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TAS Group and SCIL announce partnership to support the US Card industry in EMV migration

The partnership will leverage TAS Group EMV applications and experience and SCIL’s strong market presence and expertise to ensure US customers achieve rapid and effective EMV migration

Rome, Italy, and New York, USA, 10 April 2012 - TAS Group, a leader in providing applications for EMV transaction acquiring and authorisation and EMV data preparation, announced a partnership with SCIL, the US-based expert EMV payments consultancy and solutions provider to bundle global applications and local capabilities in order to support a wide range of businesses undertaking EMV migration in the United States.

The imminent migration of the US market, already underway, will enable significant opportunities for global interoperability, fraud reduction, NFC (Near Field Communications) and mobile synergy. TAS and SCIL together will ensure that their customers’ can seize the opportunities presented by EMV, providing the right approach and profiting from experience gained in many projects implemented to enable full chip processing capabilities.

The new alliance will allow issuers, acquirers, merchants and processors engaged in EMV projects to benefit from proven technological and business know-how. The joint offering will be focused on EMV data preparation and personalization, transaction acquiring and authorisation, as well as Card Not Present (CNP) transaction security (i.e. 3D Secure). Highly qualified Professional services will complete the proposition, including training, consulting and strategic planning.

“Migrating from a magnetic-stripe system to the new EMV standard can be a demanding task. We know how to make it easier, faster and safer having supported more than 30 customers in 6 countries in successful implementations”, commented Mario Mendia, TAS Group’s Director responsible for US Operations. “By joining forces with a reliable partner like SCIL, we will provide the best of our EMV expertise to US card industry players, supporting them in completing their migrations with reduced costs, lesser impact and shorter time-to-market.”

Mansour A. Karimzadeh, Managing Director of SCIL, added “We are very pleased to team with TAS and introduce market leading EMV solutions from a trusted partner with a solid reputation within the payment industry into the US. By combining the TAS proposition with our local market knowledge and EMV proficiency, we will enable customers to take the opportunities arising from full grade implementation and value added developments, such as contactless, multi-application and prepaid cards, secure authentication and innovative delivery channels (web and mobile).”

SCIL has already started delivering EMV workshops and training in the US and Canada, participants will now also be able to benefit from the additional experience emerging from many migration projects successfully realized since 2002 and many millions of cards currently being managed. The new partnership is committed to help customers achieve EMV migration and compliance effectively and efficiently, providing them with the best in class EMV applications, consulting and training.