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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

TIO Networks Corp., a provider of expedited bill-payment processing, has announced transaction revenue results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended October 31.

According to a news release, TIO processed $4.7 million in bill-payment transactions, with revenue increasing 11 percent over Q1 2009 and one percent over Q4 2009.

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Monday, 30 November 2009
TIO Networks Corp., a provider of billpay kiosks and bill payment processing services, has announced financial results for the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, ended July 31. The company's revenue increased to $5.4 million from $4 million in Q4 2008, representing a 34 percent increase. Year-to-date revenue is $21.5 million, a 50 percent increase compared with $14.2 million in 2008.
 
Hamed Shahbazi, TIO's chairman and CEO, says high demand for last-minute billpay options in a tough economy has helped the company grow:
We had a strong year of growth, having achieved substantial improvements on both the top and bottom line of the company. Most importantly, we found a way to grow the company’s revenue while reducing capital expenditures to record lows, demonstrating a substantial strengthening of our business model. Although we continue to operate in a difficult economic climate, TIO’s last-minute bill payment processing services continue to be in high demand. The company expects to continue to grow revenues and is working hard to accelerate its growth with a very strong line-up of opportunities and initiatives.
Also today, TIO announced it will work with utility provider Georgia Power to deploy self-service billpay kiosks in select Atlanta-area retail locations. TIO says the touchscreen kiosks are expected to be fully operational this winter.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009
TIO Networks Corp., a provider of expedited bill-payment processing, has announced it will expand its relationship with Cox Communications. TIO previously processed Cox bill payments in test deployments in Phoenix and Las Vegas and now will take the partnership nationwide to TIO's more than 18,000 transaction end-points, which include 1,500 cash-accepting billpay kiosks.
 
Mark McGuire, vice president of solutions delivery for Cox Communications, says the agreement with TIO is about customer convenience:
At Cox, our focus is always on the customer. The ability of customers to pay their bills at TIO retail locations and self-service kiosks is one more way that our customers can conveniently do business with Cox.
Atlanta-based Cox Communications is the third-largest cable company in the United States and provides digital video, broadband and telephone services to more than 6 million customers.
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Thursday, 17 September 2009
Payments processor TIO Networks Corp. and self-service bill-payment provider Nexxo Financial Corp. have announced they will expand an existing partnership and launch TIO's expedited bill-payment processing on 100 of Nexxo's financial-services kiosks. Nexxo caters primarily to the Hispanic market, with deployments in Latin America and the Western United States, and calls its financial kiosks "Cajeros," which means "cashier" in English.
 
David Alvarez, Nexxo's chief executive, says the addition of bill-payment will create an added convenience for Nexxo's customers, who are largely unbanked or underbanked and routinely use the kiosks' money-transfer functionality:
It is an exciting development in the evolution of Nexxo to be able to offer more services on our Cajeros. Customers can now benefit even more from being a Nexxo Financial customer with the convenience and ease of paying their bills in addition to conducting money wire transactions.
In December 2008, TIO deployed Nexxo's money-transfer services on its existing bill-payment kiosks in retail outlets in several Southwestern cities.
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Thursday, 09 July 2009
BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp., a multichannel expedited bill-payment processor, has announced that Budget PrePay Inc., one of the United States’ largest networks for marketing prepaid products, will process TIO bill payments at more than 5,000 of its locations in 45 states.

According to a news release, Budget PrePay will leverage TIO’s transactional billpay interface to gain access to TIO’s expedited bill-payment processing capabilities, which include wireless, utility and cable bill issuers.

With TIO’s processing capabilities, cash-preferred customers will be able to pay their wireless, utility and cable bills at Budget PrePay stores throughout the country. Customers will pay a service fee to use the expedited payment services.

The parties expect to activate the locations on the TIO network this summer and implement a marketing campaign to create greater awareness for the new services amongst Budget PrePay’s customer base and build transaction volumes.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2009
BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp. has announced unaudited third quarter and nine-month financial results for the period ended April 30.
 
During Q3, TIO reported a net loss of $650,585, up from the $1.26 million net loss reported in Q3 2008.
 
But revenue was up 63 percent, totaling $5.7 million, during the quarter, and operating expenses were reduced by $162,995 from the previous year. According to a news release, the earnings make Q3 TIO's 27th consecutive quarter of transaction growth, and the company's network transaction endpoints also have increased and now total 12,959. TIO ended the quarter with a positive EBITDA of $180,000.
 
"Our base of recurring revenue continues to grow, as does our business-development pipeline," said Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive of TIO Networks. "We are confident that our current and new business opportunities will increase transactions and continue to drive strong revenue growth in the quarters and years ahead."

TIO will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. EDT to review the Q3 financial results. The toll-free dial-in number is 1-800-733-7571, and callers should request the TIO Networks conference.
 
TIO is a multichannel, expedited bill-payment processor, serving telecom, wireless, cable and utility bill issuers in North America.
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Monday, 22 June 2009
BURNABY, British Columbia — Self-service bill-payment provider TIO Networks Corp. will report its third-quarter 2009 financial results June 24. A conference call for investors and analysts will be held the same day at 2 p.m. EDT. Complete financial results will be available prior to the call at www.sedar.com.

Hamed Shahbazi, TIO’s chairman and chief executive, and Derek Lai, acting chief financial officer, will review the quarter and provide a corporate update.

To participate in the conference call, dial 1-800-733-7571. Callers should request the TIO Networks conference.
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Friday, 12 June 2009
OSLO, Norway — BBS, a leading provider of electronic security, payment and information services for retailers and financial institutions in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, has acquired Sagem Denmark A/S and Sagem Manison Finland from Ingenico Group. The acquisition is pending required approval from The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.

Sagem Denmark is a worldwide supplier of encrypting PIN pads for use in ATMs, kiosks and other unattended payment solutions. As a result of the acquisition, BBS is likely to strengthen its position in the Nordics through the addition of 150 qualified employees and a large portfolio of customers in the region.

“One of our ambitions is to become the leading provider of merchant solutions in the Nordics. With the purchase of Sagem Denmark and the subsidiary Sagem Manison Finland, this ambition will be achieved," said Ola Forberg, CEO of BBS. "Today we are the one and only Nordic supplier that can meet the demands of the retailers to have one common payment solution across the Nordic region. This position has been further strengthened through the acquisition."

“We are very pleased with the disposal of Sagem Denmark and Manison Finland to BBS, along with the strategic partnership for terminal distribution in Nordic countries,” said Philippe Lazare, CEO of Ingenico Group. “This is a great opportunity to reinforce our commercial position in this region, thanks to BBS leadership in these countries.”

Sagem Denmark already is positioned in the Danish market, and, according to a news release, the company has produced and sold the most frequently used payment terminals in Denmark since 1984. Sagem’s customer portfolio includes several Nordic retail chains and fits well with BBS’ existing operations in the Danish market.

“This is a new business area for BBS, which we, together with the employees of Sagem Denmark, will develop further. We believe encrypting PIN pads can become a strong global business area,” said Forberg.

“I believe that the alliance with BBS will create value for both Sagem Denmark and our customers, who will be working with the leading player on the Nordic market,” said Kaj Christiansen, CEO of Sagem Denmark. “At the same time, it allows Sagem Denmark to further expand our global business of payment security products.”

According to the release, Sagem Manison is a substantial player in the Finnish market and the fastest growing payment solutions company in the Nordic countries.

“Already today, we have several customers who request one Nordic solution with adjustments for the Finnish market,” said Forberg. “The solutions provided by Sagem Manison will fulfill this requirement, compliment our Nordic focus and establish us with local presence in Finland.”
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Tuesday, 09 June 2009
NORCROSS, Ga. — Postilion, a division of S1 Corporation and a leading global provider of integrated solutions for self-service banking and payment processing, today announced that North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. has chosen Postilion to provide an integrated, multichannel solution supporting all of the bank's self-service and EFT channels on a single platform.
 
A customer for more than 10 years, North Dallas Bank has deployed Postilion Voice Banking and will upgrade its heritage solutions for retail Internet banking and business Internet banking. In addition, the bank will implement Postilion ATM driving and debit card issuance applications on the Postilion platform, enabling cross-channel integration and a single customer view.
 
"We are very excited to move to the new solutions and have already received positive feedback on the new look and functionality," said Greg Niemeyer, executive vice president of marketing and operations for North Dallas Bank. "As a community bank with a strong focus on the customer relationship, it is critical for our bank to directly manage those relationships consistently across multiple customer interaction points, regardless of whether that is at the ATM, via the Internet or through voice banking. Our partnership with Postilion enables us to deliver the latest in technology from a single vendor and maintain the same hometown trust and service our customers have come to expect."
 
