EP2757536A1 - Device for the autonomous transport of cash boxes between the till area and the back office - Google Patents

Device for the autonomous transport of cash boxes between the till area and the back office Download PDF

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EP2757536A1
EP2757536A1 EP20130151679 EP13151679A EP2757536A1 EP 2757536 A1 EP2757536 A1 EP 2757536A1 EP 20130151679 EP20130151679 EP 20130151679 EP 13151679 A EP13151679 A EP 13151679A EP 2757536 A1 EP2757536 A1 EP 2757536A1
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Michael Schild
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The invention relates to a device (10) for the autonomous transport of cash boxes (22) between a predetermined first location (102) and at least one predetermined second location (104, 106). The device (10) comprises a mobile rack (12) having at least one receiving compartment (20) for receiving a cashbox (22) and a drive unit (26) for moving the rack (12). Furthermore, the device (10) comprises a navigation unit (14, 32) for determining the travel path of the rack (12). The rack (12) has a transmitting and / or receiving unit (24) for transmitting data to a cashbox (22) received in the receiving compartment (20) and / or for receiving a cashbox (20) received in the receiving compartment (20). 22) transmitted data.

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  • The invention relates to a device for the autonomous transport of cash boxes between a predetermined first and at least one predetermined second location. In particular, the first place is the cashier area of a retailer, the second place is a back office of that retailer.
  • Retailers are increasingly using automated checkout systems in which the banknotes that customers use to pay and the banknotes that serve as change are in cash cassettes. This can be both cash cassettes with a roll storage as well as cash cassettes, in which the notes are placed on their edges standing in the form of a banknote stack act. The cash cassettes of the individual cash desks of the cash register system must be exchanged regularly. In particular, cash cassettes with high denominations, which are often used to pay for the goods, must be emptied frequently, whereas cash cassettes with small denomination notes, which are often required as change, are relatively quickly empty and thus have to be replaced by new, full cash cassettes.
  • The filling of the cash boxes and / or the emptying of cash cassettes takes place in particular in the retail company in a so-called back office, preferably with a corresponding machine, a so-called consolidator. The newly filled cash boxes and the cash cassettes to be emptied thus have to be transported between the checkout area and the back office through the business area accessible to the general customers. Until now, it is common for this transport to be done manually by employees of the retailer. Especially in large shops, the paths to be traveled between the individual cash registers and the back office can be very long and constitute an attack target for criminal persons trying to access the recorded bank notes. This involves a high risk for the persons transporting the cash boxes who are often intimidated by the threat of violence.
  • From the document DE 10 2010 004 669 A1 stationary racks are known, which serve for the intermediate storage of cash boxes, in particular in a back office area of a retail company. Here, the cash boxes, as long as they are not yet fed to the consolidator, cached in this rack-like rack. The cash cassettes are transported between the rack and the consolidator or vice versa between the rack and the cash register areas manually.
  • From the document EP 02463831 A2 It is known that cash cassettes are taken during their transport in value transporters in arranged within these value transports racks.
  • It is an object of the invention to provide a device for the autonomous transport of cash boxes between a predetermined first location and at least one predetermined second location, with the help of a low-risk transport is possible.
  • This object is achieved by the device having the features of claim 1. Advantageous developments are specified in the dependent claims.
  • According to the invention, the device comprises a mobile rack which comprises at least one receptacle for receiving a cashbox and a drive unit for moving the mobile rack between the first and at least the second location. Furthermore, the device has a navigation unit for determining the travel path of the rack. The rack further comprises a transmitting and / or receiving unit for transmitting data to a cash box accommodated in the receiving compartment and / or for receiving data transmitted by a cash box received in the receiving compartment when a corresponding cash box is received in the receiving compartment.
  • By means of such a mobile, autonomous, ie driverless, rack which moves independently between the first and the second location with the aid of the navigation unit, it is possible that a large part of the transport routes to be traveled in a retail enterprise are fully automatic, ie especially without people being involved. Thus, the time in which the cashbox is handled by persons and in which such persons are thus an attack target of criminals who try to access the recorded banknotes minimized.
