After the release of the Visa Contactless Transit Kernel Specifications (VCTKS) v1.1 in March 2020, (read previous post HERE), the new test plan v1.1a and Device Questionnaire & ICS are now available. Connect to Visa technology Partner website.
The new test plan applies for new submissions starting November 16th, whether the submitted terminal has been developed to VCTKS v1.0.2 or v1.1.
The devices that were authorised for testing prior to this date can be tested with v1.0.2 test plan.
Product providers should now develop their transit payment terminal with the dedicated and current kernel to ensure full compliancy with the current test plan.
For more information on the Visa transit kernel or other payment solutions for the transit open-loop system, contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest version of VCTKS (Visa Contactless Transit Kernel Specification) v 1.1 is now available.
We constantly work on the improvement of our embedded software payment suite against the latest requirements released by international payment standards.
VCTKS is the Visa contactless library designed to be implemented into terminals dedicated to smart fare collection in transit networks.
Terminal providers looking to integrate Visa to their transit terminals must submit the appropriate VCTKS kernel to functional testing session to ensure that the kernel supports particular features required to process contactless transactions in transit. Read more in our previous post dedicated to VCTKS
Contact your Alcineo representative to have further information at : email@example.com
More information on Visa Technology Partner website
Mastercard® has recently released the MCL v3.1.3 contactless reader specification, available for registered members on mastercardconnect.com.
Starting 1st June 2020, new contactless readers submitted to MCL level 2 type approval shall meet the latest MCL specification requirements.
The changes defined in this specification update are intended to speed up transaction time and improve performance.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to keep up-to-date and obtain the latest kernel updates for your payment projects.
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 : email@example.com.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com
Interac Flash v1.6 for all contactless terminals
A few months ago, Interac had released a specification update for the certification of payment terminals applicable in the transit sector only.
Interac has published earlier this month the relevant documentation such as ICS or product registration form in v1.6.
From now on, all type of contactless capable terminals submitted to type approval with Interac Flash shall integrate the IF Level 2 kernel version 1.6.
Feel free to contact us for further information at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 : email@example.com.
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.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org .