Powertranz and Bluefin Add MultiLink JETS Debit Card Support in Jamaica

News Americas, Hamilton, Bermuda and Atlanta, GA, Thursday June 9, 2022: Bluefin, the leading provider of data and payment security technologies, including PCI-validated point-to-point (P2PE) encryption solutions, and Powertranz, the local Card Present gateway/payment processing leader for the Caribbean, announced their support for local Jamaicans. debit card, JETS, as well as the first secure and self-integrated contactless terminals with validated P2PE on the market.

The companies introduced the Caribbean’s first self-integrated contactless kiosk solution last year that includes Bluefin as a validated P2PE provider, PowerTranz as a Card Present payment gateway/processor, and NRT kiosks that use the 6500 unattended Advanced Mobile Payments devices.

Bluefin, Powertranz and NRT partnered with acquirer Scotiabank to develop a solution for C&W Communications, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications and entertainment provider, which included payment application development, device in kiosk software and device certification with Fiserv for Mastercard, VISA, Discover and AMEX. C&W Communications operates over 100 NRT-Opal bill payment kiosks in 14 Caribbean countries.

The solution now supports the JETS MultiLink debit card in Jamaica, a vital part of the financial landscape. JETS Limited is an electronic banking services company operating Jamaica’s national debit card network with the registered service mark “MultiLink”. All JETS member institutions, as issuers, offer their customers access to cash from their own accounts through the MultiLink network, whether at ATMs or point-of-sale terminals. MultiLink supports over one million users who use it to attract over $85 billion annually.

“We are delighted to support Jamaica’s MultiLink debit card,” said Chris Burns, CEO of Powertranz. “This is a popular card in Jamaica and it was particularly important for C&W to have a chip and PIN solution to accept all card payments, including the JETS multilink debit card at kiosks.”

C&W and its partners are rolling out 50 self-service kiosks across Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and will continue to roll out additional self-service kiosks in their respective Caribbean markets.

The solution will also support Trinidad and Tobago LINX debit cards later this month. InfoLink Services, the LINX debit card switching operator, is a joint venture between the four major financial institutions in Trinidad and Tobago and was created to provide local debit card switching infrastructure. The LINX Debit Smart Card is a co-branded LINX/Visa debit card.

Sherie Forden, Senior Manager, C&W B2C OMNI Channels Eco-Systems said, “We are delighted with this partnership with Bluefin and Powertranz. Customers appreciate the ease and convenience of paying by debit card and this initiative will improve the self-service experience for FLOW customers who use our kiosks for their bill payments and to recharge their mobile phones.

“The complexity of multi-country adoption of a uniform payment solution that supports a cross-border utility provider, an international financial institution, a locally-centric payment gateway and processor, and a global Payment Council Industry certified data security offers the best of partnering to bring integrated self-service kiosks supporting MSR, EMV, NFC and validated P2PE to the Caribbean market,” said Eldred F. Garcia, VP of Security Solutions, Bluefin “We are very pleased to bring the much needed installation of self-service kiosks backed by PCI validated P2PE with the inclusion of local throughput to this market.”

About Powertranz

Powertranz is a sophisticated Card Present payment platform provider that processes integrated point-of-sale transactions, including EMV and PCI Validated Point to Point Encryption (P2PE), in Bermuda and the Caribbean market. Powertranz is the leading PCI validated P2PE provider in the Caribbean through its partnership with Bluefin. The company is based in Bermuda, along with its sister company, First Atlantic Commerce. For more information, please visit https://firstatlanticcommerce.com/powertranz/.

About bluefin tuna

Bluefin is the recognized integrated payments leader in encryption and tokenization technologies that protect payments and sensitive data. The company’s product suite includes solutions for contactless, face-to-face, call center, mobile, e-commerce and unattended payments and data in healthcare, higher education , government and non-profit organizations. The company’s 200 global partners serve 20,000 enterprise customers and software vendors operating in 47 countries. For more information, visit https://www.bluefin.com/.