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Agilent unveils Point and Pay Profile v1.0

Posted: 01 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agilent technologies? software? irda? infrared data association? irfm?

Agilent Technologies Inc. recently introduced software compliant with the IrDA's (Infrared Data Association's) IrFM (infrared financial messaging) Point and Pay Profile v1.0.

According to the company, IrFM is a quick and seamless digital payment system for IrDA infrared-enabled devices and point-of-sale terminals. Agilent claims it is the only company that provides a complete software and hardware solution, which eliminates integration risks, saves money and speeds time-to-market.

An alternative to swiping a credit card through a terminal, the IrFM Point and Pay Profile enables consumers to beam credit, debit or stored-value card information from their mobile phone or PDA to any vending machine, toll booth, gas pump or ATM equipped with an IR port, the press release explained. The information then flows through the transaction approval-request infrastructure much as if it were swiped in, and consumers receive a digital receipt from their mobile phone service provider.

"Agilent is the only company providing a total IR point-and-pay solution, including infrared transceiver modules meeting IrDA specifications, an IrDA protocol stack and IrFM software," said Kee Hane Ngoh, VP and GM of Agilent's Infrared Products Division. "By providing one-stop shopping for a fully integrated hardware/software solution, we lower our customers' manufacturing costs and accelerate their time to market."

The company's HSDL-S500 IrFM protocol stack provides API (application program interface) functions in ANSI C programming language source code for easy interfacing. Its small code size minimizes the use of valuable memory in handheld devices, and the protocol stack is easily ported to other platforms, saving time and resources when platform changes are needed.

The HSDL-S500 software interfaces with standard IrDA protocol stacks (HSDL-S100) and IrOBEX (object exchange) software (HSDL-S101). Agilent offers several miniature SIR (serial infrared) transceivers with a height of 1.6mm, which is suitable for IrFM applications in the latest ultra-thin handheld designs.

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