Blogger profile: Philippe Benitez

Philippe Benitez is VP of Business Development at Thales where he leads regional development efforts to increase card revenue for financial institutions through mobile payments, EMV and other value-added services. Prior to Thales, Philippe worked with Schlumberger in Paris France. He moved to Austin in 1998 and became a Texan shortly thereafter.


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The Truth About EMV in the US: Can We Jump…

As part of our blog series, The Truth about EMV, we’re discussing some popular misconceptions and myths surrounding EMV payment technology.  Earlier this month we discussed the fundamental question, is EMV coming to the United States or not?  The answer was a resounding yes, EMV is well on its way to becoming a dominate payment […]

Gartner highlights EMV and NFC trends in recent Hype Cycle…

In its recently released Hype Cycle for Financial Services Payment Systems report, Gartner gave warning of increasing payment card fraud in the U.S., highlighting EMV (‘chip and pin’) payment cards as the preferred solution. According to Gartner, “U.S. banks should recognize that fraud will likely increase exponentially and with little warning. They should develop an EMV-centric […]

The Truth About EMV in the US: Card-Not-Present Fraud

To continue our discussion about popular myths and misconceptions about EMV payment cards, let’s talk about card-not-present (CNP) fraud – the kind where the merchant never sees you or your card. In other words, the merchant never verifies that the person making the transaction is the legitimate cardholder by checking the signature or seeing that […]

Key dates for EMV in the U.S.

EMV in the United States is here. Secure, chip-based EMV credit and debit cards are now the new way to pay, and magnetic stripe cards will eventually become a thing of the past. (It’s long overdue; the Central Bank of China recommended that banks stop issuing magstripe cards after 2012, and the European Central Bank has been […]

MasterCard joins Visa with EMV roadmap in US

This week the payments industry got news that many of us were hoping for: MasterCard is joining Visa in support of EMV in the United States.  In a statement issued this week, MasterCard introduced its US roadmap from magnetic stripe cards to EMV chip cards, and beyond to mobile payments and much more. While the […]