Siam City Bank switches to EMV with Giesecke & Devrient

Source: Giesecke & Devrient

For the migration of its banking cards to the EMV standard, Siam City Bank (SCIB), one of Thailand's largest financial institutions, selected a solution provided by local card company Chan Wanich Security Printing (CSP) in cooperation with international smart card technology company, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).

After working on a tight schedule, the first Visa and MasterCard EMV cards were issued to the bank's customers in early November. Key to the timely launch was the use of G&D's Universal Production Platform (UPP), a flexible EMV personalization solution supporting a wide selection of chip platforms and speedy customization to CSP's specific production environment.

"We made the decision exclusively for the complete package from G&D and CSP because we were very positive about the expertise of both smart card companies. G&D has already successfully carried out several timely EMV migration projects in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia and CSP has excellent local card production capabilities. Now, after the successful completion of the launch phase, we are pleased that our decision has been fully validated," said Virach Paisitsavet, Senior Vice President of Cards Operations Department of Siam City Bank.

Personalization with UPP
G&D's chip modules, based on G&D's card operating systems StarDC Master and StarDC Visa, are personalized at Chan Wanich on their machines, which run G&D's UPP software. UPP is designed for different EMV chip platforms to be used on different personalization equipment. That significantly reduces the need to adapt chip applications for different machines. UPP not only manages chip applications from the banking segment, but also others such as GSM or ID card applications if required. UPP is interfaced with key management and data generation systems, and with the different production and inspection machines.
"We were very well primed for the Siam City Bank order with the introduction of G&D's UPP solution, and the high level of openness of the software towards different machine types gives us the largest leeway possible for future EMV projects," commented Thanapol Kongboonma, Executive Vice President of Chan Wanich.

"We are pleased to have won and being realizing this project with our partner CSP. The close teamwork between the two companies enabled on-time delivery for SCIB's EMV launch, and we look forward to further joint projects in the future," confirmed Donald MacDonald, Managing Director of G&D Asia.

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