Queueing time at the AA for driver's licences will be cut, thanks to the New Zealand-developed Eftpos technology the organisation has bought.
The AA has purchased an off-the-peg Eftpos system - developed by Auckland-based Walker Datavision and Cullen Software and Design - which links to ETSL (electronic transaction services) via an Internet protocol (IP) network. The IP link has reduced transaction time from around eight seconds to one-and-a-half seconds, Walker Datavision's (WDV) Eftpos business development manager, Leighton Haliday, says.
WDV has previously developed bespoke point-of-sale solutions for Whitcoulls and New Zealand Post, and "we felt there was a requirement for an easy integration package", says Haliday.
"It's always been a nightmare getting certification from the banks [to link point-of-sale systems to the Eftpos network] and then any software upgrades need to be recertified. So we've developed a Windows-based application that links through an Active X controller, with a firewall between the POS and Eftpos."
For the AA, he says, "we used the WAN they've already got in place, pulled that back to a central server and eliminated all the phone lines they'd been using by putting it over IP".
Up to 120 POS outlets can use the same phone line.
The system has also been bought by Auckland Airport, Amcal Pharmacies and Sandeli sandwich shops.