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Innovative self-checkout system incorporating Thales payment technology

With consumers being ever more reluctant to stand in line, self-service solutions are in particularly high demand at supermarkets and other stores where speed and convenience are of the essence. Using so-called self-checkout systems, consumers can scan, pack and pay for purchases on their own without the assistance of a cashier. When it comes to new, self-service technology of this type, fast electronic payment is an absolute must. Thales offers card payment solutions that can be integrated into such self-checkout systems.

Self-checkout systems offer retailers the potential to streamline their operations, by freeing up existing checkout personnel and creating new capacity to serve customers.

In addition to increased customer satisfaction, through eliminating time spent standing in line, the whole experience is made more convenient and secure through the use of card payments.

At the heart of the self-checkout system is the highly secure and reliable payment technology from Thales integrated payment software combined with a range of heavy-duty card readers and PIN entry devices. The card payment functionality is integrated into the self-checkout system via O.P.I. (Open Payment Initiative), an XML-based interface developed specifically for the retail sector. Together with Wincor Nixdorf, Thales has successfully integrated its high-performance payment technology with the BEETLE/iSCAN checkout system. This innovative solution offers a broad range of benefits from increased security and speed of payment to lower cash handling costs.

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