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Unattended Card Payments Inc. (UCP Inc.) is dedicated to providing EMV compliant Hardware and Payment Gateway solutions for Unattended card payment terminals in the North American market.

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Feb
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The End of Signatures for Credit Transactions

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The End of Signatures for Credit Transactions is Near

If you live in the US and use a credit card for in store purchases you are probably used to signing your name or, if you are like me, scribbling on a receipt or electronic signature pad in order to complete the transaction. You have also probably thought to yourself, is this really necessary, is this adding any extra security against someone using my card without my consent? When you stop and think about it the answer is… no, it doesn’t.

While it would be a lot more secure to do what most other countries have done and assign PINs to credit cards just like our debit cards have, the US card issuers thought chip and signature would provide for a smoother migration to EMV. With the switch to EMV chip cards the card issuers have security measures in place that are exponentially better than that of the old magstipe cards. Due to this, all major card brands have announced that they are dropping the signature requirement for credit purchases in North America.

The four major card brands in the US, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are changing the requirements for credit card signatures effective April 2018. Each card issuer is adding new rules or amending the old ones regarding signatures. Being asked to sign for your credit card purchase won’t stop across the board but starting April 2018 you can expect it to occur a lot less frequently. Card fraud at merchant locations using EMV card terminals has fallen by two-thirds according to Visa so I think it’s safe to say that over the past 2 plus years the chips are doing their job.

 

All this said, there are still a ton of merchants out there who have not yet made the EMV migration and for them the signatures remain. The most common reason that these merchants have not made the switch is cost. While the EMV capable terminals can be costly, they are a worthwhile investment. Not only will a merchant be able to stop hassling their customers with using a pen that never seems to write on the receipt or trying to sign their name using an electronic signature pad they are protecting themselves against being liable for fraudulent card present transactions. That’s right merchants who are still using magstripe, think of the cost associated in making the EMV migration as insurance because you would never start a business without being insured right?

 

Unattended Card Payments Inc.

www.ucp-inc.com

Tel (702) 802-3504

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01
Sep
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What Is EMV Quick Chip?

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What Is Quick Chip?

In the US, the switch over to EMV chip technology has been sluggish. The main complaint from customers and merchants alike is that chip card transactions are too slow. The average transaction with a chip card has always been several seconds longer than the 2 seconds it takes to perform a mag stripe transaction, which can seem like an eternity for a customer in line or for a cashier with a long line of people. This slower card transaction is mostly because the EMV standardization was pushed along by the card issuers (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) whose primary objective was security, not taking into account how transaction speed would affect businesses. Quick chip technology was developed to help merchants ease customer frustration and improve customer experience during check out.

Quick chip is nothing more than a software update and it is free of charge to payment processors, acquiring banks, and other payment service providers.It only requires a simple software update on the merchant’s terminal or POS system, so merchants who are already EMV compliant can upgrade in no time.

How does the quick chip technology work? When using a terminal that has the quick chip update, the customer will insert their chip card for a couple seconds and the POS system will retain the chip data for use when it requests an authorization. Since the chip data is being read and held in the terminal prior to the authorization request’s transmission for processing, the user can remove the card before the transaction is complete. When the final sale amount is known the terminal will build the authorization request and quickly finalize the sale. Quick chip technology is facilitating a quicker adoption of EMV technology by both merchants and consumers.

 

Below are links to each of the card issuers websites where you can learn more about the quick chip implementation process.

 

·         American Express Quick Chip

·         Discover Quick Chip

·         MasterCard M/Chip Fast

·         Visa Quick Chip

 

If you have questions or would like to learn more about your options in accepting EMV payments just call us at 702-802—3504 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Unattended Card Payments Inc.

6655 S. Tenaya Way #180

 

Las Vegas, NV 89113

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10
Jul
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We Have Expanded to a New Location!

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We are excited to announce that UCP Inc. has moved to a larger facility to make room for our growing staff and ever increasing inventory of self-service and retail payment solutions. If you are in the Las Vegas area and would like to come by the new offices just let us know. We would be happy to show you around!

 

UCP Inc. - Specialists in Self-Service Cashless Payment Solutions 

6655 S. Tenaya Way Suite 180

Las Vegas, NV 89113

Tel: (702) 802-3504

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18
May
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Acronyms in EMV: what do they all mean? Edition 4 DUKPT

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       Today we are going to discuss DUKPT (Derived Unique Key  Per Transaction). The DUKPT is created using an initial master key also known as the BDK. The initial key and KSN (Key Serial Number) are injected into the device. Once the initial key is injected into the device it creates a group of future encryption keys. DUKPT generates a one-time encryption key for each transaction from the secret master key (BDK). The one time keys are discarded after each transaction, and the encrypted data has to be decrypted at the other end of the transaction (at the gateway or processor). The master key is shared with the decrypting device, but the master key isn't actually used for encrypting and cant be recoverable from the one time encryption key. DUKPT is a great and useful tool to help keep your clients card information secure.

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May
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Could electric car charging be the next big thing for unattended EMV?

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            You might have noticed car charging stations recently in many garages or parking lots that you have been in. Electric cars are becoming more affordable, and providing a longer range between charges. The global EV charger market is expected to grow to more than 12.7 million units by 2020 according to the IHS. Auto manufacturers are constantly making new advancements. Porsche is working on technology now that will enable you to charge a vehicle up to 240 miles in just 15 minutes. This is a rapidly growing industry, and the charging stations are using EMV technology to collect payments. Interactive kiosks will play a large role in this new industry doing everything from collecting payments to displaying a business advertisement on the screen. ABB the world’s leading manufacturer of auto charging stations has implemented EMV technology into their charging stations already.

            EMV smart chip technologies insure that the user’s financial data is more secure. The NFC (Near Field Communication) gives users extra security through their smart phone payment platform such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. A large portion of EV drivers are very into technology and this makes the experience more convenient for them. The OTI Trio is a perfect set up for this growing industry. The Trio has a small compact size and is a 3-IN-1 device that allows you to use the EMV chip, Mag stripe, and also NFC contactless payment methods. The Trio is also very durable and can be used indoors and outdoors. Unattended EMV technology has already become common place in retail, and restaurant settings but one of the next major industries to use this technology will be the EV charging stations!

 

For more information on the choices available to you please contact us!

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