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EMVCo has approved the EMVCo Electrical Terminal Test Solution of the German test equipment manufacturer COMPRION. The solution is operated on the UT³ Platform terminal test tool. Swantje Missfeldt, Product Manager for EMVCo products at COMPRION explains, “As COMPRION is the only supplier of a qualified test tool, all test labs offering Terminal Type Approval for Contact Level 1 Electrical tests need the new solution and the corresponding accreditation from EMVCo.”
With the EMVCo November 2015 release, all new payment terminals that accept credit cards are required to be tested according to a revised version of the test specification. This is a result of introducing a second supply voltage level for EMV credit cards: 3 V in addition to the existing 5 V. The shift has to be completed by the end of 2015. It is also driven by the increasing use of mPOS (mobile point-of-sale) solutions as the 3 V mode saves battery power. The new EMVCo specification contains revised 5 V test cases and completely new 3 V test cases. Missfeldt states, “This shall ensure that the communication between terminal and card works correctly and that both players do not interfere or damage each other during transactions.”
The EMVCo Electrical Terminal Test Solution running on UT³ Platform replaces COMPRION’s previous solution IT³ EMV for 5 V tests. “The new system is significantly faster and test cases run automatically. This speeds up testing by approximately 50 percent. Now, it usually takes no longer than 30 minutes to execute the 104 test scenarios,” Missfeldt promises. The UT³ Platform can also be used for other conformance tests such as NFC Forum and GCF/PTCRB. Thus, many test laboratories have the UT³ Platform already in use and only need to add the EMVCo package.
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