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USA Technologies launches UCL Connector for amusement and gaming

November 16, 2016
By Canadian Vending

USA Technologies has launched its Universal Card Link (UCL) Connector. Photo: Business Wire

Orlando, FL – USA Technologies today launched its Universal Card Link Connector, which lets amusement and arcade operators connect cashless payment options such as credit card, debit card and mobile wallet (such as Apple Pay and Android Pay) to their equipment with the ease of a single cable.

USA Technologies, which is a payment technology service provider of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the self-service retail market, developed the connector in response to the guidelines put forth in November 2014 by the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) Standardization Committee, the company said in a news release. AAMA’s Universal Connector Link Manual provides specifications for implementing a standard UCL connector harness for newly developed redemption/video games.

The UCL Connector, paired with the company’s ePort ConnectG9 hardware, links up the harness to enable connectivity without the need to cut or splice cables. This eliminates time-consuming setup or potential damage to card processors or amusement machines, the company said. The UCL Connector is a retrofit solution for machines built with a harness including most manufactured after November 2014.

“As companies look to scale their business and make use of contactless payment platforms, the ability to accept cashless and mobile payments becomes a huge challenge when all the existing equipment needs to be updated,” said Tina Schwartz, business and finance manager, American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA).