Atlanta-based Horizon Software has unveiled their cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) and School Meal Program Accountability software, Solana. This new program simplifies the complex tasks required of today’s school nutrition staff to stay in compliance with Federal & State regulations, while offering responsive service to today’s students.
Solana is the first of its kind in the school nutrition market. The system was developed from the ground up to be optimized for the web, using the latest available web tools, rather than legacy POS software modified for the web. The innovative user interface was designed in collaboration with the User Experience expert behind the design of POS systems for Starbucks, Wendy’s®, and Subway™ restaurants. The functionality was developed based on extensive feedback from school nutrition directors and employees across the country through an extensive process that included field studies and usability tests.
Solana offers school nutrition programs an easy-to-use cloud-based system to capture and report the data required for meal program accountability, including a lightning-fast POS, student eligibility management, and real-time reporting center. It integrates seamlessly with the MyPaymentsPlus online payment system for student meal account payments, as well as most Student Information Systems. Solana can be accessed via nearly any PC or mobile device, with the POS offering uninterrupted service for off-line transaction processing – critical for busy school cafeteria lines.
With heightened scrutiny of the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast program, and focus on accountability of the federal program dollars, Horizon has prioritized the accuracy of data captured and reported. Solana’s intuitive functionality even helps prevent common user errors. Solana can be deployed district-wide in 3 days, and deliver transaction speeds under one second for today’s busy school cafeterias.
With the sensitivity of student data and financial information, security is at the core of Solana’s product development. Both Solana and MyPaymentsPlus are hosted in a state-of-the-art, industry-leading cloud environment that meets the stringent requirements for compliance with HIPAA, PCI, and SSAE 16 standards. Horizon handles all system maintenance and upgrades, and stores the customer’s data for 5 years in its standard subscription package.
Horizon’s software for school nutrition programs and online payments is installed in over 11,000 schools across the United States and more than two million users take advantage of Horizon’s technology.
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