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    Pay By Touch, NCR Push Biometric Payment

    Companies' alliance works to spread service internationally.

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Pay By Touch and NCR Corp. are combining their hardware and software solutions to offer retailers a single point of contact for supporting their entire merchant and consumer biometric needs.

    "Consumer demands for convenience are growing at an unprecedented pace, and retailers of all sizes need a fast, simple and secure solution that provides the ultimate customer service," said Stephen Reade, senior vice president of product of Pay By Touch. "Our alliance with NCR addresses these needs with a fully integrated solution that improves the checkout experience -- and merchants’ top and bottom lines -- while also positioning our services for expansion into other vertical markets."

    Using NCR’s biometric-enabled point-of-sale solutions, retailers can use the Pay By Touch authentication and payment service, providing shoppers a convenient and secure way to pay for goods with the touch of a finger.

    Under the agreement, retailers using NCR’s Advanced Checkout Solution (ACS) POS software and the WinEPS solution from MTXEPS Inc. can readily implement the Pay By Touch services. The companies’ first joint implementation is being rolled out in select grocery stores throughout the Midwest. In addition, the NCR FastLane self-checkout solution is currently 'Pay By Touch Ready,' and integration with other NCR solutions is underway.

    Pay By Touch will also leverage an NCR self-service kiosk solution to streamline and enhance the Pay By Touch consumer enrollment process. Featuring NCR EasyPoint kiosk technology and software developed by NCR in conjunction with Pay By Touch, the kiosks increase convenience for shoppers to enroll, activate, and maintain their Pay By Touch electronic wallets. Pay By Touch will offer the kiosks to its customers under a reseller agreement with NCR.

    The NCR and Pay by Touch alliance will help increase the adoption of consumer biometric authentication and payment processing around the world. Besides grocery retailers, the companies are developing solutions for the general merchandise retailing, food service and health care industries.

    "Thanks to this alliance, thousands of stores using NCR solutions -- from independents to national chains--can readily implement the Pay By Touch service to enhance the customer shopping experience while fighting the high cost of fraud and safeguarding against identity theft," said Greg Egan, NCR’s assisted service solutions vice president. "We’re excited to be part of a service that will ultimately change the way we pay for things everywhere."

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