Gift Shop ECR Polling over IP
Hennepin County Library in Hennepin MN has been recognized as one of the top libraries in the United States. The 41-branch library system had 5.8 million in-person visits and almost 20 million Internet visits to their library in 2010.
When the library looked to connect their Electronic Cash Registers (ECRs) to a central location they chose a solution offered by local reseller American Metro Cash Register that included LAVA serial device servers. Attached to each in-branch gift shop/book store ECR, the LAVA Ether-Serial Links made it possible to poll each of the stores throughout the the library chain. This system allows them to do everything from monitoring end-of-day sales to doing on-the-fly lookups of items and prices.