INGENICO OPTS FOR HAND HELD PRODUCTS' IMAGE ENGINES FOR SPANISH LOTTERY

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Hand Held Products, the worldwide leader in image-based data collection solutions, has sold a large quantity of IT4010 scan engines to Ingenico. The image engines are being used in mobile lottery terminals by ONCE, the Spanish National Organisation for the Blind.

ONCE is authorised to administer lottery and wagering games throughout Spain - with all of the tickets being sold by handicapped and visually impaired people in the street. Ingenico, the world's leading provider of secure transaction and payment systems, was chosen to help with the project. In conjunction with solutions integrator GTECH, the world's largest supplier of lottery systems, Ingenico started to design a suitable handheld lottery terminal.

The company looked at several options for the terminal's main engine, and chose the IT4010 image engine from Hand Held Products. This combines the latest CMOS image sensor technology, illumination, and optics in a light and compact scan engine that can be integrated into a wide range of handheld terminals. The IT4010 can read 1D barcodes, 2D stacked linear codes and capture digital images.

The i8500 terminals developed by Ingenico incorporate GSM/GPRS wireless communications, an easy to reload receipt printer, smart card and magnetic card readers, and text-to-speech technology. They can therefore be used to print new tickets with unique barcodes as well as to check if a customer has won a prize by scanning the barcode. Special software even enables decoding OMR (Optical Mark Reading), used on betting slips.

Michael Ausems, Ingenico's Business Director for Mobile Commerce and OEM, comments: "This image engine was the most versatile solution of all those we investigated, and had proven reliability. It has been working well so far, and helps the visually-impaired retailers. Hand Held Products has been very customer-focused and reactive to our needs. We have been pleased with the IT4010, and we are likely to be using the company's products again in the future."

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