Postilion's self-service banking solutions empower community banks and credit unions to deliver innovative customer touchpoint solutions that level the playing field with larger financial institutions. Postilion represents the next generation of integrated solutions for self-service banking, offering a comprehensive suite of tools. Financial institutions that initially license a single channel can leverage their original investment by enabling additional channel applications on a single platform. The multichannel-ready system ensures a consistent customer experience across all self-service channels, including ATM, card, business Internet banking, retail Internet banking, voice and mobile.
 
"We are pleased to partner with North Dallas Bank to deploy a best-of-breed multichannel solution. As the demands on financial institutions for a more integrated self-service experience grow, Postilion is uniquely positioned to support our customers with deeper cross-channel integration and streamlined back-office operations," said Pierre Naude, president of Postilion Banking. "With these tools, community banks like North Dallas Bank are well positioned to deliver the right mix of personal attention and customer self-service."
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Friday, 05 June 2009
SAN DIEGO — EMN8 Inc., a developer of consumer self-service order and payment systems for quick-service restaurants, has installed self-order kiosks at a Tulsa, Okla.-based Arby’s franchise, United States Beef Corp. (U.S. Beef). EMN8’s solution brings an interactive ordering experience to the consumer and integrates with the operator’s POS system for real-time, high-volume order processing.

“One of U.S. Beef’s key strategies is providing a superior customer experience,” said Jeff Turner, U.S. Beef’s senior director of information technology. “The EMN8 kiosk delivers on this strategy through an engaging customer self-service option. An additional technical aspect to our decision is a solution that fully integrates with our existing Radiant POS. EMN8’s experience, technology, and focus on integration ensured success in delivering an exceptional customer self-service experience."
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp. has announced an agreement to offer expedited bill payment and financial services terminals in 10 Family Dollar locations in El Paso, Texas. The kiosks enable cash-preferred customers to make expedited bill payments on their wireless, utility and other accounts. As part of this limited test, customers will also be able to purchase prepaid products and services, transfer money to family and friends around the world, and reload prepaid debit cards.

TIO bill payment is a secure way to access accounts and view balances on select billers without the need for account numbers to be present. Payments are made by feeding cash directly into the TIO terminal’s note acceptor. Once the cash is accepted, TIO uses an Internet link to ensure timely posting of the payment. Family Dollar customers can navigate through TIO applications in either English or Spanish and complete financial transactions by either printing or emailing their receipts.

“We are privileged to partner with Family Dollar, to offer expedited bill payment and non-banked financial services,” said Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive of TIO Networks. “Cash-strapped consumers can utilize this service to confidently make last minute payments and avoid late fees.”

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Friday, 24 April 2009

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — The PCI Security Standards Council, a global, open industry standards body providing management of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PCI PIN Entry Device (PED) Security Requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), has expanded its PIN Entry Device Security Requirements program to cover two new types of devices; unattended payment terminals (UPTs) and hardware security modules (HSMs).

Unattended payment terminals are an increasingly popular form of conducting payment transactions and are used in a variety of scenarios such as museum and concert ticketing, kiosks, automated fuel dispensers and car parking facilities. Hardware security modules are non-user facing devices used in PIN translation, payment card personalization, data protection and e-commerce.

Both UPT and HSM hardware devices can now undergo a rigorous testing and approval process by Council labs to ensure they comply with the industry standards for securing sensitive cardholder account data at all points in the transaction process. The evaluation process includes the logical and physical security of each product. The Council will also provide a list of approved devices on its Web site, provide documentation and training for labs evaluating these devices and be the single source of information for device vendors and their customers.

"The Council advocates a multi layered approach to security, based on PCI Standards," said Bob Russo, general manager, PCI Security Standards Council. "The evolution of our PED Security Requirements Program incorporates a comprehensive testing process for UPTs and HSMs so that all components of these devices will now be tested. We are addressing the industry need among vendors and merchants to protect cardholder data in all point-of-sale environments."

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Friday, 27 February 2009
BURNABY, British Columbia -- TIO Networks Corp., a provider of self-service bill payment services, and San Antonio Water System (SAWS) have partnered to enable San Antonio residents to pay their water bills at TIO-networked bill payment kiosks, according to a news release.
 
SAWS cash-preferred customers can pay their bills any time, day or night, via these kiosks, which have been deployed at 27 participating San Antonio-based c-stores. The kiosks offer instructions in English or Spanish and allow the customer to view their account balance, complete financial transactions aned print or e-mail their receipts. A convenience fee is charged for this service.
 
"Our objective is to provide SAWS' customers with alternative solutions to manage their personal finances, making both bill payment and life a little easier," said Chris Ericksen, senior vice president of services for TIO Networks.
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Tuesday, 24 February 2009
DAYTON, Ohio -- On Monday, NCR Corp. unveiled software that allows consumers to deposit checks into their bank accounts without leaving the comfort of their living room chair, and more importantly, without having to throw down cash for new computer equipment.
 
Once installed on a user's home computer, NCR APTRA Consumer Passport software can interface with any financial institution's Web site to provide automated Check 21 deposit services.
 
It's a service that has been available only to businesses, until now, according to a news release.
 
While accessing their online banking account, consumers can make the deposits via a TWAIN-based flatbed scanner. As an industry standard interface, TWAIN enables devices such as scanners to communicate with software applications and is found in common home scanners and multifunction scanning devices.
 
According to the release, NCR APTRA Consumer Passport is well suited to consumers who rarely have occasion to deposit checks, such as a child's birthday check or a rebate check, mor may not have convenient access to their financial institution.
 
After the front and back of the endorsed check are scanned, the image can then be electronically sent to the participating financial institution for validation, processing and clearing. For select clients, this remote deposit service could allow for same-day crediting to their accounts, quicker access to deposited funds and detailed deposit records for improved record keeping.
 
"We live in a world in which consumers are using more self-service technologies than ever before, and they are also demanding a wider range of self-service options," said Brian Bailey, vice president of financial industry marketing for NCR Corp. "NCR APTRA Consumer Passport is a reflection of how self-service and sophisticated imaging technology can be used to help consumers connect, interact and transact with financial institutions, while maintaining a high level of security for all parties."
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Monday, 23 February 2009
New (Malaysia) Straits Times: Muslims in Malaysia who forgot to bring cash to the mosque will soon have a new option when it comes to paying tithes. The new Maju Masjid eZakat/eDerma kiosks are being placed in mosques across the country and will enable Muslims to pay their tithes via a credit or debit card. The first kiosk was unveiled at the Kampung Baru mosque on Feb. 20.
 
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Thursday, 19 February 2009
BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada -- TIO Networks Corp., a provider of multi-channel bill payment processing, has partnered with H-E-B, a Texas retailer, to implement its self-service bill payment technology at 26 participating H-E-B stores located throughout Texas.
 
H-E-B will the first Texas-based retailer to implement TIO's bill payment services.
 
Plans are to deploy the technology by early spring 2009. Store customers will be able to make expedited bill payments on their wireless, utility and cable accounts via self-service kiosks. They will also be able to purchase prepaid products and services and reload prepaid debit cards. These kiosks will be located adjacent to or nearby H-E-B's business centers to help alleviate payment traffic during peak payment periods.
 
"With these kiosks, we hope to provide our customers with a convenient service that enhances their one-stop shopping experience in our stores," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs and diversity.
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Friday, 06 February 2009
Ecommerce Journal: Nextel has selected NCR to provide a self-service bill payment system designed to enhance service. The system will be based on the NCR SelfServ 32 ATM platform and will enable Nextel customers to pay their bills without staff assistance. With the introduction of the system customers will have an opportunity to choose between using cash, credit cards, debit cards or banks. The system package includes a managed services agreement that provides hardware and software service, remote system monitoring and 24/7 help desk support.
 
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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Nextel has signed with NCR Corp. for a self-service bill-payment solution that allows Nextel customers to pay their bills at service centers throughout Mexico.

The solution, based on the NCR SelfServ 32 ATM platform, is designed to enhance service by allowing Nextel customers to quickly pay their bills using cash, credit cards or debit cards.

According to a news release, Nextel customers can still make payments at the bank in the usual manner. But the self-service solution is touted for its ability to improve operational efficiency for Nextel by allowing service center employees to focus more of their attention on revenue-generating activities on the sales floor and on helping customers who have questions about Nextel services or products.

Nextel de Mexico began installing the self-service solution in March 2008, and the rollout to more than 100 locations is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.

The NCR SelfServ ATMs are installed at Nextel Customer Services Centers in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexicali, with plans to install the machines in 24 other major cities throughout Mexico.

“NCR provided a tailor-made solution that improves cash administration and helps make transactions faster and easier for our customers," said Juan Enrich, chief financial officer for Nextel in Mexico. "We handle 60 percent cash payments and the rest with credit or debit cards at a low operational cost. With this technology, we eventually will be able to provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The NCR billpay solution for Nextel includes a managed-services agreement that provides hardware and software service, remote system monitoring and 24/7 help desk support. NCR services are designed to help businesses enhance customer interactions, reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of the self-service channel through increased availability.

