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Ports Petroleum Rolls out EchoSat SPG to Fuelmart Stores

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Ports Petroleum, a third-generation, independently owned and operated petroleum retail operator and wholesaler, and EchoSat Communications Group completed the rollout of EchoSat's SPG (Secure Payment Gateway) high-speed transaction transport services to all of Ports Petroleum's Fuelmart convenience stores, the companies reported.

"The EchoSat SPG technical team took time to understand what we already had in place and what we needed in a new c-store communications network," said Rick Stanley, IT director for Ports Petroleum. "Then together we implemented an SPG solution that fit our goals and timelines. As a result of our close coordination, the conversion has gone perfectly with zero problems and no glitches."

The SPG solution for Ports Petroleum enables high-speed Internet-based transactions for multiple applications to multiple processing hosts. These transactions include the delivery of credit card data to NBS Inc.; Telecheck to First Data; prepaid and gift card to Presolutions; fleet transactions to Comdata; and ATM to Coredata.

This SPG implementation includes seamless integration with Ports Petroleum's existing WAN (wide-area network) and VPN (virtual-private network) infrastructure. In effect, it sits beside the corporate WAN to deliver payment transactions directly from Fuelmart convenience stores to the appropriate processing hosts, the company reported.

Additionally, to ensure the best uptime and reliability for these business-critical transactions, SPG routes all data through its geographically distributed, redundant network of secure facilities across the U.S. The SPG system also features intelligent auto-dial backup technology, which supports all payment applications in the event of a local Internet outage, Ports reported.

Additionally, the SPG network service delivers comprehensive device control and firmware management services, plus a 100 percent PCI-compliant transaction network.

Stanley reports with SPG in place, Fuelmart customers now enjoy fast credit card, ATM, prepaid, fleet and check transactions, while Ports Petroleum's store operations group enjoys the powerful SPG device security, the ability to connect to multiple processors, the proactive inventory control, and the real-time site monitoring provided by EchoSat's SPG secure transaction transport service.
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