Certified Swissbit solution being rolled out at HUTH Elektronik Systeme GmbH
Gas station cash registers in Germany being converted
Berlin, Troisdorf (Germany), July 15, 2020 – Users of HUTH Elektronik Systeme GmbH POS systems are receiving the certified Swissbit TSE (BSI TR-03153-standard Technical Security Device, German Federal Office for Information Security). More than 1000 gas station cash registers have already been equipped with this easy-to-integrate solution for tamper-proof recording of checkout data, mandated by the German Cash Security Ordinance (KassenSichV).
The Swissbit TSE consists of pluggable modules for standard memory interfaces. Gas station operators are issued with the TSE in the form of a USB stick from HUTH by post, together with an installation guide showing how to plug it into the POS system. The software-side changeover takes place remotely. Customers with older POS systems are visited by technicians.
The German Cash Security Ordinance for tamper-proof recording of cash register data came into force at the beginning of the year. It mandates the retail trade to provide technical protection and all must comply by September 30, 2020. In addition, every cash register whether new or already in operation must be compliant by the end of 2022. As Europe’s leading flash memory manufacturer, Swissbit AG was the first supplier to launch a pluggable, easy-to-integrate and cost-effective solution in Germany. With the Swissbit TSE, cash registers can be retrofitted using standard storage media interfaces: SD Card, microSD Card and USB.
“We are very satisfied with this collaborative venture between HUTH and Swissbit. It has proven to be reliable and productive,” claims Michael Opladen, Project Coordination Development at HUTH Elektronik Systeme GmbH. “Despite delays due to the coronavirus lockdown, we are already successfully advancing our rollout process. In addition to communications at a purely developmental level, support with the marketing was exemplary,” he adds. “The feedback from gas station operators about the Swissbit technology and the installation is consistently positive.” In addition to the installation guide, HUTH has also provided an online video.
Robust and easy to integrate
Swissbit’s pluggable TSE uses standard storage interfaces and is therefore also aimed at retrofitting existing cash systems. The core of Swissbit’s easy-to-integrate and cost-effective fiscalization solution is a durable, industrial-grade flash memory with Common Criteria certified BSI-PP-SMAERS (Security Module Application for Electronic Record-keeping Systems) and BSI-PP-CSP security modules as well as a pre-loaded signing certificate. With the TSE-LAN connector software, different devices in separate locations can also be converted and adhere to legislative compliance without the need for hardware intervention at the individual cash registers – both plugged locally and addressed via LAN.
“We would like to thank HUTH Elektronik Systeme GmbH for its cooperation and are impressed by how the rollout at gas stations is proceeding,” explains Hubertus Grobbel, Vice President Security Solutions at Swissbit. “It is well known that on January 01, 2020, cash registers could no longer be deployed if they could not be equipped with a certified TSE by the end of September 2020 at the latest, in accordance with the law. In addition, by the end of 2022, all cash registers already in operation must be retrofitted. We are ready to support all cashiers and IT service providers to meet these deadlines.”