MobiNetix Systems, Inc., a premier provider of consumer-activated electronic transaction (e-Transaction) solutions, Monday announced Visual Advantage, the first-to-market rapid application development (RAD) tool designed specifically for interactive, e-Transaction applications. Visual Advantage allows developers to customize and easily modify screen displays on PenWare 3000 series e-Transaction terminals.
Visual Advantage completes an overall business solution encompassing both software and hardware. This innovative product gives retail, hospitality, financial services, insurance and security identification industries a powerful tool to enhance and manage their day-to-day business and improve customer service.
“With Visual Advantage, MobiNetix is the first company to deliver a total interactive transaction solution that encompasses rapid application development tools, easy-to-use, comprehensive software and innovative hardware,” said Aziz Valliani, CEO and president of MobiNetix. “Offering easy control of on-screen display for PenWare transaction terminals gives system integrators and retail IS staff a best-of-class solution with significant time and cost savings. This is a strong addition to our hardware and software solutions that have already been proven by major retailers.”
MobiNetix will be demonstrating Visual Advantage and the new PenWare3100 e-Transaction terminal (also introduced today) at Retail Systems 98 (Booth No. 451).
Visual Advantage Benefits
Visual Advantage lets a programmer easily create a screen display for the PenWare3000 series of terminals. Designing a screen is as simple as using a drawing program. Objects such as boxes, buttons, pictures and lines can be created easily to compose ads and graphics, capture a signature, read a credit card, display special promotions and construct forms for user input.
Because it is so easy to create and program these display screens, developers can constantly revise and update their systems in a timely manner. Additionally, Visual Advantage affords users the capability to add other functionality, such as customer demographic surveys, to the devices as needed.
Visual Advantage, an add-in to the Visual Basic (VB) 5.0 development environment, dramatically cuts programming time through the use of Scripts or VB code for simplifying screen display and functionality changes on the PenWare transaction peripherals.
Visual Advantage offers two modes of programming: Script coding using Visual Basic and pure Visual Basic language. Script coding is for applications that reside on the PenWare transaction terminal and integrate with existing applications. Visual Basic language is for applications that reside on a Windows 95/98/NT PC or electronic cash register and are stand-alone. This flexibility allows integration with all environments.
Visual Advantage requires Visual Basic 5.0, 10 MB of available hard disk space, and MobiNetix PenWare3000 series transaction terminals.
Pricing and Availability
Visual Advantage has a suggested list price of $1,695 (U.S.) and is expected to be available in July.
PenWare3100 and PenWare3000
The MobiNetix PenWare3100 andPenWare3000 e-Transcation terminals include several innovative features, including: a built-in three-track magnetic stripe reader for accepting debit and credit cards; a backlit LCD screen for display of point-of-transaction information; advertising and promotional capabilities; a touch-screen display for PIN, data entry and customer signatures; and an easy migration path to MobiNetix’s smart card reading technology.
MobiNetix Systems, Inc., specializes in providing state-of-the-art, consumer activated e-transaction systems to the retail, hospitality, financial services, insurance and identification/security markets.
MobiNetix offers touch screen terminals for electronic funds transfer, interactive communication, data collection and a suite of software applications that enable e-transaction solutions on device platforms such as the PenWare3100. Additional information is available at [www.mobinetix.com], by sending e-mail to [email@example.com], or by calling 1-408-524-4200.