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FIME and Barnes' Joint Test Tool Updated to Test HCE and Tokenized Applications

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barnes International and FIME, today announce that their jointly-developed personalization validation tool (PVT) is now able to test Visa cloud-based mobile payment applications against Visa Cloud-based Payment Contactless Specification VC-BPCS v1.4. The tool from the advanced testing and consultancy providers confirms that issuers are personalizing the near field communication (NFC) host card emulation (HCE) applications correctly. Additionally, payment tokens are analyzed to ensure they are being processed in line with Visa and EMV requirements.

The ability to test cloud-based applications is an extension of the PVT's functionality which issuers, card manufacturers and personalization bureaus currently use to validate the personalization of their EMV® chip payment cards and secure element (SE) based payment devices. The tool guides users through the validation process, enabling quick and easy access to all of the personalization data required to analyze the applications and tokens. Existing customers need only to request a software update to gain access to additional features.

"This upgrade brings confidence to the testing of mobile cloud-based payments," comments Vincent Poty, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at FIME. "Tokens are used in EMV cloud-based payments to manage risks. The ability to test that this process is working properly is extremely important to issuers as they seek to offer increased security to their customers."

"This is an extension of the services and expertise that Barnes and FIME already offer," adds Brian Summerhayes, Managing Director at Barnes International. "One tool can now validate contact or contactless EMV chip cards and all form factors of SE, and any contactless payment device such as NFC fobs, wristbands and smartwatches. With many HCE trials and wider launches predicted for this year, this tool gives issuers a simple way to ensure their mobile application works properly before launching."

Contact FIME and Barnes to learn more.

About FIME

Read FIME's white paper on NFC security: https://www.fime.com/?/WhitePaper/view/1.

FIME is a trusted provider of consulting services, certification and tools. It enables customers to bring seamless card and mobile transactions services to market effectively and confidently using secure chip or cloud-based solutions.

Working with the payment, telecom, transit and identity sectors, FIME is an implementation services partner for customers using contact and contactless EMV, Near Field Communication (NFC), trusted service manager (TSM), trusted execution environment (TEE) and host card emulation (HCE) technologies. FIME supports customers from project initiation to completion by advising on technical requirements, consulting on industry regulations certification authority implementation and streamlining testing and certification activity.

With 12 offices around the world, serving more than 3,000 clients in 13 languages, FIME's customers benefit from a combination of global expertise and local knowledge through a single point of contact. FIME's dedicated team uses its expertise to create and actively contribute to the advancement and simplification of certification processes. Its service capacity also provides resource scalability to adapt to individual customer needs.

FIME currently has operations across America (Canada and the United States), Asia (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), Europe (France), India and the Middle East (Dubai).

FIME partners with leading payment schemes and industry bodies to provide consultancy and certification services for: American Express, Calypso Networks Association, China UnionPay, Discover, eftpos, EMVCo, EMV Migration Forum, First Data, Global Certification Forum (GCF), GlobalPlatform, GSMA, Interac, JCB, MasterCard, Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), NFC Forum, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Standard for Chip Card Specification (NSICC), OSCar Consortium, Softcard and Visa.

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About Barnes

Barnes International is the world leader in the development and supply of Chip Card Test Tools and Magnetic Stripe Analyzers. Barnes world class Test Tools enable the Manufacture and Issue of valid Magnetic stripe, Contact, Contactless, Dual Interface EMV Chip Cards and mobile payment applications, ensuring quicker approval by Payment Schemes and minimizing pre-issue costs. It's Test Tools for Laboratory, Manufacturing and Bureau include QC testing to ISO, EMV, Amex, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, CUP, Discover, and national schemes including eftpos, Interac, NETS, RuPay and SPAN as well as Global Platform and GSM specifications. Barnes also offers EMV Consultancy and Card Testing. With its test tools deployed with customers in over 85 countries Barnes is the global leader in card testing solutions. For further information on Barnes' products and services go to www.barnestest.com | Twitter | LinkedIn

CONTACT: Adrian Riley Montner Tech PR 203-226-9290 ariley@montner.com

Source: FIME America