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Vegas Credit Union Bets on Epson

WestStar Credit Union deploys check scanner/printer.

Las Vegas-based WestStar Credit Union completed a rollout of Epson's TM-J9100, a compact check and ID scanner with integrated check verification and printing that enables imaging at the teller station. WestStar is using the Epson (Long Beach, Calif.) device to improve document handling and lower check processing costs, minimize fraud, and provide backup images of checks, according to the vendor.

"To optimize space, we needed an all-in-one unit that combined a printer and a scanner," said Mike Eaton, software developer at WestStar Credit Union, in a release. WestStar developed proprietary software, written in Microsoft (Redmond, Wash.) .NET, to take advantage of the TM-J9100's capabilities.

Epson's TM-J9100's drop-in auto feeder enables WestStar tellers to scan up to 25 checks at a time, the vendor says. The proprietary WestStar solution communicates with the Epson TM-J9100 to optimize check verification. As the Epson device reads the magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) line, the WestStar software sends the data to an online check verification system that displays the results to the teller. This provides tellers immediate access to account status information during the transaction, according to Eaton. In addition, the WestStar application alerts tellers if certain routing/account numbers require special processing, allowing the bank to react quickly to potential fraud. *

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