  • As a cash box in this context any transport container for notes of value understood. The cash box may in particular comprise a roll storage on which the notes of value are taken up wound up between two film strips. Alternatively, the cashbox may also include a receiving area in which the notes of value are placed with their front and back sides lying adjacent to each other on their edges as a value note stack.
  • As a rack, each independently and driverless mobile unit understood in the at least one cashbox can be transported recorded in a receptacle. In particular, the rack is formed like a rack and / or shelf and preferably comprises a plurality of storage compartments, in each of which a cashbox can be accommodated.
  • The predetermined first location is in particular the cash register area of a retail company. The predetermined second location is in particular the back office of this retail company. Alternatively, the second location may also be a safekeeping division, which is only for employees of the secure transport company is accessible. It is alternatively possible for the retailer to also have both a back office area and a valuables transport area, and an autonomous transport between the checkout area, the back office area and the valuables transport area is possible with the aid of the mobile rack.
  • The retailers can be divided into three areas. On the one hand, the business area is planned, which is publicly accessible to all customers and in which, among other things, the cash register area is arranged. This area is thus extremely uncertain. In addition, a back office is provided, to which only the employees of the retail company have access and which is thus much safer compared to the business area. In this back-office area, in particular, the filling and / or emptying of the cashbox takes place with the aid of an automatic back-office machine, which is often referred to as a consolidator. About this machine can be emptied of the cash drains taken full cash boxes and / or empty cash boxes are equipped with change for the cash. In addition, there is often provision for a safe haulage business where only employees of a haulage firm handling the delivery and disposal of banknotes have access and can therefore be considered very safe. The autonomous transport device allows the cash cassettes delivered by the transport company and the cassettes to be picked up by the transport company to be transported automatically between the back-office area and the safekeeping area via the mobile rack. Likewise, by the mobile rack cassettes are automatically transported between the checkout area and the back office without the need for staff.
  • The transmitting and / or receiving unit comprises in particular an infrared transmitter and / or infrared receiver, a radio transmitter and / or receiver and / or a connector for producing a plug connection to the cashbox. In particular, the connector is disposed within the receiving compartment and formed to be complementary to a connector located on the side of a cash box. Thus, when inserting the cashbox into the receptacle a plug connection can be made in a simple manner, via which a data transfer between the rack and the cashbox is possible.
  • Further, it is advantageous if the device comprises a control unit and if the control unit uses the transmitting and / or receiving unit data for setting a timer of a recorded cashbox, data for setting a mode of operation of a recorded cashbox and / or data for activating, deactivating and / or or triggering a devaluation unit of the cashbox for irreversible devaluation of recorded in the cashbox banknotes transfers to the cashbox.
  • In the devaluation unit for irreversible devaluation of the cashbox is in particular a so-called Tintenkitt, with the help of which recorded in the cash box banknotes can be irreversibly dyed in the presence of a manipulation attempt with a dye, so that the banknotes for the thief are useless, as this can no longer bring them into circulation.
  • The control unit is arranged in particular within the mobile rack so that it can control itself without the need for a data transmission connection to an external control unit. Alternatively, the control unit may also be a unit arranged outside the rack, for example a computer. In this case, a data transmission connection, in particular via radio, is formed between the external control unit and the rack, so that the data necessary for the control can be transmitted.
  • In particular, a plurality of operating modes are preset in a storage element of the cashbox, which can be adapted to the different situations in which it can be a cashbox on schedule during its operation. Depending on the operating mode, different manipulation sensors of the cashbox can be activated and deactivated. In particular, depending on the operating mode, the devaluation unit can also be activated or deactivated. Furthermore, different timers for triggering the invalidation unit can be assigned in the different operating modes. The timer indicates a period after which the validation unit is triggered, if the cashbox is not placed within this time in a different mode of operation, for example by inserting into a considered safe safe vending machine.
