is the online E-Commerce equivalent of a cash register and Point of Sale (POS)
terminal for credit card processing. Like today's automated POS systems,
the CyberCash system interfaces with a customer's CyberCash Wallet (or
merchant's secure order page) on the front end and with CyberCash Gateway
Servers on the back end. The CyberCash Gateway connects to the existing
infrastructure of banks, financial networks, and payment processors.
Unlike physical POS systems, CyberCash
substitutes an online payment mechanism for an in-store (e.g. card-swipe)
payment terminal. Besides enabling secure credit card processing, CashRegister 3
provides merchants with important administrative functions including
manual card processing, transaction status checking, and database
functions to support balancing, accounting and inventory.
For the new CashRegister 3 service, CyberCash has moved the bulk of
the software code from the merchant site to the CyberCash payment
All you need with the CR 3 series is the
Merchant Connection Kit (MCK) to connect your storefront to the CashRegister
3 service. CyberCash does the rest.
Before the merchant makes a committment to use CyberCash, by way of
an investment of time and/or money, the the merchant should understand that to
completely integrate CyberCash CR 3 with an existing storefront
requires some CGI programming.
CashRegister CGI Programming Requirements
Integrating the CashRegister 3 Service with an existing storefront will require
some technical expertise (eg. Perl, C++, HTML).
If neither you (the Reseller) nor the merchant possess
programming skills, you should consider
another real-time credit card processing service, but with processing
scripts that reside on a NetSolutions server instead of on the merchant's
Virtual Server. Therefore, little or no programming is necessary.
Another alternative is to purchase a storefront creation package, like
Open Market Miva Merchant, which has the
CyberCash scripts already integrated in their forms. Thus, with the help of
web driven wizards, the merchant can easily setup a storefront with
integrated CyberCash support. This solution is most attractive to those who
are starting from scratch, but may also be helpful to those with plans on
expanding the functionality of their existing storefront.
More information about the CyberCash CashRegister features and benefits can be found at the
CyberCash web site.
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