PCATS Outlining POS, Back Office Goals

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) said today that the Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Interface Standards Committee will meet at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference in January to complete PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0.

The conference will be held Jan. 26, 2009, in Orlando, Fla.

>“At the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference, our goal is to continue to work toward the completion of the PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0,” said David Ezell, chair of the POS Back Office Committee. “This new version will be easier to implement and to test. It will also be easier to certify, which is a really important point for retailers who expect the standard to work ‘out-of-the-box’.

“Among the new features in Version 4.0 will be enhanced tax tables, better support for POS configuration, and the ability to handle QSR data requirements,” Ezell said. “The committee will focus on the data model – the 40,000 foot view of what we’re proposing, the schemas – the actual implementation of the standard, and the use case instance documents – useful for understanding the design and supporting certification documentation.”

PCATS Director of Standards Scott Wood said the POS Back Office Interface Standard Version 3.4 “is the most widely deployed PCATS standard with thousands of implementation world-wide. The committee has been very diligent is responding to the needs of retailers as they develop the newest version – 4.0.”

Wood said input from the retail community it vital for the success of PCATS standards.

“For this reason, we encourage all retailers regardless of membership status to attend this committee meeting to ensure the new version will meet their expectations,” Wood said.

PCATS was founded in September 2003 to continue the development and maintenance for standards work initiated under the NACS Technology Standards Project.

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