8/15/2005 - JCB, a leading international payment brand, is pleased to announce that FIME S.A., an expert and leader in testing IC technologies, and its Asian branch, FEIMA, based in Taiwan, now support JCB J/Smart(TM) interoperability testing between cards and terminals. J/Smart is JCB's own credit application for smart cards compliant with EMV. Interoperability testing is performed at this new testing environment with EMV compliant terminals, and significantly contributes to smoother deployment and future implementations of J/Smart cards.
FIME and FEIMA have a terminal platform that represents about 60% of the EMV terminals now in the field, which is regularly updated with new terminal models.
"We are very happy to partner with FIME and FEIMA, among the world's leading testing service providers, to facilitate the interaoperability testing that makes sure that new J/Smart cards actually work at the same terminals as deployed in the field", said Mr. Arata Matsutani, Senior Vice President, Chip Card Issuance, Advanced Technologies, JCB. "In chip card implementation where interoperability is an important issue, reducing the risk of any potential problems is an indispensable step in producing new cards", he added.
JCB is actively participating in the on-going EMV migration in the global market, and has upgraded the J/Smart certification process to further acceptance of J/Smart cards around the world. In addition, JCB last year acquired one-third ownership of EMVCo in order to maintain the EMV specification standards for international interoperability of smart card payment systems. As EMV standards spread in global markets, JCB's 350 existing business partners will be joined by increasing numbers of new acquirers in accepting the JCB smart card.
FIME, founded in 1962, is an independent service company and has leading test centres based in Caen (France) and Taipei (Taiwan), specialising in certification tests for cards and terminals (ISO 7816, EMV, ISO 14443). These ISO17025 certified laboratories operate mainly in the electronic payment system, transport, identity and health sectors. The FIME/FEIMA laboratories, leaders in EMV tests, are today notably accredited by MasterCard International, Visa International and Syndicat des Transports d'Ile de France (STIF).
JCB is an international credit card brand and the largest card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding overseas in 1981. Its merchant network includes 12.4 million merchants and spans 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 19 countries and territories, with 55.14 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with more than 350 leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. JCB's corporate philosophy of "Service from the heart", a commitment to responsive and high-quality service, continues to guide it as it creates the future together with its customers, merchants and partners. For further information, please visit the JCB Co. Ltd. home page at: www.jcb-global.com/english or www.jcbcorporate.com/english.
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