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Multi-touch point-of-sale kiosks take Bitcoin-enabled Euro payment solution extension modules operates as a mobile e-wallet Pyramid Computer has expanded its portfolio of multi-touch Launched by tech start-up venture Paymium with its banking point-of-sale (POS) kiosks with 22-inch and 32-inch POS partner Aqoba, Paytunia is the first bitcoin-enabled Euro pay- systems. A Quick Mounting System (QMS) enables the sim- ment solution designed to operate as a mobile e-wallet capable ple addition of polytouch extension of sending and receiving payments in Euros or Bitcoins. An modules either side of the display. open source, free software protocol for electronic transaction With the QMS, system configu- processing, Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that ration can be easily changed or enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. upgraded to expand functional- - www.bitcoin.org – it is one of the first implementations of a ity, allowing retailers to keep up concept called crypto-currency. Building upon the notion that to date with the latest standards money is any object, or any sort of record, accepted as pay- and processes. Available extension modules include a POS ment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given thermal printer, barcode scanner, RFID HF near-field receiver, country or socio-economic context, Bitcoin is designed around camera, magnetic card reader and Chip & PIN payment the idea of using cryptography to control the creation and trans- device. The polytouch 22000 POS and 32000 POS models fer of money, rather than relying on central authorities. Paymium connect to the web to facilitate multi-channel strategies will isolate customers and merchants from any conversion rate such as cross-selling, product promotion applications and risk by leveraging Bitcoin-Central, a bitcoin trading platform social network integration. The e-commerce kiosks offer a also operated by Paymium and fully integrated with Paytunia. stylish design, are easy to use, efficient and highly interac- Thanks to the agreement with Aqoba, funds deposited in Euro tive. The displays support up to 10 simultaneous touches to Paytunia or Bitcoin-Central (bitcoin trading platform integrat- the 32000 POS and up to 20 touches for the 22000 POS, ed with Paytunia) will enjoy the same level of legal protection with a response time of 10ms. Featuring Intel Core i7-3770S as any other bank account in France. The Paytunia Pro version processors as standard running at up to 3.9GHz in Turbo enables merchant to present shoppers with a standard bitcoin mode, Intel HD4000 graphics on chip, 4GB DDR-3 PC1600 QR code to receive payments in Euros or Bitcoins: by virtue of memory and a 120GB Solid State Drive, these POS terminals the free software nature of Bitcoin, the tablet and smartphone deliver full HD (1920x1080) resolution. Intel Active Manage- application does not require the customer to be registered with ment technology is built into the hardware, enabling remote Paytunia. By accepting any bitcoin-compatible application, management, even when the terminal is down. Available Paytunia Pro solves the interoperability issue that has plagued operating systems include Windows 7 (32/64 Bit), Windows 8 mobile wallet developments until today. Payments in Euro are (32/64 Bit), and Ubuntu Linux. processed through the Bitcoin network. Paytunia Pro provides Pyramid Computer merchants with the benefits of using Bitcoin (easy setup, no www.pyramid.de chargebacks, low fees, immediate payments, regardless of a customer’s country of residence) without the need to display prices in Bitcoin (a difficult step to take for most merchants). Single-chip secure microcontroller targets Paymium www.paymium.com multimedia-enabled portable POS terminals The MAX32590 secure microcontroller from Maxim Integrated NFC solution fits into SIM cards for secure Products is the company’s latest DeepCover security product, specifically designed for financial terminals and new genera- contactless payment tions of trusted devices such as multimedia-enabled, portable Inside Secure’s PicoPulse NFC “booster” chip enables POS terminals. As a single- manufacturers to fit all the components of an NFC card emu- chip secure microcontroller, lation and peer-to-peer mode solution into a standard SIM the chip integrates an ARM926 form factor. The PicoPulse NFC RF front-end booster chip core capable of video play- is provided with the Inside’s high-performance VaultSEcure back; dual external memory hardware solution secure element to support NFC-compliant controllers, and extended card emulation and peer-to-peer operation for SIM and other connectivity options includ- form factors. SIM cards based on the PicoPulse chip can be ing a 10/100 Ethernet MAC plugged into current mobile phones, tablets and other mobile and a USB host and device devices to cost-effectively bring them the NFC functional- controller. The chip features ity for mobile payment, transport, access control and other user-encryptable NVSRAM and secure transactions. The PicoPulse chip significantly reduces 256-bit flip-flop key storage the effects of the metals and electrical noise typically found with instant erase capability upon tampering; dynamic sensor within mobile phones and only requires a 10x5mm antenna, and environmental sensor controllers for intrusion detection; even when the SIM card is inserted into devices under or hardware cryptographic engines; and a public key-based secure beside the battery. The VaultSEcure chip is EMVCo IC certi- bootloader. The high level of integration shrinks design size and fied and common criteria EAL5+ targeted. Both chips are significantly lowers implementation costs. The company also complemented by a complete reference design for OEMs to delivers a PCI-PTS 3.1 preapproved, fully functioning financial- use in SIM, microSD and other format solutions. terminal reference design. 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