Category Archives: Specifications updates

EMV® Contact updates

Several documents have been released by EMVCo to announce changes and updates regarding the approval process of contact terminals. 

During Level 1 renewal, electrical tests and protocol tests are mandatory, whereas mechanical tests are not. The protocol test cases have been updated, and some of them are applicable depending on the ICS. EMVCo has released a new version of ICS v4.3c reflecting these test cases updates. 

EMVCo has also released a Specification Bulletin introducing a change for terminal clock signal frequency.

Starting January 2022, new terminals submitted to type approval shall have a minimum of 4.7 and maximum of 5 MHz clock signal frequency. 

Products submitted to renewal from January 2022 shall have a minimum of 3.1 and maximum of 5 MHz clock signal frequency. 

All the type approval and specification bulletins are available on EMVCo website

Go to our EMV Contact suite web page to find more information related to our EMV contact libraries. 

Feel free to contact your Alcinéo representative, or send a request to : info@alcineo.com.  

 

JCB contactless 1.4 certification starting in September

JCB has announced the specification update of their contactless kernel from 1.3 to 1.4 and issued a set of documentation and bulletins to prepare the kernel update (Including bulletin 007).

Starting next September, contactless terminal providers will have the ability to certify their readers against JCB v1.4 at accredited laboratories.

Both versions 1.3 and 1.4 will be accepted for type approval until sunset of version 1.3 in August 2020.

For further information on payment software and security solutions, do not hesitate to contact your Alcinéo representative or request information at : info@alcineo.com

EMV® Contact and Contactless Specifications

EMVCo has recently published new specification bulletins related to EMV® Level 2 contact kernel and Contactless Specifications for Payment Systems. 

SB220 defines the data that the level 2 kernel shall be capable of outputting to the acquirer system. Alcinéo CT2 solution supports the recommended data outputs listed in the bulletin. 

SB221 defines a new final outcome –Request Online PIN– that shall be instructed by the kernel to the POS application after online request during a low-value transaction with NO CVM. 

For further information, feel free to contact us 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.

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.