IBSS and Arthur Blank & Co. Gain Wide Audience for Their Innovative RFID Cafe Point of Service Demonstration at 3rd Annual
IBSS and Arthur Blank & Co. Gain Wide Audience for Their Innovative RFID Cafe
Point of Service Demonstration at 3rd Annual RFID World
COLUMBIA, S.C. & DES PLAINES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2005--Integrated
Business Systems and Services, Inc. (IBSS) (OTCBB:IBSS - News), inventor and
marketer of Synapse(TM), the powerful development and execution technology for
mobile computing and RFID software applications, said its joint exhibit with
Arthur Blank & Company (ABCO) at the 3rd Annual RFID World in Dallas, Texas,
March 1-3, "far exceeded our expectations," according to Lee Dunston, IBSS'
Director of Sales.
Some 3,000 executives interested in using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
technology to solve a wide range of tracking and monitoring challenges gathered
at the conference, along with 350 leading suppliers of tags, readers, software
and integrated solutions. RFID involves the use of tiny microchips that are
stuck on everything from soft drinks to auto parts, cargo trucks to heart
"IBSS stood out," Dunston said. "While most exhibitors focused on supply chain
management, IBSS and ABCO showcased what it called the RFID Cafe(TM) -- a
solution specifically addressing retail Point of Service applications. This is
an area of enormous interest and potential, and an application that
demonstrates performance features which can be utilized in any number of
industries and contexts."
RFID Cafe(TM) is a proof of concept solution that enables the use of ABCO's
RFID preferred customer cards in self-service kiosks to promote
higher-efficiency "line-busting" in busy restaurant operations.
"Having an actual application to fully demonstrate the capability of our RFID
stored value cards significantly increased interest in our exhibit throughout
the show," said Dan Gould, Arthur Blank and Company's Director of Business
Development. "Not only did we demonstrate a variety of card types and
applications (including RFID stored value cards), but we also showed the
ability to read and write to the cards in a real-world context. We were very
pleased with the proof of concept application developed by our integrator
In the RFID Cafe(TM) card and platform demonstration, preferred customers are
issued special loyalty cards that store dollar values for purchasing food;
tally award points based on frequency of purchases; and record "quick-order"
preferences to speed order processing and eliminate long lines at the register.
An added attraction at the IBSS/ABCO exhibit was a "Wave and Win" prize
program, in which show attendees were given RFID cards, some of which, when
waved at a high-tech reader, identified their owners as winners of free iPods.
This fun exercise was, in fact, another demonstration of the function and value
of RFID cards and remote-reader self-service kiosks.
The RFID cards used in the IBSS/ABCO exhibit were among the first produced by
ABCO, which announced its entry into RFID card production at RFID World. ABCO
is already the leader in card marketing solutions for the loyalty, gift,
identification, membership, access and security markets.
IBSS' Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Mendenhall, noted, "The RFID World
event was particularly important for our marketing program. Attendance was up
significantly (3,000 vs. 1,200 a year ago), reflecting increasing interest in
and demand for RFID solutions, and there were large numbers of media and
industry analysts in addition to prospective customers."
"In May 2004," Dr. Mendenhall continued, "we announced that IBSS had been
selected by Arthur Blank & Company as their preferred integrator, with the goal
of producing a state-of-the-art RFID-enabled Point of Service application. Our
RFID World exhibit was the execution of that original goal. It clearly
demonstrates the strength and vitality of our partnership with ABCO, and
provides just a hint of what we intend to accomplish together. IBSS and ABCO
are currently following up on the many quality leads generated at the show; we
also look forward to assisting those ABCO card customers who want to implement
an efficient RFID solution using the proven IBSS data management and
About Arthur Blank & Co.
Arthur Blank & Co., Inc., founded in 1934 and located in Boston, Massachusetts,
specializes in all facets of custom printed plastic cards. Products include
private label loyalty, gift, phone, credit, debit, membership, security I.D.,
access cards, RFID and Smart cards, as well as complete card numbering and
personalization. The company produces more than 600 million plastic cards a
year, and its manufacturing capacity exceeds one billion cards annually. With
its distributor partners, Arthur Blank serves many of today's Fortune 1000
companies. For more information, call (800) 776-7333 or visit
IBSS is the creator of Synapse(TM), a groundbreaking software technology.
Synapse(TM) is a complete application development and deployment environment
used to create, implement and manage a wide variety of real-time applications
including RFID and wireless, quickly and efficiently.
IBSS is utilizing its Synapse(TM) technology to build and distribute a family
of application products that are optimized to provide solutions for specific
industries. SynTrack(TM), a Synapse based asset tracking solution highly
optimized to exploit the power of Linux and Synapse(TM) in the healthcare
sector is the initial release from this family of industry specific products.
Global enterprises utilizing Synapse(TM) enjoy tremendous time and cost
advantages, in the development, deployment and on-going management of a growing
number of real-time applications. Enabled by Synapse(TM) to take competitive
advantage of cutting-edge technologies such as wireless networking, mobile
computing and RFID, IBSS and its strategic partners bring solutions to
customers for mission-critical applications in manufacturing, distribution,
healthcare, finance, insurance, retail, education, and government.
IBSS is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information about
IBSS and its Synapse(TM) technologies and services, call 1-803-736-5595 or
800-553-1038, or visit www.ibss.net.
Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this news release
include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly as a result of a number of
factors, including, but not limited to, risks associated with the Company's
ability to satisfy its obligations incurred in recent private placements of
secured debt, risks in product and technology development and integration,
market acceptance of new products and continuing product demand, the impact of
competitive products and pricing, changing economic conditions, and other risk
factors detailed in Exhibit 99.1 of our Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the
year ended December 31, 2003 and in other filings the Company makes with the
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