A Canadian First: Sunova Credit Union Instantly Issuing EMV Debit Cards Leveraging the Everlink Instant Card Issuance Solution

Posted on April 11, 2011 · Posted in Press Release

MARKHAM, Ontario, April 11th, 2011 – Everlink, a leading provider of Integrated Payment Solutions and Services in the Canadian marketplace, is pleased to announce that Sunova Credit Union is leveraging the Everlink Instant Card Issuance system to produce fully personalized EMV Chip debit cards in their branches. Everlink is the first financial services company in Canada to not only offer an EMV Instant Card Issuance system but to actually produce a fully personalized Chip debit card in a branch that has been certified by both Interac and MasterCard. With the first implementation completed successfully, Everlink can offer financial institutions the ability to provide highly customized cards, with a more personal touch, to the cardholders. The Everlink solution provides a number of additional security features including the ability to print the cardholder’s picture onto the back of the card and of course allows the cardholder to select their PIN as soon as their card is produced.

The system will allow financial institutions to offer multiple card images for cardholders to choose from in addition to the full personalization of the Chip and printing of the cardholder data as defined by the financial institution (e.g. card number, cardholder name, valid date and expiry date). The best feature of the product is that it can all be done in less than 2 minutes, on location, in a branch.

The Everlink Instant Card Issuance system, powered by SmartSoft technology, provides clients with the means to issue debit, credit or prepaid cards (both MAG Stripe or Chip) as well as PayWave and PayPass contactless cards. Everlink will add Interac Flash contactless functionality within the next few months.

“Everlink is the first in Canada to deploy this innovative solution and issue cards in this way,” said Mark Ripplinger, President of Everlink. “We are very proud of this accomplishment, and what it means for our clients. The ability to produce or issue your own EMV Chip cards on demand in a branch location is very significant in the fast-paced payments industry.”

“Sunova’s drive to provide seriously friendly service to our members is reflected in our approach to chip cards. Not content to release generic cards en masse, we wanted members to continue to have an opportunity to choose one of our fun and modern card designs,” said Dallas Kostna, Chief Information Officer of Sunova. “We were excited that Everlink was willing to pursue an Instant Issuance solution. Sunova is ecstatic about being first in our industry yet again.”

About Everlink
Everlink Payment Services Inc. based in Markham, ON, is a joint-venture company owned by FIS and Celero Solutions, and is fully compliant and EMV certified with the Interac, MasterCard and Visa associations. Everlink is a recognized leader in the dependable secure delivery of Electronic Transaction Processing services, EMV Chip, Managed ATM Services and Integrated Payment Solutions in the Canadian financial services marketplace. Everlink is the first in Canada to instantly issue a fully personalized, Interac and MasterCard certified EMV Chip card.

About Sunova Credit Union
Sunova is a vibrant, innovative and friendly full service financial institution dedicated to providing outstanding member service. They are represented by a unified team of individuals committed to one common goal – to develop a life-long relationship with each member built on mutual trust, financial expertise and their genuine desire to help their members achieve their financial goals.

For more information about Sunova Credit Union, visit www.sunovacu.ca

To learn more about the Everlink suite of integrated payment solutions, please contact one of our Business Development or Channel Sales & Marketing team members at 1-866-388-0076 or view our contact page.

For additional information on any other issues, please contact Paul Mighton, Vice President, Channel Sales & Marketing at Paul.Mighton@everlink.ca or (416) 659-2039