Hypercom has introduced the first electronic payment processing solution that easily integrates into PC-based POS systems without special hardware. “SmartPayments Client,” enables merchants who use Windows-based POS systems to accept credit cards and other forms of electronic payment on their PCs with all the benefits of integrated solutions, offering key advantages for small and midsized retailers as well as the ISOs, VARs and system integrators who service them. “SmartPayments Client” has also been optimized for use with select customer-facing Hypercom PIN entry, signature capture devices and card readers, providing a complete solution with package pricing and single-supplier accountability. The solution captures electronic payment information either from a keyboard entry or a hardware peripheral, passes it to the integrated POS system, and routes transactions to the payment processor.
NatWest awarded ATM/IT service contracts yesterday worth more than $80 million over the next three years to NCR. The deal, which is one of the country’s largest single-supplier service agreements for a bank’s branch network, gives NCR responsibility for NatWest’s 2,800 NCR ATMs and over 100,000 items of IT equipment in 2,000 locations. Under NCR’s maintenance and support agreement it is estimated that 95% of all equipment problems will be corrected in less than four hours. Also part of the contract: NCR will utilize its remote ATM monitoring service for NatWest’s ATM network via a new dedicated ATM monitoring center. This service will help maximize ATM hardware availability by receiving fault codes, predicting potential problems and providing remote diagnostics.