Considerations for buying an electronic taxi cab meter 

If cabs charge by the mile or kilometer, in the United States and many other countries a taxi meter is required. This device converts distance traveled in the vehicle into fees charged, then displays them on a screen visible to the clients. It also accounts for time spent waiting in heavy traffic, or waiting for a client who has said, "Wait here and leave the meter running." Modern cab meters also keep track of statistics for the bookkeeping end of the operation; Miles traveled, Miles traveled "Hired", Money charged, Waiting Time Charges, Number of Trips recorded and in some cases, taxes such as the Canadian Good & Services Tax (GST), special fees such as airport access fees, and so forth. Some meters print receipts and statistical data directly from the meter. Some have credit card "swipe" devices that allow the clients to pay by credit card, and receive a printed slip to sign, and one as a receipt as well, all right in the vehicle. There is even a system of credit card verification so cards can be accepted or rejected at point of sale. Meters have come a long way!

[By the way, we can make the installation a simple matter even for those who have no mechanical or electrical background at all. Our instructions are pictorial, clear, easy and supported with phone, e-mail, fax, or in some cases, standing atop your car and yelling really loudly in our direction will work! :-) ]

There is a new type of meter - the Centrodyne S700. It has great features not available with any other meter we sell. For instance, instead of simple totals in the statistics, you will actually be able to get a record of EACH INDIVIDUAL TRIP for the last 250 RIDES, when the appropriate interface is released by the manufacturer! We are told this will be shortly. Imagine what a great feature this will be in record keeping, disputes, court cases, police investigations! The S700 also has a cleverly thought through innovation: ALL external equipment is ALREADY supported in the S700 firmware, and ALL the connections are in the mounting base assembly! That means instead of spending hundreds of dollars and hours of work to add a feature, you buy the gadget you are adding, and the little cable required, and plug it in. It's ready! Great stuff! Any required programming would be addressed through the front panel. Call 760-345-4347. This meter is evolving, and will be refined at time goes by.
 
Fred Stock Electronics Co. ( www.TaxiCabElectronics.com and www.TaxiSource.com ) stocks and maintains the two best brands made... Centrodyne's "Silent 600" line, the new S700 is on the way, and Pulsar's 2030 series. It is our opinion that these are the best basic taximeters made. For a comparison feature-by-feature for the current meters, please see the chart below. You are invited to e-mail us at fred@taxicabelectronics.com with questions or comments, or buy immediately at www.TaxiSource.com or www.taxicabelectronics.com
 

(Other brands: ARGO no longer supported or manufactured. RMI is out of business. Digitax is not type approved here except one model, very expensive. Record Taximeters (REI) may be added to our line shortly. We won't handle the overpriced MetroMeter and MetroLink meter brands. We have turned down several brands sold in Europe and elsewhere due to U.S. Federal requirements for type acceptance, or for price vs. quality purposes. We advise selection of Centrodyne or Pulsar for peace of mind, quality, support and dependability. Why build aggravation into your business?) 
 
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TAXI METER FEATURE CHART by Fred Stock Electronics  Palm Desert, CA   fred@taxicabelectronics.com

Fred Stock Electronics Centrodyne
Centrodyne
Pulsar Pulsar
 MODEL C620
S700
Puls2030 P2030R
Printing
Universal type: see notes***
Taximeter Printing
COMPARE  Taximeter
Taximeter
Best Choice   Taximeter
 
full options
   
FEATURE  
firmware
   
High Impact Plastic Case YES
YES
no no
Steel Case no
no
YES YES
Basic Milage Calculations YES
YES
YES YES
Basic Wait Time Calculations YES
YES
YES YES
"Extras" are Programmable YES YES YES YES
Calculates Fares+Extras   YES
YES
YES YES
Permanent Stats Register  YES
YES
YES YES
Resettable  Statistics Full Set YES
250+ RIDES!
no no
Resettable Statistics Partial no
Extensive
YES YES
ControlsToplight Indicators YES
YES
YES YES
External Power Switch Required no
NO
no no
Power Saver Times Out YES
YES
YES no
Built In Pulse Conditioner YES
YES
no **** no****
Internal Jumpers to Set-Up YES
front panel
no no
External Pulse Conditioner/Divider no
optional
YES YES
Jumpers in optional External Box YES
YES
YES YES
Available Speed Programmer  no
no
YES YES
Uses Plug-In Tool To Program Meter no
no
YES YES
Sealable for Programming YES YES YES YES
Sealable Meter Stops Removal  from vehicle YES
YES
YES YES
Type Approved for use in USA YES
YES
YES YES
Type Approved for use in Canada YES
YES
YES YES
Bright Illumination of Fares, Rates YES
YES
YES YES
Time of Day Display optional YES
YES
no no
Password Protection Option YES
YES
YES YES
Factory Warranty 1 YR
1 YR
1 YR 1 YR
Built-In Printer for Fares, Statistics YES
NO
no YES
External Printer optional no
YES
YES no
Credit Card Reader optional YES
YES**
YES YES
RS232 Compatible Interface YES
YES
YES YES
Upgradable to Printer optional no
YES
YES no
Front Panel Tech Programmable YES
YES
YES YES
Mount Bracket & Cable Included YES
YES
YES YES
Available in Foreign Currency YES
no
YES YES
Pre-programed Before Ship  YES
YES
YES YES
Verification of CreditCard Option YES
YES
YES YES
GPS Location available YES*
YES*
YES* YES*
Electronic Serial Number optional YES
YES
no no

*GPS Location Systems through MDT's or external equipment: meter has communications (smart meter) to talk to such systems!
**Older systems used a credit card reader attached to the meter, and special firmware in the meter integrated card and trip information. There is a better wireless, FREE START-UP system today. Call Us for Info!!!!
*** The new S700 taximeter is the first of the next generation of well planned, easy to modify with great features like printers and MDTs. Read more on our main site, or call us 760-345-4347!
****Pulsar meters come with the required external pulse conditioner/divider unit included in the box. Centrodyne has some of the circuitry in the meter itself, but for pulse division, an external divider must be purchased !

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