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Hoping to use the prior success of its Blue credit card as a springboard for ExpressPay contactless payments, American Express announced that it would add the contactless technology into all future Blue cards – both new issuances and replacments.
Imagine inserting your employee ID into a small reader on your car’s dashboard to open the gates and access your private parking area. With technology from NedapAVI, a vehicle can be ID’d via a long-range contactless signal and the driver via a “boosted” HID prox card signal.
Though the industry is still justifiably concerned, some of the harshest language and prohibitions have been removed from California’s proposed bill to ban contactless technology from state-issued ID cards. The fight, however, is far from over and there is much to be done to turn what many consider to be this reactionary tide.
With support for all ISO standard contactless technologies as well as contact chip and barcode reading capabilities, the Be.U mobile device from Labcal is a mini powerhouse for ID applications. With fingerprint biometrics as well, the device can handle the range of identification and authentication needs.
A transit-focused council has formed within the Smart Card Alliance with a mission to make contactless payments the norm for public transportation across the country. The group’s initial slate of projects is seen as a major first step in the ambitious effort.