HMV swipes new card system



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1 April 2005 | 0

Music store HMV is currently rolling out a new smart card system throughout its 190 stores in the UK and Ireland that will accept Chip and PIN-enabled debit and credit cards.

The implementation is expected to be completed by the end of October, in line with the UK’s mandate to migrate and implement Chip and PIN by January 2005.

The company selected Trintech’s Smart 5000 card system following a comprehensive testing and evaluation procedure involving three competing vendors. The Trintech system was selected because of its ability to integrate seamlessly with HMV’s existing IBM POS solution, HMV said.

The system features a hybrid card reader that accepts both chip cards and magnetic swipe cards. It is an EMV (Europay Mastercard and Visa) certified terminal and can be used in any type of POS system. It runs on Trintech’s OpenPay architecture consisting of a fast and powerful ARM processor and open source operating system (Linux).

‘HMV required a leading Chip and PIN partner with a strong market reputation and proven, reliable hardware’ said Steve Consalvi, finance systems manager at HMV.
‘Selecting Trintech has helped us to introduce Chip and PIN with minimal impact to the business’.


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