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Refreshing box office/counter EPoS makes good sense for UK multiplex cinema chain, Vue Entertainment

Vue Entertainment is making good progress in the rollout of J2’s most powerful PC-based touchscreen EPoS for its dual-purpose ticket and concession counters. The operator reports 25% of its estate is already feeling the benefit of using J2 650s.

PRLog - June 1, 2011 - CREDITON, U.K. -- Explains Vue’s Head of IT Operations, Dave Wilson: “For many years, we’ve used a number of different J2 EPoS models ranging from the Viper through to the J2 560.  Our goal is to move the whole estate over to J2’s latest machine, the J2 650, which is designed for high performance.  We’re doing a full refresh cycle, removing ageing and obsolete hardware and adopting one standard unit for all our cinemas.”  

Whilst a number of the old tills were desk-mounted, Vue is now taking advantage of the J2 650’s ‘all in the head’ approach, which enables the unit to be adapted to pole-, wall- or counter-mounting without modification.  “It’s particularly useful to have the J2 650s pole-mounted,” says Wilson.  “This means we can freely twist the screens around towards the customers for seat selection.  It generally makes the whole process smoother.”

Wilson reports that installation went well and that cinema staff find the J2 650s neater, due to reworked cabling and a more modern design.  The team also likes the J2 650’s eco-options and green standards such as automatic screen dimming.  Vue is using Solid State drives rather than conventional hard drives.  “With fewer moving parts, we’re consuming less energy and reducing the failure rate of the devices, which is good news,” concludes Dave Wilson.

VUE ENTERTAINMENT      www.myvue.com

Vue Entertainment is one of the UK’s leading cinema developers and operators of multiplex cinemas. The Vue brand and company was launched in 2003 with 38 cinemas. Since then, Vue’s UK & Ireland circuit has grown to 68 cinemas with 657 screens with over 140,000 seats. In the 12 months to the end of May 2010, the company served over 37 million customers.

The company has the most modern state-of-the-art multiplex cinema circuit in the UK with 95% of its seats in stadium seated screens, which is the highest in the market when compared to other major multiplex operators. Vue has set new standards of comfort with the introduction of premium seating through a circuit-wide rollout of over 12,000 VIP seats. These are seats in the best locations in every screen.  Of its 657 screens, 121 are digital with 108 able to show the latest 3D films.

J2 RETAIL SYSTEMS       www.j2retailsystems.com

J2 Retail Systems is a specialist manufacturer of PC-based touchscreens, LCD touchscreen monitors and point-of-sale hardware to the retail, hospitality and leisure industries.  With 70,000+ units installed worldwide, its clients include hospitality and leisure operators including several cinema chains, hundreds of hotels, clubs, pubs and restaurants, plus leading-brand retailers.

By controlling its design and manufacture, J2 has built a reputation for innovation, exceptional reliability and cost-effectiveness. J2 uses emergent technologies wherever possible to reduce the cost of hardware ownership.  In a recent market coup, J2 launched the first EPoS to contain Solid State storage drives as standard.  By so doing, it reset the benchmark for EPoS performance, reliability and cost of ownership.

The J2 650 can be configured as a low-power fanless thin client terminal, a mid-range thick client or even a Dual Core high-speed server with RAID. Product versatility and reliability are the 650’s key strengths.

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