  • It is particularly advantageous if, upon insertion of the cashbox into the rack, the control unit deactivates the validation unit and / or halts a set timer and / or activates the invalidation unit, activates a paused timer, and / or sets a new timer as the cashbox is removed from the rack ,
  • When inserting a money box removed from a cash register, a very short timer is preset for this process. Accordingly, only a very short timer is preset for transport between the mobile rack and the back-office machine. When inserting the cashbox into the mobile rack, this short timer, which is designed to ensure that the notes of value are canceled when the employee is prevented from inserting them, is disabled so that during dispatch within the mobile rack, the validation unit is triggered in the presence of a manipulation attempt and not when a time is exceeded. Alternatively, a new, longer timer can be set.
  • Furthermore, it is advantageous if the rack comprises at least one manipulation sensor for detecting tampering attempts and if the control unit depends on the Signals this manipulation sensor transmits data for triggering the validation unit to the recorded cashbox. This ensures that in addition to the manipulation sensors of the cashbox other sensors are used and thus the security can be further increased. In particular, this can also prevent false triggering.
  • In a particularly preferred embodiment, a desired path for the planned movement of the rack is preset in the control unit. In particular, the manipulation sensor comprises a position sensor with the aid of which the current actual position of the rack can be determined in each case. The control unit compares the determined position with the desired path and triggers the devaluation unit when the determined position is outside the preset desired path. The desired path is designed in particular in the form of a corridor within which the mobile rack may move. On the other hand, if the mobile rack is outside of this preset target path, it can be assumed that the rack was unjustifiably moved here and thus there is a risk of tampering.
  • Moreover, it is advantageous if the rack comprises at least one environmental sensor for detecting obstacles within the transport path. As the mobile rack moves independently within the publicly accessible business of the retailer, it must be assumed that the paths between the customer and the customer are regular cross the mobile rack and / or other obstacles, such as shopping carts or stored goods, in the area cleared for the mobile rack. The environment sensor ensures that no customers and / or other obstacles are rammed. The environmental sensor can be designed, for example, in the form of an ultrasonic sensor. Alternatively, all other suitable types of sensors may be used to detect obstacles. For example, the determination of the obstacles can also be camera-based.
  • Moreover, it is advantageous if the control unit, after an obstacle has been detected by means of the environmental sensor, controls the drive unit in such a way that the rack is moved back to its starting location. In a particularly preferred embodiment, after detection of the obstacle, the rack first stops for a predetermined time and waits to see if the obstacle moves out of the transport path. If this does not happen within the predetermined time, the rack is moved back to its original position so that it is safe from unauthorized access. Should it not be possible that the rack can be moved back to the starting position, for example because another obstacle blocks the way back, so the control unit triggers in particular the devaluation unit, so that the recorded notes are canceled and thus for a potential thief are useless.
  • The navigation unit is in particular designed such that it determines the travel path of the rack via laser navigation, dead reckoning, raster navigation, guidance with continuous guidelines, camera navigation and / or radio bearing. Alternatively, all other known from driverless transport systems navigation techniques can be used. Depending on the navigation technology, the sensors located on the rack as well as the means for guiding the rack which are arranged stationary within the possible transport area differ. In particular, corresponding loops are embedded in the floor of the retail enterprise, which can be detected via sensors of the rack, for example by means of induction, and thus used to control the rack. Alternatively, colored markings may also be provided which limit the transport path and which can be detected via corresponding sensors of the rack. All navigation techniques have in common that a range of motion is specified for the rack, within which the rack can move autonomously. Via various sensors of the rack, the latter can autonomously determine where it is within this range and move in such a way that it does not leave this area and moves as precisely as possible as short as possible between the starting point and the destination.
  • In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, different zones and / or points are predetermined within the possible range of movement of the rack, wherein the control unit determines using the navigation unit, in which zone and / or at which point the rack is currently located. For the individual zones and / or Points, which are often referred to as markers, are preset in the control unit in particular certain control rules for the rack. It is particularly advantageous if the control unit, depending on the zone and / or the point, sets the operating mode of the cashbox, sets a timer of the validation unit, activates or deactivates and / or sets an authorization request for manual access to the cashbox.
  • In particular, a marker may designate a predetermined area in the back office where the rack ranks when it is not needed and where it can be recharged, for example. Likewise, a marker may be provided in the safekeeping area that the rack moves to hand over cash cassettes to or from a value-transporting company.
