As a new, lighter point of sale (POS) approach emerges, POS solutions no longer require PCs to operate. Depending on a system’s configuration, the new POS model can leverage thin clients such as tablets, handhelds, and IP-enabled cash drawers to bring flexibility and convenience to in-store transactions.
The new model frees shopping counters, hotel check-ins, and restaurants from the restrictions of PC-centric systems, while allowing businesses to emulate the comfort and convenience of Internet shopping. Retail customers, for instance, can pay for purchases at the point of decision, rather than having to wait for a cashier.
For ISVs, the model opens significant opportunities to design affordable, flexible systems with wireless components. However, because of a multitude of variations and options, ISVs, when designing the systems, must take into consideration business requirements, connectivity options, and security concerns. An important component of any POS system is the cash drawer, and when clients opt for an IP-enabled model, they want assurances the drawer adheres to wireless security protocols and standards to prevent the exposure of private data. ISVs must be ready to address client concerns when matching their needs with the right cash drawers.
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