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Bunt Software to add Skype™ calling capability to Panasonic Attune® Drive-Thru Communications System

by Don Bunt 15. July 2013 14:33

In cooperation with Panasonic, Bunt Software is pleased to announce the development of AttuneIn. AttuneIn is a pc-based software that provides free internet-based calling into and out of the Attune system.

AttuneIn supports telephone mode where calls can be placed to the manager headset. Telephone mode duplicates the functionality of the Panasonic Telephone Interface box with a pc-based free calling solution. It also supports broadcast mode where calls can be placed to the manager headset, all headsets, outside speaker or the aux speaker. AttuneIn can also place outbound Skype calls initiated from a headset.

Using a secondary sound card and simple wiring, AttuneIn runs on existing back office computers over existing internet connections.

The AttuneIn solution can be used for corporate offices to call into their sites or to host support calls to dealers and vendors without using traditional telephones. It will also be popular in hospital settings where calls between operating rooms and pharmacies are necessary.

AttuneIn supports the current generation of Attune systems as well as future Panasonic Drive-Thru Communications Systems.

AttuneIn will be available for sale in the next thirty to sixty days through the Bunt Software dealer networks.

About Bunt Software

Founded in 1997, Bunt Software is a software company specializing in commercial software development. Bunt Software has decades of experience in development of point of sale software. Software Architect, Don Bunt, has been working with Panasonic Retail Information Systems for decades. 

Further information about Bunt Software is available at www.BuntSoft.com.

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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.

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·     Financial

·     Manufacturing

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