EMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) Analog

EMVCo L1 contactless PCD analog test tool performs on contactless payment readers all test cases defined in the EMV L1 test specifications (field strength, waveform inspection, ..)
EMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) AnalogEMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) Analog
EMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) AnalogEMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) Analog

Use Cases

The  EMVCo test solutions will typically be used in the following contexts :

  • for laboratories, reference tool for type approval of contactless payment terminals
  • for any company, reference test bench, for pre-certification, before going to the official laboratory for type approval

What is EMV L1 Contactless Terminal (and COTS) Analog ?

Micropross now NI provides part of the Contactless Test Station an EMVCo test tool to perform conformance test of contactless terminals, COTS and NFC enabled mobile phones from an analog standpoint.
The EMVCo (Europay-Mastercard-Visa & Co) is an organization made of the biggest payment operators in the world. It aims at allowing global interoperability.
For test purposes, EMVCo has defined Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 is focusing on the 'low level' concerns: analog side, and protocol. Whereas Level 2 concentrates on the application layer: the good execution of a debit/credit transaction for example.
Level 1 test specifications are common to all EMVCo members. Level 2, passed the 'entry point' layers, define specific test methods for each payment operators.
Micropross now NI focuses on EMV Level 1 testing, but certainly can recommend selected partners for Level 2 testing tasks
NI is a provider of EMV L1 Contactless Analog PCD test benches. It includes all necessary hardware and software to perform the tests in conformance with the EMVCo recommendations.
The main features of our EMVCo L1 test solutions are :
  • Test solutions based on the real EMV test specifications
  • Support of both regular contactless payment terminals testing, as well as battery powered COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) devices, such as mobile phones in NFC Reader/Writer mode
  • Fully automated test operation
  • Usage of the EMVCo reference components (reference PICC, reference PCD, CMR)
  • Automated generation of test reports
  • Solutions widely used at EMVCo laboratories, for debug and type approval
The test cases are implementing with a 100% accuracy the requirements of the 'EMV L1 PCD Analog test bench and test cases' document, in 3.0 and previous versions.

Technical Data

This test tool implements 100% of the test cases that are defined in the ‘EMV L1 PCD analog test bench and test cases’ document, 3.0 and previous versions. Even though this test specification is confidential, our software interface supplies enough element to understand what happens during the test, and give some debug information, instead of just a go/no go result.

This test suite will perform all physical measurement as defined by the EMVCo, such as field strength, carrier frequency or waveform parameters.

We also propose manipulation robots, that will perform the task of placing the measurement antenna at the adequate position throughout the test campaign. The benefit for the customer, is that in this case, test sessions are performed without any human intervention.

Hardware components :

Test library coverage : 100% of the test cases documented in the ‘EMV L1 PCD analog test bench and test cases’ specification, including :

  • PCD to PICC power transfert
  • PCD to PICC signal interface
  • PICC to PCD signal interface
  • Bit level coding signal
  • Automatic computation and display of a PCD waveshape parameter (overshoot, ringing, rise time, fall time)
  • As of 2020, the EMVCo L1 PCD analog test suite supports the EMVCo issued guideline “COTS Level 1 Test Guidelines Version 3.0”. It enables authorized test laboratories and portable device manufacturers to test the ability of their products to process contactless payment transactions. Those guidelines modify the traditional EMV L1 PCD analog test plan.  It takes into account the specificities of battery powered devices, by adapting the expected reading distance, and introducing a tolerance in case certain positions within a test case were to fail.
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