Introduction

Floreant POS is an Enterprise Grade open source Point of Sale solution for  hospitality industry that benefit the community simplifying order management, automation of kitchen and keeping control of cash.


The Purpose

  1. To benefit Restaurants with quality Information management system
  2. Make it free forever and let anyone access source code to improve over all quality
  3. Develop application in incremental fashion and add new features based on community input.

How our organisation will gain

  1. Learning from community.
  2. Share technical and logistic knowledge
  3. Make it sustainable through commercial customization.

Objectives

Through RIGHT technology and freedom of source code we will render hassle-free service that requires minimal maintenance and maximum performance

Measurable Goals

  1. Right technology demonstrated by usability and user-friendliness
  2. Quality of code understood by naming convention, optimized logic and  minimum number of bugs.
  3. Freedom of source code ensured by releasing source code in a Public accessible server.

Deliverable

  1. Source code hosted in Subversion
  2. Standard Java Executables
  3. Live System (Live CD, Live DVD or USB Bootable)

Project Constraints

Open source projects may slow down due to lack of monetization and sustainable business model.

Environment

  • Operating System: Windows XP, Mac 10.4+, Linux Kernel 2.6+
  • Database: Apache Derby 10.x+, MySQL/MariaDB
  • Java Run time Environment 7.0+ (latest recommended)
  • Disk space : 50 MB+
  • Memory : 256 MB+
  • Network: Ethernet / Wifi

Supported POS hardware

  • Cash Drawers connected to POS printer.
  • Any Touch screens terminal
  • Any POS Receipt printer.
  • PC Printer for Backend reports ( Any standard printer)
  • Barcode scanner (any barcode scanner as keyboard emulation mode)
  • Magtek Magnetic reader
  • Data collectors. Metrologic Scanpal 2 connected to a serial port.
  • Any other input device that can emulate Keyboard (like bar code scanner or magnetic scanner).

Technologies used

  • Hibernate OO Database mapper
  • XML.
  • Apache Derby
  • Apache Ant
  • Apache Maven
  • JDK
  • Javapos
  • Jasper Report
Roadmap will refer to tentative development schedule  and it does not imply a commitment to deliver. The proposed dates may change due to the workload of the development team and the content of each release could vary depending on market changes. Floreant POS holds right to change it as needed.
Q1 2015 Cashier mode One shot sales like Grocery where casher continously create ticket & take payment Done
Q1 2015 Holel booking Holel booking In Proress
Q1 2015 Advanced Floor Plan Table Booking & Floor plan Orocube already provided free plugin for Floor plan
Q1 2015 Bi-lingual system Using two language in receipts & UI Planned
Q2 2014 Hardware wizard A friendly wizard for setting up printer & cash drawers As per users’ feedback we decided to release it in Zip file
Q2 2014 Home delivery system Track guests by their phone no and optionally their address. Keep track of phone based orders. Free plugins available and packaged.
Q2 2014 Handheld and Mobile POS Customer will be able to select from handheld based menu. Expected to support Iphone and other mobile phone with browser. It has been tested in Dell Venue Pro 11″ Handheld. Button size change has been added
Q2 2014 Live POS DVD / USB system Release Image such a way system can boot with Linux and automatically configure and stat POS server and terminal. Not done
Q3 2014 Integration with online order system Restaurant site may add snippet so that orders submitted by guest is forwared to Floreant POS. This is made possible with our MySQL database.
Q3 2014 Itegration of Security Camera POS will record video clip or capture images while doing drawer pull and drawer bleed Not done
Q4 2014 Plugin manager Plugins for connecting other application with Floreant POS. Different accounting packages could be integrated with Floreant POS easily with Plugin manager Yes. It has been done

How it started

Floreant started its journey in 2008 when Dennys Restaurant in Oneonta, NY hired us for upgrading their database. In 2009 source code was released in public  domain. Since then it had huge numbers of installation around the globe. In latin “Floreant” means to flourish,   to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. In 2010 we added more features and released 1.02. Right after the release it received huge appreciation. We hosted our binary in many sites and in sf.net it crossed more than 50, 000 downloads.
In 2014 we cleaned up the system and refactored its performance. Its UI was extended for Java based Mobile devices. Our current release is 1.4.452 and as of today we have more than 105,000 downloads only in sf.net. Floreant is more than just a POS. Its a simple yet powerful hospitality solution that facilitates cafes, restaurants, fast food and venues. Since 2010 it has smoothly running one of the largest bar in Arizona, famous pizza chain in Pennsylvania. People used it retails and groceries too. Floreant was used in fire dept in Maryland and many social welfare projects. Universities use it for research projects, loyalty companies customize it as training system.  We have been known as the most popular POS for restaurants or open source POS for future.