ADAPTER CARDS ALPHANUMERIC ASCII ASYNCHRONOUS TRANSMISSION B BANDWIDTH BARCODE BARCODE DENSITY BARCODE PRINTER BARCODE SCANNER BARCODE VERIFIER BAUD RATE BUFFER BYTE C CAT CATEGORY MANAGEMENT CPI CPS CCD CHECK DIGIT CODE 128 CODE 39 COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL CUSTOMER POLE DISPLAY D DATA COLLECTION TERMINAL FIXED/PORTABLE DECODER DEPTH OF FIELD DIRECT THERMAL DUAL TRACK E EDI EFT EBT ECR EPROM EXPASION BOARD/EXPANSION SLOT F FIRMWARE G H HAND-HELD COLLECTOR I IC/SMART CARDS IN-COUNTER SCANNER J K L LAN LASER SCANNER M MASTER REGISTER MEGABYTE MICR READER MULTIPLEXER N NETWORK NETWORK CARD O OEM P PARALLEL TRANSMISSION PC-POS POLLING PORTABLE DATA COLLECTOR POS PRINTER DIRECT THERMAL PRINTER, THERMAL TRANSFER Q R RAM READ RATE RF - RADIO FREQUENCY S SCANNER/WAND SERIAL TRANSMISSION SIGNATURE CAPTURE SLAVE REGISTER SMART CARD SOLENOIDS SKU SYMBOLOGY SCANNER, FIXED BEAM SCANNER, MOVING BEAM SIL T THERMAL TRANSFER TILL TOUCHPAD TRACK 1 TRACK 2 TRACK 3 U UPC UPS V VERIFICATION W WEDGE X Y Y-CABLE Z Z-OUT
Cards that can be installed in expansion slots located on the Central Processing Unit of a computer. These cards enhance the flexibility of the computer to accept devices such as monitors, memory adapters and parallel and serial peripherals.
Character set containing letters, numbers and punctuation marks.
(American Standard Code for Information Interchange) A seven-bit-plus parity code established by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to achieve compatibility between data devices.
The method whereby data is sent and received one byte at a time.
The amount of data that can be carried over a line or through a connection measured in bits/sec.
Information encoded into a pattern of varying-width parallel bars and spaces. The most common symbologies used in the retail environment are UPC-A for merchandise marking and Code 128 for shipping containers. Other symbologies include Plessey Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5 and EAN/JAN
The number of data characters which can be represented in a linear unit of measure. Bar code density is often expressed in characters per inch.
A printer used to produce barcodes on labels, tags and other paper materials. Printers range from dot matrix to thermal printing technology.
Scans and reads bar codes: can be classified as wands, hand-helds, projection/vertical or in-counter scanners.
Measures and ensures traditional print quality.
The number of transmission elements per second in a communication line.
A temporary-storage device used to compensate for a difference in data rate and data flow between two devices (typically a computer and a printer) also called a spooler.
A binary element string functioning as a unit. Eight-bit bytes are most common. Also called a character.
Credit authorization terminal.
Operating individual product categories as separate strategic business units.
Characters per inch.
Characters per second.
Charged coupled device. A type of scanner that operates by flashing an LED and creating a reflected image onto photosensitive, then digitizing that image.
A Character whose represented value is used as a mathematical check to ensure accuracy. Commonly used in SKU numbers and bar codes.
Variable length alphanumeric bar code symbology with 128 characters
Variable length, bi-directional, self-checking alphanumeric bar code. Three of the elements are wide and six are narrow.
The rules governing the exchange of information between devices on a data link.
A Peripheral device designed to show customers information about their transaction and are also used to display marketing information and other messages.
A Stationary or hand-held battery powered terminal with application software used to collect and process data from bar code readers, key entry, mag striped, radio or voice transmissions. Can be batch or online device.
Electronic package that receives signals from a scanner, performs the algorithm to interpret the signals into meaningful data and interfaces to other devices.
The distance between the maximum and minimum plane in which a code reader is capable of reading symbol.
Direct thermal is a printing technology method in which the printer utilizes a paper that reacts chemically to heat. The label rolls are coated with a thermo-sensitive layer that darkens when exposed to intense heat. Direct thermal printers require no ink or ribbon and are typically used when a bar code label needs to endure for a year or less.
A type of credit card reader that is capable.
Electronic data interchange. An inter-company application to application communication of data in standard format, permitting the recipient to perform functions of a standard business transaction.
Electronic Funds Transfer. Associated with electronic payments to suppliers, employee's etc.
Electronic Benefits Transfer. Electronically transmitted money for food stamps, welfare, social security benefits etc.
