Some people find it hard to adapt to change; they are more comfortable with the status quo. I don’t think I am one of those people; I look for change and really relish the opportunities that change can bring. This is especially true when it comes to technology. With new technology, we open new doors with unlimited possibilities to provide advanced services and improve upon the end users life.
As someone who works in the campus card industry, I have always felt this especially true of the Campus OneCard System; it will never be complete and should be a constantly evolving and changing product with new terminals developed to meet the needs of our clients. Which is why I am especially excited about the upcoming production release of our new Quattro terminal.
The Quattro is our next generation Data Collection Terminal and replaces the DCT-3. The DCT-3 has served us well in the past and has been a robust terminal. However, newer technology is needed to provide greater flexibility and enhanced features, things that just cannot be accomplished with the DCT-3. And truth be told, it is just plain old ugly.
The Quattro brings the Campus OneCard System to a whole new level and is a terminal I am sure our clients will find a major improvement upon past designs.
Here are the top 7 features of the Quattro:
1. Touchscreen. The Quattro offers our clients a full touchscreen terminal that allows us the flexibility to design function keys as needed and provides our users with a more intuitive user experience.
2. Multi-purpose. The Quattro is an all-purpose device that can be used for multiple functions such as dining and financial debit, copy control, activity verification, access control, and laundry. Simply update the terminal application to change the terminal’s function. This allows clients to streamline hardware purchases.
3. Communication. Quattro communicates using a secure TCP/IP connection with a standard wired connection or via Wi-Fi.
4. Transaction Types. Transactions using multiple card types are supported by the Quattro such as magnetic stripe, proximity, iClass, and Mifare. Transactions also can be accepted by Near Field Communication and from mobile applications such as Heartland’s own MyPay.
5. Storage. All programming and data is stored on a Micro SD card. This will allow clients to easily swap hardware in the event of hardware failure, -simply move the Micro SD card to a new terminal, and all configurations and data are transferred to the new terminal. The Micro SD card will also allow the Quattro to store transactions if network connectivity is lost.
6. Adjustable. The Quattro comes complete with an adjustable stand that will allow the operator to adjust the height and tilt of the display to meet their needs. Additionally the stand has a heavy base for direct counter placement but that also can be easily mounted to a countertop. The Quattro also is designed to be affixed to a single gang box or wall as needed.
7. Peripherals. We have built in a number of ports to allow for peripheral devices to be connected to the Quattro terminal or for other purposes. In addition to the standard Ethernet port, Quattro comes complete with 2 serial, USB, RJ-11, and Wiegand ports.
The Quattro terminal provides a great deal of flexibility to our clients and to our developers. We are definitely excited about the release of this next generation terminal and are geared up to start shipping Quattro terminals on January 20, 2014 to start fulfillment of our pre-orders.