Oct 19 , 2010
TNS high-speed wireless ATM link
Transaction Network Services Canada has launched TNSLink, a service which provides ATM deployers and ISOs with secure, high-speed communications via 3G wireless channels.
TNS Canada is a subsidiary of Reston, Virginia-based Transaction Network Services, which specialises in providing communications networks for payments processors and acquirers. In the US, TNSLink has been available since 2006, and was launched in Australia in 2009. TNS’s UK subsidiary introduced TNSLink in early 2010.
Doug Epp, senior director at TNS Canada, says that TNSLink is important because it helps ATM deployers to speed up transaction times. “The majority of off-premise ATMs in Canada use slow, dial-up connections, which can typically take 20 seconds to process an ATM transaction,” he tells Payments Business. “But an ATM connecting over TNSLink to an ATM acquirer can take as little as 8 seconds. This is important in a high-volume location, where there are a lot of people wanting to use an ATM.”
TNSLink is PCI-DSS compliant, and connects to ATM processors and acquirers via the TNS Canada managed Secure SSL Gateway.
Epp says that TNSLink provides ATM processors with web-based reporting so they can monitor network and ATM performance.
“Off-premise ATM deployers and also bank ATM deployers are interested in TNSLink, as it helps them to migrate from legacy ATM infrastructure and technology to a high-speed platform that is highly secure,” Epp says. “ATM deployers are mandated to migrate to EMV, which is a cost-of-doing-business for them, not a profit-centre. They are looking to cut ATM costs, and this is where TNSLink can help them.”
TNS owns Calypso Canada, an international ATM acquirer and management company which was set up in 1998, and acquired by TNS in 2009. In April 2010, Calypso announced that its Canadian operation had been certified by Interac, Visa and MasterCard for EMV chip-and-PIN transaction processing.
Transaction Network Services provides ATM communications and processing services to over 110,000 ATMs worldwide. In addition to ATMs, TNSLink can also be used at point-of-sale terminals and kiosks.