HSBC expands use of authentication Global financial services company HSBC is expanding the deployment of its user-authentication tokens for internet banking across the Asia-Pacific, according to technology supplier Vasco Data Security International. Vasco, the world's leading vendor of user-authentication products for the financial sector, said HSBC had rolled out 900,000 units of its Digipass GO3 tokens in Hong Kong in the second quarter last year. HSBC has since initiated Digipass use on the mainland, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. Jan Valcke, president and chief operating officer at Vasco, commended HSBC for the speed of its Digipass implementation. 'The battle against internet fraud has become a priority for banks worldwide. HSBC proves that end users in the e-banking sphere can be protected in a cost-effective and easy-to-use way,' he said. Two Digipass authenticators, the GO3 and the 260, are being used for HSBC's retail, commercial, corporate and private banking applications. Vasco, which operates out of Belgium, has sold more than 20 million Digipass products so far. Customers include more than 420 international financial institutions, about 2,100 blue-chip companies and governments in more than 100 countries. fuji xerox Wins dpex document contract Fuji Xerox has won a contract to deliver a major document-management system for an unspecified amount to DPEX Worldwide Express, a parcels carrier that operates in 180 countries. The system is expected to help streamline the carrier's document management processes and improve its handling and tracking capabilities. Donald Tay (pictured right), the Singapore-based managing director of DPEX Worldwide Express, said Fuji Xerox was selected over three other IT vendors because it could link the carrier's IT systems, eliminate a lot of paperwork and manual processes, and enable the quick retrieval of document images. 'We can simultaneously scan images at high speed, read bar codes, capture related information and automatically assign file names - none of which we could do before,' Mr Tay said. Debby Chan Wai-tak, director of marketing at Fuji Xerox Hong Kong, said the document management system included the multifunction Document Centre 900 with Document WorkBench Adecpro software. The entire solution is capable of scanning, sorting, capturing data, and verifying and indexing large quantities of different types of documents in a predefined flow. It would help handle thousands of DPEX Worldwide Express shipments every day. Each shipment bears a detailed consignment note that is used for audit purposes and acts as a reference point for customer inquiries. QUALCOMM AND YULON JOIN HANDS FOR 3G Qualcomm and Yulong Computer Technology, a subsidiary of main-board-listed China Wireless Technologies, have forged an extensive licensing deal that could help push the adoption of 3G mobile communications in the mainland. The multimillion-dollar, royalty-bearing agreement provides Yulong with a worldwide licence - under Qualcomm's code division multiple access (CDMA) patent portfolio - to develop, manufacture and sell subscriber equipment based on any 3G CDMA standard, including Wideband CDMA, and CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO. Qualcomm said royalties due from Yulong followed the company's standard rates. 'This licence agreement will enable China Wireless, through its Yulong subsidiary, to develop and market competitive 3G products,' said Guo Deying (pictured right), chairman and chief executive of Shenzhen-based China Wireless, a maker of smartphones and wireless data devices for mainland operators such as China Unicom. Mr Guo said the aim was to support 3G adoption in China and worldwide. Established in 1993, China Wireless supplies a range of communications gear, from back-end systems to wireless terminals, for the mainland's public and private sectors. The company estimated that it doubled smartphone sales last year to 90,000 units from 45,000 in 2004.