Yes, but only if this Android POS is certified under PCI PTS, which is governed by PCI Security Standard Council https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/, backed by all the global payment card organizations. The primary goal of PCI SSC is to protect the Debit/Credit card data.
WizarPOS's Q1 is one of the world first PCI PTS certified Android POS.
Other than using PCI PTS certified Android POS, it is also doable to develop the tap-on-phone payment application to accept NFC contactless bank cards on a regular off-the-shelf Android phone, if this payment application is compliant with PCI CPOC regulation and policy defined by card organizations regarding the transaction amount limitation. Please contact WizarPOS sales to learn more about our tap-on-phone solution.
The essential workflow of a retail POS system is similar to a multi-lane supermarket or a mom-and-pop shop in the street. The computer scans merchandise barcodes, sums up prices based on the setting in the retail POS software, prints and shows the total amount of payments, then a cashier takes cash or accepts a bank card. A payment device is engaged in this case.
Depending on the magnitude of buying power a merchant has, its POS software or SI vendor might integrate the ECR computer with the payment device so that the transaction amount could be sent through a cable automatically, rather than manually input by the shopkeeper.
Overall, the total cost of owning and running a retail Android POS system could be trivial while it opens up various innovative solutions, which makes lives much easier for merchants, no matter whether they are supermarkets, big chains, or just a small mom-and-pop shop.
In a restaurant, Android POS technology could be applied to both the ECR at the counter and the payment devices.
The countertop ECR could be replaced by Android tablets such as WizarPOS D3, which is much more affordable, has built-in wireless connectivity to eliminate the mess of cords, supports better touch panel experience and more intuitive user interface as what a tablet/smartphone offers, and is more stylish and slimmer than the clunky traditional ECR.
The payment device could be replaced by Android POS such as Q1/Q2/Q3. Unlike the conventional POS to only perform payments, an Android terminal is an open platform connected to the network all the time, with the basic payment app and a simple customized application on it to talk to the restaurant software, a server can manage all workflow on one device, at the table.
Furthermore, thanks to the excellent wireless connectivity, Android POS, by its nature, supports cloud-based POS software-as-a-service, so a restaurant owner does not need to purchase or maintain expensive in-house ECR hardware. It is also much easier and faster to add new features or value-added applications, such as the loyalty program, to the POS system.