CreditCall, an “EMV – Chip and PIN” software specialist,
announced that its software is to be deployed in handheld and cashier
ticketing terminals across the UK rail network through a major deal with
SchlumbergerSema, the information technology business segment of
Schlumberger Limited. CreditCall’s EMV software Kernel has been deployed by
SchlumbergerSema in order to make the Tribute and AVANTIX Mobile
ticketing terminals EMV compliant – a requirement for all card payment
terminals to accept Chip and PIN transactions by 2005. The SchlumbergerSema
terminals are expected to be Chip and Pin enabled by Autumn 2004.
Once the project is completed, rail travellers will be able to pay for
tickets using their new PIN capable credit/debit cards. These are now being
issued across the UK card base to combat fraud, by making the process of
cashless payment with stolen or skimmed cards virtually impossible.
SchlumbergerSema, as the leading provider of IT solutions to the UK rail
industry, supplies ticketing infrastructure used in stations and call
centers, as well as AVANTIXTM Mobile, the handheld ticketing machines used
by train managers. CreditCall was chosen for this major project because it
demonstrated that its superior technology based on a Microsoft COM
architecture could be applied to both the handheld Windows CE based systems
used on the trains as well as the Windows NT based systems used in the
stations. When combined with with CreditCalls’ consultancy expertise and
the low maintenance costs of the solution, this proved to be the winning
SchlumbergerSema has deployed CreditCall’s ‘pre-built’ EMV Toolkit, which
consists of two core products: EmvX and EMV.LIB. The product being used by
SchlumbergerSema, EmvX, provides devices based on the Windows platform (95,
98, 2000, XP, NT as well as CE) with a simple method of adding the EMV
functionality necessary to allow an existing system to become compliant.
Since it uses an architecture that is native to the Windows platform it is
faster and more reliable than solutions based on interpreted languages such
as Java. EMV.LIB is a portable version of the EMV Kernel designed for use in
proprietary embedded systems where memory footprint and CPU usage are
This news follows CreditCall’s identification that many terminal
manufacturers’ in-house technical development teams are struggling to cope
with the time pressures of delivering EMV certification in 2004. These teams
are taking sometimes as long as months or even years in their efforts to
develop in-house solutions to convert ATMs, EPOS units, kiosks and other
stand-alone Windows-based terminals, to handle EMV transactions.
Dominic Arcari, director for transport at SchlumbergerSema said: “Working in
partnership with the Rail Industry, we strive to develop new, innovative
solutions that enable them to provide improved services to customers and
increase efficiencies. . In order to meet the EMV certification standards
set for all terminal operators, we have chosen to work with CreditCall to
ensure ease of deployment, cost effectiveness and quality of consultancy.”
Nick McGarvey, Managing Director of CreditCall, said: “Developers across all
industries, not only in the rail sector, are rapidly running out of time to
convert the tens of thousands of point of sale and handheld terminals that
are only equipped to deal with magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards. The
key date is 1st January 2005 when merchants accepting credit/debit cards and
not complying with the new EMV standard, will become liable for any
fraudulent transactions conducted through their systems. Keen to mitigate
risk in working towards this liability shift, SchlumbergerSema and
CreditCall are underlining the benefits of deploying a pre-built solution.
This is why there is such a demand in the marketplace for a simple EMV
Toolkit that enables companies to build in the required functionality
quickly and easily and at the lowest possible cost.”
About CreditCall Communications Ltd.
CreditCall is a specialist cashless payment solutions provider, with global
recognition in the UK, The Americas, Mainland Europe and the Far East.
CreditCall develops diverse applications including card-based telephony
solutions, Pay & Display car parking, Vending, Ticketing and Pay TV.
CreditCall invests heavily in research and development and provides payment
services facilities, which will allow any virtually any machine, device or
terminal to be enabled to accept credit or debit card, as well as certified
EMV software licenses and consultancy for the emerging chip-based EMV cards.
For more information about CreditCall products and services visit the
company’s website at: www.emvx.co.uk
Schlumberger is a global oilfield and information services company with
major activity in the energy industry. The company employs 78,000 people of
more than 140 nationalities working in 100 countries and comprises three
primary business segments. Schlumberger Oilfield Services is the world’s
premier oilfield services company supplying a wide range of technology
services and solutions to the international oil and gas industry.
WesternGeco, jointly owned with Baker Hughes, is the world’s largest and
most advanced surface seismic company. SchlumbergerSema is a leading
supplier of IT consulting, systems integration, and network and
infrastructure services to the energy industry,as well as to the public
sector, telecommunications and finance markets. In 2002, Schlumberger
operating revenue was $13.2 billion. For more information, visit www.slb.com
Atos Origin announced in September last year that it has signed an agreement
to acquire the core IT services activities of SchlumbergerSema from
Schlumberger. The agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to
be completed no later than January 2004. For more information,