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Expresspay v4.0.2 certification is available

American Express has recently released an update of Expresspay contactless kernel.

Starting May 27th 2019, payment terminal providers can submit their products supporting ExpressPay v.4.0.2 to Level 2 certification at accredited laboratories. 

Vendors can choose to certify their product against either version, as both are accepted by American Express, with no sunset date established for v3.1 at the moment.  

To have more information on our software and services including support with certification processes, please contact your Alcinéo representative or keep in touch at : info@alcineo.com

 

EMV® contactless specifications update v2.8

EMVCo has released an update of the contactless specifications. Book A (Architecture and general requirements), Book B (Entry point), and all Books C (contactless kernels) have been updated to version 2.8, and are available on EMVCo website

The changes are related to Request Online PIN and pre-processing to enable zero value transaction (check Book A and Entry Point). 

Feel free to contact your Alcinéo representive for more information. 

EMV® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries and an unregistered trademark elsewhere. The EMV trademark is owned by EMVCo, LLC.

VCAS validation tool update v1.1.1

Visa released last week an update of the VCAS validation tool v1.1.1. The latest version brings improvements and corrections to minor issues. The validation tool checks that VCAS is correctly implemented and works properly.

VCAS is a tool that terminal manufacturers must deliver to the laboratory to perform Cross tests automatically, as part of PayWave type approval process. This automated testing process shortens the duration of testing sessions. To obtain more details on VCAS, have a look HERE, at our post released last year and dedicated to this subject

The validation tool v1.1.1 can be used to validate either VCAS version 1.5 or 1.6. As of 15th June 2019, only v1.6 will be accepted by laboratories to perform Visa Cross tests.

Feel free to contact your Alcinéo representative to have more information, or keep in touch with us at : info@alcineo.com.

Come meet us at UITP Summit, Stockholm, June 9-12

Join us in Stockholm, June 9th to 12th, at UITP Summit and share our vision of the future of contactless payments in transport.

The UITP summit, occuring every two years in a different place in the world, is the ideal place to meet all stakeholders involved in this ecosystem, and share innovation and ideas to constantly improve travellers’ journeys experience.

Our software solution for transit, based on EMV contactless payments and security, is fully compliant with international payment standards requirements.  

We will be happy to welcome you !

The specification for Visa contactless payments in transit

Visa released a specification (Visa Contactless Transit Kernel Specification v1.0) to define the functionalities applying to contactless kernels implemented in the transit payment ecosystem.

Payment terminals operating in the transit network must support the mandatory requirements of Visa Contactless Payment Specification but some functions are not applicable in a transport environment. 

Therefore, to help terminal vendors to easily identify the differences between transit and retail transaction processing, the VCTKS lists all the features that must be supported or must not be supported in a transit payment environment.

VCTKS replaces VOQOS, hence when the approval testing of VCTKS will become available at labs (by the end of the year, according to the announcement), VOQOS won’t be tested anymore.

As the expansion of contactless payments in transit continues to rise worldwide, the challenge for transit terminal providers is to develop innovative solutions, offering rapidity, convenience and security. Alcinéo develops contactless software solutions customized and fully compatible with the constraints of the transit fare collection systems, and with the VCTKS v1.0 specification.

Require more information at : info@alcineo.com.

New ICS for EMV® Contactless Level 1 available

The applicability of EMV® 3.0 is now effective, and the corresponding ICS for EMV® Contactless Level 1 v3.0 is available for download on EMVCo website

Vendors can submit their contactless capable terminals to type approval against the v3.0 test plan. The scope of the EMV Contactless Level 1 testing includes Analogue test, Digital test, and Interoperability test. The aim is to adapt POS systems to new methods of payment used worldwide.

As the version 3.0 includes major changes on the Analogue side, EMVCo has stretched the migration period until December 2019. Hence, if products don’t pass all Analogue v3.0 tests, they can be granted a v2.6 LoA, provided  :

  • they pass all v3.0 Digital test cases
  • they pass certain v3.0 Analogue test cases (detailed description in TTA bulletin 221). 

