The Pescara Bill Acceptor
Multi-Protocol Converter, product code MAPIRB, is a small, low-cost unit designed
for those machine manufacturers and operators who have host systems (games, kiosks,
change machines etc.) which currently use a bill acceptor using one interface /
communications protocol, but who now wish to use a new bill acceptor that is only
available with a different interface.
The current version connects
note / bill acceptors that use the ID003 or ccTalk serial protocols
to games / systems that use the Ardac 2, "Mars Vend Serial", ccTalk
or GPT V2.2 protocols, but many other variants can be easily produced.
The host protocols that we have implemented
are carefully designed and implemented such that your machine should
be unable to detect any differences between your existing bill acceptor
and this protocol converter.
Physically, the Pescara Bill Acceptor Converter
is an 8cm square package, with 4 data connectors: 2 x RS232 interfaces,
a ccTalk interface and a Mars Vend Serial interface. Of these the
appropriate two will be used in your particular application. The converter
unit is configured at installation by changing a small, rotary switch. The
converter board is supplied in a plastic enclosure that can easily be mounted
within your machine.
We carefully test the host protocols as follows:
For ccTalk, we test the protocol converter against
the Money Controls “ccTalk compliance program”. Our
converter closely imitates the MCL Lumina, achieving a
score of 100% compliance with even the more esoteric
commands fully implemented.
For Ardac 2, we use the MCL “Proclaim” utility to ensure
that our converter closely imitates the existing MCL
Ardac 2 / WACS acceptor.
For Mars Vend Serial, we exactly meet the timing
requirements shown in the MEI technical documentation.
For GPT V2.2 Enhanced Serial, we use a protocol test
tool to ensure that our converter exactly imitates the
existing GPT Argus D acceptor.
A brochure describing the converter is available
for download here.
If you are interested in using this Pescara protocol converter to improve your products,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or contact Andy Graham on +44 (0) 161 285 6877 or Fax
us on +44 (0) 870 460 3318