More than 7,000 people attend Wincor World 2005
PADERBORN, Germany — Under blue skies and amid cool temperatures, buses began delivering the 7,500 people who are expected to make their trek to Paderborn for Wincor World 2005.
Businesspeople from 50 countries and more than 70 vendors — including Fujitsu Siemens, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems — are attending Wincor World this year.
Now in its fifth year, Wincor World offers Wincor Nixdorf’s global partners a chance to present "future-oriented" products and solutions for the retail and financial industries.
The show, themed "Vision at Work," is being held in the Welle Messezentrum (Exhibition Center), where it is occupying 10,000 square meters. And Wincor's partners are exhibiting products and services geared toward "visions" in security and channel integration, to name a couple.
For the financial industry
Wincor is demonstrating how its ProClassic/Enterprise multichannel software — which connects self-service, branch and call-center channels on one platform — can be used to bring financial cash processes to the self-service world in a customer-oriented manner.
Wincor also will introduce its ProCash 4000, a new compact cash-recycling system. The system has been designed for self-service use and is intended for deployment in banks for deposit and withdrawal transactions. (Read the full release.)
For the retail industry
Wincor’s Store Vision program — a long-term program that’s been extended by components with upstream retail processes in the supply-and-demand chain — is being featured as well.
With its new Store Communication Framework, which will be introduced during the show, Wincor has developed a solution that optimizes data availability in retail operations and eliminates dependence on IT tools from individual suppliers, according to a news release. The solution enables the flexible networking of applications from various vendors and is built upon the Store Vision program.
Numerous retailers today face huge challenges in managing their complex and heterogeneous IT infrastructures. As a result, they are forced to connect new and existing devices and applications via individual interfaces. The need to deal with a variety of different interfaces leads to greater complexity and higher maintenance and support costs, not to mention greater room for error.
The SCF solution serves as a central communications platform for collecting, integrating and distributing all application data. While module solutions ensure the flow of data between the special tools of individual vendors, SCF is designed to operate across applications and vendors. Information from all areas, such as internal merchandise management and CRM data, customer data generated at the POS or kiosk terminal, can be centrally connected and bundled via SCF. (Read the full release.)
Other highlights in the retail category include: "ReVendo," functionality- and visually-improved reverse vending systems; a starter-kit for RFID technology; a complete solutions package for controlling supply-chain processes; the Certo kiosk terminal; and a demonstration of comprehensive integration of self-service systems within postal service IT environments.
Munich-based Crytomathic GmbH has three of its core products on display — its Authenticator, Certification Authority and Key Management System.
Authenticator is an anti-phishing solution that targets the need for two-factor authentication. It’s a secure Internet solution that provides two-factor authentication with tamper-resistant hardware protection for keys. Authentication methods include SMS, one-time passwords, secure tokens, mobile readers and cards, and scrape-off tokens.
Certification Authority issues and manages certificates for end-users, service providers, applications and appliances. It also issues certificates for Web browsers’ digital signatures, secure e-mail, authentication and VPN log-on, Windows 2000 smart-card log-on, the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance and SSL/TLS servers and clients, to name a few.
Pinpointing stolen ATM’s quickly with GPS also will be highlighted in the security category.
On Jan. 26, workshops will cover Microsoft Windows Embedded for Point of Services platform, ultra-thin clients in the bank branch and ideal storage solutions for the savings market.
Karl-Heinz Stiller, Wincor’s president and chief executive officer, will address attendees during his presentation, "Move Faster than the World Around You."
During the presentation, Stiller is expected to mention Wincor’s positive sales and financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2005 ended Dec. 31.
According to a news release, Wincor’s net sales increased 16.8 percent and operating profit increased 24.1 percent during Q1.
The increase in net sales is a result of strong growth in the retail sector, according to the company. As a result of the unforeseen growth, Wincor’s board of directors has raised its expected net sales from 7 percent to 10 percent, which includes a 4 percent increase, from 8 percent to 12 percent, in the operating profit margin. (Read the full release.)
Wincor also will announce the acquisition of Oberburg, Switzerland-based BEB Industrieelektronik AG, which specializes in banknote readers. With the acquisition, Wincor Nixdorf has access to core image-recognition technology that plays a key role in the fast-growing application areas of deposits and combined deposits and withdrawals, the release noted. (Read the full release.)
Innovation Day: The Future of Store Sales
Innovation Day: The Future of Store Sales will be held Jan. 27 in collaboration with the BÖrsen-Zeitung financial newspaper and the Fraunhofer Institute, which develops microelectronics and information and communication technology. Innovation Day topics include the future of branch and store sales, ways banks and retailers can increase profits and discreet banking versus the bank as a marketplace — using branch design as a means of success.
Wincor’s partners in this year’s event include: ACI Worldwide GmbH & Co. KG; Axiohm-TPG, Banksys; Best System Technik Vertriebsgesellschaft (Technology marketing company) GmbH; BIZERBA GmbH & Co. KG; BOG Informationstechnologie (Information technology) & Services GmbH & Co. KG; Business Objects Germany GmbH; CCG GmbH; Citrix Systems GmbH; Columbus IT Partners International A/S; Combase AG-Korona Kassensystems (POS Systems); Concept Bankware GmbH; Cryptomathic GmbH; Datalogic GmbH; DICOM Germany AG; Dione Plc.; Easycash GmbH; Eicon Networks GmbH; EL-ME AG; Ergonomic Solutions; FIS Informationssysteme (Information systems) and Consulting GmbH; Fijitsu Siemens Computers GmbH; Guardeonic Solutions AG; Hess SB-Automatenbau (built-in automation) GmbH & Co. KG; HÖltl Retail Solutions GmbH; Hummel GmbH & Co.; IC Compass GmbH & Co.; ICP Internet Communication Payment AG; Inform-Solutions GmbH; Intel GmbH; Intellia Business Solutions; Intelligent Data Systems GmbH; Iodata GmbH; Kranz Innen-Architekten (Architects); MAKU Informationstechnick (Information techniques) GmbH; MBG Management Consultation Society; Mer-X Software GmbH; Metrologic Instruments GmbH; Mettler-Toledo GmbH; Microsoft GmbH; Nordic ID GmbH; NRT Technology Corp.; OMRON Corp.; Online Software GmbH; Penkiu Kontinentu Bankines Technologijos, UAB (BS/2); Pironet NDH AG; Powervar; Profitbase AS; Prokent AG; PSC GmbH; REA Card GmbH; Retalix Ltd.; S&N AG; SAP Germany AG & Co. KG; Saperion AG; Scantech-ID B.V.; Selecta-Werk GmbH; Siemens Procurement and Logistics Services SPLS IT Distribution; Signum-Gesellschaft for angewandte Informatik (Society for applied computer science) GmbH; SUN Microsystems GmbH; Symbol Technologies EMEA; Teamwork Software and Consulting GmbH; Tenovis GmbH & Co. KG; Thales e-Transactions GmbH; The Logic Group; TransAct Elektronische Zahlungssyteme (Electronic Payment systems) GmbH; TransAct Technologies Ltd.; Triaton GmbH - Ein Unternehem von (A division of) HP; Trintech GmbH; Vmoksha Technologies Pte. Ltd.