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Gas Station POS

With the advent of cars, came the advent of the gas station.

But the gas station has become a much more complex system that it once was.

Gas stations no longer just pump gas.

Very often the gas station also includes a convenience store, a car wash and possibly other amenities.

These separate parts cannot be treated separately, they are all part of the same system.

So how do you manage of these different parts? How do you reward loyal customers with discounts or closely track the operations of the different parts of gas station?

This case study takes a closer look at what is needed for a POS system installed in a gas station. We show you the issues that are faces, what possible solutions are, and what equipment we developed for the task.

The Problem

Upgrading equipment is a necessary expense for business.

For a gas station, this is also true.

However, investing in new equipment without an eye on the future is a formula for waste as your equipment will quickly become obsolete.

Modern computing needs to take into account current technologies and future upgrades.

Many current systems are specialized systems that have been in use for a very long time. These older systems work by themselves but fail to take advantage of the improved technology available today.

The ecosystem around buying items at a gas station has expanded drastically. There are the expansion on the site itself, often including the gas station, the convenience store and a car wash, possibly even an onsite repair service.

Without connecting these services in a way that enhances the customer experience and maximizes the business opportunities, money is being left on the table.

A further problem is that current systems require a person to physically come to the site to remedy any system issues. Software issues are not uncommon, but require a large expense if an agent has to come out to fix the issues.

The Search

Traditional computers are always a likely first choice.

Desktop computers are good value for money. They also support all of the modern interfaces like USB 3.0, HDMI, DVI and usually have built-in audio.

The low price and convenience of a product that can be bought at any electronics store might make desktop computers tempting, but there are major downsides.

Desktop computers don’t support many of the old interfaces anymore. Parallel ports and serial ports are all but non-existent on a new desktop computer.

The final thing that rules out desktop computers is that they are not too durable. Although a gas station POS will be in comfortable conditions, any downtime can cost money. So better to find a computer that is tough.

Our Solution

IEI specializes in industrial computers.

Although a panel PC would be fine for an indoor installation, this particular computer was going to be in the small booth on the forecourt.

A separate computer and monitor setup was chosen.

TANK-800

TANK-800

For the computer, the TANK was chosen.

There are two versions of the TANK with the following differences:

● TANK-600-CV-2550:1.86 GHz processor / 4 GB memory

● TANK-600-CV-2600:1.6 GHz processor 2 GB memory

All other features are the same between the two models.

It also includes a lot of legacy and newer interfaces:

1. 6 x USB 2.0
2. 2 x RS-232/422/485 (DB-9 connectors)
3. 6 x RS-232 (DB-9 connectors)
4. 8 x RS-232 (DB-78 to splitter cable to eight DB-9)
These are the most common connectors so we included as many as possible.

For the computer, the TANK was chosen.

There are two versions of the TANK with the following differences:

● TANK-600-CV-2550:1.86 GHz processor 4 GB memory

● TANK-600-CV-26001.6 GHz processor / 2 GB memory

All other features are the same between the two models.

It also includes a lot of legacy and newer interfaces:

1. 6 x USB 2.0
2. 2 x RS-232/422/485 (DB-9 connectors)
3. 6 x RS-232 (DB-9 connectors)
4. 8 x RS-232 (DB-78 to splitter cable to eight DB-9)
These are the most common connectors so we included as many as possible.

DM-150-PH

DM-150-PH

The DM-150-PH was chosen as the monitor. It’s tough. It also includes a touch screen so employees can use this intuitive interface for operating the computer.

The Result

The older computers were replaced with the new combination.

The new combination enabled a lot of new features that were not available through the older setup.

Security camera systems could be connected to monitor the cash being taken from and put into the cash register.

Maintenance to the software could be performed remotely by a professional, saving money on sending someone on a callout to fix any issues.

A range of money collection devices for credit cards and loyalty cards could be connected through the newer interfaces on the computer.

Legacy equipment could be connected using the legacy interfaces included on the the TANK.

New employees could be onboarded faster because the touch screen interface, combined with touch friendly software, made using the system easy.

Next step: contact us.

Just email sales@ieiworld.com and we’ll guide you to the best hardware for your project.

Here is some of the hardware used for this project.

Product Details More info
TANK-800 TANK industrial computer More information on the TANK…
DM-150-PH DM-150-PH industrial computer monitor More information on the DM-150-PH…
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