The fast food counter will be the latest place to accept plastic with the roll-out of a program that enables the Subway chain to take low- ticket transactions using credit, debit or relationship cards at as many as 2,000 of its franchises. Though the program seems a prime target for smart card use, the parties say they didn't even consider chip technology.

Smoky Mountain Technologies (SMT), a subsidiary of Unicomp, has teamed with First Tennessee National Corp. to enable card-based transactions at Subway stores using SMT's StoreKare for Subway point-of-sale (POS) software.

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