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Smart crowd assembles in HK

One of the largest conferences and exhibitions to highlight the latest technologies and market trends in smart security, payment, identification and mobility will take place on Wednesday and Thursday next week at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am

Smart way to deal with new cards

A decade ago, it was still common to carry lose coins for a bus ride or small purchases around the city. But since 1997, the launch of the Octopus stored-value smart card for electronic payment has quickly revolutionised our daily lives. Nowadays, leaving home without the piece of plastic is like forgetting your wallet and keys.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Component maker sees new demand lifting sales

AAC Technologies - a leading global supplier of miniature receivers, speakers, microphones, antennas and other components - is betting on new demand from Korean and mainland makers of smartphones and media tablets to help lift its business this year.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Face value

In Las Vegas, the television show set in the fictional Montecito Casino, card coun- ters and other scammers are routinely caught by video surveillance working in conjunction with facial-recognition software. In real life, it's much harder to collar criminals in this way because, among other things, mugs can be disguised in ways that render such technology ineffective.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong hospital admissions staff still as heartless two decades later

The report ('Anger at delay in treating boy', September 20), brought back memories of an incident that happened to my family three days after our arrival in Hong Kong, from India, 20 years ago.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Company looks at how to let people give what they want with a swipe

Octopus Holdings is studying ways to make charity donations via a swipe of the smart card more flexible, following complaints that the preset amount of HK$10 offered at a fund-raising exercise in January was limiting.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Last week's Technology article 'China Digital bets on product replacement' misquoted the company's chief financial officer about the estimated physical life of a smart card on the mainland. It should have said: 'Every five years you are going to see smart cards need to be changed because of the constant upgrade, like a cellphone business.'

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Smart living in Hong Kong

New technology could pave the way for world's first cashless society

Hong Kong may not be regarded as a centre for information technology, but it could position itself as the first cashless society in the world with its extensive use of smart cards in commercial applications.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Smart cards

Monetary Authority boss Joseph Yam Chi-kwong wants a review of the way in which the Octopus cards are managed and issued. Are you happy with the present system, or should it be changed? Write to us.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Card security a growing worry

THE FAST PACE of modern living, which often involves dependence on credit and debit cards, is helping to create jobs to provide assistance to those who lose their cards or become victims of crime.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

China Mobile joins e-money body

China Mobile, the world's largest cellular network operator, has joined a group of its industry peers to lead a worldwide programme to extend the use of mobile phones for payments at any point of sale.

14 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Number of chip-coded Visa cards to double

Visa International expects the number of its microchip-embedded credit cards in circulation in Hong Kong to double by the end of this year, a step it says will counter rising fraud.

James Dixon, Visa's country manager for Hong Kong and Macau, said 1 million of the 8 million Visa cards issued in Hong Kong were chip cards.

7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

To beep or not to beep

As increasing numbers of people use their Octopus cards to make purchases and pay for their journeys around the city, the Octopus system has spread its tentacles to schools.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Head start

Lam Pui-lun, 83, gets a new hairdo, one of about 140 elderly people who enjoyed the treat before they were driven to the Smart Identity Card Centre in Causeway Bay to apply for their smart cards yesterday.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Octopus extends its services in era of the smart card

HONG KONG BOASTS many superlatives - from the world's longest suspension bridge and busiest container port to the highest concentration of Mercedes-Benz cars.

But there is one record-breaker that affects all of us every day. The ubiquitous Octopus card that hardly anyone leaves home without is officially the world's largest smart card payment system.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am