Bell ID signs BancABC to smart card management software

Source: Bell ID

Today Bell ID announced that it will be providing its smart card management software to the newly established retail division bank of BancABC to secure, manage and personalise its Visa EMV cards in all five sub-Saharan operating countries.

With the implementation of ANDiS4EMV, Bell ID's leading software solution for smart card management in the financial sector, BancABC benefits from a system that covers all processes and security for the worldwide issuance of EMV banking smart cards. The system will be implemented at the Bank's data centre in Sandton, Johannesburg in South Africa and will serve the bank's operations throughout Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Bell ID's ANDiS4EMV solution comprises of a fully web-based multi-application card management and key management system with on-board EMV data preparation. The flexibility of the GlobalPlatform compliant system allows configurations for multiple card issuers with different card application and chip technology requirements. Due to the system's scalability it is a suitable solution for banks that issue many millions of smart cards.

BancABC - that is listed in both Botswana and Zimbabwe - will initially use ANDiS4EMV to perform central issuance of Visa EMV credit, debit and prepaid cards for all the five operating countries using South African personalisation bureaux. For subsequent phases, the flexible ANDiS Instant Issuance solution offers the capability of distributing personalisation services across various locations in the regions, depending on the changing and increasing demands for its card products. Further options include the issuance of multi-application cards, post-issuance personalisation i.e. loading of added value card applications, NFC payments and dynamic EMV risk management on cards (EMV scripting).

Doug Munatsi, CEO of BancABC, commented: "As an innovative and newly established retail bank, BancABC is one of the first movers towards EMV cards in our operating countries from both an issuing as well as an acquiring perspective. Smart card technology offers a variety of features for our customers - both corporates as well as individuals. After an in-depth evaluation of available systems, we selected Bell ID's ANDiS system as it provides us with all the features required for our overall payment strategy - for now as well as for the future. BancABC is therefore delighted to work with Bell ID and its smart card- and NFC management solutions."

Erik Wellen, General Manager Middle East at Bell ID, stated: "We are very pleased with this contract as it brings two innovative companies together - from the start of the initial discussions it was clear to see that this was a perfect fit. This win will not only reinforce Bell ID's position as the leading provider of EMV card management solutions, but will also strengthen our position in the African market - especially in the sub-Saharan region. The flexibility of our solutions and of our professional services teams will help regional banks to tackle typical African challenges when it comes to payment and financial transactions in this region."

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