June 2, 2015
Revel Systems, for those of you who don't know them, is an iPad point-of-sale platform startup. They have 310 employees at present and are growing fast. They have 10,000 deployed terminals and this number is growing very rapidly as well; a 10%-growth month-over-month as per the company. They also recently closed a $100-million funding round.
The company today introduced a significant security enhancement to its iPad point-of-sale (POS) system. The proprietary Revel Ethernet Connect™ cabled solution provides wired Ethernet connectivity, allowing enterprises to utilize a wired, always-on Ethernet connection to power their Revel iPad POS systems and achieve more secure and robust networking as an alternative to Wi-Fi.
We talked to Christopher Ciabarra, Co-founder and CTO, Revel Systems. He said, "80% of configurations of Revel Systems for their customers are stationery, so adding a cabled solution to the system is logical. There is a clear and significant unmet need for this feature, especially from government clients and large enterprises who are more sensitive to security because Wi-Fi networks are not always reliable and secure enough. One of our prospects has 40,000 units that cannot be wireless; this feature allows us to go live with them."
He added, "One of the primary concerns with wireless deployments is the support. Many installation and troubleshooting issues are related to wireless connectivity, and that has nothing to do with the Revel platform. This new solution removes the need to service those issues."
The Revel Ethernet Connect cabled solution brings the first-ever failover connection to Revel’s iPad POS system in enterprise deployments, including failover from Wi-Fi to Ethernet or from Ethernet to Wi-Fi, and from one router to another. Revel’s groundbreaking technology is patent-pending; the company is the first iPad POS provider to develop and deploy a wired Ethernet connectivity solution, such as Revel Ethernet Connect.
Revel Ethernet Connect is a direct result of feedback from some of Revel’s customers and prospects who expressed concerns over potential security threats to their organizations due to unsecured Wi-Fi connections. Ethernet connectivity offers increased reliability and enhanced security measures to protect against potential security threats including hacking and identity theft. Internet connectivity via Wi-Fi can also be unreliable in some environments, which could be particularly problematic for merchants during high-volume transaction periods and could cause POS transaction delays.
Revel Ethernet Connect also makes it easier for new Revel customers to get their iPad POS systems up and running quickly since it can eliminate the need to deploy, for example, wireless network access points and other networking equipment throughout customer locations. Other than having an Ethernet switch port available to connect to Revel Ethernet Connect, no hardware modifications are necessary for the Revel iPad POS platform. On one end, Revel Ethernet Connect connects to the Lightning port of any Revel POS iPad Air running iOS 8 or later, and a wired Ethernet port on the other.
The Revel Ethernet Connect cabled solution sells for $250 and is available immediately. Starting on June 15, 2015, it will be included as a standard addition to the Revel iPad POS platform.
About Revel Systems
Revel Systems® iPad POS was founded in 2010 in San Francisco with the goal of changing the point-of-sale market. Founders Lisa Falzone and Christopher Ciabarra developed a quick, intuitive and secure iOS-based point-of-sale system by combining cloud-based technology and the mobility of the Apple iPad. Revel Systems' software offers a feature-rich POS solution for restaurants, retailers and enterprises with integrated payroll, inventory tracking, customer relationship management and more. With the introduction of the Revel Marketplace, Revel iPad POS System users can now integrate directly into third-party enhancements, including mobile payments, online ordering, gift or reward cards and advanced financial software suites. For more information on the new standard in the point-of-sale space, please visit http://www.revelsystems.com.