Inflight retail IT specialist, TouchStar On-Board Retail, has entered into a strategic partnership with STS, a payments acceptance software specialist, with the intention of improving payments acceptance capability for airlines, train companies and bus operators. The partners hope to ensure ancillary revenue opportunities are maximized at the same time as introducing new payment options and strengthening data security protection.
As part of the partnership, STS’s G8 payments application, which separates payments processing logic from a point-of-sale application, has been integrated to the TouchStar NovoStar POS system, which is used by many international airlines.
“Accepting payments on board a plane, train or bus brings many new challenges not faced by high street retailers” said Steve Turner, CEO of STS. “These relate to infrastructure, communication and resilience issues, as well as bespoke functionality. Off-line PIN verification, transaction batch support, remote device management and international aspects related to multi country, currency and language all have to be delivered.”