Verifone and Aava said Tuesday (Sept. 1) morning that they are launching the first handheld mPOS system powered by Intel technology and geared toward enterprise users.
The companies said in a release that the system, dubbed the Verifone e355 mPOS terminal, is based on Verifone’s device and operating system-agnostic terminal, coupled with the Aava handheld tablet PC. The new Verifone/Aava offering supports operating system options that span Android, iOS and Windows, which, according to the release, allows retailers to make longer term investments in mPOS solutions with an attendant lower cost of ownership, along with connection to legacy back-end systems.
In the statement announcing the collaboration between Verifone and Aava, Dennis Mos, general manager of global solutions management for Verifone, said that “in addition to accepting EMV, NFC and all other payment methods, this solution serves as a connected network endpoint that also enables retailers to delight customers with an engaging digital commerce experience — anywhere in the store.”
In terms of security, the e355 uses Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture, which connects the device directly to the processor host, which in turn keeps cardholder data from being exposed to malware commonly deployed by cybercriminals across POS devices. In addition, the e355 also has Verifone commerce features that allow for digital advertising and coupons to be delivered to the terminal as it is being used by the consumer. The device is also PCI PTS 4.0 approved and has an optional barcode scanner.
Aava Mobile’s Inari5 tablet, powered by the Intel Atom quadcore processor, features a 4.7-inch, multimedia LCD screen and can run Microsoft Windows versions 8 and 10 or Android versions 4.4 and 5.1.
The global mPOS market is expected to quadruple within the next four years to as many as 54 million installed units. And as more retailers embrace mPOS, tablet-enabled systems are gaining steam among smaller merchants.