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Contactless : JCB 1.4 now available

Save time, request JCB 1.4 library for a shortened certification leadtime

Since the 1st of April, contactless payment terminals submitted to type approval for JCB payment scheme must support the JCB v1.4 specification.

Alcinéo has updated the JCB library in compliance with the latest specification, allowing our customers to certify their payment solutions in a timely manner.

Contact us at info@alcineo.com to keep up-to-date and obtain the latest kernel updates for your payment projects.

Specificities of contactless payment in transit

Why contactless payment integration is a major challenge for transport operators?

Open-loop payment systems offer many benefits to all players in the transport ecosystem :

  • reducing operational costs
  • increasing new revenues opportunity
  • improving users’ travelling experience

It is crucial to manage the particular features of contactless transactions in the transit environment and to understand the data security challenges to build convenient and reliable payment solutions dedicated to the public transport network.

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What changes with MCL 3.1.3

Mastercard® has recently released the MCL v3.1.3 contactless reader specification, available for registered members on mastercardconnect.com.

Starting 1st June 2020, new contactless readers submitted to MCL level 2 type approval shall meet the latest MCL specification requirements.

The changes defined in this specification update are intended to speed up transaction time and improve performance.

Contact us at info@alcineo.com to keep up-to-date and obtain the latest kernel updates for your payment projects.

Ready to get onboard with VCTKS ?

The VCTKS specification released last year drives the transformation of smart payment in public transports. It is intended for use by vendors implementing transit kernels and terminals that accept Visa contactless cards and mobile devices.

It replaces the Visa ODA  for qVSDC Online Specification better known as VOQOS.

The two transit models of particular importance are :

  • the Mass Transit Transaction (MTT), when the fare amount is determined after the travel has taken place 
  • the Known Fare Transaction  (KFT) when the fare amount is known at the point of entry.

VCTKS defines the requirements and recommendations to be used in a transit acceptance environment and perform either a MTT or a KFT.

This specification has to be read in conjunction, not only with the Visa Contactless Transit  Implementation Guide (VCTIG) but also with the Visa Contactless Transit Terminal Requirements and Implementation Guide. The both guides define the Visa rules for transit payment acceptance.

Illustration tap to pay transit

At Alcinéo we have been collaborating with many organizations involved in the transit payment industry for a long time. We have developed the solution to help our customers complying with Visa Contactless Transit Kernel Specification and provide them custom support throughout development, certification and deployment of their products.

We will take part in the Intertraffic event in Amsterdam next April to present our range of contactless solutions integrating transit systems, either open-loop or closed-loop. We will be happy to welcome you at our stand in the smart mobility hall – 08.312.

Visit Intertraffic website and register for free.

Require more information at : info@alcineo.com.

Intelligent payment solutions accelerate smart mobility

Transport operators, governmental authorities and transit solution providers are initiating a profound transformation of the transit system, to encourage the use of public transports throught open payment technologies and innovations.

Mobility-as-a-Service is a model that modern and smart cities are embracing to offer a seamless travelling experience to their passengers at all point of their journey.

How to meet the challenge of smart mobility?

The challenge for cities and payment solution providers is to propose a multi-modal and flexible strategy to unify payments during the complete journey.

Open-loop payments have widely been adopted in metros and buses network globally. However, travelling around cities may still generate frustration when consumers can pay only in cash for bike renting or car sharing.

In the context of smart mobility and the rise of pay-as-you-go transactions, SoftPOS is an innovative solution, allowing any seller of good or service to accept payment cards using only their smartphone, no matter where they are. The softPOS is the ideal solution to unify all actors in the urban mobility plan.

How does it works?

SoftPOS is a lightweight and affordable solution, allowing any merchant in any environment to accept contactless payments with only their smartphone or tablet, without extra hardware needed. Transport users simply need to hold their payment card or other smart payment method, tapping it at the back of the seller’s smartphone to pay.

The SoftPOS solution offers a simple alternative to traditional payment terminal. It embeds EMV payment software and meets the tap-to-phone requirements issued by major payment schemes.

It provides a high-end level of security and data protection, using tokenisation and other encryption methods to ensure the safety of sensitive transaction data all the way throught the digital payment process.

About Alcinéo :

Alcinéo provides compliant and secure software solutions that fit the specific requirements of fare collection systems in transit. Our successful experience in EMV technology allows us to support transport authorities and integrators during the transition to a smooth and convenient open-loop payment system in all areas of public transportation. We also provide the software security module to process the contactless transactions securely, and TMS solution for remote control of terminal fleet.

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Meet us in Amsterdam

Alcinéo is exhibiting at Intertraffic event held in Amsterdam

THE EVENT IS POSTPONED TO 23-26 March 2021

Are you involved in smart cities innovations ? Do you look for payment technology to drive the modernisation of transit fare collection systems?

Meet us at our stand in the Smart Mobility hall and discuss about new trends in urban mobility.

Alcinéo works with transport authorities and payment solution providers to build open-loop systems and fasten the integration of smart payments in the transit networks.

Sunset of Expresspay 3.1

Since the release of the updated American Express contactless kernel v4.0.2, terminal providers had the possibility to certify their product against either version. 

Count down has now started for payment solution providers to comply with Expresspay 4.0.2. No new certification will be allowed with the 3.1 version as of February 10th 2020.

Stay in touch for relevant information on certification updates and feel free to contact your Alcinéo representative for support with your smart payment project : info@alcineo.com 

Update to Discover’s contactless specification

Discover Financial Services have released new bulletins last summer – TAS 003 & TAS 004, to update their contactless specification.

New functional test cases related to these bulletins are integrated into the test plan v1.2, and will be applicable as of April 15th 2020.

The updates are related to Online PIN, transit transaction types and tokenization.

Payment terminal providers must implement the two bulletins mentioned above and should operate a pre-testing campaign accordingly, before submitting their product to DPAS contactless Terminal Type Approval. For more information, visit Discover website,

To stay informed of current specifications or test plan versions requested during Terminal Type Approvals feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com.

EMV® Contact Level 2 – test plan update

EMVCo has released all the documentation related to the update of EMV® Contact Level 2 test plan. Starting January 1st 2020, contact capable terminal providers can submit their devices to Contact Level 2 v4.3i type approval.

EMVCo has planned a migration period during which product providers can still submit their products to be certified against the 4.3h version :

  • ICS shall be registered and Official testing session in an accredited laboratory shall start before February 29th

  • Test report and Request For Approval shall be submitted to EMVCo at the latest on the 30th of May 2020

The Test Plan, Test Cases and ICS related to version 4.3i are available on EMVCo website.

If you need further information on payment specifications updates and certification processes, feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com

Visa Contactless ICS update

Last October, Visa Approval Services released a new version of the Device Questionnaire for Visa Contactless Approval which is available on Visa Technology Partners website.

Among changes, approval services have added :

  • new option to select EMV® 3.0 as a choice for EMV® Level 1 Contactless Communication Protocol in section 6 – EMV and Visa Specification Information
  • new accredited laboratories in the Test Laboratories section.

Terminal vendors submitting their products to Visa Contactless type approval must verify that they submit the latest version of ICS (Implementation Conformance Statement) for review to Visa Approval Services.

For more information on specifications or documentation up-to-date versions, feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com