P97 Networks Inc., the Houston-based company behind mobile wallets from Gulf Pay and Phillips 66, will work with data-security provider ControlScan Inc. on controls for mobile-payment services.
Announced Tuesday, the deal is targeted at convenience stores and fuel retailers, quick-serve restaurants, and related merchants. Alpharetta, Ga.-based ControlScan will be tied into the P97 PetroZone, a platform that enables payments and distribution of digital offers via any device or connected car used by a consumer. Also, ControlScan will monitor the merchant location to protect the information-technology network from malicious activity, ControlScan said in a release.
In addition to round-the-clock monitoring, a ControlScan-provided cellular backup can provide the data connection when the merchant’s Internet connection is not available.
Gulf Oil L.P. is among the first companies to use the combined service. “Securing financial transactions is a primary focus for consumers, card issuers, merchants, oil and gas companies, and other value-chain providers,” Margaret McDonnell, Gulf Oil vice president of customer and credit card services, said in a statement. “We are proud to work with P97 Networks and ControlScan in delivering Gulf Pay to the marketplace in a safe and secure manner that protects consumers’ personal and financial data.”
The Gulf Pay mobile-payment app is one of several built on P97 Networks’ technology.