Barnes Smart Solutions Introduces Key Blocks in the latest P3 Version 1.9.5.

London, UK – 17 January 2024 – Barnes Smart Solutions, an innovative technology driven solutions company and part of the Barnes International Group announced today the release of a new version of their EMV® data preparation software solution called P3 v1.9.5 which now fully supports TR-31 based Keyblock keys.

P3 is a turnkey solution comprising a Windows-based application and a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 approved hardware security module (HSM). It provides a simple, low-cost EMV data preparation solution for issuers looking to migrate from magnetic stripe cards to EMV smart cards.

The P3 data preparation system is used for the issuance of cards and EMV tokens, applicable in various scenarios, including complete in-house card issuance, branch instant issuance, and in-house data preparation services. The solution seamlessly integrates with card issuers’ legacy card management systems (CMS) and systems that personalise information onto smart cards, payment devices, EMV tokens, and provisioning systems of mobiles.

“As the Technology Director at Barnes Smart Solutions, I am thrilled to announce the release of P3 v1.9.5, our latest EMV data preparation software version. This version apart from adding support for TR-31 basedKeyblocksalso now support the generation of mag-stripe cryptographic elements and the generation or reissue of PINs.This version not only signifies our commitment to innovation but also aligns seamlessly with PCI Security Requirements. ” – G. Oosthuizen

As per PCI PIN Security Requirements 18-3, encrypted symmetric keys must be managed in structures called Key Blocks, with cryptographic binding to prevent unauthorised use. TR-31 ensures the seamless integration of confidentiality and integrity features, leveraging cutting-edge cryptographic techniques such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption and Cipher-based Message Authentication Code (CMAC). This ensures not only the protection of the key itself but also the associated meta-data.

“As Managing Director of Barnes Smart Solutions, I am excited about the enhanced capabilities of P3 v1.9.5. This update reflects our relentless pursuit of excellence in the payment solutions landscape. The addition of Key Blocks integration not only strengthens the security features of our software but also positions P3 as a forward-looking and compliant solution for the evolving payment industry. We believe that this update will empower issuers to seamlessly transition to key blocks within their issuance environment.” – Susan Higgo

Barnes Smart Solutions remains at the forefront of technological innovation with the release of P3 v1.9.5, a significant advancement in our EMV data preparation software. The inclusion of Key Blocks integration not only aligns with PCI Security Requirements but also reflects our commitment to providing secure and adaptable solutions for the dynamic landscape of payment technologies.

We are proud to offer a system that caters to various applications, supporting complete in-house card issuance, branch instant issuance, and in-house data preparation services. P3 seamlessly integrates with legacy card management systems (CMS) and personalisation systems, providing a versatile solution for our clients.

For more information on P3 v1.9.5 and its Key Blocks integration, please visit our website or contact our dedicated team. We look forward to the continued success and secure transactions that P3 brings to our valued partners and clients.

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