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Method and System for Paring Monitors Connected to a Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201801D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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A method and system for paring monitors connected to a server is disclosed.

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Method and System for Paring Monitors Connected to a Server

Disclosed is a method and system for paring monitors connected to a server.

Point of Sale (POS) solutions are extensively used. Normally, a POS solution comprises a plurality of touch monitors. An operator and a customer have dedicated monitors. The operator facing touch monitor is used for typical POS functions such as scanning and entering item quantities, payment type, etc. The customer facing monitor is used for providing a real time scrollable receipt, viewing of customer loyalty data, displaying advertisements, displaying additional purchase items and displaying a retailer's web site, etc.

The typical implementation of hardware in POS solutions is two touch monitors attached to a common POS terminal. The POS terminal has two independent video outputs and multiple Powered USB ports to attach POS I/O including the touch monitors. An Operating System (OS) manages the images displayed on each monitor. Normally, two or more applications are used, one or more applications for the POS activities and other applications to enable the various functions on the customer facing monitor. In many scenarios these applications interact. For example, the POS application passes data to an application displaying the scrollable receipt on the customer facing monitor. This interaction takes place between the various applications running on the POS terminal. In the POS terminal based dual touch monitor solutions, determining which display and I/O operations are designated for operator facing monitor and which display and I/O operations are designated for customer facing monitor is difficult.

The method and system disclosed herein provides an efficient way of pairing the monitors of the operator and the customer without using a POS terminal.

In one embodiment of the invention, a POS power hub may be used to pair multiple monitors without requiring an individual POS terminal for each POS system. As monitors have evolved, they have Ethernet, wireless or other methods to access servers which provide the content and additional computational capabilities required by a local input.

Each POS I/O may be plugged into the POS power hub for power and communication including the touch moni...