Sun Microsystems' customary partners have been joined by some of the giants of US retail in supporting JavaPOS - a set of Java-based specs for point-of-sale devices which may represent a vital new sector for the programming language.
Kmart, JC Penney and Sears are among the 20 companies to become involved with Sun and its partners IBM and NCR - both of whom have a strong legacy in retail systems - in work on the standard since April last year. The specifications also have the endorsement of the US National Retail Federation's IT Council and were unveiled this week at the NRF's annual expo.
The aim of JavaPOS has been to create a spec which will allow all point of sale environments - from existing POS terminals to stores based on the Web - to communicate and share applications.
A number of exhibitors at the NRF expo are showing off JavaPOS-compliant systems which offer not only POS functions but price check verification, inventory management and data mining and customer relationship features.
The JavaPOS homepage is at http://www.javapos.com.