ACI Worldwide and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have entered an agreement to jointly deploy the technology required by banks to manage and run smart card schemes and migration programmes.
G&D will supply e-payment smart cards that operate on a number of platforms including Starcos, Multos and Java. ACI will provide the ACI Smart Chip Manager, an integrated software application that controls the lifecycle of smart cards and the applications that reside on them — including issuance and post-application loads in the field.
The combination of the products will provide the technology needed to issue and manage all types of smart cards, from single-application EMV and ID cards to extended multi-application card schemes, say the companies.
Christian Hirschvogel, partnership and alliance manager of G&D, says: "Whether migrating from magnetic stripe to chip cards, or launching an ID card program, our partnership with ACI gives us the ability to offer card issuers a high performance and very flexible system — one that is capable of issuing tens of thousands of cards a day and managing millions of cards."