MasterCard International and Gemplus announced a new global alliance aimed at providing quality support to MasterCard members in all stages of the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) migration process.
Gemplus is a charter member of the Chip Vendor Services Program (CVSP), an innovative program jointly launched by MasterCard and Europay earlier this year to develop a special pool of companies trained and experienced in providing chip implementation services for MasterCard and Europay chip products.
Mike Harris, senior vice president, MasterCard chip group, says, “We are extremely pleased with Gemplus’ commitment to the Chip Vendor Services Program and broad support of MasterCard’s chip initiatives. Gemplus’ global presence, combined with their experience and reputation in the industry, gives us confidence in their ability to develop solutions that will meet our members’ growing chip implementation needs.”
Gemplus’ range of capabilities in the area of smart cards is easily evidenced in the comprehensive portfolio of products and services it has developed to support members migrating to chip, including:
— Standard and customized smart card training geared toward promoting quick and advanced learning on smart card basics, EMV specifications, open operating systems, and security
— Consulting services, including the design of value-added services that will help enhance a member’s chip business case (e.g., mobile banking and mobile commerce services, loyalty functionality)
— Turn-key partial grade and full grade acquirer solutions, including POS upgrades, EMV terminal type approval solutions, and authorization and data capture server upgrades
— Project management services that ensure the quality and on-time delivery of EMV migration solutions
— A wide range of smart card products, including the MasterCard-branded chip payment applications , and a choice of applets (e.g., loyalty, secure access control, gsm)
— Personalization services that are adapted to a member’s number of cards, and their card and application profiles
The new global alliance between MasterCard and Gemplus covers the EMEA, Americas and ASPAC regions. “We are delighted to be the only large smart card manufacturer that has thus far received approval for the CVSP,” said Sami Baghdadi, head of Electronic Business Group at Gemplus. “Being a part of CVSP reinforces Gemplus’ credibility as a respected consulting company, and increases the added value it can bring to the banking industry. As a global company with regional and local presence in the Americas, EMEA and ASPAC, Gemplus is extremely well positioned to help MasterCard members in the large migration from magnetic stripe to chip-based technology through 2005.”
“Gemplus is actively setting up task forces and skill groups dedicated to MasterCard member banks for the next 4-5 years,” said Mounji Methlouthi, head of the Gemplus Consulting Group in EMEA region.
Gemplus S.C.A., ([www.gemplus.com]) is the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source Dataquest 1998). Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US648 million in 1998, Gemplus employs more than 4,300 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, 5 r&d centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay tv, electronic commerce, internet security, logical access control and information technology.