SCIL-EMV Academy Announces First Half 2014 EMV Training Workshop Schedule

New Online EMV Workshops for Acquirers, ISOs & Agents, Card Issuers and Merchants Plus New  “Typical EMV Project Plan Module” Support Expanded EMV Curriculum 

NEW YORK, January 13, 2013 – SCIL-EMV Academy, America’s EMV migration experts, announced today its first half 2014 EMV public workshop schedule.  SCIL-EMV Academy is a U.S. EMV training, consultancy and solutions provider committed to speeding the U.S. banking and payments industry migration to EMV chip based credit and debit cards. The 2014 EMV workshop schedule includes new online EMV workshops and the addition of a “Typical EMV Project Implementation Plan” module, which provides issuers, acquirers and merchants a detailed review of the technical and business requirements for upgrading to an EMV payments system.

EMV communications and education remain in strong demand as the U.S. banking and payments industry grapples with the task of migrating to the more secure EMV chip card.   The recent Target security breach further underscores the need for EMV chip and PIN technology, which is infinitely, more secure than magnetic stripe cads.

Even though American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA announced their respective EMV migration roadmaps sometime ago, there still is a high degree of business uncertainty and discussion among U.S. payments stakeholders.

“SCIL-EMV Academy’s updated EMV curriculum is designed to help all payment industry stakeholders better understand the demands of the EMV migration roadmaps,” commented Mansour Karimzadeh, Managing Director and CTO, SCIL-EMV Academy. “We want to help remove the business uncertainty with “hands on” business and technical education that makes for a speedier and more effective EMV migration effort for all – including a thorough understanding of the issues and what it takes to define a successful EMV project implementation plan.”

“The recent and preventable security breach at Target further reinforced the need for all industry stakeholders to work toward a speedier EMV migration,” noted Stewart Chalmers, Executive Director of SCIL-EMV Academy. “Protecting U.S. consumers personal identity should be a top priority for merchants and card issuers. EMV is the most secure option today and provides additional convenience as well as a platform for future payments channels.  Regretably money and politics dominate discussions among key EMV stakeholders despite the best efforts of industry trade groups.”

The updated, first half SCIL-EMV Academy public workshop schedule incudes sessions in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Newport Beach, Orlando, San Francisco.  For more information visit

Topics covered include:

EMV – The Benefits:
Fraud:  A review of fraud in the US

  • Additional Quantifiable Benefits including PCI, chargeback reduction and other tangible benefits
  • Innovation and the Intangible Benefits

EMV – The Costs:

  • Cards and Terminals
  • Systems Costs
  • Other Costs including operations, training, marketing and other costs
  • Liability Shift

EMV – The Rollout & Typical Project Plan

  • How rollout strategies impact the business case
  • Results – The Business Case for the US Market
  • The Industry View
  • Case Studies for Likely Scenarios

EMV Technical

  • Standard Payment Systems Model
  • International Payment Schemes/Associations
  • Existing Magnetic Stripe Technologies Vs EMV.
  • EMV Technology, Standards and Certification Overview
  • EMV Transactions, Cryptograms, Processing, Scripts
  • EMV Market Overview
  • EMV Impacts on Payment Systems Components.
  • Chip Technology Opportunities for other Apps.
  • Discuss Business Plans for EMV Implementation
  • Discuss EMV Migration Strategies
  • Market dynamics, convergence of EMV, NFC and Mobile Payments driving migration in the USA.

About SCIL-EMV Academy

SCIL-EMV Academy, America’s EMV migration experts, is a U.S. based developer and integrator of EMV training; consultancy and software solutions focused on contact, contactless and mobile NFC markets. Its expertise in technology, EMV credit/debit smart card solutions, payment transaction processing systems, and mobile payments and enterprise security, target payments, healthcare and transportation markets. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Canada, the Academy’s private and public EMV Training workshops have become enabling tools for U.S. acquirers, issuers and merchants as they address their respective EMV migration roadmaps. To learn more or schedule and customize a workshop, visit or contact