The card personalisation validation (CPV) test tool co-developed by Barnes and Fime has been qualified by MasterCard Worldwide to meet its latest CPV requirements version 6.2 (2013).
The test tool - which is available in four forms, Barnes CPT 3000v3 CPV module, Barnes CAT 3000v3 CPV module, Barnes CPT PRO Issuer FIME-CPV and PersevalPRO FIME-CPV - helps issuers to reduce product time to market by enabling pre-certification of MasterCard and MasterCard PayPass™ cards. Banks, card manufacturers and personalisation bureaus can purchase the tool to test a product's adherence to MasterCard standards prior to applying for the formal CPV service.
The test tool has been qualified by MasterCard after extensive qualification tests, which confirmed that the tool collectively incorporates the personalisation functionality and security requirements outlined by the payment system in June 2013. This includes support of M/Chip Advance version 1.1 and Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 version 1.0 products as well as specific CPV requirements for the United States market. The tool has also been enhanced to automatically perform tests on all card interfaces - magnetic stripe, contact and contactless - without manual intervention.
Christian Delporte, Head of Product Development, Global Chip and Contactless Solutions, comments: "We are pleased that partners such as Barnes and FIME continue to efficiently advance their test tools to meet evolving industry requirements and our latest specifications. Such tools allow market participants to undertake ongoing testing throughout the product development and effectively prepare the solution for final MasterCard CPV certification. This accelerates the launch of new products by eliminating costly and time consuming issues arising at the final certification stage."
FIME, an advanced secure-chip testing expert, will also use the updated tool in its official capacity as an accredited MasterCard service provider to generate the test results required for a product to achieve MasterCard CPV approval.
"We began our collaboration with Barnes in 2011 to combine expertiise and effectively meet the new requirements of MasterCard," explains Vincent Poty, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at FIME. "We are delighted that the joint work - which combines our knowledge of MasterCard CPV requirements and Barnes' experience of building MasterCard testing tools - continues to allow us to efficiently meet the needs of MasterCard and its stakeholders. As a MasterCard accredited service provider it is important that we not only offer the most comprehensive tools but bring these to market quickly for use by the marketplace."
Brian Summerhayes, Managing Director at Barnes International, a global leader in the development and supply of chip card test tools, adds: "We are delighted to continue our partnership with MasterCard and FIME to advance the MasterCard CPV tool. Existing and new Barnes customers can use a combination of the CPT 3000v3 CPV module or CPT PRO Issuer, combined with FIME-CPV to pre-validate cards to the latest MasterCard Specifications. As the tool is used by an accredited MasterCard laboratory, developers can be confident that their product will successfully achieve MasterCard CPV certification without delay."