August 20, 2008

InMotion Awards Three-Year Contract to New Edge Networks

InMotion Entertainment, an entertainment and electronics airport retailer, has awarded New Edge Networks, the business communications unit of EarthLink, a three-year contract valued at nearly $1 million to build and manage a private network based on multi-protocol label switching technology. Network installation is underway.

Credit card transactions are routed from individual stores to InMotion's payment processor, ChasePaymentech, through a direct network connection that New Edge Networks already has in place. A private network that does not traverse the public internet provides added security and makes it easier for the retailer to achieve and maintain compliance with Payment Card Industry security standards imposed by credit card companies, according to New Edge Networks.

In addition to PlayPoint, which is currently available in about half of the stores, InMotion intends to use the new network to power a new point-of-sale and inventory management system, in-store camera systems with digital video recording, secure internet access and corporate e-mail.

Allan Ghelerter, director of IT for the specialty retail chain, said: "One of the reasons we selected New Edge Networks is because they seem to better understand the nuances of dealing with airports and their security restrictions. Installers can't just walk through security check points with screwdrivers and expect to get in and get out quickly. It's a tough environment to work in."

Kevin Flaherty, vice president of sales for New Edge Networks, said: "By managing InMotion's private network, New Edge Networks becomes an extension of InMotion's IT staff. This frees them to focus on other strategic IT activities for supporting a business that spreads across four time zones."