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Hal Albach
02/01/06 20:57
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Seminole, Florida
USA


 
#108939 - Absolutely!
Responding to: Andy Neil's previous message
And the salesman's terminal will usually be a laptop linked to his central host over the internet via an Air card. I've never seen a salesman use a bar code reader, all his products are available to him on his laptop, either as a recently downloaded Access database or live from the host. Competition in this area is fierce, and the salesman who gets his order in fastest can deliver sooner.
POS electronics stays pretty close to the cutting edge of technology. Most POS terminals are usually Pentium P4 class PC's with one ore two special adaptor cards to provide more serial I/O.
For instance, if you were to open up the cabinet in one of those grocery store self checkout units you will find the whole thing is run by one P4 PC. Everything in that station interfaces with the PC, the touch screen, scanner/scale, bag scale, color video camera, EFT device, coin acceptors and dispensers, bill acceptors and dispensers, and soon a dual camera system that looks at the bottom of your cart and will identify by image comparison the large bulky items people place there. The PC is linked to the store controller over one standard CAT5 network cable and the controller is linked to the corporate network over either a T1 line or a satallite link.
The POS electronics market is a field where all the really big players are, IBM, NCR, Fujitsu, and Symbol to name just a few.

Just some 'food' for thought,

Hal

List of 23 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
8051 based POS      Manish Gajjaria      01/30/06 05:09      
   8052.COM SBC?      Andy Neil      01/30/06 06:02      
   PoS?      Andy Neil      01/30/06 06:16      
      Specifications      Manish Gajjaria      01/30/06 20:52      
         PoS with Stepper motor??      Andy Neil      01/31/06 03:44      
            Stepper Motor Purpose      Manish Gajjaria      01/31/06 03:59      
               You mean a printer!      Andy Neil      01/31/06 06:33      
         extras      Andy Neil      01/31/06 03:57      
   Code Generation      Andy Neil      01/30/06 07:52      
   it is a hard job      Frank Jin      01/30/06 08:06      
      I'd start with the below with an eye on      Erik Malund      01/30/06 08:15      
      PC      Andy Neil      01/30/06 09:26      
         PC or Microcontroller      Frank Jin      01/30/06 20:50      
         Absolutely!      Hal Albach      02/01/06 20:57      
            Not that complex !      Manish Gajjaria      02/01/06 21:59      
               Yes        Neil Kurzman      02/01/06 22:17      
                  Can anyone guide abt the Indian maket ?      Manish Gajjaria      02/02/06 01:38      
                     How about some demographic research?        Hal Albach      02/02/06 21:55      
                        Market Research      Andy Neil      02/03/06 02:58      
                     Swipe card machines      Vignesh Prasad      02/04/06 22:24      
                     Language ?      Farshid Jafari Harandi      02/05/06 02:22      
   8052 based PoS vs Mobile Phone based PoS      Manish Gajjaria      02/05/06 07:06      
      Sure      Neil Kurzman      02/05/06 22:43      

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