A European EMV migration technology provider plans to make itself known to more U.S. payments companies.

Milan, Italy-based TAS Group says it will expand its Global EMV Competence Center concept and network with new offices in New York and Atlanta and provide more products and technical support in centers in Toronto, Madrid, Rome, Milan and Bologna.

The competence center concept operates with more than 180 EMV technical specialists and nearly 500 support employees available to help clients with the conversion from mag-stripe to smart cards. The EMV education services are available to TAS customers or the company's EMV Academy attendees.

"The strengthening of the Global EMV Competence Center and deployment of new EMV competence satellite support centers will help meet our U.S.customers' needs by providing 24-hour around the clock service and support locally," Olivier Sery, head of the TAS Group EMV Competence Center, states in a press release.

TAS provides product support with the e-Mission Data Preparation Platform and e-Online EMV software. More than 30 million EMV cards are processed through the global networks making up the competence center each year.

The demand for EMV and mobile technology in the U.S. and Latin America is fueling the expansion of the center's network, TAS says.

The competence center concept was originally established to help facilitate various EMV migrations taking place in Europe. Its physical satellite technical support centers are in Madrid, Rome and Brazil.

The TAS Group has resellers and technology partners, including the SCIL-EMV Academy, operating in the U.S. to help educate merchants and financial institutions about the various aspects of EMV migration.

"The ability of U.S. card issuers to maintain 'top of wallet' status with their customers will be dependent on the timeliness of new EMV chip-card systems and good access to the right talent and know-how to support these new systems," says Ennio Ponzetto, U.S. country manager for TAS Group, in a press release.

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