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(RSS) OPOS interface using JavaPOS as functional subsystem for POS peripheral communication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099038D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a program that provides an OPOS (OLE for Point of Sale) interface for Point of Sale drivers created in Java following the JavaPOS specification.

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(RSS) OPOS interface using JavaPOS as functional subsystem for POS peripheral communication

     OPOS and JavaPOS are both implementations of drivers specified in the UnifiedPOS specification. They are similar in functionality, but are created for use in different environments. OPOS is used by Windows. JavaPOS by Java applications. This invention discloses an OPOS interface to communicate with POS (Point of Sale) peripherals. However, instead of managing the driver functionality within the OPOS driver, this invention will use the JavaPOS drivers to communicate with the devices. This greatly minimizes development, testing and support cost as function will only need to be added in the JavaPOS layer. The OPOS layer will behave purely as an additional interface to the JavaPOS drivers.

     If instead of supporting a separate and complete set of OPOS drivers to communicate with the devices, this invention describes the creation of a very thin OPOS layer that uses JavaPOS to do all the POS peripheral communications. OPOS will only provide a connection point between the Windows application and the JavaPOS drivers. This works for the current OPOS as well as POS for .net specifications.

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