People on the lookout for an amazingly priced point-of-sale system, might have found the best match in a new hardware called the FusePOS. This new piece of hardware comes with optional cloud data storage and is powered by the wonderful Raspberry Pi, a low cost credit card sized microcomputer.
Point of sale systems/ softwares end up burning a huge hole in the pockets of small businesses as they are generally very expensive. FusePOS can become a boon for all these small businesses as it will help them in keeping their startup costs low. The FusePOS has the amazingly versatile Raspberry Pi as its foundation. Raspberry Pi was recently in the news as it had sold an impressive five million units and that too within just three years of being launched in the market.
The FusePOS can be used in three different ways. Cloud, Stand alone, or Stand Alone plus Cloud Integration.
The device can be plugged in straight into a printer, touchscreen, barcode scanner, keyboard etc. and be used purely as a stand alone.
For the FusePOS Cloud, the makers have built a SaaS hosted platform. The new platform upon signup opens the software to the customer by allowing them the access to the system from anywhere, anytime with the help of an internet connection. This will be charged at a monthly subscription cost but won’t involve any lengthy contracts just a month long rolling plan. The makers have built the SaaS infrastructure from scratch.
Stand alone FusePOS can also be hooked upto the hosted cloud solution for a monthly subscription fee. The FusePOS boxes will be able to backup to the cloud. Further, the data is available instantly after backup. The customer can go online and access his/her hosted FusePOS and have up to data access to their sales data.
This new piece of hardware created by Niall Doherty and his team is currently under development and is looking to raise 3,500 Euros on Kickstarter website.
Along with launching a commercial FusePOS, the team also plans to release a community, feature delayed version available for free.
The FusePOS is a result of twelve months of hardwork put in by Niall Doherty and his small time who have worked on this project during their spare time in the midst of their day jobs.