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New MasterCard Formal Approval Services Provider

We are pleased to announce that on January 1st, 2012 Argotechno became a MasterCard®accredited service provider.

Argotechno is accredited for delivery of the following Formal Approval chip services to MasterCard customers:

Card Personalization Validation (CPV)
MasterCard Terminal Integration Process (M-TIP)
MasterCard PayPass™ Terminal Integration Process (PayPass TIP)
PayPass M-TIP

These mandatory testing services apply when issuers and acquirers introduce a new, or modify an existing, MasterCard branded chip card or terminal.

MasterCard customers are now offered another chip service provider option to choose from.

Christian Delporte, Head of Chip Engineering at MasterCard commented: “We are pleased that Argotechno is accredited as Formal Approval Service Provider for delivery of chip card and chip terminal testing services to MasterCard customers. Through accrediting a third chip service provider, MasterCard customers now have a broader choice in chip service providers.  MasterCard Worldwide informs its customers about accredited service providers via the MasterCard OnLine™ website which reflects the latest status of all companies accredited by MasterCard Worldwide in the chip card activity area.”

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is a global payments and technology company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities—such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances—easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @mastercardnews.

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