The European Vending and Coffee Service Association (EVA) has published Version 2.1 of its Electronic Payment Specification (EPS), designed to assist operators choose the most appropriate payment system.
The EVA EPS defines a minimum set of requirements to be followed by vending machines and electronic payment systems, to ensure mutual compatibility. Both hardware and software/communication specifications were covered in version 2, which was released initially in 2020 as a comprehensive update to previous interactions.
The EVA EPS also includes a purchase process, which is user-friendly and consistent with that experienced by consumers using other payment methods. Terminal manufacturers can also apply for an EPS compliance code for their payment terminals, in order to demonstrate that they follow the standard. The EVA is pleased to announce that version 2.1 of the EPS has been released, which updates and clarifies this product compliance and registration process as well as the rules for making an application.
The EPS consists of two distinct volumes, with one focusing on the mechanical requirements for fitting terminals to vending machines and the other volume on vending-specific communication protocols. The split is designed to allow similar industries to use, adopt and implement the mechanical dimensions, while yet giving the freedom to choose and determine which protocol(s) are best used in that particular industry.