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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009, Posted On: 12/11/2009

American Changer Launches High-Capacity Token Unit, Offers Wireless Upgrade For Optional Credit Card Payment

Tim Sanford
American Changer, American Changer Corp., Hoffman Mint, dollar bill changer, change machine, cashless vending, vending, vending machine, vending route, jukebox, pinball machine, videogame, machine operator, currency breakers, Pyramid Technology, arcades, arcade game, family entertainment center, token dispensers

American Changer and its Hoffman Mint subsidiary have introduced a full-featured dispenser able to hold as many as 20,000 quarter-sized tokens, as well as a kit that can adapt any American Changer token dispenser for credit-card transactions. The innovations made their debuts at the recent Attractions Expo staged by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in Las Vegas.

The high-capacity dispenser, Model AC1078-US, features a Pyramid bill validator and a Condor high-speed coin mech from Money Controls. It is secured with two T-handle lock fittings and is supplied with an illuminated coin holder and marquee and an "Out of Service" light. Despite its high capacity, it has a small footprint, measuring 18" wide x 13" deep; it stands 61" high, for easy visibility on location. (By way of comparison, American Changer’s top-of-the-line token dispenser, the AC6007, measures 63.5" high x 28" wide x 18" deep, with marquee.) An optional audit printer is available.

Also taking the spotlight at the IAAPA show was a wireless credit card kit, designed to adapt any American Changer token dispenser for cashless purchases. Employing InOne Technology’s proven wireless authentication and card processing services, the kit also offers remote monitoring of all cash as well as credit-card transactions. It can transmit alerts and send email notification if the machine requires service, and is equipped to provide voice prompt notifications. Components comply with Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council requirements, and the gateway software conforms to the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

Included in the kit are an external credit card reader with LCD information panel, a replacement control board and power supply, the wireless modem and antenna, and complete merchant processing setup instructions. At this writing, the monthly wireless access and remote monitoring cost is $11.99, and the transaction fee ranges from 25¢ to 40¢, depending on price-point.

As VT goes to press, American Changer reports that the PCI SSC has announced new guidelines for equipment using dialup modems. These security measures will affect existing American Changer equipment that accepts credit cards, specifically the AC6007, AC2007, AC2006, AC8001, AC8003, AC8007 and AC2227.

American Changer will incorporate a new wireless credit card system in these Token Station and Pay Station models, replacing the dial-up modems, and is designing a kit allowing operators to forward-fit their existing machines with the new wireless technology. It will be available in early spring 2010.

Information may be had by calling (800) 741-9840.

PHOTO: American Changer’s new wireless credit card kits are available in two versions. The Universal Kit is a basic design that works with the factory’s smaller dispensers. The Super U Kit interfaces with higher-capacity American floor models that feature larger computer boards. Included in the kits are an external credit card reader with LCD information panel, a replacement control board and power supply, the wireless modem and antenna, and merchant processing setup instructions.


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