MALVERN, USA: USA Technologies Inc. announced another wave of enhancements to its ePort Connect service that expand and strengthen its menu of value-added cashless payment, telemetry and consumer engagement services designed for self-serve retailing industries such as vending, amusement and arcade, commercial laundry and kiosk.
The upgrade includes special enhancements such as secure card tokenization, new capabilities designed to optimize USAT's loyalty and prepaid program, MORE., in micro-market environments and new operational tools designed to provide customers additional real-time data about the status of their connected devices. Information regarding some of the latest enhancements to ePort Connect follows.
- Changes in data structure now allow USAT customers to build and retrieve reports in minimal time. And, new shortcuts have been added for even faster access to reports.
- Enhanced "status reporting" makes it even easier for USAT customers to monitor the latest cash and cashless activity on each machine, the timing of DEX file transfers, "last call ins," and other status measures so operators can better prioritize workflow and optimize their cashless installations.
- New on-line credit card acceptance now enables customers to pay for USAT products and services through their web portal at USALive. In addition, automated electronic fund transfer (EFT) enhancements improve the timing of payments by USAT to customers on settlement.
Tokenization is a process by which the primary account number (PAN) of a credit or debit card is replaced with a surrogate value-called a token. Using tokenization, critical credit card data is tokenized upon transaction, giving each consumer's card data a unique numeric identifier. Tokenization has become recognized as an effective way to increase security of credit card transactions.
Stephen P. Herbert, chairman and chief executive officer of USAT, commented, "We want our customers to know that best-in-class security measures are always top of mind as we continue to innovate our ePort Connect service platform. For our vending, kiosk and mobile customers, tokenization adds another level of security beyond the combination of PCI compliance, USAT's end-to-end encryption and other levels of security USAT takes to protect the interests of our customers and their consumers."