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How to set a fully integrated Device Testing Environment ?

EMV payment terminal certification is a major step for POS manufacturers, before product deployment. Terminal Type Approval process allows to certify the smartcard acceptance products against the latest EMV technology specifications.

The DTE is a must-have tool that POS manufacturers must supply with the sample terminals during Type Approval sessions, to set the most appropriate testing environment. It must embed a range of functions required by the entities implied in the kernel approval process. EMVCo’s objective is to guarantee interoperability while laboratories that perform the tests will expect certain automated commands.

EMVCo’s requirements for contactless Level 1 testing process : 

Interoperability Testing Loopback Application. 

The loopback application generates responses (C-APDU) and send it to the card (in reply to R-APDU). The application shall request the terminal to generate specific indicators (beeps or lights) to indicate the status of the command (Error or Success).

POS manufacturers shall ensure that the DTE provided during EMV Contactless L1 type approval implements this loopback application.

Transaction Send Application.

The DTE must be able to send sets of commands of type A or type B card transaction to the device, after card activation. This mode allows automation of commands and the testing session is shortened, as it is not interrupted by RF communication issues.

In addition to the required functionalities, it is important to set up a tool that can be used by the POS manufacturer to operate some modifications during debug sessions on the hardware part of the device.

Set Registers Values

Although Alcinéo’s DTE L1 is a tool dedicated to the digital testing sessions, it embeds a functionality to allow our customers to set the value of specific RF chip registers during analogic testing session. Antenna tuning is facilitated, as the values set with the command are not permanent, and can be modified easily with a reset of the device.

Using Alcinéo DTE L1 during EMV Contactless Level 1 Type Approval testing sessions help our customers to optimize certification process, comply with international standards requirements, and customize their solution. POS manufacturers just stay focus on their objective, to product and deploy in a cost effective and timely manner, the next generation of payment terminals.

 

Choose Host Simulator for end-to-end transaction processing

Execute transaction processing effortlessly with Alcinéo’s Host Simulator tool. 

Host Simulator is a software tool which forms part of Alcinéo SDK. It has been developed to answer POS manufacturers’ expectations in terms of transaction processing verification. The tool is used to validate messages returned from the acquiring network in reply to an authorization request.

Figure - Authorization request

Payment terminal providers and integrators benefit from this bespoke solution to accelerate the development of their products. They can easily check that their payment application operates the expected behavior during transaction processing. 

The functional interface of the application has been designed  to customize messages according specific elements requested by payment schemes.

The simulated responses from aquiring/host servers (“approved” or “declined” – including issuer scripts when required) are sent to the terminal with specific ARC tags.

The software is regularly updated to be continuously in line with international payment standards current requirements.

The Host Simulator is a “must-have” tool to optimize terminal development cycle. In addition to Alcinéo DTE, it simulates a full environment and allows developers to seamlessly build functional and ready to be deployed solutions.

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