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Scottish golfers to get smart cards

2.00am 1st March 2001 - Management Topics

Dione plc, the UK’s number one manufacturer of stand-alone EFTPOS terminals, is supplying over 1000 of its Xchequer smart card terminals as part of the world’s first smart card golf handicap scheme. Using personalised smart cards, up to 250,000 golfers will be able to update their handicaps at the touch of a button using the Dione terminals at over 500 golf clubs throughout Scotland. Golfers will also be able to participate in a promotional scheme where points can be gathered and redeemed through golf related organisations.

Developed by the Scotcomms Technology Group, the scheme is being introduced by Scottish Golf – a partnership between The Scottish Golf Union, The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and Scotland Online. The scheme is expected to reduce administration time and benefit golfers with both quick, easy handicap updating and loyalty points.

A proof of concept phase with 6 participating clubs was started in January 2001. In its final implementation commencing in April, over 250,000 Scottish golfers will be issued with smart cards. The Dione Xchequer terminals will be placed in golf clubs and participating co-branding partners. Golfers will also be able to participate in a promotional scheme where points can be gathered and redeemed through golf related organisations.

The Exchequer terminals hold the scheme application software and use the built-in modem to download all the new information from handicap qualifying competitions at the end of each day to a centralised server operated by Scotland Online.

“We chose the Xchequer terminal because we have many years of experience writing this type of application,” said Randall McLister, managing director of Scottcoms. “As Dione’s longest standing value added reseller we have confidence in the product and its capabilities.”

Dione plc www.dionecorp.com

       

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