Retail Solutions- Briefs
Kiwis break into US jails
New Zealand-developed point-of-sale software is being used in American prisons. The US Federal Bureau of Prisons (USFBP) has chosen software from Auckland-based Synergetix to track the purchases of every prisoner in each of its 98 prisons.
Each prison has up to four shops (called Commissaries) where prisoners can buy foodstuffs, cigarettes and other products. Instead of carrying money, each inmate is credited an amount of money to spend, and the products they are allowed to buy vary according to privileges or demerit points. To date, these details have been tracked manually. Synergetix Stars software will automate the process. A Kansas City-based point-of-sale company, Retail Solution Providers, is installing POS software in each location and will tie this in with the Stars system.
Stars team leader Tony Scott said the Synergetix module is easily added to any POS system for sales analysis. It has been designed to suit multiple POS systems, he says, because in many cases (outside the prison service) customers are trying to amalgamate information from small businesses with widely varying systems. `We've partnered with a number of suppliers to develop interfaces - and most systems are pretty open these days,' he said.
Win lotto with PC tool
Software manufacturer and distributor Manaccom has announced the release of WinLotto, described as the set of `analytical tools that really can predict outcomes'.
According to Manaccom, WinLotto analyses past lotto results to spot the repetition and randomness of any game and uses determined trends to help predict future winning numbers. As well as a selection of overseas lotto competitions, WinLotto supports New Zealand lotto and all Australian lotteries. The database files are available for registered users to download for instant updating.
Windows 95/98 compatible, RRP $99.95.
Manaccom (07) 3870 4900