POS terminal maker Verifone and hospitality systems provider Micros have announced a new solution that integrates restaurant management systems with smart mobile devices, allowing consumers to pay at the table with their NFC phone.
The solution combines both payments and other mobile applications, such as line-busting. It is based on Verifone’s Payware Mobile Enterprise mobile POS system, which adapts smartphones and wireless PDAs to securely accept payment transactions, and interfaces with Micros’ table management and order management solutions as well as the card payment networks.
“This integration with Verifone will enable Micros to provide multiple mobile products on one single platform, rather than requiring separate devices for separate functions,” said Micros’ CTO Michael L Russo. “In addition, Micros and Verifone are creating a must-have bridge to bring fast-emerging NFC payments to the table.”
“Widespread adoption of NFC requires a restaurant solution, but consumers are not willing to hand over their mobile phones to the wait staff,” added Paul Rasori, Verifone’s senior vice president of marketing. “Micros and Verifone are combining forces to deliver a low-cost, services-based solution that allows restaurants to provide NFC payment convenience to consumers without having to make a large, up-front investment.”
The new solution is being demonstrated at the NRA 2011 show in Chicago this week and is expected to be available from resellers in the second half of this year.