Gemalto NV’s consulting-services unit has became the first company to join MasterCard Worldwide’s M/Chip Accredited Third-Party program, the France-based chip maker announced this week. The accreditation enables Gemalto Consulting Services to help MasterCard clients with EMV chip-and-PIN and contactless technology.

MasterCard developed the program to expand its “ability to support customers in different regions,” Christian Delporte, the card brand’s head of chip engineering, said in an e-mail.

Accredited companies may offer technical support to MasterCard customers and help them understand the “definition and implementation of a chip project,” he said.

Gemalto completed the accreditation process by demonstrating it had the necessary “chip expertise and knowledge of MasterCard’s requirements to support its customers,” Delporte explained.

With the MasterCard accreditation, the digital-security company now may offer general guidance and technical support for both acquirers and issuers. This could include helping such organizations understand more about chip implementation by providing help with designing architecture, writing specifications, updating and installing host systems and smart card components, managing projects and supporting customers during their chip card rollouts.

“Our interest is to transfer as much knowledge to customers as possible because EMV and contactless technology are a kind of revolution in the payments industry,” Khaled Allab, Gemalto Consulting Services director, tells PaymentsSource. “By bringing customers the right information, they will really understand how and what to do when they implement and migrate to the chip or contactless technology.”

With customers knowing more about the technology, their implementations may take less time, he adds.

Gemalto Consulting Service bases its charges on the services needed and the level of involvement. The company is working with several financial institutions, including some in North America, but would not identify any by name.

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