|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||235/381 ; 235/380 ; 235/382 ; 235/382.5 ; 902/023 ; 902/032|
|§371/§102 date||19970227 (19970227)|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 211 인용 특허 : 24|
A vending machine control system and method for controlling vending of items from one or more vending machines having a coin acceptor interface and selection controls for selecting items to vend. Control system and method are provided for sending and receiving information to and from each of the vending machines to control the vending of items to users. Network system and method are connected to each of the coin acceptor interfaces for facilitating communication between the control system and the vending machine.
[ What is claimed is:] [1.] A vending machine control system for controlling vending and managing inventory of items from a plurality of vending machines located proximate to one another at a single vending site, each of said vending machine having a respective coin acceptor interface and respective selection controls for selecting an item to vend at an item price, comprising:a) a plurality of network means respectively connected to each of said coin acceptor interfaces, for controlling vending and managing inventory, each of said network means coupled t...