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Dublin, Ireland and Atlanta, GA, July 13th, 2015. Acquirer Systems, the market leader in enterprise test and validation solutions for the payments industry, today announced that it has been approved by Discover Financial Services as a Certification Service Provider in EMV contact and contactless payments, to meet the requirements outlined in the payment system in its D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) for its customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. Merchants, VARs, Acquirers and payment processors in the U.S. can now use Acquirer Systems’ Certification Service to certify for the acceptance of Discover branded cards. Recognizing the need to make the certification process as intuitive, flexible and efficient as possible for Merchants, Acquirer Systems has designed a ground breaking cloud-based certification service. The new cloud-based Certification Service from Acquirer Systems puts Merchants and their VARs in control of the most streamlined and intuitive certification process on the market. This comprehensive approach ensures that you certify at the first attempt, with fewer resources, at a time and speed that suits you. It eliminates the need for specialized EMV resources or to schedule access to your acquirer host environment. It cuts certification timelines from weeks to days, conclusively reducing the cost and effort of migration for participants. The Acquirer Systems cloud-based Certification Service supports Discover-approved third party test tools alongside Acquirer Systems’ own approved terminal test solution SCIMatix. “Discover is pleased to announce that Acquirer Systems can now offer end-to-end merchant certification services,”” said Ellie Smith, Head of Chip Center of Excellence at Discover. “This addition expands the services available to Acquirers and Merchants in the market, supporting Discover’s ongoing efforts to streamline certification and deployment processes for EMV.” “Fergal Molloy, CEO of Acquirer Systems, says, “Discover Financial Services’ qualification of our service shows a commitment to improving the Merchant’s certification experience. We are delighted to deepen our relationship with Discover, enabling a faster and more efficient approach to certification, “We believe that our approach to delivering certification and compliance services will be radically transformed by our cloud technology. This opens the way for self-certification, with a lower operating cost profile, and more comprehensive test coverage to deliver better quality products to the market. The result being, a more secure and improved customer payments experience.” About Acquirer Systems Acquirer Systems provides best-in-class enterprise test and validation software, which helps issuers, acquirers 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, First Data, TSYS, Elavon, SwissCard 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. Media Contact: Fergal Molloy, CEO, 3 Westland Square, Pearse St, Dublin 2, Ireland Phone: +353 1 6041980 Email: fergal@acquirer.com LinkedIn: Acquirer Systems Twitter: @acquirer