16 February 2015 – FIME and KEOLABS today announce the signing of an agreement to combine their respective expertise and offering to deliver a comprehensive range of advanced testing services and solutions for the electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents (eMRTD) and electronic driving licenses markets. The collaboration between the two companies, both worldwide suppliers of secure chip testing solutions and services, will provide advance testing and certification support to e-identity document manufacturers, governments and issuing authorities in achieving qualification for their products to a range of international and local standards.
Under the terms of the agreement, FIME and KEOLABS will utilise each other’s e-identity testing expertise to provide their customers with the most advanced testing and evaluation services.
“This partnership gives our collective customers access to the most complete eMRTD support available in the industry today,” comments Pascal Le Ray, CEO of FIME. “Ramping up our activity in this market offers additional options and convenience to customers, and the opportunity to benefit from the extensive experience of FIME and KEOLAB’s in this field. Pooling our resources will allow us capitalise on the opportunities presented by a growing market which has significant potential.”
“We are very happy to announce this partnership,” adds Michael Leplatois, President of KEOLABS. “Endorsement of our products and services from a company like FIME is both a vote of confidence for our offering, and a demonstration of KEOLABS’ goal to build collaborative relationships across our industry, in the interests of all our customers. With the global trend towards the roll out of chip-based passports, ID cards and driving licenses, we look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”
The e-identity testing solutions promoted under the agreement enable customers to perform in-house verification of all technology implementations that are covered by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and the ISO/IEC 18013 standards. The collaboration enables FIME and KEOLABS customers to confirm a product’s conformance to industry requirements, prior to submission for official certification by an independent advanced secure chip testing laboratory.
A range of testing services for eMRTD and electronic driving licenses will also be promoted. These services include physical durability testing (for example climate, bending, abrasion, impact, x-ray and chemical), analog, electrical and electromagnetic disturbance (EMD) performance and digital protocol and application level implementation verification.
For further information on how this partnership can benefit an implementation, please contact FIME and KEOLABS.
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FIME is a trusted provider of consulting services, certification and tools. It enables customers to bring seamless card and mobile transactions services to market effectively and confidently using secure chip or cloud-based solutions.
Working with the payment, telecom, transit and identity sectors, FIME is an implementation services partner for customers using contact and contactless EMV, Near Field Communication (NFC), trusted service manager (TSM), trusted execution environment (TEE) and host card emulation (HCE) technologies. FIME supports customers from project initiation to completion by advising on technical requirements, consulting on industry regulations certification authority implementation and streamlining testing and certification activity.
With 12 offices around the world, serving more than 3,000 clients in 13 languages, FIME’s customers benefit from a combination of global expertise and local knowledge through a single point of contact. FIME’s dedicated team uses its expertise to create and actively contribute to the advancement and simplification of certification processes. Its service capacity also provides resource scalability to adapt to individual customer needs.
FIME currently has operations across America (Canada and the United States), Asia (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), Europe (France), India and the Middle East (Dubai).
FIME partners with leading payment schemes and industry bodies to provide consultancy and certification services for: American Express, Calypso Networks Association, China UnionPay, Discover, eftpos, EMVCo, EMV Migration Forum, First Data, Global Certification Forum (GCF), GlobalPlatform, GSMA, Interac, JCB, MasterCard, Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), NFC Forum, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Standard for Chip Card Specification (NSICC), OSCar Consortium, Softcard and Visa.
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KEOLABS is a leading provider of tools and services for testing microcontroller and secure component implementation.
KEOLABS Smart Card Validation activity provides an end-to-end product and service offer for validating and certifying smart cards and related technologies in accordance with industry standards. KEOLABS participates in all major certification processes for the secure transaction and identity sectors. The company offers a comprehensive range of solutions for validation of all layers of contact and contactless secure components from the electrical to the digital and application layers.
KEOLABS service branch includes the ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Testing Laboratory offering test services to all stakeholders in the secure component sector for smart cards, handsets, ePassports, electronic driver's licenses and card readers.