EMV® Level 1 software libraries

EMV® Level 1 software protocol stacks for contact and contactless payment card readers

What is EMV Level 1 ?

EMV® Level 1 software, either contact or contactless, is the initial layer to be implemented into a payment reader platform for seamless and interoperable card and mobile acceptance everywhere in the world.

When EMV contact, often referred as Chip and PIN, is concerned, the card has to be inserted in the reader, in order to be connected physically to the smartcard connector and able to send APDU data to the reader, whereas contactless or Tap to Pay technology, does not require card insertion, but only wave at a sufficient proximity of the terminal to start the communication between the card and the device.

To comply with EMV level 1, acceptance devices must endeavour  to pass series of tests covering electrical, analog and protocol domains.

EMV Level 1 software libraries

Alcinéo’s EMV level 1 is focused on protocol layer, which implements the low level routines to initiate the data exchanges with the EMV card, contact and contactless or a mobile wallet.

Pre-requisite for acceptance device deployment

The EMV Level 1 software libraries, contact and contactless, are a pre-requisite implementation for the certification of smartcard payment terminals supporting contact and contactless card payments. It is mandatory before perfoming functional Level 2 type approval and Level 3 certification, validating the compliance of the terminal with card brand applications.

EMV Contact L1 technical highlights

Alcinéo's EMV contact L1 is a software protocol stack for smartcard readers. It implements the reader side of ISO 7816-3 and EMV 4.3 (Book 1) specifications. The lightweight, highly portable software library enables a smartcard reader to process low level EMV transactions, driving the physical and electrical characteristics and the transmission protocol.

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EMV Contactless L1 technical highlights

Alcinéo's EMV contactless L1 is a protocol stack for contactless terminals. It implements the reader side of ISO 14443 A&B and the most up-to-date EMV contactless interface specification.

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