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A New Partnership Between Ask and Alcineo

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Press release date: March 4, 2014

Alcinéo, a leading provider of embedded payment solutions and ASK, a leading manufacturer of contactless cards and terminals for transit are pleased to announce their partnership to provide contactless payment solutions for fare collection systems.

Alcinéo will provide its contactless payment suite that covers the main payment scheme such as PayWave of Visa, PayPass 3.0 released by MasterCard or ExpressPay 3.0 for American Express. Additionnally, this payment suite comes with en Entry Point layer fully compliant with the modular architecture requested by EMVCo. Alcinéo payment suite has already gone through several certifications process successfully.

On the other side, ASK unveils its new reader, EMV L1 certified, the CityFlow PLG 548. The CityFlow is a fully packaged EMV certified contactless reader designed for both contactless payment and transit applications. The CityFlow is easy to integrate on a new or existing device, whilst the final equipment benefits from the EMV contactless certification.

Moreover, it embeds a Secure Element Module that enables the solution to be SRED compatible. This device completes ASK range of terminals that sustains the convergence of payment and transit applications.

Arnaud Corria, President of Alcinéo states: this partnership is the right path to win the challenging transit payment market. Each of us holds the suitable know-how to address both the transit and payment features.

Patrick Sure, Director of ASK Business Unit for transportation claims: "In a world of rapid convergence of accepting bank cards on transit readers, the most important thing is to offer our customers a ready to deploy solution.  The partnership between Alicinéo technology and ASK best-of-the-art know-how seems to be customer oriented and answer the current specific needs."

About Alcinéo
Alcinéo is a French software company specialized in the development of embedded solutions implementing smartcard technologies and security. It provides ledging-edge solutions that meet the stringent payment standards: EMVco, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Interac and PCI PTS POI.The robust applications have been developed to optimize size and speed for embedded platform and mobile payment. Alcinéo helps smart card reader manufacturers to face multiple challenges in producing the next generation devices, enabling them to shorten their time to market while keeping state-of-the-art technology.

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About ASK
ASK, with over 250 million contactless products in circulation in more than 50 countries, is a worldwide leading provider of a full range of contactless products including smart cards, smart tickets, readers, inlays for electronic passports or contactless smart cards and eDocuments. ASK is a France-headquartered company with worldwide customers involved in mass transit, access control, multi-application and identity sectors. ASK manufacturing sites and subsidiaries are based in China, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and the US.

Further information at:

Press contact ASK
Marie Zurlinden
T/ + 33

Press contact Alcinéo
Christelle Carbonnel
T/+ 33

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