Datacard Group Announces Software Upgrade Package for U.S. Card Issuers to Easily Become EMV® Compliant

New Technology Upgrade Leverages the Proven Datacard® Software and Offers Issuers an Easy Migration Path for Smart Card Programs

MINNETONKA, Minn.--()--Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced the availability of a software upgrade package that will help U.S. card issuers utilizing the Datacard® CardWizard® issuance software to easily migrate to EMV® compliant smart card programs.

Building on the strength of the CardWizard software as well as its Datacard® Affina® smart card software, the EMV technology upgrade package includes a phased approach, providing Datacard Group customers the ability to affordably integrate smart card personalization into their existing card issuing environments.

The first phase of the EMV technology package includes upgrading to the current CardWizard software server and key management software, as well as installing a hardware security module (HSM) provided by SafeNet, Inc, a global leader in data protection. The software upgrade along with SafeNet’s HSMs will help customers meet worldwide standards and requirements for EMV compliant card programs, as well as compliance with Visa® and MasterCard® security recommendations.

The second phase of the technology upgrade package includes onsite installation, a workshop that gives the introduction to EMV technology and an overview of the migration fundamentals, as well as the complete EMV technology script development and management.

“With the rapid issuance and acceptance of EMV compliant cards throughout the world, as well as Visa and MasterCard announcing their plans to accelerate EMV technology migration in the U.S., it is important for card issuers to be ready to offer this technology in their card portfolios,” said Ron Zanotti, vice president, financial instant issuance for Datacard Group. “Those that implement this EMV technology upgrade now will be in a prime position to offer EMV compliant cards when needed, thereby increasing cardholder service and satisfaction levels and easily meeting the industry’s 2015 compliance timeline.”

Currently, Datacard® solutions issue millions of smart cards everyday worldwide and the company has more than 300 EMV technology solutions implemented globally utilizing the Datacard Affina software platform. Datacard Group can also help educate and provide comprehensive consulting services on the technology.

Uniquely positioned in the market to help financial institutions design any card issuance program that fits their needs, Datacard Group offers a Secure Issuance Anywhere™ platform, which provides customers the flexibility to issue cards and credentials anytime, anywhere, with complete security. This integrated platform includes scalable and flexible hardware, software, supplies and global support–combining central issuance or instant issuance, as well as emerging NFC mobile issuance and EMV compliant programs into a single, integrated solution.

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About SafeNet, Inc.

Founded in 1983, SafeNet, Inc. is one of the largest information security companies in the world, and is trusted to protect the most sensitive data for market-leading organizations around the globe. SafeNet’s data-centric approach focuses on the protection of high value information throughout its lifecycle, from the data center to the cloud. More than 25,000 customers across commercial enterprises and government agencies trust SafeNet to protect and control access to sensitive data, manage risk, ensure compliance, and secure virtual and cloud environments.

About Datacard Group

Datacard Group is building on a 40-year heritage of innovation and customer success. Our portfolio of solutions, backed by expert service and support, enable card and secure ID programs for financial, government and other markets worldwide. With an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction, Datacard remains the industry’s leading brand of secure ID and card personalization solutions. For more information about Datacard Group, visit; subscribe to our blog; and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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Release Summary

Datacard Group today announced the availability of a software upgrade package that will help U.S. card issuers utilizing the CardWizard® issuance software to easily migrate to EMV® smart card programs


Datacard Group
Kristin Eckmann, +1 303-754-2047