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The Trial report

Read the final report on the Northampton trial in 2003 (PDF)
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The consumer trial in Northampton

Chip and PIN trial

The trial of the chip and PIN system started in Northampton in May 2003 as an initial step toward national rollout. It involved re-issuing a significant number of Northampton cardholders with new chip and PIN cards. These included a representative range of people, including disabled cardholders.

It also involved upgrading point-of-sale terminals at a selection of retail outlets. A range of leading retailers took part including many well-known household names.

Why Northampton?

Northampton is representative of the demographics of the UK. It has a high proportion of people who live and shop in the same area, is of a sufficient scale for a meaningful trial and has a good representation of leading high street retailers.

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