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The story begins back in 1996. Cosmin Damian and Mihai Dumitru were working on several firewall and routing related programs on linux  when a local entrepreneur from Timisoara decided to venture onto a new type of business - the cybercafe.

The image at the right shows one of the first Romanian cybercafés, located in Timisoara.

The first version of the future 'Contor 2000' was rather a shell script performing routing and firewall tasks while storing the results in a flat database.

As the requirements grew fast, this initial step was quickly dropped and a new development started.

 The earliest cybercafe in Romania,Timisoara

Since 1997 the package radically changed. The core consisted in a server written in ANSI C, capable of performing the various firewall tasks on a linux router and sending the results to an SQL server. Communication between the server and the user interface was moderated through a server-side client in order to increase security. The user interface shifted from the previous terminal window to an appealing web interface, by using the  PHP scripting language. The whole thing changed, and all further development followed this path. The programs were already running on three locations in Timisoara, and the demand for new set-ups and features grew along with the emerging new businesses.
 
The project continued to grow and spread, being in use in over 100 locations. Lots of supplemental features were added at customer request - different night/day fees, and a hardware component developed by the Mayon Computers team to remotely control powering up the workstations. The component was a small piece of hardware controlled through the Ethernet wires and it had the ability of cutting the workstation’s power when the core server instructed it so; it had a central hub connected to one of the server's serial ports ( RS232) . Nowadays the software runs only in two locations and the project is no longer supported. It seems the times of cybercafés are long gone.
 One of the first Internetcafes in Timisoara,Romania
 

backend main screen

 

detailed backend report 

live stations - user interface - frontend

 

 

daily basic report query - frontend

 

daily basic report - user interface

 

 

 

 

 
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Contor 2000 - Cosmin Damian
Contor 2000

  

 

Accounting and management for Internet Cafe

( Cybercafé)


Cosmin Damian & Mihai Dumitru

 

The growth of the internet users market back in 1996 combined with the expansive broadband infrastructure generated the request for a way of controlling an emerging business – the Internet Club or Internet Café; the managers were confronted with a series of problems as differentiated prices for services, security, real-time reports, controlling the employees, preventing the unauthorized access to their network and so on; they needed a coordination enabled tool  in order to regain control of their newly founded business.

 

The “Contor 2000” package was designed to answer challenges and bring solutions for the management of the Internet Café; with small adjustments has been used to control other heterogeneous network setups; by the year 2001 the program was running in over 100 locations in the western Romania.

 
The initial package suffered a lot of changes in both its core design and in the frontend. The main architecture remained the same – a core service performing various routing and firewall tasks, controlled by a small server-side client component with the ability of translating primary requests from a web interface.
 
Due to the modular approach, several different implementations existed, adjusted to customer requirements and various netwok setups.
 

 

 
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We have been around for quite some, and in that time we have developed some interesting software modules, pioneered innovative management tools, and much more. This category is  sampling a few of our past successful projects.
 

 


 

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