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NFC-ready cashless payment device moves up to Linux

Apr 24, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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USA Technologies (USAT) announced a cashless payment device equipped with near field communications (NFC), a magnetic card reader, and support for a variety of contactless payment standards, including Mifare. The ePort G10 runs embedded Linux on an ARM9 processor, and offers an LCD screen plus serial, USB, and Ethernet connectivity.

USAT aims its cashless payment and M2M telemetry products at “small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries.” The flagship ePort G8 device has been redesigned with an ARM9 processor, and two options: a low cost ePort G9, which apparently does not run Linux, and a more advanced ePort G10, which does.



USAT ePort G10 cashless payment terminal

As before, the products are made available as standalone devices or offered as part of a JumpStart subscription services program that includes the company’s ePort Connect turn-key services suite for cashless payment and telemetry. Other JumpStart features include customization, support, and online reporting, says the company.

The Linux-based ePort G10 offers all the features of the G8 and new G9, and more. The ePort G10 features the same two-piece, water-resistant design, in which the reader bezel can be separated and mounted in a standard bill validator opening, or surface mounted up to three feet away. As before, it includes an NFC radio, a magnetic card reader, OTA updates, and an LCD display. Also supplied are LEDs, a button for terminating transactions, and stored value and pre-paid programs.

Like the ePort G9, which is said to cost less than the G8, the ePort G10 adds an ARM9 processor. Other new features common to the G9 and G10 include:

  • Wireless EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) for Interact debit in Canada
  • New serial and pulse interfaces
  • Enhanced MDB diagnostics
  • “High Drive” DEX (data exchange for telemetry) with diagnostics

The ePort G10 further adds an embedded Linux operating system and an LCD display said to be larger than the earlier 16×2 pixels. Additional new G10 features include:

  • EMV contactless L1
  • Contactless payment L2 support (PayPass, M-Chip, PayWave, qVSDC, Amex, Discover, DPAS, Interac Flash)
  • Mifare, ISO14443 contactless standards support
  • NFC, ISO18092
  • EMV Contact L1 and L2
  • RS232
  • USB
  • Ethernet

Telemetry features common to all three devices include an integrated DEX interface, and buttons for service, end, “fill/DEX,” and RSSI signal strength testing. In addition, USAT provides an MDB interface, audit-only mode, external relay, and multiple mounting configurations. Support for an isolated pulse interface with configurable timing helps simulate coin mechanisms and bill validators, says the company.

No pricing or availability information was provided on the ePort G10, but you may be able to find out more USAT’s booth #1229 at the NAMA OneShow at the Venetian Sands Resort in Las Vegas through April 26. More information should eventually appear on USAT’s ePort page.
 

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