Discover Financial Services’ Pulse PIN-debit network has joined the card brand’s EMV migration timetable, establishing requirements for point-of-sale acquirers and processors to handle smart-card payments.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express have all released similar timelines for the U.S. shift to the EMV chip-card standard, which improves security over magnetic-stripe cards. Many other countries already handle EMV cards, also called chip-and-PIN cards for their common use with a PIN.

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