12/09/2008

Shift4’s 4Go Included on Visa’s List of Validated Payment Applications

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 9, 2008) ? Shift4 Corporation, a supplier of secure payment processing services, received validation from Visa’s Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) for its patent protected 4Go SafeSwipe® technology. Shift4’s web-based payment gateway DOLLARS ON THE NET® with 4Go® makes third-party point-of-sale (POS) and property management systems (PMS) compliant with PAPB so merchants can quickly, accurately, and securely process credit, debit, and gift card transactions.

On July 1, 2010, all credit card processors and bank card acquirers must ensure their merchants and agents use only PABP compliant applications. With mandates already in place for Level 3 and Level 4 merchants to be PCI DSS compliant or use PABP-compliant applications, Shift4’s 4Go SafeSwipe validation is very timely for all merchants.

“Today merchants have a low-cost solution that can quickly and easily address their most critical payment system security and compliance demands without any interruption of their current operations. With 4Go in play, the merchant system never stores, processes, or transmits real cardholder data, which greatly simplifies PCI and reduces the risk of cardholder data being stolen or lost. Stated in most simple terms, they can’t steal what you don’t have”, said J.D. Oder II, Founder and CTO, Shift4 Corporation.

4Go is a driver-based, cardholder data firewall that does not allow credit card information to enter a POS/PMS system. It handles swiped and/or manually keyed cardholder data through secured data channels and returns false cardholder data to an underlying POS/PMS so that no actual cardholder data exists in the systems’ application’s logs, database, or transport mechanisms. The actual cardholder data is sent to Shift4’s PCI compliant data centers for secure storage outside of the POS/PMS system.

Many of today’s leading software providers are actively certifying their systems with Shift4’s 4Go technology and include:

  • AutoClerk: “We are proud to partner with Shift4 and integrate their 4Go technology into the AutoClerk Property Management System software. When 4Go technology is used in conjunction with other Visa PABP validated applications, such as AutoClerk’s Visa PABP validated software, the result is end-to-end PC data security for the hotelier. Since a chain is only as good as its weakest link, this should prove to be a new high watermark in hospitality data security,” said Gary Gibb, President, AutoClerk.
  • PAR Technology: “PAR Springer-Miller Systems is committed to providing our customers with the most secure and innovative data security technologies available today; therefore, we are pleased to integrate Shift4’s 4Go into our suite of products,” stated Chris Donahue, PAR Springer-Miller’s Integration Product Manager.
  • SoftBrands: “We are excited to offer our customers a secure, enterprise-wide gateway solution from Shift4 that can reduce their burden of PCI compliance. The integration of 4Go into the SoftBrands’ platforms gives hoteliers the confidence that their brand is protected because all cardholder information is stored in a safe environment and not at the property,” stated Bob Lowe, Vice President Product Management Hospitality.

“This is a significant commitment on the part of our partners in an effort to secure merchants, in addition to providing them with the tools to better manage their business,” stated John Mann, Vice President of Sales, Shift4 Corporation.

Other leading providers committed to integrating 4Go include Agilysys, Radiant Systems, POSitouch, Squirrel Systems, and many more.

“As a merchant advocate and participating member of the PCI Security Standards Council, Shift4 continues to invest substantial resources to protect credit card information. Our robust, enterprise-wide solution DOLLARS ON THE NET with 4Go SafeSwipe delivers Real Security, an environment where no cardholder data exists within the merchant system, thereby limiting the PCI burden and risk of brand damage in the event of a breach. With our 4Go solution in place, many more merchants will be able to achieve and maintain compliance with PCI requirements,” said Dave Oder, President and CEO, Shift4 Corporation.

About AutoClerk

AutoClerk, Inc. was launched 22 years ago, offering a property management system (PMS) designed to specifically address the needs of small- to medium-sized properties. Today’s AutoClerk is a regional PMS, no longer confined to the boundaries of the hotel, with interfaces to more than 100 third-party systems, including eight different Central Reservation System platforms. AutoClerk provides many ancillary hospitality services, including hotelier staff/management training, 24x7x365 phone support, web-booking engine, and search engine optimization services. AutoClerk is a certified and endorsed PMS provider for Best Western and other hotel franchisers. Based in Lafayette, California, and still owned and operated by the founders, AutoClerk serves hotels across the country with additional sales representation in the Mid-West.

To learn more about AutoClerk’s products and services please visit www.autoclerk.com,
email sales@autoclerk.com, or call (925) 284-1005.

About PAR Springer-Miller Systems

PAR Springer-Miller Systems is a leading provider of hospitality management solutions that meet the technology needs of all types of hospitality enterprises including city-center hotels, destination spa and golf properties, timeshare properties and casino resorts worldwide, setting the pace as a pioneer in the hospitality industry. SMS|Host Hospitality Management System is distinguished from other property management systems with its truly integrated design and unique approach to guest service. The SMS|Host product suite, including more than 20 seamlessly integrated, guest-centric application modules, provides hotel/resort staff with the tools they need to personalize service, exceed guest expectations and increase revenue. For more information on PAR Springer-Miller Systems, visit our Web site at www.springermiller.com.

About SoftBrands

SoftBrands, Inc. is a leader in providing software solutions for businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality industries worldwide. The company has established a global infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software, and has approximately 5,000 customers in more than 100 countries actively using its manufacturing and hospitality products. SoftBrands, which has approximately 775 employees, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with branch offices in Europe, India, Asia, Australia and Africa. Additional information can be found at www.softbrands.com.