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Mobile Device Management for mPOS devices

  • March 23, 2018

The point-of-sale (POS) is no longer just an immovable station for in-store transactions rather it’s evolved into a cloud-connected business management system. Juniper Research states that mobile point-of-sale – mPOS devices will handle over 20% of all retail transaction value around the world by 2021, and at least a third of all mPOS devices will be a tablet or smartphone-based within the next couple of years resulting in at least $2.3 trillion in mPOS revenue.

Mobile technology has helped the beginning and growth of mPOS device systems. With mPOS, with Internet connectivity, businesses can accept and process card payments. Not only businesses enjoy the increased speed with which the payments are processed, but small shops that relied exclusively on cash transactions have the option to inexpensively accept credit card payments. As a result, businesses have replaced traditional payment setups with mobile-device-powered payment systems.

mPOS in a Retail Store

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Why mPOS MDM?

When any retail store starts using mPOS devices, they equip their staff to deliver a more personal style of customer service. From anywhere in the store, an employee can answer questions related to any product, check inventory, order stock, place an item order through. They could also take payment and send an online receipt straight to the customer’s email and even SMS. If your business is thinking of doing the same, In, that case, an effective Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy is a very important requirement.

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Scalefusion – Mobile Device Management enables the enterprise to deploy and securely manage their mPOS devices remotely from a central web console.

Additionally, as the mPOS space continues to evolve as new mobile-powered payment methods demand an adaptive approach to implementing and maintaining mPOS devices & solutions, retailers can be sure that Scalefusion MDM has always been on the front line of these technologies and integrates to the latest mPOS solutions.

Security
Consumer devices are best for convenience but are not secured, hence making them unsafe to use for the transactions with credit and debit cards involving sensitive information like card numbers and Pins. This is the reason why it is so important to take additional security steps when deploying mPOS devices. But it is not difficult if you implement an MDM for mPOS.

Passcode Protection
Scalefusion MDM for mPOS also provides password protection to the devices as they carry sensitive data. So, only the authorized personnel can only access the mPOS devices.

Business Specific Apps
Scalefusion MDM provides a common platform to upload any apps which are of business relevance. Hence only secured apps are uploaded on the Scalefusion dashboard and from there you can push the corresponding registered mPOS devices. Thus, none of the mPOS devices can upload any app on its own, the apps are pushed from the dashboard. All the mPOS devices are restricted for any other access, that is, websites are whitelisted and apps are restricted on the devices.

The MDM for mPOS advantage

mPOS devices can do more than just perform transactions. With a networked system, you can see when new stock is needed and order it automatically, or in certain businesses, order special products. Do you have a wireless barcode printer? Receive notifications about price adjustments on your mobile device, and send the new information to your barcode printer, and pick up the new labels without waiting. The convenience options are endless.

The security advantages of MDM are bigger than stock ordering or barcode printers, though. With Scalefusion MDM, you can even monitor where a device is at all times, if one is misplaced or stolen, you’ll be able to find it, lock it remotely, and even do a complete remote wipe * ensuring that all valuable information remains safe and uncompromised.

If you’re thinking about integrating mPOS solutions into your retail strategy, then you need to have an effective Mobile Device Management solution in place, otherwise, you will have to pay a price on the security of your customers’ critical information.

After Android and iOS, Scalefusion has now introduced Windows 10 MDM Solution. Now you can efficiently manage your corporate-owned iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices from a Unified Dashboard.

For more information visit our website www.scalefusion.com

*In Android OS, it is available from v6 and above.

About the Author

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for Scalefusion on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.

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