OscarPOS Software Development

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Identifying a Need

Kirt Kirtisingham is a chartered professional Electronics Engineer

Having worked with retail point-of-sale (POS) systems for many years, Kirt identified a void in the market

Hospitality, general retail, fuel stations, grocery and fruit & vegetable resellers were looking for a POS that met their needs :

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to learn
  • Easy to understand
  • Efficient
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Designed, developed & supported in Australia

1999 Initial Release

Utilising the skills of professional programmers & business professionals, the first version of OscarPOS Software was released to production in 1999

This first release of OscarPOS received a lot of input from Western Australian restaurateurs and was designed with their needs in mind

The interface was "clunky", reporting was "minimal", configuration options were "basic"

What OscarPOS did have though was the first release of a Palm (PDA) that would allow a waiter to take and process an order directly from the table

Not having to use pen and paper and then enter the order into the POS gets the order into production quicker and with less errors, frees up waiters to service other customers, and leads to a quicker turnover on tables

2000-2006 Development

There was then a long period of intense consultation between the programming team and industry leaders

While there were many changes, updates, features, false starts and eureka moments, some of the highlights included :

  • Screen editing interface with almost 300 programmable button controls
  • 20 voucher types to allow complex specials
  • Promotions that can turn on / off at preset dates & times
  • Table maps to replicate floor layout
  • EFTPOS integration to Tyro Payment Systems
  • Security roles and macros tied into users
  • Multiple printer support for receipts, reports and production
  • Ability to add graphics & multiple languages to production slips
  • Customers for tracking loyalty and charge accounts
  • Suppliers, product templates, stock locations and price schemes
  • Production slip macros to change production printer based on variable conditions
  • Describers that allow the waiter to change a product and add a surcharge if required
  • Pizza interface with 1/2 & 1/2 pizzas, pickup, takeaway, delivery suburbs & driver payments
  • 700+ configuration options
  • 170+ reports

2007 RTM

In 2007, the first Release to Manufacture (RTM) was published

It was determined that OscarPOS was stable and had enough features to satisfy the demands of WA restaurateurs

We could now start loooking at other channels of trade (COT)

2008 Pubs & Clubs

RSL and bowling clubs were looking for a POS that could be easily used by their often senior bar staff

Clubs are also generally low percentage and wanted a POS that would fit their low cost of ownership requirements

2009 Scale Integration

Developing the scanner / scale interface meant that OscarPOS could now be used by the fruit & vegetable retailer

At the same time, enhancements to onscreen buttons allowed for the placement of images to help speed up sale processing

2011 Android Ordering

The original Palm (PDA) were getting a bit long in the tooth

It was time to replace this old technology with the newer and considerably cheaper Android devices

Oscar Elegant Order Taking Tablets are now in wide use

2012 Fuel Integration

To meet a customer request, an interface to integrate with the FC6000 Forecourt Controller by Transponder Technologies was developed

OscarPOS is now in use by service stations to not only sell fuel ( wet stock ), but also associated grocery lines ( dry stock ) and short order cooking


In February 2104, OscarPOS was listed as an Accredited Company by PCEFTPOS

With over 120,000 integrated terminals Australia wide, PCEFTPOS has approximately 75% of the market

Customers range from major retailers such as Woolworths, David Jones, Myer, Bunnings ... right the way down to your local corber deli

2015 NMI

The National Measurement Institute is Australia's peak measurement body and is responsible for maintining Australia's primary standards of measurement

NMI works to support Australia's standards and conformance

In short, you cannot use an integrated scale UNLESS the scale and the POS meet the statutory requirements

OscarPOS has spent a great deal of time and effort to achieve this approval that has been granted with reference to "NMI M 7" ( Pattern Approval Specifications for Point of Sale Systems )

2016 RTM 2 / Stability & Custom Work

There comes a time in the development of software where most things have been done to satisfaction

The release of RTM2 is a reflection of this

This does not mean that OscarPOS will now sit unchanged

We are still developing the software, but at a slower pace

Now is the time to let OscarPOS do the job it has been developed for


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