As you know, if you have a computer and want to connect it to money handling equipment,
such as bill validators, recyclers, coin acceptors and hoppers, then you
should have already taken a long, hard look at the Paylink system.
If you are impressed by paylink and want a cheaper alternative to the standard Paylinks
(APCUSBXX00001, APCUSBXX00007 or APCUSBXX00008),
and have a simple set up (with less than 4 inputs and outputs and only one cctalk or RS232 connection) then
you should look at the Milan / Paylink Lite.
This is a lower cost implementation of the Paylink System hardware
for situations where the required interfaces are limited. It is available to
buy now here.
Simply put, you will have no peripheral interface software to
write. An ordinary developer with no peripheral experience will be
up-and-running with your chosen peripheral set in less
than half a day.
In order to use money handling peripherals, the computer is
required to implement a serial communications handler, sometimes using RS232,
but also proprietary electronic systems such as MDB or cctalk.
This handler has to implement a protocol, which is described in a
protocol definition document for the particular device, in order to
control the peripheral device and monitor what is happening.
Paylink is not just the Milan Lite Interface unit. Although
technically it is a simple "level shifter" providing the electronic
RS232 or ccTalk interface, it include the entire Paylink library of mature,
thoroughly tested protocol handlers which means it offers
unparalleled ease of connectivity for peripherals
from a wide range of manufacturers.
The Milan / Paylink Lite product runs on any PC computer, both
Windows systems and any PC based system running a modern Linux distro.
Unfortunately as the software runs on the host machine, the current releases do
not include the ability to run on non PC systems such as the Raspberry Pi.
We are however continually enhancing the software, so don't let this put you
off contact us if you have such a requirment.
Milna / Paylink Lite supports many protocols from many manufacturers;
the following table will give you an idea of the breadth of the facilities:
Crane PI (MEI, Money Controls, NRI), Innovative Technology, JCM, ICT, Azkoyen.
Paylink fully supports the bill recycler BNV and DES standards for
Crane PI (MEI) SC Range of bill acceptors and recyclers, including the
very latest SCR/MDR recycler.
Crane PI (CashCode) B2B300, B2B100 and B2B60
JCM iPro / Vega acceptor & recycler, and similar products from many others
Most Crane PI products for coin and bill recycling.
F56 / F53
But thats not the full story. If you change manufacturer
allegiance, add peripherals or have different build variants,
then your application does not need to change at all.
Paylink simply accepts the newly connected peripheral set and
presents them all to the application through the same high-level,
And the Paylink code base has now been evolving for a full fifteen
years. It is completely stable and reliable and new devices
are being supported with every passing year.
You want to upgrade a bill validator to a bill recycler? With
Paylink it could not be easier. Simply disconnect your bill
validator and connect your recycler. Note dispensing becomes
seamlessly added to coin dispensing with no change to your
Note that completely apart from the money-handling
system, Milan / Paylink Lite also provides 4 digital inputs
and 4 low power digital outputs.
The standard API provides a very
simple interface for programmers writing in C, C++, C#, VB, Java and
Delphi. And there is example code included with the SDK in each of
those languages. If your team are skilled, high-level programmers,
then they are free to concentrate on what they know best, without
having to descend into serial communications and low level development.
Full support is already provided for high-security, state-of-the-art
peripherals today. As new devices become available, then we provide
support for these new devices.
Key benefits of the product include:
- Cost effective and resource
efficient integration of money handling peripherals
- Frees up the application programming,
development and manufacturing staff to concentrate
on core applications
- Product Speed to Market
- Plug and Play
- Designed for use with low-cost, USB-only computers
- Decouples core applications from the monetary
peripherals, allowing simple peripheral upgrades
- Multi-protocol availability means no additional
communications software to be written
- Comprehensive diagnostics and error logging
- Future proof state of art peripheral access
with new device upgradeability