Access announces airline check-in keyboard that simplifies revenue collection
Reading, UK, November, 2008 – Providing airlines and airports with a simple and robust mechanism to accept credit card payment at check-in, Access IS announces the AKB432M, a new check-in keyboard with an integrated magnetic stripe reader (MSR).
Many airlines have introduced charges for checked-in baggage, providing customers with ticket price flexibility. Further pricing options are likely to be introduced as airlines charge for services such as in-flight meals. Accepting payment at check-in allows passengers flexibility up to the point of check-in while maintaining passenger processing efficiency by completing the transaction at a single point at the airport.
The integration of a 2-track MSR into the keyboard provides a much simpler solution than using stand-alone readers. The keyboard is easily configured to work with existing application software and provides data formatting compatible with the host system. Connection is made via a single, industry-standard USB keyboard interface.
The AKB432M reads all ISO encoded cards, which means that frequent flyer cards can also be read. The MSR channel across the back of the keyboard is fitted with a smooth stainless steel guide, resulting in accurate reading at both fast and slow swipe speeds and minimum channel wear. The keyboard is based on Access’ proven airport keyboard design which has been deployed worldwide. It is built upon a rugged stainless steel chassis and its mechanical key switches are rated at 50 million operations.
Standard US 104-key, European 105-key and custom keyboard layouts are available.
The AKB432M measures 439 x 197 x 50mm and weighs 1.75 kg.
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