Equinox Launches EMV-Certified Lodging Terminal
The Company’s Apollo Terminal is the Ideal Solution for Small Business Hotel Operators
SCOTTSDALE, May 3, 2016 – Equinox Payments (“Equinox”), a leading provider of payment terminals, applications and support services, today announced that its Voyager Lodging application running on the Equinox Apollo terminal has been certified by TSYS, making it the first major EMV-certified stand-alone lodging solution available in the US. Hotel owners can now accept the latest technology and avoid costly chargebacks related to the EMV liability shift.
Unlike simple retail and restaurant applications running on traditional payment terminals, lodging solutions require extra functions to manage a folio and track charges throughout a guest’s experience: from reservation deposits, to check-in, onsite property charges and post check-out adjustments. And while integrated property management systems connected to processors via gateway middleware are common for most large hotel chains, stand-alone terminal-based solutions are crucial for the operators of boutique hotels, inns and B&Bs.
“We’re excited to be on the leading edge of companies to step up and launch a lodging application that helps this important and underserved segment of the market,” said Rob Hayhow, vice president, Equinox. “Chargebacks related to the EMV liability shift can really add up, so offering an affordable EMV-certified lodging solution is sure to be a game changer for resellers targeting this space.”
ISOs can immediately take advantage of the TSYS Class-B terminal certification while Equinox works through the certification queues from many of the leading acquirers.
“We are ready to jump on this opportunity and market to this attractive industry segment,” said Joe Hickey, president, Process Point. “The Apollo lodging solution meets the needs of thousands of hotel owners currently running their businesses using legacy terminals, which typically do not have the ability to upgrade to the latest EMV and contactless technology.”
The Voyager payment application running on Apollo terminals has been developed to support a full host of important features that are unique to the lodging sector. The solution supports check-in/check-out functions plus the ability to add incremental charges to a folio related to dining, gift shop purchases, spa services, and the like. Both pre- and post-stay charge and refund transactions can be processed for functions such as deposits, no shows and minibar purchases. The Apollo AIO terminal is an all-in-one countertop device that supports magnetic stripe, EMV and contactless payments in stand-alone and semi-integrated configurations. An integrated PIN pad, printer and full-color signature capture touchscreen display eliminate the need for extra peripherals and cables. It meets the latest PCI security standards and supports a choice of point-to-point encryption technologies to protect cardholder data.
ProcessPoint, Inc. was founded in 2000 and has offices in Seattle, Washington and Salt Lake City, Utah. Our business is divided into two separate operating units: ProcessPoint, a comprehensive merchant service provider, and Audit Advantage Consulting, offering industry-first enterprise consulting solutions. Our business philosophy is simple: to exceed client expectations by providing honest and expert advice, unique products and superior service.
ProcessPoint’s professional consultants match each client’s specific processing needs and technology to a large group of partner processors and platforms or offer several consulting services that help our clients either manage their current processor or assist in finding and converting to a new one.
We leverage our industry expertise to guarantee our performance in writing, offer simple and transparent pricing, and perform our exceptional white glove service. For more information about ProcessPoint or Audit Advantage please visit www.getprocesspoint.com or www.getauditadvantage.com
About Equinox Payments
Brookfield Equinox LLC (dba Equinox Payments) was founded in 2014 as a result of an acquisition of assets from Equinox Payments, LLC. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Equinox is looking beyond product features to rethink and reimagine the customer payment experience.
Leveraging 35+ years of payment industry innovation enables Equinox to provide experienced “last mile” support for the wave of innovative new payment technologies sweeping the payments industry.
The company is owned by NBS Payment Solutions, based in Toronto, Canada and a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to the financial industry for over 25 years. NBS Payment Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with over $225 billion of assets under management. Brookfield is listed on the New York (BAM) and Toronto (BAM.A) stock exchanges. For more information about Equinox Payments, please visit www.equinoxpayments.com.