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Ingenico Receives the Innovation Award 2011 from the METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative 24 únor 2012

Ingenico Receives the Innovation Award 2011 from the METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative

Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2012 – Ingenico, leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, and its subsidiary easycash have received the Innovation Award 2011 from the METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative.

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Franck Patt, Volkmar Bloch and Christian Plenge
From left to right – Frank Patt from easycash, Volkmar Bloch from Ingenico and Dr. Christian Plenge, the Manager of the Architecture, QA & Innovation Division of the company METRO SYSTEMS GmbH, at the award ceremony. © METRO AG
The companies were presented with the award in the category of "Major Partners" for their successful implementation of a contactless NFC payment system in the real,- Future Store in the German town of Tönisvorst. The award ceremony took place on December 7th, 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

This prize has not only been awarded for the successful implementation of the innovative NFC procedure", explained Dr. Christian Plenge, the Manager of the Architecture, QA & Innovation Division at METRO SYSTEMS GmbH. "As partners of the Future Store Initiative, Ingenico and easycash have been advancing and promoting the development of payment innovations for many years and we also wanted to recognize this by presenting them with the award."
The METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative focuses on enabling the retail world to experience future-oriented technologies at an early stage", stated Marc Birkner, the Managing Director of Ingenico GmbH and easycash GmbH. "Every day, Ingenico and easycash work towards making the payment transactions of tomorrow even more secure, convenient and efficient. We are therefore delighted that the METRO GROUP has recognized our dedication to these activities by presenting us with the Innovation Award 2011."


NFC – A Piece in the Puzzle of the Future

Since November 2011, customers at the "real,- Self-Service Store of the Future" in the town of Tönisvorst in the German Rhineland region have been able to use contactless cards such as the PAYBACK Maestro card to pay for their purchases. In the future, items such as the smartphones of future generations, keychains or other technological media should also be able to be used for contactless payment.

Ingenico provides this contactless payment technology in the form of i3380 terminals in connection with iST150 contactless readers. These devices meet the highest security standards in the field of payment transactions and are GS1 compliant. In order to pay using this global standard, customers simply have to hold their NFC-compatible card in front of the contactless reader and the amount due will be charged to their account. They will additionally be asked to enter their PIN or to sign for their payment in the case of purchase prices above 25 euros. Their PIN may also be requested at random for amounts under 25 euros.

In its role as network operator, easycash is responsible for the secure and rapid processing of the transactions.

The METRO Group Innovation Award

Every year, the METRO GROUP Future Store Initiative presents its partners with awards for outstanding innovations in several different categories. The 2011 award ceremony took place on the occasion of the annual partner meeting on December 7th, 2011 in the German city of Essen.

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