May 17, 2006
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Fort Myers, Fla., and Aachen, Germany, May 15, 2006 -- Gavitec AG - mobile digit, a leading provider of mobile technology and marketing solutions and a unit of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: NEOM), today announced its participation in the first McDonald’s Portugal mobile couponing program. Gavitec is working in conjunction with McDonald’s, the world’s leading foodservice retailer, TMN, the leading Portuguese mobile operator and Gavitec’s partner TopSolutions, a software development and systems integration house acting mainly in Portugal, Spain and South America.
It’s as Simple as 1-2-3
Consumers participating in the McDonald’s mobile marketing program receive special discounts via their mobile phones, verify them at on-location kiosks which incorporate Gavitec EXIO technology and then print and use the corresponding mobile coupons instantaneously.
Consumers receive McDonald’s coupons directly to their mobile phones through TopSolutions’ m-marketing platform via:
a) SMS or MMS - Registered members from the TMN marketing database (X-Mensagem) receive a McDonald’s mobile discount voucher as a code in a picture message (SMS or MMS) sent to their mobile phones. Consumers who are not registered in the TMN database can request the mobile coupons by sending an SMS to a special McDonald’s number.
b) Bluetooth – During happy hour (from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.) consumers with Bluetooth-enabled phones can also take advantage of special discounts in the form of special codes sent to their phones, with Bluetooth available and active near the McDonald’s restaurants.
The unique and encrypted 2-dimensional code sent to the consumers’ mobile phones contains information including: restaurant name, voucher, discount amount and an expiration date. In addition, it ensures that the mobile coupon can be redeemed only once (fulfilling all campaign requisites).
Then, right at McDonald’s restaurants, consumers can print and use their mobile coupons – instantly benefiting from McDonald’s most recent discounts and special offers. Custom-made EXIO terminals using Gavitec’s unique scanning technology have been installed into the TopSolutions kiosks at participating McDonald’s restaurants, which are used to scan the mobile coupon directly from the phone’s screen. Using the built-in GSM-module (GPRS), the kiosk verifies on-line the validity of the coupon against a central database and, in case of a valid coupon, prints out a unique paper voucher which is redeemable at the cash register.
“This project clearly represents an important milestone for mobile couponing in Europe,” said Dr. Christian Steinborn, COO of Gavitec. “We are pleased to provide the technological solution, in conjunction with TopSolutions, to help McDonald’s to become the first restaurant chain efficiently and successfully using mobile couponing.”
About Gavitec AG - mobile digit
Gavitec AG - mobile digit, a NeoMedia Technologies company (OTC BB: NEOM), is a leader in technology provision for code-reading systems and software for mobile applications. Founded in 1997, Gavitec offers its clients standardized or individual solutions in the areas of mobile marketing, mobile ticketing, mobile couponing and mobile payment systems. Gavitec has received the Ericsson Mobile Application Award (the "Oscar" of the mobile industry) and two technology awards from the U.K.’s Royal Television Society, in combination with Hewlett-Packard and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Serving a pan-European and, increasingly, a worldwide customer base, Gavitec has a wide range of well known customers and partners including T-Mobile, Vodafone, Telefonica, Nokia, Unisys, Warner Music International and RTL Enterprises. For more information about Gavitec, please visit www.gavitec.com.
About NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.
NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (www.neom.com) is a diversified global company offering leading edge, technologically advanced products and solutions for companies and consumers, built upon its solid family of patented products and processes, and management experience and expertise. Its mobile services group of companies offers end-to-end mobile enterprise and mobile marketing solutions, through its flagship direct-to-mobile-web PaperClick® technology, and ground-breaking products and services from 4 (shortly to be 5) of the USA’s and Europe’s leading mobile marketing providers. All NeoMedia Mobile companies benefit from NeoMedia’s 27 wireless patents, and the new group is comprised of 160 of the most experienced mobile marketing talent in the world. By linking consumers and companies to the interactive electronic world, NeoMedia delivers one-to-one, permission-based, personalized and profiled dialogue—anytime and anywhere
TopSolutions, a company specializing in information technology and telecommunications, provides consulting services, project planning and management and customized solutions to it clients. Its team of experienced, expert technicians use innovation as a differentiating factor and as a strategy for sustained growth. The innovative solutions that TopSolutions brings to its clients, together with partners, keeps its clients "one step ahead" of their competition. For more information about TopSolutions, please visit www.topsolutions.pt.
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