“Increased efficiency and growth take on a new meaning in the modern and competitive customer service environment,” said Agustin Guzman, NCR managing director in Mexico. “We were able to provide Nextel with a proven technology solution from the financial industry that offers improved service, security and friendly, intuitive usability, so they in turn can enhance service to their customers."

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Monday, 10 November 2008
Business Wire: MoneyGram International, a global payment services company, and ATM provider Cardtronics have announced that MoneyGram money transfer and ExpressPayment urgent bill payment services will be offered through 2,250 advanced-function ATMs located at 7-Eleven, Inc. convenience stores in the U.S. beginning in late 2008. As part of a multi-year agreement, the financial self-service kiosks will facilitate money transfer and ExpressPayment urgent bill payment for walk-up customers without the aid of store personnel.

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Monday, 03 November 2008
PARIS — ViVOtech, a provider of near field communication (NFC) mobile phone and contactless payment systems, has launched a flexible contactless payment reader for the kiosk, transit turnstile, bus validator and ticketing markets.
 
According to a news release, the new ViVOpay Kiosk II is a two-piece modular reader that enables ease of installation in new self-service systems and is certified to work with all major contactless payment programs without requiring the systems to go through a rigorous and costly compliance re-certification process with card associations and network providers.
The ViVOpay Kiosk II is a flexible contactless reader that is comprised of a compact controller module and a customer-facing contactless antenna module for easy integration into a new customer-facing self-service system. Each module in the ViVOpay solution is packaged individually, giving equipment manufacturers complete flexibility in integrating contactless payment functionality with their systems. This flexible design approach allows the controller module to be securely installed within the cabinetry of the system while the small footprint antenna is installed in a customer-facing location with minimal effort.

"Self-service markets are experiencing rapid growth worldwide and manufacturers of self-service systems are demanding a flexible pre-certified contactless reader that can be quickly and easily installed in new systems," said Mohammad Khan, ViVOtech president and founder. "The modular design of our new ViVOpay Kiosk II and pre-certification with card associations and network providers enables solution providers in transportation, retail, parking and other industries to deliver contactless and NFC mobile-enabled devices to market fast and efficiently."

The ViVOpay Kiosk II features a weather-proof customer-facing antenna that allows it to be used in self-ordering kiosk systems across a wide variety of applications such as parking meters, ticket validation/payment machines, transit turnstile systems, airport self-check-in systems, bus ticket acceptance machines, and many more. ViVOpay Kiosk II also enables self-service systems to accept transactions from NFC mobile phone for payments, ticketing, promotions and coupon redemption applications.
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008
BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Fiserv Inc., a provider of information technology services to the financial industry, announced that it has partnered with PayScan America Inc., obtaining exclusive rights to license PayScan's patented barcode bill payment process. By utilizing the PayScan barcode bill payment process and the Fiserv CheckFreePay Link platform, CheckFreePay will be able to offer an enhanced retail payment solution that will enable walk-in consumers to pay their household bills quickly and easily at retail checkout lanes and self-service kiosks.
 
This enhanced retail payment solution will use a "smart barcode" on the bill to record processing rules, including relevant payment data from a customer bill such as the account number. By scanning the bill at an existing retail point-of-sale terminal, a cashier or consumer can easily submit a payment without manual data entry.
 
"We believe in-lane bill payment services will transform the walk-in bill payment landscape," said Paul Harrison, senior vice president and general manager of Fiserv's CheckFreePay business. "For retailers, it will provide a more efficient walk-in bill payment process that leverages point-of-sale barcoding to reduce the chance for error. Billers could realize reduced processing costs, while their customers will enjoy a more convenient payment experience."
 
"Retail locations provide a convenient and cost-effective option for the 40 million consumer households that prefer to pay their bills in cash and in person," said Jennifer Roth, research director, global payments, TowerGroup. "Offering in-person, in-lane bill payments at retail point-of-sale registers will serve traditional walk-in bill payment customers, but will also appeal to consumers who typically pay by mail. This represents the next step in delivering automated efficiency and convenience in the walk-in bill payment market."
 
Today, retailers that offer walk-in bill payment services generally do so at customer service counters or other, separate locations within the store, because they cannot effectively handle bill payment in-lane. CheckFreePay Link with the in-lane bill payment option will offer retailers a solution that will allow consumers to pay their household bills while purchasing groceries and other household items in the checkout lane, creating a better customer service experience for consumers.
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Thursday, 25 September 2008
BURNABY, B.C. — TIO Networks Corp., a North American multi-channel expedited bill payment processor, continues to experience substantial increases in transactions, payment volumes and transactional revenues, according to a news release. In August the company processed a record 558,000 transactions worth more than U.S. $45 million.
 
According to the news release, in the fourth quarter of TIO's fiscal year ended July 31, 2008, management undertook an in-depth review of its operations and reduced G&A expenses to reflect its new "processing-centric" business model. Strong growth in transactional revenue, gross margins, reduced G&A and reduced capital expenditures have positioned TIO to deliver positive EBITDA results in its current quarter of operations, Q1, 2009 and the best annual financial performance as a bill payment processor in the history of the company.
 
The company has identified a behavioral change in the bill paying habits of U.S. consumers in the face of the ailing U.S. economy. A growing demographic is paying at the last minute and using expedited payments as a tool to manage cash flow and steer clear of costly late fees. This behavioral change is leading to increasing consumer awareness and interest in TIO's premium priced expedited bill payment services. This growing interest has enabled the company to increase a number of its transaction rates, which has improved gross margins.
 
This consumer demand for expedited payments is creating business momentum for TIO's services within the payment industry and helping drive the rapid growth of The TIO Network. From April 30th to June 20th, the number location endpoints in TIO's processing network had grown 150 percent from approximately 4,000 to over 10,000 location end-points. Subsequent to June 20, 2008, the company added another 600 endpoints to its network.
 
The company continues to develop new opportunities to grow the network through third-party self-service and clerk-assisted networks. It is also working on further unlocking the value of its expedited bill payment relationships by processing to online and bank-based consumers.
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Thursday, 18 September 2008
DENVER — Nevada drivers can now pay for vehicle registrations and other fees at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles using debit cards.
 
According to a news release, payment through the STAR Network is now featured on the DMV's self-service kiosks as well as at DMV counters. Twenty-six kiosks are available for drivers who use their debit cards to pay registration fees, driver history records and other fees. And the addition of PIN pads at counter POS terminals is making it possible for DMV customers to pay at more than 300 DMV payment windows across the state.
          
According to a recent study by First Data on consumer payments, nearly 87 percent of survey respondents used a debit card in the last 30 days, indicating a trend toward more debit card use. 
          
"The addition of the online bill payment option in 2006 and now the ability to accept debit cards at the payment counters and in the self-service kiosks gives drivers more convenience and more choices in how they pay," said Dennis Colling, chief of administration at the DMV.
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Friday, 22 August 2008
The Times of India: Vansh Infotech Ltd., an India-based kiosk deployer, will receive a special award from the Indian state of Maharashtra. Nearly 65 CFC kiosks operate in the city, where citizens can pay property tax bills, electricity and telephone bills. Nearly 200 citizens visit the kiosks every day.
 
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Tuesday, 19 August 2008
ExpressIndia.com: The Delhi Jal Board is putting up collection kiosks at its offices across the city to ease the process of paying water bills. The agency has planned at least 12 user-friendly kiosks within its various offices. While the kiosk at the Jal Board's headquarters is ready and waiting to be inaugurated, the other 11 are likely to be commissioned soon, the Board's chief executive, Arun Mathur, said.
 
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Thursday, 31 July 2008
LAS VEGAS — AmeriResource Technologies Inc., a diversified holding company, has announced that its subsidiary, RoboServer Systems Corp., has expanded into new markets in response to growing demand for self-service payment processing systems, according to a news release.
 
"These are exciting times in the self-service industry because cities, counties, utilities and corporations are looking to self-ordering and payment processing systems to cut their operating costs, increase their revenues and improve customer service," said Delmar Janovec, chief executive of RoboServer. "RoboServer Systems Corp. has been approached by several prospective clients due to RoboServer's proprietary software platform that can be customized to meet exacting specifications for performance and security. Potential applications include touchscreen kiosks that consumers, for example, can use 24/7 to pay their electric bills, water bills, property taxes, city-county licensing fees, franchise taxes, parking tickets, library fines, court fines and other payments. RoboServer's proprietary software can be configured to work on virtually any kiosk or countertop platform, with easy-to-use step-by-step onscreen instructions that make the payment process convenient, quick and safe."
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Tuesday, 01 July 2008
Huliq News: TIO Networks, a self-service bill payment and financial services network, has released its financial results for the period ending April 2008. According to a release, the number of revenue generating transactions increased 27 percent to 1,415,220, compared to 1,114,860 for the same period last year, and improved by 36,817 transactions, or 3 percent, over the previous quarter. Total recurring revenue for the quarter, including transaction services and maintenance/licensing services revenue, increased 3 percent and accounted for $3,441,953, or 98 percent, of total revenue, compared to $3,355,835, or 92 percent, for the quarter ended April 30, 2007.
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Friday, 20 June 2008
BURNABY, B.C. — TIO Networks Corp., an automated bill payment and financial services network, announced that it has surpassed its 10,000th location activation milestone, according to a news release.
 
