Patents Assigned to USA Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10169980
    Abstract: A security bin and a security bin controller are described that measure fullness or height of secure contents in a security bin; listen to radio beacons over a short-range radio to determine a bin distance from a first radio, such as by measuring received radio power; determine one of three bin security states: home, caution or warning; and then broadcast a status message, warning message or alarm message over long-range radio, dependent on both the fullness of the bin and the security state. Embodiments include shredder bins, adapted to receive secure or confidential documents. Status messages may be used to initiate a search for a lost bin or to schedule bin service. Embodiments include measuring rate-of-fill. Alarm messages may be responsive to both bin location and fill volume. Embodiments and use of a controller include waste bins, including industrial or medical waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamara Baker, Amedee Louis Beaudoin, Edward Jansson, Peter Lessels, Allan Stewart, Mandeep Arora, Justin Grant, Michael Marett
  • Patent number: 9852423
    Abstract: Methods for authorizing wireless payment transactions that include encrypting, with an encryption module on the mobile payment device, a payment account token stored on a mobile payment device and a session key generated on the mobile payment device with a public key. The methods also include transmitting the encrypted payment account token and session key to a vending machine, further encrypting, with the vending machine, the encrypted payment account token and session key with a device key, and transmitting, from the vending machine, the encrypted payment account token and session key to a central server. The methods further include decrypting the payment account token and session key with the device key and with a private key stored at the central server and sending an authorization determination and session key from the central server to the vending machine based on the decrypted payment account token and session key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary M. Sagady, Joseph A. Simpkins, Denis Kouznetsov
  • Patent number: 9619795
    Abstract: Retrofitted vending systems including a card reader and a vending machine in communication with the card reader are disclosed. The systems may include a spacer positioned between the card reader and the vending machine that is adapted for mounting the card reader to the vending machine. Wireless communication device are also disclosed. The wireless communication devices may be electronically coupled to the vending machine and may include a bracket configured for attachment in the spacer and a wireless communication board fastened to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Simpkins, Thomas J. Cattani
  • Patent number: 9245269
    Abstract: Methods for generating a consumer profile. The method may include receiving a purchase authorization request including a card number from a consumer, generating, with a key module, a hash value of the card number and generating, at the server, a card identifier. The method may also include associating the generated card identifier with the generated hash value, storing, at a server database, the associated card identifier, and associating, with a processor, the card identifier with the consumer profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Sagady, Denis Kouznetsov
  • Patent number: 9159182
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for obtaining application data using a card reader having a pass-through mode and an automatic polling mode are disclosed. Application data may be obtained by enabling the pass-through mode of the card reader, instructing the card reader to poll for an exchange event, identifying the exchange event, identifying a subject of the exchange event, and obtaining application data from the subject when the subject of the exchange event is a predefined application. The pass-through mode may be disabled and the automatic polling mode may be enabled after the application data is obtained. An account number from the subject of the exchange event may also be obtained for use in authorizing a vending transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary M. Sagady, Joseph A. Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20140143074
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method which effectuates an interactive interface and protocol for interfacing a payment module (system 500) to and data communicating with a computing platform (computing platform 802), wherein the computing platform can elect to control by way of the interactive interface and protocol a vending transaction cycle or alternatively elect to monitor the payment module by way of the interactive interface and protocol allowing the payment module to control a vending transaction cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8596529
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method which effectuates an interactive interface and protocol for interfacing a payment module (system 500) to and data communicating with a computing platform (computing platform 802), wherein the computing platform can elect to control by way of the interactive interface and protocol a vending transaction cycle or alternatively elect to monitor the payment module by way of the interactive interface and protocol allowing the payment module to control a vending transaction cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8373558
