The Cryptomathic EMV CA is an essential service component for EMV card authentication. The main purpose of the EMV CA is to allow a central authority to issue and manage the certificates of Card Issuers within a given region.
EMV and PKI
EMV card authentication is based on PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) but unlike traditional PKI, which is based on a standard called X.509, EMV is a standard of its own. Even though EMV is a proprietary standard it is widely used across the globe, with billions of EMV smart cards issued since its initial roll-out.