The C-TAP v10.0 specifications were released in spring 2012 and successfully deployed by the Acquiris members. Since that date terminal vendors supply C-TAP v10.0 equipment that can connect to the acquiring infrastructure of at least 17 acquirers and acquiring processors to accept more than 30 card brands.
To align with the evolving acquiring market demand and the scheme rules, a number of functions were added or adjusted to the initial 2012 specifications. This mainly was operated by specification update bulletins.
It was decided in 2015 to consolidate these changes in a new version – the C-TAP v10.1 – to guarantee internal consistency and to trust the optional implementation of these specification updates to a more comprehensive and transparent version management. This version was prepared and reviewed in 2015 and early 2016 by our members.
The final version of the C-TAP v10.1 has been approved by the Acquiris Board on 29 June 2016. This board also decided that C-TAP v10.1 will be deployed by 28 of February 2017.
This means that:
This release confirms the ability of the Acquiris association and its members to broaden the coverage of specifications and keep the alignment with the supported scheme rules while also guaranteeing the essential interoperability of versions that is critical in the card transaction processing industry.
The Card Schemes Bancontact, MasterCard and Visa recognise Acquiris as inter-operable terminal Specification Provider for SEPA multi-brand card acquiring
See enclosed press release
Retailers recognise the value of C-TAP terminals for their ability to be installed where they conduct business and to accept these cards that fit with their business proposition.
Retailers have C-TAP terminals installed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia and soon France. More to come.