02/02/2015

Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass to Be Used in Mobile Pay Terminals

Clover to use specialty glass in point-of-sale devices

Corning Incorporated announced that Clover, a First Data company, will begin using Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass as the cover glass in its Clover™ Mobile devices. Clover will be the first company to use Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass in payment terminals. Corning Gorilla Glass can help protect these and other frequently touched surfaces from contamination.

“We live in a society where touch screens are increasingly commonplace, particularly in public use applications,” said Dr. Joydeep Lahiri, division vice president and program director, Specialty Surfaces, Corning Incorporated. “Microbes on our hands are transferred to various surfaces, including payment terminals when making purchases. Tough Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is the sensible choice for these devices and will give Clover’s customers a confident user experience.”

"Clover Mobile is the world's first PIN-entry-capable integrated point-of-sale (POS) tablet,” said John Beatty, co-president and head of engineering, Clover. “Our devices have heavily used touch screens that are shared between merchants and consumers, so it was important for us to incorporate the highest quality materials available. We chose Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass for Clover Mobile because of its durability and antimicrobial properties, and look forward to using it across all our products."

With more than 40,000 units of its flagship Clover Station product shipped to date, Clover is prepared to equip merchants with EMV™-enabled payment terminals as the U.S. payment card industry transitions from magnetic-stripe cards to chip cards to adhere to the Europay, Mastercard, Visa (EMV) global standard. Industry analysts estimate there are 8 million POS terminals in the U.S.

Clover Mobile is a powerful new mobile point-of-sale (POS) business solution that will bring new flexibility and versatility to the Clover family. Clover Mobile will enable more personal consumer engagement for innovative small- to mid-sized businesses by taking the functionality of the popular Clover Station off the counter and on to the floor. First Data, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, acquired Clover in 2012 to expand its small business offerings.

Corning introduced the world’s first antimicrobial cover glass in 2014 to help protect against surface contamination. It is also the world’s first antimicrobial glass registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is based on ionic silver that is embedded in the glass for antimicrobial protection that will last the lifetime of the device. It combines its built-in antimicrobial property with the renowned benefits of Corning® Gorilla® Glass technology, including durability, scratch resistance, and toughness. Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass can be installed in electronic devices such as computers, cellular phones, calculators, telephones, and other electronic display panels. Other markets include interior architectural surfaces for healthcare and hospitality industries, transportation and architectural structures such as wall panels, doors and windows, and protective panels for frequently touched surfaces. Antimicrobial protection is limited to the glass product itself, and Corning makes neither direct nor implied health claims about the product.

Source: Corning Inc./corning.com