Expert advice for developing, deploying and managing self-service kiosks
Tag: Kiosk Bill Acceptor
You’re probably reading this article because you’ve decided to create a website which needs to accept cash payments, but also needs to dispense change in whole bills. Maybe your website is running on a self-service kiosk or unattended payment solution.
Now that you’ve decided to dispense cash from your kiosk with a bill recycler I want to make you aware of the pitfalls to avoid. Dispensing cash can be invaluable for making change to your customers like a human cashier, but also introduces several new challenges which we’ll address in this article.
Most people familiar with bill acceptors think of a bill recycler as simply an add-on component which dispenses cash, but this is far from the case.
Dispensing bills greatly increases the complexity of the device and the logic required by your kiosk application in order to gracefully complete a cash transaction.
The ability to dispense cash from your kiosk can be invaluable for making change and reducing the need for human cashiers. Traditional bill acceptors only accept cash, but bill recyclers have the ability to both accept and dispense cash like a human cashier
Your customers will appreciate your kiosks giving them change in bills, rather than dispensing a mountain of coins.
Even worse than dispensing coins is being mailed a check for the change. Yes, I’ve actually seen this done.
We’ve made it easy to start accepting cash and credit card payments from your self-service kiosk by using the KioskSimple kiosk SDK. Our kiosk SDK abstracts the complicated logic of several popular payment devices and greatly lowers the learning curve thereby saving you significant development costs.
Benefits of the KioskSimple kiosk SDK:
Speeds up development to save you time and money
Allows you to switch between supported payment devices with little to no code rework
Bill jams are commonplace when your kiosk accepts cash payments. No matter how advanced the bill acceptor, there’s always that guy that inserts a bill covered in mud, or something worse, and gums up the device.
Integrating a bill acceptor into your .NET WPF application can be a daunting task, so we’ve created the KioskSimple API to ease the pains of integration by providing an abstracted C# API for popular bill acceptors. To get you started quickly we’ve created code examples on integrating bill acceptors in .NET WPF C#.
If you need your kiosk application to dispense bills like an ATM then the MEI BNR is a perfect choice. The MEI BNR is probably the best performing and most complicated bill acceptors we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and we wanted to make it easy for KioskSimple users to integrate this bill recycler into their kiosk applications. The KioskSimple developer API makes it a breeze to integrate the MEI BNR with your website or .NET WPF native Windows application.
Since you’re reading this article you’re probably wanting to add support for accepting payments from an MEI bill acceptor into your kiosk application. If this is the case then we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy this is to accomplish when you use the KioskSimple API. One of the main draws of KioskSimple is just how simple we make it to integrate with popular kiosk payment devices like MEI bill acceptors. KioskSimple currently supports the MEI AE and SC series bill acceptors along with the MEI BNR (Bulk Note Recycler). Continue reading “Integrating MEI Bill Acceptors Into Your Kiosk Application”