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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009, Posted On: 12/4/2009

Astrosystems Inc.'s ST1-T Makes Bill Acceptance Easier For Amusements, Placing Point Of Sale In Front Of Customer

Nick Montano
Astrosystems, Astrosys International, Microcoin, Microsystem Controls, vending, vending machine, vending route, vending business, vending machine parts, payment peripherals, amusement game, arcade game, jukebox, videogame, pinball machine, coin-op, bill validator, bill acceptor, payment system, banknotes, international currencies, coin validation, dollar bill acceptor, accepter, GBA, Global Bill Acceptor, ST1, ST1-T, Robert Bird, Rob Bird, Jeff Harms, Smart Industries

LAS VEGAS -- Astrosystems Inc. has developed a new payment system that offers a horizontal note entry for top bill insertion. Called the GBA ST1-T, the novel validator is based on the company's popular ST1 model, which has been available in the U.S. for the past three years. The adaptation is designed specifically for any type of machine that features a console-type control panel, making it ideal for such amusement devices as cranes, sports games and videos.

The ST1-T was first shown in the fall at the Amusement and Music Operator Association's International Expo in Las Vegas, where it was installed on one of Smart Industries' cranes. The pairing illustrated how a validator horizontally positioned in front of a customer could improve the payment experience, compared to the standard vertical bill entries on coin doors. Several other game manufacturers are reportedly going to test the system on their games, and key operators already signaled their intention to specify the ST1-T in their machines.

The GBA (Global Bill Acceptor) ST1 and ST1-T are designed to fit a wide variety of equipment, allow for high security and maximize customer convenience. They are made of durable plastic, can be installed in either up-, down- or horizontal-stacking (and now top insertion) orientations and can accommodate locking cashboxes to improve collection security. To accommodate slimline machine designs, the ST1 can be configured for installation in depths as constricted as 10cm. (about 4"). The line employs Astrosystems' Sense Technology, providing a very high rate of authentic note acceptance while maintaining protection against counterfeit bills and fraud attempts. On all ST1s, flashing illuminated banknote guides offer intuitive, patron-friendly operation. It also offers a variety of interface options, including the multi-drop bus (MDB) vending protocol.

Astrosys International's group marketing manager, Robert Bird, pointed out that the ST1s can deliver performance and functionality previously restricted to top-end note validators, at a price to suit most budgets. It was engineered for reliability and serviceability, he said. "For example, the device can be stripped down and reassembled in 30 seconds or less, and reconfiguration from down-stack to up-stack operation can be effected by changing only one part."

Astrosystems Inc. is the U.S. branch of Astrosys International Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong. Founded in 1984, it maintains two ISO9001-certified manufacturing plants in China, and services its diversified worldwide markets through an international network of offices in Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, supported by representation in other important global markets. In 1999, it acquired Australia's Microsystem Controls, a maker of coin validation systems.

Astrosys International Ltd. specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of currency validation systems. Its GBA banknote readers and Microcoin coin mechanisms have found widespread use in vending, amusement and gaming markets around the world. The company maintains an extensive software library that presently contains banknote recognition patterns for more than 90 international currencies.

The U.S. facility is located at 4210 Production Ct., Las Vegas, NV 89115, tel. (702) 643-1600, fax (702) 643-1717. The organization maintains a number of websites, among them gba-st1.com and microcoin.com. Information may be requested from Jeff Harms at jharms@astrosystemsinc.com.

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