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Infinite Peripheral’s New Linea Pro 6 for the iPhone 6

Posted March 3, 2017

Leading enterprise mobility device provider Infinite Peripherals recently launched the Linea Pro 6, the first enterprise mobility device that is compatible with the recently released Apple iPhone 6. Given its extensive experience and deep relationships with Apple, IPC was the first company to mobilize iOS for enterprise, and keeps pace with the technology leader’s rapid development cycle. IPC currently has more than 400,000 iOS mobile devices deployed and products in 30 percent of the top 20 U.S. retailers.

“We are thrilled to lead the market with the most cutting-edge technology for the iPhone 6, which gives enterprises across industries a valuable option to improve performance and customer service with inventory management, e-commerce integration, line-busting, price changes, loyalty programs, CRM and more,” said IPC President Andrew Graham. “Our goal is to continue to expedite delivery of multiple devices that enable our customers to optimize efficiencies, streamline operations and boost sales.”

Linea Pro 6
The Linea Pro 6 adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to the iPhone 6, and the handheld system is ideal for accelerating customer checkout from anywhere in a store, thereby improving conversion rates and opening up floor space for merchandise in areas that previously housed traditional cash wrap stations.

Soon, the Linea Pro 6 will be available with options for RFID, NFC and Bluetooth. Bluetooth will allow connectivity to IPC’s portable receipt printers, such as the DPP-250, DPP-350 and DPP-450 mobile printers, for 2, 3 and 4-inch receipts, respectively.

For added convenience, IPC offers several accessories for the Linea Pro 6, including protective cases, holsters and stands that can be customized with company colors and logos.

Along with mPOS, the Linea Pro 6 can be used for inventory management, asset tracking, ID verification, lead tracking, inspection/work flow, dispatch, time/labor and lab and healthcare. IPC provides software development resources and tools so customers can program scanner and reader functions into their own application.


Tackling Next-Gen Point of Sale Payment

Posted June 19, 2015

What’s top of mind for most retailers? A POS system that can enable the organization to accept new mobile payment options, and that will take the EMV migration in stride. In fact, both retailers and suppliers agree that the ability to accept mobile wallet has had a significant impact on POS software purchasing decisions, as has EMV-readiness and overall payment security with the October 2015 deadline quickly approaching.

Frankly, the October 1 deadline for compliance with the EMV mandate is on every retail IT professional’s radar for 2015. The fast-approaching liability shift will place the responsibility for fraud conducted in-store squarely on the shoulders of those retailers that are not compliant by the Q4 deadline. In addition to smart card compliance, savvy retail execs are earmarking pricing intelligence, mobile, and other next-gen innovations to the top of their to-do lists. With the state of POS evolving on a constant basis, every retailer — even the most forward thinking and technological savvy — can benefit from exploring and putting a plan in place to tackle payments in 2015.

With data breaches on the rise, security is top of mind for retailers. What steps do you recommend retailers take to better secure the POS?

Many steps – from simple to more involved. First, invest in POS that’s adaptable and ready to accept future upgrades, like the acceptance of a variety of EMV devices. In terms of compatibility, does the system have enough ports to plug in third party peripherals? And, do those peripherals have the ability to address security concerns? Can you upgrade to an encryption-capable MSR? Does that MSR include a biometrics reader, to ensure user security? Does the terminal feature powered USB ports to plug in a variety of security-related devices? It all starts with a POS device that can embrace new add-ons (built-in or third party), as well as a software partner taking measures to ensure data is secured on the software side. Security is not simply the hardware, payment processor, or software provider’s responsibility. A retailer should work with all of its partners to ensure that they’re providing an environment as safe and secure as possible to transact business.

Apple Pay has officially been released and retailers have been quick to sign up. How will this and other NFC technologies impact the future of POS?

POS, in various forms, continues to be the backbone of the transaction. An operation may have traditional POS terminals, peripherals, tablets, digital displays, and customer-accessible kiosks — all part of the POS ecosystem. Apple Pay becomes another part of that ecosystem. POS systems need to be designed to anticipate new technologies. It’s a natural evolution, on-going since the days of simple cash registers, evolving to ECRs, to PCbased POS systems, now with continued evolution and a focus on the payment function of POS. The transaction doesn’t go away.

For retailers about to embark on a new POS hardware deployment, what advice would you provide?

Be open-minded. Consider an investment strategy that addresses both current and future requirements along with emerging technologies. Don’t focus strictly on price without giving thought to total cost of ownership. Think about how emerging technologies can be embraced to protect your POS investment for the future. Don’t forget the environment in which these technologies will be implemented and invest in a system that can endure to deliver maximum uptime. Select products with demonstrated reliability track records and vendor partners who offer comprehensive care programs. Regardless of new technology trends, reliability never falls out of importance or fashion.

According to the most recent RIS News Store System Study, retailers are making plans to invest in POS hardware at an increased rate. What features should they be looking at to stay ahead of the curve?

POS must be as adaptable as the businesses who are investing in POS. Newer POS technologies include EMV, near field communications, chip-and-pin, payment methods and card formats from other countries that may migrate to our market. POS must be adaptable to these changes. We can delay investment in POS waiting for the market to settle on certain POS features, or we can grow and evolve with POS as needs change. The evolution of POS is not stagnant — with new security and digital signage features, as well as enhanced customer experience, we’ll see growth and implementation throughout the market and industry.




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