Guildford, UK – June 27, 2019 – Semafone®, the leading provider of data security and compliance solutions for call and contact centres, today introduced Cardprotect Relay+, a new, multi-channel payments solution that enables businesses to securely accept payments through the customer engagement channel of their choice for a superior customer experience, while simplifying compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). With Cardprotect Relay+ businesses can generate secure digital payment hyperlinks that can be sent via webchat, social media, email, SMS, QR codes, e-commerce & m-commerce and consumed easily by chatbots and AI technologies while descoping Big Data and Machine Learning technologies – creating fast, easy and secure new ways for consumers to make purchases or pay bills.
“Organisations in all industries are struggling to provide unified, seamless customer experiences across a host of different channels,” said Gary E. Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Semafone. “Cardprotect Relay+ makes it easy to securely transact with customers in any channel – be it voice, digital, in-person or even via a paper printed QR code – by simply sending a payment link for a fast, frictionless and secure payment process.”
Cardprotect Relay+ enables businesses to transact with customers anywhere and in any channel, without the need to invest in costly hardware or enter closed payment ecosystems. Customers simply click the secure link to enter their payment details. Their sensitive payment data and personally identifiable information (PII) is securely routed directly to the payment service provider (PSP) and never enters the merchant businesses’ network infrastructure, thus reducing the PCI DSS scope and dramatically simplifying compliance. At the same time, real-time progress updates are relayed to the merchant business as the link is opened, used and payment information has been collected, as well as confirming when the payment has been successfully processed by the PSP.
As a cloud-based solution, Cardprotect Relay+ is easy-to-deploy, highly configurable and scalable. It integrates effortlessly with third-party applications, supporting all transaction types, currencies and major PSPs. For stronger security, businesses can choose to password protect links, retire unused links if a payment has been made via another channel or after a specified amount of time, restrict certain geographic regions based on IP address, or control how many attempts or retries a customer may use to complete their payment.
“While speaking on the phone remains one of the most popular ways for consumers to connect with customer service for payment or billing issues, digital channels are quickly growing in popularity as consumers increasingly embrace self-service and digital transactions,” added Barnett. “Cardprotect Relay+ will allow businesses to accelerate digital transformation projects and leverage these fast-growing channels; creating a seamless, omni-channel experience that increases sales conversion rates and boosts customer loyalty, while simplifying PCI DSS compliance.”
Consumer desire to conduct transactions through digital channels is growing and Gartner, Inc. estimates 25 percent of customer service operations will use virtual assistants such as webchat and AI chatbots by 2020. At the same time, research shows that omni-channel customers are more valuable and loyal, spending more on every shopping occasion, making more repeat purchases and being more likely to recommend a business to family or friends, than single channel customers. Whether sending a secure payment link through digital channels such as chatbots or using them in-person, such as enabling field service representatives to accept payments in face-to-face transactions without a costly point-of-sale (POS) terminal, Cardprotect Relay+ makes it easy to engage with customers across all channels while ensuring strong data security and compliance.