Panasonic launches new range of POS systems
05-03-2015 00:00:00
Panasonic launches new range of POS systems
Panasonic, one of the world’s largest electronic product manufacturers, unveiled its new range of POS systems, peripherals and retail Toughpad tablets designed to address specific challenges of retailers at the recently held retail technology trade fair ‘EUROCIS 2015’ in Germany.

With buyers rapidly changing their preferences to adopt multiple shopping channels, including brick-and-mortar stores, the web, mobiles and other media means, a new technology is essential to deal with what we call ‘Omni-Channel Retail era,’ Panasonic said in a statement.

Panasonic unveiled a new set of POS system, peripherals and a specialist retail Windows tablet with integrated payment options, designed to address the challenges of today’s retailers, supermarkets, fast food restaurants and hospitality sector.

“We have created the ultimate mobile devices for today’s rapidly changing retail industry,” commented Francesc Castro, European Manager Retail at Panasonic, adding, “With the intuitive and engaging visual capabilities, easy integration into existing POS and back-end systems and secure integrated payment capabilities, the Panasonic Retail Solutions are designed to help retail staff take customers through the entire buying process in an easy and efficient process, whatever their preferred buying channel.”

Countertop POS Cradle for 10-inch Toughpad

Panasonic has showcased its newly launched specialist retail Countertop POS cradle for its larger 10 inch screen Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet. The cradle, which can be colour having logo customised for retailers, enables the fully rugged tablet to be directly integrated with retailers’ existing POS system.

The cradle is equipped with all the features required for effective integration of the mobile device, including two powered USB and Serial ports for connection to POS systems and peripherals such as cash/coin dispensers and receipt printers. The cradle also has a LAN, VGA and HDMI connection plus 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports and a security lock feature.

The larger Toughpad FZ-G1 fully rugged tablet is ideal for retail environments where a larger viewing screen is more important, such as sales situations involving the presentation of visuals and information on screen or in tough retail environments such as warehousing or logistics, where the rugged capabilities come into their own.

Powerful enterprise modular POS system

Panasonic also introduced its high-end and more powerful JS-970 Core i5 model POS workstation. This latest enterprise–grade fixed POS system is advancement to the JS-970 All-In-One launched in November 2014. It comes with a more powerful Intel Core i5-4590T vPro Processor (6 MB cache, 2.0 GHz up to 3.0 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology).

Compatible with a variety of Windows operating systems and with existing Panasonic POS device cabling and peripherals, such as coin dispensers and cash drawers, it features an all-in-one flexible, modular design ideal for the retail, quick service restaurant (QSR) and hospitality industries.

The Panasonic JS-970 range comes with a 15-inch, XGA (1024x768) display for clear viewing and a resistive touchscreen capability. A 17 inch SXGA resistive touchscreen and a 15 inch capacitive touchscreen are also available as special project options. Screens can be tilted and second screens added. It also includes a range of powered and regular COM and USB interfaces as standard to ensure retailers have the choice to connect to all the peripherals they need.

Other additional options include a magnetic stripe reader (ISO track 1, 2, 3), secure magnetic stripe reader (T-DES and AES encryption), optical scan fingerprint reader and secure magnetic stripe & fingerprint combination. In addition, I-button and Dallas Key options are available for server login and identification and an optional shutdown battery is available to allow the system to close down safely and securely during a prolonged power interruption.

All-in-one mobile Windows POS tablet

Panasonic’s first all-in-one, mobile Windows 8.1 based POS tablet with integrated payment technology is designed to meet the needs of retailers and their customers with just one device. The Toughpad FZ-R1, which was showcased in EUROCIS 2015, is a 7-inch tablet with inbuilt EMV card reader and pin pad to handle chip and pin, magnetic stripe reader and NFC technology for touch and go payments.

The Toughpad FZ-R1 comes with integrated bar code reader, for stock inventory and logistics purposes, or a camera for capturing images in real time or for use in retail augmented technology in the sales process.

Built specifically for the retail sector, the device has a daylight-readable touchscreen and can be operated with the stylus, by finger or by gloved operators, ideal for those in the catering or retail logistics environments.

With 3G and 4G communications capabilities, the Toughpad FZ-R1 can meet the needs of retail customers in any location and the device can be docked into its own cradle which enables it to integrate directly into the retailers POS system.

-K Ramanathan

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