American Video Equipment’s Video Serial Interface (or VSI+) products allow transaction data from cash registers or a bank’s automatic teller machine to be displayed on top of the normal video picture. Cash register interface applications are an excellent method for controlling theft and fraud in retail stores and are gaining widespread use in the security industry. With ATM theft and fraud such a predominant concern in our society, there is also a tremendous need for a powerful CCTV system in the banking industry.
The VSI+ products work the same for both bank and retail applications. Once a transaction is started, data is generated and sent to the VSI+ from either the cash register or the ATM. The VSI+ overlays this data on top of the normal camera picture and also sends a signal that activates the time-lapse VCR recorder. This provides two benefits. First, the VSI+ links the data with the picture. On the monitor screen you will see not only the cashier and the product being sold, but also the price charged by the clerk for that product. This allows visual comparison of the physical items being rung into the register and the actual register data of the transaction overlaid on the video picture.
With all these elements recorded on tape, a store owner can review the scene and, with one view, verify the legitimacy of the check out. But perhaps the most significant benefit of the VSI+ is its ability to trigger VCR recording so that only relevant event information is captured on video. For instance, a grocery store owner, concerned about losses, may not want to watch every transaction but only those with a sales amount over $100. With the powerful programming capabilities of the VSI+ Exception Report, it is possible to program the VSI+ to alarm(or trigger recording) for what the store owner considers exceptional events, such as any transaction over $100. The owner can program the VSI+ to alarm when an Exception falls either within or outside of a certain range. The parameters of a range can be Greater Than, Less Than, Equal to, Within the range of two numbers, or Outside of that range, creating VCR recording that is triggered by only certain high risk exceptional, or questionable events, known as Exception Reporting.