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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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PayWave Type Approval – VCAS tool update

VCAS test tool update

Visa Approval Services have released a new version of VCAS tool documentation. The latest SDK v1.6 shall be the reference for all smartcard reader manufacturers who wish to submit their products to Visa PayWave approval. 

The Visa Cross-test Automation Specification v1.6 will become mandatory as of June 15th 2019 during PayWave certification process, and require that VCAS validation be made with the latest version of VCAS tool. 

At Alcinéo, we continuously support our customers through certification processes, including type approval testing sessions. Our VCAS tool has been updated consequently to comply with the latest version required by Visa services.  

The updated documents are available on Visa technology partner website

Feel free to contact us for more information : info@alcineo.com.

Comply with EMV® contactless Level 1 interoperability testing

Since January 1st 2019, vendors submitting their contactless readers to Terminal Type Approval, shall perform interoperability tests in addition to analog and digital testing sessions to obtain EMV Contactless Level 1 certification. 

Vendors who have already obtained certification of EMV L1 contactless kernel v2.5 or 2.6 (with a LoA still valid), can perform the Interoperability tests, and will get an update on the current LoA.

Vendors submitting their products to Interoperability testing shall also provide a DTE to the lab with the Interoperability loopback application.

Visit EMVCo website to obtain the related documentation.

The dedicated tool developed by Alcinéo to provide a bespoke and flexible device testing environment to our customers during Terminal Type Approval testing sessions (DTE L1) already supports the loopback application. The changes linked to interoperability tests (eg. error or success indicators with sounds or LED) have been integrated. 

For more information  feel free to contact us  : info@alcineo.com

Mastercard® Contactless reader specification update V3.1.2

The Mastercard® Contactless reader specification update v3.1.2 has been announced recently by Mastercard. Starting April 1st 2019, POS vendors shall submit new contactless readers compliant with MCL 3.1.2 testing requirements. 

It includes MCL 3.1.1 specifications, as well as EMV Specification Bulletin SB 195, and SB 203. 

New products can be submitted with MCL 3.1.1 until March 31st 2019 (ICS submission).

For further details on applicability rules and MCL contactless reader specifications, please refer to Mastercard Connect

Alcinéo has applied SB 195, and SB 203, both bulletins are supported into our MCL kernel. For further information do not hesitate to contact your Alcinéo representative, or send us your inquiry at : info@alcineo.com

 

 

EMV® contact Level 2 version 4.3h available

In bulletin TTA 218, EMVCo announces the release of the new EMV® contact Level 2 test plan, version 4.3h. 

The new test plan is applicable starting January 1st 2019 in all accredited laboratories. During the migration period, vendors can submit their products with the 4.3g version.

Starting March 1st 2019, EMV L2 ICS shall be submitted with the 4.3h test plan version. The bulletin detailing effective dates is available on EMVCo website

Alcinéo provides EMV contact kernels compliant with the latest test plan version, and support our clients to fill-in Implementation Conformance Statements accordingly.  

For more information on the latest EMV test plan versions available, please contact your Alcinéo representative, or send us your inquiry at : info@alcineo.com

PayWave approval policy change

In a recent notification, Visa has announced a change in the PayWave approval policy for contactless acceptance devices.

Starting November 1, 2018, contactless terminals passing PayWave certification will be granted a four-year period Approval Letter.

This new validity period of PayWave certified products will allow terminal providers to better manage their product certification cycles, in line with EMV Contactless Level 1 approval.  

Visit Visa Technology Partner website to obtain further information or contact Visa Approval Services

Visit EMVCo website for more information on EMV technology and specifications : www.emvco.com 

Contactless payments on mobile – try it live at Money 20/20

Alcinéo and Trustonic have developed a secure payment solution allowing merchants of all size wherever they are, to accept contactless payments the simplest way, using only their smartphone. 

The solution will be showcased at the upcoming Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, October 21-24, where the payment industry makes Money Revolution

Come and try it live at the stand of our TEE technology partner, Trustonic : 1282.

The solution can be used by all categories of merchants, including restaurants and bars, itinerant vendors or sole traders. In addition to contactless smartcard acceptance, it can take digital lunch vouchers, or process wallet-based transactions including Samsung Pay or Google Pay for example.

Once the application has been downloaded, the smartphone or tablet turns into contatless capable terminal, offering to merchants the opportunity to increase sales with customers holding their  favorite contactless mean of payment (card, smartphone, watch…). 

Visit Trustonic booth and learn more about the solution, try it, and adopt it. 

Keep in touch with us at : info@alcineo.com