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Product Spotlight: Spectra T1000

Tailwind are pleased to announce that we now support the Spectra T1000 payment terminal with a bespoke PEDPack to ensure seamless and invisible mounting at the Point of Interaction.

Spectra’s new generation T1000 payment terminal has a powerful 32-bit ARM9 CPU to ensure fast and reliable payment from credit and PIN-based debit to EMV smart cards transactions. With a PCI PTS V3.X certification and international certifications including FCC/CE/CCC, PBOC & EMV Level 1 & 2, MasterCard PayPass, Visa PayWave, TQM, the terminal more than meets industry standards.

MasterCard recommend plastic stands for contactless payment terminals

MasterCard have made explicit their recommendations for contactless payment terminals in their PDF ‘MasterCard PayPass best practices for merchants’. There is a clear emphasis on physically securing the terminal at Point of Sale:

“The reader should be installed in a permanent, stable fashion to prevent it from being knocked around and damaged.”

And it’s not just the security of the Point of Sale which is affected. They also recommend plastic stands over metal stands.

Are you ready for the PCI DSS deadline?

From the 30th June 2015 it becomes mandatory to physically protect payment terminals and PIN pads at Point of Sale. Any business taking ‘card present’ payments has to comply with the PCI Data Security Standards and requirement 9.9 is now in full force.

Non-compliance opens up businesses to the risk of fines of up $200,000 in the event of a data breach, a sobering prospect for any organisation. And breaches are relatively frequent: in 2014, according to Verizon there were a total of 79,720 security incidents across 61 countries with 2,122 confirmed data losses. The major card brands have systems in place to report suspected data security breaches, they deploy PCI Forensic Officers (PFOs) and impose fines.

Product Spotlight: Verifone MX 915/925

Tailwind are pleased to announce that we now support the Verifone MX 915/925 payment terminal with a bespoke PEDPack now available to support both products.

The MX series is designed to give a rich multimedia experience to the customer with high speed processing and generous memory. NFC enabled for contactless payment, the devices also fully support EMV approved Chip and PIN payments. The MX 915 and MX 925 both deliver full colour and motion video for enhanced customer interaction and provide a platform for value added services like loyalty schemes, issuing gift cards and top-up services.

Pay everywhere: mPOS goes mainstream

Mobile point of sale is on the rise and some significant advances in the last 12 months mean we’re getting closer to smartphones, tablets and dedicated wireless devices becoming as mainstream as cash registers and traditional point of sale terminals. However, mPOS has the advantage of not being tied to a specific location in the retail environment, in fact mPOS works anywhere, in principle.

mPOS has risen in value over the last few years. The swipe of a card has been more important than the ring of a cash register for a while but 2014 was the first year when the touch of a phone became something worth mentioning.

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