Terminal manufacturers in India now have access to a local option for EMV certification. To that end, Fime has announced that it has opened the first EMV Level 1 contactless testing laboratory in the country, expanding on a program that already offers Level 2 and 3 testing.
The new lab is part of a national Make in India initiative, and will help facilitate the country’s transition to the EMV payment standard. Fime offers consulting services in addition to testing, and indicated that the new lab will help reduce costs for Indian manufacturers that are working to design and build next-generation contactless payment and transportation terminals.
“With Fime, Indian terminal manufacturers no longer need to travel overseas to obtain their EMVCo Level 1 contactless certification,” said Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra. “Fime has already supported a number of local payment and transport projects. This additional support comes at the right time, as the large-scale proliferation of NCMC and AFC Gates in our urban mobility ecosystem is driving demand for EMV terminals.”
“Our experts support every stage of business model and technical development to cut costs and timelines, and achieve successful certifications,” added Fime India and South Asia Managing Director Angaj Bhandari. “With our support, Indian vendors can address local requirements while thinking globally.”
In January, the FIDO Alliance accredited Fime to test components for its Biometric Component Certification Program. More recently, Visa accredited Fime’s San Jose lab to test payment terminals for Contactless Payment Specifications Level 2 certification.