Bluefin is bringing the security and innovation of its PayConex point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution to the utility billing market, the only Payment Card Industry (PCI) Council validated P2PE solution in North America to date.
Bluefin specializes in integrated cloud-based solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs), SaaS providers and merchants through their PayConex platform. The company has been serving state and local utilities of all sizes since 2007. With PayConex, utilities get state of the art payment processing that includes encrypted point-of-sale (POS), mobile/tablet, and E-commerce options with tokenization and recurring billing features – all integrated within the utilities’ current software interface.
Bluefin has extended the security of their PayConex platform with the recent introduction of a PCI-validated P2PE solution. PayConex P2PE encrypts credit and debit card data in a secure point of entry device, ensuring that clear-text cardholder data does not reach utilities’ systems and networks where it could be exposed to malware. To date, Bluefin is the first and only U.S.-based company to receive PCI validation for a P2PE solution, and just one of three companies the world.
“PayConex P2PE is relevant to all industries but for utilities in particular, it is especially important given the amount of secure consumer data that flows through their systems,” said Ruston Miles, Chief of Product Innovation for Bluefin. “Consumers inherently trust their local and state utility providers to protect their information. By encrypting all credit and debit card information in the approved point of entry device, our solution ensures that clear-text cardholder data is not accessible. Not only does PayConex P2PE secure information for the everyday consumer, but it protects the utility’s brand and reputation.”
Bluefin recently partnered with United Systems & Software, Inc. to provide integrated payments through the company’s ALLIANCE™ Windows Suite. The ALLIANCE™ Windows Suite is a fully integrated CIS / utility billing and accounting system focusing on helping utilities and local government effectively use technology.
“Our company specializes in software development, network services and wireless technology for utilities – with a major focus on how we can help better secure operations for utilities,” said Jeff Harlan, Business Development Manager for United Systems & Software. “Allowing our customers to make a payment through our software provides more convenience and flexibility, but we wanted to make sure the payment side was backed by the highest level of security provisions. And with Bluefin, we’re getting the only PCI-validated P2PE solution available in this country, so we are very excited to roll this out to our clients.”
Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution is available through the company’s PayConex platform. On May 1st, Bluefin held a webinar on PayConex P2PE, EMV and tokenization through PYMNTS.com, which is now available for viewing.