  • It is particularly advantageous if the operating mode which the control unit sets for the cash boxes when they are accommodated in the rack, is preset such that upon an unauthorized removal of the cash box from the rack, the devaluation unit is automatically triggered. In particular, the rack includes a user interface for authenticating an operator prior to removing a cash box from the rack. Only when a person authenticates can they remove the cashbox without triggering the devaluation unit. In addition, the user interface can also to enter control information for controlling the rack. The authentication can be done for example via a chip card, a magnetic stripe card and / or a card with an RFID chip. Alternatively, a keyboard and / or touch screen for authentication may be provided.
  • The markers can also be used to preset areas and points in which the rack itself authorizes the withdrawal of the cash cassettes, i. E. that if the rack is located in this area or point, a withdrawal of cash cassettes from it is possible without the need for a person to authenticate via the user interface. Such markers are provided in particular in the back-office area and / or safe-haven area, since these areas can be considered secure, so that all persons who have access to this area are also entitled to remove the cash boxes, so that no further authentication is necessary can.
  • Furthermore, it is advantageous if a power supply unit is provided for supplying the drive unit and / or the control unit with electrical energy. In particular, an accumulator is provided in the rack, with the aid of which the drive unit, which is designed in particular as an electric motor, is supplied with electric current. Furthermore, the rack has in particular a predetermined interface, via which the rack can be supplied with electrical energy and / or transmitted via the data between the rack and a central processing unit can be. The interface is designed in particular in the form of a connector, for example a USB connection.
  • In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, the rack comprises two, three, four or more than four receiving compartments for receiving a respective cashbox, wherein in each receiving compartment in each case at least one transmitting and / or receiving unit for sending and receiving data to or from the corresponding cashbox is arranged. The transmitting and / or receiving units and the setting of the individual cash boxes is carried out in particular analogous to the procedures described above. Thus, it is possible that several cash boxes can be transported simultaneously, so that the number of transport operations can be significantly reduced.
  • Further features and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description, which illustrates the invention with reference to embodiments in conjunction with the accompanying figures.
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  • FIG. 1
    a schematic representation of a arranged in a retail company device for the autonomous transport of cash boxes between a safekeeping area, a back office area and a cash desk area;
    FIG. 2
    a schematic side view of a mobile rack of the device according to FIG. 1 ; and
    FIG. 3
    a front view of the rack after FIG. 2 ,
  • In FIG. 1 2, a schematic representation of various portions of a retailer 100 is shown. The retail enterprise 100 comprises a business area 102, a back-office area 104 and a value-transport enterprise area 106. The individual areas are separated from one another, in particular via locks 108, 110. In the business area 102, the actual sale of the goods takes place, so that this business area 102 is freely accessible to all persons and thus can be regarded as unsafe. In the business area 102 there is provided a checkout area 114 in which, in the example shown, four automatic cash registers 114 are arranged, with the aid of which the customers can pay for the goods they have purchased.
  • The automatic cash registers 114 each comprise a plurality of cash cassettes in which the banknotes deposited by the customers can be received and the notes of value serving as change are taken up. The cash boxes must be exchanged regularly as they are either complete filled or completely or almost completely emptied.
  • The filling and emptying of the cashboxes takes place in the back-office area 104, in particular by means of a so-called consolidator 116. Via this consolidator 116, full cash-boxes of the cash-box area 112 can be emptied and empty change-over cartridges can be refilled. For this purpose, the consolidator 116 comprises, in particular, internal memory for receiving banknotes in which, in particular, banknotes of high denominations, which are not paid back to the customers, can be included.
  • The removal of banknotes from the retailer 100 and the delivery of banknotes to the retailer 100 takes place, in particular, via cash cassettes by a value-transporting company. The delivery of the filled cash boxes by the value-transporting company and the collection of the cash boxes by the value-transporting company takes place, in particular, in the value-transporting company area 106.
  • In the back office area 104, only the employees of the retailer 100 have access, so this area is much safer compared to the business area 102. The safekeeping area 106 is even safer because only employees of the value-transporting company have access to it. In alternative embodiments, the retailer 100 may also include only an area in which the back office area 104 and the valuables transport area 106 are merged.
