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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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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

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

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Partnership with Design Shift for ultimate data protection

An Alliance between Software and Hardware to strengthen security levels

Design SHIFT, building digital security, and Alcineo today announced their partnership delivering protection of critical data based on a secure hardware platform and software data encryption with a remote key management system.

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EMV transactions at automated fuel dispensers

The challenges of securing electronic payments at automated fuel dispensers.

Whereas data security is at the center of concerns in all sectors, electronic transactions at automated fuel dispensers are still exposed to skimming and fraudALX payment terminal for automated fuel dispensersulent attacks.

Alcinéo partnered with ALX Technologies to design a fully integrated payment terminal, dedicated to gas pumps. The white paper describes best practices to implement EMV technology at the pump and mitigate the risk of data theft.

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Press Release – Alcinéo’s full set of trusted solutions

Alcinéo wil exhibit its full range of trusted payment solutions at Trustech, from November 29th, to December 1st, in Cannes. Our complete suite of products and solutions are gathered around one core of payment, hence providing best-in-class solutions at POS systems. 

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