MEI announced today that the newly deployed power supply kiosk stations at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) utilize MEI Series 2000 cash acceptors, allowing passengers to pay with cash to power-up their portable devices before or after flight.
The new kiosk, developed by the Dallas-based TELeasy Corporation, is called the "PUMP" station, which stands for "Power-Up My Portable." The PUMP stations provide enough individual power outlet sockets for rows of twenty-four seats, and are located at airline gates.
Passengers use the PUMP station's touch-screen to select which time interval they prefer, then use cash, credit, or debit cards to pay. The cost is $2 for 30 minutes or $3 for one hour. Customers then sit at one of the seats connected to the PUMP station to power-up their laptop, iPod, cell phone, or other portable electronic device. Passengers can use one of several PUMP stations located at six different DFW Airport gates. The PUMP stations at DFW Airport are demonstrating heavy usage – more than 7,000 transactions since being installed in November, 2006.
According to Mansur Plumber, CEO of TELasy Corporation, PUMP transactions between cash and credit cards are equally split making the system's cash acceptor a critical component. "We thought there would be a higher credit card ratio, but we see cash still used quite a bit for small transactions. Experience shows us that you can never underestimate the importance of cash to the success of your kiosk."
The MEI Series 2000 cash acceptor accepts all bill denominations from $1 to $100 and is suited for kiosks, self-checkout systems and other unattended POS systems. The MEI brand bill acceptor makes unattended cash transactions faster, easier, safer and more reliable.