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3C to support EMV-based car park payments in UK

08 June 2006  |  1702 views  |  0 Source: 3C Communications

3C Communications International S.A., the leading card payment processing company, is pleased to announce today its selection by Central Parking System, the world's largest parking company, Lloyds TSB Cardnet and Masterpark car parks for the introduction of the first UK certified EMV parking solution, i.e. chip and PIN authenticated car park payments.

The card transaction processing for both on and off-Street parking has received the Official EMV Certification from MasterCard and VISA.

For all the participants, it is a UK first in chip & PIN parking payments. Indeed, while Central Parking System is the first parking operator to achieve a chip & PIN implementation, Masterpark Car Parks in the City of Westminster are the first local authority off-street service to introduce a solution certified with the EMV security requirements. Lloyds TSB Cardnet also played a key role in this first UK EMV implementation, acting as the acquirer bank of the project; they have applied continuous cooperation and knowledge to get the EMV certification achieved for both on and off-street parking solutions. Supported by the Thales' and Zeag's technologies, the 3C International's solution has been the first to gain certification in the demanding unattended payment terminal environment for the parking market.

"Implementing chip and PIN to offer enhanced card payment services in Westminster's car park has been a huge achievement. The collaboration with 3C International has facilitated the whole process thanks to their deep knowledge in card technologies," says Andrew Marshall, Managing Director, Central Parking System.

"As a local authority, we had to be the first to introduce the required security payment system; that is why we have chosen 3C," adds Kevin Goad, Head of Parking, Westminster Council. "We are very proud to say this high security system for payment in parking will soon be up and running in the City of Westminster."

"No matter where you are, whether it's in a car park or in a shop, security is paramount. Together with 3C, Lloyds TSB Cardnet ensures transactions are processed according to the full EMV requirements. This is the only way to gain certification and help grow this new market," reports Kevin Coles, Head of Business Enterprise, Lloyds TSB Cardnet.

"Our partnership with Thales, Zeag and Hectronic is a successful project since it has led us to the most advanced solution for the parking industry in the UK. Being the first to get the EMV certification and the first to implement this solution both increases our expertise in card payment processing and reinforces our pole position on this market," claims Michael Balzer, CEO, 3C International.

3C International has enhanced its product functionality to be compliant with the latest EMV security requirements. 3C's card payment services are equally applicable for on and off-street parking.

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