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Lead Story

Home sweet business


Industry Update

New Arkansas law caps early termination fees

Market in acquiring state of mind

2007 calendar of events


Chuck Saden

Surcharge-free ATMs abuzz

Tracy Kitten


Debunking wireless myths

Bulent Ozayaz

No more margin compression blues

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services

Recession may roil acquiring risk

Marc Abbey and Ray Carter
First Annapolis Consulting


Street SmartsSM:
Good lead hunting

Dee Karawadra
Impact PaySystem

Who's messing with our meds?

Steve Schwimmer
Renaissance Merchant Services

Technology: The ideal employee

Marcelo Paladini
Cynergy Data

Vertical marketing verve

J. David Siembieda
CrossCheck Inc.

Keep the FTC off your back

David H. Press
Integrity Bankcard Consultants Inc.

Company Profile

Positive Feedback Software LLC

New Products

Look to the light: Retail POS system can replace ECR

Vivonet Inc.
Halo Retail POS

Cash, credit or cell phone?



Cool your jets, mighty MLSs



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

June 07, 2007  •  Issue 07:06:01

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New Products

Look to the light: Retail POS system can replace ECR

Product: Vivonet Inc.

Some people prefer to use mail services such as Comcast, Yahoo! or Hotmail because their data is stored on the provider's server. Users don't have to worry about transferring files to different computers while traveling, or even backing up data.

If a laptop is stolen, or a desktop experiences a power surge, the data is safe because it is stored off-site. Vivonet Inc. recently introduced a product that brings similar peace of mind to retail merchants: Halo Retail POS.

Halo is a Web-based all-in-one cashiering and payment processing solution designed to replace the electronic cash register (ECR) that many small and medium-sized merchants use.

Halo includes a touch-screen terminal connected to the Internet. The system tracks details of every transaction (cash, credit and debit) and sends that information via the Internet to a secure data center off-site.

Real-time department, category and product sales performance data are accessible by store owners and managers from a Web browser anywhere, anytime. Even when the Internet connection goes down, the Halo offline manager keeps store operations running.

And since the data is housed off-site on the Halo secure server, merchants don't have to worry about losing information in a hard drive crash, theft or natural disaster, such as fire or flood.

Halo relieves some other burdens as well. With an ECR, merchants must back up data and update systems with new versions. With Halo, upgrades are free and take place during the night.

Since Halo is used for credit card and PIN-based debit card transactions, it eliminates the need for stand-alone terminals and the double entry and end-of-day reconciliations they can require.

Halo also integrates multiple locations and enables merchants to compare them in real-time and change items and prices instantly.

Additionally, Halo is secure. It reportedly is compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard and has achieved the Visa Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) certification for level 1 service providers.

Halo Retail POS will be available to retailers this summer. The product will be sold through ISOs and merchant level salespeople.

Vivonet Inc.

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