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The security industry is ever-changing, with innovators striving to come up with the next big thing in access control, video management, central stations and a number of other security must-haves. But nowhere is there more change and innovation than in the world of video surveillance. From advanced multi-directional cameras to intelligent systems and other emerging technology, today’s video surveillance industry is poised to take IP cameras to the next level.

10 Things Effective Leaders Do

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What’s New In Payments Processing

Increase revenue by being a trusted provider. The payments industry is expected to change more in the next two years than it has in the past ten. This transition is providing ISVs/VARs opportunities to increase their revenues and build wealth by including payments as part of their overall solution.

Three Questions About EMV – Answered.

EMV – otherwise known as EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa – has become the de facto standard for card security around the world. In October 2015 the EMV mandate will require all U.S. retailers to accept chip- and-PIN cards. Here are answers to three of the most frequently asked questions about EMV.

Using A Best Practice Approach To Efficiently Deliver Scalable, Competitive, And Profitable Managed Services

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV + Payment Security

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    PowaPOS, a division of Powa Technologies, is the physical retail component of the company’s omni-channel product line. The PowaPOS T25 is the first purpose built, all-in-one hardware platform designed for iOS, Android and Windows tablets. Because we believe in the power of the development community to create rich software applications that meet the needs of the marketplace, the PowaPOS T25 is the first tablet POS to provide universal support for any tablet, any application. Though our single API SDK, developers can integrate the T25’s beautifully and intelligently placed peripherals - full size thermal printer, PowaPOS 2D Scanner, swivel position sensor, and PowaPOS Cash Drawer - as well as EMV and Apple Pay-ready payment devices. All with a single power cord. The PowaPOS T25 is an all-in-one and one-for-all POS platform.

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    Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

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    Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration

    APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who are installing mobile and/or Thin (Thinbility) iPad ® based point of sale applications. POS software is moving to tablets and to the cloud for easy accessibility and instant reporting. Designed to allow the retailer to take advantage of the small foot print tablet, the Stratis™ tablet holder adds an elegant look to your POS environment.

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