Category Archives: Specifications updates

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.

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 Level 2 ICS updated -Visa® and Mastercard®

Visa® and Mastercard® have issued new versions of their Contactless Level 2 ICS. 

check boxVisa PayWave Device Questionnaire and VCPS ICS-10/01/18

Mastercard MCL ICS – Sept2018

Before entering into Type Approval process, POS providers shall ensure that they use the most up-to-date version of the Implementation Conformance Statement for each of the kernels they submit to certification. 

Feel free to contact us to obtain further information at : info@alcineo.com.

EMVCo Bulletin 205 – operational issues

Terminal Type Approval bulletin 205, 3rd edition is available on EMVCo website. It describes operational issues raised by POS manufacturers or laboratories on Level 2 contact test cases version 4.3g or contactless test plan version 2.6b.

The document describes the nature of each issue and the resolution for laboratories and POS providers to mitigate the impact of these tests on TA results.  

For more information on EMV and payment schemes’ updates, do not hesitate to contact your Alcinéo representative at : info@alcineo.com.