Helcim, a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Interac Debit processor and merchant account provider, has launched a hybrid credit and debit card terminal and developer portal.
The Calgary-based firm said that the new terminal offers a turn-key solution to developers to help them easily add EMV credit and debit integration as a feature.
The point-of-sale system is kept updated on processed payments by sending transaction instructions to the terminal directly, without the requirement to interact with full credit card numbers.
The company said that this will help address issues related to traditional POS integrations and certifications, which are becoming increasingly complex with the advent of EMV and NFC technology.
It will also address concerns of smaller POS providers, who are finding it difficult to offer integrated credit card processing as part of their software.
"The release unlocks a payment framework for point-of-sale (POS) software developers on Android, iOS and Windows," Helcim said.