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NPC confirmed Wednesday it is conducting the first major pilot of Hypercom ‘ICE 5000’ handheld 900MHz wireless touch-screen card payment system at one of the country’s top five fast food restaurant chains. Hypercom’s system is the payment industry’s first interactive, portable wireless terminal device for restaurants.The pilot is being conducted at 41 restaurants in metro-Phoenix. Plans call for Hypercom’s payment system to be installed at more than 8,000 quick-service restaurants nationwide. Equipped with Hypercom’s ‘FastPOS’ technology, Hypercom’s portable wireless unit completes transactions in six seconds or less.
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NPC, one of the nation’s leading merchant processing companies, is conducting the first major pilot of Hypercom Corporation’s ICE 5000 handheld 900MHz wireless touch-screen card payment system at one of the country’s top five quick-service restaurant chains. Hypercom’s system is the payment industry’s first interactive, portable wireless terminal device for restaurants and other businesses requiring portable wireless transaction capabilities. Hypercom Corporation and NPC (National Processing Company) report that the pilot is being conducted at 41 restaurants in metro-Phoenix. Plans call for Hypercom’s innovative payment system to be installed at more than 8,000 quick-service restaurants nationwide.

Customers can operate Hypercom’s handheld card payment system from their cars at drive-through windows, or at the restaurant’s counter. To process a payment, merchants simply enter the transaction into Hypercom’s ICE 5000 unit. Customers then select the transaction type (debit or credit), swipe the payment card, enter a PIN or sign the touch-sensitive screen. Two receipts are then printed, one for the customer and one for the restaurant. “Quick service restaurants need a fast, easy way to offer customers as many payment options as possible,” said E. Drew Soinski, senior vice president of sales, travel and entertainment, NPC. “With Hypercom’s portable ICE 5000, we can offer them the fastest card payment system available and the option to accept debit cards, credit cards, and ultimately smart cards, all at an affordable cost.”

“Hypercom’s wireless ICE 5000 allows fast-food restaurants to quickly and economically support consumer use of plastic cards for payment,” said John Marshall, senior vice president of sales, Hypercom Corporation. “Customer activated transactions at the take-out window are for the first time being completed in the time it takes to assemble the order. That spells faster service, more satisfied customers and a more enjoyable, time-saving and productive experience all-around.”

The wireless, portable ICE 5000, a member of Hypercom’s ICE (Interactive Consumer Environment) family of card payment systems, is geared to the needs of businesses such as fast-food restaurants, dry cleaners and an array of other merchants. The Hypercom(R) unit features an easy-to-use, intuitive touch-screen that guides consumers through the payment process and wireless communications for real-time transaction processing and authorization. The portable unit allows consumers to quickly complete electronic payments at the point-of-service, simplifies card acceptance in restaurants and reduces transaction processing costs. Equipped with Hypercom’s FastPOS(TM) technology, Hypercom’s portable wireless unit completes transactions in six seconds or less. NPC, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a recognized leader in transaction processing services, processing more than 1.7 billion transactions each year. NPC provides services to a wide array of customers in virtually every industry – from national accounts to independent retailers and financial institutions.

Hypercom Corporation is a global provider of electronic payment solutions, including multi-functional point-of-sale terminals, peripherals, network products, Ascendent payment and transaction software and Internet-based and electronic commerce payment solutions. On a global basis Hypercom delivers the services and technology infrastructure required to quickly integrate and deploy new payment applications. These applications provide competitive value-add programs, improved business performance and low total cost of ownership. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Hypercom markets its products in more than 70 countries through a global network of affiliates and offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Hypercom’s Internet address is www.hypercom.com.

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