Tableside Ordering SystemBellingham, WA, October 4, 2012 – POSGuys.com, provider of complete POS solutions, announced the launch of tableside ordering for restaurant POS systems. These systems enable waitstaff to send orders from anywhere in the restaurant, cutting customers’ wait time for their meal and eliminating order entry errors.

The tableside ordering system leverages the power of Aldelo Pro For Restaurants POS Software, integrating with existing Aldelo restaurant solutions. Unlike Aldelo Wireless POS Software, which requires investment in a server PC and mobile computer, the tableside ordering system uses a tablet PC running Windows XP software, capable of running a full license of Aldelo Pro for Restaurants. Employees will have the same experience with the tableside ordering system as they do with a standard POS system or order station.

Jono Manion, Product Developer and Content Director, said: “Our customers have wanted to add mobility to their restaurants, but Aldelo Wireless POS Software requires a tremendous investment of time and money. Once setup, employees have less tools at their disposal than at a traditional POS system. We wanted to offer a solution that gives employees full software functionality from anywhere in the restaurant. The Tableside Ordering System is just that.”

Included in the system are the Partner Tech EM-220 tablet PC, integrated credit card reader, Star Micronics SM-T300 mobile receipt printer, and Aldelo Pro for Restaurants license. The EM-220 tablet PC runs Windows XP, giving you the full functionality of a POS system running Aldelo Pro for Restaurants software.

POSGuys.com developed the Tableside Ordering System to fill a growing need for full-service dining establishments. Often, wait staff visit multiple tables before entering order information; with a Tableside Ordering System, orders can be entered on-the-fly. The tablet connects to a restaurant’s Aldelo POS system through their wireless network, providing real-time ordering, as well as any updates such as menu item availability.

“For restaurants where the server will not be the one bringing out the food, or it is common to split individual checks, having the ability to place orders on the fly, or print out a receipt in front of the customer without having to go back to a pay station greatly increases efficiency. We estimate the tableside ordering system will cut customer wait time by 5 to 10 minutes per table,” said Travis Chun, Director of Operations for POSGuys.com. “The time savings will improve turnover, enabling restaurants to seat more customers per night and providing a better overall experience for the customers and staff.”

With the integrated card reader and mobile receipt printer, payment can be taken at tableside, preventing the card from leaving the customer’s field of view and providing a framework for greater PCI compliance. All of this adds up to a terrific solution for restaurants wanting to maximize throughput and security.

Partner Tech EM-220 Specifications:

Windows XP Pro

1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 Processor

1 GB RAM

1024 x 600 Resolution

802.11b/g

Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR

Star Micronics SM-T300 Specifications:

2.95″ per second print speed

3″ print width

Bluetooth interface

Belt clip for easy portability

About POSGuys.com

POSGuys.com is an industry leading point of sale solutions provider, selling complete POS systems, barcode scanners, and receipt printers. Established in 2004, POSGuys.com’s expertly trained sales and support staff create custom point of sale and data capture solutions for businesses nationwide.

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[Source – PRWeb]

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So I made the words for this and didn’t think it’d go live, but hey, it’s out there for sale and buying stuff is great, right? The relatively new Datalogic Gryphon I GBT4100 is out there and ready to buy, and it has a fantastically long name.

The Gryphon BT is a new premium cordless barcode scanner. I didn’t know there were premium barcode scanners, but this is one of them. It uses a Bluetooth 2 radio to maintain contact with the base station or bluetooth-equipped device, giving you about 98 feet of radio range. If you happen to get out of range, the Gryphon can switch into a batch scanning mode, storing up to 1,200 barcodes in on-board memory.

What I really dig about this scanner (yeah, serious) is that the charging cradle has an adjustable base that allows the Gryphon BT to act as a presentation scanner as needed. It’s kind of a spendy scanner, so the dual-purpose style really makes it a better choice than buying a cheap presentation scanner and a cheap cordless scanner. And if you’re using your checkstand, I doubt you’re going to want a coworker toddling around your business cordlessly scanning whatever he feels like.

Datalogic rocks the green spot technology on the Gryphon, much like most of their scanners. This makes it pretty solid for the hard of hearing, people in loud places, or people in quiet places where an annoying *BEEP* could illicit glares over library books. And when it’s in the cradle, the green spot turns on automatically, so you have a glowy indicator of where the sweet spot is for scanning. It’s like a little stage on which your barcode may perform.

Loud businesses like garden centers and lumber mills could get away with the Gryphon BT and its green dottiness, and the added ingress protection seal and reinforced body make it a little tougher than some of the cheaper scanners on the market. An IP52 seal can keep water splashes and dust out, with the 5 meaning that windblown dust (saw or otherwise) won’t get in to mess up the electronics, and the 2 referencing the Gryphon’s skill at keeping a light drizzle or splish splash of water out. To keep it safe from clumsy employees, Datalogic built the Gryphon to withstand 6-foot drops to concrete, so even Bird Man Chris Anderson can’t really break it if he drops it.

