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Verifone Signs Contract to Supply 'Ocius' Chip and PIN Terminals to Leading UK Distributor

Verifone announces a major contract with Box Technologies to supply 3100 Omni 3750 and Omni 3600 terminals. June 22, 2004 United Kingdom

3,100 Omni 3750 and Omni 3600 “Ocius” Terminals To Be Made Available To Box Technologies’ Retailer Customer Base

United Kingdom - June 22, 2004 - Verifone Inc., the worldwide leader in electronic payment solutions, today announced a major contract with Box Technologies, the UK’s premier supplier of retail integration and IT hardware services, to supply 3100 Omni 3750 and Omni 3600 terminals. The hardware – comprising both GPRS and WiFi models of the mobile Omni 3600 EFTPoS terminal – will incorporate the “Ocius” pre-certified Chip and PIN system, developed by card payment processing system provider Commidea and Verifone, which has received certification from Barclaycard Merchant Services and Streamline. The terminals are due to be delivered over the next three months.

The new deal will enable Box Technologies to provide a complete Chip and PIN solution to its customers in the retail sector. The Ocius system, launched at this month’s Retail Solutions 2004 exhibition in Birmingham, is a fully hosted, end-to-end service provided by Commidea that removes the need for bank testing, providing an “out-of-the-box” solution and reducing the time and expense to achieve Chip and PIN certification for retailers. Developed to support EMV Level 1 and 2 specifications and using APACS standard interfaces, Ocius is based on Verifone's Omni 3600 and on the modular Omni 3750 terminal, to which the SC 5000 PIN pad can be added when required.

Russell Wilcox, Managing Director for Box Technologies, said, “We have been looking for the right Chip and PIN solution and were immediately impressed by Verifone’s strong product set.” He continued, “With the ability to incorporate a fully pre-certified Chip and PIN solution through Commidea and the Ocius system, we are excited to be able to offer the best solution on the market to our channel customers.”

Verifone’s Omni 3600 uses GPRS and WiFi wireless communications and can be deployed in a variety of environments, enabling a permanent connection to Commidea's authorisation servers. This eliminates call charges and supports connections to all UK acquirers, with transaction authorisation achieved in as little as 5 seconds.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Nigel Bidmead, EMEA Managing Director for Verifone said, "The response from our customers to the launch of the Ocius system has been phenomenal, proving that Verifone and Commidea are delivering the right solution at the right time for the UK’s retailers. We are confident that Box Technologies’ customers will be quick to recognise the enormous advantages of a pre-certified, plug-and-play solution to implementing Chip and PIN.”

About Verifone, Inc.
Verifone, Inc., recognized worldwide as the trusted leader in secure electronic payment technologies, provides expertise, solutions and services for today with a smart migration strategy for tomorrow. Verifone is leading the industry in the delivery of solutions that add value to the point of sale, resulting in improved merchant retention and the generation of new sources of revenue for its partners and customers. Verifone solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of vertical markets including financial, retail, petroleum, government and healthcare. Verifone has shipped over eleven million electronic-payment systems.

About Box Technologies
Founded in 1992, Box Technologies is the premier supplier of retail integration and IT hardware services in the UK. Although primarily focused on hardware technologies Box has established relationships with software developers and operates a consultancy approach to the selection of appropriate hardware, software and networking systems for clients. The company’s aim is to add value in all areas of its involvement with customers, whether simply offering technical support, single hardware components or efficient planning of a large systems integration and installation programme.

With considerable experience in all stages of the supply and implementation of retail solutions and unrivalled knowledge of wireless networking, Box Technologies can offer a complete solution for any requirement.

About Commidea
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Commidea is one of the most innovative developers of card payment processing technology, producing a variety of solutions for high street retail, mail order, e-commerce, telesales, memberships, hospitality and leisure. The company’s systems cater for cardholder present and not present environments, real time or batch processing requirements and can be used in single outlets, multiple outlets or multi-channel. The company is also leading the way in card payment processing utilising Chip & PIN technology, having produced a number of compliant systems. Further information can be obtained from the company’s website –