Gemalto Brings Contactless EMV Cards and Wearable Payment Options to the U.S.

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, brings the next wave in payment technology to the United States, specially adapted to the fast-paced lifestyle of today’s modern consumer. Contactless EMV provides the same high level of security as contact EMV cards, combined with a tap-and-pay feature that significantly speeds up transactions, benefitting issuers, merchants and cardholders alike.

Contactless cards are already able to be used anywhere mobile payments, such as Apple Pay™, are accepted, including major retailers, supermarkets and fast food restaurants all over the United States.

Contactless cards have revolutionized payments worldwide, with more than 1.2 billion such cards delivered in 2015. Gemalto, the leader in contactless, has delivered more than 1 billion of those globally during the past five years. Gemalto’s contactless cards are now in 77 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Australia, China, U.K., Canada and Brazil.

“We provide a full-service portfolio of card and wearable EMV options for issuers,” said Bertrand Knopf, Senior Vice President for Secure Transactions at Gemalto. “Consumers already have contactless EMV cards in their wallets from several major banks, and now they can tap to pay at many of the places they shop most often.”

Contactless payments happily coexist alongside major mobile payment options like Apple Pay™, Android Pay™ and Samsung Pay™, and consumers can apply for contactless cards at many large issuers.

The Gemalto contactless portfolio is available immediately and is fully EMV certified.