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SPVA Builds Membership to Accelerate Enhanced Security Guidelines


Atos Worldline, Heartland Payment Systems, Moneris Solutions, Radiant Systems, Inc. and Witham Laboratories join SPVA

ATLANTA.- Five electronic payment companies have joined the non-profit Secure POS Vendor Alliance (SPVA), created by Hypercom (NYSE: HYC), Ingenico S.A. (EURONEXT: ING) and VeriFone (NYSE: PAY) to foster widespread compliance of existing security standards to protect cardholder information and defend merchants and acquirers against security breaches.

“Membership in the SPVA reinforces our commitment to advancing security within our industry, enables us to gain first-hand knowledge of current security threats and proactively shape future security guidelines,” said Antoine van Diem, general manager technologies & products, Atos Worldline.

“The SPVA’s expertise includes education and a focus on best practices,” said Steven Elefant, executive director of end-to-end encryption at Heartland Payment Systems®. “It is vital that we as stakeholders continue to innovate so that ultimately, we enhance the security of our industry as it grows.”

SPVA members provide the key security elements among consumers, merchants and transaction acquirers and issuers. Members of the SPVA deliver a unique experience with security guidelines, ensure best practice implementation and continue to evolve security enhancements and interoperability required to reduce fraud and lower risk for all participants in card payment transactions. Membership is open to all vendors that develop secure POS payment systems or have products or solutions that interact with secure POS payment devices such as retailers, acquirers and banks.

New members that have signed up with the SPVA since May 2009 include:

Joining as a General Member, Atos Worldline is the European leader in electronic payments and transactions delivering innovative solutions to advance its clients’ businesses. It specialises in end-to end payment services (issuing, acquiring, payment solutions and card processing), services for financial markets as well as CRM and eServices (Internet, voice and mobile solutions). Every year Atos Worldline wins prestigious market awards in recognition of its continuous commitment to research and development of leading edge solutions. Awarded solutions cover expertise in areas such as mobile payments, secure IPTV, online CRM, ticketless solutions. A 100% subsidiary of Atos Origin, Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of around euro 800 million and employs over 4,800 people in Europe.

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., a NYSE company trading under the symbol HPY, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll, check management and payments solutions to more than 250,000 business locations nationwide. Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices.

Moneris Solutions, one of North America’s largest providers of payment solutions. Moneris offers credit, debit, wireless and online payment services for merchants in virtually every industry segment and processes more than 3 billion transactions annually. Through its Ernex division, Moneris offers electronic loyalty and stored-value gift card programs. With more than 350,000 merchant locations, Moneris provides the hardware, software and systems needed to improve business efficiency and manage payments. For more information please visit

Headquartered in Atlanta, Radiant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RADS - News) is a global provider of innovative technology to the hospitality and retail industries. For more than two decades, Radiant’s point of sale hardware and software solutions have helped to redefine the consumer experience in more than 100,000 restaurants, retail stores, stadiums, parks, arenas, cinemas, convenience stores, fuel centers and other customer-service venues. Radiant has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

A leading provider of specialist payment security evaluation services, Witham Laboratories is accredited to perform evaluations and audits against local and global security standards including all PCI standards (PCI PED, PCI DSS, and PA DSS). With its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Witham Laboratories has clients around the globe and works directly with vendors of POS and PIN entry devices, merchants, and acquirers and card schemes, to assist in their understanding of compliance to the payment standards. Witham Laboratories is an active member of many industry standards bodies, and uses its intimate knowledge of these standards to provide the best possible service and advice to its clients.


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