If you have a Raspberry Pi (or similar) 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.
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 the 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 a Raspberry Pi and any similar computer. Paylink is fully supported
on and runs happily with any system running a modern Linux distro.
Paylink 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.
Coin and Note acceptors / recyclers from MEI, NRI, CoinCo
Credit / Debit card acceptance devices, such as those from Nayax, OTI and CPI
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
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
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 16 digital inputs
and 16 digital outputs, as well as an interface to an
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
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