A friend of mine has a daiquiri shop, and for the longest time they have had an old analog CCTV system that we have begun swapping to an IP-based NVR and IP-camera system. Employee theft is a pretty big concern. In place already with the analog system we have 3 “text inserters” that are in-line between three of the analog cameras and the DVR, each overlooking 1 of 3 cash registers. The text inserters (AVE VSI-Pros) take data from the COM port of each cash register and overlay that text onto the video in real time. So basically any input the employee does on the register is overlaid onto the video and recorded.
Obviously this is no longer an option with the new system, however it does support TCP/UDP capture of said data, it only needs an IP to pull the data from and a port. So, I’m thinking that by connecting one of these to a COM port on the register, and connecting this device to the network and giving it an IP, it should spit the data out no problem? The problem is I don’t really know much about these type of connections besides setting the baud rate, etc, nothing about how this actually gets converted into Ethernet packets.
Any insight is appreciated, I know this pretty esoteric but I was just curious to hear some thoughts from others before I end up wasting my time on this.