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Telit M2M modules to support services for retailers, banks

Iain Morris
June 19, 2014

Telit has revealed its modules are being used in the latest addition to Digi’s family of cellular routers, aimed at supporting reliable connections for payment terminals, kiosks, digital signs and ATMs.

The module maker says its xE910 module family is being used in the Digi (Minnetonka, MN, USA) routers to support connectivity over 3G and 4G network technologies, including the EV-DO standard used by Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) and Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) in the US.

Digi says the routers are designed to give network management professionals a secure and low-cost connection for retail, point-of-sale and gaming applications.

According to Telit (London, UK), by focusing on the critical features for payment card and other secure transactions, the router allows network operators to expand their businesses by taking advantage of cellular’s growing ubiquity.

The module maker also notes merchant demand for new points of presence, retailer interest in reliable back-up systems and banks’ eagerness to reach under-banked populations in emerging markets.

It also says that public gaming companies increasingly need secure, reliable and ubiquitous lottery and other gaming terminals, while ATM operators want to offer value-added services beyond cash disbursement, such as the ability to pay bills.

“We chose the xE910 because it has a small compact footprint and it supports a wide variety of network technologies on multiple carriers globally,” said Curt Ahart, the vice president of cellular products for Digi. “The xE910 helps us reduce our engineering expense and shorten our time to market.”

“Telit also provides us excellent support – helping us innovate quickly and efficiently,” he added.

Telit said Digi’s use of its modules would lessen reliance of wired or customer-hosted WLAN connections, allowing services to operate over 3G and 4G infrastructure.
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