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 Electronic Payment Provider, Southern DataComm, Expands into Asia
Clearwater, FL - June 9th, 1999 - Southern DataComm, Incorporated (SDC), an electronic payments solutions provider, announced today a strategic company expansion into the Japan, Pacific, Australia, and Asia (JPAA) region.

Southern DataComm's JPAA expansion involves three global leaders in their respective industries: American Express, the dominant travel and entertainment charge card issuer; MICROS-Fidelio, the world's leading vendor of property and restaurant management systems; and Westpac Bank, one of the largest banking institutions and card issuers in the JPAA region.

The expansion began last year as a pilot program at the prestigious Chateau Sydney, a four-star property in Sydney, Australia.  Southern DataComm's payment processing software, ProtoBase(r) with SofTrans(r) and the ProtoBase Administrator (PbAdmin(tm)), is integrated into a MICROS-Fidelio property management system.  SDC developed special credit/charge card interfaces to American Express, Westpac Bank, JCB, and Diners Club specifically for the JPAA region.

Justin Higgs, Product Manager at SDC, commented, "We are very excited about the opportunities in the JPAA market.  The success of the Chateau Sydney can especially be attributed to the involved parties working together on this project.  We look forward to continued success in this region well into the 21st century."

The ProtoBase product line offers consolidation and networking of all credit and charge card transactions.  The software alleviates the need of settling multiple locations individually, as all transactions are located on a single server.  This consolidation saves processing time and money over non-integrated, stand-beside terminal applications.  The ProtoBase software provides detailed reporting for a complete audit trail and eases the chargeback research burden.

Southern DataComm Incorporated is a software development firm, founded in 1985, specializing in electronic payment software solutions.  Southern DataComm products provide a generic interface to enable simple integration into point-of-sale systems.  The software supports transaction processing for credit/debit/check with virtually any third-party processor or acquirer.  The applications support a variety of vertical markets including Lodging, Restaurant, Auto Rental, Retail, Gaming, Grocery, Mail and Phone Order, Subscriber Management, Cable TV, Public Utilities, Internet, Medical, and Government.  Southern DataComm is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. 

Southern DataComm, Inc.
19345 US Hwy 19 N Suite 200
Clearwater FL 33764
(727) 539-1800  (800) 476-4456
Contact: Steve Porvaznik, Marketing

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