Category Archives: Specifications updates

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.

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.

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