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DCS 1000

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DCS1000® is a board plan/debit card system that provides easy to use access control for various locations such as dining halls, bookstores, and building access. The system includes a high performance state-of-the-art computer running under the OS/2 environment with industrially rated multi-function card readers and point-of-sale cash registers. Easy to follow menus and simple "fill-in-the-blank" screens allow easy custom tailoring of the system.


DCS1000® allows up to 100 meal plans to be defined. For example, plans can be based on a maximum number of meals per week, a specific schedule for the week, any number of meals per week, any number of meals per week at any time, or a combination of both the number of maximum meals and specific schedule per week.


Diner information can be maintained or updated interactively through the diner maintenance utility. Included is:

  • Card Number (encoded on card)
  • Student Number (alternate ID number)
  • Student Name (first, middle, last)
  • Local Address (street, city, state, zip)
  • Home Address (street, city, state, zip)
  • Active Flag (card active for meals)
  • Meal Plan (meal plan for this card holder)
  • Meal Count (number of meals eaten)


Debit accounts can be created and maintained easily through a diner accounting utility. Included is:

  • Card Number (encoded on card)
  • Student Number (alternate ID number)
  • Student Name (first, middle, last)
  • Home Address (for billing purposes)
  • Local Address (for billing purposes)
  • Account Type (up to 10 separate debit accounts for each user account)
  • Current balance by debit account type
  • Daily Limit (maximum allowable charge per day)
  • Charge Flag (ability to charge)
  • Charge Limit (maximum charge limit for account)


Up to 10 different debit accounts can be defined for declining balance or charge accounts. Each student can be set-up using any or all of the debit accounts. Based on the configuration, each account that is set-up as a declining balance account can become a charge account when a zero balance is reached.


Meal equivalency is the ability to consume a meal and purchase foods in value up to the meal price configured in the system. Administration control can configure equivalency times to match a student's schedule or authorize an individual to eat on a week by week basis.


Meal deductions can be made for a diner for any meal period in the current week. The meal will be immediately marked as eaten and the diner will be denied access to the hall during that meal period. If a meal was previously eaten or deducted, it can be reinstated making it available to the diner.


Diner history can be obtained for any diner under the meal (board) plan. The current week is shown in a summarized charge form with the number of meals eaten during that meal period. A detailed listing is also available showing the location and time the diner eats a particular meal during the week.


With DCS1000®, messages can be sent to diners and displayed at the reader during a card scan. The message will be displayed on the dates set in the diner message utility.


Reports can be produced with the aid of a report generator which sets up automatic or on-request reports. These reports can be set to print at a specific time determined by the user.

Reports can also print billing statements to home or local addresses for those accounts which fall within a set range. For example, bills could be sent for all those accounts whose balances have fallen below $10.00.

Available reports include:

  • On-Request Reports
    • Diner listing (by meal plan)
    • Meal plan enrollment (active and inactive status)
    • Inactive diner cards (having inactive status)
    • Meal activity graph (graphical rate of diners per minute for all meals)
  • Daily/Weekly Reports
    • Participation (actual meals eaten)
    • Exceptions (diner/debit problems)
    • Itemized debits (account trail of debits)
    • Debit summary (summary of debit accounts)
  • Billing Statements
  • Reconciliation by Location (periodic report for the card readers)
  • Reconciliation by Debit (periodic report for debit accounts)


The system's security insures that only registered users can have access to sensitive data. Users are required to logon to the system with a user ID and password. There are two levels of security: MANAGER and USER. The MANAGER has unlimited access to all areas of the system, while the USER may only query the system for data.

The system also maintains an automatic password expiration which is set in the configuration of the system. Automatic logoff from the system will also occur at a time set in the initial configuration if no keyboard activity is detected.


Employees can use their ID cards to record clock-in and clock-out times at the card readers. These times will be recorded on the system for daily and weekly reports showing total hours worked. These reports can then be given to the payroll department for recording purposes.


The card reader is used for both board plan verification and department debit transactions at the card reader location. The card reader can be configured to accept a department account number for each debit transaction or be assigned a default department account. Card reader functions include:

  • Board Plan
    • Provide diner board plan verification
    • Detects multiple access attempts
    • Query diner meal status
  • Debit Account
    • Provide debit transactions by department
    • Query debit funds available by account
  • Hall Status
    • Display current number of meals sold
    • Display current meal status
    • Display meal activity information
  • Time and Attendance Recording


DCS1000® allows communications to virtually any host and network configuration. With a host connection, data can be uploaded and downloaded for a more centralized system.

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