June 26, 2013

AutoClerk Partners with Shift4 to Create Card-Data-Free PMS Solution

MINNEAPOLIS (Marketwired) Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Shift4 Corporation, the world’s largest independent payment gateway, and leading property management system (PMS) provider AutoClerk, introduced a card-data-free PMS integration this morning at HITEC, the hospitality industry’s premier technology conference.

“This is the first solution to successfully prevent both front-end and back-end entry of cardholder data into the PMS, leaving the hotelier with virtually no card data environment, and therefore almost no risk of a data breach,” said Shift4 VP of Business Development Bob Lowe.

AutoClerk’s myHMS3® is a Web-hosted PMS, meaning the whole solution exists in the cloud and none of the data is stored or processed in the hotel’s physical environment.

On the front end, Shift4’s i4Go®, a virtual card-data firewall, intercepts payment data before it enters the hosted environment, securely sending that data directly to Shift4’s DOLLARS ON THE NET® payment gateway to be processed and tokenized. For additional front-end security, encrypted card readers/keypad devices are supported for card-present scenarios. With these solutions in place, even the hotel’s workstations remain out of scope of PCI audits.

On the back-office side, myHMS3 has become the first PMS to implement Shift4’s 4Res technology to remove sensitive cardholder data (CHD) from reservation requests before they enter the PMS. Shift4 and AutoClerk have partnered with Genares, a global leader in hotel reservation systems, to make this possible. Prior to 4Res, in spite of their best efforts, PMS vendors would always have some amount of CHD within their environment.

“The real crux of our integration is that we will now be able to provide myHMS3 users with a fully Web-hosted payment solution that contains no card data – completely removing the hosted data center from PCI scope,” said AutoClerk co-founder Gary Gibb. “Not only have we elevated most of the payment process out of the hotel environment, we’ve also made it possible for hoteliers to add encrypted key entry and swipe devices on premise and keep our application and their local network free from card data as well. This combination drastically simplifies what the hoteliers need to do to be PCI compliant and – more importantly – to be secure.”

HITEC attendees can hear more about this solution by attending scheduled presentations today (Wednesday) at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in booth #1007. More information can also be obtained by emailing a request to marketing@shift4.com.

About Shift4 Corporation
Founded in Las Vegas in 1994, Shift4 Corporation is the world’s largest independent payment gateway, serving more than 24,000 clients in several industries, including Hospitality, Retail, Food & Beverage, Mail/Telephone Order, and e-Commerce. Boasting more than 350 POS/PMS integrations and maintaining absolute bank and processor neutrality, Shift4 is proudly merchant-centric, helping clients secure the best discount rates while providing industry-leading security, speed, and reliability. Recognized as a pioneer of Tokenization, Shift4 has processed more than four billion tokenized transactions since it coined the term in 2005. Shift4’s DOLLARS ON THE NET solution provides unparalleled pre- and post-settlement auditing capabilities, fraud protection, and drastically simplified PCI compliance. For more information, visit www.shift4.com.

About AutoClerk, Inc.
Founded in the early eighties by Gary Gibb and his partner, Ed Bear, AutoClerk’s service to the hospitality industry spans three decades and now enjoys a well-established nationwide presence. AutoClerk offers sophisticated group functionality, dynamic rate tiers, yield management, single inventory web-booking engine with real-time two-way interface, custom packages, and a tape chart with a very friendly and powerful drag and drop user interface. AutoClerk software has been audited for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance since 2008. For more information, visit www.autoclerk.com.


Media Contact
Nathan Casper
Shift4 Corporation