1/15/2003 - Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. announced SmartPoS Peripherals, a family of point-of-sale (POS) peripherals that combines hardware and embedded software – or firmware – to track, monitor and control each unit. The announcement was made at the National Retail Federation’s 92nd Annual Expo and Convention, Jan. 12-15, 2003, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.
Careful asset management is key to driving down cost of ownership,” said Tom Juliano, senior vice president, marketing at Fujitsu. “Retailers have been able to track the status of major POS components such as the CPU for a while. With SmartPoS Peripherals, retailers can now get advanced status information – down to the exact number of keystrokes or lines printed – on every printer, keyboard and scanner – the components that are most likely to fail because they contain moving parts and get a lot of human contact.
In most cases, the equipment can distinguish between operator error and the weaknesses of an aging machine. This helps retailers and their suppliers collaborate on preventive maintenance or simply replace equipment that’s wearing out before it fails and results in retailer downtime,” said Juliano. “This ultimately achieves a lower total cost of ownership for the retailer, underscoring Fujitsu’s philosophy of relentless cost reduction.”
The SmartPoS series is compatible with Fujitsu’s TeamPoS 2000 systems and includes SmartPoS PC/Keyboard and SmartPoS Printer, available immediately. Customer display and scanner/scale models will be introduced in the first quarter of 2003.
The SmartPoS devices can be monitored and tracked remotely by the asset management capabilities Fujitsu offers with its Infrastructure Management Services. The remote asset management server can be located at the retailer’s corporate headquarters or at Fujitsu offices.
The SmartPoS series not only tracks and monitors peripherals, but also incorporates plug-and-play and ‘hot-swap’ features that minimize hardware downtime when parts are replaced,” said Juliano. “SmartPoS also protects the retailer’s current technology investment by offering backward compatibility, meaning replacing a current peripheral with a SmartPoS Peripheral requires no cable or software changes for current customers.”
About Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc.
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., headquartered in Dallas, is the IT “lifecycle solutions” provider for retailing technologies. The wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) helps customers relentlessly drive costs out of retail operations and improve business performance by optimizing how technology assets are managed throughout the life cycle, from evaluation and acquisition to integration, implementation, service, support and replacement. Fujitsu’s portfolio includes infrastructure management services, point-of-sale hardware and software, handheld devices and Web-enabled automated-teller machines. The company has operated in North America for more than 30 years and has more than 1,000 employees and 25 offices in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. It serves customers such as Ahold, Albertson’s, Best Buy, Frito-Lay, Nordstrom, REI, Sears, Staples and The TJX Companies, among others.
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