SYMICRON LAUNCHES D-CHAN - A FIXED CHARGE CREDIT CARD AUTHORISATION SERVICE FOR RETAILERS Tuesday 6 March 2001 PDF Print Symicron Computer Communications Ltd, the UK's leading independent manufacturer of ISDN systems, has launched a new low cost service for retailers called D-CHAN. It is targeted at businesses with greater than 25 credit card transactions per day and will save retailers considerable costs in their communications. For just £42 per month - a fixed charge, with no call charges, Symicron can provide a shop with a real time credit card authorisation fast link to its merchant acquirer. This will enable authorisations to be made, without cluttering up the ISDN telephone circuits, within 2.3 seconds. The D-CHAN service includes leased equipment at the site, linking to current POS equipment and uses the existing ISDN circuit. This is a new service and is backed by BT's ISDN Connect network especially designed for this purpose. The D-CHAN service can also be used as an estate-wide email system. The network service, which gives company-wide distributed email, is known as Dmail. This low cost messaging service is based on the 'Hotmail' style of operation where all corporate emails are held centrally. Each remote site can access, receive, send, list, print, etc. emails using the D- CHAN network. Emails themselves are not actually delivered to the remote sites but copies of them can be accessed using any web browser. Importantly, because D-CHAN is an always-up service, email delivery advice can be presented to a remote site so that their emails can be picked up quickly. The remote sites have no direct Internet access; so system security is assured and Internet distraction by staff is also avoided. Attachments cannot be sent accompanying emails to remote sites, which prevents the spread of system viruses. A remote site employee, such as a sales assistant, can easily be sent emails from within the company, but external emails normally arrive at the corporate mail server where they are stored and saved. Emails arriving there but destined for a specific remote site are then forwarded to the Dmail system and advice of their arrival is sent to the remote site. The sales assistant or shop manager can then access the Dmail system and view, print, reply etc. using a familiar browser. Similar in operation to 'Hotmail', an employee can compose an email and send it back to the corporate mail server for onward passage either internally or externally. No local management of the emails are needed - other than to read inbox messages and delete them when dealt with. Unlike a client server approach (e.g. Microsoft mail server and Outlook) the mail messages are never really present at the remote site and so require no local management or responsibility for their local storage etc. John Tilbrook, Chairman of Symicron, commented, "D-CHAN is a product that should save retailers lots of money on their credit card authorisations as well as speeding the process up. With the added benefit of secure Dmail, we believe this is an ideal solution." Symicron Computer Communications are on 020 8857 5577 or http://www.symicron.com Further information for Editors from: Tom Hohenberg The Marketing Department Tel: 01494 764858 mailto:email@example.com John Tilbrook Symicron 020 8857 5577 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Marketing Department in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.