  • According to the invention, a device 100 is provided with the aid of which the cash cassettes can be transported autonomously, automatically and without driver between the checkout area 112, the back-office area 104 and the value-transporting company area 106. The device 10 comprises a mobile, driverless rack 12 as well as a plurality of loops 14 embedded in the floor of the retail enterprise 100, which serve as guidelines for the movement of the mobile rack 12 and thus determine the possible travel paths of the rack 12. Alternatively, other continuous-guidance navigation techniques, such as colored marking lines on the ground, may be used to control the movement of the rack 12. In addition, other navigation techniques, such as dead reckoning, raster navigation, laser navigation, radio navigation and / or camera navigation can be used.
  • In particular, navigation techniques are used, which are also used in driverless transport systems in automated mechanical manufacturing, with which particular goods are transported during automated production within factory buildings.
  • Furthermore, predetermined points, so-called markers 16, 18, which have special rules, are defined by the loops 14 are assigned, which will be described in more detail below.
  • The FIGS. 2 and 3 each show a schematic representation of the rack 12, wherein in FIG. 2 a side view and in FIG. 3 a front view is shown. The rack 12 comprises four receiving compartments 20, in each of which a cash box 22 can be received. In each receptacle 20, a connector 24 is provided, by means of which a plug connection to a complementary connector, not shown, of the respective cashbox 22 can be formed, via which a data transfer between the rack 12 and the cashbox 22 is possible. Furthermore, the rack 12 comprises a drive unit 26, for example an electric motor, and an accumulator 28 for supplying the drive unit 26 and other components of the rack 12 with electrical energy. By way of the drive unit 26, rollers 30, by way of which the rack 12 is mounted on the floor, can be driven, so that the rack 12 can be moved along the paths predetermined by the loops 14. Instead of rollers 30 and wheels and / or chains can be used. The selected elements depend in particular on the nature of the substrate on which the transport path is formed.
  • On the underside of the rack 12, a sensor 32 is provided, with the aid of which the loops 14 can be detected, so that the position of the rack 12 within the retailer 100 can be determined via the sensor 32 is. The markers 16, 18 can also be detected via the sensor 32.
  • In addition, a plurality of environmental sensors 34 is provided, with the help of which obstacles along the transport path can be detected. In particular, the collision with obstacles, for example with persons, is avoided via the sensors 34. For example, ultrasonic sensors can be used as ambient sensors 34.
  • In addition, the rack 12 has a control unit 36 for controlling the rack 12, a user interface 38 for authenticating operators and / or for inputting control data, and a connector 40 via which the rack 12 can be connected to an external power supply unit for charging the accumulator 28 can. In addition, via a connector produced via the connector 40 also a data transfer of data to the rack, for example, a transfer of configurations, new firmware or a lock book done.
  • The following describes how the transport of cash boxes 22 takes place by means of the mobile rack 12 within a retail company 100. This is just one possible type of control, whereby, of course, individual process steps can be modified or omitted.
  • When a cash box 22 to be transported is taken from one of the cash registers 114 or a consolidator 116, a short timer for triggering an ink cartridge disposed in the cash box 22 is set in the cash box 22 for irreversibly canceling the recorded notes of value. Within this short timer, the insertion of the cash box 22 must be done in one of the receiving compartments 20 of the rack 12. If this does not happen, the devaluation unit is triggered and the notes of value are colored.
  • When inserting the cashbox 22 into the receptacle 20, a plug connection between the connector 24 of the corresponding receiving compartment 20 and a complementary connector of the cashbox 22 is made. The control unit 36 of the rack 12 recognizes this and transmits via the connector data to the cashbox 22, by which the operating mode of the cashbox 22 is changed from a transport mode with the short timer into a transport mode with a long timer for transport within the rack 12. Alternatively, the ink kit can also be completely deactivated during recording in the cash box 22 in the rack 12. Depending on the operating mode set, different sensors of the cashbox 22 and / or of the rack 12 may also be activated or deactivated to avoid manipulation attempts.
