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Escher Group set up NFC Division

by david.nunes

Escher Group Holdings plc creates new business focused on NFC



22 February 2012: Escher Group Holdings plc (Escher) today announced the formation of a new business (Escher Interactive Services) within the group to focus on Near Field Communications (NFC) and the provision of managed services. Escher was established in 1989 and has customers in 32 countries across the globe and is the largest supplier of transaction processing software to the global postal market. Escher was recently awarded a US$ multi-million contract from one of the world’s largest point of service companies.

Escher has created Escher Interactive Services which will focus on offering managed services, identity management and NFC applications for retailers and mobile network operators. The result will enable a true Social Commerce ecosystem. Escher’s decision to invest in this capability is in direct response to customer demand and world trends for point of service. Recent industry research has indicated that by 2014, one in five smartphones will be NFC-enabled, opening up this convergence between the retail and online world.

Escher Interactive Services will be headed up by Donal McGuinness and will be based at its Dublin offices, operating within its existing Retail Software Division.

The Chief Executive of Escher, Liam Church, commented: ‘we have put together a dedicated team with over 20 years’ industry experience in delivering NFC managed-services. This significant investment is another concrete example of Escher’s commitment to innovation and its desire to continue to dominate the point of service industry.’

Escher Interactive Services will be present at the 2012 Mobile World Congress, which is being held in Barcelona later this month. (Hall 1, Stand 17, Enterprise Ireland.)

Further enquiries to:

Donal McGuinness, Escher Interactive Services, Donal.mcguinness@eschergroup.com

Fionnuala Higgins, Escher Group Holdings plc, Fionnuala.higgins@eschergroup.com

Escher Group Limited

Escher Group

12 Farnsworth Street

Boston, MA 02210


Telephone: +1 857 366 9500

Fax: +1 857 366 9522

Email: info@eschergroup.com



About Near Field Communications (NFC):


NFC allows customers to carry out secure authenticated transactions through a mobile device, such as a smartphone. These transactions will be visible to the consumer via a mobile wallet, similar to an app on the phone, where consumer will be able to see their transaction history, adjust security settings and apply value to their cards.

About Escher Group Holdings plc:

Escher is a world leading provider of outsourced, point of sale software to the postal industry. Escher’s core software are Riposte and RiposteEssential, provide solutions for transaction delivery and management. Riposte is already in use in 32 countries and territories worldwide. It is licensed for over 150,000 points of service.

The Group is targeting continued growth through incremental sales to existing customers, new sales within the postal industry, penetration of new vertical markets.


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