Contact your Alcinéo representative to have further information on the Terminal certification processes at : info@alcineo.com.

 

EMV® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries and an unregistered trademark elsewhere. The EMV trademark is owned by EMVCo, LLC.

It is time to plan EMV® Contactless Level 1 v3.0 certification

EMVCo has released a bulletin to announce the Type Approval and Renewal applicability of the new specification 3.0 for EMV® Contactless Level 1 Approval of contactless card readers.

The new version 3.0 will become applicable starting April 1st 2019, and will become mandatory as of 1st January 2020.

During this migration phase, terminal providers can submit their contactless devices to certification against 2.6b test plan, or 3.0 test plan. 

EMVCo also mandates that starting 1st January 2020, all products submitted to EMV contactless level 1 renewal process comply with the 3.0 version, for all test sessions, analog, digital and interoperability, with a possibility of restricted approval in case of some tests fail, considered acceptable by EMVCo.

Feel free to contact your Alcinéo representative to obtain further information on the 3.0 specification or to have more information on our EMV contactless suite and other smart payment and security solutions. You can also keep in touch at : info@alcineo.com.

tap-to-phone solution at MWC Barcelona

MWC Barcelona, is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology. 

Meet us during the event to see how the payment technologies have rapidly embraced the mobile world. 

Our secure tap-to-phone solution offers convenience and flexibility to all merchants, large or small, allowing them to take contactless payments wherever they are.  

To obtain a meeting and learn more about the tap-to-phone solution, please contact your Alcinéo representative, or contact us at : info@alcineo.com

PRESS RELEASE – Alcinéo and MobileKnowledge

Alcinéo and MobileKnowledge collaborate to speedup the design of their customers’ smart payment solutions

La Ciotat (February 13th 2019) – French EMV software specialist, Alcinéo, and Spanish experts in smart, connected and secure technologies, MobileKnowledge, are working together to offer high-level, quality services to smart payment terminal providers.

MobileKnowledge provides expert engineering support and consultancy services for the EMV PCD Level 1 Type Approval process and allows terminal vendors to debug and validate their product in compliance with EMV Contactless specifications. MobileKnowledge expertise in contactless hardware, contactless antenna design and performance optimization will allow terminal vendors to accelerate their time to market while reducing the overall product development cost.

Alcinéo specializes in the development of a full suite of embedded payment software, which is fully compliant with EMV contact and contactless specifications. Alcinéo also provides state-of-the-art support during product certification processes.

This close collaboration allows smart payment solution providers to benefit from continuous support during their product lifecycle: antenna design and evaluation, level 2 kernels implementation, pre-evaluation and testing, and custom support during terminal type approval.

Alcinéo and MobileKnowledge, together, allow terminal manufacturers to seamlessly achieve EMV compliance for complex setups and accelerate their time to market.

About Alcinéo

Alcinéo is a French software company specialized in the development of embedded solutions implementing smartcard technologies and security. It provides leading-edge solutions that meet EMV Chip & PIN requirements, and its payment kernels cover the main payment brand specificities. Alcinéo helps smart card reader manufacturers face multiple challenges in producing next-generation devices, enabling them to shorten their time to market while delivering state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.alcineo.com

About MobileKnowledge

MobileKnowledge is a team of HW, SW and system engineers, experts in smart, connected and secure technologies for the IoT world. It is an ideal engineering consultant for any specific support in connection with IoT and NFC developments. MobileKnowledge designs and develops secure HW systems, embedded FW, mobile phone and secure cloud applications. Its services include: Secure Hardware design, Embedded software development, NFC antenna design and evaluation, NFC Wearables, EMV L1 pre-certification support, Mobile and cloud application development, and Secure e2e system design.  For further information, visit www.themobileknowledge.com

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