Flexible, reliable POS technology for omnichannel commerce
In a busy hospitality environment flexible, reliable technology is essential. With venues facing the challenge to meet the growing demand for online orders alongside safely providing dine-in options, the reliance on high-performing POS technology has never been greater. Solutions, such as the mC-Print™ series with exceptional functionality, provide the tools required for venues to operate effectively.
Star’s CloudPRNT™, available on a range of Star POS printers including the compact and stylish mC-Print series, allows venues to incorporate a flexible ordering system and seamlessly integrate online and mobile purchasing into their offering, while eliminating the need for an extra tablet to send an order to the printer. Instead, the ordering service can communicate directly with the printer for both table ordering as well as taking online, takeaway or collection orders from the website, albeit remotely or from a touchless kiosk.
Flexible technology is also required that responds to new industry standards. In line with the growing adoption of the USB-C® standard, the new mCP31C and mCP31CB printers feature a USB-C port and support standard communication with USB-C supporting devices such as Android™ / Windows phones and tablets, PCs, Macs etc, as well as USB Power Delivery.
The mCP31C and mCP31CB allow a USB-C tablet to charge whilst connected to the printer. To date, this has not been possible with MicroUSB based tablets. Additionally, the mCP31C and mCP31CB offer SteadyLAN™ connectivity, previously only available on iOS devices, for supported tablets running Android, Windows, Linux and Mac. The printer can now act as the hub to a totally wired POS solution, powering the printer and tablet plus additional peripherals such as a barcode reader and customer display from a single mains socket.
SteadyLAN is a unique POS connectivity solution that provides the stability of a cabled LAN connection for POS systems to ensure continuous network access. Offering reliable connectivity, it is ideal for locations where WiFi connectivity is not possible or unreliable by providing direct cabled control of the printer and attached peripherals as well as Ethernet provision to the tablet from the wired Ethernet port of the printer.
By simply connecting a supporting Android, Windows, Linux or Mac device via USB-C cable to the new mCP31C and mCP31CB and connecting the printer to the Internet via a wired LAN connection, the device is able to connect to the Internet without WiFi communication. Furthermore, the device can communicate with the printer via the USB-C cable and the printer will also charge a PD compatible device. SteadyLAN is already available for iPad and iPad Pro on Star’s existing MFi certified mCP31L, mCP31LB and mCP21LB via the standard Apple Lightning cable.
With the unique functionality of up to 5 hardware and software interfaces for both traditional and tablet POS, the mC-Print series not only future-proofs your business but also responds to the challenges of an omnichannel environment.
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