TUV SUD Japan introduces EMVCo qualified test tools

Source: TUV SUD Japan

TUV SUD Japan has acquired the EMVCo qualified test tools for testing contactless terminals for compliance with "EMV Contactless Communication Protocol Specification v2.0".

Contactless smart cards have made a significant stride in our daily lives over the past years, mainly in the area of transport applications: Suica in Japan, Octopus in Hong Kong, Oyster in London, to name only a few. The introduction of contactless technology into the payment industry has progressed considerably in recent years, be it as contactless smart cards or embedded in devices such as mobile phones or key fobs. TUV SUD Japan is to lead the trend by introducing the relevant test services.

The new test tools allow for analog and digital testing of EMV readers, implementing both ISO 14443 Type A and Type B standards.

The digital testing aims for verifying the protocol and timing of the communication between reader and contactless IC card. The testing process is similar to the one of contact EMV Level 1 testing.

Analog testing stands for validating under various conditions the parameters of the terminal's RF field, like field strength, frequency and modulation. More than known from EMV Level 1 electrical testing, parameters are very sensitive, making it a challenge to both terminal developers as well as to testers.

As seen in the draft Level 1 Test Equipment Specifications on EMVCo's web site, EMVCo has developed special hardware and set-up needed for the testing process. This is the only way the test results are ensured to be the same and truly independent from the test laboratory.

After many years of EMV test experience for contact card terminals, and recognition by Visa Inc. for testing applications on both contact and contactless terminals, this step makes TUV SUD Japan terminal test services even more comprehensive. All functional test services for terminals are now available in one stop shop at TUV SUD Japan, rendering convenience and efficiency to your terminal approval activities.

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