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Hi, Kelly here. My quest to learn more about what Opto hardware does once it's left the
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factory has led me here, to Newport Beach, California, which is a great location to be
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because this is headquarters for PayWerks, Inc. Let's go check it out.
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>>Kelly: I'm very fortunate to have a few minutes today to talk to Bill Foster from PayWerks, Inc.
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Hi Bill. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and about your company?
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>>Bill: I'm Bill Foster with PayWerks, Inc.
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and I'm president of the company. We manufacture outdoor payment kiosks and we've been in business
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now for about six years manufacturing these machines for the toll road industry.
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>>Kelly: So recently your company has been faced with an automation problem. Could you
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give us a couple more details about that? >>Bill: Our client came to us with a need
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for a machine that would accept both coin and cash for the toll roads, and they challenged
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us with developing a machine that would stand up to the environment and would be cost-effective
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for them to deploy. The standard industry toll collection machine is coin only, and
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generally it only accepts the amount of the toll. So, you know, and that was fine when
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toll rates were 25 cents and 50 cents but now the tolls are over a dollar in most cases
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and several dollars in cases. The toll industry is looking for a machine that would accept
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bills so they don't have as much coin to deal with and also make change for the customer,
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so they can go ahead and pay with, you know, a five dollar bill, and get a couple of dollars back for change.
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>>Kelly: So what criteria did the solution to this problem have to meet?
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>>Bill: One of the main problems we had in
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integrating all the different components in the machine was we had to have pretty much
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unlimited serial communication to all the different components and with the Opto product
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and its modularity gave us the ability to go ahead and add as many serial points as
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we needed on the machine. We also had to withstand the vibration that occurs on the road,
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and the dust, and of course all the temperature changes that occur.
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>>Bill: Kelly, this is the machine we manufacture, or one of the models we manufacture that uses
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the Opto 22 components. This is a toll collection machine where we accept coins at two levels,
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bills at two levels. The patron is able to request a receipt after the transaction. So
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what happens, Kelly, is as the car pulls up, the toll gets displayed on the screen, and
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green lights start blinking to show the patron where the pay points are. The customer is
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able to go ahead and enter money at either a lower level, what I call a Miata level,
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or a higher level, which is the SUV level. And the system makes change for them so they're
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able to go ahead and put a five dollar, up to a twenty dollar bill on this machine and
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receive change back for their payment. So kind of unique in the industry. We're the only
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ones manufacturing them here in the U.S. and we have units installed in other locations as well.
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>>Bill: So Kelly, here's the inside of the
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ATPM and we have different components in here: cash acceptors, coin acceptors, coin dispensers,
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printers, and all these different modules got integrated together. So here's the Opto rack,
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the SNAP PAC components that we're using, and as I mentioned we use a lot of the serial
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modules. We cluster those all in one group, and then we have the outputs and a couple
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of input modules to pick up sensors that are around the cabinet. So we have the DIN-rail
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mount with the Opto components mounted, and of course the power supplies and circuit breakers
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and so on below it complete this whole module. And then we developed this so it slides in
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and out. Makes it real easy for the field techs to come out here and work on it. We
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have machines in the toll industry in Ohio and in Michigan and we have other projects in
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the works right now, so we're definitely looking forward to a big year next year in the toll
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road industry. We're also looking for additional vertical markets where we can take our expertise
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and ruggedized outdoor payment machines and deploy them into other vertical markets.
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>>Kelly: What did you like best about working with Opto 22?
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>>Bill: Well we chose Opto 22 because of its modularity and that gives us the ability to
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add additional components onto our solution without really having to change the hardware
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and so that was very good for us. And the fact that it just works. Once you get it up
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and running, you leave it alone and it just runs.
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>>Kelly: Thank you for watching this industrial automation application. Don't worry, though.
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My quest to find out what jobs our Opto 22 hardware has taken on hasn't finished yet.
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I promise to bring you another exciting and cool application. So stay tuned, keep on watching, and see you next time.