July 27, 2012
HONG KONG, 27 Jul, 2012 – Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific's number 1 supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), announces that its readers are now supporting AndroidTM Operating System (OS).
Half of the world’s smartphones and tablets are now powered by AndroidTM OS. Android's astounding dominance will be likely to persist for a long time, causing a ripple effect to other technology industry players, challenging them to make their own products and services compatible with AndroidTM. With the way Android smartphones and tablets are influencing people, the smart card industry is already adopting quickly to embrace the change.
While facing challenges posed by the rise of Android, the smart card industry is also aware of the emerging opportunities it brings. Soon will come the day where smartphones or tablets may allow individuals to perform smart card-based transactions and interactions anytime, anywhere, and ACS will be providing the necessary technologies to enhance the security and convenience of these applications, be it in banking, government services, healthcare, transportations or other applications...
By offering a new AndroidTM library, ACS smart card readers can now work with AndroidTM devices with AndroidTM OS 3.1 (Honeycomb) or higher versions. These readers include the ACR38 series, ACR122U, ACR122T, ACR83, and APG8201.
ACS has created demo applications showcasing how applications running on the AndroidTM platform can be developed using ACS readers. These demo applications, namely, ACS Smart Biz Card, ACS-Medical Practitioner Demo, and , can be found and downloaded from the Google Play Store for free here.
The AndroidTM library may be downloaded through the downloads section of our AndroidTM -support readers' pages. Find your reader here and start developing your AndroidTM apps!
Find out more about ACS AndroidTM demo applications in the following videos:
ACS Android App - ACS Smart Biz Card
ACS Android App - ACS e-Health Record Management Demo
Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), founded in 1995, is Asia Pacific's top supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers, as well as the winner of the Product Quality Leadership Award for Smart Card Readers from Frost & Sullivan. One of the companies on Forbes Asia's 2010 “Best Under a Billion" list, a prestigious list of 200 top-performing companies with sales between US$5 million and US$1 billion, selected from 12,930 publicly listed enterprises in Asia Pacific, ACS develops a wide range of high quality smart card reading/writing devices, smart cards and related products and distributes them to over 100 countries worldwide. Visit ACS at http://www.acs.com.hk/.