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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012, Posted On: 9/13/2012


MEI Ships Advance 5000; New Easitrax Telemeter Enhances Functionality


Tim Sanford
Editor@vendingtimes.net
TAGS: vending machine, vending, vending machine telemetry, MEI Easitrax, MEI Group, MEI, vending profitability, cashless vending, MEI Advance 5000 telemeter, vending machine network, wireless vending network, Apriva, PCI-certified, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

MEI Easitrax Advance 5000

WEST CHESTER, PA -- Now available from MEI is the Easitrax Advance 5000 telemeter, which is designed to bolster vending profitability, beginning with augmented cashless functionality. Introduced to replace the Easitrax RDP telemeter, the Advance 5000 can communicate over Verizon's CDMA, as well as AT&T's 2G and 3G networks.

Users have the ability to communicate in wireless wide- and local-area, and wired Ethernet network configurations. These connectivity choices reportedly provide the flexibility to seek out the best data rates and coverage solutions for locations in which one or another signal is weak or unavailable.

Secure cashless solutions are another critical need for operators today, MEI continued. The Advance 5000 is PCI-certified, complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Plans call for adding functionality in the months ahead, including an option for using the Advance 5000 as the control center for full-line machine telemetry. Dual IP and APN (Internet Protocol and Access Point Network) capabilities allow both cashless and telemetry communications to be directed independently from the new telemeter, providing an additional layer of data security.

(A later release will reportedly feature an offline data recorder to capture information of machines not on networks. An ODR, inside the base telemeter, works by querying an offline machine between operator visits, and recording its daily granular sales and alarm data -- see story.)

MEI predicted that its reputation for secure note validation combined with the Advance 5000's security would strengthen operators' confidence in upselling cashless solutions to new accounts. It works with Apriva and other gateways to give operators a choice of back-end service providers that will meet their card processing and reporting criteria. The Advance 5000 is designed to support two-tier pricing, which can help mitigate rising transaction fees.

The Advance 5000 is modular and scalable, which "future-proofs" the operator's investment. MEI noted that operators can "plug and play" from the base unit, adding and removing the communication modules required to connect, configure and bring their cashless solution online.

Information is available from MEI authorized distributors, or may be requested from a sales team member by calling the company at (800) 345-8215.


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