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FIME First To Receive EMVCo Qualification For Contactless Terminal RF Test Tool

EMV terminal & mPOS manufacturers can use the qualified tool to validate proximity coupling device (PCD) analogue functionality.

FIME’s EMV® RF test tool, which incorporates Keysight Technologies’ Contactless Test System, is the first to achieve EMVCo qualification to perform Level 1 PCD analogue testing on contactless terminals. The tool confirms that the communication between the terminal and a contactless card, or near field communication (NFC)-enabled smartphone, is in line with EMVCo’s EMV Specification 2.3 requirements. Contactless terminal and mobile point of sale (mPOS) manufacturers can use the tool to speed up their EMV Level 1 analogue approval process.

The test tool is used by manufacturers throughout the development cycle to ensure their hardware aligns with the EMV specifications. This helps them save time and money by mitigating the risk of failure during the final certification stage. FIME will use the qualified tool to perform certification services in all of its international EMVCo-accredited laboratories.

The tool is fully automated, using an automatic positioning robot, to further reduce the timescale of certification projects. FIME’s team of experts provide tailored support services and training on the use of the RF test tool, and on the EMVCo specifications, to ensure a smooth and successful approval process for contactless terminals.

“Manufacturers need to certify their products prior to launch,” comments Pascal le Ray, CEO of FIME. “We’re here to make sure that they can get the approval they need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our partnership with Keysight Technologies has enabled us to be the first to support the market with qualified Level 1 PCD analogue testing. This functionality is more important than ever as contactless rolls out worldwide, mPOS innovation continues and solutions like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay become more widespread.”

FIME, in collaboration with its partners, also provides digital test solutions and services for EMV PCD, comprehensive analogue and digital approval solutions and services for EMVCo Level 1 Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (PICC) and mobile devices, in addition to ISO 14443 and 10373-6. For NFC Forum specifications, the partners offer analogue, digital, logical link control protocol (LLCP) and simple NDEF (NFC data exchange format) exchange protocol (SNEP) testing, services and tools.

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