FIME has announced an official partnership with Russian plastic cards software provider, Pronit, to extend its migration and certification services to issuing and acquiring banks in the region.
The official relationship will enable Pronit to combine FIME's global portfolio of services across the contact and contactless EMV and mobile payments landscape with its regional knowledge and local language.
Pronit will offer on-the-ground FIME products and services across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Georgia and Ukraine. It will predominately target banks that need to comply with international payment system standards, such as MasterCard and Visa, to offer global, interoperable transactions through the delivery of FIME consulting, certification services and test tools. FIME on-site and off-site support for MasterCard terminal and card testing will also be provided.
"Russia and the surrounding area are reflective of global trends to offer customers a globally convenient and secure transaction environment," comments Mikael Berrebi, Business Director at FIME EMEA. "At the same time, banks are increasingly looking to integrate new and innovative payment solutions using contactless payments and mobile devices. To ensure these pioneering payment solutions offer seamless transactions, testing and certifications must be completed prior to market launch. Having these available locally saves time and money, which is vital when you are working to get products launched."
Yury Perlin, Deputy General Director of Pronit, adds: "We are delighted to partner with FIME across the local banking and payments community to bring customers the most advanced test tools and consulting services on the market. The partnership opens up new business opportunities for both FIME and Pronit as we benefit from one another's expertise and technical knowledge."
Mikael recognises that working with a leading partner such as Pronit will ensure services are tailored to the requirements of the local banking community.