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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010, Posted On: 1/31/2010

Apriva' s New Mobile Solution Turns Cellphones Into Credit Card Terminals

Emily Jed
Apriva, AprivaPay, AprivaPay Professional, wireless transactions, credit card processing, vending, vending machine, vending industry, office coffee service, OCS, foodservice, coin-op, vending operator, payment systems, payment solutions, mobil merchants

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Apriva, a wireless transactions and secure information solutions provider, announced the availability of two wireless point-of-sale products for mobile merchants.

AprivaPay is a browser-based application that allows businesses to directly process credit-card transactions through Web-enabled mobile phones. It gives merchants the ability to accept card payments on the go, through virtually any browser-based cellphone including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

Users need not purchase hardware or download software, Apriva reports. Once merchants access AprivaPay through their smartphones, all the relevant transaction information is input through a secure interface. Transactions are securely processed through Apriva's proprietary gateway.

AprivaPay Professional, a second solution, turns compatible smartphones into credit-card terminals. By downloading Apriva's secure transaction processing software, mobile merchants can enjoy the same functionality as any traditional credit-card processing terminal, the company explained.

Merchants can combine the AprivaPay Professional software with an optional printer and magnetic strip reader, giving businesses a low-cost alternative to standalone terminals. This solution can also process a transaction when network connectivity is lost by encrypting and storing data on the device and then generating authorizations once coverage resumes.

AprivaPay Professional is available on Windows Mobile platforms, with Android, iPhone and BlackBerry versions set for release in the near future.

Apriva said merchants can use their preferred devices and network providers with both solutions. Apriva also offers 24/7 support for both mobile POS solutions.

Separately, Apriva announced its entry into a strategic partnership with Visa to offer cashless payment technology to vending operators in the United States. Read the Visa story.

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