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Happy Birthday PDQ

It’s hard to believe that the I installed first online transaction capture point of sale terminal on March 25th 1986 and today there are millions of them worldwide (see the original press release here (http://www.isdconsultants.com/pdq/pdq.pdf).

The original name for the Barclaycard terminals was Darts but just as the product was launched the Ford Motor company said they used that name for one of their systems and the name was changed to Processes Data Quickly – PDQ (not Pretty Dam Quick).

Most people don’t even know it’s a Barclaycard brand name it has become the Hoover of the UK terminal world.

It appears that Barclaycard have decided that the 25th anniversary of the installation of the first PDQ terminal isn’t worth recording or celebrating. I was expecting at least one free drink and perhaps a small silver gift – Oh well.

Happy 25th Birthday PDQ.

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Comments: (8)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 25 March, 2011, 08:49Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Congratulations – something to tell your grandchildren! Where was the first merchant? Surely they deserve a blue plaque?

Nick Green
Nick Green - ISD Consultants - Northampton 25 March, 2011, 10:03Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

First terminal was at Miss Selfridge, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London. First purchase a Grey and White Stripped Blouse bought by Liz Talbot.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 28 March, 2011, 10:52Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Nick

Do you remember the precursor of the PDQ, the authorisation telehone?

Nick Collin
Nick Collin - Collin Consulting Ltd - London 28 March, 2011, 11:30Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Oldies unite!

I remember being persuaded by Roger Alexander of Barclaycard that PDQ was the right model to be adopted by EftPos UK - that must have been about 1987.  And before that, I recommended installation of authorisation telephones (weren't they called "transaction telephones" Aidan?) at a client called Club 24 in about 1983.

Happy days!

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 28 March, 2011, 12:08Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Nick

I think they started life as Transaction Teephones but then Barclaycard re-branded them something else (I can't remeber - Bria Wilde probaly will). The Access ones were branded  as ACTEL devices.

Happy birthday PDQ - I will raise a glass this lunchtime

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 28 March, 2011, 12:10Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Club24 and Authorisation telephones - looks like the 'old gents' are around and I include myself in that as I remember them both well.

Nick Green
Nick Green - ISD Consultants - Northampton 28 March, 2011, 12:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

OK Guys:

Authorisation Telephones - Barclaycard's brand was Cardsure and they were either Racal TCL100's or STC Telechecks. The next Racal was the TCL110 and Fortronic bought the APACS30 technology in the STC Telecheck to put in the F75. All the Auth Telephones were then given to Online Card Services (OLCS) the company set up by Barclaycard, Access, Diners and Amex - Can you believe it was going to be called Bank Online Card Services! Barclaycard also had some Auth Phones from Ericsson that all us 'engineers' had because the display was so bright you could get dressed without putting the light on when called out because a BT Pad had gone down.

I seem to remeber that the TCL200 only hand 128k of memory and you reprogrammed it by swapping EEPROMS!

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 09 September, 2012, 14:51Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Just came across this, so a bit late for the celebrations. But I worked for Racal Transcom at the time, so if it was a trusty old TCL100, I would have certainly worked on it, seems so long ago! Could not even find a photo on the web of one, how quickly things fade away.