New TelEASY system lets passengers power-up their portables
West Chester, Pa., September 10, 2007 – MEI announced today that the newly deployed power supply kiosk stations at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) utilize MEI Series 2000 cash acceptors, allowing passengers to pay with cash to power-up their portable devices before or after their flight.
The new kiosk, developed by the Dallas-based TELeasy Corporation, is called the PUMP station, which stands for “Power-Up My Portable.” PUMP stations provide enough individual power outlet sockets for rows of twenty-four seats, and are located at airline gates.
Passengers use the PUMP station’s touch-screen to select which time interval they prefer, then use cash, credit, or debit cards to pay. The cost is $2 for 30 minutes or $3 for one hour. Customers then sit at one of the seats connected to the PUMP station to power-up their laptop, iPod, cell phone, or other portable electronic device. Passengers can use one of several PUMP stations located at six different DFW Airport gates. The PUMP stations at DFW Airport are demonstrating heavy usage – more than 7,000 transactions since being installed in November, 2006.
According to Mansur Plumber, CEO of TELasy Corporation, PUMP transactions between cash and credit cards are equally split making the system’s cash acceptor a critical component. “We thought there would be a higher credit card ratio, but we see cash still used quite a bit for small transactions. Experience shows us that you can never underestimate the importance of cash to the success of your kiosk.”
The MEI Series 2000 cash acceptor accepts all bill denominations from $1 to $100 and is suited for kiosks, self-checkout systems and other unattended POS systems. The MEI brand bill acceptor makes unattended cash transactions faster, easier, safer and more reliable.
TELeasy has been incorporating the MEI product line into its kiosks for more than 10 years.
“We have a lot of trust in MEI and its products,” Plumber says. “We are always provided with good customer service and technical assistance and very rarely experience jam problems.”
About TELeasy Corporation
Dallas-Fort Worth-based TELeasy Corporation designs and manufactures turnkey automated self-service kiosks for bill payment, DVD rental, Internet access, and more. For more information on TELeasy and its products, visit www.teleasy.com or call 877-275-7694.
MEI systems are relied upon for more than 2 billion transactions per week in 90 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact note acceptor, and more recently its vending management system. Today MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than 4 million note acceptors, 4.5 million coin mechanisms and 1 million control boards worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. Visit www.meiglobal.com/kiosks or call 800-345-8215.