SchlumbergerSema, a business segment of
Schlumberger Limited, announced that it has been selected by HSBC Bank
plc as the key smart card supplier for its EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa)
migration program. SchlumbergerSema will now handle the Bank’s UK Visa card
supply chain, with a view to identifying additional worldwide opportunities.
In the UK, SchlumbergerSema will deliver an end-to-end service from secure
manufacturing through personalization and fulfillment. Globally, it will
continue to provide card manufacturing and additional services to meet
specific local HSBC requirements.
The choice of a smart card supplier is key to the success of any bank’s
migration from magnetic stripe to EMV compatible smart payment cards. For
banks focusing on their core business in the global arena, worldwide
implementation of consistent design and technical standards is paramount, as
are simple and effective lines of communication.
“As a bank at the forefront of EMV migration, we need a partner who can
deliver first class service and manufacturing, and SchlumbergerSema does
exactly that,” commented Bill Barritt, senior manager, Supplied Services at
“EMV migration is a major step for our partners in the banking community,”
said Tony Ball, vice-president, e-Transaction Cards, EMEA at
SchlumbergerSema. “We can ensure a highly secure card supply, as well as
leverage our business expertise across consulting, systems integration and
back-office servers to support banks’ global activities. HSBC’s selection
of SchlumbergerSema confirms the value of our banking technology expertise
and end-to-end competence.”
HSBC Bank plc is one of the UK’s principal clearing banks with more than
1,700 branches across the country. SchlumbergerSema is providing a complete
end-to-end solution for HSBC, spanning traditional magnetic stripe cards as
well as the new generation smart Visa cards, which are expected to make up
some 80% of the output. HSBC generates the personalization files, and
SchlumbergerSema handles the complete downstream processes at its Fareham
facility — from plastic card production, printing and embossing, magnetic
stripe and chip personalization to linking the cards with personalized
letters to be sent directly to each of the bank’s customers. This
technically and logistically complex process takes place within the highest
levels of security.
The Fareham personalization facility is the core of the SchlumbergerSema UK
payment card infrastructure, complemented by London-based project teams, as
well as software development and R&D teams in Ferndown, Dorset.
Drawing on more than 20 years experience in pioneering smart card innovation
and leadership in Java( technology, SchlumbergerSema has sold more than 2.5
billion smart cards to date, including over 500 million cards in 2001 alone.
SchlumbergerSema offers a wide range of business solutions and products to
improve the competitive advantage of financial institutions from its strong
customer track record.
SchlumbergerSema is a leading information technology services company
providing consulting, systems integration, managed services and products to
the telecommunications, energy and utilities, finance, transport and public
sector markets. With more than 30,000 employees serving customers in 65
countries, SchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger
Limited, a global technology services company. For more information about
SchlumbergerSema, visit http://www.slb.com.
HSBC Holdings plc
HSBC Bank plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. With more
than 6,500 offices in 78 countries and territories and assets of US$692
billion at 30 June 2001, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest
banking and financial services organizations.