The Direct Connect Payment Gateway (DC Gateway) is a service used by merchants and service providers to take payments from customers. DC Gateway can stand alone as a web-based storefront with (or without) attached card readers or may be used in combination with point-of-sale (PoS) and order entry applications. DC Gateway accepts payments in many forms, including check and credit, debit, gift, loyalty and EBT card. Payments may be taken online, over the telephone, from a mobile phone and at physical store locations. And, in addition to handling large volumes of commercial transactions, DC Gateway manages and settles batches, protects sensitive card information, administers billing contracts and produces operational and analytical reports.