I just wanted to share some very successful projects that were realized with our MDB2PC device. And the good stuff is: It is happening all over the world. Thanks to everybody who did a project with us. (If you are not familiar with the MDB difficulties, please read this blog.)
Let’s start in Europe. We had the Technical University of Berlin who connected their coffee makers to the student network. Maybe they were inspired by the ETH Zurich who did basically the same thing. Now they both are able to pay with their student cards for coffee.
In Denmark, a private school is giving their students a smart card using Myfare technology for the attendance check. Students need to wave their card over an iPad and the teacher immediately sees who is attending the classroom and who’s not. Smart, isn’t it? Since all student s already had cards, it was quite obvious to also enable these cards to pay for food and drinks at the school. They used an AX-T1 contactless, with built in MDB2PC technology, to connect their “card system” with the vending machines installed on campus.
In San Francisco we are connecting a vending machine with a standard EFTPOS terminal. Most terminals only support the RS232 interface and the MDB2PC is a wonderful way to connect RS232 with MDB.
In Brazil a private label payment system must be integrated into vending machines. As you can guess by now, the MDB2PC helps a lot to perform this task since the MDB2PC already supports the MDB protocol to connect to the vending machine. Plug and play, it is really easy.
We had a lot of demand to offer a housing for the MDB2PC. Therefor we designed one. It is a small and robust housing and protects the MDB2PC. It has a Plexiglas window that enables seeing the LEDs on the board easily to check the operating status. We have attached a video that shows the new housing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUwUStK5zg
You see, the MDB2PC can be used in a variety of use cases. If you have a similar project, just let us know, we are very happy to send you our starter kit; 1 MDB2PC plus SDK, containing the source code to give you a jump start into the project.
Just drop us an email or reply on this blog.