    Abstract: Devices and methods for generating an alert for a vending machine are disclosed. A method of generating an alert includes monitoring a bus for at least one communication from the vending machine controller via the bus. The bus is then monitored for a response to the communication from a peripheral device to the vending machine controller via the bus. The response from the peripheral device is then processed. An alert is then generated based on the processed response. A peripheral device for generating the alert includes a bus interface configured to receive data from the bus and to transmit data onto the bus, and a processing unit coupled to the bus interface, the processing unit configured to process data received from the at least one other peripheral device and generate an alert based on the processed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Sagady, Joseph Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20110117867
    Abstract: Received signal strength indicator apparatus and methods are disclosed. A received signal strength indicator includes a modem, a display, a processor, and a step-up converter. The modem is configured to receive a signal. The processor is coupled to the modem and the display. The processor is configured to determine a strength of the signal and to indicate the strength of the signal on the display. The step-up converter is coupled to one of the modem, the processor, and the display. The step-up converter is configured to step-up the voltage of a power source to power the one of the modem, the processor, and the display. The received signal strength indicator is usable for determining a location for installing a vending machine. The location for installing the vending machine is selected based on the strength of the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Fridman
  • Patent number: 7865430
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cashless transaction payment module system that is scalable and configurable to include interfaces for vending equipment monitoring and control capabilities, interfaces for a card reader device and other identification devices as payment for items vended, an interactive interface and protocol for interconnecting the system to a computing platform, and support for a plurality of communication options that include wired, point-to-point wireless, and wireless networking including LAN/WAN/WCDMA/CDMA/CDPD/2G/2.50/3G solutions. In an exemplary embodiment the system can be embodied in a semiconductor package or module package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: USA Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 7854618
    Abstract: A male wire connector system with lock mechanism, comprising: a housing assembly; a plug assembly moveably connected to the housing assembly; a jack assembly within the plug assembly comprising a plurality of terminals attached to a stopper mounted at the end thereof; a metal body assembly within the housing assembly and connected with the slide assembly and the cable wire; a cable extended from the housing assembly; and a slide assembly disposed on the top of the jack assembly slidable between the plug assembly and the cable within a predetermined distance by manipulation. The slide assembly is mechanically engaged with the plug assembly, the jack assembly, the metal body assembly, the housing assembly and the wire, triggering the forward and backward movement of the plug assembly. The male wire connector system can be securely locked or easily released from the female receptor when user manipulates the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignees: BizConn International Corporation (ShenZhen), BizLink USA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yy Liu, HaoRan Zou
  • Patent number: 7856289
    Abstract: A vending machine that dispenses items for use with a power source. Power control circuitry is electrically coupled between the power source and one or more vending components of the vending machine. A controller is adapted to manage the supply of electrical power to such components by transitioning between a normal-operation mode and at least one power-conserving mode. An audio signal detector is provided that generates at least one dispensing event signal that represents the occurrence of one or more sound-based dispensing events. The controller transitions between the power-conserving mode(s) and the normal-operation mode based upon the at least one dispensing event signal from the audio signal detector, and possibly other data signals supplied to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Schanin, Dan Van der Hoop, Gary Strong
  • Patent number: 7805338
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of constructing a play list of a plurality of digital content for transmission and presentation on a public access electronic terminal for use with various data processing resources. The method establishes a virtual terminal on a play list server; selects the plurality of digital content at the virtual terminal; appends a digital content header to each of the plurality of digital content included in the play list; stores the play list in association with said virtual terminal; transmits the play list from the virtual terminal to the public access electronic commerce terminal; selectively receives the play list from the public access electronic commerce terminal; generates an activity report in the public access electronic commerce terminal based on the play list transmission; and selectively updates the data processing resources to reflect the activity report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Publication number: 20100124832
