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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012, Posted On: 1/3/2012

UNI Interface Allows Using PC To Make Vending Machine Selections

Tim Sanford
vending, vending machine, vending technology Upstate Networks Inc., alternative selection device for vending machine, vending machine touchscreen interface, smartphone, smartphone transaction, PC2ASD selector board, vending machine interface board, Future Technology Devices International

Upstate Networks PC2ASD, vending machine selector UTICA, NY -- New from Upstate Networks Inc. is an "alternative selection device" that permits replacing the conventional keypad selector on a vending machine with a PC. The device can be embedded in a touchscreen interface, or even in an onboard wireless module that can receive transaction data from a patron's smartphone.

Called PC2ASD, the new UNI product is designed for fast integration by original equipment manufacturers and for use by developers of unique vending applications. The source code that accompanies it permits writing instructions to control the vender's dispensing mechanism.

The interface board, which incorporates a USB chipset from Future Technology Devices International, is supplied with a hardware interface cable and all necessary software, including the full application programming interface (API).

Upstate Networks Inc. has been providing PC-based interfaces for the vending, self-checkout payment, carwash, laundromat and kiosk industries since 1995. Its other products for enabling communication among PCs, vending machines and payment systems are described online at upstatenetworks.com.

The company may be contacted by calling (800) 369-5797.

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