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All-in-One POS Solution Accepts NFC, Credit and Debit Card Payments

The system, provided by Connect&GO and Mobeewave, was used at the Quebec Sugar Shack at this week's South By Southwest festival to enable attendees to buy drinks with an NFC wristband, or with a credit or debit card—all captured via the same mobile POS device.
By Claire Swedberg

Those who don't want to keep two POS devices on hand would need to have users load money onto a wristband account, or link a credit card account to a bracelet. That isn't always convenient, the company notes, especially in cases in which some attendees may not be wearing wristbands, or prefer to pay directly from a credit card or with cash.

The Samsung Android device using Connect&GO's app and Mobeewave finance services to ensure payment card industry (PCI) security compliance can serve as the only POS device, Palermo says. What's more, he adds, the system can be up and running within minutes, using a 3G or Wi-Fi network to access the server.

"We've found a way to standardize POS that's flexible enough to be used by the events industry," Palermo says. This includes deployment at food or music festivals, or at amusement parks or stadiums.

At the SXSW party, 2,000 wristbands were distributed to conference attendees. Each bracelet's built-in NFC chip had a unique ID number that was stored in Connect&GO's cloud-based software. Upon receiving a wristband, a visitor could then use his or her phone or other device to register, entering his or her name, e-mail address and social-media account in order to link them to the wristband ID. The guest could also opt to enter payment information to be linked to the bracelet.

As visitors arrived at the party, employees used a Famoco NFC reader to scan each wristband, confirm that it was valid and allow that individual to enter. Any attendee who wanted to purchase a drink could use the wristband (provided it was linked to that person's credit-card information) or a credit or debit card to pay for the additional beverage.

Either the wristband or card could simply be held against the back of the Samsung phone. The information would then be captured via NFC or contactless chip technology and Connect&GO's app.

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