AmericInn Designates Merchant Link Solution as Brand Standard for Payment and Data Security

  • Merchant Link
  • 04.23.12

Merchant Link, a leading provider of payment gateway and data security solutions, announced it has been designated by AmericInn International, LLC as the preferred provider of payment and data security services for its franchisees.


AmericInn® is one of the fastest growing limited service lodging chains with over 260 locations in 27 states. Locations utilizing an integrated property management system for payments are now required to install the Merchant Link solution.


"As credit card data breaches continue to make headlines, and as we continue to grow our business, we knew we had to do everything possible to secure the personal data of our guests," shared Mark Nicpon, CIO, of AmericInn International, LLC. "Merchant Link's hosted solution secures cardholder data from the moment of capture and ensures data is not stored anywhere on premise. The solution also helps ease PCI compliance effort and cost for our franchisees."

The comprehensive solution incorporates the Merchant Link Payment Gateway™, TransactionVault™ tokenization and TransactionShield® point-to-point encryption technology. The Merchant Link Payment Gateway provides connectivity to all major processors and sends payments quickly, while detecting and correcting errors along the way. TransactionVault removes guest credit card data from hoteliers' systems and stores it in a secure, hosted "vault" – away from the business and safe from hackers. TransactionShield encrypts data at the point of interaction and protects it as it travels through the hotel's IT environment. Decryption occurs within Merchant Link's cloud-based payment gateway, reducing the risk of comprise.

"AmericInn understands the importance of processing payment transactions securely as well as the value of the support services we provide their franchisees to access information and immediately remediate problems," said Dan Lane, Merchant Link's President and CEO. "We are proud that AmericInn has selected Merchant Link as the brand standard for its franchisees and we look forward to working with them."

Installations are already underway and adoption across the entire chain is expected to be complete over the next 12 months.




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