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Standard Chartered Singapore embeds security tokens in cards

06 November 2012  |  11348 views  |  2 Standard chartered web logo

Standard Chartered Bank's Singapore unit has unveiled a payment card featuring an embedded security token for online transactions.

Earlier this year the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) outlined plans to start issuing online tokens with enhanced features such as "transaction signing" as part of an industry-wide security push.

Standard Chartered says that it is first out the blocks, giving online and mobile banking customers the option to replace their existing credit, debit or ATM cards with the security-token one.

The card contains a 12-digit key pad which customers use to enter transaction specific information - such as the last four digits of an account number - to generate a security code which appears in a display. This number is then entered online to verify the user.

The token feature will be used from January for logging in to online and mobile banking, adding third party payees, transferring or making payments in amounts above a defined threshold, increasing daily transfer or payment limits, updating personal details, and changing online banking passwords.

V Subba, regional head, retail banking products, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Standard Chartered, says: "In Singapore, many customers bank with multiple banks. We brainstormed on ways to make it convenient and yet secure for customers. The question was: instead of sending customers another bulky token, could we replace something which already exists in the customer's wallet? That was when credit, debit and ATM cards, immediately came to mind."

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Peter Robinson - Dixons Retail - London | 06 November, 2012, 12:18

Interesting.  Given the high(er) cost of producing these cards compared to a standard card and the intention, at least in the UK, to create digital wallets for the storage of all card details and which have the full support of the Card Schemes, is this already an old idea?

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Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune | 07 November, 2012, 16:20

I remember reading about such cards several years ago. But, with Google rumored to be coming up with a plastic card version of its originally mobile Google Wallet product, cards seem to be coming back in fashion. Banks can spin it whichever way they like but, when they invest in a security solution, it has to be with the goal of shifting the onus of fraud to the cardholder or merchant. Since digital wallets don't support card-wise security, banks can't achieve their goal with them, can they?

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