News : Semafone and Eckoh Agree on Settlement
Guildford, Surrey, March 2015 - Eckoh plc and Semafone(R) have agreed to a confidential settlement of their dispute over alleged infringement and invalidity of Semafone’s UK Patent (No. GB 2,473,376), to the mutual benefit of both parties. Under the settlement, Semafone has granted a worldwide licence to their granted patents, trademarks and patent applications covering certain dual tone multi-frequency ("DTMF") masking methods of taking secure payments over the phone, for the benefit of Eckoh, its customers and suppliers. In consideration of the licence, Eckoh will pay Semafone royalties in respect of the patents.
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Eckoh is the UK’s largest provider of hosted speech recognition services, with experience in successfully deploying self-service solutions. These allow our clients to efficiently manage their contact centres by replacing the more repetitive calls with an effective and intuitive automated service. Our carrier-grade platform has the scalability to handle over 650,000 calls an hour and up to 8,000 simultaneously. Our platform has the capacity to manage even the most dramatic and unexpected call peaks.
Semafone provides secure voice transactions for contact centres and retailers taking Cardholder Not Present (CNP) payments. The solution allows a call - and the call recording - to continue as normal whilst the customer enters their credit card information using their telephone keypad. For complete security, Semafone's patented technology masks the Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) tones from the cardholder's telephone and replaces them with a flat tone so they can't be recognised by the call centre agent or recorded on the call recording system. By ensuring all card data remains segregated and by removing Sensitive Authentication Data (SAD) before it hits the call recorder and the contact centre infrastructure, the contact centre is taken out of the scope of PCI DSS, protected against the risk of opportunistic agent fraud and the associated reputational risk.
Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2015