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If you have a PC or any other computer and want to connect it to money handling equipment, such as bill validators, recyclers, coin acceptors and hoppers, then you really need to take a long, hard look at the Paylink system.

Available as a fully flexible unit wtih 3 communications channels as described here or if your system only requires one channel, you might consider the Lite version descibed 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, you need to have a handler which 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 a Milan Interface unit, which could be replaced by a simple "level shifter" providing the electronic RS232, ccTalk or MDB interface. This would still leave your software team to write these communications protocols. The Paylink System is much more than that; containing as it does a wide range of mature, thoroughly tested protocol handlers which means it offers unparalleled ease of connectivity for peripherals from a wide range of manufacturers.

The Paylink product runs on any computer, it is not limited to being used with PCs. As well as the full support provided for Windows systems, Paylink is fully supported on and runs happily with any system running a modern Linux distro, including products such as the Raspberry Pi.

Paylink supports many protocols from many manufacturers; the following table will give you an idea of the breadth of the facilities:

  Protocol      Typical Manufacturers
  cctalk Crane PI (MEI, Money Controls, NRI), Innovative Technology, JCM, ICT, Azkoyen.
Paylink fully supports the bill recycler BNV and DES standards for maximum security.
  EBDS Crane PI (MEI) SC Range of bill acceptors and recyclers, including the very latest SCR/MDR recycler.
  CCNet Crane PI (CashCode) B2B300, B2B100 and B2B60
  ID003 JCM iPro / Vega acceptor & recycler, and similar products from many others
  Direct USB Most Crane PI products for coin and bill recycling.
  MDB Coin and Note acceptors / recyclers from MEI, NRI, CoinCo
  MDB Credit / Debit card acceptance devices, such as those from Nayax, OTI and CPI
  F56 / F53 Fujitsu

But that’s 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, device-independent interface.

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 alongside your coin handling system? 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 application.

You need have no worry about Paylink being "here today, gone tomorrow". Besides being a product with 15 years of history, Paylink is manufactured, sold and supported on our behalf by the worldwide payment peripheral manufacturer Crane Payment Innovations.

To start the process of buying a Paylink unit from them, you can contact their sales department with an enquiry from this page and tell them you are interested in the Paylink product. They will then be able to put you in touch with an appropriate local distributor.

Note that completely apart from the money-handling system, Paylink also provides digital inputs and digital outputs, 4 of each on the Paylink Lite V2, and 16 of each on the standard Paylink together with an interface to an SEC Meter.

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.

Apart from the standard API, a Paylink UPOS Service Object is also available, intended for retail applications. To learn more about UPOS support for Paylink, click here

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. Simply download an application from the Internet, run it on your computer and the Milan interface will be automatically upgraded to recognise the latest peripheral set.

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

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