UL expands along the test value chain
Collis develops and tests secure transaction technology for banks, governments, mobile network operators and public transport companies. Its solutions include advisory services, test tools and expert training associated with smart card technology, mobile payments, NFC/TSM, security and risk, transactions, cards, devices and central host systems.
Collis marks the third acquisition for UL's fast growing transaction security service line, following the additions of RFI Global in June 2010 (cf. Smart Insights Weekly #10-24) and Witham Laboratories in January 2012 (cf. SIW #12-02).
Collis will join the UL Verification Services business unit, which provides testing, inspection, audit and advisory services for a multitude of product categories and market segments, including the electrical, electronic, transaction security, wireless, high-tech, softline and hardline industries. Both RFI Global and Witham Laboratories are already part of UL Verification Services business unit.
With this acquisition, UL is completing its offering in test in the Secure Transactions industry. Collis specializes in test tools development, with an involvement in almost all segments in the industry: payment (with MasterCard, EMVCo, EMV merchant oriented, Visa, American Express, SEPA, … test tools), transport (VDV, card simulator, validator simulator, …), telecom (card and handset testing), identity (ePassport, eHealth, Chronotachograph,…), issuance process (with GlobalPlatform) and the company has expanded its range of test tools to cover NFC needs (SWP-HCI, TSM, …). Previously, RFI Global has brought a its expertise in performing tests to the UL.
Besides its head office in Leiden, in the Netherlands, Collis has established subsidiaries in Singapore, US, Great Britain (built from the acquisition of Aspects tools in 2006, cf. SIW #06-45), France, Dubai, Turkey and Finland. Collis employs over 150 people worldwide.