Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces the deployment of its next generation multi-application advanced smart cards technology to EasyCard Corporation in Taiwan. This latest generation software will enable micropayments on the widely used transport card enjoyed by over 30 million cardholders that ride the metro in the Greater Taipei Area, take intercity bus and river boat services, as well as use the parking lots and libraries in Taipei City.
The new Gemalto Celego card supports both contact and contactless functionalities, allows users to securely check their personal transaction records from the Internet, to make e-payment for government services and to conduct Internet shopping. Gemalto made available its full set of consulting services on specifications, provided operating system development and certification, and advised EasyCard Corporation on the migration path and opportunities to this new high end multi-application product.
In line with EasyCard’s move from transport into micropayments, the new card materializes EasyCard’s vision and strategy of providing a wider range of services for ‘Mobile Life’ – becoming indispensable in the daily lives of its users also as a financial lifestyle card. As the contactless transit and payment markets in Taiwan converge, the new card enables EasyCard to reinforce its innovation leadership and provides a compelling growth opportunity.
The Gemalto Celego card has obtained the Common Criteria EAL4+ top level bank security standard certification. This enables EasyCard to meet the Taiwan Financial Supervisory Commission stringent requirements. It is also offering the very high level of performance needed for transportation and contactless micropayments applications. The new generation software also allows for expansion into Near Field Communication (NFC), future-proofing EasyCard’s offer when the national market will move towards mobile contactless payments.
“This is a significant milestone for payment cards to include such new services that visibly enhance the consumer experience” said Suzanne Tong-Li, Senior Vice President, Gemalto Asia. “These features are easy to use, ensuring quick user adoption. Gemalto’s expertise in the transportation and payment industries will help EasyCard bring the convenience of contactless while upholding the security of micropayment applications. Its ultimate aim is to allow people to travel around the whole of Taiwan with only one card.”