Apriva, a wireless point-of-sale payment company, says its new AprivaNet service will segregate payment transactions from typical Wi-Fi traffic to a secure channel using a single wireless router the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company will supply. Apriva announced the service last week at the Electronic Transactions Association conference in Las Vegas. Apriva's resellers, including independent sales organizations, would sell the service, which will be available in mid-May. The service will have a monthly service fee and a wholesale price for the router that ISOs can price, says Bill Clark, general manager of Apriva's POS business. The router splits Wi-Fi activity into one of two categories. The device funnels payments-related business to the transaction part of the service, while it routes normal business functions, such as a manager using a laptop to connect to the network, via a separate path that also is secure, Clark says. Merchants will not be responsible for updating the router or service because Apriva will have remote-management capabilities and will be able to lock out changes that it did not authorize. "We lock down the Wi-Fi access," Clark says. The service complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and includes a $50,000 insurance policy to cover breach-related expenses should they occur. Apriva also announced this week a new version of its Apriva Secure POS payment software for Windows and Windows Mobile-equipped devices.

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