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Point of Sale Notification Add on

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020985D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Currently, many restaurants purchase an electronic notification system for waiting customers-- this consists of a base unit plus many individual devices. When the establishment is busy, the customer must wait. He/She is given one of the devices and the device # is coded into the base unit. When it is time for the customer to be seated, the host enters the code into the base unit which then via radio waves makes the device the customer holds either beep or vibrate.

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SMS Network

1. Host enters user's cell phone or pager number into the POS System 2. Point of Sale System sends a SMS to the user's cell phone or pager.

The Restaurant host or hostess will enter the customer's cell phone or pager number into the POS system. The POS system is networked to the external SMS network. When the customer's table is ready, the host initiates an event on the POS system that sends an SMS message through the network to the customer's cell phone or pager. This complete the transaction.

The requirements are a POS device networked to the external SMS network and an additional application running on the application to interface between the SMS network and the existing POS application.

Point of Sale System

Pager

Cell Phone

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