Chick-fil-A and USAT Corp. Win Technology Award for Innovative M2M Project

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Chick-fil-A and USAT Corp. were recently awarded a prestigious 2005 Value Chain Award at the M2M United conference in Chicago. The award recognized the companies' work in implementing a portable POS solution that could be used at grand openings for new restaurant locations.

Chick-fil-A was recently awarded a 2005 Value Chain Award at the M2M United conference in Chicago. M2M Magazine, the leading publication covering machine-to-machine communications, awarded Chick-fil-A the Silver Prize in Retail Innovation for the company's work in implementing a portable POS solution that could be used at grand openings for new restaurant locations.

Also accepting a Silver Prize with Chick-fil-A was solutions provider USAT Corp., a company that specializes in using wireless data for remote asset management. USAT Corp. provided wireless data hardware, integration advice, and wireless data plan activation services to the internal Chick-fil-A Information Technology team that managed the project.

M2M Magazine created the Value Chain Awards to honor the most successful adopters of M2M technology and their enablers, the teams of solution providers that made their successes possible.

In summing up the benefits reaped from his department's M2M project, Chick-fil-A Senior IT Supervisor Tony Letts, says “… Using wireless technology, Chick-fil-A can begin processing credit cards as soon as we open a new location, and we do not have to worry about delays caused by lags in getting the landline POS infrastructure in place. This helps to ensure that our new restaurants open on schedule every time.”

About Chick-fil-A Inc.:

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), currently has more than 1,200 restaurants in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich and first introducing the chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food products in malls, free-standing units, drive thru-only outlets, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House® and Truett's Grill® full-service restaurants, and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's websites, located at http://www.chick-fil-a.com, http://www.chick-fil-apressroom.com or http://www.truettcathy.com.

About USAT Corp.:

Based in Chapel Hill, NC, USAT is a mobility systems integrator dedicated to maximizing the uptime of employees working outside of the conventional office setting. A full-service technology partner, USAT can procure, implement and support the components needed for wide-area Remote Asset Management (RAM) initiatives. More information about USAT Corp. is available on the company's website, located at http://www.usatcorp.com.

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