16 September 2004

Braintree irons out creases in wireless waves

New research undertaken by Braintree Communications highlighted that current wireless GPRS technology requires modifications to improve the security and reliability to transmit high value transactions such as EFTPOS data across the airwaves successfully.

“GPRS has significant coverage in Australia , as most mobile phones use a GPRS network but few networks have the reliability to realise its full potential for important data transactions,” said Mr Peter Hall, chief executive at Braintree Communications. “Understanding the quirks between GPRS networks, modern protocols used on the Internet and transaction data is vital in getting the best from the network”.

Braintree 's Axon terminal adaptors allow merchants to migrate from fixed line EFTPOS and ATM systems to wireless GPRS networks while keeping the same equipment currently in the store. All this can be achieved in less than 40 seconds.

“EFTPOS transactions act in a very different way to other data when transmitted over airwaves. The ability to understand how transactions fundamentally work and to identify what needs modifying is what makes our Axon products developed in Australia different to those on the market from overseas” says Mr Hall.

Braintree has designed a technology that assesses the optimum performance parameters for a wireless GPRS network in Australia for EFTPOS transactions. This research and subsequent technology increases the reliability of ensuring that packets of data are not lost and the connection with the bank is maintained.

Braintree recently showcased its wireless Axon products at BankTech.04, Australia 's foremost forum for banking technology. “We were impressed by the strong interest shown by carriers and the banking industry in our Axon products” said Mr Hall.

The interest seems to be based on the unparalleled reliability obtained by the Axon product range and its “hands-off” installation.

Braintree 's “hands-off” concept allows deployers to send an Axon to a new or existing installation site and get the staff to plug in the POS terminals and be wireless-enabled. All without pressing any buttons, no configuration, or need to wait for a telephone line to be provisioned as this is all performed remotely.

Being wireless also means POS terminals are not limited to the phone socket in the wall any more. No strings-attached.

About Braintree Communications

Braintree Communications has supplied over 12,000 gateways in Australia that have carried over 60 million transactions. Braintree specialises in the design and development of data communication solutions that allow existing transaction terminals to connect to modern IP networks and transact immediately through embedded intelligent protocol conversion.

Braintree 's primary technology focus is on Short Duration Transaction Networks (SDTN) such as EFT applications like Point-Of-Sale and ATM connectivity, defence communications systems, security systems and financial services.

Braintree has been developing unique solutions since 1990 for clients such as Telstra, Optus, TNS Australia, Boeing, Cashcard and Ericsson.


Mr Peter Hall, Chief Executive Officer
Braintree Communications
Ph: +61 7 3033 8800 www.braintree.com.au.



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