Over 1,000 Casinos Nationwide Place Their Bets on Hypercom's Next Generation ICE 5000 Point-of-Sale Terminals (Business Wire; 12/10/98) PHOENIX (Dec. 10) BUSINESS WIRE -Dec. 10, 1998-- Hypercom Teams with Global Cash Access Consortium to Provide Interactive Cash Advance Terminal Solution to Casinos Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC), a global provider of electronic payment solutions, today announced its Interactive Consumer Environment (ICE) 5000 terminals are being deployed to more than 1,000 casinos around the country by the Global Cash Access consortium. Established in June 1998, the Global Cash Access consortium is the largest cash access provider to casinos and includes BA Merchant Services, Inc. (BAMSI), USA Processing and First Data Corp. (FDC). Hypercom's ICE 5000 terminals will be used in conjunction with its T7E terminal to form a complete point-of-service (POS) cash solution for casino players. The roll-out began this month at Bally's in Atlantic City and will include casinos in Las Vegas and riverboats nationwide. The deployments will be completed within 60 days. The ICE 5000 terminals are delivered with touch screen and smart card functionality and are equipped with Hypercom FastPOS(tm) 9600 baud modems built in. "When Hypercom introduced its ICE solution, we immediately recognized the technology breakthrough it represents," said Sharif Bayyari, president and CEO, BA Merchant Services. "A casino's ability to customize each relationship with its customer -- with the flexibility of an interactive screen, the scalability of being smart card-enabled and the faster connection speeds that the Hypercom FastPOS 9600 bits per second modem can offer dramatically improves the value proposition at the point-of-service." "The introduction of the ICE 5000 terminal at these casinos around the country represents an important step in the evolution of self-service electronic cash transactions. Global Cash Access recognized the need to improve the all- important customer touch point and the opportunity it presents," said Al Irato, president and CEO of Hypercom. "The casinos can customize the transaction process for players and add additional applications such as advertising or loyalty programs as needed by leveraging the terminal's interactivity and flexibility." Hypercom will provide the advanced POS technology functions and flexibility found in its new line of ICE 5000 terminals, coupled with the T7E terminals, to complete these on-floor cash advance transactions. The ICE 5000 terminals, located at several kiosks amidst the lights and tables of the Casinos, are positioned so that players can simply go up to any kiosk and swipe their credit or debit card through the terminal. The interactive screen displays the instructions for the player to complete the transaction, and receive an instant authorization for the transaction. The player then makes their way to the nearest casino cashier in the "cage" where the cashier performs a "Print on Demand" request and verifies the transaction using a Hypercom T7E terminal. Once the transaction is electronically verified, a check is printed out and endorsed by the player, and the cashier gives the cash to the client. "We looked at all of the POS terminal manufacturers in the market place and the Hypercom ICE 5000 terminal was by far and away the best out there," said Kirk Sanford, executive vice president, Global Cash Access. "ICE is the best bet for our casino customers' current and future needs -- delivering powerful touchscreen technology with integrated credit card, debit card and smart card terminal with the fastest communication speeds available. Because Global Cash Access also supports responsible gaming, the ICE 5000's customizable screen messages help us monitor usage," said Sanford. "Hypercom's ICE 5000 and T7E terminal combination are also Y2K compliant to ensure no disruption as we move into the next millennium." Transaction Technology of the Future The ICE 5000 terminal is smart card-ready -- protecting the casino's terminal investment as payment systems evolve and smart cards become more prevalent in the future. Additionally, to meet the needs of the casino's international clientele, the ICE 5000 terminals are equipped with Spanish and French language capability, with Japanese and Chinese being added soon. About Global Cash Access Global Cash Access provides a full range of electronic funds transfer and other services to more than 1,200 gaming properties nationwide. The company's line of cash access products and services include integrated devices using a client- server platform, offering ATM, POS debit and credit card cash advance; and cash access services including Western Union(R) wire transfer and TeleCheck(R) guarantee and authorization. The company's line of financial services includes transaction processing and reporting via PC-based, networked cashier workstations, and transaction reporting via secure Internet access. About Hypercom Corporation Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC) is a global provider of electronic payment solutions, including multi-functional point-of- sale terminals, peripherals, network products, transaction software, 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 for competitive value-add programs, improved business performance and low total cost of ownership. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Hypercom markets its products in more than 60 countries through a global network of offices and affiliates in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Hypercom's Internet address is http://www.hypercom.com.
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