The Company is pleased to report that it has recently activated its 6,000th OEM Express location and has commenced to process payments. This growth has more than tripled the size of TIO's bill payment network to 10,000 locations over the past 6 months. The growth was primarily achieved through the implementation of TIO's new transactional application programming interface (API). The API integrates large networks into the TIO network to market the company's portfolio of products on a host of third party devices including kiosks, PCs and point of sale systems.
 
Additionally, the company has successfully launched its money transfer program with NEXXO Financial in four U.S. markets, including Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., Houston and San Antonio, on over 80 kiosks. Money transfer is an important component of TIO's financial services growth strategy based on bill payment, money transfer, prepaid services and the myTIO consumer strategy.
 
"The new bill payment and money transfer locations are contributing to greater transaction volumes and revenue growth with the month of May being our best month of transactional performance ever," stated Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive officer of TIO Networks Corp. "With over 10,000 active locations six months ahead of forecast we are well on our way to achieving greater growth and will continue to aggressively expand our network to unlock the value of our biller and service relationships."
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Friday, 20 June 2008
The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore residents who pay cash for water, sewer and other municipal bills could avoid a trip downtown — and the line at the Municipal Building — if the city adopts a plan to install neighborhood-based self-service kiosks. The city council held a hearing yesterday on a resolution to study the feasibility of installing ATM-like machines around Baltimore that would accept payments for municipal bills.
 
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Friday, 13 June 2008
The (Doha, Qatar) Gulf Times: QTEL plans to set up some 70 automated ‘payment and top-up’ kiosks across the country by the year-end. Qatar’s first telecom service provider will have 150 such consoles in the country by 2009, said Waleed Mohamed al-Sayed, QTEL's executive director of customer services. Through such fully-automated machines, customers could view and pay bills and top up the credit of their pre-paid services, round-the-clock. The self-operated machines give instructions in both English and Arabic.
 
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Tuesday, 27 May 2008
MoreRFID: Intellident, a U.K.-based company, has announced the launch of the new smartServe kiosk, a library self-service device. smartServe offers patrons the ability to issue, renew and return items, check account status and even pay fees.
 
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Thursday, 15 May 2008
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Ready Credit Corp., a provider of self-service pre-paid products and services for the financially underserved, has partnered with CheckFreePay, to add a new bill pay feature to its self-service ReadySTATION Cash Service Centers. Consumers will now be able to pay more than 11,000 bills with cash at the ReadySTATION.
 
The ReadySTATION, currently deployed at 55 retail locations in six states, allows consumers to purchase an instantly issued, ready-to-use ReadyCARD Prepaid MasterCard. The ReadyCARD can be used anywhere that accepts MasterCard.
 
Bill payments made at a ReadySTATION can be processed the next business day for $2.50, or through standard three-business-day processing for $1.50. Stores already featuring the ReadySTATION Cash Service Center include Dollar Tree in Atlanta and Houston, Save-A-Lot in Milwaukee, selected stores in the SUPERVALU network and convenience stores in Minneapolis/St. Paul and El Paso.
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Tuesday, 06 May 2008
DUBAI, United Arab Emirites — MxN Middle East FZ-LLC, a Dubai-based digital signage and digital media company, has been appointed as distributor by KIOSK Information Systems. MxN is pleased to add the Self Service Kiosk products of KIOSK to the impressive list of products it distributes for the Digital Signage and Digital Media industry. KIOSK manufactures information kiosk solutions with functions such as touchscreens, ticket printers, card readers, card dispensing solutions, bill payment, money accepting, money dispensing, order entry, photo kiosk solutions, music download, public Internet access terminals, gaming kiosks as well as biometric solutions such as fingerprint readers.
 
"In today's digital world, solutions like the ones MxN provides will increasingly become the norm. MxN provides a full turnkey solution including the hardware, software, content and technical support," said Raad Raad, managing director of MxN.
 
Dan Stewart, director of international sales for KIOSK said, “I strongly support the fact that we are learning and growing together in a business where sharing our knowledge with the right partner is critical. Our partnership with MxN enables us not only to support our customers with a complete solution, but most importantly, brings their attention to cost effective and world leading products with partners they can trust.”
 
Preliminary research indicates that the out of home media industry is growing at a very fast rate. There are many underutilized opportunities for the integration of digital signage and information kiosks. More and more customers are requesting overhead LCD screens to be integrated into their service kiosks to promote their products or to generate extra revenue. MxN has developed  innovative solutions for integrating digital signage into kiosk solutions. The main benefits of this are to leverage the kiosk placement and use an overhead screen for media sales or information distribution. 

MxN is one of the only companies in the region to be able to provide a full turnkey solution for its customers. MxN is an example of a company committed to maintaining its dominant leadership position in the area of digital media. 
 
"In choosing MxN, one of the determining factors was their ability to deliver on all aspects of a project from hardware, software and technology to content," continued Stewart.
 
"We are very excited about adding KIOSK as a product that MxN distributes. We are constantly looking for solutions and products that take our integration and installation abilities above those of our competitors. KIOSK is a very real example of a product that helps us achieve that goal," said MxN's Raad.
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Tuesday, 29 April 2008
MEQUON, Wis. — D2 Sales LLC has announced in a news release that Vanderbilt University Medical Center of Nashville, Tenn., has chosen the My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program. 
 
The My Patient Passport Express kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments, and update their medical history, all using a user-friendly touchscreen kiosk with HIPPA-compliant custom privacy overlay. Patients can use their credit card to make co-pay payments, and sign documents using the integrated electronic signature pad. 
 
“The kiosk allows our clients to provide outstanding patient care and service, while at the same time improving efficiency for the medical facility,” said Sandra Nix, D2’s CEO.
 
The D2 My Patient Passport Express kiosk provides patients with the convenience of easy check-in, records updating, co-pay payment acceptance and wayfinding and mapping features.
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Monday, 21 April 2008
MADRID, Spain — Public Computing BV has announced that ING DIRECT Spain, a retail banking unit of ING Group N.V., has become the most recent bank to operate Public Computing kiosks in their branch offices.
  
Worldwide, ING Direct, a Netherlands-based financial institution, has launched many innovative products to assist their customers. ING DIRECT Spain went live with Public Computing kiosks in March of this year. ING Customers can now engage in online banking, make payment transactions and close insurance contracts through the kiosk terminals.

"The successful launch of X6 kiosks at ING DIRECT's Spain offices very much confirms the growth path we see in banking and insurance applications for self-service technology" said Peter te Lintel Hekkert, director of sales. "This is the perfect kiosk for the ING DIRECT banking environment as it is elegant whilst being exceptionally robust. Moreover this project included the use of the X6 sit-down model that is readily wheel-chair accessible."
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Monday, 14 April 2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Source Technologies, a provider of transactional and interactive kiosks, is demonstrating its full line of self-service solutions for bill payments, services, retail, hospitality and financial services industries at this week’s KioskCom Self Service Expo and The Digital Signage Show.
 
Source Technologies will also showcase products currently used by Alltel and Swanson Services Corp. Alltel's BillPay Kiosk and Swanson's tamper-resistant Cobra Kiosk have both been selected as finalists for the KioskCom Award. Source Technologies' clients have received the award for three consecutive years.
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Monday, 14 April 2008
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Pay-Ease LLC, a self-service provider specializing in custom hardware and software for processing commerce transactions, will exhibit its multi-functional Automated Commerce Machine at the KioskCom Self Service Expo and Digital Signage Show in Las Vegas on April 16-17 at booth #351.
 
The Pay-Ease ACM provides local and state governments, utility and insurance companies, as well as retailers, the opportunity to offer citizens and consumers the benefit of paying bills, cashing checks, transferring money, purchasing prepaid cell, long distance cards and print on demand gift cards, DMV services and ATM functions via the ACM. 
 
Pay-Ease is showcasing the latest technology available in a state-of-the-art modularly designed kiosk which processes transactions via cash, check and debit/credit card.
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Monday, 14 April 2008
BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp., an automated, non-bank, financial services network, and Cash AdvantEdge, the financial services business unit of Rent-A-Center, announced an agreement to test-market TIO's bill payment products and services in 18 Cash AdvantEdge stores in the United States.
 
