With the goal to offer passengers seamless, secure, and convenient payment acceptance at shared check-in desks, kiosks, and baggage areas in airports, Verifone has announced that it is working with SITA , the world's leading air transport IT and communications specialist, to offer a unique payment solution integrating an airport’s shared IT infrastructure and Verifone payment devices.
Almost every airport and airline in the world does business with SITA and nearly every passenger flight relies on SITA technology. It has an unrivalled presence at more than 1,000 of the world's airports. Verifone has integrated with SITA’s AirportConnect Common-Use Payment Service to enable highly secure payment acceptance by multiple airlines and ground handlers on a single Verifone device installed at each touchpoint – desk, kiosk or bag drop.
Verifone’s point-to-point encryption (P2PE) technology, with EMV and PCI-compliant chip card payment solutions, applications and processes, will allow multiple merchants to accept payments on the same device. With this service, Verifone VX 820, a countertop and PIN pad, and UX, a durable unattended payment solution line with PIN pad and contactless capabilities, will accept payments at airports worldwide that use SITA’s common-use passenger processing infrastructure.
Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA, said, “For airlines, the ability to facilitate payments on shared IT infrastructure at the world’s airports is vital to provide passengers with an integrated air travel experience every step of the way. Our work with Verifone, to deliver this innovative payment solution, allows multiple merchants to use the same device in line with PCI security standards. It enables airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders to accept secure payments in a common-use environment.”
Joe Mach, President of Verifone North America said, “As a leading global innovator and trusted partner, businesses look to Verifone for the means to simplify their payments experience and build positive relationships with their customers. Working with SITA, a global IT leader in the airline industry, Verifone is bringing large-scale, reliable, secure payment touchpoints and convenience to traveling customers at airport counters and kiosks around the world. The agreement is a milestone in expanding our secure payments and future dynamic point-of-sale (POS) interaction in the transportation industry.”
Whether it is chip, magnetic stripe or contactless cards presented at these shared passenger touchpoints, airlines using AirportConnect Common-Use Payment service will be able to maximize existing relationships with their preferred payment service providers and banks.
SITA recently implemented this service with a major European airline at a common-use airport following rigorous testing. Initially available for SITA AirportConnect workstations, the service will be rolled out to support SITA’s common-use kiosks and bag drop stations over the coming months.