“EMV” Posts

7 Traits to Look for in a Smart Terminal

7 Traits to Look for in a Smart Terminal

In the wake of the liability shift, Smart Terminals have flooded the U.S. market. With the major selling point being EMV acceptance, many providers benefit as businesses continue to upgrade their equipment. However, a truly “smart” terminal goes above and beyond just accepting EMV. Here are seven attributes that make a Smart Terminal, well, smart. Recognition A Smart Terminal should not only accept EMV but should also recognize when a chip card is swiped. The smartest terminals have the ability to read all the magstripe data, which indicate whether the card supports EMV. The terminal will then reject the…

Why EMV Fallback Is a Risk for Your Business

Why EMV Fallback Is a Risk for Your Business

Let’s paint two seemingly harmless scenarios for you. A customer comes into your business and attempts to pay for a purchase with an EMV chip card. The transaction fails despite your terminal being EMV certified, so you decide to proceed by allowing the customer to swipe his chip card. The transaction can’t be processed properly because your EMV terminal isn’t certified to process EMV transactions or doesn’t have an EMV slot. You work around this by asking the customer to swipe the chip card instead. Great, you got paid! However, both of these examples illustrate an…

5 Essential Features of a Payment API

5 Essential Features of a Payment API

If you’re an independent software vendor (ISV) who is evaluating payment APIs, you have much to consider. There might be a number of Payment Gateways seeking integration with your software; or maybe you want to offer your customers several partners to choose from, but you don’t know where to start. It’s important to integrate with the right payment provider because integrations take time to build. You don’t want to invest months of development work into a provider that will harm your customers with unethical billing practices, poor service or outdated technology. A bad experience for your…

5 Reasons Why You Need a Customer-Facing Terminal

5 Reasons Why You Need a Customer-Facing Terminal

If you’re shopping for a new credit card terminal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your options. Make the wrong choice and you could be in the same position in a year’s time. Changes in payment technology and consumer trends are unpredictable, but some credit card terminals are better suited for the future than others. Without over-complicating the matter with makes and models, we’ll focus simply on the credit card terminal's physical orientation. There are five compelling reasons why you should opt for a customer-facing terminal over a traditional cashier-facing one. The Imminent Rise of Chip…

5 Benefits of Our Semi-Integrated Terminal

5 Benefits of Our Semi-Integrated Terminal

Software developers have many options when choosing a terminal to enable payments in their applications; however, one type of terminal benefits software developers the most: a semi-integrated terminal. Choosing the right technology will substantially reduce development time and complexity. Here are the top five benefits of our cloud-based terminal. Semi-Integrated Reduces PCI Scope Terminals that are not semi-integrated require software developers to directly interact with credit card data. Any organization that transmits or stores credit card information is subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This means costly annual audits to ensure the proper handling and…