Token Carrier

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Token Carrier

A Token is only the data package that is created by the Vending system and subsequently inserted into the meter to transfer information to the meter. It does not necessarily define the physical media of the token. The physical media of the Token is defined by the Token Carrier. This is specifically relevant for STS since the Vending Server may create the same STS token for any STS meter and send it to the Client. The Client may then be locally configurable to support some, or all Token Carriers without having to communicate this with the Vending Server. Currently all tokens are stored on physical media, (i.e. numeric printed string, or disposable magnetic card). These are therefore defined as the Token Carrier. Virtual Tokens are under consideration as well but have not been implemented in meters yet. Virtual Tokens will not have a physical Token Carrier as they may be transferred via radio, power line communication or other means. See Mag Card and Token