Cash AdvantEdge will test TIO's touchscreen, cash-accepting kiosk terminals. Cash-preferred customers can use these terminals to securely pay their wireless, utility and cable bills as well as to purchase prepaid products and reload stored value cards. The terminals will be deployed to Cash AdvantEdge stores in Denver, Colo., and Memphis, Tenn.
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Monday, 07 April 2008
LAS VEGAS — Verizon Wireless is breaking new ground in the U.S. wireless retail experience with the introduction of a new store design in more than 280 company-owned stores.
 
The stores offer consumers a high-tech and hands-on experience with wireless voice, data, music and video services. The store features a bright new design and integrates a number of innovative self-service systems and operational enhancements designed to streamline the sales process and enhance the customer experience.
 
Verizon Wireless has already rolled out the design in more than 100 locations nationwide and plans to introduce the new design in more than 180 additional locations by the end of the year.
 
Some of the store’s new features include:
  • A demo zone where customers can explore, experiment and learn using interactive touchscreens or be guided by product-savvy sales staff
  • More than 55 working models of handsets, PC cards and other devices for customers to try
  • A greeter kiosk that allows customers to check in once they enter the store and list their wireless needs, so representatives can quickly assist them
  • A bill payment kiosk that allows customers to make account payments quickly and easily using checks, cash or credit/debit cards
  • Customer service and technical support departments, making it easy for customers to get account information, access customer service and address technical issues from trained in-store staff
Most but not all of these features will be incorporated in new stores depending on overall space at the locations. Existing stores also incorporate some of these features, such as the customer service and technical support departments and greeter and bill payment kiosks.
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Thursday, 03 April 2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At the upcoming KioskCom Self Service Expo, Source Technologies, a provider of transactional and interactive kiosks and secure MICR technologies, is demonstrating its full line of self-service solutions including products currently used by Alltel and Swanson Services Corp. Both of these organizations are finalists for KioskCom Awards.
 
Among the kiosks highlighted, Source Technologies will feature the following award-nominated solutions:

1) Alltel’s BillPay Kiosk: Alltel implemented Source Technologies’ concourse BillPay application to allow customers to pay bills without waiting in line for a customer service or sales representative. Alltel’s staff now focuses on better customer service and additional sales. The application runs on Source Technologies’ concourse 5-Series transactional self-service kiosks.
 
2) Swanson Services Corp.’s Cobra Kiosk: Swanson Services partnered with Source Technologies to develop the Cobra Kiosk, a unique self-service solution to implement into correctional facilities. The kiosk is a self-contained, wall-mountable device with a 12.1-inch shatter proof, armored touchscreen, liquid and tamper-proof casing, wireless capabilities and a highly secure lock. This kiosk is reliable and specifically designed to withstand the rigors of possible abuse by inmates.
 
Source Technologies has been recognized by KioskCom for three consecutive years. The company was awarded for Best Financial Services Deployment for Purchase, NY-based Quorum Federal Credit Union’s deployment of its concourse kiosks, and for Swanson Service’s kiosk installations at state and local correctional facilities.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2008
BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp., a bill payment and financial services network, has announced that it has surpassed the one billion dollar milestone in the total value of payments processed through the TIO Network. Since the spring of 2002, TIO has processed approximately 14.5 million transactions and the network has grown to more than 3,600 retail locations primarily in the United States.
 
The vast majority of the bill payments occurred on TIO's automated kiosk network where customers use self-service Web-enabled kiosks and hybrid ATM devices to safely and securely pay bills, purchase prepaid products and conduct other services. TIO has a model where a number of bill payment options in categories such as wireless, utilities and cable are offered on the same terminal.
 
TIO also has announced that it has activated its first 600 OEM Express locations and started generating revenue as of February 2008. OEM Express, which leverages TIO's new transactional application programming interface, was designed to integrate large networks into the TIO network to market the company's portfolio of products on a host of third party devices including kiosks, PCs and point of sale systems.
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Tuesday, 04 March 2008
BURNABY, N.C. — TIO Networks Corp. and El Paso Electric have announced the launch of a self-serve automated bill-payment program for El Paso Electric’s 351,000 customers. The solution will allow the utility’s customers to pay their bills with cash at ZapLink-branded kiosks in Circle K convenience stores in El Paso, Texas.
 
“El Paso Electric welcomes the opportunity to bring convenience in the payment options we offer to our customers,” said Kerry Lore, El Paso Electric vice president of administration.
 
According to a news release, beginning in April 2008, customers will be able to pay their bills in cash by entering account information directly on TIO’s touchscreen interface. 
 
“We’re always happy to bring services and products into our stores that facilitate the needs of our customers,” said Debbie Meyer, financial services manager of Circle K Stores Inc. “Our ZapLink program with TIO Networks Corp. continues to grow with important alliances such as El Paso Electric.”
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Thursday, 28 February 2008

CHICAGO — Direct General, an insurance provider, has announced a partnership with Pay-Ease LLC, a provider of self-service financial processing systems. 

Direct General provides personal lines of insurance and insurance-related products to its customers in 13 states. Many of its customers now will be able to pay insurance premiums at the Pay-Ease Automated Commerce Machine. 

A pilot program is scheduled to begin in March at six Direct General locations. If successful, the program may be expanded to additional locations. 

Pay-Ease offers turnkey solutions for utility, municipal and insurance bill payment processing. Additionally, its ACM also offers gift card programs, prepaid long distance and cell cards, money transfer services, check cashing and ATM functionality.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008
(Durham, N.C.) NBC17: Durham residents can pay their taxes at a payment kiosk that opened recently. The Durham County tax payment kiosk is the first of its kind in North Carolina, officials said.
 
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Tuesday, 05 February 2008
NewsOK.com: Customers of two stores in a local convenience store chain are able to pay their gas and electrical bills using an automated payment kiosk, Tulsa, Okla., officials say. A pilot program started by ChoicePay Inc. and QuikTrip in November makes it possible for customers to pay bills they get from Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Natural Gas and other local and national billers.
 
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Friday, 01 February 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. Sequoia Equities Inc., using hardware designed and provided by Tempe, Ariz.-based Phoenix Kiosk Inc., has completed a statewide deployment of self-service apartment rental kiosks to its various communities throughout California, according to a release. The kiosk units enable apartment hunters to view neighborhood information, ratings for various schools in the area, interactive apartment floorplans and a 3-D community map. Users can electronically reserve an apartment home while in the leasing center. The kiosks also provide services to current residents, enabling them to report maintenance issues, provide online feedback and pay rent online.
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Thursday, 24 January 2008
DAYTON, Ohio — NCR Corp. says it has released a new kind of ATM — one that addresses today’s most critical banking issues. 
 
The NCR SelfServ line is a new family of ATMs with first-of-its-kind self-healing technology, NCR says. NCR SelfServ ATMs offer greater availability and enhanced manageability tools to provide consistent service. Changes to the servicing and operational functionalities available in this new ATM family are expected to help NCR customers streamline their business processes and create new efficiencies.
 
NCR SelfServ also helps drive deposit and revenue growth by delivering a range of transaction services, such as bulk-check deposit, bill-payment or local-governmental fine-processing, while at the same time making the device consumer-friendly. 
 
Offered in both cash-dispensing and full-function lines, NCR SelfServ is available as a cash dispenser or a full-function ATM. And because the new line requires less human intervention, staffs gain time for serving and satisfying the end customer.
 
“NCR SelfServ is a key tenet in our strategy to connect the consumer experience across the ATM, the Internet and mobility,” said Bob Tramontano, vice president of marketing for NCR.  “Today’s technology innovations can better meet changing consumer expectations and habits.  By deploying an ATM with unparalleled efficiency and operational gains, NCR customers can sharpen their focus on the business of banking and customer service interaction, and focus less on whether their ATM channel is up and running.”
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Friday, 18 January 2008
BURNABY, British Columbia — TIO Networks Corp., an automated bill payment and non-bank financial network, and Work Software Systems, provider of Retail Management Systems to the Wireless dealers, have announced an agreement where TIO’s bill-payment processing services will be made available directly from the WorkWireless RMS solution, which is used by thousands of wireless dealer locations.
 
According to a news release, Work Software Systems will use TIO’s Application Programming Interface to process billpay transactions directly from the WorkWireless RMS Solution. 
 
WorkWireless agents will not require any additional hardware or software.
 
“We are excited to work with TIO to deliver their services directly to our clients through the WorkWireless RMS” said Bill May, president of Work Software Systems. “We are focused on providing our clients with the ability to process all of their point-of-sale transactions through WorkWireless and integrating with a market leader like TIO is a big part of that strategy.”
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Thursday, 29 November 2007
BURNABY, British Columbia · TIO Networks Corp., a leading automated bill payment and financial services network, announced that it has achieved full compliance to PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, developed to protect sensitive cardholder information and prevent credit card fraud.
 
PCI DSS was developed globally to ensure merchants and service providers adopt best practices to enhance their payment account security. It was developed in 2004 by the card association, which includes American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa International.
 
Being PCI compliant assures that TIO's bill payment and financial services products and solutions are protected by the industry's highest security standards.
 
