Payment Software Now Supports Card-Present Transactions
March 6, 2007 Alex Woodie
Design Systems last week introduced Payment Courier 2.0, a new version of its i5/OS-based payment processing software that supports “card-present” transactions and credit card swipers.
Payment Courier was introduced last year primarily as a replacement for manual payment processes. Instead of requiring customer service representatives to walk over to keypad devices and manually type in a credit card number, they could initialize and complete a transaction from Payment Courier, which features a 5250 green screen, as well as APIs for integrating with RPG applications.
Design Systems developed Payment Courier, using LANSA development tools, for card-not-present transactions, as you would expect for e-commerce, catalog, and phone-based retailers. What was missing from that first version was support for card-present transactions.
“A number of our eCommerce customers have walk-in, retail, or pickup customers, and they requested we extend the capabilities of the card-not-present system to accommodate the card-present type of transactions,” says Don Clark, Design Systems product manager. “Within six weeks, we were able to extend the capability of Payment Courier to accommodate the card swiper and the ‘swipe’ transaction.”
With version 2, the company has developed a new 5250 console for card-present transactions, as well as a new API. The capability can be called from point of sale (POS) systems, and supports most USB or keyboard attached card swipers and readers, the company says.