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Publication numberEP1096408 A3
Publication typeApplication
Application numberEP20000309499
Publication date14 Aug 2002
Filing date27 Oct 2000
Priority date27 Oct 1999
Also published asCA2323292A1, EP1096408A2
Publication number00309499, 00309499.2, 2000309499, EP 1096408 A3, EP 1096408A3, EP-A3-1096408, EP00309499, EP1096408 A3, EP1096408A3, EP20000309499
InventorsZhihong Z. Chang, Paul K. Griner
ApplicantCrane Co.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: Espacenet, EP Register
Vending machine communication system
EP 1096408 A3
Abstract
A vending machine communication system and process including a vending machine (12) that vends a product. A vending machine operating software is stored in an operating software memory (18) associated with the vending machine (12). A vending machine controller (10) controls the vending machine (12) as a function of the vending machine operating software. A vending machine I/O port (46, 52) is associated with the vending machine controller (10). A handheld data transfer device (60) has a data transfer I/O port (62, 71) for communicating with the vending machine I/O port (46, 52). The handheld data transfer device (60) has a storage. The transfer device (60) and the vending machine controller (10) are adapted to transfer the vending machine operating software between the storage and the operating software memory (18) via the data transfer I/O port (62, 71), the vending machine I/O port (46, 52), and the vending machine controller (10). As a result, the vending machine operating software is transferred between the operating software memory (18) and the storage. The system also includes the ability to transfer vending machine operating software and vending machine data from one vending machine (12) to another (12'), using the handheld data transfer device (60).
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Classifications
International ClassificationG07F5/22, G07F9/00, G06Q30/00, G06F13/00, G07F5/18, G06Q50/00
Cooperative ClassificationG07F11/002, G07F5/18, G07F9/026
European ClassificationG07F11/00B, G07F9/02D, G07F5/18
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