Petroleum retailers and convenience store operators will need fewer phone lines, enjoy greater security and faster connectivity as a result of a new partnership between Gilbarco (Greensboro, N.C.) and Cybera (Nashville, Tenn.). The companies have joined forces to streamline voice, video and financial transaction data communication into a single, secure, converged network.
This partnership is targeted primarily for retailers who currently do not have a broadband infrastructure in place or are looking to transform their existing network connectivity into a single, proven and affordable solution. With their industry leading SmartNetwork family of networking solutions, tailored specifically to meet Gilbarco customers’ needs, Cybera eliminates the need for multiple phone lines to support voice, payment networks, Applause Media System, security cameras, loyalty, ATMs, Gilbarco help desk remote support or Internet.
Gilbarco products (including Passport point of sale system with Version 8 software and higher, Applause Media System, and SMART Connect) will consolidate communication through a network solution from Cybera. Additionally, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant network solutions from Cybera improve speed and protect data from viruses, worms and malicious attacks. The partnership also establishes infrastructure that will be needed to support new features, such as Remote Manager in Passport Version 9 and higher software.
Beyond the cost and performance benefits for c-store operators, the partnership is designed to eliminate the complexity of implementing, upgrading and supporting applications in the store environment. Often store operators are left to assemble their own network hardware, connections and service provider relationships when investing in a new application. This often requires IP routing, security, installation and application expertise that most store operators don’t have. By integrating the network solution with the applications, Gilbarco and Cybera are dramatically simplifying the technical and operational burdens many store operators face.