In conclusion: If you are a tall, clumsy person, and you work in a library, the Datalogic Gryphon I GBT4100 is the scanner for you. If you’re short and adept, this barcode scanner is still pretty radical.

Honeywell Dolphin 9700

January 27, 2010

So a few weeks ago Honeywell let us know about a pretty solid new mobile computer they have coming out. I got so excited I listed it right away, then found out it wasn’t available for sale until March probably. But I can’t deny you guys the fun times and info about this for that long.

The Dolphin 9700 is a handheld mobile computer designed for delivery services, route management, or pretty much any other data capture scenario. There is a model with health care plastics for the body, so you could drop one of those into a hospital and not worry about etching the case with cleaning agents.

For durability, all of them meet IP64 standards for sealing. This means no dirt can get in to harm the components, and it should be fine against sprays of water. I’m pretty sure it’s in the sneezeproof category at that point. It also withstands 5-foot drops to concrete and over 2,000 1.6-foot tumbles. I like to think of the example being you have it on the back of your truck, drive off, and it falls off the truck during a high speed chase, yet it’ll keep working.

Honeywell’s crammed their Adaptus Imagers into the Dolphin 9700. Currently, they have specs for the standard range 2D imager on regular models, and the Smart Focus 2D imager on the healthcare models. They also seated the imager at an angle from the top of the unit, so you can scan things in front of you while still looking at the screen. I like to see what I scan while I’m scanning it, so that seems pretty fancy to me. Optional models also can get a 2 megapixel color camera, in case you want to take pictures of the weird rash on your patient that looks like Eric Estrada, or maybe you want to document the boot prints on your shipment.

All models come with 802.11a/b/g and BlueTooth standard, and there are options to add GPS and GSM/HSDPA cell radios. Once you cram the GPS and the GSM in there, you have a pretty solid field service and route management solution right there.

To really rub it in to the competition that Honeywell’s in it to win it, they’ve bumped up their built-in flash offering to 1 GB, and have a microSD slot on the side of the Dolphin 9700 capable of reading 32 GB cards. I’m pretty sure with that size card, and the GPS, you could have a route management system for the solar system. And that’d be pretty bodacious.

Topaz Signature Capture Pads

November 18, 2009

One of the programmers we work with recently developed a signature capture application that works with the Topaz line of signature capture pads, so we thought it’d be a good idea to list a couple and see where it goes. So far we have the SigLite LCD series available, but could add more in the next few weeks.

What really interests us about these signature capture pads is that Topaz developed a plugin for MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat, allowing the captured data to be embedded into files. For businesses trying to limit their use of natural resources, this is a fantastic way to minimize paper (ab)use. I know we often receive contracts for various projects, and they usually require us to print out, sign, and fax the complete file back to the initial sender, essentially making two copies. Being able to add our signature to the PDF and email it back to them not only cuts down on paper usage but speeds up the process tremendously.

We got yet another video up for your amusement. This time it’s the Datalogic QuickScan series of retail barcode scanners. Available as a linear imager, laser scanner, and cordless imager, these barcode scanners are pretty snappy and lightweight.

Anyway, enjoy!

Not one to deprive you of the videos we make, here’s a quickie of the new POS-X EVO-TM1 touchscreen monitor. We got Travis to run this one, primarily because we wanted more videos of him on YouTube.

Opticon OPR 3101

November 3, 2009

I do enjoy finding odd or unique design decisions in the POS industry, and the Opticon OPR 3101 barcode scanner is a good fit for unique design. The only barcode scanners I know of with a trigger guard, the OPR 3001 and OPR 3101 are designed for light industrial or rough retail environments. The OPR 3101, though, is a cordless barcode scanner, so you can do your best Briscoe County/Wyatt Earp impression while doing inventory. I do want to get my hands on a couple of these and set up some sort of incredibly expensive laser tag style shootouts.

This is a rugged laser scanner, and it actually has the capability of scanning PDF and MicroPDF barcodes, so you could use it in shipping applications at a lower cost than cordless 2D scanners.

The scanner has a Bluetooth 2 radio in it, so you can’t get quite as far from the base station/bluetooth-enabled device as the XI3200, for instance, but it does automatically switch into batch mode when out of range and dumps the data when communication is regained.

Otherwise, it’s pretty similar to the cabled model. IP54 seal to keep out dirt and water, 9″ optimal scan range for 10 mil barcodes. And it has a trigger guard!

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