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From Wednesday, it will be possible to tap your ez-link card against a reader to pay for food, drinks and gifts at the Food Hall in Basement 2 of the Takashimaya department store. Around 80 per cent of the Food Hall's 51 tenants have been persuaded to go cashless.

THE Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore is aiming to set up 19,000 more places at which contactless stored-value cards can be accepted.

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Is the contactless chip in the e-passport prone to failure?

Failure of the chip was certainly a concern of the ICAO New Technologies Working Group. The International Civil Aviation Organization is an organization of the United Nations which contributes to the regulation of international civil aviation. Most countries advise their citizens to care for their e-passports, not to unduly bend, twist, or puncture them. There was a question of the warranty that chip companies would give on their chips, given that there had been no experience of chips in passports before. The preliminary evidence is that the chips are reliable.
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Is the contactless chip in the e-passport prone to failure?

Failure of the chip was certainly a concern of the ICAO New Technologies Working Group. The International Civil Aviation Organization is an organization of the United Nations which contributes to the regulation of international civil aviation. Most countries advise their citizens to care for their e-passports, not to unduly bend, twist, or puncture them. There was a question of the warranty that chip companies would give on their chips, given that there had been no experience of chips in passports before. The preliminary evidence is that the chips are reliable.
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The e-passport is read in two stages, does it slow down the border processing?

Writers who want to emphasize the slowness of border processing describe the e-passport reading as a two-step process, using two distinct pieces of equipment. Firstly the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) is read using an optical reader, and then the chip is read using a Radio Frequency (RF) reader. While this scenario is possible, there are a number of combined readers (optical and RF) on the market, which would carry out the two reads in a seamless manner.
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Asian travelers want to fly by mobile

Travelers in the Asia-Pacific region are keen to access more travel-related services via their mobile devices, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

Conducted by travel services provider Sabre Travel Network, the study revealed that 51 percent of Asia-Pacific travelers would like to use their mobile phones to check in for flights. Some 46 percent would be keen to select and change their seats, while 40 percent said they would like to use their mobile devices to automate re-accommodation services should their flights be canceled.

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Do epassport use RFID tags?

ePassports do NOT use RFID tags. They use RF-enabled contactless smart card technology that is much more secure and powerful than RFID.

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) tags broadcast an unencrypted ID number using radio waves. Used mostly in manufacturing, shipping and object-related tracking, they can be read at long distances of 30 feet or more and offer minimal security and privacy protection.

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What is the technology used in epassports?

Electronic passports have secure contactless smart card technology embedded in the back cover. Contactless refers to the fact that it is a wireless device, something like a cell phone except it can only communicate over very short distances of an inch or two. Smart card means it contains a microprocessor, a small but real computer, and special security software to protect the identity of the passport holder.

Contactless smart card technology is NOT the same as RFID. See, What are the differences between contactless smart cards and RFID?

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