Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and FIME, a secure-chip consulting and testing provider, today announced the availability of test systems based on the EMV(r) Contactless Level 1 Specification for mobile payments.
The test systems enable users to validate that a contactless payment card or mobile device achieves the required functionality and will perform as specified by EMV industry standards. This initial release is now available to purchase as an off-the-shelf product for in-house testing.
“We’re excited about the addition of FIME’s EMV RF test capabilities to the Agilent T3111S Conformance Test System,” said Joe DePond, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Operation. “Our ongoing work with FIME enables us to bring our measurement technologies into the global mobile payment marketplace.”
“This is a major step in the partnership recently announced by FIME and Agilent,” said Pascal Le Ray, general manager of FIME. “We are delighted to bring these state-of-the-art test systems to market to complement our portfolio of EMV contact, contactless and mobile certification tools, laboratory services and consulting expertise.”
The joint FIME and Agilent PICC test systems, covering both analog RF and digital protocol, are built on Agilent’s T3111S NFC Conformance Test System. The test benches are based on EMV version 2.3.1 test plans for pre-certification test and device evaluation. Qualification of the Agilent tool by EMVCo is in progress.
The addition of FIME’s EMV L1 Analog RF and Agilent’s EMV L1 Digital Protocol test suites expand the Agilent T3111S test system’s already impressive capabilities. Built on the Agilent T1141A NFC Test Set, the system is available with test suites covering NFC Forum Analog RF, Digital Protocol, LLCP and SNEP1, together with ISO 14443/18092 (proximity) and ISO 15693/18000-3 (vicinity) coverage. The test system now offers support for the FIME robots in addition to the Agilent T1142A Automatic Positioning Robot.
For FIME, the incorporation of EMV L1 analog RF test with Agilent’s T3111S Test System brings extended hardware support and features to FIME’s industry-leading EMV test products, lab services and consulting.
FIME is a trusted consultant and advanced end-to-end testing services provider within the payment, mobile telecom, e-ID and transit sectors. Its work ensures the successful and efficient market integration of products and solutions which use secure chips. Its wealth of testing knowledge and skills accelerates product time to market and promotes security, interoperability and confidence that products will deliver optimum performance once launched.
FIME has extensive EMV testing expertise working with banks, technology providers and authorities to develop the testing frameworks for international and domestic EMV-compliant payment schemes. FIME partners with leading payment schemes and industry bodies to provide certifications and enhance the secure-chip ecosystem: American Express, Discover, eftpos, EMVCo, EMV Migration Forum, First Data, GCF, GlobalPlatform, GSMA, Interac, Isis, JCB, MasterCard, Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), NFC Forum, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Standard for Chip Card Specification (NSICC), OSCar Consortium and Visa. www.fime.com | Twitter | LinkedIn
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies, Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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