"We understand the significance of the relationship between commerce and security and as such have invested heavily to ensure we execute and manage our enterprise in accordance with this leading standard," said Hamed Shahbazi, CEO of TIO Networks Corp.
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Tuesday, 27 November 2007
 
BURNABY, British Columbia · TIO Networks Corp. has announced that it has signed an agreement with IPP of America, a provider of electronic bill payment services operating a large network of independent walk-in payment centers, to process TIO bill payments at more than 4,500 IPP of America's locations in 41 states across the United States.
 
This agreement is the first for TIO's new "OEM Express" distribution model that allows large networks to plug into TIO's new transactional Application Programming Interface and add a number of TIO's authorized bill payment products to their agent networks on an approved basis. Customers who pay bills processed at IPP locations pay a convenience fee that is shared between TIO, IPP and its agents. This new processing capability will increase TIO's front-end distribution network with little additional capital expenditures.
 
"We are actively seeking out new opportunities to integrate our services on additional networks to rapidly increase our footprint across America," said Hamed Shahbazi, CEO of TIO Networks.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2007
CHICAGO · Pay-Ease's line of automated commerce machines have been deployed and installed throughout the city of Chicago, enabling citizens to pay parking and red-light citations, as well as utility bills, via self-service. 
 
According to Pay-Ease, the move marks a shift in municipal bill payments in Chicago. 
 
"We are very pleased with the city's decision to utilize the Pay-Ease ACM for its bill-payment services, which will save the city money while reducing lines in payment centers," said Marc Meisel, Pay-Ease's chief executive. "The city plans to extend additional services and payments to the current platform in the near future."
 
ACM's customized software allows consumers to pay bills, purchase gift cards, transfer funds, purchase wireless and long distance minutes, renew driver's licenses and registrations, and conduct ATM transactions.
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Wednesday, 07 November 2007
BURNABY, British Columbia  · CPS Energy and TIO Networks Corp. have announced plans to launch a new bill-payment service that will enable CPS Energy customers to pay their bills at 32 "TIO- powered"� E-Wiz kiosks at select Tigermarket convenience stores in San Antonio. 
 
E-Wiz is a brand of TIO's self-service automated bill-payment and financial-services kiosks that enable c-store patrons to securely and conveniently pay their wireless, cable, utility and other bills in cash. The kiosks also allow customers to purchase prepaid products and access other in-demand financial services. 
 
Payments can be made in cash, which TIO then ensures reaches its payee in a timely posting fashion. C-store patrons can navigate through TIO applications in English or Spanish and complete financial transactions by either printing or e-mailing their receipts to an e-mail address of their choice.
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Friday, 02 November 2007
StorefrontBackTalk.com: Pay By Touch, which has made a major push in POS biometric payments, is backing off that business, according to a report in the current issue of The Nilson Report, a major payments newsletter.
 
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Monday, 24 September 2007
BURNABY, British Columbia · TIO Networks Corp., along with Jackson Energy Authority, will launch a new self-service automated bill payment service to allow the utility's cash-preferred customers to pay their bills via cash-accepting touchscreen ATM terminals at local retail stores participating in the TIO Network.
 
Commencing in the winter of 2007, Jackson Energy Authority customers can make self-service automated bill payments, in English or Spanish, through the network on the ATM terminal. Payments are made by inserting cash directly into the terminal's bill acceptor.  Once the cash is accepted, TIO uses an Internet link to ensure real time posting to the customer's account.
 
The touchscreen ATM terminals will soon be available in over 10 retail locations throughout the area. TIO Networks will apply a $2.00 convenience fee for this service.
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Wednesday, 04 April 2007
BURNABY, Canada · TIO Networks Corp. announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Electronic Cash Systems. ECS will become an independent sales organization offering TIO's bill payment and financial service products to cash-preferred customers. 
 
ECS, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., plans to deploy up to a total of sixty Tranax TK1000 cash accepting kiosks and x4000 hybrid ATMs that accept and dispense cash in convenience stores across California.  These self-service Internet connected devices enable cash preferred customers to access their accounts with a number of key billers and be able to view balances and make time-sensitive bill payments without the need to have an account number present.  The terminals are manufactured by Tranax Technologies of Fremont, California.
 
TIO services can be performed in either English or Spanish and patrons can print or email their receipt to an email address of their choice. TIO and ECS will share transactional revenues.
 
"When we set out to find a partner for self-service bill payment, we wanted to partner with the market leader; this invariably led us to TIO," said Fadi Cheikha, president and chief executive of ECS. "We feel bill pay is one of the ATM industry's best bets for new service revenues."
 
"Independent service organizations are an important component of TIO's growth strategy," said Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive of TIO Networks. "We are very pleased to partner with ECS given its exceptional track record and strong demonstrated execution in the ATM and electronic payments industry."
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Monday, 19 March 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. · Source Technologies, provider of integrated solutions for managing financial transactions and other secure business processes, announced a partnership with ChoicePay, an electronic bill-payment solutions provider.
 
According to a news release, the partnership creates a network of self-service bill-payment kiosks that will be placed in payment centers, convenience stores and supermarkets. ChoicePay kiosks will accept cash for payment to local, regional and/or national billers active on the kiosk. Source Technologies will integrate the ChoicePay multibiller, billpay functionality into its concourse kiosk line.
 
"ChoicePay believes that unattended walk-up payments are an essential part of any comprehensive electronic bill payment strategy," said Greg Adelson, ChoicePay's president. "Kiosks offer a complimentary and/or alternative solution to existing attended walk-in options with the flexibility of placement where cash paying consumers live or work. Providing the consumer a multitude of biller payee options allows for greater convenience to pay monthly bills without the need to visit many different locations or pay with money orders."
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Monday, 29 January 2007
LAS VEGAS · JCM American Corporation announced today that Harrah's Operating Company Inc., a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest casino company, has selected JCM as a preferred bill validator vendor for its properties. The decision was made after Harrah's conducted a technical evaluation of JCM's award-winning Universal Bill Acceptor validator software and hardware.
 
"JCM and Harrah's have had a long, beneficial relationship for both companies, and we are happy to see that continue through a preferred vendor relationship." Ken Weil, senior vice president of gaming at Harrah's, said.
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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
DAYTON, Ohio · NCR Corp. has awarded a five-year contract to Solectron Corp., a leading provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply-chain services, to manufacture the company's ATMs and payment solutions in the Americas and its self-checkout systems globally. As part of its recently announced global manufacturing realignment, NCR will transfer its Americas manufacturing to Solectron's sites in Columbia, S.C.; Guadalajara, Mexico and Jaguariuna, Brazil by the end of 2007.
 
"Expanding our relationship with Solectron supports our ability to remain competitive, build a sustainable cost structure, and better serve our customers' needs by freeing up capital to invest in new product innovation," said Bruce Langos, NCR senior vice president of Global Operations. "We believe this strategy will play a key role in helping us improve our longer-term operating margin."
 
Solectron has been producing and assembling Teradata data warehouse servers as well as providing systems integration for NCR's Teradata Division for seven years.
 
"Solectron is a proven entity," said Langos. "The company has consistently demonstrated its ability to adhere to the same global quality standards for manufacture and testing that we demand of all of our manufacturing facilities worldwide."
 
"NCR has been a valued customer for many years, and we are extremely pleased to extend our relationship," said Doug Britt, executive vice president, Sales and Account Management, Solectron. "Our strength in manufacturing automated and self-service systems combined with our expertise in highly complex electro-mechanics, build-to-order, configure-to-order and system-level integration fits perfectly with NCR's product line."
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Thursday, 11 January 2007
ATLANTA · NCR announced its new EasyPoint Advantage kiosk, a compact device with a depth of less than three inches and a weight of 11 pounds.
 
"The introduction of the NCR EasyPoint Advantage enables NCR and third parties to deploy informational and transactional applications across multiple industries, accelerating the rapid adoption that NCR is already seeing with self-service worldwide," said Mike Webster, vice president and general manager of NCR Self-Service. "Its compact and retail-hardened design eases the process of finding a location for the device, and the kiosk is nimble enough for layout and/or location changes to fit the ever-evolving needs of today's consumers."
 
The NCR EasyPoint Advantage will be introduced at the National Retail Federation's 96th Annual Convention and Expo, Jan. 14-17, in New York (booth # 1637).
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Friday, 29 December 2006
LOUISVILLE , Ky. - ATM Marketplace has launched a new special report that explores the convenience and advantages self-service bill-payment kiosks are providing consumers and retailers.
 
The report, "Beyond the ATM," takes an in-depth look at the revenue-generating opportunities bill-pay kiosks provide, especially when used as a complementary ATM service.
 
For independent sales organizations working to supplement their ATM income, additional self-service transactions provide lucrative opportunities, says Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive of TIO Networks Corp., which sponsored the report.
 
