Innovative Control of desktop peripherals
During the development of new applications or whilst expanding existing applications that are intended for use at branch offices, such as counter applications, there is an issue that is constantly in focus of the cost and risk analysis: The Control of peripheral devices. This applies not only to the standard printing output, but in banking it also applies to automatic teller safes (ATS), the passbook printer and various devices for reading cards (magnetic cards, smart cards) and devices for detecting biometric characteristics.
The services offered by the manufacturers APIs are mostly very technical-oriented and therefore do not offer the desired support.
Realizing device functionality as a service
Precisely at this point the product "Web Device Controller" comes in. With Web Device Controller a device becomes a service which behaves just like other services, integrated in an application. Thus the trend towards service-oriented architecture (SOA) is dynamically extended toward the control of devices.
The ultimate goal: simplification
Web Device Controller provides a drastic simplification for the integration of peripherals on multiple levels:
The integration in applications is based on open communication standards, without the need to integrate an API. The orders and results that are exchanged on this open communication interface between application and device control are purely business-oriented formulated and do not require any knowledge of the technical aspects of controlling a specific device. For the application, it is also immaterial which manufacturer is behind a given device. All devices that provide similar functionality, such as ATMs from different manufacturers are identical from the perspective of the application.
Easy integration into the infrastructure
Web Device Controller can easily be integrated into any infrastructure. No additional hardware or software components are required to connect up the devices. A simple network connection is all that is required.
Web Device controller provides a high degree of autonomy in production. Commissioning and configuration are Web-based administrations via an integrated environment. Software updates and configuration changes can be made with standard tools, which are common in network management and are used in other network devices, such as routers or switches, and are already part of everyday life. For monitoring purposes the established techniques are also supported throughout.
Easy integration into the security concept
The inclusion into the in-house security concepts is also taken into consideration. This ensures that the administrative access is only available to those who have been granted the necessary clearance and have logged on to the system successfully. Here too, established standards, such as LDAP are used. Secure communication is guaranteed via the standardized security-concepts.
Web Device Controller relies essentially on a mini-PC with for example a Linux operating system to which the controlled devices are physically connected. This mini PC is basically a standalone device, but it can also be installed on one of the controlled devices, e.g. the ATM. This forges the controller and device to a single unit, which simplifies deployment and maintenance considerably.
Integrating into infrastructure
The graph shows that the access to individual peripherals in this type of integration is not limited to one application. It is possible that a multitude of applications use a device in parallel. Queuing and prioritization of these parallel jobs are done automatically through the Web Device Controller.
Complete Cash Handling at the cash-point
Focus of the Web Device Controller version 3.0 is the cash handling. All necessary operations are available: withdrawals, deposits, inventory and status inquiries, administration and the support of cash management systems.
Combined devices deliver value without application adaptation
A special feature of the Web Device Controller is the support of so-called Combined Devices. Combined Devices combine several technically independent devices into a "logical" device with extended functionality. Thus it is currently possible to link a Recycling-ATM for notes and coin-recycler to a combined device, thus offering a single service to applications. This could then also replace the petty cash for coins with a "coin-ATM", without requiring the adjustment of the application.