SOURCE: Attachmate Corporation
November 01, 2010 08:00 ET
Attachmate Partners With Mercator to Secure Legacy Host Applications
Leading IT Company Leverages Attachmate Host Application Technology to Safeguard Critical Passenger Data
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 1, 2010) - Attachmate Corporation today announced a partnership with Mercator, the IT division of the Emirates Group, to provide host application security using Attachmate® Reflection for the Web 2008 Airlines Edition. Reflection for the Web Airlines Edition empowers an airline to securely access host applications and protect sensitive reservation and passenger data.
Based in Dubai, Mercator is one of the leading IT organizations serving numerous airline customers in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Mercator was looking for an alternative to its existing application, which provides access to its mainframe-based hosted reservation and check-in solutions. Mercator wanted a flexible solution that could easily adapt to the changing business needs while at the same time providing proven host application security and rich customization features to its various airline customers.
"As we evaluated alternative solutions, it was important that we selected a partner that could not only help us leverage our existing infrastructure, but also deliver fully functioning host applications via the Internet to ensure we were maximizing our ability to secure sensitive passenger data for our esteemed customers," said Raajeswaran M, program manager, for Mercator. "We selected Attachmate based on the company's deep knowledge of airlines' IT environments and technologies as well as its multi-layered approach to legacy host application security."
Reflection for the Web 2008 Airlines Edition is a terminal emulation software solution that connects browser users to applications on IBM TPF, ALCS and Unisys® systems commonly used in the airline and travel industries, as well as IBM 3270, IBM 5250 and HP hosts. With strong authentication and encryption capabilities, Reflection for the Web Airlines Edition assists airlines in delivering fully functioning host applications across the public Internet in a more secure manner.
"Attachmate recognizes that in order to be a strategic partner to Mercator, we needed to provide them with a technology solution that would enable them to not only increase efficiency of its business processes, but also adhere to stringent regulations of its various airline customers," said Adel Al Naggar, area manager of Middle East and Turkey for Attachmate. "We understand the highly competitive nature of the travel industry and this partnership demonstrates our commitment and presence in the Middle East."
Mercator expects to expand its partnership with Attachmate to deploy Attachmate® INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Airlines and Attachmate® INFOConnect Print and Transaction Router, which will help it to migrate to the CUPPS platform, a new standard systems platform for agent-facing, common-use implementations at airports currently being developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
"Attachmate has a long history of providing our customers in the airline industry with powerful host application solutions that enable them to pull crucial legacy hosts into a modern, multi-layered security architecture and helps secure sensitive information," said Barbara Ballard, product manager for Attachmate. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Mercator to help them provide the highest level of security for their mission-critical data."
Attachmate delivers advanced software for terminal emulation, legacy modernization, managed file transfer and enterprise fraud management. With our technologies, more than 65,000 businesses worldwide are putting their IT assets to work in new and meaningful ways. For more information please visit www.attachmate.com.
Mercator, part of the Emirates Group -- comprising Emirates Airline, Dnata and their subsidiary companies -- is a provider of business technology solutions and services to the global airline and transportation logistics industries.
With offices in the Middle East and Thailand, Mercator provides the IT systems and services that support world-wide operations of award winning major carriers, hybrid, low-cost and regional airlines in the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Mercator's teams of IT professionals work at the cutting-edge of technology to deliver its customers across the globe with the IT business solutions to help grow their businesses.
Mercator's six business divisions have been designed to best serve its customers needs. They include: Passenger Solutions, Cargo & Logistics Solutions, Customer Relationship Management & Loyalty Solutions, Financial Management Solutions, Safety Solutions and Business Technology Services.
For more information, visit: www.mercator.com.
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