Paynet Transactions and BellSouth Wireless Data Team Up to Bring Speedy, Convenient Credit Card Use to the Final Four in Tampa
Story Filed: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 10:47 AM EST
TAMPA, FLA. (March 24) BUSINESS WIRE -March 24, 1999-- Wireless POS
Terminals in Stadium, Parking Lot, Area Host Hotels
Eliminate Long Lines
Fans at this year's Final Four will be able to use their credit cards
to buy official memorabilia quickly and easily at numbers of "unwired"
locations, thanks to wireless capabilities provided by Paynet
Transaction Services and BellSouth Wireless Data.
Paynet Transactions, a leader in credit card processing for special
events, and BellSouth Wireless Data, an expert in providing wireless
data solutions, are providing wireless credit card point-of-sale (POS)
terminals and service for use at the souvenir shops inside Tampa's
Tropicana Stadium, in the stadium parking lot and at area host hotels
during the NCAA Basketball finals March 27 and 29, 1999.
The wireless POS terminals from Paynet and BellSouth Wireless Data
enable souvenir vendors to have triple the amount of credit card
terminals in Tropicana Stadium, making it quick and easy for fans to
buy official merchandise...wherever they are in the stadium complex.
For fans that prefer the convenience of purchasing souvenir items
right at their hotel, Paynet and BellSouth Wireless Data will
temporarily furnish lobby souvenir shops of Tampa area host hotels with
wireless credit card terminals. As most hotels do not have the
resources available to accommodate multiple credit card terminals,
Paynet and BellSouth Wireless Data provide the ideal portable, wireless
solution because additional standard dial-up phone lines would be very
expensive to add for a weekend event.
Each Paynet terminal is equipped with a wireless modem, allowing for
rapid transaction transmission over the nationwide BellSouth
Intelligent Wireless Network(sm) from BellSouth Wireless Data. Once a
credit card is swiped, the terminals wirelessly transmit the data to
Global Payment Systems, the front-end processor, via the BellSouth
Intelligent Wireless Network, where it receives authorization and is
securely broadcast back to the terminal. This process usually takes
less than 10 seconds. Using standard dial up phone lines, this process
would take longer.
The BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network is ideal for conducting
wireless credit card transactions because of features such as seamless,
nationwide coverage by a single carrier, low latency, high reliability
and guaranteed confirmation of transactions.
"Wireless credit card terminals are another example of how wireless
solutions are moving into the mainstream bringing real-life benefits to
vendors and customers alike," said Lew Blumstein, BellSouth Wireless
Data's, vice president, industry marketing. "Be it the Final Four, the
Super Bowl, or a major concert event, the wireless solution from
BellSouth Wireless Data and Paynet will provide convenience to fans and
increased sales to merchants."
"Fans attending 'once in a lifetime' events like the Final Four tend
to purchase expensive commemorative items such as sweaters or jackets
with credit cards," said Al Chan, vice president, for Paynet
Transaction Services. "With the wireless transaction solution from
Paynet and BellSouth Wireless Data, vendors at the tournament and area
host hotels can quickly and cost effectively bring credit card
convenience to fans". About Paynet Transaction Services
Paynet Transaction Services, Concord, California provides credit card
processing for all types of merchant accounts. The company is one of
the few credit card processors to maintain a special events department
which does short term rental of credit card terminal, cash registers
and radio frequency wireless modems which interface with the BellSouth
Intelligent Wireless Network from BellSouth Wireless Data. Special
events clients include the Rolling Stones tour, the US Open Tennis
Championships, the New England Patriots (VUI), the Donna Karan
Warehouse Sales, the George Strait tour, Sony Signatures, and many
others for whom credit card acceptance at a temporary venue means
convenience to fans and customers and increased sales to the merchant.
E-mail: [email protected] About BellSouth Wireless Data
BellSouth Wireless Data, L.P., headquartered in Woodbridge, N.J., is
an expert in providing proven wireless data communications solutions
that eliminate the barriers between critical information and mobile
users. The company, a winner of the prestigious Sears Innovation Source
of the Year and Partners in Progress awards for 1997, delivers a
competitive advantage and increases personal productivity for
aggressive, innovative companies and individuals leveraging
communications technologies to meet their strategic goals. BellSouth
Wireless Data operates its wireless data service throughout the United
States, covering more than 93 percent of the urban business population
located in 266 metropolitan areas with a total population of 200
BellSouth Wireless Data is a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation,
which provides telecommunications, wireless communications, cable and
digital TV, directory advertising and publishing, and Internet and data
services to nearly 33 million customers in 19 countries worldwide.
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