The Nilson Report

Issue 1152 | Apr 2019


Companies featured in this issue include:

Latin America Market Shares of Purchase Volume

Latin America Market Shares of Purchase Transactions by Brand

Market Shares of Purchase Transactions in Latin America 

Latin America General Purpose Cards 2018

Second 50 Largest Debit Card Issuers in the U.S.—2018

Latin America General Purpose Cards 2018

Purchase transactions generated by global brand credit and debit cards issued in Latin America and the Caribbean region reached 22.83 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.8%.

1. 1. Visa
13.10 billion transactions, +8.4%
2. 2. Mastercard
9.08 billion transactions, +20.0%
3. 3. American Express
0.56 billion transactions, +12.7%
4. 4. Diners Club
0.09 billion transactions, +9.9%

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Feitian All-in-One Power Cards

Beijing-based card and authentication security key manufacturer Feitian has started to offer two new payment cards in the U.S. where it has sold more than a million cards that provide one-time passwords (OTP) for nonpayment applications. 

Feitian’s Fingerprint Biometric Payment Card is EMV Level 1 compliant for contactless payments. It uses proprietary Feitian fingerprint capture technology combined with sensor technology from either Idex or Fingerprint Cards to create an on-card match. Data enrollment for fingerprints is handled by either a desktop computer or mobile app in a smartphone. Once captured on the card by the fingerprint sensor, the fingerprint is stored cryptographically in the card’s secure element. The card offers the option of Fido2 Level 1 certified biometric authentication.

Feitian’s Dynamic CVV/CVC card is Visa and Mastercard certified. It uses a button to generate a 3-digit CVV/CVC code, which is displayed on the back of the card. Feitian can provide the server to generate the code. The card’s 5-year battery is only on when the button is touched.

In April 2018, China Everbright Bank launched a Mastercard-brand Dynamic CVC platinum credit card in China using Feitian’s technology. This year, UnionPay will test Feitian-manufactured battery-operated dynamic CVN cards. Feitian has manufactured more than a million UnionPay chip cards in China. 

Feitian’s OTP cards, which have been available in the U.S. since 2017, can now include RFID technology to enable them to also be used as a security badge. 

Feitian has more than 200 bank customers in 150 countries that use its OTP cards and PKI token authentication devices. 

Michael Gwynn is Director of Strategic Projects at Feitian Technologies in Santa Clara, California,,

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