Atlas POS, a POS integrator specializing in Sharp ECRs, operates throughout Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland. They have now used LAVA Ether-Serial Links and HQ-ST Plus Links in numerous POS polling applications. They focus on POS installations for cafeterias, and have sold systems to colleges, universities, and hospitals, as well as to companies such as BMW and Rogers.
Norm Puig at Atlas sees increasing need for machines that require networking, either natively in the machine, or through IP-enabling technology such as the Ether-Serial Links and HQ-ST Links that he installs. His observation is that for installations where the requirement for complex cash registers is high, as when an organization has a large number of inventory items to manage, the ECRs and POS systems are Ethernet ready. By contrast, when the cash register requirements are simpler or stores are smaller, IP-enablers make more sense.
Typical installations for Norm include Ether-Serial Links for polling Sharp ER-A420 cash registers, polling with Skantalk software, at the Royal Conservatory, Toronto; HQ-ST Links polling Sharp UP600 registers in the Sweet Tooth Candy Emporium chain, and Sharp ER-A520 cash registers being connected with Ether-Serial Links in the Old Forum Inn, Cambridge, ON.
Norm prefers the ease of use he finds in the LAVA products to some of the more difficult to use products on the market.