Off-premises ATM placements, such as those in retail locations like convenience and grocery stores, account for nearly half of all ATM placements in the United States. Those locations are prime for services that target unbanked and underbanked consumers, a segment that is estimated to exceed 44 million in the United States .
 
Download this special report, sponsored by TIO Networks Corp.
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Monday, 18 December 2006
Orlando Sentinel: Customers who pay their Kissimmee Utility Authority bills at an area 7-Eleven store this month will be entered to win a free month of utility service. Each store contains a Vcom, "virtual commerce," kiosk that accepts cash, checking-account numbers or ATM/debit cards for payment.
 
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Tuesday, 10 October 2006
The Star Online: Dropzone has developed in-house ATM multifulfillment payment centers, which will be set up at shopping complexes, airports and petrol stations. The company hopes to offer the ATM service nationwide by year-end. The machines will allow customers to settle various types of bills, including those for credit cards, loans and mobile-phone services.
 
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Thursday, 14 September 2006
BURNABY, BC · TIO Networks Corp. announced it will launch a new bill-payment program that allows Alltel Wireless customers to securely and conveniently pay their bills with cash at TIO's self-service paystations in convenience stores across 22 states.


Alltel owns and operates the nation's largest wireless network and has more than 11 million wireless customers.

Beginning this fall, Alltel customers will be able to make time-sensitive bill payments, 24-hours-a-day, by inserting cash through bill acceptors at TIO touchscreen terminals. Alltel customers can navigate through billpay and other TIO applications in either English or Spanish and complete financial transactions by either printing or e-mailing receipts to an e-mail address of their choice. Users pay a $3 convenience fee per transaction.

"We are thrilled to provide Alltel customers with immediate and cost effective bill payment solutions to cash paying customers," said Hamed Shahbazi, chairman and chief executive of TIO. "Alltel joins TIO Networks' growing list of billing and service partners who share a common vision to provide the highest level of service and convenience to their customers to perform high volume, time sensitive bill payment services nationally."

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Tuesday, 15 August 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. - VeriFone Holdings Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire the payment-systems business of Trintech Group PLC in an all-cash transaction. Trintech's unattended and outdoor payment systems will enhance VeriFone's solutions in the growing markets for self-service payment, vending and pay-at-the-pump applications.

The acquisition includes a range of payment systems that will support and extend VeriFone's existing offerings for merchants and financial institutions. VeriFone will take over distribution of those products and will provide existing customers with service and support.

Trintech is divesting its payment systems business to concentrate on its transaction reconciliation software products and services, which allow customers to optimize enterprise-funds-management performance, including transaction verification, account reconciliation, process management and compliance.
 
Under the terms of the Agreement, VeriFone will pay Trintech $12.1 million cash for all outstanding shares of a newly formed subsidiary which, prior to closing, will hold substantially all of the assets and liabilities of the payment systems business of Trintech. The purchase price is subject to adjustment based on the working capital of the business and other accruals at the closing date. The deal is expected to close in August.

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Friday, 28 July 2006
BOSTON, Mass. · A new study by Mercator Advisory Group finds that walk-in bill payments, through tellers as well as kiosks, represent a significant portion of the recurring bill-payment market in the United States. At the current rate of growth, more than $80 billion in walk-in bill payments will be processed by 2009.
 
Walk-in bill payments have been traditionally dominated by non-bank providers, including direct billers, money-service businesses and retail outlets. As a result, fee revenues and access to traffic, including a large number of unbanked and underbanked customers, remain out of reach to banks. Furthermore, recent moves to expand the payment services offered to walk-in bill-payment customers threaten to further solidify this customer base in the non-bank sector and away from financial institutions.
 
"With the introduction of new services like insurance and prepaid, walk-in bill payment is becoming a wedge between the underserved markets and traditional banking relationship," states Michael Friedman, director of Mercator Advisory Group's Emerging Technologies Service and the report's principal analyst. "Banks will want to rethink their walk-in payments strategy to expand their customer base and foster organic growth."
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Friday, 21 July 2006
Atlanta - The City of Atlanta recently unveiled the first of a series of self-service bill payment kiosks that provide city residents with a convenient way to pay their monthly water and sewer bills.  City of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin helped launch the new bill payment kiosks at a televised press event that showcased the kiosks' ease of use.
 
The City of Atlanta Watershed Department, which already accepts online bill payments, selected MontegoNet's NeoPay kiosks to handle the demand for in-person check and credit card payments, eliminating the need for Watershed Department employee involvement.  In addition to delivering cost savings and allowing employees to focus on other tasks, the NeoPay kiosks expand residents' payment options. 
 
As the Watershed Department's Melinda Langston explains, "These bill payment kiosks underscore our commitment to better serving the needs of city residents.  Paying your water or sewer bill has never been so quick and easy."
 
The new kiosks represent just one facet of a city-wide initiative to bring self-service payment and information options to Atlanta residents and visitors alike. 
 
MontegoNet is a full-service interactive kiosk solutions provider, offering a wide selection of transactional and informational self-service kiosks for government, retail, medical, banking and public utility applications.  MontegoNet's clients include District of Columbia, Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Raytheon, State of Illinois, US Air Force, The Washington Redskins and more.  For further information about MontegoNet's products and services, call (888) MONTEGO or visit us on the Web at www.montegonet.com / www.neopay-kiosk.com
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Wednesday, 12 July 2006
The Frontier Post: Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) signed an agreement in a ceremony in Peshawar Tuesday, to facilitate PESCO consumers paying their electricity bills round-the-clock through kiosks installed by NADRA.
 
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Monday, 01 May 2006
Roselle, IL — Pay-Ease, a recognized innovator and emerging leader in kiosk based bill payment technology has joined forces with Meisel Capital Partners, an established investment firm in Rockville, Maryland. This partnership is poised to advance automated commerce transactions to a level that has been previously considered to be unattainable.
 
During the past five years, Pay-Ease has developed, tested and enhanced its ground breaking bill payment technology. The system has been integrated into a stand alone ATM look-alike, however, Pay-Ease regards its unit as an Automated Commerce Machine (ACM), and that is where the similarity ends. 
 
The multi-lingual, easy to use Pay-Ease ACM unit will offer a one-stop opportunity for consumers to, pay municipal, telephone, credit card and utility bills, in addition to offering the  standard ATM and check cashing functions, . It is also able to print and distribute pre-paid gift and credit cards and has a bio-metric scanner poising this ACM for the next generation in ID technology. Powered by the Pay-Ease multifunction software which has been built from the ground up for versatility, the ACM offers not only a safe and efficient alternative to banking on-line, but a viable alternative to standing in long lines to pay bills at payment centers while increasing foot traffic.
 
Now partnered with Meisel Capital Partners, Pay-Ease kiosks will undoubtedly begin showing up across the United States and beyond. The units will be conveniently located in municipal buildings and retail shops frequently visited by consumers. The versatile ACM's will offer users on routine errands convenient access to a variety of services that in the past required visits to several locations.
 
Retailers have indicated an interest in the placement of the multi-function Pay-Ease ACM in their locations as a means of increasing foot traffic. Advertising the acquisition of a Pay-Ease ACM will attract new customers and increase sales. Repeat customers stopping in solely to use the ACM will more than likely make a purchase while in the store. 
 
Undoubtedly, Meisel Capital Partners and Pay-Ease offers a hands down win-win situation to the consumer interested in one stop multi-tasking convenience as well as the retailer interested in attracting new clientele.

For more information, visit Pay Ease's website at www.pay-ease.com
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Monday, 03 April 2006
Info Touch Technologies Corp. (www.infotouch.net) (IFT: TSX Venture Exchange) owners of the TIO Network are offering MetroPCS customers a more convenient way to pay their wireless bills in cash, through Circle K's Zaplink self-serve automated bill payment and financial services kiosks.
 
The new automated bill payment and prepaid service is now available in 28 Circle K convenience stores featuring the TIO Network-powered Zaplink kiosks in the greater Tampa, Florida area.
 
"Cash preferred" MetroPCS customers don't need to know their account number to pay their bills with Circle K's Zaplink kiosks. All they need to know is their phone number and zip code and they can conveniently and securely view their account balance and/or make a payment on their MetroPCS account. Payments are made by feeding the cash directly into the Zaplink kiosk's note acceptor. Once the cash is accepted, the Zaplink kiosk then uses an Internet link through the TIO Network to ensure timely posting of the payment.
 
Users can go through the step-by-step software guided screens in either English or Spanish and can either print or email their receipt to the email address of their choice. There is a convenience fee payable by the consumer on a per transaction basis.
 
"We are committed to providing our customers the most convenient methods of making their wireless payments", said Mike Ward, MetroPCS vice president and general manager of Tampa. "The Zaplink kiosks in Circle K will offer another easy way for our customers to make their payments."
 
