Sunday, 7 February 2016

The All New Lunch Cashier System - The LCS 1000


More than twenty years of working closely with lunch accounting software, lunch accounting administrators, and state representatives has all culminated into one major leap forward in lunch accounting technology. We are very proud to introduce the LCS 1000 appliance.

What is it?

The LCS 1000 is an all inclusive server, created with one single purpose; to make the fastest lunch cashier program even faster, more reliable, and simpler to use. We are confident that it will revolutionize lunch accounting by providing an efficient, localized tool that addresses all necessities of a modern school lunch program. It houses all data for the central installation and will constantly communicate that information to Wordware's cloud servers via an active internet connection.

Quick and Easy setup. No program installations required!

The LCS 1000 can be setup after breakfast and it will be ready to serve before lunch! That's the efficiency that this new appliance has to offer to your institution.
We have removed the need to install or transfer data from one office computer to another. No more time spent transferring programs from an old computer to a new one. No time consuming installations. No more problems with compatibility from one version of a Windows to another.
This box plugs into your network and is set up like any other server, then it is ready to go. No further involvement from a school technician is required. Wordware's friendly technical support staff will take over answering all questions and concerns, plus addressing the initial importing of the schools current information into the new system. You will lose absolutely no data and the process takes only minutes.
No servers set up in your school? That's just fine! The LCS 1000 works in a normal server environment, or can just be staged in the cafeteria alone, connected to one computer that wants to do it all, or as many computers as you need to get it all done. The perfect answer for any school, large or small.

Everything you already expect.

Wordware knows that our customers have an expectation of us and we want to exceed that expectation. The LCS 1000 is our way to make the best lunch accounting program better while still providing the software you know and use every day. The introduction on the appliance adds an unprecedented stability to your lunch accounting and will provide you with something more.

Something More

We have added a few special features to increase the overall value that this tool can offer you in the form of automatic data synchronization, automatic email notifications, and automatic payment processing.

Automated Backups

"Valuable" doesn't even begin to describe your lunch accounting information, and losing any of it is not an option. With this in mind, we are including the peace of mind that only automatic backups can bring and then taking it a step further. Not only will the LCS 1000 back up it's information every day, but it will also upload it to the Wordware Inc cloud servers as an extra level of protection. Your data will be safely stored in multiple locations, ensuring that you always have the ability to recover from any change in a matter of moments, so you always have a backup plan.

Data Synchronization

The most important thing to any organization is efficiency. You need to make the most of the time you have and you don't need distractions from the really important work. We want to help you make the most of your day, so in addition to uploading backups to our cloud servers, we will also be automatically updating the family information and account balances every night, removing the need for your lunch account manager to spend their valuable time with file uploads.

Automatic Email Notifications

Communication is key, and we are not only providing keys for better communication, but we are also driving more efficient communication options by removing the need to constantly upload email addresses and monitor email notifications. We have added the ability for the LCS 1000 to automatically provide Wordware's email server with the email addresses of your family database and to send out low balance notifications to the families meeting your criteria for notification.

Automated E-Payment Processing

With the LCS 1000 we have integrated automatic e-payment processing. The payment information will be transmitted from the e-payment company directly to the LCS 1000, which will then add the payments to the family accounts without any needs for downloading payment files or manually entering in payment information. Everything is done in the background by the LCS 1000.

The Technical Stuff

The LCS 1000 runs on a Linux operating system. All district access with remain at shared folder level, and there is no local user access to the OS. This allows us to retain backups and programs that are outside the general work area that might be mistakenly tampered with. There will usually be no need for any user to log in to the Linux OS and we have a remote tool set up to allow Wordware Technicians to log in if needed.
The LCS 1000 specifications are:

CPU Integrated Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual-Core
Chipset Intel® NM10 Express
Cooler Type Fan (Single Slot)
Onboard Video Intel® GMA 3150
Onboard LAN 10/100/1000Mbps, WiFi 802.11n/g/b
Memory Size 2GB
Hard Drive 160GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
Memory Slots 2 x 204-pin SODIMM
Memory Type DDR3 800 SO-DIMM
Video Ports HDMI (720p), VGA
USB 6 (4 back panel, 1 front panel, 1 top panel)
Power Connector DC19V
Dimensions 7.4in x 7.4in x 1.73in - 188mm x 188mm x 44mm

Connecting the LCS 1000

We have kept setup as easy as possible. You connect the LCS 1000 into your server hub or into a normal router as you would any other computer. Depending on your network this may be all that is needed, however larger networks may require permission and user allocations. Once that is done, the LCS 1000 will need to be mapped as a network drive to all computers that will be accessing it. From there, all that is left is to create the shortcuts and the system is ready to go. A Wordware technician will be scheduled for initial setup assistance, so you will not be alone.

General Use

The LCS 1000 is uses the same interface as the current LCS installation, so there will be little change in the day to day operations and the accessing of the program. To utilize the new features we have available, there will be some necessary training involved, however this is not critical for day to day operations and can be scheduled to ensure no interference with normal accounting activities.

What's Next...

This isn't the future of the Wordware LCS program. This is the first step toward it.
Over the following years, Wordware will be providing a new, browser based interface that will be opened with any web browsing tool, while still keeping the overall accessibility and operations the same. We will introduce the ability to add users to the LCS program, allowing serving line staff access to the up and coming browser based serving tool, while simultaneously allowing the lunch administrators the ability to enter in students and transactions without requiring exclusive use of the program. We will be providing the ability to call up any report from any day in up to seven years worth of data and print out that report right away. We will be removing the necessity for daily processing and lunch balances will be updated in real time when a student makes a purchase, or when a parent makes a payment. We will be providing the ability to undo accounting mistakes or restore a partial backup if ever required. We will be ensuring that the LCS program is compatible with every kind of operating system, allowing any school to utilize the features we offer.
Once we are done with these changes, we'll start working on what you need next.

Our customers have always been our best development tool, and we look forward to utilizing their feedback for years to come. Contact us for demo of Lunch Cashier System