Ontrac Consulting Inc.
ONTRAC Consulting has provided technical leadership in all phases of complex system
development-business requirements, external functional specification,
design, task estimates, implementation and subsequent enhancement and
maintenance. ONTRAC Consultants are specialists in supporting businesses
whose prime products are services realized through complex electronic
systems. They understand that the negotiation of a system solution must
combine technical correctness with the additional elements of time
constraints, flexibility for unanticipated business enhancements, and
feasibility for implementation by staff available to the customer.
ONTRAC Consultants have experience in a variety of areas, from PCs to
mainframes, from Payment Systems test tools to complex authorization and
switching systems. While serving the financial industry, ONTRAC
Consultants have provided expertise as lead architect and designer for a
major credit card Authorization System which switches authorizations, and
a Debit Card System which switches financial transactions between card
company systems and other financial institutions. This Debit Card System
has stringent requirements for financial integrity. The resulting systems
have seen the credit card company through a period of remarkable growth in
the number of end points serviced, transaction volume handled, and new
ONTRAC Consulting was formed in 1983 by Lynn Samuels and Loren Hall,
former members of IBM's contract consulting business unit, Information
Systems Services. Mr. Hall and Ms. Samuels brought to ONTRAC thirty-eight
years of professional experience with the IBM Corporation. David Eichar, a
former IBM colleague, joined ONTRAC as a partner in 1985.
In 1986, ONTRAC undertook the development of its first product, the
PC-based TranScan/8583 Protocol Analyzer for the Bank Card Industry. The
TranScan provides Bank Card Processors with a field-formatted view of
financial transactions encoded in the ISO 8583 Standard bit map format as
well as a variety of other application transmission formats. The first
TranScan/8583 was purchased and installed in March, 1987. TranScan's may
now be found in such varied locations as Singapore, London, Miami, San
Mateo, Bogota Colombia, Honolulu and McLean Virginia.
Since 1990, ONTRAC has led the design and implementation of the
communications Front End portion of a Unix-based bank card authorization
system, owned and very successfully marketed by a London-based software
company. This Front End performs BSC, SNA, X.25 and TCP/IP communications,
parsing and building of ISO 8583 "bit mapped" messages as well
as message routing between TCP/IP connected Front Ends.
In 1998, Ontrac developed the Ontrac Test Tool, its Payment System Simulator and
Test Tool. The Ontrac Test Tool is Linux-based
and provides powerful multi-user testing of a variety of Payment System
interfaces and processing roles.
Ontrac Test Tool
can also be used for volume stress testing.
Ontrac Test Tool was used by a major regional network for Y2K certifying all of
its endpoints and is currently being used for both new certifications and
for testing in-house switch software.
ONTRAC has expertise in all areas of Payment System functionality and