EMV L1 Contact Card Protocol

EMV L1 contact card protocol performs ATR, T=0, T=1, block management tests on contact smart cards to ensure their conformanceCard Protocol Test Tool checks the with...
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Use Cases


This EMV test tool will typically be used in the following context :
  • debug of contact smartcards, before official type approval
  • type approval of contact smart cards

What is EMV L1 Contact Card Protocol ?

Our EMV L1 Contact Card Protocol test tool allows to perform all protocol test cases defined in the EMV L1 test specifications. It therefore performs pre-certification before submitting a smart card to an EMVCo laboratory for type approval. This solution is an EMVCo certified test tool. It isdeployed in the majority of EMVCo test houses all around the world.
EMVCo has published a reference document of test cases allowing to ensure the compliance with their standards. It also garantees general interoperability between contact smartcards and readers, in the business context of payment.
The software Interface we propose is the only true versatile software. It enables the performance of Level 1 test cases in a totally automated manner.
This tool completely implements the test cases defined inside the EMV 4.3a version (electrical and protocol).
The main features of this test tool are:
  • total implementation of the test cases defined inside the 'EMV Card Type Approval Level 1 Electrical and Protocol Test Cases Version 4.3a' document
  • test operation totally automated
  • automated generation of the test reports
  • tool widely used at EMVCo validation laboratories for debug and type approval
  • integrated viewer, for a better failure analysis

Technical Data

This tool contains all electrical test cases defined in the ‘EMV Card Type Approval Level 1 Electrical and Protocol Test Cases’ document.

The test tool will perform typical EMVCo transactions, and make sure that the contact smartcard handles them in a correct manner.

Hardware platform :

Test case coverage : 100% of the test cases defined inside the ‘EMV Card Type Approval Level 1 Electrical and Protocol Test Cases’ document, including :

  • Handling of the T=0 and T=1 protocol
  • Management of errors (parity, retransmission, error signal positionning, …)
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