Point of Sale Notification Add on

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Publication Date: 16-Dec-2003
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Currently, many restaurants purchase an electronic notification system for waiting customers-- this consists of a base unit plus many individual devices. When the establishment is busy, the customer must wait. He/She is given one of the devices and the device # is coded into the base unit. When it is time for the customer to be seated, the host enters the code into the base unit which then via radio waves makes the device the customer holds either beep or vibrate. My invention is to integrate into the restaurant's Point of Sale or Seating Application a notification system to work with a customer's existing mobile device which will replace the scenario mentioned above. The way this would work is that when the customer is asked to wait, they will be asked for their mobile phone # or pager email address. The host will enter this into the POS/Seating Chart application. When the user is ready to be seated, the POS system will notify the device and the user's cell phone or pager will receive an SMS message saying that it is their turn to be seated. The benefit is that no seating notification specific hardware is needed anymore.


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SMS Network

1. Host enters user's cell phone or pager number into the POS System 2. Point of Sale System sends a SMS to the user's cell phone or pager.

The Restaurant host or hostess will enter the customer's cell phone or pager number into the POS system. The POS system is networked to the external SMS network. When the customer's table is ready, the host initiates an event on the POS system that sends an SMS message through the network to the customer's cell phone or pager. This complete the transaction.

The requirements are a POS device networked to the external SMS network and an additional application running on the application to interface between the SMS network and the existing POS application.

Point of Sale System


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