On a modifié le design de la carte, car le précédent datait : il est plus jeune, plus actuel, mieux associé à notre clientèle familiale. Parallèlement, nous lancerons des actions permettant de gagner plus de points, des concours aussi, avec des entrées dans des musées, des parcs d’attraction, des concerts en guise de prix.”

Source: La Libre/Economie/ActualiteImage

Pour toutes questions concernant la fabrication de cartes plastique de type Carte-Plus, merci de contacter Michel Walravens, manager associé et gestionnaire du compte Delhaize chez Carta+ depuis la création de la société.

New Carta+ 2014 Catalogue for key-fobs and related items

12/03/2014

Did you know that Carta+ can deliver a all bunch of different key-fobs and related items??

Look at our new 2014 revisited key-fob’s catalogue and don’t hesitate to contact us for any quatation.

Carta+ Catalogue porte-clés / Sleutelhangers Catalogus 2014 (French / Dutch) from Carta+

Carta+’s partner Citizen launches world’s smallest 6-inch label printer

06/11/2012
Carta+, identification solutions in Belgium  Citizen Systems Europe operates offers a wide range of printers for industrial, retail, healthcare and mobile applications specialising in label, barcode, portable and point-of-sale printers.

Carta+, Benelux official distributor for Citizen Systems Europe , is proud to inform you about the current technological developments from this historical partner:

“Winter knocking on the doors, leaves are falling; and we are bringing down the size and price of 6-inch label printers! After hard development work, we are more than happy to launch Citizen’s brand new 6-inch label printer – the CL-S6621.
World’s smallest 6-inch label printer
The CL-S6621 is a 6-inch version of the successful and well-known CL-S621, bridging the gap between 4 and 8-inch printing solutions. The unique printer configuration makes it almost two times smaller than competitive products. Also it has a 50% lower price than an average 6-inch printer while making no compromise on performance. The formula is simple: half-size, half-price!

You can find additional information about CL-S6621 in the datasheet and official press release attached. The CL-S6621 printers will be available in Citizen Europe’s stock starting from the end of November 2012.

The SSP of 1.349,00 EUR will be discounted with your standard rate. Order code is 1000836, and you can pre-order your printers now!

Please contact your regional manager or sales administrator to confirm your orders or provide additional order details

Kind regards,”

For any question in the Benelux, please contact:

Marc Beukenhorst
+32 2 686 60 82
Automatic ID Expert

Source:
Jörk Schüßler,
European Marketing Manager for Citizen System Europe.
Citizen Systems Europe, 643 – 651 Staines Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 8PA.
Tel: 020 8893 1900. Fax: 020 8893 0080.

Inventor chip card Roland Moreno has died.

30/04/2012

The man who invented the computer chip used on smart cards, Roland Moreno, has died.

According to La Republica, Moreno was 29 when he first patented the idea for a miniature circuit board that could hold secure electronic data.

Inventor of the Chip Card, Roland Moreno pictureHis idea changed shopping, commuting, banking and passports and paved the way for the mobile phone in 1974.

It was in France where his idea first caught on. They used the card’s security measures as part of the Carte Bleue debit card system. While this was great for the French, it caused all sorts of problems for foreign tourists whose banks still used magnetic strips.

Read more: http://news.techeye.net/chips/smart-chip-inventor-roland-moreno-dies#ixzz1tWise9cl

Carta+’s partner Trüb issues biometric passports for Kossovo…

03/04/2012

Amaury van den Brande, CEO Carta+

Just to keep you informed about a nice project from end last year by one of the most important Carta+’s partners on the security market.

Carta+ management works with Trüb for more than 20 years.

Carta+, experts in people identification

 

 

Trueb, partner in securityKosovo is issuing a new generation of biometric passports with datapages manufactured by Trüb. The datapages are made of polycarbonate and contain a chip module. The Austrian State Printing House (OeSD) acts as the general contractor, manufactures the passport booklet and integrates the datapages. Kosovo and the Austrian State Printing House (OeSD) have signed a contract where OeSD as general contractor supplies biometric passports and installs a passport personalization center over a number of years. The key element of the passport is the datapage supplied by Trüb AG with embedded antenna and chip module. The datapages are made of fused polycarbonate films and laminated without the use of adhesives. The chip on this biometric passport stores the personal data, a facial image, two fingerprints of the document holder and complies with the ICAO standard. The datapages are optically personalized by means of laser engraving and include a variety of built-in security features. The datapage, attached to the passport booklet through a patented and robust page binding element, is guaranteed for a 10 year lifespan.”
Source: Global Identification

Plastic badges supplier in Belgium (plant main entrance)

The Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014 – Nice reading…

28/02/2012

Report Linker - Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014

Carta+ wants to share with you today this nice introduction to some “Smart Card Market Forecast Report” … on sale on ReportLinker website… Have a nice reading!

“The global smart card industry has been witnessing dynamic changes for the past few years, and these, in turn, have created significant opportunities for the market participants. New and attractive growth prospects are being witnessed due to EMV (Euro pay, MasterCard, & VISA) migration, Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment across the globe, and government support. Moreover, the entry of innovative smart card devices in the market will further strengthen the overall industry in the long run.

According to [our] this research report “Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014″, the global shipments of smart cards are estimated to reach around 6.1 Billion units in 2011, growing at the rate of around 11% over previous year. A major chunk of this market is captured by four companies, namely Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Oberthur, and Morpho. Though telecom sector is still the major user of smart cards, other sectors, such as financial services and healthcare are also expected to augment the rate of usage.

Furthermore, the huge demand for smart cards will be seen in emerging markets as some of the key manufacturers in these regions are expanding their market reach. Increasing penetration of 3G, and renowned focus on payment transaction will give a further boost to the momentum. In addition, the liability associated with EMV standard is also driving many banks to issue smart cards. Backed by such positive factors, the global smart card shipments are expected to post a double digit growth (CAGR of around 12%) during 2011-2014.

Contactless technology is the buzzword in the global smart card industry. Increasing demand for contactless smart cards is mainly being fuelled by Near Field Communication (NFC), mass transit projects and e-passports. The volume of secure microprocessor contactless smart card shipment is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22% during 2011-2014. At the applications front, financial services sector is the key user of contactless smart cards, and e-passports and other identification (ID) applications hold the prominent position in the government sector.

The report is an outcome of an extensive research and in-depth analysis of the global smart card market. It took into account almost all the key aspects of the market. The report is categorized on the basis of industry applications in sectors, like telecom, transport, public sector and financial services, and country wise developments in the smart card sector. The report also investigates the current market trends, and analyzes their impact on the future performance of the industry. Moreover, with a focus on the competitive environment, the report provides a comprehensive description of strengths and weeknesses of the market leaders. Overall, the report aims at providing clients with an optimum source of knowledge and statistics on the smart card industry.”

Source: Article from http://www.reportlinker.com/Smart-Card-Market-Forecast-to.html


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