Equipment and software certification continues to be a major holdup when it comes to implementing EMV-chip card acceptance at the point of sale. Some providers say they have found a worthy work-around in the form of semi-integrated EMV systems.

Semi-integrated systems have specialized software that has already undergone the EMV certification process with each card brand. That means once developers implement this software, chip card terminals can be up and running much faster than with a full certification. In many other markets, semi-integration is the standard.

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