EMVCo is once again bringing together EMV® payments industry stakeholders from across the world for its annual EMV User Meeting, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 18-19 June. In this post, Oliver Manahan, EMVCo Director of Engagement and Operations, explores what attendees can expect and why the meeting provides unique opportunities for engagement.

The EMV User Meeting was first established to create an interactive forum for users of the EMV Specifications. Now into its fifteenth year, the annual gathering provides a platform for EMVCo Associates and Subscribers to discuss and explore the technologies and trends shaping the future of payments.

Here are three reasons why anyone engaged in EMV payments should join us in Copenhagen:

1. Explore the ongoing evolution of EMV Technology

The payments industry continues to innovate at pace – shaped by advancing technologies, changing consumer preferences and global digitalisation.

To help ensure seamless and secure payments across new and emerging use cases – wherever you are in the world – EMVCo is committed to developing and enhancing the EMV Specifications to support future industry requirements.

EMVCo will be updating industry participants on its key initiatives, including:

  • The potential for EMV payment technology to help support a secure and seamless electric vehicle (EV) charging payment experience.
  • Supporting the use of smartphones and other handheld mobile devices to accept payments in-store.
  • The ongoing evolution of the EMV Contact and Contactless Chip Specifications.
  • Enhancements and updates to the EMV 3-D Secure (EMV 3DS) and EMV Secure Remote Commerce (EMV SRC) Specifications to promote more consistent, convenient and secure online payments.

Attendees will also gain perspectives from our guest speaker, Kristian Sørensen, Nets, on the payments landscape across the Nordics and the potential learnings for global stakeholders.

2. Be part of in-depth discussions into EMVCo’s work programme across special interest areas

Two Special Interest Meetings (SIMs) will be co-located in Copenhagen. Open to EMVCo Associates and relevant Subscribers from industry verticals, SIMs enable participants to review and validate the business rationale and technical considerations driving new initiatives and major updates.

The first SIM will be held on 19 June and focuses on EMVCo’s work to explore the development of performance and security requirements for Biometric on Card, as well as the supporting approval and evaluation frameworks.

The second session on 20 June is dedicated to EMVCo’s EV Open Payments (EVOP) initiative and will investigate how EMV payment technology can support a simple and consistent payment experience across multiple EV models and charging stations.

Don’t forget to register your attendance for these sessions separately.

3. Network with your industry peers and meet EMVCo representatives

The EMV User Meeting is the only global event that offers a 360-degree view of EMVCo’s key priorities – bringing together a broad range of payment stakeholders to share strategic and technical insight. This offers an invaluable opportunity to connect with the wider EMV community.

I very much look forward to joining our Associates, Subscribers and industry partners in Copenhagen along with my EMVCo colleagues, including EMVCo Board Members, the EMVCo Director of Technology, and our various subject matter experts.

I also strongly encourage all EMVCo participants to view the full calendar of events to maximise their engagement.