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  5. Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT services companies, announces the launch of B-Pad, a hand-held mobile Point of Sale (PoS) device. The all-in-one, lightweight mobile computer is the first device of its kind to allow retailers to take customers’ orders and receive secure payment from one device

Fujitsu launches mobile Point of Sale device with integrated Chip & PIN

Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT services companies, announces the launch of B-Pad, a hand-held mobile Point of Sale (PoS) device. The all-in-one, lightweight mobile computer is the first device of its kind to allow retailers to take customers’ orders and receive secure payment from one device

February 20, 2006

By releasing staff, who were traditionally tied to the counter, the Fujitsu B-Pad offers multiple applications to help improve customer service. Retailers will now be able to offer in-store queue busting services. When the main tills are overcrowded staff will be able to scan barcodes and take payment without being tied to the counter.

Bill Waterson, UK head of retail, Fujitsu Services, comments: “Retailers have already recognised the benefits of EPoS systems and this device offers the potential to extend this. By freeing staff from the counter it will transform in-store customer service by enabling them to interact more closely with customers when taking orders and payment. It is already being used very successfully in the hospitality industry by leading restaurants in the UK.”

The Fujitsu B-Pad is also the first device of its kind with full EMV (Europay International, MasterCard International and Visa International) approval, certifying its compliance with secure smart card payment operations. This was achieved with the integration of Smart Technology Solutions’ Smart NS suite and the Emvelink payment kernel. This provides an industry standard interface for secure payment and other Chip & PIN card-enabled applications.

“We are delighted to continue our close relationship with Fujitsu by being a part of the B-Pad project,” comments Jon Cairns, Vice President, Business Development at Smart Technology Solutions. “It is a natural partnership where together, our technology is transforming the retail and hospitality industry in terms of card payment processes and transactions.”

The rugged design and barcode scanning functionality also enable the device to be used for stock management.

About Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa . It has an annual turnover of £1.74 billion, (€2.58 billion) employs 14,500 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from consulting through integration and deployment. Headquartered in London , Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$45 billion (€37 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.

About Smart Technology Solutions

Smart Technology Solutions Limited (STS) is a market leading software company that delivers innovative smartcard solutions through industry partnerships. STS has built over 20 years' experience into its award-winning products and continues to pioneer new advances in smart card acceptance. STS is the only company that specialises in enabling the use of smart cards at any point of interaction such as retail stores, unattended devices or over the Internet. STS' vision is to drive the ubiquitous use of smartcards by working with key partners to develop the full potential of the smart card infrastructure

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Date: 20 February, 2006