The Comp-U-Mech accepts all U.S. and Canadian coins; penny,
nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, and the soon to be introduced
one-dollar coin. It rejects most foreign coins and many tokens.
The Comp-U-Reader can select whether a stand should accept
or reject slugs. The jam resistant mechanism automatically clears
by pulling the door handle. The Comp-U-Mech provides three
edition prices that can be individually programmed for any amount
in increments of a penny. The edition price can be selected via
the Comp-U-Reader or newsstand key switch. Times of paper
sale, accumulated cash total, number of sales per edition, newsstand
location, battery health, access security, are among the many features
provided by the Comp-U-Mech.The field replaceable KJACK
Power-Pak provides continuous operation for three to five
years. Versions of the Comp-U-Mech will also be available
for other countries.
Information is gathered from newsstands, over the counter sales,
or home delivery using the Comp-U-Reader handheld computer.With
a data capacity of 300 to 600 transactions, the data can be downloaded
to a computer either over the phone or through a direct optical
connection. The Comp-U-Reader has full capability to select
all Comp-U-Mech functions. Password protection and tow levels
of access security prohibit unauthorized use of either the Comp-U-Reader
user friendly Reporter software package keeps track of all
stand information including location, route/driver assignments,
and maintenance history. An automatic draw feature facilitates complete
control of returns. Many other features including automatic sellout,
loss, and cash tracking are also provided by the Reporter.
The real power of the Reporter is its ability to generate
extensive reports. By providing mixed text and graphics along with
user selectable output formats, the Reporter generates presentation
quality analysis at a glimpse.