What do you define as POS?
At IHL we believe it is important that we state clearly the definitions of what we are classifying as a POS device. For the purposes of our analysis, we are defining POS as PC-based workstations, namely PC-class Processor-based and LAN-available terminals. Although others might include Electronic Funds Terminals as POS, we do not include them here. Perhaps the best definitions come from the use of the current model names of the top vendors that we are including:
- IBM: SurePOS family
- Wincor Nixdorf: BEETLE family
- NCR: RealPOS family
- Fujitsu: TeamPOS family
- HP: rp3000, rp5000, rp5700, ap5000
In this research, we also include PC on Cash Drawer Devices (PCOCD), and to the degree we are able we distinguish between vendors. We also include Self-Checkout terminals in the count, but do not break them out separately. For this detail we suggest our Self-Checkout Study.
We do not include Electronic Cash Registers (ECR) in this study. Although the lines have blurred as to POS and ECR in terms of processors and connectivity, we believe there is a clear distinction in functionality, expandability, and serviceability between the devices. Thus, we are considering the low end devices in the study as those of the Wincor Beetle 20, IBM 4614, and NCR Falcon variety.
What retail market segments (verticals) do you address?
Our format for the study is based on detailed analysis of the following 8 retail market segments:
- Drug Stores
- Hypermarkets/Superstores/Warehouse Clubs
- Department Stores
- Specialty Stores
- Mass Merchandisers (includes Discount Stores)
- Convenience Stores/Gas Stations
- Hospitality (Restaurants, Lodging and Entertainment)
- For North America we further segment Specialty Stores into Specialty Category Killers and Specialty Other, and Hospitality into Fast Food, Bar/Restaurant, Lodging, Casinos/Cruises, and Entertainment: Theme Parks, Stadiums, Museums, others.
How do you define the processors included?
Throughout this report, we deliberately categorize all processors by speed rather than by name. Since Intel is the market leader and the most identifiable, we use the following familiar designations for our processor definitions.
- Pentium I, II & III
- Pentium 4
- Pentium Dual Core
- Pentium Core 2 Duo & Above
While in the last several years there have been other processor entries (notably VIA/Cyrix and AMD), all herein are referred to as "Intel-class" processors, whether Intel, MediaGX, AMD K5, K6-2, Duron, Athlon or Atom.
How do you categorize operating systems?
With regard to operating systems, our focus is on the following.
- DOS & Legacy Windows (includes Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 & XP)
- Windows Vista / Windows 7
- Windows CE
- Windows XPe
- Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 (includes WEPOS, and is designated as such)
- Linux (all varieties)
- Other (includes different derivatives of UNIX, BeOS, MAC, etc.)
For the purposes of this report we do not count units that are in labs; we only count those in pilot or in rollout.
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