Efficient Consumer Response. Similar to Quick Response, but tailored to the grocery industry, ECT also involves promotion and forward buying improvements not traditionally associated with QR.
Read-only, non-volatile, semi-conductor memory that is erasable via ultra-violet light and re-programmable
The optional device board that is usually added inside the system cabinet in an available expansion slot.
A computer program or software stored permanently in PROM or ROM.
Hand-held battery powered terminal with application software used to collect and process data from bar code readers, key entry, mag striped, radio or voice transmissions. Can be batch or online device.
Credit card sized packages containing one or more microchips. These may be IC memory and/or microprocessors.
Mounted into a counter top, the scanner can read barcodes in high-speed environments (i.e. grocery stores)
Local area network
Reads barcodes and have a "depth of field" which enables them to read barcodes from short distances away (6"to a few feet). LIGHT PEN Hand held scanner and bar code reader.
Central register or file server in a multiple registers environment.
Unit of measure that consists of 1,014 kilobytes.
Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR). MICR readers are used to read the encoded information within the ink on a check.
Device, which supports multiple polling data collection using scheduling, schemes. MTBF Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) The average time between failures of a systems device.
A communications system connecting two or more computers and their peripheral devices.
An expansion card that is installed in an available slot in a computer for computer communication purposes.
Original Equipment Manufacturer
Transmission mode that sends a number of bits simultaneously over separate lines.
Intelligent point of sale terminal that uses industry standard connectivity and operating system.
A means of controlling devices on a multi-point line. Usually utilized to send/receive information via modem from remote computers to a central computer.
A hand-held computer that can be used as stand alone portable unit for point-of-sale, inventory, receiving and other applications.
Point of Sale
A unit that uses elective heating of pins to produce images. The pins heat the label, which contain the temperature sensitive material and produces the image. There is no ribbon involved.
A unit that uses elective heating of pins to produce images. The pins strike a thin film or paper based ribbon with a waxing coating. The heat melts the coating, causing pigment to flow on to paper.
(Random Access Memory) - Temporary storage that holds the program and data that the CPU is processing
The ratio of successful decodes with scanners on first attempt to the total attempts to obtain a successful read.
On-line data communications using portable or on-board radio-frequency computer terminals.
Hand-held scanning device used in contact with a bar code.
Transmission mode that sends data one bit at a time. In most cases, in personal computers, serial data is passed through an RS232 serial interface port.
Electronically captures an individual's signature for customer identification and transaction verification applications.
A Cash register that is driven by a "master" register in a multiple register environment.
A smart card contains a "chip" with memory and is typically used to hold customer account information and a "balance" of money similar to a checking account. The card is inserted into a device that can read and write to a card and is able to update the information appropriately.
Are used in "dumb" cash drawers and incorporate a cable-connected trigger, which releases the drawer.
Stock keeping unit. A number assigned to a specific item of merchandise.
Bar Code language.
Stationary bar code scanner that requires the bar code to be moved through the beam of light.
Bar code scanner that moves its beam of light to read a symbol.
Standard Interchange Language. A standard for data definition, maintenance and queries developed by independent grocery firms.
A printing technology method in which printers use regular paper and a heat sensitive ribbon. The ribbon deposits a coating of dark material on the paper when exposed to intense heat. Thermal transfer printers produce a more durable label that won't fade as quickly as direct thermal labels and are often used when a label needs to endure longer than a year.
Paper money and currency tray that holds the money in the cash drawer.
Fully programmable input device that is compatible with PC's and ASCII terminals.
Track one is a "track" of information on a credit card that has a 79 character alphanumeric field for information. Normally a credit card number, expiration date and customer name are contained on track 1.
Track two is a "track" of information on a credit card that has a 40-character field for information.
Track three is a "track" of information on a credit card that has a 107-character field for alphanumeric information.
Universal product code.
Uninterruptible power supply.
The process of verifying if a printed bar code is within specifications.
Terminal interface for scanning devices, mag stripe readers etc. to a computer, PC or POS terminal.
A cable that normally allows two peripheral devices to communicate off of one port on a computer.
End of day procedure. Compiles all totals and updates all areas of system.
CUSTOMER POLE DISPLAY
DATA COLLECTION TERMINAL FIXED/PORTABLE
DEPTH OF FIELD
EXPASION BOARD/EXPANSION SLOT
PORTABLE DATA COLLECTOR
PRINTER DIRECT THERMAL
PRINTER, THERMAL TRANSFER
RF - RADIO FREQUENCY
SCANNER, FIXED BEAM
SCANNER, MOVING BEAM