CASIO Mobile Industrial Solutions
CASIO Mobile Industrial Solutions
CASIO Mobile Industrial Solutions

Michael Maul, ferry operator

Customer: Michael Maul, ferry operator
Application area: Taking payment, providing receipts.
Product: IT-3000
Solution Provider: Flo-Max Kassensystem / Intertrade
Place of use: Ferries on the Rhine

Michael Maul, ferry operator
Michael Maul, ferry operator
Customer: Michael Maul, ferry operator
Application area: Taking payment, providing receipts.
Product: IT-3000
Solution Provider: Flo-Max Kassensystem / Intertrade
Place of use: Ferries on the Rhine


The customer

The computer scientist and businessman Micheal Maul is a ferry operators on the Rhine and works as a ferryman himself. Even today, passengers are often still given tear-off receipts as proof of payment on the ferries, which do not include essential information such as the date, prices for vehicles and people, or information about single or multiple journeys. As a board member of the German Ferry Association (Deutscher Fähr-Verband e.V.), Mr Maul recognised that there was a problem here and set out to find a more modern system for taking payment.

The use

Michael Maul created a catalogue of requirements detailing the criteria that the new system would need to fulfil. On ferries, particular environmental conditions prevail: there is often no power supply and no protection from wind and rain when collecting payment. The payment process has to be carried out very quickly and the receipts have to be printed out straightaway in front of customers. As the device will be carried around all day it should be as light as possible and have a long battery life. Added to these basic requirements it would be an advantage if the cash register were able to correctly and securely log all payment transactions and all user data, in order to make this information available for subsequent analysis. The system must however also be capable of being used independently of a PC for months at a time. Michael Maul tested many different devices before he came across the CASIO IT-3000 hand-held terminal , which fulfilled his requirements to the utmost: quick, robust, long battery life, integrated printer, and a satisfyingly low weight.

The IT-3000 is used to collect payments for the ferry service

Practical experiences

Michael Maul is happy that he made the right choice: "That companies such as Deutsche Bahn employ the IT-3000 on a large scale, attests to the fact that we made the right choice."

IT-3000

The product IT-3000

The extremely sturdy and robust construction of the handheld IT-3000 terminal fulfils the technical requirements for a device used in the field - it can withstand a drop from a height of 1.2 meters, complies with the IP54 rating for dust and water-splash protection and can operate faultlessly in temperatures between -20°C and +50°C. The light-weight terminal, weighing between 635g and 680g dependent on model, offers an integrated printer and magnetic card reader, and is based on Microsoft®.NET-Technology®. The scratch-resistant LCD touch screen enables signatures to be written directly on to the screen and data to be entered at the touch of a finger. The device can be expanded and used in a WLAN or GPRS environment thanks to Bluetooth®, IrDA interfaces, a PC card and SD card slot.