First Data electronic commerce and payment processing achieved Discover qualification of the First Data Trusted Service Management (TSM) solution for its readiness in supporting commercial launches of mobile contactless payment programs. With this, First Data can support financial institutions in the deployment of NFC services on mobile devices. First Data built its TSM solution as a managed service model that allows account issuers such as financial institutions to integrate once with a single interface for access to major NFC-enabled mobile wallets.
The first EMV contactless transaction in Europe according to Swiss technology standards and rules took place March 29th, using OTI’s “Saturn 6000” and Hypercom’s “T2100.” The transaction took less than 0.5 seconds. The transaction was initiated by MasterCard Europe and the Swiss Bank Aduno Group, in collaboration with a McDonald’s restaurant, in Stadelhofen, Zurich. The market launch of contactless card payment technology in Switzerland is projected to commence this year, following pilots in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano. The “Saturn 6000” supports “VISA Contactless,” AmEx’s “ExpressPay,” Discover’s “Zip” as well as programs for mass transit ticketing, MIFARE, loyalty, and third party applications. The “Optimum T2100” is a high-speed countertop terminal based on a 32-bit RISC processor with 12 megabytes of memory and dial communication.