Integri to offer chip-related migration services to MasterCard customers
Brussels, Belgium, 1 September 2009 – Integri, a Clear2Pay company and leading provider of test tools and expertise, announces today that it has been accredited by MasterCard to offer professional services to support their customers with their EMV chip migration.
Integri is now officially accredited to provide technical guidance to international MasterCard customers during the preparation phase of their EMV projects. This includes support and planning of chip implementation projects in addition to providing information on impacts and processes. Building on more than 17 years of expertise in payment and testing, Integri has a unique knowledge of chip technologies and is able to rapidly set-up a fitting service program to support MasterCard customers across the world and advance their growth. Only a select number of companies will be accredited over the following years to supply similar services.
The global migration to the EMV standard is rolling out at full speed but is far from being complete. Many banks however do not have the means or the aspiration to develop extensive chip expertise. With this program, MasterCard answers a genuine need in the market to supply financial institutions with the necessary support and expertise for the implementation of their EMV projects.
“We are very enthusiastic about this program as it allows us to share our smart card expertise and to add value to MasterCard customers’ EMV projects.” said Jan De Meester, CEO at Integri. He adds “Integri values its long history with MasterCard and is the sole supplier of the Authorization Simulator that MasterCard customers utilise to test their connection to the payment network. Our company possesses an extensive knowledge of the end-to-end card payment chain in addition to the strong understanding of the MasterCard products and it therefore goes without saying that we would be one of the first to market”
Christian Delporte, Head of Chip Engineering for MasterCard commented “It is crucial for us to ensure that our customers are supported by third-parties who have full knowledge of MasterCard requirements and processes. Integri has both cutting edge payment solutions and vast experience in managing large international payment projects. Moreover, the people from their Expert Centre, a specialized card payment knowledge department, successfully passed the most stringent training requirements that are mandatory for accreditation. MasterCard will inform its customers about the accredited companies via the MasterCard OnLine™ website.”
Integri is a wholly owned, autonomous business unit of Clear2Pay, an international financial technology company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure, payments technology, systems and consultancy. Clear2Pay operates from 14 international offices and currently employs over 400 staff.
Integri specialises in test tools and expertise for payment, ticketing and mobile applications. The company offers a number of dedicated platforms for specific applications, each with a number of Off-the-Shelf Test Suites. These test suites are fully prepared solutions that include simulation and test scripts and are based on international open standards. Integri’s expert centre assists companies worldwide with professional services within the various areas of the payment industry. Integri employs 45 staff, has +150 customers and sold +3000 licenses in 35 countries since its inception in 1992. The company is located in Belgium and France. Integri’s clients are mainly financial institutions, smartcard manufacturers, terminal manufacturers, ticketing operators, mobile operators and system integrators active in e- or m-business.
About MasterCard Worldwide
MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 21 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to www.mastercard.com.