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For many in the retail systems dealer community, internet-enabled remote access and support capabilities have been a godsend. Countless resellers, ISVs, and tech integrators have successfully expanded their geographic market reach while simultaneously lowering their support costs by enabling remote support, whereby many hardware and software issues can be diagnosed— and often fixed—without the need for an expensive truck roll and an on-site technician. Remote access to merchant POS systems is also an increasingly popular means of inexpensively executing software updates and conducting end-user training.

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With the rapidly approaching fraud chargeback liability shift in October 2015, many merchants are asking their POS solution providers about their plans to support EMV. In turn, POS developers want to understand what their options are for supporting EMV in the U.S. market. This paper discusses the certification requirements and alternatives to certification available to enable EMV processing. POS developers looking to enable acceptance of EMV cards have three main options: direct certification, moving to stand alone terminals, and an EMV out of scope integration.

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