National Semiconductor introduced a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) featuring a single-wire interface and 4-to-20 mA current loop drive that simplifies the design of smart transmitters used in industrial two-wire sensor systems. The highly integrated DAC161P997 reduces component count and cost in factory and building automation control systems by enabling the use of a single isolation component to cross the isolation boundary. For sensing and detecting applications where galvanic isolation is not required, National’s DAC161P997 interfaces directly to a microcontroller. It has a single-wire interface: enables higher system accuracy compared to discrete PWM implementations, and lower system cost compared to 4-wire SPI solution; Low power operation: 190 uA enables total system power consumption below 30 mW or 3.5 mA; and a user-programmable start up and data rate auto detect.
eBay announced it completed its acquisition of Zong, provider of payments through mobile carrier billing, for total consideration of approximately $240 million. Zong leverages connections with more than 250 mobile network operators around the world, offering localized, secure and easy-to-use payments for digital goods and services in 21 languages and 45 countries. Consumers simply enter their mobile phone numbers, which Zong then verifies and clears the payment on the customer’s existing wireless service account.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives added new clients and distribution partners. These include FitFund, which builds community-based wellness systems that brings schools, employers, merchants, governments, non-profits and citizens together onto one cohesive platform that rewards healthy and activity living. Also, WeSave, which operates an exclusive community and membership program for state government employees, providing promotions and special offers to its member base from thousands of merchants across the country, will offer CashStar-powered eGift Cards; I Love Rewards, which develops, designs and implements innovative incentive solutions for small and medium-sized companies, as well as Fortune 1000 businesses, will incorporate CashStar’s network of retailer eGift Cards into their rewards and incentive programs; and Get MD, which operates online communities for specific medical groups, providing offers and raising money for medical research, will also leverage the CashStar platform as a way to raise funds for research, recruit donors and reward contributions. These new distribution partners join CashStar’s exclusive roster including Bridge2 Solutions, eBillme™, Great Lakes Scrip Center, National Gift Card Corporation and SVM, representing more than $3 billion in gift card sales.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives has expanded its position in the B2B and incentives market, adding six new distribution partners, representing hundreds of incentive programs and millions of dollars in eGift Card sales. The Company also added 15 of North America’s leading brands to its B2B product suite client roster, representing an additional $1.5 billion in potential sales. CashStar’s digital gifting and incentives platform enables distribution partners to easily deliver highly-personalized eGift Cards across online, mobile and social channels through an easy-to-use Web interface. CashStar continues to attract distribution partners looking for a trusted digital gifting provider. These new distribution partners join CashStar’s exclusive roster including Bridge2 Solutions, eBillme™, Great Lakes Scrip Center, National Gift Card Corporation and SVM, representing more than $3 billion in gift card sales.
Western Union global payments and its official representative in Lebanon, “Online Money Transfer SAL,” will now offer the Western Union Business Solutions payments service across the country as part of a five-year agreement. Providing international payment services, foreign exchange solutions, risk management consultation, online FX payments and corporate account management services to clients of all sizes, Western Union Business Solutions is a reliable, flexible and easy-to-use service. The business solutions suite of services not only helps connect businesses across the world, it also helps small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are underserved, to gain a competitive advantage through the company’s strategic relationships and strong global network.
SonicWALL intelligent network security and data protection solutions announced DavCo Restaurants deployed SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) 4500 firewalls, a Secure Remote Access (SRA) 4200 appliance, 154 SonicWALL TZ 210 firewalls and a SonicWALL E-Class Universal Management Appliance (UMA) EM5000. The company operates 154 restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia and selected SonicWALL to speed up its daily POS downloads to corporate headquarters for its 154 distributed Wendy’s locations. To become PCI DSS compliant and securely transmit credit card transactions over the Internet, DavCo deployed paired NSA 4500 firewalls at its corporate headquarters with a SRA 4200 appliance and 154 TZ 210 firewalls in all its locations.
Retail Pro International deployed its joint program with HP to deliver a total technology solution to retailers and bundling their products. With a focus on delivering flexible, scalable and proven retail solutions both HP and Retail Pro are known for, the partnership will help retailers gain greater insight and control into their operations efficiently and cost-effectively. Running on specifically designed for retail HP hardware and peripherals built to withstand the demands of the retail environment, Retail Pro’s scalable and highly customizable point of sale software offers retailers the agility to operate their business the way they want. No matter how big or small, every retailer now has a manageable, easy-to-use single solution that can be scaled to their store operations, custom tailored for a complete fit to merchant’s requirements and, more importantly, grow right along with them.
Dell KACE announced its Dell KACE family of systems management appliances are equipped to accelerate PCI standards for users. Several of Dell KACE’s retail customers have utilized its systems management technology to help increase security within their POS systems, traditionally one of the most vulnerable areas to credit card fraud. Systems management support is a critical piece to the security puzzle, and Dell KACE’s affordable systems management appliances help companies tackle compliance issues by providing critical tools and capabilities, such as automated patching, local and remote software distribution, and state-of-the-art reporting. Dell KACE’s appliances have helped hundreds of the world’s most recognized retail organizations build an infrastructure of security to help protect consumers’ privacy and information, thereby gaining trust and loyalty in their brands.
Merchant Warehouse merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions launched its “MerchantWARE 4.0” and integrated it with ID TECH into the MerchantWARE suite of products. The “MerchantWARE 4.0” provides a streamlined integration process for POS developers and also includes complete support of ID TECH standard and enhanced versions of their SL Secure Line of products. MerchantWARE now supports ID TECH’s SecureKey M130 and SecureMag products, as well as Triple Data Encryption Standard (TDES) and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) methods. MerchantWARE 4.0 and its integration with ID TECH will be demonstrated at Merchant Warehouse’s booth, No. 207, at the RSPA RetailNow Conference, July 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Agilysys innovative information technology and hospitality software solutions, announced that Casino MonteLago selected its “InfoGenesis POS” system to streamline food and beverage operations and enhance guest service at the 40,000-square-foot property. This POS system combines reporting and configuration capabilities in the back office with an easy-to-use touch-screen terminal application. Designed for multi-unit operations common in hospitality environments, the system can manage any combination of dining, bar service and retail operations. Features include real-time reporting capabilities, packages and prix fixe menus, signature capture, multi-language capability and advanced sorting, filtering and grouping options. The InfoGenesis POS system is available as a traditional or hosted solution.
In partnership with Intuit Financial Services, BankAtlantic deployed its latest Mobile Banking Application for Android platform phones. Following the recent success of BankAtlantic’s iPhone application launch, BankAtlantic is excited to announce its cutting-edge Mobile Banking platform for Android phones will soon be available. The latest Application will allow Android phone customers to view account balances; recent transactions and transaction history; transfer funds between accounts; and get GPS guidance to locate the BankAtlantic branch or ATM location nearest you. Mobile Banking just got a whole lot easier for Android phone users with BankAtlantic’s Android App – just a snapshot of the total convenience our customers experience.
Giftango digital eGift card released its ” Mobile Wallet Conversion Platform” securely converting plastic gift cards into digital forms of payment by inserting and leveraging a 2D barcode on the back of a plastic gift card. Giftango has assembled the infrastructure needed to help bring merchants, incentive houses, plastic card printers, and virtual payment technology companies together to drive consumer adoption of the mobile wallet. The patent-pending platform features an API module for physical card printers, enabling them to create secure 2D barcodes, a free merchant-branded mobile gift card portal, and an API built by Giftango specifically for merchants and mobile wallet creators. The plastic printer is given access to a secure API allowing them to convert plastic card data into a secure 2D barcode that they then print on the back of the plastic.