Supporting NDC certification

Datatrans AG – Supporting NDC certification

In August 2018, Datatrans received its ‘Supporting NDC’ certification for the PCI proxy solution used by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines. The aim of IATA is to promote the safe, scheduled and economic transport of people and goods. The New Distribution Capability (NDC) was launched in October 2012 in order to improve the efficiency and control of airline services.

NDC is a new standard for transferring data. It streamlines and improves communications between airlines and travel agencies. Many travel agencies still cannot access much more than simply ticket prices and flight schedules. Thanks to its standard format, NDC allows travel agencies access to the full range of what the airlines are offering.

Datatrans helps airlines as well as intermediaries and travel agencies within the NDC framework to minimise the complexity involved with PCI DSS. Compliance with the guidelines of the credit card industry is mandatory within NDC and thus guarantees data security. The PCI proxy converts the card data into what are known as tokens before they are received by the systems of an airline or travel agency. The card numbers are then stored by Datatrans in a virtual safe and can be retrieved when needed to pass them on to acquirers or other certified partners.