World’s top food service provider adopts global commerce platform with the security and scalability of Microsoft Azure
Charlotte, NC – January 14, 2016 – Compass Group, the global leader in hospitality and foodservice, has selected FreedomPay and Microsoft hospitality commerce solutions to provide EMV and NFC, coupled with PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE), the industry’s highest standard for payment data security. With EMV-ready payment terminals and card data tokenization, Compass Group sets the standard for the foodservice industry by offering its customers the most advanced credit card security protection.
The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is enabling Compass Group to transform the customer experience at the point of sale. FreedomPay’s validated P2PE solution enables Compass Group to accept payments securely in mobile environments. With the adoption of EMV chip cards in the United States, customers will need to be provided with the option to pay via an EMV-ready payment device. FreedomPay offers Compass Group an integrated solution that captures the transaction through a mobile device connected to a café’s point-of-sale system, operating on the Windows platform and secured by Microsoft Azure.
“Working with FreedomPay, Compass Group is able to satisfy every payment use case across our diverse portfolio of clients, including Microsoft,” said Michael DeMarco, vice president of Field Systems, Compass Group NA. “Together with FreedomPay and Microsoft, we are committed to ensuring a steady stream of innovation for our clients and the strongest security available for our customers’ payment information.”
Microsoft is a premier contract foodservice client of Compass Group. Microsoft Corp.’s campus in Redmond, Wash., spans over 500 acres and 80 buildings, housing more than 40,000 employees. In partnership with FreedomPay, the campus will be among the first in North America to offer the new EMV (chip & pin) technology, NFC capabilities and a validated P2PE standard developed by the PCI Security Standards Council.
“Microsoft is excited to be on the leading edge of secure payment technologies with our global partners,” said Brendan O’Meara, managing director, Worldwide Retail and Consumer Goods at Microsoft. “Across all Microsoft corporate dining facilities, Compass Group and FreedomPay are driving innovation and implementing secure, industry-leading technology at all point-of-sale devices.”
The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the world’s first PCI-validated P2PE payments solution with EMV, NFC and real-time data capabilities that can deliver on a global scale. Using Microsoft’s unique hybrid cloud architecture, FreedomPay can instantly stand up its Commerce Platform across all continents with the assurance of leading-edge security and privacy protection. FreedomPay enables enterprises to choose from a vast array of integrations across point-of-sale devices, payment processors and financial institutions, providing unparalleled protection for all payment transactions. FreedomPay’s innovative commerce technologies are transforming today’s omni-channel shopping experience across the retail, hospitality and restaurant ecosystems; in-store, online and on-mobile. Available anytime, anywhere, on any device.
About Compass Group North America
Based in Charlotte NC, Compass Group North America is the leading foodservice management and support services company with $14.5 billion (£9.4 billion) in revenues in 2015. Compass Group USA was recently named one of America’s 500 Best Employers by Forbes, ranking as the highest contract food and business support services company. With over 500,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, was named the 6th largest publicly traded employer in the world by USA Today and had revenues of £17.8 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.
The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the best way for merchants to simplify complex payment environments. Validated by the PCI Security Standards Council for Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) along with EMV, NFC and DCC capabilities, global leaders in retail, hospitality, gaming, education, healthcare and financial services trust FreedomPay to deliver unmatched security and advanced value added services. With broad integrations across top point-of-sale, device manufacturers and payment processors, supported by rapid API adoption, FreedomPay is driving the future of commerce and customer interaction. The FreedomPay Commerce Platform operates on the Windows Platform and is fully supported by the security and scalability of the Microsoft Azure cloud. For more information, go to www.freedompay.com.