CardFlash News Briefs: BLUESNAP (execs); RS (contract); UL (InfoGard); and PAYSCOUT (deal).
CA-based InfoGard is now accredited by EMVCo to conduct Terminal Type Testing and will immediately begin offering Level 2 contact testing and pre-evaluation services. EMV pre-evaluation services include debug testing and compliance consulting. Additional EMVCo testing services are being planned to support its payment customers.
NY-based National Envelope Corporation has unveiled card sleeves and mailing envelopes to help shield contactless payment cards in transit. The new “Smart Card Guard” uses a thin protective metallic barrier that is incorporated into a specially produced, easy-to-print substrate. The new product was developed late last year and tested early this year by InfoGard Laboratories. The Company said the new product was developed in response to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The test of 20 smart cards showed encryption levels were not nearly strict enough to prevent easy interception of personal information. National Envelope manufactures approximately 50 billion envelopes a year via 21 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. A report released last week by Packaged Facts projects that total contactless credit and debit cards in the U.S. will reach 109 million by 2011 from the current 27 million. (CF Library 5/2/07)
Tidel Technologies’s “Encrypting PIN Pad” used in the Company’s “3000 Series” ATM products has been certified for VISA “PED”. Tidel Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of automated teller machines and cash security equipment designed for specialty retail marketers.
Symbol Technologies has introduced a “Windows CE .NET”-based payment transaction terminal that complies with “VISA PED” security requirements. The new “Symbol PD 8500” is a signature-capture and payment transaction system with an interactive color display. The product also includes industry resistive, passive pen technology. The “Symbol PD 8500” features on-board Ethernet and Wi-Fi capabilities for seamless integration into the retail enterprise network and central device management. Using the “Symbol Wireless Networker PC Card” through the PCMCIA slot, the payment terminal can wirelessly transmit transaction information and be connected to POS systems. The terminal has a 5.7-inch color VGA display that includes a pressure sensitive touch pad.