  • After the cashbox 22 has been inserted into the rack 12, the person using the cashbox 22 has to authenticate via the user interface 38, which is for example can be done via RFID. Through this authentication, the job is completed and the rack 12 automatically moves along the transport paths given by the loops 14 to the destination address for which the cash box 22 is intended. In particular, the control unit 36 uses the sensor 32 to determine regularly the current position of the rack 12 and compares it with a preset setpoint path. As long as the rack 12 is within this preset desired path, there is no suspicion of tampering. On the other hand, if the rack 12 is outside the predetermined desired path, manipulation is assumed and the control unit 36 triggers the validation unit of the cashbox 22.
  • As the rack 12 is moved, the environment is monitored for possible obstacles by the environment sensors 34. If an obstacle is detected, the rack 12 stops and waits for a predetermined time for the obstacle to clear its intended path. If the obstacle does not leave the path of the rack 12 within the predetermined time, the control unit 36 again controls the rack 12 so that it moves back to its starting location. If this way back is blocked by an obstacle, the control unit 36 triggers the devaluation units of the cash boxes 22, so that an unauthorized access to the recorded notes of value is pointless. Alternatively, the control unit 36 may also determine another possible route along which it then steers the rack 12 to the destination address.
  • During the entire transport the devaluation unit of the cash boxes 22 is activated in each case, so that there is a triggering of the devaluation unit in the detection of a manipulation attempt via one of the manipulation sensors of the respective cashbox 22 or via a manipulation sensor of the rack 12. In particular, a triggering of the devaluation unit, if the cashbox 22 is removed during transport unauthorized from the respective receiving compartment 20, which can be registered, for example, via a release of the connector.
  • If the rack 12 has arrived at its destination address, then the removal person must authenticate via the user interface 38 before removing the cashbox 22 from the receiving compartment 20, so that removal without triggering the cancellation unit is possible. In the subsequent removal, a transport mode with a short timer is then set again, which specifies the time within which the withdrawn cashbox 22 must be inserted into the consolidator 116 or into the corresponding cash box 114.
  • Alternatively, by means of a corresponding marker 16, in particular in the back-office area 104, it can be specified that, if the rack 12 is arranged in the region of this marker 16, the cashbox 22 can be removed without prior authentication without triggering the cancellation unit. Since only employees have access to the back office area 104, it can be assumed that that they are anyway entitled to remove the cash boxes 22, so that can be dispensed with a separate authentication.
  • The same can also be predefined by the marker 18 in the valuables transport area. By the marker 16 in the back-office area 104, a base position is preset, which the rack 12 can take to charge its accumulator 28 with electrical energy and / or for the transmission of data.
  • When a cash box 22 is delivered by a value-transporting company in the value-transporting company area 106, the cash box 22 is first inserted into the rack 12 by the employee of the value-transporting company. As a result, the previously set for the transport of the cashbox 22 from the value transporter to the rack 12 short timer is disabled and the cashbox 22 is placed in a racking mode when inserted into the rack 12. After authentication of the employee of the Werttransportunternehmens via the user interface 38, the order for transporting the inserted cashbox 22 or inserted cash boxes 22 from the Werttransportunternehmensbereich 106 in the back-office area 104 to the consolidator 116 is completed. During transport, a transport mode of the cash boxes 22 is preset with a relatively long timer. Will be, in FIG. 1 unmarked in the back-office area 104 reaches in the area of the consolidator 116, the timer is stopped and the cashbox 22 is put into park mode again. In front the removal of the cashbox 22 from the rack 12, an employee must first authenticate via the user interface 38 so that he can remove the cashbox 22 from the rack 12 and insert it into the consolidator 116.
  • Overall, it is achieved by the transport of the cash boxes 22 described above between the Werttransportunternehmensbereich 106 and the back office area 104 and between the back office area 104 and the cash register area 112 via the mobile rack 12 that the transport paths along which the cash box 22 must be transported by a person, be minimized. Thus, the risk of attack on people is also minimized.
