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Deutsche Card Services GmbH, a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Bank AG, has expanded its card-acceptance service to cover domestic debit brands, a spokesperson for the processor and acquirer tells CardLine Global. The service applies primarily to stationary point-of-sale terminals in brick-and-mortar shops, the spokesperson says. Transactions included under the service include those made with Germany's "girocard" debit brand and the "GeldKarte" chip-enabled electronic purse consumers use for micropayments, the spokesperson says. Girocard transactions require PIN authorization, while GeldKarte transactions involve "money that is transferred from the account to the chip of the card … to pay small amounts in shops, at food dispensers or at parking ticket dispensers," the spokesperson says. The bank plans soon to expand the service to other Western European countries, but the spokesperson declines to detail the schedule. Deutsche Card already offers credit card acceptance.

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