Customer interaction specialists, The Logic Group, has joined the board of newly-created EPASOrg, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, developing and maintaining common card payment protocols. EPASOrg consists of major players in the payment industry from across Europe: Atos Worldline, Equens, Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, Hypercom, Ingenico, Pan Nordic Card Association, Quercia, The Logic Group, Wincor Nixdorf, Galitt, Ikea, Infomil, Integri, Lyra Network, Monext, PayLife Bank, Point International, POSPartner, Sermepa, and SIBS.
EPASOrg promotes the widespread acceptance of the EPAS protocols, a series of standards to ensure interoperability between card acceptance and acquiring solutions, integrated retail and terminal management systems. The deployment of common protocols is seen as major milestone in the realisation of the single euro payments area (SEPA) in Europe. Cardholders, retailers, acquirers and technology suppliers will all benefit from this important standardisation initiative.
EPASOrg will ensure that the EPAS specifications achieve full ISO 20022 endorsement for card standards, a major step in facilitating the deployment of EPAS in worldwide markets.
Ian Groves, principal consultant at The Logic Group, joins the board. He said: “EPASOrg brings together a unique combination of leading industry players who share a common desire to overcome the existing barriers to card payment interoperability. It is a pleasure to sit on the board of an organisation which will one day standardise protocols across Europe; success in this area could translate to harmonising card payments on a worldwide basis.”
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