UK-based Aconite is looking to recruit partners and develop strategic relationships with banks and retailers in Ireland in the run up to the country's chip and PIN project, which is due to commence in spring 2004.
Aconite says there are 'significant opportunities' for its consulting and EMV and smart card solutions in the Irish market and sees the country as pivotal to its ongoing strategy of international expansion.
James Cronk, Aconite's director of sales and business development, says: "Making in roads into the Irish market is our key focus in the forthcoming months. We are in talks with a number of companies in the banking and retail sector and are looking forward to establishing significant alliances in these markets."
The vendor has already contracted with Ulster Bank, a participant in the Chip & PIN Ireland Project, for its EMV test tool, EMV Facilitator.
Aconite recently partnered with the UK's Link Interchange Network to deliver EMV certification processes for chip card acceptance.