HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paragon Application Systems (Paragon), a leading independent testing services provider, today announced a strategic alliance with U.K.-based ICC Solutions, a recognized global leader in provision of qualified EMV test tools and services. The partnership addresses the need for ATMs and fuel pump terminals to navigate their respective EMV liability shift deadlines with proper testing and compliance procedures.
Paragon’s modern testing platform, which supports automated, virtual, continuous testing and comprehensive ATM/POS testing, now integrates with ICC Solutions’ best-of-breed EMV test tools. These tools perform advanced, end-to-end EMV chip terminal integration tests for the gamut of payment brand accreditations and acquirer certifications. Collectively, ICC Solutions and Paragon provide support for every stage of EMV compliance and testing of any EMV device. By combining Paragon’s platform with ICC’s products, organizations can lower the overhead associated with achieving and maintaining EMV compliance.
“Fraudsters have declared an open season on terminals that have yet to achieve EMV compliance, making the demand for a quick and successful transformation more important than ever before,” said Jim Perry, CEO of Paragon. “Even though the deadline for the EMV liability shift at fuel pumps has been delayed, the time to act is now in order to ensure full compliance. Terminals that are not in compliance become soft targets for criminals expert in exploiting such weaknesses. Our partnership with ICC Solutions will help our clients to better manage this cumbersome process and consequently protect themselves from potentially devastating chargebacks and reputational damage.”
Under any circumstances achieving and maintaining EMV compliance is a complex undertaking, requiring the coordination of multiple hardware and software vendors. The process is often made unnecessarily difficult and complicated when organizations use legacy testing tools that are not up to the challenge. The partnership between Paragon and ICC Solutions helps to alleviate these pain points by joining the forces of two internationally recognized industry leaders to provide the market with solutions that streamline EMV implementations.
According to Derek Ross, head of sales and business development at ICC Solutions, “EMV implementation and testing can be a stressful and time consuming project for all parties involved – especially if conversion and testing tools aren’t up to par. By joining forces with Paragon, our end-to-end EMV solutions enable extremely efficient and cost effective test campaigns, easing the burden experienced with legacy test tools, freeing testers from repetitive, manual tasks and allowing them to instead focus on higher value, more strategic initiatives. With our collaboration, organizations can meet EMV compliance of any EMV device without compromising efficiency.”
Paragon Application Systems is the leading independent provider of simulation, configuration, certification and end-to-end testing solutions for the financial services industry. Paragon has enabled more than 600 financial institutions, major interchanges, software providers and payment networks across 90 countries to improve their quality and reduce time to market. The company’s software and services empower financial services organizations to deliver the services consumers need when they need them. Visit www.paragonedge.com for more information.
About ICC Solutions
Established in 1996, ICC Solutions Limited is an independent company headquartered in Cheshire, UK. It is a global leader in the provision of EMV test tools and services, offering the complete set of qualified test suites for payment brand accreditation of contact and contactless EMV terminals.
The tools are used worldwide enabling development, quality assurance and regression testing in addition to formal merchant certifications.
Investing in R&D, ICC Solutions developed an innovative and highly efficient closed-loop solution designed to simplify the EMV enablement, testing and validation process. This solution places our clients in full control of their EMV certification activities.