HP Launches Point-of-Sale Systems with Optional Receipt Printers, State-of-the-Art Security

HP Inc. is launching a new all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) system for the retail industry, the HP ElitePOS, which features a modular design that HP says is different from large, boxy POS terminals commonly used in retail environments. Its design is also said to be functional, supporting applications beyond customer check-outs, including interactive signage, employee-attendance, and self-service applications, such as a customer check-in and access to additional product offerings in the “endless aisle.” For retailers who want a clean and clutter-free counter space, or who need greater versatility in the placement of their point-of-sale terminal, HP says the display can be separated from the input/output (I/O) base for maximum placement versatility.

The ElitePOS and its accessories add further customization and flexibility. Attention to detail – including an optional receipt HP or Epson printer that integrates into the column stand, and an optional magnetic stripe reader built into the display – are said to create a clean counter space for retail environments. The optional barcode scanner and optional standalone printer are said to match the elegance of the ElitePOS for a consistent design aesthetic across peripherals.

HP says the ElitePOS is built to be retail-durable, designed to pass MIL-STD tests, deter minor spills by channeling liquid out the device, and provide efficient cooling with side venting for improved reliability. Line-busting will also “be a breeze” with Microsoft Windows 10, fast DDR4 memory, and seventh-generation Intel Core processors with vPro technology.

With point-of-sale devices increasingly targeted by hackers, HP says security continues to be top of mind for the retail industry. According to Verizon, 64 percent of breaches in the retail industry that contained data loss were caused by point-of-sale intrusions. This is why HP says it’s expanding its industry-leading security solutions to the ElitePOS, with both hardware and integrated software security features, including:

  • BIOS-level device security to provide protection in the event of a malware attack with HP Sure Start Gen3, the industry’s first self-healing BIOS, and HP BIOSphere Gen3, the industry-leading firmware ecosystems.
  • User authentication technology, including an optional fingerprint reader for secure login; Credential Guard for secure user authentication and password protection, and Device Guard, which lets IT managers create rules to run only signed, trusted, and approved applications on the POS system to help protect against walk-up and low-level attacks through USB ports.
  • Physical security of the device itself with an optional bolt-to-counter configuration, VESA mounting K-Lock features and external fingerprint reader for secure login through Microsoft Windows Hello 6.

The ElitePOS is expected to be available in August 2017 directly from HP and the company’s global network of more than 250,000 partners. Retail independent software vendors (ISVs) Custom Business Soutions, GK Software, LS Retail, Manhattan Associates, Omnico Group, PCMS, Retail Pro, SilverWare POS and TCPOS also plan to support the new solution.

For more information on the HP point-of-sale system, visit HP here.

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