BuntSoft | Panasonic SMP

Dead Again? Panasonic sunsets the SMP software for the second time

by Don Bunt 30. March 2017 12:36

After spending several years and lots of money bringing the System Manager Pro software back to life, Panasonic has decided to kill it again. I want to start with a little background...

System Manager Pro was first released for the QSR market in 2004 and was discontinued for the first time in 2009.

In 2014, Panasonic hired Bunt Software several years ago to bring SMP back to life and to create SMP 4.0 and OWS 6.0. The software was released in 2016.

Here is a list of the features that we added during the creation of SMP 4.0: 

● Added support Windows 7/8/10, both 32 and 64 bit

● Added support for SQL Server Express 2014 

● Added support for OWS 6.0

● Removed vulnerable credit card services and replaced it with SMPLink™ 

● Fixed numerous bugs

Here is a list of the features that we added during the creation of OWS 6.0:

● Added support Windows 7/8/10, both 32 and 64 bit

● Added support for POS Ready 2009, Windows Embedded 7/8

● Added Freedom Pay EMV interface

● Added ability to run off the shelf OPOS drivers

● Added support for several Panasonic tablets including the FZ-R1

● Fixed numerous bugs

When the SMP business didn't pick back up as expected, last year Panasonic went off and bought a Canadian pos software company called Quickservice Technologies along with their iQtouch software. The software is installed in thousands of sites in Canada. I wish Panasonic luck in bringing the software to market in the US.

Now, for all of the SMPLink™ sites that were looking forward to upgrading to SMP 4.0 in order to gain EMV support; you are now out of luck. 

We hope that we can offer some comfort in knowing that Bunt Software will continue to support SMP and SMPLink™, just as we have for the past 8 years.

SMPLink™ has been installed in 910 sites and has processed over 200 million transactions since 2010.

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

SMPLink™ v3.0 drops support for SSL v3

by Don Bunt 11. January 2017 16:55

When SMPLink™ was first created in 2010, the PCI Council recommended using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) V3 for communications across the internet. In recent years, several vulnerabilities have been found, including the POODLE vulnerability. These vulnerabilities can allow hackers access to credit card track data. SSL V3 is no longer PCI compliant.

In the meantime, a new and more secure mechanism was born, Transport Layer Security (TLS). The communication layer in SMPLink™ V3.0 has been rewritten to use exclusively TLS v1.2; the most secure transport layer available. SMPLink™ v3.0 is PA-DSS v3.1 compliant.

Merchants using older versions SMPLink™ need to move to SMPLink™ version 3.0 as soon as possible to avoid being the target of hacking. Contact your dealer to upgrade today. 

With the help of Bunt Software, Panasonic has released System Manager Pro version 4.0 powered by SMPLink™ v3.0. SMPLink™ is installed with every copy and SMP version 4.0 supports Windows 7, 8 and 10.

SMPLink™ has had over 910 sites installed and has processed over 200 million transactions since 2010.

SMPLink™ is the BEST credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

SMPLink™ is safe from the Heartbleed bug

by Don Bunt 14. April 2014 19:40

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. For more information about the Heartbleed Bug, see the Heartbleed website.

SMPLink™ does NOT use OpenSSL or any derivative of it. It is therefore NOT subject to the Heartbleed vulnerability.

On a similarly important note:

SMPLink™ users should no longer be using Windows XP because Microsoft support has run out and your system is vulnerable.

There is no need to worry about changing pos systems because both SMP and SMPLink™ run on Windows 7 (32-bit).

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.

SMPLink™ has protected over 850 sites and has processed almost 90 Million PCI compliant credit transactions.

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

SMPLink™ v2 is no longer PCI compliant, Version 3 is now available!

Due to vulnerabilities found in SSL v3, including the POODLE vulnerability. Merchants using SMPLink™ v2 and below need to move to SMPLink™ v3 as soon as possible to avoid being the target of hacking.

Contact your dealer to upgrade today. 

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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.

 

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