VMC's Metro Cashless System Moves To A New Level Thanks To HID Partnership

VMC has unveiled an enhanced version of its flagship smartcard cashless payment system Metro - that utilises powerful new technology to optimise performance and functionality.

VMC, the fast-growing provider of reliable, efficient and forward thinking cashless payment systems, have extended their development partnership with HID - the largest manufacturer of contactless access control readers and cards – by joining forces at a recent showpiece exhibition to launch the sophisticated new product platform.

Cashless payment technology provides the ability to store money in an ‘Electronic Purse' on a card or a key, and is fast becoming standard practice throughout the workplace. The electronic purse is then used to purchase products at a vending machine, staff restaurant, or any point of sale terminal located within business premises. VMC's Metro system now utilises HID's advanced iCLASS™ 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology to open up a new world of user friendly and cost effective cashless payment solutions.

"The benefits of the iCLASS system include hand, face, fingerprint and voice recognition, and the ability to store medical history, and personal details, on a card is now possible," explained VMC's Managing Director Nick Bate, who declared: "iCLASS boasts greater functionality, is more sophisticated and offers higher levels of security. "

The advanced technology represents a major step forward and VMC is at the forefront by integrating the iCLASS system into their Metro application.

Mr Bate confirmed: "We have worked with HID for many years, using several different technology platforms but iCLASS takes our Metro system into a new league.

"FM Expo was the ideal environment to launch this impressive new addition to our product portfolio. There was a great deal of interest in this exciting new development, which for example makes access control more powerful, more versatile and more secure."

VMC's Metro system is a third generation smartcard cashless payment system combining electronic purse, hospitality, loyalty and subsidy management capabilities in one system. Metro is the latest in a line of category leading innovations from VMC. Metro extends and improves the functionality of the first VMC cashless systems ChangeCard / ChangeKey. Leading the market for the past 10 years these products quickly became the industry benchmark for innovation and reliability.

Metro brings several specific innovative benefits to the market, including the Metro Manager software, which provides a comprehensive system management tool including hospitality control, card management and full audit reporting. The management system software can provide clients with extensive data, which further enhances their ability to maximise revenue and capitalise on product placement.

As a leading UK cashless systems provider, who develop, design, manufacturer, sell and support hardware and software, to all the major vending and catering operators, as well as the end user, VMC are able to adopt a flexible approach to the demands of the market.

Integrity and innovation are the driving elements of VMC's trading philosophy. Headed by Mr Bate, Director of Engineering, James Birch and Finance Director, Mike Fulford-Brown, the company has developed into both a major and highly respected industry player, which is reflected by a sustained period of growth. The company vision is to be regarded as the benchmark in cashless payment systems and smartcard integration.

With a dedicated and loyal workforce of 30, VMC delivers systems and support that respond to immediate needs but are also flexible enough to evolve with their clients.

Mr Bate explained: " We strive to perform our best today but also have an eye to the future, embracing growth and change. VMC believes in partnership, fairness and commitment in everything we do."

The company's flexible approach and reputation to deliver the highest levels of customer care is combined with extensive market expertise and a flair for creative design. A reputation for innovative development and practical engineering makes VMC the first choice for many of the world's leading companies.

Since its formation in 1991, VMC has built-up a proven track record for quality and reliability. VMC is an independently owned British company whose customer base now extends to over 400 sites throughout Europe , within many different market sectors for example Business and Industry, Education and Government, Banking and Finance, Hotel and Leisure, Retail and Hospitals.

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