“Smart Terminal” Posts

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…

What Is an API?

What Is an API?

The adage, ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel’ is simple. If the work has already been done, don’t waste your time duplicating it. That very idea is the core reason why APIs are so successful today. Many software companies are very good at what they do, and offer APIs so other companies don’t have to replicate the same work. An API Example Put simply, an API lets you interface your software with another. Consider this example: A software company wants to display a map in its interface, but instead of creating its own mapping technology from scratch – which would…

EMV API Makes Life Easy for Developers

EMV API Makes Life Easy for Developers

Building business-to-business software and point of sale systems isn’t easy. You build, then refine, then re-build, then refine again ... and again. Finally, you have a worthy product that’s ready for use, except for one small detail: your customers are businesses and they need to accept payments. Integrating payments might sound easy at first, but there are quite a few challenges, especially for in-person payments. To understand the problem, let’s go over the basics. EMV API and PCI Compliance All credit and debit cards contain sensitive cardholder data. To maintain a secure environment Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB…

EMV Cards Processed Quickly for Karmasoft Customers

EMV Cards Processed Quickly for Karmasoft Customers

Gyms and fitness studios tend to share the same needs: checking in members, processing recurring dues, selling merchandise and scheduling employees. Finding software that can handle all these needs is a goal for any studio looking to expand and streamline its services. Enter Karmasoft, a Brooklyn-based studio management software that does all this and more. Studios and gyms that use Karmasoft can offer online booking, communicate with members through the software's built-in marketing automation tool, manage employee scheduling and take advantage of a simple point-of-sale system. When it comes to accepting credit card payments, especially EMV cards, however, things get…

EMV Middleware Slows Processing Speeds

EMV Middleware Slows Processing Speeds

If you run a business taking credit card payments, you likely have a point-of-sale (POS) system that needs to be connected to a credit card reader. There are two types of software that your business might be using. The first type is native software, which requires installation and runs on your computer. The second type is software as a service (SaaS), which is web-based, runs through a browser and communicates through the cloud. Traditionally middleware, also known as software drivers, was needed to connect your POS system to your card reader to take transactions. Middleware is an additional piece of…