Revel router powers small-business POS solution

The new router piggybacks on an iPad's Verizon 3G or 4G wireless account to create a wireless, in-store POS network.

Want to try out an iPad-based point-of-sale system but don't have a separate Internet connection in your store?

POS technology vendor Revel Systems aims to help small retailers and food service operations get around this challenge with a new router that uses the wireless account on a Verizon 3G or 4G Apple iPad to create a wireless network for POS applications.

The technology, called the Revel Router, creates an on-premise POS solution that uses broadband wireless connectivity. The router is being pitched as a way to cut down on the amount of time it takes to deploy a POS system, and it also makes set-up simpler for businesses that lease space and can't exactly invest in a lot of specialized wiring. Plus, you don't have to pay for a separate Wi-Fi hotspot account.

The technology is being tested at a number of beta locations and is supposed to ship commercially by the end of June. It can connect with various peripherals in the POS environment including the coin dispenser, barcode scanner, scales, kitchen displays, printers and so on, according to the company.

The router will carry a per terminal price of $3,200.

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