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AvalonBay selects PCI Pal to securely handle its contact centre payments

The fact that we’ve been able to continue from home proves that Agent Assist is a powerful product

** PCI Pal’s Agent Assist reduces call handling times, delivers full PCI DSS compliance and enables remote workers to transact payments safely and securely **

PCI Pal®, the global provider of cloud-based secure payment solutions, has been selected by the real estate investment trust, AvalonBay, to upgrade its contact centre payment security and compliance solution, replacing a legacy ‘pause and resume’ system.

With the legacy systems requiring a costly upgrade, AvalonBay researched for alternative innovations that could be integrated with existing call management, recording and CRM solutions, while maintaining total compliance with the PCI DSS rules.

With 15 regional offices, approximately 250 associates handle customer interactions and enquiries from the firm’s shared-services hub in Arlington, VA, as well as remotely during the pandemic.

Confirms Steve Fabian, Senior Vice President of AvalonBay, “PCI Pal’s cloud-based Agent Assist payment security solution was selected as it provides a number of benefits; our agents can continue talking to customers while payment information is input and transacted, enhancing our personalised service and customer experience. It also integrates with our existing unified call management system, CRM and two payment systems, so from a technology standpoint delivers a consistent experience for our agents and no major overhaul of existing systems and processes.”

One of the most significant benefits has been the ability for AvalonBay’s agents to be able to work from home and continue to take secure, compliant payments, as Steve adds:

“While we were setting agents up to be able to work from home, one thing we couldn’t have foreseen was COVID-19. Agent Assist has enabled our agents to work seamlessly from home. The fact that we’ve been able to continue from home proves that Agent Assist is a powerful product – and we’ve completed roll-out amid the pandemic and received awesome service throughout the process.”

PCI Pal’s Agent Assist cloud-based platform secures telephone-based card payments and empowers contact centres to take Cardholder Not Present payments securely, without bringing environments into scope of PCI DSS.

Using DTMF masking technology and speech recognition, it captures payment details whilst enabling agents and customers to remain in conversation, providing a positive overall experience.

For more information on PCI Pal visit http://www.pcipal.com, call +44 (0) 207 030 3770 to arrange a demonstration or follow PCI Pal on Twitter.

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Notes to Editors:

About PCI Pal:
PCI Pal is a leading provider of SaaS solutions that empower companies to take payments securely, adhere to strict industry governance, and remove their business from the significant risks posed by non-compliance and data loss. PCI Pal's mission is to safeguard reputation and trust by providing customers with secure Cardholder Not Present payment solutions for contact centres and businesses.

PCI Pal's products secure payments and data in any business communications environment including voice, chat, social, email, and contact centre. It is integrated to, and resold by, some of the worlds' leading business communications vendors, as well as major payment service providers.

The entirety of the product-base is available from its global cloud platform hosted in Amazon Web Services ("AWS"), with regional instances across EMEA, North America, and ANZ. PCI Pal products can be used by any size organisation globally, and it is proud to work with some of the largest and most respected brands in the world.

For more information visit www.pcipal.com or follow PCI Pal on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pci-pal/

About AvalonBay:
AvalonBay is a large real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, USA. It has an established track record of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing distinctive apartment homes in some of the best US markets, and delivering outsized, risk-adjusted returns to shareholders. It currently owns and operates around 300 high-end rental properties across the country, predominantly in coastal regions.

Editor’s Contact:
Peppa Sheridan, Peptalk Communications
+ 44 (0)7725 121189 // peppa@peptalkpr.co.uk