PRESS RELEASE: BLM offers Instant EMV Card Issuance Solution Powered by Gemalto

Monday, February 01, 2016

PLYMOUTH, MN – February 1, 2016:  BLM Technologies now offers an end-to-end solution for instant EMV card issuance based on Gemalto technology for the United States marketplace. BLM Technologies provides everything an issuer needs to deliver a leading service for debit, credit, prepaid, and identification card issuance on the spot. The turnkey solution simplifies the issuer setup process and creates an easy connection between remote locations ensuring BLM Technologies’ customers have an EMV instant issuance service up and running quickly. Additionally, BLM Technologies will provide technical maintenance and repair, logistics management, on-site support, and consumables for equipment throughout the United States.


Instant card issuance solutions have emerged as a valuable tool for many businesses. For the government, education, transportation, hospitality or medical industries, instant cards can combine access control, identification and transactional applications onto one card. This provides enhanced security and convenience for the business and its employees, visitors, vendors and clients immediately.


For financial institutions and merchants, instant card issuance is a viable service for those seeking the “top of wallet” spot with cardholders. Forecasts by Aite Group suggest that in-house instant issuance will be ubiquitous in the year 2018. Offering this service onsite at a store or financial institution location increases opportunities to cross-sell additional products and services plus conduct critical customer education on new EMV cards. On the spot issuance means customers can immediately start using the card resulting in increased card activation rates and an overall higher card spend. The solution also supports emergency card replacement if a customer’s card has been lost or stolen. Further benefits include greatly increased customer loyalty, retention and brand perception while decreasing shipping costs and potential fraud through the mail.


BLM Technologies instant card issuance solution offers a complete and cost effective hosted solution (SaaS) with EMV readiness, multiple printer integrations, secure and consistent EMV card supply and support services. It fulfills both critical parts of an EMV implementation – the ability to offer the physical, personalized EMV card to customers; and the additional security and encryption features to secure cardholder data. Furthermore, Gemalto’s solution includes EMV data preparation and products that have been pre-certified by the major payment networks (Visa, MasterCard) and processors. This allows immediate deployment of hardware and software ensuring the system is compliant and operational with minimal required testing. The EMV Instant Issuance Cloud Service is also fully integrated with card customization tools to manage artwork galleries and user-designed cards.


“Partnering with Gemalto, a powerhouse in the EMV marketplace, expands our existing portfolio and puts our solution above the rest,” stated Kevin Flaherty, BLM President and CEO. “We can react quickly and efficiently to a customer’s request to implement instant card issuance without the hindrance of software deployment, equipment and card sourcing, or EMV chip certification.”


“BLM Technologies is an industry leader across multiple verticals with an outstanding ability to provide solutions and service nationwide,” said Ferry de Koning, Director of Sales for Gemalto. “The reputation and leadership of BLM Technologies is well recognized in the banking industry through the strong relationships they have with world-class technology vendors and financial institutions, and the customer support level they provide.”

About BLM Technologies
As a market leader for 30+ years, BLM Technologies is a proven single-source provider of information technology products and services to the financial, retail and government industries. Partnering with the top manufacturers in the technology industry, BLM Technologies has become a recognized expert in sourcing equipment and providing cost-effective services and communication solutions that both lowers its customer’s total cost of ownership and increases uptime.

Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, BLM Technologies has three additional facilities strategically placed within the U.S. to better serve its customers. BLM Technologies delivers end-to-end technology solutions including a complete digital media solution, hardware sales, equipment installation, customized maintenance services for on-site and depot repair, fulfillment services, project management and IT staffing. BLM Technologies is also recognized as one of the largest third-party depot repair organizations in the United States. BLM’s customers rely on them to provide the comprehensive solutions required to make informed decisions about technology investments.

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Debbie Schwake
Vice President, Marketing



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