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POS 101: Proprietary Hardware VS Open Source Hardware

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Elizabeth Cranston

Elizabeth Cranston

Writer and Reviewer of Point of Sale Software at Merchant Maverick
Elizabeth Cranston is a writer and native Oregonian who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys researching and getting to the bottom of questions relating to the Point of Sale industry.When not writing about and researching Point of Sale software, she can usually be found overindulging in Dutch Bro's coffee, making others laugh, or listening to music.
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    Jay Wohlken

    Thanks, Elizabeth. Very informative. When building your own hardware that can take payment, many integrators are relying on components they buy off-the-shelf from suppliers. We want to integrate an EMV credit card smart card reader to a POS tablet. However, we are getting conflicting information on whether the tablet’s “software-only” on-screen keyboard is sufficient for entering the PIN or a physical keypad needs to be integrated into the device. Do you know? (Tom DeSimone also touched on this topic in a February post about EMV chips, but I didn’t see a definitive answer in the comments and replies).

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