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EANS-News: Almex showcases unique compact and powerful integrated on-board computer and ticket printer for bus and tram (with photo)

- almex.optima bl supports contactless payments with debit cards - High-speed contactless reader and printer reduces boarding times

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Subtitle: - almex.optima bl supports contactless payments with debit cards - High-speed contactless reader and printer reduces boarding times

Hanover/Swindon, 29/10/2010. (euro adhoc) - The Almex division of the Hoeft & Wessel Group showcases a new generation of highly compact, fast on-board computers with integrated ticket printer for use on buses and trams at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham. The new almex.optima bl model comes with a clear interface that is easy to operate even for passengers with disabilities. The driver is presented with an optimally equipped workplace with easy-to-operate functions via a keyboard with selective illumination of keys and a brilliant VGA colour display. A large scale 8" touch display is an optional alternative. The on-board unit's compact design ensures a clear view for the driver and is easy to install in all types of buses and trams.

The technical specification of the almex.optima bl supports e-ticketing in accordance with the ITSO standards for the United Kingdom, Calypso and 3DES hardware encryption for southern Europe, and VDV-KA for Germany. The integration of a high-speed ticket printer speeds up the processing of passengers and therefore cuts the time standing at stops. The new almex.optima bl supports contactless payments using debit cards like payWaveTM and PayPassTM. This process becomes more and more important. Moreover, the on- board computer supports ITCS and telematics applications.

With its new on-board unit, Almex enlarges its range of state-of-the-art on- board computers with ticket printers. The new business line model almex.optima bl can easily be customised to meet the requirements of public transport operators. Completing the range is the comfort line model almex.optima cl with additional integrated features, a height-adjustable driver display and extended interface options to meet the toughest requirements.

In recent years, Almex has sold over 20,000 electronic on-board computers with ticket printers, mainly in Europe. One of the biggest projects to date is the installation of an ITSO-capable ticketing solution in half of all the regular buses in Scotland.

The Almex division of the Hoeft & Wessel Group is one of Europe´s leading providers of ticketing and telematics systems for public transportation as well as communications solutions for railway companies.

Media section, with photographs of almex.optima bl: {0>http://www.presseportal.de/pm/12945/hoeft_wessel_ag/<}0{>h ttp://www.presseportal.de/pm/12945/hoeft_wessel_ag/

Almex at the - Euro Bus Expo, NEC, Birmingham 2-4 Nov. 2010, Hall 5, Booth 5/T164 - TranspoQuip Latin America, São Paulo, Brazil 10-12 Nov. 2010, German Pavilion

The Hoeft & Wessel Group is Germany´s leading IT hardware and software specialist for ticketing, parking and mobile solutions. Established in 1978 by the two entrepreneurs who gave the company its name and listed on the stock market since 1998, the enterprise has grown into a group of companies generating sales revenues of almost EUR 100 million and employing a workforce of 500 employees. The headquarters are Hanover, Germany, and Swindon, west of London. The annual capex investment volume in the Research & Development division, which determines in the company´s technological orientation and employs about a third of the workforce, amounts to around 10 per cent of sales revenues. In line with its internationalisation strategy, the group of companies operating in the business-to-business segment already generates more than 50 per cent of its sales revenues abroad.

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