We attended the Retail Systems show in Chicago yesterday. There was a big focus on Linux in Retail. Data Centers, POS, and video loss prevention products are migrating towards Linux. This is an ideal fit for exacqVision, as we designed it to be cross-platform: both Linux and Windows. ExacqVision merges completely with POS systems, and it ties into video analysis products for loss prevention, asset tracking, people counting. The addition of IP cameras and remote viewing and storage make exacqVision a good choice for retail loss prevention applications.
An end-of-day report from the show organizers entitled â€œOpen Source Gaining Ground in Retail POSâ€ discussed Sunday’s Linux in Retail Symposium, where panelists said more retailers are switching to Linux as an IT platform based upon its added flexibility and stability capabilities.
Linux is helping retailers innovate and upgrade their IT infrastructures, while cutting TCO and improving security. With Linux, retailers gain the power and flexibility to choose best-of-breed systems for each area of the retail infrastructure – from POS machines to headquarter servers to digital video security systems such as exacqVision. Linux helps keep POS systems from crashing as often, which keeps customers happy and lines moving.
According to IHL Consulting Group, Linux saw growth in POS last year, with a market share that was double what it was in 2004.