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Why use SMPLink instead of standalone credit card terminals?

by Don Bunt 10. May 2013 07:32

Quick service restaurant operators who use the System Manager Pro point of sale system have a choice between using integrated credit processing and standalone terminals. Integrated credit allows the credit card to be swiped directly on the pos workstation. Using SMPLink™ is the only PCI compliant way to process integrated credit transactions on an SMP system.

Standalone credit card terminals

Using standalone credit card terminals seems like the simple way to process credit transactions, however, they have serious disadvantages.

Reentry errors

The sale gets entered on the pos workstation, and then the total of the sale gets reentered on the standalone terminal. The reentry of data is prone to having errors.

Multiple receipts

The sale will have two receipts, one from the pos system and another from the credit terminal.

Slow speed of service

The reentry of totals into the standalone terminal adds 20 seconds or more to each transaction causing poor speed of service.

Fraud potential

Because the terminal requires no sale on the pos system, anyone can enter a fraudulent credit transaction at any time.

Unprofessional appearance

Lastly, the terminal takes space on your front counter and it looks unprofessional.

 

Integrated Credit with SMPLink

Integrated credit using SMPLink has many advantages over standalone units.

Single entry of data

The transaction is entered and card swiped directly on the pos workstation.

Fast speed of service

Most transactions are authorized in under a second.

Internet plus dial backup

Transactions are authorized thru the internet. If your internet goes down, SMPLink will revert to dialup.

Only one receipt

Transaction details as well as credit payment information all go on one receipt.

PCI compliant

With SMPLink and Transaction Vault, sensitive card information is never stored.

Easy reconciliation

Credit reports and balancing information is stored on the pos system.

Low cost to implement

In most cases, with multiple pos workstations in the restaurant, SMPLink is cheaper to implement than standalone terminals.

It works!

SMPLink™ has over 800 sites installed and has processed over 58 million transactions.

Find SMPLink™ on the PCI Council List of Validated Payment Applications: search for Application="SMPLink" or Company="Bunt Software".

SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.
 

10 Million Vulnerable Credit Cards

by Don Bunt 18. March 2013 08:44

That is the number of cards that will pass thru the known vulnerable System Manager Pro software this year. There are still over 200 sites running SMP today without having SMPLink™ installed.

After SMP was deemed by Visa as vulnerable fifteen months ago, VisaNet processors were supposed to decertify the software. Who knows what that means?

What the processors have done is to institute “PCI Non-Compliance fees.” These fees of $10 to $30 per month are significantly cheaper for the merchant to pay than the cost of installing PCI compliant software and processes. Apparently, Visa will do nothing until a breach occurs, then a large fine will be imposed on the merchant.

Should the processors be allowed to overlook the usage of known vulnerable payment applications? We say NO!

Either kick these sites off your network or increase the fees to unbearable amounts.

Consumers may think twice before using their credit card in a quick service restaurant this year.

 

These sites can get PCI compliant now by installing SMPLink™.

SMPLink™ has nearly 750 sites installed and processes 2.75 Million PCI compliant credit transactions per month. SMPLink™ has also processed over one half million gift card transactions.
 
Find SMPLink™ on the PCI Council List of Validated Payment Applications: search for Application="SMPLink" or Company="Bunt Software".
 
SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

SMPLink™ processes its 50 millionth PCI compliant transaction

by Don Bunt 20. February 2013 05:45

On Monday, SMPLink™ processed its 50 millionth PCI compliant transaction. SMPLink™ is PCI-compliant credit card interface software developed specifically for Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) users that integrates seamlessly with Merchant Link's TransactionVault® - a system that stores sensitive cardholder data in a secure vault - not on your back office computer. SMPLink™ from Bunt Software has been validated under the PCI PA-DSS v1.2 rules.

The Panasonic System Manager Pro point of sale software was sold into over 2500 restaurants, representing almost every Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) brand. Unfortunately, the SMP software is vulnerable and not PCI compliant. The SMP software had interfaces to both Merchant Link's SiteNet and Southern DataComm's Protobase. Southern DataComm is now called Elavon.

Visa added SMP to the list of vulnerable payment applications in January, 2012. Based on a Visa compliance mandate effective 10/1/09, the SMP software must be decertified by VisaNet processors and agents within 12 months. That time has come and gone. In order to protect the consumers credit cards, the processors are enforcing the Visa guidelines.

Get PCI compliant now by installing SMPLink™.

SMPLink™ has nearly 750 sites installed and processes 2.75 Million PCI compliant credit transactions per month. SMPLink™ has also processed over one half million gift card transactions.

Find SMPLink™ on the PCI Council List of Validated Payment Applications: search for Application="SMPLink" or Company="Bunt Software".
 
SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

Merchant Link TLS Shutdown

Because of PCI compliance, Merchant Link is shutting down support for SSL v3 and Early TLS versions after Juun 30, 2018. After this date, SMPLink versions 1 & 2 will cease to communicate. You will not be able to process credit cards. Upgrade to SMPLink version 3 today!

Time until Shutdown:

 

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About Bunt Software

Bunt Software is the maker of SMPLink™, a PA-DSS validated credit card interface software developed specifically for Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) users that integrates seamlessly with Merchant Link's TransactionVault® - a system that stores sensitive cardholder data in a secure vault - not on your back office computer.

 

Bunt Software develops innovative software solutions on a project or time & material basis. Our turnkey software development services include Commercial Product Development, as well as Software Architecture, Design and Development.

 

Our experience and expertise spans a wide array of industries/markets, including:

 

·     Retail

·     Financial

·     Manufacturing

·     Telecommunications

·     Security 

 

 

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