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Simulation tool eliminates time required for VARs and ISVs to certify EMV solutions, while reducing overall implementation costs

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TSYS® (NYSE: TSS) and Acquirer Systems today announced the launch of ASTREX, a new testing solution that simplifies the EMV® certification process for both Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and Integrated Software Vendors (ISVs). Developers can now use a streamlined approach to integrate with TSYS’ current testing environment, where ASTREX provides a robust card brand simulation tool with real-time results. The efficient testing functionality cuts EMV certification time in half.
 
“ASTREX will simulate all connected debit and credit card brand networks and provide real-time responses at any time of day, allowing VARs and ISVs to complete their testing and validation at a time that best suits their needs.”
 
As an EMV payments simulation platform, developers can test a full range of transactions and network scenarios. This powerful and comprehensive testing solution eliminates complex integration steps with its scalability, and also reduces overall EMV implementation costs. ASTREX gives VARs and ISVs the peace of mind that their POS solutions will qualify for EMV certification on the first attempt.
 
“By using our simulator tool, VARs and ISVs can gain an edge on the competition by bringing powerful and efficient EMV solutions to market faster,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “This not only allows them to easily meet the rapidly approaching October 1 EMV liability shift date, but also affords them the opportunity to offer EMV support to their merchants in an expedited timeframe — increasing the quality of their clients’ overall experience.”
 
The TSYS and Acquirer Systems solution provides VARs and ISVs with a sustainable method of validating their payments ecosystems through tests conducted from a familiar, easy-to-use workspace that requires no further password management or secondary login information. VARs and ISVs will receive robust support from the TSYS Developer Services team – both during and after the integration – to further reduce overall EMV implementation costs.
 
“We have worked with TSYS to help eliminate the complexities of migrating to EMV,” stated Fergal Molloy, chief executive officer of Acquirer Systems. “ASTREX will simulate all connected debit and credit card brand networks and provide real-time responses at any time of day, allowing VARs and ISVs to complete their testing and validation at a time that best suits their needs.”
 
For more information, contact the TSYS Developer Services team at ACQ-developerservices@tsys.com or +1.888.959.2017.
 
EMV is a registered trademark or trademark of EMVCo LLC in the United States and other countries.
 
About Acquirer Systems
 
Acquirer Systems provides best-in-class enterprise test and validation software, which helps issuers, acquirers, merchants and switch operators to get their products to the market faster and at lower cost. The company has a global reputation for excellence and many of the world's leaders in card payments rely on Acquirer Systems for leadership in payments testing and card processing. Acquirer Systems’ clients include blue-chip institutions such as Bank of America, TSYS, Elavon, Discover, American Express and Standard Bank of South Africa, amongst a large and growing customer base. The company has 100+ installations across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Acquirer Systems was founded in 1997, is privately held, and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
 
About TSYS
 
At TSYS, (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people — not the other way around. We call this belief People-Centered PaymentsSM. By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS supports financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Through NetSpend, a TSYS Company, we empower consumers with the convenience, security, and freedom to be self-banked. TSYS offers issuer services and merchant payment acceptance for credit, debit, prepaid, healthcare and business solutions.
 
TSYS' headquarters are located in Columbus, Georgia, with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS provides services to more than half of the top 20 international banks, and has been named one of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS routinely posts all important information on its website. For more, visit us atwww.tsys.com.
 
Contacts
 
TSYS Media Relations
Cyle Mims, +1 706-644-3110
cylemims@tsys.com
 
or
 
TSYS Investor Relations
Shawn Roberts, +1 706-644-6081
shawnroberts@tsys.com
 
or
 
Acquirer Systems
Fergal Molloy, +353 1 6041980
CEO
fergal@acquirer.com

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