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By Beth Bacheldor

Feig Announces Availability of cVEND Contactless-Payment Systems

Feig Electronics has announced the availability of its new cVEND contactless-payment systems designed for consumer purchasing and integration in the validation terminals of buses and trains, onboard computers and ticket gates.

The cVEND system provides open-loop ticketing for check-in and checkout functionality by employing contactless credit cards, according to the company, and devices can be used in parallel for each form of closed-loop ticketing, utilizing classic RFID tickets purchased before departure (see Feig Electronics Debuts cVEND, a Secure Contactless Payment and Ticketing System). Feig's cVEND RFID readers work with contactless credit cards (providing "tap-and–go" payment without the need for a signature or PIN), Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones with payment apps, and contactless tickets (such as VDV-KA, ITSO and Calypso).

The RFID readers are available in three variants: the cVEND plug, which can be seamlessly integrated into validation terminals; the cVEND box, which can be mounted in any kind of metallic kiosk-type systems, terminals and ticket gates; and the cVEND box+, which includes a display. Each is certified according to EMVCo Level 1 and Level 2, as well as PCI PTS 4.x. Users can choose between two integration methods, either running their own applications on the controller with the Linux version, or with cVEND as a transparent reader using their own controller.

"cVEND is ideal for both stationary ticketing machines or open-loop ticketing with check-in and check-out functionality on buses and trains," said Michael Hrabina, Feig's executive VP, in a prepared statement. "Payments are quick and easy with contactless credit cards, NFC-enabled smartphones or a 'tap and go' payment bracelet like the new PureWrist."

PureWrist, a startup based in New York, recently launched its eponymous bracelet, which contains a contactless prepaid, reloadable MasterCard debit card that uses NFC RFID technology. The bracelet is supported by an online platform that allows users to manage their personal accounts, track spending and load funds onto the card. A portion of all proceeds from the sale and usage of PureWrist bracelet are shared with charities. The company is currently running a 30-day Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for mass production and shipment of the product, with 20 percent of the net profit going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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