Radiant Systems to Provide Arby’s Aloha POS

Atlanta-based Radiant Systems has entered into an agreement with Wendy’s/Arby’s to
provide the Aloha POS technology at more than 1,150 company-operated Arby’s
locations. Aloha Quick Service POS increases speed of service and productivity as employees can easily navigate the user-friendly interface to send orders to the kitchen quickly and accurately. Aloha Insight’s customizable reporting and alerting features provide Arby’s management greater flexibility in performance analysis and measurements, which helps reduce food and labor costs through increased visibility of restaurant operations. Coupled with the remote management functionalities of Aloha Command Center and Aloha Configuration Center, Arby’s management can better monitor and control settings and security across all sites, enhancing reliability and streamlining support, thus reducing the total cost of ownership.

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PARASCRIPT, SQN & BULL

Parascript image analysis and pattern recognition technology provider
has partnered with SQN Banking Systems integrated financial fraud
detection products and Bull information technology to implement the
SENTRY “SigCheck” signature verification system on its signature
authentication technology. This new signature verification system will
be implemented and integrated by Bull for one of Brazil’s major banks.
Using SQN’s “SigCheck,” the solution extracts one or more side-by-side
signatures from the check and verifies the signatures using Parascript’s
SignatureXpert to prevent fraud. Automatic comparison is executed by a
powerful combination of verifiers, combining a human-like holistic
analysis of a signature and signature segmentation with a subsequent
analysis of the signature elements and characteristics.

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Hispanic Spending Growth 3.3% Higher than Average

Growth in Hispanic spending was twice the growth in general market
spending, having increased 6.4% from 2005 to 2008 compared to
non-Hispanic consumer spending having grown 2.9% in that same period.
This spending growth demonstrates significant commercial opportunities
in major categories where Hispanic consumer spending growth far outpaced
the general market, including cereals, computers, education, fees and
admissions, food away from home, laundry and cleaning supplies, major
appliances, vehicle finance and insurance, women’s apparel and a range
of other categories. These findings, according to a December 2009
analysis of consumer expenditures and corporate growth strategies by the
Latinum Network, also shows U.S. Hispanic consumers were responsible for
30% of the $40 billion growth in the food business; U.S. Hispanics spent 58%
more on education compared to a much more modest increase of 9% for
non-Hispanics; and U.S. Hispanics increased their entertainment spend on
fees and admissions by 14% as compared to a 7% decline for non-Hispanics.

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Transaction Wireless& PowerPay Launch New Terminal

CA-based mobile payment provider Transaction Wireless? has partnered with e-payment provider PowerPay
to offer TW?’s wCharge Credit Card Terminal to its
customers. Through this partnership, PowerPay customers gain value by combining
TW?s Point of Sale (POS) credit card terminal with a PowerPay account,
offering savings on processing fees which directly affect the bottom
line of any small business. Transaction Wireless? safe and convenient
mobile POS solution will extend the functionality of a PowerPay merchant
account to any mobile phone making it easy for merchants to process
payments in real time at a trade show, at home, or anywhere business can
be conducted. PowerPay supports all major credit and debit cards, electronic benefits transfer (EBT), government purchase cards, petroleum cards, loyalty cards, gift cards and recurring bill payments.

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Ohana Processing to Issue Mastercard Rebate Cards

Ohana Companies integrated retailer rebate processing has partnered with
MasterCard Worldwide to enhance the rebate fulfillment and redemption
process for its merchant partners and their customers. Customers who
file for product rebate offers may now receive funds on a MasterCard
prepaid card for quicker, simpler and more flexible rebate redemption
compared to old-fashioned paper-based checks. The MasterCard prepaid
rebate cards will be issued to retail customers as part of Ohana’s
patented RoCS (Return of Customer Spend) platform rebate process.
Rebates on MasterCard prepaid cards allow consumers to benefit from
being able to spend their rebate immediately for purchases at store
locations, over the phone or online with added security over cash and
checks.

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About 40% of Americans Not Confident in Economy

The number of people who believe that the U.S. economy could enter
another recession in 2010 now stands at 40% while another 32% are unsure
if a “double-dip” recession is imminent in 2010. Only 28% of
people are confident that no recession will occur in 2010. These
findings, according to the “Wealth Hazards Worry Index”, also showed
continuing concerns about the expiration of government stimulus and
support programs and how this might impact their own financial health
regarding the high rate of unemployment, rising interest rates, price
inflation, more foreclosures, and flat wages or even wage deflation.
Additional findings show consumers are not completely convinced that the
recovery is fully underway and that their own lives and financial health
is about to improve.

