Wavecom, Ingenico Team on Wireless Electronic Payment Terminals

Wavecom SA (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that sets the framework for co-development of future wireless payment electronics terminals with Ingenico. As industry demand for cost effective and innovative payment systems grows, two leaders – Ingenico a leading supplier of electronic payment terminals and Wavecom a leader in industrial wireless technology – are combining forces to establish a platform for a next generation wireless electronic payment system architecture.

The terms of the agreement make Wavecom the primary supplier of wireless technology to Ingenico for future generations of state-of-the-art wireless payment terminals. Furthermore, the two companies’ R&D teams will work together, each bringing their own skilled experts to jointly evolve innovative, cost-effective new systems. The wireless payment systems space is complex, taking into account the highly rigorous needs of the banking industry for secure transactions, and one in which Ingenico has long time experience. It also depends on the cellular wireless world, one in which Wavecom is a pioneer and brings extensive expertise and unique skills for ensuring secured cellular communication.

Mobility is becoming a major trend in the payment terminal market, we anticipate that wireless terminals will become dominant in the coming years and we believe that Wavecom is the best-positioned partner to get us there,” commented Christophe Dolique, Marketing VP, from Ingenico. He added, “Combining Wavecom’s unrivalled level of expertise in industrial wireless communication with Ingenico’s vast knowledge of the extremely complex world of electronic payment systems put us on track for significantly expanding this market.”

Frank Souguir, Group Vice President for the EMEA region at Wavecom commented, “Together with Ingenico, we believe that we can optimize the architecture for payment systems, bringing the total system cost down significantly. We further intend to work on streamlining the manufacturing of wireless payment systems and help launch a wide array of new products that meet a growing demand for faster, easier and totally secure payment transactions from around the world.”

About Ingenico
Throughout the world, businesses rely on Ingenico for secure and expedient electronic transaction acceptance. Ingenico products leverage proven technology, established standards and unparalleled ergonomics to provide optimal reliability, versatility and usability. This comprehensive range of products is complemented by a global array of services and partnerships, enabling businesses in a number of vertical sectors to accept transactions anywhere their business takes them.

About Wavecom
Wavecom is a worldwide leader in embedded industrial wireless communication solutions for automotive, machine-to-machine and mobile professional applications. Wavecom’s solutions include the Open AT® software platform encompassing the Wavecom Open AT® Operating System, a wide range of Plug-Ins, the Open AT® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) along with a market-leading range of Wireless CPUs (Central Processing Units), and an expanding portfolio of services. These complete embedded solutions enable makers of all types of machines to development of a new breed of intelligent wireless applications, without the need of external processors and other ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) and components. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Paris, Wavecom has subsidiaries in Research Triangle Park, NC (USA), (USA), Hong Kong (PRC) and Farnborough (UK). Wavecom is publicly traded on Euronext Paris (Eurolist) in France and on the NASDAQ (WVCM) exchange in the U.S.