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.