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SMPLink™, SMP and Microsoft® Windows 7

by Don Bunt 5. March 2012 06:56

Bunt Software is proud to announce that SMPLink™ will support the Windows 7 operating system.

We had spent a couple of weeks in 2010 trying to get the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) software working on Windows 7. We tried lots of combinations including Windows XP compatibility mode which should run the application in a virtual machine. Nothing worked.

Knowing that Windows XP has a stated end of life and hearing that SMP was running in a few sites, we decided to give it another try. The key to making this work is to run the 32-bit version of Windows 7 called x86. We had no idea how different the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 were in the area of compatibility.

We have tested SMP and found that everything works including web services (using IIS7) and the SDK. We have also tested SMPLink™ and found the same. We are currently working on scripts to allow the software to be run in limited user mode.

SMPLink™ will be supported on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate (x86 versions only). Since no changes were made to SMPLink™ to support this change, this configuration will be fully PCI compliant.

Look here soon for an announcement where we will announce the release of this configuration.

As of March, 2012, SMPLink™ is supported on Windows 7 (x86 only).

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.

SMPLink™ has processed over 20 million transactions to date and has nearly 500 sites installed.

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

Why do we love Panasonic SMP?

by Don Bunt 8. February 2012 07:22

We spend a lot of time pointing out that the Panasonic System Manager Pro software is not PCI compliant. Many might think that we don’t like the software. Actually, along with thousands of restaurant owners, we love the software.

 

  • SMP has all of the features necessary to run a quick service restaurant.
  • SMP supports the latest touch screen workstations.
  • The Panasonic KVS still has features than all of the other systems don’t have.
  • SMP had the best pricing of any mid-tier point of sale software.

We love the software so much that we have made repeated attempts to purchase or license the source code for SMP from Panasonic. So far, we have been turned down each time.

Bunt Software has made a business out of creating add-ons for and supporting the SMP software. This is not because we are trying to take business away from anyone, but because customers are demanding it from us.

Panasonic likes to call itself a systems business and yet only supplies hardware in the hospitality area. At one time, the combination of hardware and software was a powerful mover for Panasonic.

What do the thousands of restaurant owners want from Panasonic?

Bring back the System Manager Pro software or license the software to someone who can keep it alive.

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.

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

Is System Manager Pro PCI compliant? No.

by Don Bunt 3. February 2012 14:46

 We recently spoke with a dealer about a restaurant owner who believes that his Panasonic System Manager Pro system is PCI compliant because he uses security products by Vendor Safe Technologies.

 Vendor Safe offers network security products including an insurance product called $100k TrustVault™. On their web site, we found a whitepaper entitled “Approved Software Does Not Equate to PCI Compliance”. It tries to stress the point that PCI compliant software ALONE does not make the merchant compliant; but it goes too far. It leads merchants into a false sense of security; thinking that they are so secure that they can safely run non-compliant or vulnerable payment applications. A quick phone call will tell you that the $100k TrustVault™policy will only pay out if you are using a validated payment application.

Is Panasonic System Manager Pro a PA-DSS validated payment application? No

Search on the PCI council website for yourself. Next search for “Bunt Software” or “SMPLink”.

SMPLink™ was PA-DSS validated by Halock Security Labs.

According to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute called "Aftermath of a Data Breach Study", 60 percent of the organizations had not encrypted the data that was breached. SMPLink™ goes one step further, by not storing credit card data on the back office computer at all.

SMPLink™ is 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 has over 500 SMPLink™ sites installed with another 75 in the process of being installed. SMPLink™ processes 50,000 credit transactions per day and has processed over 18 million credit transactions to date.

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

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