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OTI Inks $30MM National eID Contract

Contactless smart card provider On Track Innovations has
signed contracts for a national eID program worth $30 million. The contracts provide for the supply of OTI’s end-to-end turnkey solution, based on its proprietary state-of-the-art, field-proven eID Magna(TM) platform. OTI’s secured ID solution supports both online and offline communication, thereby allowing every citizen, living in cities and rural areas, to apply for an ID card regardless of the area’s communication infrastructure. This user-friendly solution is designed to provide maximum accuracy and security. The award of the project follows a successful completion by OTI of a pilot program and provides for the supply of new biometric-based electronic ID cards and other official documents (relating to birth, death, marriage, etc.), as well as the equipment required for the setup of the document issuing stations country-wide.

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General Atlantic Appoints former Visa Exec Advisor

Global growth equity firm General Atlantic has appointed Hans Morris, former president of Visa, as a Special Advisor. Morris will provide strategic counsel to GA and its portfolio companies with a focus on the financial services sector, supporting the firm’s global growth equity investment program. Morris served as president of Visa Inc. from 2007-2009, having been recruited to Visa as it completed a reorganization which merged several separate businesses into a new company. In March of 2008, Visa completed an offering of 51% of the company for $19.7 billion, the largest IPO in U.S. history. Mr. Morris’ primary responsibilities included managing Visa’s regions and overseeing all sales and marketing. Morris previously spent 27 years at Citigroup and its predecessor companies in several operating and management roles. In his final position, he was CFO and head of finance, technology and operations for Citi Markets and Banking. From 2000 until 2002, he was vice Chairman, chief operating officer, and head of client management of the Investment Banking division at Salomon Smith Barney, and for many years he was the head of the financial institutions group within the investment bank.

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CPI Card Group Appoints New VP

Card producer CPI Card Group has tapped Docia Michaels Myer, previously
VP at Oberthur Technologies, as its new VP, Customer Experience.
Myer will have responsibility
for the customer experience at all customer touch points with the
organization, including the Customer Service function in the U.S.
Myer comes with a broad, accomplished background in the card and the
print/information management industries, including over fifteen years of
experience working in customer facing leadership positions in project,
account, and customer service management at RR Donnelly and Oberthur
Technologies. In her most recent position as a Vice President of
Customer Delivery at Oberthur, she was responsible for service to all
banking customers in North and South America and worked globally to
standardize service for international customers. Myer’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in
International Business from Lake Erie College and a Master’s Degree in
Project Management from Keller Graduate School.

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First American Payment Acquires IATS Processing

First American Payment Systems merchant credit card processing acquirers
has acquired Vancouver-based IATS (International Automated Transaction
Service) payment processing company, a division of Ticketmaster Canada
and leading provider of integrated end-to-end donation processing
solutions for nonprofit organizations. This makes First American one of
the industry leaders in the nonprofit payment processing sector,
well-positioned to penetrate the nonprofit industry with electronic
processing solutions. The acquisition will also accelerate development
of new products and donation processing services, as IATS
currently provides payment processing solutions to more than 9,000
nonprofit organizations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom,
Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand designed to help nonprofit
organizations save time and money on fundraising solutions.

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Visa Contest Offers Olympic Games for Life

From Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2010, Visa cardholders in the United States will
automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to the Olympic
Winter Games for the rest of their lives when they use their Visa card.
The Visa Olympic Winter Games Trip for Life Sweepstakes is part of the
company’s comprehensive Olympic-themed marketing campaign for the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The global campaign
also includes “Go World” Olympic-themed advertising, using promotions
and host market merchant activation programs that enable Visa to connect
with cardholders and Olympic and Paralympic Games fans to drive
preference for and usage of Visa products worldwide. Every four years
beginning with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, one grand prize
winner of the Visa Olympic Winter Games Trip for Life Sweepstakes and
one guest will receive round-trip airfare and accommodations for two,
round-trip event transportation, and tickets to Olympic events. Visa has
been a worldwide Olympic Games sponsor since 1986.

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End to Economic Stimuli Sees Modest Recovery in 2010

The economy is projected to gradually improve as the recovery will
continue into 2010 while the Federal Reserve is expected to keep
interest rates at an historic low for the first half of the year.
Continuation of the expansion will hinge on increased job growth and
business investment, as government stimulus fades and spending and
hiring grow. Employment gains will average 70,700 jobs per month in the
first six months of 2010, accelerating to 135,300 jobs per month in the
second half as the unemployment rate will hover around 10% throughout
the year, averaging 10.2% in the first half and 9.9% in the second half.
Inflation is expected to remain tame, especially core inflation, as the
central bank’s emergency lending programs will end. Global output is
expected to grow just over 3% in 2010, following the worst
worldwide downturn in decades, while Europe and Japan will lag the U.S.
recovery and Asia will remain the strongest region.

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