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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.
International

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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Is my smart card still secure after years of use?

Smart cards remain secure no matter how long they are used. The computer inside a smart card can secure information stored inside, limit access only to authorized parties and encrypt (scramble) its communications with other devices.

If the smart card computer fails, the information stored in it remains safe because it can no longer be accessed. Smart cards are designed to work for years. Electronic passports for example, which include a secure contactless smart card inside, are issued for many years, sometimes 10 years or more.

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What is a smart card?

A smart card is credit card-sized piece of plastic that contains a small computer, or microprocessor, and its own data storage, processing power and software. Smart cards provide data portability, security and convenience and can be used for many different applications. The chip inside of your EMV credit or debit card is a smart card, for example.

Today, smart card technology is not just used in the shape of a card either. Sometimes it is inside something else, like a USB token, passport or cell phone. Smart cards have two different types of interfaces: contact and contactless.

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