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MEI Introduces Retail’s First Cash Acceptor Application Program Interface
at KioskCom™ 2002

CD-ROM toolkit drastically speeds integration of cash acceptors into PC-based kiosks and other automated retail applications

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – MEI, the world’s leading developer of electronic cash payment systems, introduces the MEI Cash Acceptor Application Program Interface (API) – a first-of-its-kind resource for integrating cash acceptors into PC-based kiosks, self-checkout systems, and other unattended points-of-sale. MEI developed this CD-based toolkit in response to the retail industry’s demand for a rapid method of integrating cash acceptors into retail applications. The MEI API provides all the information that professional software developers and systems integrators need to reduce cash integration by time up to 75%.

The API is ideal for integrating MEI cash acceptors, including the AE2600, Series 3000, and ZT1207, into PC-based applications using MEI’s EBDS (Extended Bi-Directional Serial) protocol over standard serial interfaces. Specifically, the API provides:

- Instructions on how to program the host/controller software to recognize cash acceptors

- Explanation of cash acceptor protocol and interface specifications

- Relevant DLLs with a program example demo

- Ability to download new bill sets

- MEI’s complete interface manual in Adobe® Acrobat™ format

- Access to MEI’s global technical support network

“Our goal is to help customers get their kiosks out into the field as quickly as possible, where they can start generating retail sales dollars, and this product does just that,” said Otto Lohse, Industry Market Manager for MEI’s Retail Division. “This CD-ROM is a valuable resource, slashing cash acceptor integration time from weeks to a matter of days. MEI functions as an integration partner, assisting them with every phase from concept to deployment ”

MEI will be exhibiting the Cash Acceptor API along with its full line of cash acceptor products for kiosks at Booth #504, KioskCom 2002 in Orlando, Florida, March 4-7.

MEI is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic bill acceptors, coin changers, and other electronic payment systems for the vending industry. The company developed the first electronic coin validator in the late 1960s and introduced the electronic bill acceptor several years later. MEI has the world's largest installed base of electronic coin mechanisms. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, coin telephone, gaming, retail, amusement, lottery, and transportation industries. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Pa.

For more information on MEI and its products for kiosks, visit the company’s web site at MEI or call 1-800-345-8215 x2510.

Editor’s note: High resolution photo available upon request.



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