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Vending machine communication system

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EP1096408A3
EP1096408A3 EP20000309499 EP00309499A EP1096408A3 EP 1096408 A3 EP1096408 A3 EP 1096408A3 EP 20000309499 EP20000309499 EP 20000309499 EP 00309499 A EP00309499 A EP 00309499A EP 1096408 A3 EP1096408 A3 EP 1096408A3
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Prior art keywords
vending
machine
software
operating
transfer
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EP20000309499
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German (de)
French (fr)
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EP1096408A2 (en )
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Zhihong Z. Chang
Paul K. Griner
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Crane Co
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Crane Co
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F11/00Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles
    • G07F11/002Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles where the dispenser is part of a centrally controlled network of dispensers
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F5/00Coin-actuated mechanisms; Interlocks
    • G07F5/18Coin-actuated mechanisms; Interlocks specially adapted for controlling several coin-freed apparatus from one place
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F9/00Details other than those peculiar to special kinds or types of apparatus
    • G07F9/02Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus
    • G07F9/026Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus for alarm, monitoring and auditing in vending machines or means for indication, e.g. when empty

Abstract

A vending machine communication system and process including a vending machine (12) that vends a product. A vending machine operating software is stored in an operating software memory (18) associated with the vending machine (12). A vending machine controller (10) controls the vending machine (12) as a function of the vending machine operating software. A vending machine I/O port (46, 52) is associated with the vending machine controller (10). A handheld data transfer device (60) has a data transfer I/O port (62, 71) for communicating with the vending machine I/O port (46, 52). The handheld data transfer device (60) has a storage. The transfer device (60) and the vending machine controller (10) are adapted to transfer the vending machine operating software between the storage and the operating software memory (18) via the data transfer I/O port (62, 71), the vending machine I/O port (46, 52), and the vending machine controller (10). As a result, the vending machine operating software is transferred between the operating software memory (18) and the storage. The system also includes the ability to transfer vending machine operating software and vending machine data from one vending machine (12) to another (12'), using the handheld data transfer device (60).
EP20000309499 1999-10-27 2000-10-27 Vending machine communication system Withdrawn EP1096408A3 (en)

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EP0090431A2 (en) * 1982-03-31 1983-10-05 The Coca-Cola Company Energy management system for vending machines
EP0479297A2 (en) * 1990-10-03 1992-04-08 Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. Automatic vending machine
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US8631093B2 (en) 1998-03-19 2014-01-14 Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. Remote data acquisition, transmission and analysis system including handheld wireless equipment
US7690495B1 (en) 2001-03-26 2010-04-06 Usa Technologies, Inc. Card reader assembly
US7865430B1 (en) 2001-03-26 2011-01-04 Usa Technology, Inc. Cashless transaction payment module
US8596529B1 (en) 2001-03-26 2013-12-03 Usa Technologies, Inc. Interactive interface effectuated vending
US8005425B2 (en) 2001-06-29 2011-08-23 Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. Method and system for interfacing a machine controller and a wireless network
US7778600B2 (en) 2001-06-29 2010-08-17 Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. Apparatus and method to provide multiple wireless communication paths to and from remotely located equipment
US8484068B2 (en) 2005-12-14 2013-07-09 Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. Method and system for evaluating consumer demand for multiple products and services at remotely located equipment
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US8959028B2 (en) 2007-07-02 2015-02-17 Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc. Apparatus and method for monitoring and control of remotely located equipment

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