Firmware Update Swissbit Hardware TSE

A firmware upgrade is available for the Swissbit hardware TSE. We recommend that all customers who use a Swissbit hardware TSE in Germany to comply with the KassenSichV and received it before 01 July 2021 upgrade to the current firmware. According to swissbit, the new firmware (version 1.1.0.) increases product reliability and should be installed to prevent hardware defects that may occur in rare cases.

The functionality of the TSE is not affected by the firmware update, downward compatibility is confirmed by swissbit. The testing of the new software version by the BSI has already been successfully completed.

Replacement of TSE, in case of hardware defects will only be carried out if they already contain the new firmware. In principle, Swissbit only delivered TSEs with the new firmware version after 01 July 2021. Due to scheduling overlaps in hardware shipping, it cannot be ruled out that TSEs with older firmware still arrived at customers shortly after 01 July.

We therefore recommend checking the firmware version of swissbit hardware TSEs in use.

We have created a solution article for you in the RetailForce Support Portal, which describes how to check the firmware version of the TSE and perform the firmware update. You can find the article at: https://support.retailforce.cloud/hc/de/articles/4411327044497-Firmware-Update-swissbit-Hardware-TSE-1-1-0-

The new firmware version can be found in the download section of the RetailForce website at: https://www.retailforce.cloud/downloads/Swissbit/TseFirmwareUpdate/

German Bundesrat decides on amendments to KassenSichV

In its 1006th plenary session on 25.06.2021, the German Bundesrat approved an amendment to the Cash Register Anti Tampering Ordinance (KassenSichV). These changes are reflected in the “Ordinance Amending the Cash Register Anti Tampering Ordinance”.

Exception for car park ticketing machines and e-charging stations

In its letter of 3 May of this year, the Federal Ministry of Finance had already exempted cash registers for car park management and charging points for electric or hybrid vehicles from the KassenSichV in a transitional regulation. This exemption was now decided in the course of the plenary session.

Pay stations and parking ticket machines for parking space management as well as charging points for electric or hybrid vehicles therefore do not (or no longer) have to fulfil the requirements of the KassenSichV.

The BMF justifies this step with the fact that these systems are functionally and technically comparable to ticket vending machines and ticket printers, which were excluded from the scope of the KassenSichV from the beginning.

Furthermore, parking and charging services are interconnected services, as charging usually takes place over several hours and thus (quote:) „the parking service becomes an inseparable and integral part of the charging process“ [translated from the original German quote], according to the justification why billing systems for charging services are also exempted from the KassenSichV.

Compliance for taximeters

Another change will affect so-called EU taximeters and odometers in the future. These are obliged to comply with the KassenSichV from 01.01.2024 and thus be equipped with a technical security device (TSE) like cash register systems. This serves to ensure uniform and efficient tax enforcement – according to the BMF’s justification.

The proposal contained in the recommendations to the Federal Council to extend the KassenSichV to gambling machines is not reflected in the ordinance.

Receipt verification – signature as QR code

The requirements for the cash receipt have also been expanded (§ 6 – KassenSichV). In order to make the verification of receipts more efficient and to be able to carry out cash register inspections more quickly, cash register receipts must contain two additional minimum details:

  • the check value according to § 2 sentence 2 number 7 KassenSichV, as well as
  • the consecutive counter set by the security module (= „signature counter“)

This allows receipts to be verified off the premises of the company. In the future, however, the information according to § 6 KassenSichV can be displayed as a QR-Code on the receipt as an alternative to issuing it in legible form.

The amendment to § 6 sentence 2 KassenSichV specifically:
„The information on a receipt pursuant to sentence 1 must be legible to anyone without machine assistance or readable on a QR code.“ [Translated from the German original Version].

The structure and the technical specifications for the QR code must in any case comply with the digital interface of the tax authorities (DSFinV-K).

According to the Federal Ministry of Finance, this measure will shorten the length of printed documents, which, according to estimates by the Federal Ministry, means a saving of 108,000 km of paper annually, with an equivalent value of EUR 2.1 million.

Further changes as of 1st of Jan. 2024

Furthermore, additional amendments were adopted, which – such as the exemption for EU taximeters and odometers – will come into force on 1st Jan. 2024.

  • In the future, the transaction shall contain both the serial number of the electronic recording system and the serial number of the security module: § 2 sentence 2 item 8: The serial number of the electronic recording system or and the serial number of the security module.
  • • This is also reflected in the information on the receipt: §6 sentence 2 number 6: the serial number of the electronic recording system or as well as the serial number of the security moduleand (new addition): §6 Satz 2 Ziff. 7: the verification value within the meaning of §2 sentence 2 number 7 and the consecutive signature counter determined by the security module.

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Resources

Link to protocol of 1006th plenary session of the Bundesrat: https://www.bundesrat.de/SharedDocs/termine/DE/plenum/2021/2021-06-25.html?nn=4352766