Thyron Systems curbs credit card fraud "on the platform" at major UK rail stations

London, U.K, 18th March 2005

Thyron Systems, the specialist provider of terminals and applications for secure mobile and portable card transactions is assisting Group 4 Securicor in helping to crack down on credit/debit card fraud at some of the UK’s busiest railway stations.

Group 4 Securicor are contracted by one of the largest TOC's (Train Operating Companies) in the country, Northern Rail Ltd, to provide Revenue Protection Services, which target passengers alighting from train services who do have a valid ticket in their possession. A notable increasing amount of card fraud has become apparent over the years, mainly targeted at their mobile ticket operatives across the franchise.

Group 4 Securicor evaluated a number of solutions and recommended, after a short trial, to equip all of these ticket operatives with Thyron’s PayCell® MPT500 portable Chip and Pin mobile card processing terminals.

Thyron’s PayCell® MPT500 is a small, light, yet very robust mobile credit card transaction terminal that connects to the Bank’s authorisation systems using GPRS data services. GPRS connectivity is fast, secure and convenient in operations that require mobility and speed of transaction during peak operations such as required by Northern Rail.

"The introduction of the Thyron devices provided immediate payback” Dominic Warren-Browne, Rail Operations Manager for Group 4 Securicor states. “On the first day of their use we managed to stop a significant number of fraudulent transactions going through, and during the next two weeks the amount of card fraud that has been abated has proven that the investment in the technology is justified"

Due to the feedback from this trial other TOCs are now running pilots on their busy routes. It is envisaged there will be larger deployments during the next 3 months across the UK rail network.

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