Discover Financial Services has announced it has acquired a one-sixth share of EMVCo - the EMV standards body - from the respective holdings of its current member-owners American Express, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa and plans to "have an equal interest in the standards body, actively contributing to the management, technical work and operations of EMVCo. Discover will work alongside EMVCo’s existing members to manage and evolve the contact and contactless EMV industry specifications to facilitate worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure chip payment instruments."
Beth Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Discover Network, said:
Discover is committed to achieving a global, ubiquitous payments landscape that is based on universally defined industry specifications and standards. This is particularly important as innovative transaction solutions are introduced such as contactless and mobile chip-based payments. We look forward to adding our expertise to these discussions and contributing to the global specification development efforts of EMVCo.”
Discover is the second new member to join EMVCo in 2013. In May, the standards body announced that UnionPay had become its fifth owner-member.