Houston flooding causes Pulse to skip a beat

Houston flooding causes Pulse to skip a beat

Electronic funds transfer network Pulse is reporting that ATM services are returning to normal after flooding in its Houston data centre led to blackouts for cash machine users across the US over the weekend.

Cindy Ballard, executive vice president, says that operations resumed at the company's Houston headquarters around midnight Monday after utilising a secondary processing site in Dallas. Pulse's data centre in downtown Houston lost both its primary power source and the use of its emergency backup system early Saturday morning following unprecedented flooding.

Ballard says cardholders should now be able to conduct Pulse network transactions in a normal manner.

The Pulse system links its 2,700 financial institution members and their customers with 76,500 ATMs and 300,000 point-of-sale terminals at merchants across 22 US states.

Pulse resident and CEO Stan Paur expressed regret for any inconvenience caused to cardholders, financial institutions, processors, merchants and ATM owners.

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