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How to synch a mobile app with a POS

Posted on 2013-06-02
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How do you install a mobile app on a Point of Sale. The other alternative being to buy some sort of mobile device and install the app on it from the restaurant end, which is not really cost effective.  

I am thinking about ordering food Mobile Apps, or ordering drinks. When you order food, from your mobile app, it shows up on the POS and the ticket is printed out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hello

a POS can run anything, is it running a Windows based OS?

Here is an example of an ordering Windows Mobile application written in freePascal: http://wiki.freepascal.org/Windows_CE_Interface#Wireless_Orders_for_Mini_Bar_Cafe.

The sample shows that the POS must run a TCP/IP socket server and the Windows Mobile device communicates via a network WLAN.

An alternative would be using Windows Mobile Handhelds (or android) that use WLAN to print directly to WLAN enabled printers.

I also did another solution (for golf scoring) which uses a simple web server PC, a browser and a server attached printer to print name tickets.

Without knowing the POS device it is hard to help more concrete.
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Thank you for your help, I very much like your ideas.  I am looking to know the most used POS in restaurants and bars and maybe adapt my solutions to the most common used pos.
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Good luck for finding the most common used POS systems. I assume that is very dedicated to country and the type of restaurant/food/beverage selling: http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=630
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