France: Alcinéo and Ask Announce Partnership


Alcinéo and Ask announced 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.