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American Banknote Brazil Achieves Type Approval for MicroPass-Powered Bank Cards

October 2008 by Marc Jacob

Strengthening its presence in the Brazilian contactless payments market, INSIDE Contactless, the world leader in advanced contactless microprocessor platforms, today announced it has teamed with American Banknote (ABnote) Brazil to produce a MasterCard type-approved contactless payment card for this growing market. INSIDE is supplying ABnote Brazil with its award-winning MicroPass® 4003, a contactless payment processor designed from the ground up for MasterCard® PayPass™ applications, and has worked closely with them to obtain type approval, implement in-house pre-personalization capabilities and ensure their products achieve optimal performance.

American Banknote Brazil is the largest secure printing and transaction service provider in Brazil, producing hundreds of millions of cards each year, and is the unrivalled local leader in bank cards as well as virtually every other product and service category the company offers. American Banknote Brazil’s customers includes Banco Bradesco, Banco Itaú, Unibanco and Banco do Brasil – as well as Caixa Economica Federal, one of the largest government-owned financial institutions in Latin America

The multi-application MicroPass 4003 platform is compliant with latest MasterCard PayPass specifications, enabling ABnote Brazil to more quickly obtain type approval for its products. With built-in support for multiple payment brands, MicroPass 4003-powered cards can be delivered to market quickly and easily.

“INSIDE has the most complete and advanced technology for the contactless payments market, and they provided valuable support to help us adapt our proprietary antenna technology to MicroPass and create contactless payment cards that achieve the maximum performance,” said José Roberto Mauro, vice president of the card division for ABnote Brazil. “INSIDE’s compliance with contactless payment specifications and their technical support helped ensure that we quickly obtained type approval for MasterCard PayPass.”

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