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Point of Sale System With Verification and Authorization Function for Hotel or Restaurant

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084867D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greenlie, DG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The drawing represents a point of sale system for an application such as a hotel or a restaurant. Blocks in the drawing represent a point of sale temminal, a controller, and an operator; and lines interconnecting the blocks represent key entries by the operator and messages produced by the terminal and the controller.

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Point of Sale System With Verification and Authorization Function for Hotel or Restaurant

The drawing represents a point of sale system for an application such as a hotel or a restaurant. Blocks in the drawing represent a point of sale temminal, a controller, and an operator; and lines interconnecting the blocks represent key entries by the operator and messages produced by the terminal and the controller.

When the system is ready to begin a new operation, the terminal provides an operator guidance message, "Enter Transaction Type". Suppose for example that the operator then enters a function "Room Charge". The controller is programmed to give operator guidance for predetermined entries, and the next line in the sequence represents the operation of the terminal in providing the guidance message "Account Number" and the response of the operator in entering an account number. Similarly, the following line represents the operator guidance message "Room Number" and the operator response in keying a room number.

Many hotel and restaurant transactions involve items that should be verified. For example if a restaurant bill is to be charged to a room, it is desirable to check that the room is in fact occupied. Similarly, it may be desirable to verify the name of the guest and/or the name of the operator. These entries can be compared with other entries such as a credit limit for the guest or the scope of authority of an operator to make a particular transaction.

The terminal is loaded with a table that identifies the fields in the entries that require verificatio...