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Temple University to add USA Technologies’ Suds Online Laundry Service campus-wide

Philadelphia’s Temple University has joined the list of colleges and universities computerizing their laundry service. With e-Suds, students can go online to check the availability of washers and dryers. Then, using their Blackboard Transaction System cards, they can activate and pay for the service, and receive an e-mail on their computers or cell phones when the laundry is complete.

Temple embraces e-Suds as part of its embracing state-of-the-art technology solutions

MALVERN, PA – USA Technologies, Caldwell and Gregory, and Temple University recently announced the single largest installation of the e-Suds online laundry service yet undertaken on a college campus.

Temple University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ranked among the biggest universities in the United States with 34,000 students, is installing the e-Suds computerized laundry service in 40 laundry rooms this summer.

“We are excited to bring this amazing technology to a university recognized for its leadership in information services,” said John Gregory, President of Caldwell and Gregory, the distributor providing USA Technologies’ e-Suds solution. “Being a school that embraces new technology and that strives for the betterment of their resident life, I saw Temple and e-Suds as a perfect match.”

“Temple University has always been a leader in technology breakthrough, and in fact The Princeton Review named Temple the fourth-most “connected campus” in the United States in its annual “Top 25 Most Connected Campuses” survey,” said Joe Smallberger, Senior Software Developer, Temple University. “We see adding e-Suds to our resident housing as another means to reinforce Temple’s ongoing dedication to providing students, faculty and staff with consistent access to state-of-the-art technology and customer value services.”

e-Suds, by USA Technologies, allows students to go online to check the availability of washers and dryers. A student uses their Blackboard Transaction System cards to activate and pay for the service, and receive an e-mail on their personal computers or cellular phones when the laundry is complete.

Jack Niven, Director of Housing, and Ed Neblock, Associate Director of Housing, Temple University, said they were delighted to bring Temple University students the very latest, high tech product to enhance their resident life. “It’s all about Temple University providing the highest level of service and convenience to its student body.”

Temple University is one of Pennsylvania’s three public research universities with faculty in 17 schools and colleges, including schools of Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Dentistry, and a renowned Health Sciences Center. The University has education centers in Harrisburg and Fort Washington, and international campuses in Tokyo, Japan, and Rome, Italy.

Caldwell and Gregory installed the first campus with e-Suds integrated with Blackboard Transaction System earlier this year at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

“We have found that students appreciate the convenience and simplicity of being able to use their student ID cards and have the cost of doing their laundry deducted online directly from their university account,” said Wendy Jenkins, Vice President of Marketing, USA Technologies. “Caldwell and Gregory tells us that e-Suds gives them competitive advantage in the laundry service business over their competitors, and that they will include the e-Suds system in all their proposals for new business.”

USA Technologies’ e-Suds online laundry system has already been installed at a growing number of campuses, including Carnegie Melon, and more are scheduled through 2005.

“e-Suds is a significant enhancement to our laundry service, and we are already planning to expand the service to many more of our partner colleges nationwide,” said Mr. Gregory. “Many of our customers have been waiting for the service, and can’t wait to get online.”

About USA Technologies
USA Technologies is a leader in the networking of distributed assets, wireless non-cash transactions, associated financial/network services and energy management. USA Technologies provides networked credit card and other non-cash systems in the vending, commercial laundry, hospitality and digital imaging industries. USA Technologies is an IBM Business Partner. The Company has marketing agreements with AT&T, Honeywell, MEI, Unilever and ZiLOG Corporation. For further information on USA Technologies, please visit www.usatech.com.

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