Red Hat Teams Up with Wincor Nixdorf to Deliver an Intelligent, Scalable Thin Client POS System on Embedded Linux


Red Hat, Inc., the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, has combined with Wincor Nixdorf to bring to market the BEETLE Point-of-Sale systems based on Embedded Linux. The BEETLE comes to market amidst growing competition in the retail sector, which has given rise to a demand for new IT solutions, both in the central office and in stores.

Commenting on the project, Dieter Hoffmann, managing director of Red Hat Central Europe said, " We helped Wincor Nixdorf to build a system based on Red Hat embedded Linux. Wincor Nixdorf has recognized that retailers look at Red Hat Linux as a platform for retail solutions as an alternative to proprietary operating systems. The benefits of Red Hat Linux are its upgrade capabilities and the TCO (total cost of ownership). This was a very exciting project and Red Hat continues to provide level three support and engineering support while this product is in the field."

The BEETLE NetPOS is an intelligent, scalable thin client system developed for the new server centric network solutions. This product is designed to deliver new server-oriented solution concepts and subsequently to satisfy the new requirements for POS (Point Of Sale) hardware and software. The result of this server centric computing will be to optimize the high costs of software distribution, system maintenance and administration in large networks, thus minimizing the TCO.

"The BEETLE NetPOS offers an attractive design, a minimum footprint and maximum availability at an optimal price/performance ratio. We see massive demand for this product on Embedded Linux and by using Red Hat's expertise, experience and support this was made possible," commented Winfried Nolte from Wincor Nixdorf. "The BEETLE NetPOS will give the user the option to define how thin his system is to be and this also applies of the peripherals: POS printers, customer displays, scanners, cash drawers, payment terminals, can be connected as required."

About Wincor Nixdorf GmbH & Co. KG
Wincor Nixdorf GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading companies in IT solutions and products as well as services in the field of banking and retail. The company employs approximately 3,600 persons and has earned revenue of 2.6 billion DM in fiscal year 1998/99, with a worldwide scope of action in 40 countries and with 28 subsidiaries.

In the field of electronic POS systems, Wincor Nixdorf is market leader both in Germany and in Europe, and number 3 worldwide. In the field of automated teller machines, Wincor Nixdorf is market leader in Germany, number 2 in Europe and number 3 worldwide.

Wincor Nixdorf offers products and solutions for the entire chain of the added value branch of the distribution sector: from electronic point of sale systems to data warehouse applications. With the POS Beetle systems, electronic labeling solutions, electronic registers and automatic scanning, its key offers include products and services for distribution, as well as a portfolio of offers to efficiently meet consumer demands. The offer to the banking business sector includes automatic money distributors, printers, multimedia information systems, microchip cards and terminals for airlines. The latest innovation is a compact modular system combining the basic functions of a small self-service branch. Worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf is the only supplier who offers a software package for financial institutions that is based on universal standards and can be used throughout the self-service sector. The Services Division renders services for products and solutions, including installation and maintenance of hardware and software products, regular routine inspections, repairs, software upgrades and management of market rollouts. With the founding of the services division Wincor Nixdorf has completed the value chain for the customers by including one more decisive element.

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