Point-of-sale (PoS) devices are becoming increasingly popular these days as static registers become a thing of the past. While Square and iPads are synonymous, it's not the only solution around, and ChecOut M could be the first major challenger to that service that also delivers unique features.
On first blush, the ChecOut M by Innowi, Inc. looks like a 6.3-inch Windows Phone, but it's running an Intel Atom "Cherry Trail" processor with Windows 10 IoT for Enterprise. In fact, the UI looks exactly like full Windows 10.
The ChecOut M features NFC, swipe, and a chip-card reader and works with Google Wallet or Apple Pay. A fingerprint reader on the back ensures only authorized employees can access the device, while a 2.7-inch payment screen on the back lets users sign directly.
The base model connects to Wi-Fi, but a more advanced model has full 4G LTE on board and is certified for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks (Sprint is being worked on).
In case you don't want that full Windows 10 Start screen experience Windows 10 IoT for Enterprise can be locked to a single app experience e.g. the payment and checkout system for a business to ensure ease of use and stability.
What makes the ChecOut M unique is the continued blurring of what is Windows 10 and related hardware. The ChecOut M borrows from the phone model, but it becomes a standalone and very robust system when leveraging Azure, Power BI, and the Microsoft Graph.
The ChecOut M is currently in certification for secure payments and is expected to launch later this summer. There is already one major airline who is looking to deploy the ChecOut M on flights for PoS services as soon as it's approved.
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