Today it’s hard to imagine a modern point of sale without such hardware equipment as a barcode scanner, scales, a payment terminal, or a cash register. At the same time, with the growing demand for specialized POS equipment, more and more points of sale rely on a dedicated POS software to support sophisticated POS hardware systems. The software is usually used to provide remote control over POS equipment, track data streams, collect information from each device, and guarantee efficient communication between all parts of a POS system.
Port virtualization technology (EPVT) developed by Eltima Software is able to provide any network computer with access to remote COM ports, thus making it possible to track the activity of any serial port shared over Ethernet or the Internet.
Based on EPVT, POS software can create an unlimited number of virtual connections and receive the flows of necessary serial data over the network. That means, any local machine will be able to recognize remote serial ports as its own real ones. This lets control all data streams coming through COM ports of remote serial devices from a single data server. Above that, the technology provides the ability to join separate data streams into one data flow and vice versa.
In fact, EPVT helps to create multiple virtual COM ports on a local PC. Connected via virtual serial ports, remote barcode scanners, scales, payment terminals, and other POS hardware devices are displayed in a local computer as though they were attached to the machine physically. Plus, integration of the EPVT into point of sale software will allow custom development of specialized applications for serial communication between POS computers and devices.
People & Technology Inc.