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Sistema en la nube para la gestión automática de recibos de compra

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20160509004
Publicado:
19/05/2016
Caducidad:
19/05/2017
Resumen:
Un equipo de investigación de una universidad española ha desarrollado un sistema en la nube para generar y gestionar recibos de compra de forma automática y evitar su impresión. Este sistema es fácil de integrar y permite escanear, almacenar y enviar recibos a través de la nube de forma segura y fiable. El sistema se basa en tecnologías en la nube, como infraestructura como servicio (IaaS) y software como servicio (SaaS), y permite el acceso de las empresas y usuarios a los recibos almacenados en la nube mediante el uso de interfaces web. El equipo de investigación busca empresas interesadas en adquirir la tecnología para su explotación comercial mediante acuerdos de licencia, investigación o cooperación técnica y en adaptar el sistema a las necesidades específicas del mercado.

Details

Tittle:
Cloud System for Electronic Receipt Management
Summary:
A Spanish university research group has developed a Cloud system for automatic generation and management of sales receipts making printing unnecessary. The system is easy to integrate and allows scanning, storing and transmitting receipts through the cloud safely and reliably. The group is looking for companies interested in acquiring the technology for commercial exploitation via license agreement, research or technical cooperation agreement to adapt the technology to the specific market needs.
Description:
The sale receipt is a proof of the purchase that made and certifies certain customer´s rights. However, current process does not link the sales data and customer restricting the company in designing custom commercial strategies. Also, the printed receipts management by customers is a tedious task (lost or damaged) being a problem when trying to enforce their rights.

This management method, developed by a Spanish university research group, avoids printing paper receipts and all its disadvantages for both the company and the customer. In addition, it facilitates linking the sales with customers.

The system is based on Cloud technologies such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) allowing ubiquitous access by firms and users to the repository of receipts stored in the cloud using web interfaces. In addition, the system facilitates the installation of tools and analysis applications on information stored from receipts.
The overall scheme of the proposed system is depicted in Figure 1.

· Receipt Generator Subsystem: Subsystem located on each sales point of the firms. It is composed of:
- Receipt generator device (POS) of the firm
- A digitizer module
- Printer device

· Cloud Management Module: Central module located in the systems of the cloud service provider. This module performs the acquisition of information from the generator subsystem, the management and information analysis, and the presentation of information to consumers and firms.

· Information Query Subsystem. Subsystem composed of:
- A user device with a web interface for access to the receipts and related applications.
- A terminal of the firm can access to the receipts repository and analysis tools.

The digitizer module is deployed in the firms licensed by the system together with the receipt printer devices. The main innovation of this module is that it is implemented as a printer driver application to facilitate the integration with current systems sales of the company. The main objective of this module is the acquisition of the ticket generated by the POS and delivering safely to the cloud management module. If necessary, the receipt may also be printed.

The cloud management module is responsible for receiving digitized receipts from all deployed digitizers modules and it is responsible for executing structured storage of the receipts, analysis and information inference and receipt access for customers and firms. In addition, this module provides the necessary interoperability services establishing an open architecture for expansion through third-party solutions.

This receipt management method defines an architecture formed by a middleware as a key element to ensure the access to information and the maintenance of the security. All operations of maintenance, query and analysis are done by the middleware, which defines a uniform method of management for all of them.

The communication operations with users, firm and other corporative processes are made according with the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm (services based on SOAP -"Simple Object Access Protocol"- and REST -"Representational State Transfer"- protocols).

Users can access through Internet at any time to the receipts generated in all point of sales of licensed firms. The queries can be made through any Internet-connected device, including mobile or portable devices. The selected receipts can be downloaded and printed at any time, so that, the user will no longer store them in paper avoiding the risk of damage or loss them. In addition, the system supports analytical tools on the receipts of each user to provide quality information. The licensed firms will have the receipt set of their customers allowing to make analysis of sales and design commercial strategies.

The group is looking for companies interested in the technology for commercial exploitation via license agreement or research and/or technical cooperation agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The proposed system has the following innovative features:

· The system allows storage, maintenance and electronic availability receipts in the cloud for each user and firm, enabling ubiquitous access from any Internet-connected device.

· The system improves the current management receipt systems due to its easy integration into the point of sale without interfering with normal operation. The system is installed complementary to those already present in the company.

· The storing and managing processes of receipts are moved to the cloud allowing access through web applications and other Internet services. The system is based on an open architecture which allows expansion through third-party solutions.

· The system allows users access value-added applications such as accounting tools, personal finance, warranty management, etc.

· The system allows commercial firms have structured sales data on which applied information analysis or big-data techniques for design marketing strategies.

· The system ensures confidentiality and reliability of receipt information using high-level security such as electronic signatures and PCI protocols.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
This technology is protected by a Spanish patent application.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Preferably the system can work in the following industry sectors and companies without prejudice to its extension to other fields of application:
· Information technology providers.
· Internet service providers.
· Cloud computing Infrastructure and service providers.
· Commercial sector industry.
· Marketing and market analysis.

Companies from above mentioned sectors interested in acquiring this technology for use, adaptation or commercial exploitation are sought. Possible technology transfer agreements are:
· License agreements in order to use, manufacture or marketing the technology.
· Research and Development (R-Y-D) project for technical cooperation in order to adapt and implement the technology to company applications.
· Subcontracting project for technical assistance and training in order to adapt or deploy the technology into the company customer environments.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
French
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01004009 CRM - Gestión de las Relaciones con los Clientes
01003008 Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
01003024 Tecnologías de la nube