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Philly To Get RFID-enabled Vending Machines

USA Technologies will add its RFID-enabled payment terminals to 1,000 Coca-Cola vending machines in the Philadelphia metro area.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 28, 2006If you're in the Philadelphia metro area this summer, you're thirsty and you happen to have an RFID-enabled payment card in your pocket, you'll be able to wave the card and get an ice-cold Coca-Cola from select vending machines.

MasterCard, USA Technologies and the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. have teamed up to RFID-enable 1,000 vending machines for this venture. From next week to mid-August, USA Technologies will install its Generation Six (G6) e-Port cashless payment terminal in the machines. The terminal has an RFID interrogator that reads RFID-enabled payment devices.

The next time you have a Coke in Philadelphia, pay for it with your RFID-enabled credit card.

MasterCard is purchasing the $400 e-Port terminals and installing them in vending machines to encourage the use of PayPass-enabled cards or key fobs. However, the terminals also read RFID devices used in Visa Contactless and AmericanExpress ExpressPay devices.

All three payment systems share a common air-interface protocol—the ISO 14443 standard—though each uses a unique security protocol to protect account data transmitted between the card and the interrogator built into the payment terminal.

The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling will pay USA Technologies a monthly service fee of $140 for each G6 terminal and access to the payment network, through which USA Technologies processes cashless payments (made either with a traditional mag stripe card or an RFID card). It will also pay a processing fee for each cashless purchase made at each machine outfitted with the G6 terminal (regardless of whether a mag-stripe or RFID card is used to make the payment).

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