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    12
    rack
    14
    loop
    16, 18
    marker
    20
    receiving compartment
    22
    cashbox
    24
    Connectors
    26
    drive unit
    28
    accumulator
    30
    role
    32
    sensor
    34
    ambient sensor
    36
    control unit
    38
    user interface
    40
    Connectors
    100
    Retailers
    102
    business
    104
    Backoffice
    106
    CIT companies area
    108, 110
    lock
    112
    cashier
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    cashbox
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    consolidator

Claims (15)

  1. Device for the autonomous transport of cash cassettes between a predetermined first location and at least one predetermined second location,
    a mobile rack (12) comprising at least one receiving compartment (20) for receiving a cash box (22) and a drive unit (26) for moving the rack (12) between the first and at least the second location, and
    with a navigation unit (14, 32) for determining the travel path of the rack (12),
    wherein the rack (12) has a transmitting and / or receiving unit (24) for sending data to a cashbox (22) received in the receiving compartment (20) and / or for receiving a cashbox (20) received in the receiving compartment (20). 22) data transmitted.
  2. Device (10) according to claim 1, characterized in that the transmitting and / or receiving unit (24) an infrared transmitter and / or receiver, a radio transmitter and / or receiver and / or a connector for making a plug connection to the cashbox (22).
  3. Device (10) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the device (10) comprises a control unit (36), and that the control unit (36) with the aid of the transmitting and / or receiving unit (24) data for setting a timer a recorded cash box (22), data for setting a mode of operation of a cashbox (22) and / or data for activating, deactivating and / or triggering a debit unit of a cashbox (22) for irreversibly debiting notes of value received in the cashbox (22) Cashbox (22) transfers.
  4. Device (10) according to claim 3, characterized in that the control unit (36) deactivates the invalidation unit and / or stops a set timer when inserting a cashbox (22) into the rack (12) and / or when removing the cashbox (22). activates the validation unit from the rack (12), activates a paused timer and / or sets a new timer.
  5. Device (10) according to one of claims 3 or 4,
    characterized in that the rack (12) comprises at least one manipulation sensor (32) for detecting manipulation attempts, and in that the control unit (36) in response to the signal of the manipulation sensor (32) transmits data for triggering the validation unit to a recorded cashbox (22).
  6. Device (10) according to claim 5, characterized in that in the control unit (36) a target path is preset, along which the rack (12) should move according to plan, that the manipulation sensor (32) comprises a position sensor for determining the actual Position of the rack (12) comprises, and that the control unit (36) triggers the devaluation unit when the determined position is outside the desired path.
  7. Device (10) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the rack (12) comprises at least one environment sensor (34) for detecting obstacles within the track.
  8. Device (10) according to claim 7, characterized in that the control unit (36), if with the aid of the environment sensor (34) an obstacle has been detected, the drive unit (26) controls such that the rack (12) back to its starting point is moved.
  9. Device (10) according to claim 8, characterized in that the control unit (36) triggers the cancellation unit when the rack (12), after the detection an obstacle, for example by another obstacle, is prevented from moving back to the starting point.
  10. Device (10) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the navigation unit (14, 32) is designed such that the travel path of the rack (12) via laser navigation, dead reckoning, continuous navigation guidance, camera navigation and / or Radio detection determined.
  11. Device (10) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that within the possible range of movement of the rack (12) different zones and / or points (16, 18) are predetermined, that the control unit (36) determined by means of the navigation unit in which Zones and / or at which point (16, 18) is the rack (12), and that the control unit (36) depending on the zone and / or the point (16, 18) sets the operating mode of the cashbox (22), Sets a timer of the validation unit, activates and / or deactivates and / or sets the authorization requirements for manual access to the cashbox (22).
  12. Device (10) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the rack (12) is a user interface (38) for authenticating an operator prior to removal of a cashbox (22) on the rack (12) and / or for inputting control information for controlling the rack (12).
  13. Device (10) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that a power supply unit (28) for supplying the drive unit (26) with electrical energy is provided.
  14. Device (10) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the rack (12) comprises a plurality of receiving compartments (20) for receiving in each case a cashbox (22), and that in each receiving compartment (20) each have at least one transmitting and / or receiving unit (24) for transmitting and / or receiving data to or from the corresponding cashbox (22) is arranged.
  15. Device (10) according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the first location is a cashier area (112) of a retailer (100) and the second location is a back office area (104) of the retailer (100).
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