Equinox and ACCEO Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Payment Solution

ACCEO’s Tender Retail EMV-certified software to operate directly on Equinox Luxe 8000i

NEW YORK CITY, January 19, 2016 – Equinox, a leading provider of payment terminals, applications and support services, and a part of NBS Payment Solutions, and ACCEO Solutions Inc. (ACCEO) announced details of their partnership relationship at the National Retail Federation Big Show being held this week in New York City. ACCEO’s secure EMV-certified Tender Retail software will run directly on Equinox’s Luxe 8000i, extending an enhanced, secure integrated payments experience to retailers while reducing the overall scope of the POS environment.

This new integration enhances Tender Retail’s market-leading decentralized architecture that has gained mass appeal by eliminating the risk of a single point of failure associated with traditional centralized architectures.

“The partnership with Equinox presents an alternative option to our market-leading architecture by offering, for the first time, ACCEO’s Tender Retail integrated payment software operating directly on a PIN-entry device,” said Joey Vaccaro, VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at ACCEO. “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting new product launch.”

Added Drazen Ivanovic, president and chief executive officer, Equinox: “The unique and elegant design of the Luxe 8000i, coupled with Tender Retail’s leading EMV-certified software, improves the check-out experience, while mitigating the costs and complexities associated with annual PCI compliance.”

By integrating ACCEO’s Tender Retail software on the Luxe 8000i, merchants and POS vendors gain access to the full set of application features associated with an integrated solution, now running in a smart, semi-integrated configuration. Operating the payment application directly on the device reduces the overhead related to PCI compliance and eliminates the expenses associated with proprietary terminal-based middleware software for semi-integrated configurations.

Equinox debuted the Luxe 8000i this week. The retail PIN pad features a sleek high-gloss finish and a crystal-clear display. Its compact size, horizontal layout, and top face-mounted card readers optimize overall footprint. It features an advanced standards-based operating system and flexible connectivity options that simplify application development and integration while ensuring that customer data remains secure. POS and payment applications can be quickly and easily implemented without the need to use man-in-the-middle software and services. The Luxe 8000i uniquely supports multiple keys for flexible and secure product-level routing to a choice of payment gateways and processors.

About ACCEO Solutions Inc.
Leading Canadian IT corporation ACCEO specializes in the design, implementation, integration, and support of management software; e-business development; and payment, professional, and technical services. ACCEO, which is currently experiencing an active growth phase, boasts nearly 1,000 employees, approximately 60,000 clients, and annual revenues exceeding CAD $110 million. Tender Retail, ACCEO’s flagship payment solution, is a North American leader in the payment industry. The Tender Retail team is at the forefront of innovation, having been one of the first providers to offer an EMV-ready payment solution with End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) in North America. Deployed in major retailers throughout the United States and Canada, Tender Retail has been a leader in cutting-edge payment solutions for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.acceo.com and www.tender-retail.com.

About Equinox Payments
Brookfield Equinox LLC (dba Equinox Payments) was founded in 2014 as a result of an acquisition of assets from Equinox Payments, LLC. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Equinox is looking beyond product features to rethink and reimagine the customer payment experience. Leveraging 35+ years of payment industry innovation, particularly a long legacy of security leadership, enables Equinox to provide point of interaction “last mile” support for the wave of innovative new payment technologies and disruptors sweeping the traditional POS payments industry. For more information about the Luxe 8000i, please visit luxe.equinoxpayments.com. For more information about Equinox, visit equinoxpayments.com.

About NBS Payment Solutions
NBS Payment Solutions is based in Toronto, Canada and has been a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to the financial industry for over 25 years. The company provides expertise in market differentiating hardware and software solutions including POS payment terminals, secure PIN pads and a comprehensive suite of gateway managed value-add services that complement core payments processing. NBSPS also has extensive experience in transitioning services including EMV migration.

NBS Payment Solutions Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management. a global alternative asset manager, with over $225 billion of assets under management. Brookfield is listed on the New York (BAM) and Toronto (BAM.A) stock exchanges. For more information, please visit brookfield.com.

Equinox Payments
Michelle Wagner, on behalf of Equinox Payments

ACCEO Solutions
André Desjardins
514 868-0333