    Abstract: A male wire connector system with lock mechanism, comprising: a housing assembly; a plug assembly moveably connected to the housing assembly; a jack assembly within the plug assembly comprising a plurality of terminals attached to a stopper mounted at the end thereof; a metal body assembly within the housing assembly and connected with the slide assembly and the cable wire; a cable extended from the housing assembly; and a slide assembly disposed on the top of the jack assembly slidable between the plug assembly and the cable within a predetermined distance by manipulation. The slide assembly is mechanically engaged with the plug assembly, the jack assembly, the metal body assembly, the housing assembly and the wire, triggering the forward and backward movement of the plug assembly. The male wire connector system can be securely locked or easily released from the female receptor when user manipulates the housing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicants: BizConn International Corp. (ShenZhen), BizLink USA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: YY LIU, Haoran Zou
  • Publication number: 20100094456
    Abstract: A peripheral device for a vending machine, a method of communicating with a vending machine, a vending system, and a computer readable storage medium including software that is adapted to control a computer to implement a method of communicating with a vending machine are provided. The peripheral device includes a bus interface and a processor coupled to the bus interface. The peripheral device, via the bus interface, receives data from a bus and transmits data onto the bus. The processor enables cashless payment and provides diagnostic information for at least one other peripheral device of the vending machine based on data received from the at least one other peripheral device via the bus interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Simpkins, Cary Sagady
  • Publication number: 20100094458
    Abstract: Devices and methods for generating an alert for a vending machine are disclosed. A method of generating an alert includes monitoring a bus for at least one communication from the vending machine controller via the bus. The bus is then monitored for a response to the communication from a peripheral device to the vending machine controller via the bus. The response from the peripheral device is then processed. An alert is then generated based on the processed response. A peripheral device for generating the alert includes a bus interface configured to receive data from the bus and to transmit data onto the bus, and a processing unit coupled to the bus interface, the processing unit configured to process data received from the at least one other peripheral device and generate an alert based on the processed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Sagady, Joseph Simpkins
  • Patent number: 7693602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cashless transaction processing system implementing a VEND ASSIST mode of operation to effectuate a cashless vending transaction. The VEND ASSIST mode allows a computing platform 802 to oversee, control, and authorize by way of a system 500 the vend selection and sale price of a user selected vend item prior to fulfilling the user's request. The cashless transaction processing system includes a system 500 and a computing platform 802. The system 500 initiates a vending session when certain commands from an interconnected computing platform 802 are received or in response to presentation, by a user, of valid payment identification data. Computing platform 802 data communicates a VEND APPROVE or VEND DENY response to a system 500 initiated REQUEST VEND APPROVE data communication. A vend cycle is then initiated or preempted as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 7690495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a card reader assembly. The card reader assembly can be mounted in a variety of vending equipment, arcade game equipment, and other suitable equipment. Furthermore, the card reader assembly can be mounted in a standard size vending machine bill validator opening. The card reader assembly can provide for the optional mounting of a card reader, a card reader interface circuit board, a payment module board, a communication board, and or a printer. The printer mechanism is mounted on a printer bracket. The printer bracket can be slid over the edges of and fastened to the support bracket. A paper exit slot can be provided in the card reader assembly faceplate to allow the printer paper to exit through the faceplate such that a user can receive the printer paper. In addition, the printer mechanism, card reader, and or a pushbutton can be electrically connected to the card reader interface board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Brock Kolls, Stephen Luce, Barry J. Patrizzi
  • Patent number: 7630939
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cashless transaction processing system and method for locally authorizing cashless payment transactions at a payment module. Locally authorizing transactions can include utilizing locally stored databases and other authorization criteria or rules to validate or approve a plurality of payment identification data presented by a user, wherein the plurality of payment identification data presented by the user is intended to be utilized to effectuate payment for vended goods and services. In addition, the cashless transaction payment module system is scalable and configurable to include interfaces for vending equipment monitoring and control capabilities, interfaces for a card reader device and other payment interfaces, an interactive interface and protocol for interconnecting the system to a computing platform, and support for a plurality of communication options that include wired, point-to-point wireless, and wireless networking including LAN/WAN/WCDMA/CDMA/CDPD/2G/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: D727428
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Sagady, Joseph Simpkins