17 July 2017   
Technology made in Austria for the German health care system

RISE wins the Europe-wide tender for the development of a connector for a highly secure IT infrastructure of the German health system. The Austrian high-tech company RISE has been awarded by gematik (Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte mbH) with the contract for the development of a connector for the telematics-infrastructure. The connector enables a secure and confidential access to the healthcare network and is used as a vital component for security in doctors’ offices and hospitals.
RISE succeeded as the best supplier in the Europe-wide tender against strong international competition.

More at RISE-Konnektor.de

18 November 2016   
RISE wins the Federal Sate Award for the project “Zahlen ist Privatsache – Die mobile Bankomatkarte”. “Payment is a private matter – the mobile debit card”


Three features combined in a single product:

  • The debit card mobile on each smart phone, throughout Austria
  • The integration of all banks and mobile operators in a highly secure data space, which guarantees the privacy of all data and
  • The creation of a regional data pool (“regional google”), which manages the customer data for the business partners in the industry, mobile operators and banks in favour of each citizen

The basic function “debit card on the mobile phone” can be used since October 2015 on payment terminals in the retail sector worldwide.
The developed technology connects all banks and all mobile operators in Austria. In addition, the system provides a solid foundation for a secure national data pool, where all relevant data remains in Austria. Users are and stay in control of their own personal data.
For this innovation project, RISE received the Federal State Award in Consulting and Information Technology (Staatspreis Consulting für Unternehmensberatung und Informationstechnologie) as inventor, advisor and architect of the solution. The client was Payment Service Austria GmbH. The award ceremony took place at the Hofburg in Vienna, presented by the Minister of Economy, Vice Chancellor Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner on 17 November in 2016.

More at constantinus.net
10 June 2016   
Award Hattrick for RISE: The Austrian IT Oscar goes to RISE for the third time in a row

1st_place After winning the Constantinus Award 2014 and 2015 in the categories "Information Technology" and „Communication & Networks” respectively, in 2016 RISE succeeded in the new category "International Projects". The awarded project "Bitcoins accepted here" - (the first (lawful) global exchange office for independent crypto currencies) - implemented an (online-) payment service which globally allows retailers to accept Bitcoins and other crypto currencies from their customers. The retailer receives the payment in the required local currency. The mechanism for determining the actual Bitcoin value (real-time online-inquiry across all bitcoin trading exchange markets worldwide) and its sale are extremely complex, yet conceptually thrilling. The structure and mechanisms of settlement in banking and severe compliance rules, the underlying practical side-effects and time constraints of block chain trust, and very specific software design implementation needs do merge in dense fusion. Therefore, this form of online mechanism has not yet been available to global payment services today in a certified accepted form. The product created in this project has been inspected by the FinMA (Financial authority in Switzerland) and complies with the strict regulation requirements. Bitcoins as a means of payment are not a finally regulated worldwide ecosystem. From an economic point of view, e.g., exchange rates and non-payment risk need to be re-evaluated, since also here a classic money exchange takes place. On a technical level, the main challenge is the absence of stable standards. The community grows and moves fast, making it necessary to react to changes within cycles of three months. Remarkably, new features e.g. the effective/practical handling of the 30 minutes it takes for a globally confirmed and verified bitcoin, were developed. The "Bitcoins accepted here"-button has a determining influence on the global standard. An intelligent architecture as well as an extremely high security level against fraud are the basis of the product. Solutions for meeting the regulatory aims, e.g., from the area of anti-money laundery connected with Bitcoins or automatic identification of potential relationships between customers via Bitcoin mechanisms, complete the solution.

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