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Jonathan Potts
Wendy Jenkins

For immediate release:
March 26, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Students Can Even Use Computers To Do Their Laundry

PITTSBURGH—What college student hasn't endured the frustration of lugging a load of dirty clothes to the laundry room, only to find all the machines are taken? The scrounging for quarters, the fruitless trips every 10 minutes to see if their clothes are done? At Carnegie Mellon University, it's all about to become a thing of the past.

Now through May 15, Carnegie Mellon is piloting eSuds™, a Web-based laundry system, in three residence halls, and if all goes well, the system will be installed campus-wide come August, just in time for the 2004-05 school year. eSuds, which was developed by USA Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: USTT), allows students to use the Internet to check whether any machines in a specific laundry room are available and how much time is remaining on each machine's load. Students can sign up for an email notification that tells them when their laundry is finished. And no more quarters—students will be able to activate the machines with a simple swipe of their student IDs.

"The whole idea is to create convenience for our students," said Tim Michael, director of housing services for Carnegie Mellon.

The system is part of an overhaul of campus laundry services that began last year when the university hired Caldwell & Gregory Inc. to be its laundry operator. As part of its contract, Caldwell & Gregory agreed to install a Web-based laundry system, and partnered with USA Technologies to bring eSuds to campus.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Carnegie Mellon," said Erika Bender, vice president and channel manager for USA technologies. "Carnegie Mellon and Caldwell Gregory recognize and appreciate the convenience eSuds brings to the students' everyday lives."

As part of the laundry overhaul, all campus laundry rooms have new energy-efficient washers and dryers. Each washer uses 17 gallons less water per cycle than the university's previous machines, for a savings of about 1.5 million gallons of water each year. A modest increase in room rates for students this fall will give them free, unlimited laundry. During the pilot, about 700 students will be able to use eSuds, which is being tested in laundry rooms in Resnik, West Wing and parts of Morewood Gardens residences.

"The system's great—very convenient, time-efficient, and easy to use. The best thing? No more hassle with getting quarters," said Stephanie Lo, a sophomore who was the first student to use eSuds.

Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions to solve real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 110-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities because of conservatory-like programs in its College of Fine Arts. For more information, visit

USA Technologies is a leader in the networking of distributed assets, wireless non-cash and m-commerce transactions, associated financial/network services and interactive media technology and energy management. USA Technologies provides networked credit card and other non-cash/mobile commerce systems in the vending, commercial laundry, hospitality and digital imaging industries. USA Technologies is an IBM Business Partner and an inaugural member of the Sprint Enabling Application Service Provider Program for e-commerce. The Company has marketing agreements with the Sprint, Motient, MEI and the ZiLOG Corporation. Information is available online at


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