Revel Systems Tackles Identity Theft With iPad POS Security

Photo ID feature prevents credit card identity theft at the point-of-sale

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

May 7, 2013

4 Min Read

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 7, 2013 – Revel Systems (, the leader in iPad point-of-sale (POS) solutions for restaurant, grocery and retail business establishments, today announced Revel 2.0. The updated version touts several new user features with a strong focus on security updates to build out its already robust merchant protection suite, including the first ever photo confirmation anti-identity theft protection built directly into the POS. With Revel's patent-pending new identity theft protection feature, an image of the credit card holder appears on the screen every time a card is swiped through the Revel iPad POS system, giving merchants and customers alike a greater sense of protection than ever before.

"At Revel we spend a lot of our time thinking about and trying to stay one step ahead of security for mobile point-of-sale transactions, while keeping ease-of-use front and center," explained Chris Ciabarra, Revel's CTO and co-founder who has a background in IT credit card security. "For this important update, the team laid out all possible security issues for our customers. Concentrating on credit card fraud – both current and forward thinking into future scenarios – we built onto the advancements that have been made for chip-and-PIN, CVV codes and PCI compliance to add a brand new component that utilizes the power of the cloud and social web to pull the most obvious anti-identity theft tool out there: your face."

While anti-fraud and anti-theft features are becoming more commonplace for POS systems, anti-identity theft has proven to be a more difficult task to integrate into systems until now. Stolen, fake or fraudulent cards have been extremely difficult to flag at the actual POS device, since systems have not had a way to visually recognize a consumer. Revel's in-system facial confirmation feature changes this, and the secret goes back to the same social and cloud-based aspects of the Revel POS that originally put its technology on the map.

Like the other user-friendly features of the Revel iPad POS, this novel photo security technology is also incredibly simple to use. At the time of sale, the employee takes and swipes the credit card per usual. At that point, the Revel iPad POS will pull the customer's photo from their Revel account, which can easily be created through online Facebook integration. The POS will then check for visual verification and prompt the employee to verify that the picture shown matches the person using the credit card, consequently removing any threat of stolen PIN codes or cards, while at the same time providing the easiest, fastest and most obvious form of identity verification. Accounts can easily be set up at

In addition to the security feature enhancements to Revel 2.0, additional updates include:

· New AES 256 Encryption code for Infinite Peripherals card swipes

· Mobile Device Management through partnership with Moki Mobility to allow for remote iPad management, including the ability to lock down lost or stolen iPads and data

· Catering tracking orders and calendar

· Delivery tracking and driver and production analytics, including average prep time, average driver times and detailed delivery order information

· Purchase order (PO) inventory tracking system with advanced inventory and shipment receiving

· SumUp integration payments for UK and Europe

· Updated retail item selection features, including the ability to select size and color of specific items, which will be reflected in the item's photo

· Label printer from iPad for jewelry printing and ticket printing

Revel has been at the forefront of credit security for some time as it was developed with PCI Compliance in mind. Since the inception of the company, Revel Systems has understood the importance of security and merchant protection, from maintaining the highest levels of credit card encryption, to tracking and deterring all forms of employee theft. Just earlier this year, Revel came out as the only iPad POS system on the market to stay ahead of PCI Compliance guidelines by building a robust Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution as well as becoming the becoming the first POS to adopt EMV and Chip-and-PIN compatibility.

About Revel Systems

Revel Systems was founded in 2010 in San Francisco, CA with the goal of changing the point-of-sale market. Founders Lisa Falzone and Chris Ciabarra developed a quick, intuitive and secure iOS-based point-of-sale system by combining cloud-based technology and the mobility of the iPad. Revel Systems software offers a feature-rich POS solution for restaurant, retail and grocery establishments with integrated payroll, inventory tracking, customer relationship management and more. With the introduction of the Revel Marketplace, Revel POS users can now integrate directly into third-party enhancements, including mobile payments, online ordering, gift or reward cards and advanced financial software suites. For more information on the future of commerce, please visit

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