Barnes International puts 100% card personalization testing on the agenda at ICMA

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Petersfield, UK, March 24th 2015 – Barnes International, a global smart card test tool leader and supplier to Banks, Issuers, Card Manufacturers, Personalization Bureaux and Test Laboratories, will be exhibiting and speaking at the ICMA Card Expo, taking place March 29th – April 1st 2015 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix, USA.   The ICMA Expo is the flagship event of the International Card Manufacturers Association. Now in its 25th year, the annual Expo is the meeting place for industry professionals to discuss changing technologies, developments and products.

On Tuesday March 31st at 3pm Barnes Managing Director Brian Summerhayes will be presenting on the topic of “Updates in Inline Testing”.  The presentation will explore new advancements to extend the current process of random testing of EMV cards to 100% QC testing on the personalization machine or a separate post-personalization QC inspection.    Mr Summerhayes comments “ Personalization testing has taken a leap forward to meet the needs of increasingly quality conscious card issuers, covering increased card complexity and the desire to minimize card issuance costs.  This presentation will focus on the latest developments for first-time Certification and Quality Control testing for card personalization compliance with Payment Scheme, Issuer and Individual Card Requirements”.

Visitors to the Barnes booth (#23) can see demonstrations of Barnes solutions, which include EMV chip card and Mobile payment application test tools particularly beneficial to those involved in the US EMV migration process.  Barnes products are used worldwide by banks, issuers and personalization bureaus to ensure their chip debit and credit cards and mobile payment products meet the requirements of their chosen payment scheme, such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. In addition, card manufacturers and test laboratories use Barnes test tools in the development, certification and manufacture of ISO, CQM and EMV compliant contact, contactless and dual interface cards, mobile payment applications and for ISO and CQM testing of Magnetic Stripe cards.

Mr Summerhayes adds: “Our card personalization test tools are used by card manufacturers and personalization bureaus worldwide to bring confidence to their card operations, and enhance their quality assurance practises.  We invite people to visit our booth to discuss their requirements and how the latest move towards 100% QC in card testing can give them a competitive edge.”

To arrange a meeting with Mr Summerhayes at the ICMA Expo, please email

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