IVI Checkmate Corp. announced the addition of sophisticated multi-application and thin client functionality to its eN-Touch 3000, dial-up Internet capable point-of-sale payment terminal. The eN-Touch 3000 is a touch screen transaction terminal capable of handling secure credit, debit, EBT, smart card payments and value added Internet applications such as advertising, loyalty, coupon issuance, e-mail and merchant home pages.
The eN-Touch 3000 is a highly unique transaction terminal that will transcend the traditional transaction model to one that has vast potential to take advantage of the Internet’s “new economy” status. Its compact, all-in-one design that incorporates a thermal printer, stored value (smart card) capabilities and a large back-lit touch screen allows for a multitude of applications to be performed quickly and easily. The high-speed modem in the eN-Touch 3000 provides fast communications over the Internet. Additionally, the open software development environment and large memory that is easily upgradeable provide a platform for various unique applications never before seen on a store level transaction terminal. These applications can include web browser, marketing research, cash register functions, loyalty applications, bill payments, gift cards, on-line help functions and more.
“The eN-Touch 3000’s large touch screen allows the development of new and easier to use applications for the point-of-sale. This unrestricted design feature of the merchant/consumer interface, allows software developers to free up their imagination to create better and easier to use applications for the merchant and consumer alike. IVI Checkmate’s vision has always included the expansion and simplification of applications at the storefront. By adding both secure multi-application and thin client functionality to the terminal, we have increased programmers ability to add applications for gift card activation and redemption, loyalty points programs, image retrieval applications, telephone card activation and more,” says Geoff Bowen, Executive VP and General Manager, IVI Checkmate Ltd.
The eN-Touch 3000 features an easy to upgrade flash memory card that offers a base 4 Mb of memory, right up to 64 Mb. In addition to its vast memory, the terminal features the fastest dial modem, widest printer and largest touch screen of all its competitors. Smart card capability is ensured by an optional SAM board and the Ingenico-manufactured, secure PIN entry device called eN-Crypt 1200. This PIN entry device allows the customer the ability to swipe their own credit or debit card, or insert their smart card to complete the transaction. Combine a host of flexible communication protocols such as TCP/IP, Datapac, LAN and 3201 dial and the eN-Touch 3000 is clearly positioned as the functional and technological leader of dial payment terminals in the world.
The eN-Touch 3000 is also seen as a product that will enable the companies that distribute payment terminals to reduce their support costs dramatically. This will be done through the use of visual help screens on the terminal, as well as through superior diagnostic capabilities enabled through the TCP/IP communications capability of the terminal. Processors could use simple browsers such as Internet Explorer or Netscape to virtually see what is happening at the terminal level at all times, making the communication with the customer at the other end much clearer and easier to understand. Resellers of the terminal can increase its functionality and easily speed the time to market of value-added solutions without the entire payment application being re-certified through the licensing and utilization of IVI Checkmate’s thin client library.
These enhancements to the eN-Touch 3000 through the thin client are enabled by IVI Checkmate’s Network Services group, and provide the infrastructure via local North American access numbers for secure downline loads, Ethernet and ADSL connectivity. Additionally, a thin browser will enable the merchant to access many new functions under development such as inventory control, time and attendance, newsletters, settlement reports etc.
“With this new device, our customers have the opportunity to move beyond simple card payment processing to true information processing, in a compact stand-alone point of sale terminal,” added Bowen. “This is the point-of-sale platform for the future.”
About IVI Checkmate
IVI Checkmate is a major electronic transaction solutions provider in North America. The Company designs, develops and markets innovative payment and value-added solutions that optimize transaction management while lowering our customer’s cost of payment at the point of service within the retail, financial, travel & entertainment, health care and transportation industries. Ingenico, its strategic partner, is a worldwide leader in the manufacture and distribution of smart card-based and secured transaction products and systems. Ingenico’s installed base, which exceeds 3 million point-of-service terminals, serves the needs of customers in over 70 countries and territories. See [www.ivicheckmate.com] for more information on IVI Checkmate. See [www.ingenico.com] for more information on Ingenico.