Circle K is honored that Metro PCS has selected us as a preferred location for their customers to make Metro PCS wireless payments", said Dan Stiel, Circle K manager of financial services. "Every month, thousands of people experience Zaplink kiosks to be a fast, friendly, and reliable means to pay bills."

"We are extremely pleased to work with MetroPCS and Circle K in Tampa", said Info Touch CEO Hamed Shahbazi, "Both companies have struck a chord with customers with their high-value products and services and execution in the Florida market"
 
About Circle K Stores Inc.
Circle K Stores Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry.
 
In North America, Couche-Tard is the third largest convenience store operator and the second largest independent (not integrated with a petroleum company) convenience store operator and the most profitable one within such category. Couche-Tard currently operates a network of 4,909 convenience stores, 3,028 of which include motor fuel dispensing, located in eight large geographic markets, including three in Canada and five, which cover 23 States in the United States. Some 36,000 people are employed throughout Couche-Tard's retail convenience network and executive offices.

About MetroPCS Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. is a provider of wireless communications services. MetroPCS holds 23 licenses through its subsidiaries in the greater Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit and Sacramento metropolitan areas. MetroPCS has over 2 million subscribers and offers customers flat rate plans with unlimited anytime local and domestic long distance minutes with no contract. MetroPCS is among the first wireless operators to deploy an all-digital network based on third generation infrastructure and handsets. For more information, visit the MetroPCS web site at www.metropcs.com.
 
About Info Touch Technologies
Info Touch Technologies, a strategic investment of Hewlett Packard, is building the "TIO Network" the largest and most convenient national multi-retailer network of financial services kiosks for the cash preferred consumer marketplace in North America. Info Touch's "Premiere" software is the industry leading software platform for the delivery of automated financial services such as bill payment, money transfer, digital merchandising, PIN dispensing for pre-paid products and services, maps and directions, check cashing and electronic coupons. Info Touch clients include: Circle K/Alimentation Couche-Tard, ExxonMobil, Speedway SuperAmerica, Cricket Communications, Cingular Wireless, COX Communications, Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and Qwest Communications. Details of the company are available at http://www.infotouch.net/.
 
About the TIO Network
With more than 700 locations and 6 top tier corporate owned convenience store chains participating, the "TIO Network" is the largest national multi-retailer network of self-service financial service kiosks in North America. Services offered under the TIO brand umbrella are tailored specifically for the cash preferred consumer marketplace. The TIO brand symbolizes safe, private, cost effective access to quality financial services for the cash preferred consumer. More than 250,000 people pay their bills monthly in cash with TIO.
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Thursday, 23 March 2006
  Burnaby, BC, - Info Touch Technologies Corp.(www.infotouch.net) (IFT: TSX Venture Exchange) owners of the TIO Network has signed an agreement with both San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SCGC) to launch a new self-serve automated bill payment program that enables SDG&E and SCGC customers to pay their bills with cash, checks or money orders at 14 terminals in 10 southern California locations.
 
SDG&E and SCGC customers will be able to use the self-service bill payment technology to scan their bill payment stubs, and securely make payments that post to their accounts in the same day.

SDG&E and SCGC will purchase all kiosk hardware, software, and on-going maintenance services associated with the program from Info Touch.
 
About Info Touch
Info Touch Technologies, a strategic investment of Hewlett Packard, is building the "TIO Network" the largest and most convenient national multi-retailer network of financial services kiosks for the non-banked consumer marketplace in North America.  Info Touch's Premiere (powered by Surfnet) is the preferred software platform for the delivery of automated services such as bill payment, money transfer, digital merchandising, PIN dispensing for pre-paid products and services, maps and directions, check cashing and electronic coupons.  Info Touch clients include: Circle K, ExxonMobil, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Speedway SuperAmerica, Cricket Communications, COX Communications, Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and Qwest Communications.  For more information, please visit www.infotouch.net
 
About the TIO Network
With more than 700 locations and 6 top tier corporate owned convenience store chains participating, the "TIO Network" is the largest national multi-retailer network of self-service financial service kiosks in North America. The TIO brand symbolizes safe secure access to key financial services with 'real time' updates for the cash preferred consumer.  For more information, please visit www.mytio.com
For further information, please contact:
 
Behshad Hastibakhsh, Media Relations - Info Touch Technologies
Tel:  604.298.4636, Ext. 250     
Toll Free: 888.679.3322  
Email:  pr@infotouch.net 
 
John Lewis, Business Development - Info Touch Technologies
Tel:  416-364-2266
Toll Free: 1-877-600-6001
Email:  jrlewis@infotouch.net
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Thursday, 12 January 2006
Burnaby, BC, January 12, 2006 - Info Touch Technologies Corp. (www.infotouch.net) (IFT: TSX Venture Exchange) owners of the TIO Network today announced an agreement with MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. (www.metropcs.com) to enable MetroPCS customers to pay their wireless bills in cash, through self-serve automated bill payment and financial services kiosks powered by Info Touch's TIO network.
 
MetroPCS customers do not need to know their account number to pay their bills with TIO. All they need to know is their phone number and zip code and they can conveniently and securely view their account balance and/or make a payment on their MetroPCS account. Payments are made by feeding the cash directly into the TIO kiosk's note acceptor. Once the cash is accepted, the TIO kiosk then uses an Internet link to ensure timely posting of the payment.
 
Users can go through the step-by-step software guided screens in either English or Spanish and can either print or email their receipt to the email address of their choice.
 
About Info Touch
Info Touch Technologies, a strategic investment of Hewlett Packard, is building the "TIO Network" the largest and most convenient national multi-retailer network of financial services kiosks for the non-banked consumer marketplace in North America. The company leverages its core competencies in self-service bill payment processing, financial services aggregation and automation to create financial viability for its network and its location partners. Info Touch's Premiere (powered by Surfnet) is the preferred software platform for the delivery of automated services such as bill payment, money transfer, digital merchandising, PIN dispensing for pre-paid products and services, maps and directions, check cashing and electronic coupons. Info Touch clients include: Circle K, ExxonMobil, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Speedway SuperAmerica, Cricket Communications, COX Communications, Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and Qwest Communications. www.infotouch.net.
 
About the TIO Network
With more than 700 locations and 6 top tier corporate owned convenience store chains participating, the "TIO Network" is the largest national multi-retailer network of self-service financial service kiosks in North America. Services offered under the TIO brand umbrella are tailored specifically for the cash preferred consumer marketplace. The TIO brand symbolizes safe, private, cost effective access to quality financial services for the cash preferred consumer. More than 250,000 people a month pay their bills in cash with TIO.
 
For further information, please contact:
Behshad Hastibakhsh, Media Relations - Info Touch Technologies
Tel: 604.298.4636, Ext. 250
Toll Free: 888.679.3322
John Lewis, Business Development - Info Touch Technologies
Tel: 416-364-2266
Toll Free: 1-877-600-6001
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Wednesday, 11 January 2006
Burnaby, BC, January 11, 2006 - Info Touch Technologies Corp. (TSX-V: IFT) today announced an agreement that enables Cingular Wireless LLC customers to make real-time bill payments with cash at Info Touch's TIO branded self-service automated terminals in the United States. Cingular Wireless LLC, a joint venture between AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), is the largest wireless carrier in the United States.
 
This agreement enables Cingular customers to check their balance due and make real time cash payments on their accounts at hundreds of automated cash accepting kiosk terminals located in convenient retail locations across the United States.
 
The bill payment application developed by Info Touch and Cingular will be able to support most of Cingular's subscribers at any participating TIO location by June 2006, with the remaining subscribers to be enabled by mid-2007.
 
About Info Touch Technologies
Info Touch Technologies, a strategic investment of Hewlett Packard, is building the "TIO Network" the largest and most convenient national multi-retailer network of financial services kiosks for the cash preferred consumer marketplace in North America. Info Touch's "Premiere" software is the industry leading software platform for the delivery of automated financial services such as bill payment, money transfer, digital merchandising, PIN dispensing for pre-paid products and services, maps and directions, check cashing and electronic coupons. Info Touch clients include: Circle K/Alimentation Couche-Tard, ExxonMobil, Speedway SuperAmerica, Cricket Communications, COX Communications, Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and Qwest Communications. Details of the company are available at http://www.infotouch.net/.
 
About the TIO Network
With more than 700 locations and 6 top tier corporate owned convenience store chains participating, the "TIO Network" is the largest national multi-retailer network of self-service financial service kiosks in North America. Services offered under the TIO brand umbrella are tailored specifically for the cash preferred consumer marketplace. The TIO brand symbolizes safe, private, cost effective access to quality financial services for the cash preferred consumer. More than 250,000 people a month pay their bills in cash with TIO.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Chris Ericksen SVP - Info Touch Technologies Corp.
Tel: 604.298.4636 extension 266
Toll Free: 1.888.679.3322
 
John Lewis - Linear Capital Corp - Info Touch Investor Relations
Tel: 416.364.2266
Toll Free: 1.877.600.6001
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