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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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Meet us in Amsterdam

Alcinéo is exhibiting at Intertraffic event held in Amsterdam

THE EVENT IS POSTPONED TO 23-26 March 2021

Are you involved in smart cities innovations ? Do you look for payment technology to drive the modernisation of transit fare collection systems?

Meet us at our stand in the Smart Mobility hall and discuss about new trends in urban mobility.

Alcinéo works with transport authorities and payment solution providers to build open-loop systems and fasten the integration of smart payments in the transit networks.

Sunset of Expresspay 3.1

Since the release of the updated American Express contactless kernel v4.0.2, terminal providers had the possibility to certify their product against either version. 

Count down has now started for payment solution providers to comply with Expresspay 4.0.2. No new certification will be allowed with the 3.1 version as of February 10th 2020.

Stay in touch for relevant information on certification updates and feel free to contact your Alcinéo representative for support with your smart payment project : info@alcineo.com 

Update to Discover’s contactless specification

Discover Financial Services have released new bulletins last summer – TAS 003 & TAS 004, to update their contactless specification.

New functional test cases related to these bulletins are integrated into the test plan v1.2, and will be applicable as of April 15th 2020.

The updates are related to Online PIN, transit transaction types and tokenization.

Payment terminal providers must implement the two bulletins mentioned above and should operate a pre-testing campaign accordingly, before submitting their product to DPAS contactless Terminal Type Approval. For more information, visit Discover website,

To stay informed of current specifications or test plan versions requested during Terminal Type Approvals feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com.

EMV® Contact Level 2 – test plan update

EMVCo has released all the documentation related to the update of EMV® Contact Level 2 test plan. Starting January 1st 2020, contact capable terminal providers can submit their devices to Contact Level 2 v4.3i type approval.

EMVCo has planned a migration period during which product providers can still submit their products to be certified against the 4.3h version :

  • ICS shall be registered and Official testing session in an accredited laboratory shall start before February 29th

  • Test report and Request For Approval shall be submitted to EMVCo at the latest on the 30th of May 2020

The Test Plan, Test Cases and ICS related to version 4.3i are available on EMVCo website.

If you need further information on payment specifications updates and certification processes, feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com

Visa Contactless ICS update

Last October, Visa Approval Services released a new version of the Device Questionnaire for Visa Contactless Approval which is available on Visa Technology Partners website.

Among changes, approval services have added :

  • new option to select EMV® 3.0 as a choice for EMV® Level 1 Contactless Communication Protocol in section 6 – EMV and Visa Specification Information
  • new accredited laboratories in the Test Laboratories section.

Terminal vendors submitting their products to Visa Contactless type approval must verify that they submit the latest version of ICS (Implementation Conformance Statement) for review to Visa Approval Services.

For more information on specifications or documentation up-to-date versions, feel free to contact us at : info@alcineo.com

Attend Trustech and learn more about SoftPOS

Come and join us at Trustech, held in Cannes from the 26th to 28th of November. Attend the 3-days event to catch up on digital payment innovations and security. 

Expand smartcard payments capabilities at lowest cost and with the fastest implementation leadtime. SoftPOS is the ideal solution, allowing merchants in any working environment to easily accept card payments using their own smartphone or tablet as a Point-Of-Sales terminal, without additional equipment. 

The SoftPOS application can be loaded through standard app store – convenient and reliable solution to start accepting digital payment. 

Meet us at our stand J009 to find out more about the functionalities of the solution and the security features required by international payment institutions. You can also request a meeting with our sales team for dedicated discussions around payment innovations and security. 

To contact our sales team, email us at : info@alcineo.com
 
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Activation of JCB 1.4 contactless

The activation of JCB 1.4 contactless Type Approval is effective since end of September 2019.
Terminal providers shall now submit their products to JCB contactless v1.4 certification process, using the related documentation : TA test program requirements 1.5 and JCB 1.4 Implementation Conformance Statement.
The sunset for accepting Type Approval requests for JCB v1.3 based terminal is end of March 2020, and end of March 2022 for renewal TA requests.
Contact your Alcinéo representative to obtain further information on JCB implementation and type approval process : info@alcineo.com

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SoftPOS & data protection

SoftPOS solutions must prove robust data protection to be adopted by merchants and consumers. Security on mobile devices is based on several approaches. 

Join us at Trustech (stand J 009) to grasp which security feature is the most reliable in the softPOS mode. 

Visit Trustech website and register online or contact us to obtain your free pass. 

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Convenience and security

Dedicated to small and micro-merchants, the SoftPOS solution allows payment solution providers to extend their smart payment acceptance offer. The principle of SoftPOS is to offer a lightweight, convenient and secure solution to merchants who cannot get equipped with traditional POS systems, or to complete existing POS systems for more mobility…

Check out the solution at Trustech

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