Australian businesses depend on POS systems for everyday trade. Customers expect them to be accurate and reliable.
Under trade measurement laws, POS systems connected to measuring instruments and used for trade must be:
- pattern approved
POS systems and components
A POS system:
- converts measurement results into a net measurement or price
- can display this to the operator or customer
- generates a label, docket or other form of transaction record.
A supermarket checkout is a POS system that connects to a scale and calculates price. POS systems connected to weighbridges provide drivers with tickets showing the weight of their load. Both have software and hardware components. They can connect to measuring instruments physically through cables or wirelessly.
Similar systems or devices that we don’t class as POS systems:
- duplicate, but don’t calculate, measurement data or price (such as simple printers or indicators)
- control the connected instrument or affect its measuring performance (such as those connected to fuel dispensers).