Swissbit Equips Cash Registers in Retail Sector


Bronschhofen (Switzerland), June 18, 2020 – The rollout of the certified Swissbit-TSE (Technical Security Device to BSI TR-03153 standard) in the retail sector is gaining momentum. Alongside other ICT solution providers, major industry provider REWE Systems is now introducing the easy-to-integrate Swissbit solution for legally compliant cash register data recording in accordance with the Cash Security Ordinance (KassenSichV).

The Swissbit-TSE consists of pluggable modules for standard storage interfaces, making individual cash registers or, via TSE-LAN connector software, entire cash register networks compliant with the law. The Cash Security Ordinance came into force at the beginning of the year. It mandates the retail trade to provide technical protection. All must comply by September 30, 2020.

Swissbit was the first provider to launch a pluggable, easy-to-integrate and cost-effective fiscalization security solution in Germany in 2019. Existing cash registers can also be retrofitted using standard storage media formats and interfaces: SD Card, microSD Card and USB. A LAN solution in which Swissbit USB TSEs are physically located in a centralized cash desk or a cash register server and addressed via the network is aimed at retail chains.

Swissbit’s LAN solution also allows retailers to integrate the TSE solution into their POS software, using it to efficiently retrofit networked POS systems in a timely manner. Easy integration into POS software was among the key Swissbit design goals for the TSE LAN connector software, along with a focus on resilience, maintaining TSE compliance and scalability.

Easy to integrate and robust

By using standard storage interfaces, Swissbit’s pluggable TSE is also aimed at retrofitting existing cash systems. With the TSE-LAN connector software, different devices in separate locations can be converted without hardware intervention at the individual cash register level – either plugged locally or addressed via LAN – and remain compliant with the law. The TSE includes a user memory that can be freely used by the cash register manufacturers, as well as the secure fiscal memory, where transactions are automatically signed and stored.

“Since January 1 this year, cash registers that cannot guarantee legal compliance by September 30, 2020 can no longer be supplied. In addition, every cash register in the field must be complaint by the end of 2022 at the latest. Our fiscalization solution to equip new cash registers with a certified TSE and retrofit most existing cash registers makes life easy for cashiers, IT service providers and retail companies. It means they now have a way to meet these deadlines,” explains Hubertus Grobbel, Vice President Security Solutions at Swissbit.

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