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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012, Posted On: 8/30/2012

USAT Expands SDK With QuickConnect Programmers' Web Service

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine, USA Technologies, unattended retail, mobile payments, ePort products, USAT SDK, QuickConnect, Cary Sagady

MALVERN, PA -- USA Technologies is offering QuickConnect, a Web service designed to make it easier for developers and OEMs serving the unattended retail and mobile payment acceptance markets to interface with USAT's ePort Connect service platform.

"QuickConnect is essentially the next generation of our ePort SDK offering, now as a Web service platform," explained Cary Sagady, USAT's senior vice-president of network solutions and product management. "Where our ePort SDK enabled third-party manufacturers or developers to embed an interface to USAT's ePort Connect service, now these programmers have the option to implement the API (application programming interface) Web service in their code, thus speeding up time to market and reducing certification cycle time."

Developers and manufacturers expected to benefit from QuickConnect include device producers who desire a turnkey solution for enabling a connection to USAT's ePort Connect service, independent of card-reading hardware; developers of mobile applications requiring a turnkey solution for cashless payment services; and other developers of unattended devices, such as kiosks, who require an easily deployed cashless option.

USAT noted that a Web service is a method of communication between two electronic devices over the Internet or a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. One of the major advantages of this approach, the company continued, is interoperability; Web services allow different platforms to interact and work together. Web services are not tied to any one operating system or programming language, are virtually platform-independent, and allow developers use their preferred programming languages. In addition, they enhance usability, permitting different applications from different sources to communicate with each other without "reinventing the wheel" with time-consuming custom coding.

"QuickConnect is intended to drive connections to our ePort Connect service by streamlining the process by which OEMs and developers can easily point their devices and applications to our service," added Sagady. "Today's fast-paced lifestyle continues to inspire new concepts for self-service retail in vending, mobile and kiosk application – all of which we believe require cashless payment as a capability.

"Our job is to continue to make it easy not only for customers to adopt cashless payment, but for developers and manufacturers to seamlessly provide their customers with solutions that connect to our industry-leading, comprehensive ePort Connect service," Sagady emphasized. "QuickConnect makes those efforts that much easier."

Information about USA Technologies' new QuickConnect Web service may be requested by calling (800) 633-0340.

USA Technologies provides wireless, cashless payment and telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing. The company has been granted 84 patents, and has agreements with Verizon, Visa, Elavon and major customers such as Compass, Crane and AMI Entertainment.

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