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Sacoa Hails 2016 Milestones For Its Playcard Payments Technology

Posted On: 12/15/2016

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TAGS: Sacoa, Sacoa Playcard System, Dreamland FEC, IAAPA Brass Ring Award, Sacoa's Playcard debit card system, Color-Shot HDT RF card reader,, CenterEdge Software, Brian Duke, Revention

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- Sacoa, dba Sacoa Playcard System in the United States, is calling attention to several of its key achievements this past year. At the top of the list is Dreamland FEC's winning the IAAPA Brass Ring Award as the world's top family entertainment center. El Salvador's Dreamland, opened in 2013, is a 4,500-sq.m. recreational complex that uses Sacoa's Playcard debit card system.

Sacoa's Playcard was originally developed for Sacoa Entertainment, one of the largest amusement machine operations in Argentina. Today, more than 1,400 card systems are reportedly installed at arcades and attractions in over 50 countries.

In 2016, Sacoa reported that Central and South America have been its most active sales markets. Several installations were completed at amusement centers in Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador and Mexico, as well as in the Dominican Republic. Playcard also went online at new venues in Spain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey. In the U.S., the company deployed its system in four new Santikos Theatres in San Antonio, TX, and three Primetime-operated locations in Orlando, FL, among dozens of other venues.

Sacoa, Color-Shot HDT RF card reader Sacoa's flagship product is the Color-Shot HDT RF card reader, a multifunction device combining dual-head magnetic stripe and RFID "tap-to-credit" capabilities. The manufacturer says its reader has the largest screen in the amusement industry. The company also offers the mReader, a mobile-access controller that can run on Android tablets. It accepts all payments from mag or RFID cards, as well as wristbands. Its identity verification feature captures and displays the cardholder's photo to ensure use by the authorized guest only. Sacoa demonstrated these products at the recent IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL.

Also in 2006, Sacoa expanded its technology partnerships with two POS products. CenterEdge Software's Advantage POS System has been further integrated into the Playcard system. The first integration in 2015 enabled venues to perform basic Sacoa-related functions from a CenterEdge terminal, including selling and reloading cards. The latest integration software (version 16.5, released in October) furthers the assimilation, enabling CenterEdge terminals to handle deferred-revenue accounting and to capture sales from Sacoa's self-service kiosks.

Brian Duke, who heads new business development at Sacoa, hailed the accomplishment of full integration in less than two years. "Now more customers will find that the combination of Sacoa's debit card system with CenterEdge's POS terminals delivers everything they need to run the most profitable cashless operation," he said.

In September, Sacoa announced a partnership with Revention, a developer of customizable restaurant and entertainment management solutions. HungerRush, an online ordering system, is its main POS product. The first joint version of Playcard and HungerRush integrates such functions as login and card readings (balance, recharge, refunds and sales). The partnership is expected to support Revention's expansion into the "specialized" hospitality sector, which serves amusement parks and live music venues.