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MEI® Releases Next Generation Support Tool for SC Advance

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PPM Advance features display, enhanced memory and a Bluetooth option to create operational efficiencies and lower maintenance costs


Malvern, PA, August 12, 2013 – The introduction of the PPM Advance represents the next generation of support tools for MEI products. Software management and performance monitoring have never been easier – further lowering cost of ownership associated with SC Advance.
 
“MEI recognizes that quality service is just as important as high-performance products,” said MEI Senior Vice President – Americas, Eric Fisher. “The PPM Advance provides new functionality to technicians. And, as a result, it makes MEI a better partner in the continuous battle to reduce the overall cost of operations.
 
“Enhancements to the PPM followed the script as the SC note acceptor. We wanted to make a great product even better. That was accomplished with a willingness to develop and implement new technology, and an awareness of the payback required to obtain capital in the current economic environment.”
 
Whereas the PPM (portable programming module) was a one button flash tool, the PPM Advance is a portable version of MEI’s STS (support and test systems) software. The PPM Advance features a display screen and menu navigation buttons to allow operators to perform:
  • fast and easy in-field updates for currency data
  • configuration data and software
  • performance diagnostics
  • audit data reporting.
PPM Advance delivers value through newfound customization. Increased memory to store multiple variant firmware, along with the ability to function under multiple languages, make the PPM Advance a more powerful tool. Operators will also have the ability to label firmware for individual needs, which, as an example, could be used for OEM-specific identification.
 
Additionally, the PPM Advance can be configured to offer an upgrade to Bluetooth functionality with phones and tablets on the Android platform. Operators will now be able to remotely download software from their secured internet/intranet locations as well as add EASITRAX® Soft Count asset numbers.
 
“PPM Advance further strengthens the synergies between MEI products,” said Mr. Fisher. “It is easier than ever to implement EASITRAX and increasingly sophisticated maintenance procedures with the new functionality in PPM Advance. Operators’ toolbox for cash management solutions just got bigger.”
 
 
About MEI: MEI systems are relied upon for more than two billion transactions per week in over 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s followed by the first electronic non-contact note acceptor, and more recently the EASITRAX Soft Count slot tracking system. MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than five million note acceptors and six million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the gaming, vending, soft drink, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 1-800-345-8215 in US (please refer to our website for international telephone numbers).