Cybera gets big Shell deal

Energy giant dropping satellite connections for massive store network

Local network security company Cybera has been chosen by longtime customer Shell Oil to move the energy giant’s gas stations to a new payment card platform by the end of this year.

Shell runs more than 14,000 gas stations around the country — some 8,300 of them via a joint venture with Saudi Refining Inc. — and says its selection of Cybera will go a long way toward lowering the cost of networking and protecting those stores from credit card fraud. The company has been using a satellite system to connect its stations but has been using Cybera’s services for years.

“The Cybera ONE solution addresses the whole puzzle from networking, security, broadband connectivity, point-of-sale, loyalty and future application deployment,” said Scott Taylor, business service manager of Shell Oil Products. “The economics of the Cybera ONE solution is truly astounding when compared to the fragmented alternatives or big box retail solutions on the market today.”

Franklin-based Cybera charges store owners $79 per month for its Cybera ONE package, which puts the potential annual value of the Shell contract at almost $14 million. Shell is giving its store owners an incentive to sign on with Cybera: The first 4,000 orders placed by mid-June will have to pay lower installment costs.