Alaska Option Customers Realize ATM Communication Alternative with New TNS Solution

Oct 20 2010

Alaska Option has enhanced its services to customers by adding wireless ATM processing with TNSLink, a managed communication solution from Transaction Network Services.

Alaska Option delivers ATM and POS transaction switching and settlement services, and processing to financial institutions and financial service providers throughout the US. In 2009, Alaska Option processed over 24 million ATM transactions and nearly 108 million PIN and signature-based POS transactions. The Network consistently ranks in the top 10 in PIN POS volume nationally.

TNSLink will help Alaska Option deliver alternative connectivity to customer ATMs via wireless, without the need to update their existing ATM infrastructure. TNSLink also enables two way communication with ATMs, allowing Alaska Option to remotely manage ATMs, including sending remote key distribution and collecting electronic journal data from their ATM estate.

In addition to providing Alaska Option with enhanced connectivity options, TNSLink utilizes TNS’ PCI-DSS certified backbone network which provides improved security, and is monitored 24x7x365 to maximize uptime and reduce risk.

John M. Perry, General Manager Americas, TNS Payments Division, said: “Alaska Option is a well known and respected provider of payment related services across the United States, and I am very pleased that our new relationship will help them optimize their payment operations. The performance and security benefits of TNSLink will allow Alaska Option to offer an alternative to allow their customers to more effectively manage their ATM network.  The service leverages TNS’ deep expertise in managing ATM and kiosk communications, enabling Alaska Option to offer an excellent level of service to their customers.”

TNSLink is a cost effective solution for banks, ISOs and ATM operators that have a mix of legacy dial devices and newer IP devices.  The service provides flexible, high speed communication for ATMs regardless of the type of equipment.  Multiple secure communication options exist, including wireless, industry standard SSL and Virtual Private Networks. Since it was launched in the US in 2006, TNSLink has grown in popularity and is now available in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Linda Moneymaker, SVP and General Manager at Alaska Option said: “TNS has a reputation for delivering flexible and secure payment solutions, which is why we chose them to partner for wireless communication service for our customer’s ATMs.  TNSLink gives our customers an excellent quality of service and helps demonstrate our continued commitment to meeting their evolving requirements.”

TNS has payment partners in all 50 states in the US and over 40 countries around the world, making TNS one of the industry’s largest, global managed payment service providers. TNS provides ATM communications and processing services to over 105,000 ATMs worldwide and, in addition to ATMs, its TNSLink solution can also be used to support a wide range of kiosks and point-of-sale terminals.

For more information about TNSLink please visit www.tnsi.com/tnslink.

For more information about Alaska Option please visit www.alaskaoption.com.

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