The tool is available for purchase as an off-the-shelf product for in-house testing and is currently used by FIME as part of its EMVCo accredited laboratory offering to validate EMVCo Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (PICC).
EMVCo is the EMV® standards body collectively owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa. It accredits laboratories and qualifies test tools that in turn can deliver EMV product approval. This particular EMVCo contactless specification describes the minimum functionality required for operation and market interoperability of contactless payment cards.
“As an EMVCo accredited laboratory and test tool provider, FIME continually advances its test tools to ensure alignment with future technical requirements,” explains Vincent Poty, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at FIME. “The automation functionality of the tool significantly increases the speed and reliability of the test results. It also enables interested parties – such as contactless card manufacturers and near-field-communication (NFC) handset manufacturers – to independently use the test tool to ensure EMV alignment during their development activities.”
Commenting on the marketplace, Vincent adds: “There is a lot of activity taking place within the contactless payments ecosystem. As our role is to balance payment technology innovation with solutions that will inter-operate securely once live in the field, we are extremely dedicated to the development of evaluation and certification programmes; combining real-world implementation challenges with future technical ambitions. In addition to our status as an EMVCo laboratory, FIME has also achieved accredited laboratory status and qualified test tools from industry bodies such as GlobalPlatform, Isis and NFC Forum, to name a few. As contactless payments continue to gain traction, FIME recognises the stability and trust these vital compliance schemes bring to the industry.”