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Entrust Datacard Announces New EMV Personalization Validation Software for Financial Institutions Utilizing Barnes Verification Technology

MINNETONKA, Minn.(Jan. 6, 2015)—Entrust Datacard today announced the availability of the Datacard® EMV Personalization Validation software that is designed to validate the chip of every EMV card issued on a Datacard® MX Series card issuance system.  Using Barnes International’s smart card verification technology; this inline automated process helps increase production efficiencies and increases peace of mind for financial institutions.

This new EMV Personalization Validation software complements the entire Datacard quality assurance portfolio – which includes the Datacard® MX Series Quality Assurance Module and the Datacard® Vision Verification Module.  This seamless integration of the software and modules with Barnes test scenarios gives financial organizations and card bureaus the ability to easily validate each card that passes through the MX Series Platform from beginning-to-end to confirm accuracy and quality.

“This is an important addition to our complete quality assurance portfolio, especially as EMV programs are growing and more financial organizations are adding smart cards to their card programs,” said Dan Good, vice president of central issuance and service product management for Entrust Datacard.  “It’s very important that we continue to offer our customers innovations that protect their overall investments, and this is another solution that does just that.  As EMV card issuance grows, having inline verification of all smart cards will create a more efficient process, improve the quality of cards that are issued, save time and money, and ultimately streamline operations.”

The EMV Personalization Validation software includes a combination of features that support both contact and contactless chips and seamlessly integrates with the Datacard® MX8100TM, MX6100TM and MX2100TM card issuance systems and existing Datacard® software applications.   In addition, this is one of the first inline integrations of smart card verification technology in a card personalization system today; it shares scenarios with existing stand-alone Barnes CPT 3000v3 tools to audit each chip.

Entrust Datacard invented secure, high-volume card personalization more than 40 years ago and helped make secure, high-volume issuance of credit and debit cards, health care IDs and government credentials possible. Today, there are more than 4,000 Datacard central issuance systems deployed globally producing financial cards and secure IDs.
For more information, please visit www.datacard.com.

About Entrust Datacard.
Consumers, citizens and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications. With more than 2,000 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world, and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.entrustdatacard.com.

About Barnes International.

Barnes is the chosen EMV and magnetic stripe test tool partner of Banks & Issuers, Card Manufacturers, Personalisation Bureaus, Test Laboratories and Payment Schemes worldwide.  Barnes Test Tools enable the Manufacture and Issue of valid Magnetic stripe, Contact and Contactless EMV Chip Cards, ensuring quicker approval by Payment Schemes and minimising pre-issue costs.  Its tools cover QC testing to ISO, EMV and all major payment schemes well as GlobalPlatform and mobile specifications.  With its test tools deployed with customers in over 85 countries worldwide Barnes is the global leader in card testing solutions as well as providing EMV consultancy and training.  For further information go to www.barnestest.com.