eSecure Peripherals Inc.
The ecTouch is a cashless payment terminal designed to sell at the same price as a coin mech or bill validator. It uses the iButton used on the CK2000 as a stored value payment media. Users can recharge their iButtons on the vending machine or an ecash station. Using ecTouch with a group of CK2000s, an operator can offer payroll deduction, cash register interfaces and data collection. Call 450-443-9894; www.esecureperipherals.com.
The Multiplan is a real time, online debit, credit meal plan that uses transaction management software. It resides on a PC that communicates over TCP/IP with cash registers, vending machines or POS terminals. Terminals are equipped with a magnetic swipe or bar code card reader that reads patrons' cards, accesses information and approves transactions. Netlink POS terminals are cashier-operated devices that allow patrons to add or subtract value from established accounts residing in the Multiplan database. Call 800-263-0208.; www.itcsystems.com.
MEI has a total cash and credit vending solution that includes the MEI Series 2000 combo acceptor, MEI Easitrax' remote data port, and USA Technologies' financial services. The solution gives consumers a choice of payment method: cash, debit and credit cards and MEI coupons, increasing their satisfaction with the vending experience.
The MEI Series 2000 combo acceptor consists of the MEI Series 2000 bill acceptor integrated with a debris-resistant, swipe-style credit card reader. The combo acceptor combines traditional bill acceptance with the ability to accept credit and debit cards in a single, integrated unit.
The addition of the remote data port enables card transactions, collects DEX data, and can link up to 32 vending machines, managing transactions in varying vending environments through an efficient wireless communication network. The combination with MEI Easitrax software can enable remote monitoring and curbside polling.
MEI also launched an expanded coupon program designed to increase machine transactions, volume and cross-selling
opportunities. The seven newly redesigned generic coupons offer operators a way to maximize sales and increase customer loyalty. Call 800-345-8215; www.meiglobal.com.
A complete line of electronic cashless payment systems for vending. The Mcombi5 compact reader system has an integrated communication antenna and accepts the proprietary Mifare U-Key and Mifare cards. All coin acceptors and changers can be integrated. The MINItill5 system consists of a reader terminal, a keyboard, an optional display screen and a receipt printer. Call 41-62-388-4545; www.microtronic.ch.
PK2 is an advanced, stand-alone electronic key reader fully compatible with the Paykey system. A small electronic board is located behind the front panel and is separated from the PKey reader. The PK2 is capable of reading and writing data on a contactless Paykey while allowing dialogue with the vending machine, according to the MDB standard. Using this port, the operator can retrieve all DEX data. The operator can use a Palm to retrieve DEX data or set up PK2 without opening the front panel. Call 864-527-4408; www.paykeytech.com.
Transaction Network Services Inc.
Synapse Vending by TNS is a market-ready, cashless vending solution that is exclusive for Pepsi bottlers. A combination card reader/dollar bill validator slips into new and legacy machines with ease. There is no need to hardwire, thanks to wireless transmission. The solution includes hardware, communication services, card processing, settlement reporting, and Internet-based reporting. There is no back office hardware or software required. Call 314-727-4740; www.tnsi.com.
USA Technologies Inc.
The G5 e-Port is believed to be the world's first "one-piece" design for implementation of cashless vending. It can be installed into a vending machine in five minutes or less. It also comes with wireless connectivity, instantly enabling a vending location to accept credit/debit card transactions. As with earlier versions of the e-Port device, IBM will host USALive', the company's transaction processing and data network. With USALive Online', USA Technologies' customers have real-time, Web-based access to sales (cash and credit), inventory and maintenance data from their vending machines. Call 800-633-0340; www.usatech.com.