CyberSource, Visa’s payment management platform, has collaborated with Amadeus, a travel software and technology solutions provider, in a bid to enable the latter to offer advanced fraud and payment management capabilities to the global travel industry. The agreement is expected to provide the global travel ecosystem with the ability to deliver Strong Customer Authentication and protect against fraud.

Justin Fraser, Head of CyberSource Europe, commented, “The travel industry, like so many, is facing a new era shaped by new technology and regulation. It’s critical to offer a seamless payment experience while meeting new regulatory requirements and delivering effective authentication and fraud management. Travel merchants that have the right technology in place will be in a stronger position to optimize exemptions under SCA, manage fraud, and ultimately deliver on traveler expectations for simple and secure travel payments.”

According to the supplier, the agreement will facilitate the integration of CyberSource’s 3-D Secure (3DS) 2 authentication solution with that of Amadeus’ payment platform. The 3DS will assist travel merchants and their banking partners in supporting SCA along with the provision of a simple payments experience.

The integration will allow Amadeus Payments to make CyberSource’s offerings available to the travel ecosystem.

Bart Tompkins, Managing Director, Payments, Amadeus, added, “In a world where payments are increasingly mobile and travelers expect to pay with a single click, it’s essential merchants keep the overall experience in mind when implementing SCA. By working closely with the CyberSource team, we have committed to delivering the benefits of the new 3DS 2 protocol across our solutions and the wider travel ecosystem—laying the foundation for simple and efficient two-factor authentication by harnessing innovations such as biometrics.”

3DS allows for the exchange of data between travel merchants and banks, provides native support for in-app authentication on mobile devices and has the ability to request specific exemptions included in the SCA requirements.

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by Megha Bhattacharya
Market Analyst at IBS Intelligence
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