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Revel Systems Becomes First iPad Point of Sale System to Release "EMV" Processing in the U.S. with Future Launches Planned in Multiple Countries
Designed to Boost Security and Global Interoperability, Revel System's EMV Rollout Kicks Off in USA and Australia; UK, EU, Japan Next in Line
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 14, 2013 03:01 AM
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NRF Annual Convention & EXPO -- Revel Systems (www.revelsystems.com), the leader in iPad point-of-sale solutions, today announced it has become the first iPad point-of-sale (POS) system to provide EMV compatibility (device that allows the new standard of Chip and pin to allow processing on a Point of Sale system) in the United States in anticipation of upcoming deadlines for EMV certification and PCI compliance that could potentially cost business owners thousands of dollars in fees and fines. With credit card fraud on the rise and standards set to change over the next few years, Revel Systems is leading the movement aimed at boosting security and global interoperability with integrated circuit (IC) cards and increasing the flexibility and customization that Revel's customers have come to expect for its retail, restaurant and grocery store iPad POS systems.
"The industry at large is faced with a major need to reduce credit card fraud and increase security. Revel Systems is the first to anticipate impending changes for industry standards for point-of-sale," said Revel's co-founder and CTO Chris Ciabarra. "Integrating directly with EMV readers is the logical next step for us to provide the most innovative technology solutions to our customers and also give them the surest and most secure means to reach EMV certification by the 2016 deadline. To kick things off, we're successfully up and running in the U.S. and Australia—a first for a tablet POS system."
While EMV has been a global standard for reading and using IC cards – also known as "chip and PIN" cards – with POS systems and ATMs in much of the world for some time now, it is new to the U.S. markets. This announcement by Revel Systems for direct POS integration with EMV-enabled products in the United States as well as Australia is a move that marks the initial steps of a plan to eventually integrate with all major EMV providers. Specifically, the company's integration into payment solutions includes providers Ingenico Group and Australia-based Quest Payment Systems, with VeriFone Systems, the Genius platform and Tyro Payments to follow soon. The company also plans EMV integration in the UK, the EU and Japan.
What Business Owners Should Know About EMV:
Until now, Revel Systems—like other tablet POS providers—required external hardware for EMV reading, which was slower and did not integrate directly into the POS. Now, however, Revel iPad POS system will speak directly with EMV devices, with reporting and tracking functions built directly into the Revel backend management console. "Direct integration can save over 5 seconds per transaction, which can equate to huge time and money savings for high-volume clients," Ciabarra added.
Important Deadlines to Remember:
These new standards mandate that for as little as a few hundred dollars, merchants can invest in EMV-enabled systems that would completely remove the need for PCI compliance in businesses. Visa similarly announced that merchants processing 95 percent of transactions through chip and PIN readers by 2015 would no longer need to maintain PCI compliance. PCI compliance, the current credit card security standard for U.S. businesses, costs thousands of dollars a year, with very hefty fines on non-compliant merchants.
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