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The payment processing landscape has changed drastically since the turn of the century, and emerging technologies will likely continue this trend for at least the next decade. The average consumer relies on technology more than ever before. This reliance has led to a focus on convenience when it comes to payments. The most recent payment …

Saas Model

One of the more popular sessions in the VARTECH Education Series was the “Supporting a SaaS Business “ workshop featuring Hunter Allen with Cervion, and Aaron Kaplan with HPFS (Hewlett Packard Financial Services). Hunter candidly shared the benefits and hurdles he faced when converting his company from the traditional to a SaaS business model. He …

Starting this season, the National Football League plans to use MotionWorks™ created by Zebra Technologies for RFID-enabled data visualization and statistics, focused primarily on their Thursday night football games. The RFID technology will enable the NFL to capture new, unique statistics from position and location-based data. MotionWorks™ will add to the live television experience the ability to …

Nowadays, we hear that five letter word ‘Cloud’ being thrown around a whole lot. What exactly is it and what’s the hype about? For starters, we use Dropbox, Google, and Amazon every day when we shop, share files, or backup up photos.. All of these companies provide their services and applications using the cloud storage and processing power as …

RAIN RFID

RAIN is a newly formed RFID alliance under the umbrella of AIM (Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility) charged with the promotion and global standardization of the UHF GEN2 RFID specification (ISO 18000-63).  RAIN is open to any organization looking to add members. It curently consists of: Google, Intel, Impinj and Smartrac as the founding members.  …

Prehkeytec Smart Card

PrehKeyTec Is! A smart card is a plastic card containing an embedded computer chip providing tamper proof storage and transaction of data. The stored data contains either a value, information or both. This data is processed within the card’s chip and is transacted though an integrated reader/writer. Smart cards improve the convenience and security of …

People love choices.  Choices increase competition and innovation.  This is happening in POS right now as there are more viable operating system options than ever before. Much of this is driven by the increased competition in the retail and hospitality spaces.  Companies are working harder than ever to win the sale.  Customer engagement is top …

As a result of the recent Credit Card breaches announced by Target and Nieman Marcus, there appears to be strong push by the credit companies, retailers and banks to institute a counterfeit protection measure in the United where fraud seems to be rampant when compared to Europe and Asia. Most of the world has instituted …

Motorola Modular Smartphones

Choosing the options that best fit our needs. This is a trend that is spanning not just our channel, but all of technology including that which ends up in the hands of end users. Twitter and RSS readers allow us to tailor our information feed to include exactly what we want and exclude everything else. …

As education costs continue to rise, institutions are look for ways to consolidate, improve efficiencies and do more with less. Cutting costs and maximizing staff productivity are major keys to achieving this, but the quality of education and student security are primary issues to consider. A recent survey conducted by Campus Safety magazine  indicated that …