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November 09, 2021

November 9, 2021

Universal smartcard standard combined with LEGIC mobile technology extends closed loop ePayment capability to smartphones

The Common Smartcard Solutions Association’s (CSSA) goal is to create and promote an industry standard for vendor neutral, smartcard-based closed-loop ePayment systems. The standard, openCashfile (oCF), is a data structure that gives advanced cross-compatible electronic wallet capabilities to virtually any smartcard…

April 01, 2019

It is now three decades since Markus Hug and Martin Witschi founded Hug-Witschi AG, based near Bern, after completing their engineering studies. After only two years, the company was divided into the business areas of IT services and hardware and software engineering. The IT division serves small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. The IT services offered range from installation to support.

March 06, 2019

From 9 to 11 May 2019, the euvend trade fair will once again open its doors in Cologne. At Europe’s only vending platform, the aim this year is once again for exhibitors to conquer new markets and channels. In this spirit, the industry association for uniform smartcard solutions Common Smartcard will also present itself together with member companies.

The focus will be on the…

February 01, 2018

It’s done: The website of the Industry Association for Uniform Smartcard Solutions was launched today with a new design and greater user-friendliness.

With the new website, we want to communicate the goals and results of our association’s work even better. Our explanatory film and the equally revised flyer contribute to this in particular. A short welcome text provides a comprehensible overview.

August 01, 2016

The EVIS RFID table reader unit for cash register systems Manta was entered for the Red Dot Design Award and was able to prevail against competitors and global brands such as Google, Apple, Sony, LG or Phillips and received the award “Red Dot Award: Product Design Winner 2016”.

The EVIS Manta was tested for, among other things, degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality, durability…

July 01, 2016

Only if something functions stably and securely can it exist long enough to celebrate an anniversary at some point. With this in mind, we congratulate our long-standing member EVIS AG. The company was founded in 1986 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.

EVIS AG has been a leader in reading units since its inception. Whether you want to open doors, record time, buy…

September 28, 2015

From 24 to 26 September 2015, the Eu’Vend trade fair in Cologne opened its doors once again. With over 5,000 trade visitors from 59 countries, the event recorded a slight growth in visitor numbers. The industry association for uniform smartcard solutions Common Smartcard also presented itself to the expert audience together with the member companies ventopay, Hug-Witschi, CashControl Kassensysteme, EVIS, Automaten Seitz and TCPOS.

March 21, 2015

The industry association for common smartcard solutions e.V. has reorganised itself at its annual general meeting on 20 March 2015 in Meilen (Switzerland).

The new chairman is Ulrich Ludwig from Vision ID Engineering. Ludwig has already been a member of the board since 2011 and has headed the technology committee since then. The following were elected…

May 15, 2014

At the annual general meeting of the Industry Association for Common Smartcard Solutions e.V. on 14 May 2014, its board was confirmed in office. The board will thus continue to be led and represented externally by the chairman Walter Neuhaus, Kontroll Systeme SB AG, and the board members Ulrich Ludwig, Vision ID Engineering GmbH, Christoph Grund, Micros Fidelio Deutschland GmbH and Martin Witschi, Hug-Witschi AG.

February 01, 2014

The standardised openCashfile structure for smartcards can now also be used on contactless cards carrying the LEGIC advant® transponder chip. The new openCashfile LEGIC® advant V1.00 specification is available for download to members of the Common Smartcard Solutions Association (Industrieverband für einheitliche Smartcard-Lösungen e.V.) at The specification allows all providers of LEGIC® card systems, such as POS and vending machine suppliers, to operate with the same…