Magnetic Patents (Class 235/449)
  • Patent number: 9224142
    Abstract: These and other objects of the present invention are achieved in a card reader with a read head positioned in a housing. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device and has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a raw magnetic signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. A power supply is coupled to wake-up electronics and a microcontroller. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Kartik Lamba, Amish Babu, Adam David Peter Rothschild, Jack Dorsey, James M. McKelvey
  • Patent number: 9189664
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that communicates with a host device via audio channels includes an interfacing circuit that receives and transmits analog signals on the audio channels. Such audio channels are designed for audio speakers and microphones and the interfacing circuit transmits digital data based on the received analog signals. The integrated circuit includes a processing device that is electrically coupled to the interfacing circuit. The processing device receives the digital data from the interfacing circuit and adjusts at least one parameter of the interfacing circuit based on the received digital data. The interfacing circuit receives the digital data from the processing device and transmits analog signals on at least one of the audio channels based on the at least one adjusted parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ID TECH
    Inventors: Zheng Zhou, Guo Qiang Mu, Zheng Dai, Ge Jiang
  • Patent number: 9171411
    Abstract: A method for the compensation of disturbances upon magnetic measurements on value documents, in which a sensor having several measuring tracks for generating measurement signals is employed, in which for each value document a specified number of data records is generated, the value document not being captured by at least one of the measuring tracks during the measurement, wherein from the measurement signal of the at least one measuring track there is ascertained a value for the quantity of a disturbance present in the region of the sensor during the measurement on the value document, and a compensation of the deviations of the measurement signals of the measuring tracks capturing the value document, which deviations are caused by the disturbance present during the measurement, is carried out by means of said ascertained value for the quantity of the disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Schmalz, Lothar Schütt, Jürgen Schützmann
  • Patent number: 9165293
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9135618
    Abstract: A decoding system has a decoding engine running on a mobile device. The decoding engine decodes signals produced from a read of a first party's financial transaction card. The decoding engine accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of the first party's financial transaction card. A transaction engine runs on the mobile device and is coupled to the decoding engine. The transaction engine receives as its input decoded first party's financial transaction card information from the decoding engine. At least a portion of a first party's financial card information or information relative to a first party's financial account is used to create a mobile device payment application on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 9129166
    Abstract: A magnetic card reader module includes a magnetic sensor and an adjacent groove, a microcontroller and an application. The magnetic sensor is configured to pick-up an analog magnetic signal generated by swiping a magnetic stripe through the groove. The magnetic stripe is attached to a card and comprises tracks with magnetically encoded data. The microcontroller is configured to convert the analog magnetic signal into a digital signal. The application is configured to analyze the digital signal, and to perform soft-decision decode of the digital signal and to generate an output comprising the magnetically encoded data and side information providing card swipe information feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: BBPOS Limited
    Inventors: Chi Wah Lo, Hwai Sian Tsai
  • Patent number: 9123036
    Abstract: A mobile checkout system and method for completing a purchase transaction to purchase items from an internet merchant. A user browses and selects items for purchase from the merchant through a shopping application or browser. During the processing of the transaction, a checkout application installed on a mobile communication device is launched. The checkout application receives a checkout token created by a checkout server that identifies the purchase transaction. The checkout application uses this token and communicates with the checkout server to cause the checkout server to complete the purchase transaction. When the transaction is complete, the shopping application or browser is relaunched and a results page is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: LOOPPAY, INC.
    Inventors: William Wang Graylin, Man Ho Li, Jimmy Tai Kwan Tang
  • Patent number: 9124583
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to apparatuses, methods and computer program products for registering a device. An exemplary apparatus is configured to: determine a device accesses an application; determine whether the device is a trusted device; in response to determining the device is not a trusted device, forward an approval request; and in response to receiving approval, register the device based on a device fingerprint associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vijayanandraj Amaladoss, Andrew L. Saar, Daniel Lynn Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9117126
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing and utilizing a tamper resistant 3D magnetic stripe reader integrated circuit in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a three-dimensional magnetic stripe reader integrated circuit (IC) includes at least one magnetic read sensor configured to generate a signal representative of information on a magnetic stripe, a decoding circuit configured to receive the signal from the at least one magnetic read sensor and generate a data signal, an encryption circuit configured to receive the data signal from the decoding circuit and generate an encrypted signal, a substrate layer, where the at least one magnetic read sensor, decoding circuit, and encryption circuit are mounted to the substrate layer, and IC packaging at least partially enclosing the at least one magnetic read sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MagTek, Inc.
    Inventor: Hamid Manesh
  • Patent number: 9104922
    Abstract: A solid state magnetic sensor for sensing magnetic information on a magnetic track is provided. The solid state magnetic sensor includes at least one half of a Wheatstone bridge including at least two legs, each of the at least two legs including at least a portion of a strip of magnetic material, and barber pole nonmagnetic shorting bars arranged on the portions of the strip forming the at least two legs of the at least one half of the Wheatstone bridge. An inner gap between parallel and adjacent strips of a respective at least two legs is on the order of a transition length on the magnetic track to be sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bharat B. Pant, Lakshman Withanawasam
  • Patent number: 9054408
    Abstract: Removable card for a contactless communication contains an antenna (4) formed of threads (10) placed on the external surface of the body (1) of the card and covered by a layer (7) of a ferromagnetic material. In advantageous adjustment the antenna (4) contains on one area (2) of the card eight threads (10) and both areas (2) of the card are covered by a layer (7) of a ferritic foil. The antenna (4) is connected to the series with element (12) with capacity and the resistance (11) on the other side. Resonant circuit is tuned in for the final frequency from 13.0 to 15.0 MHz. The signal from the antenna (4) is read between the first and the second thread (10) from the side of the element (12) with capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Logomotion, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Miroslav Florek, Michal Masaryk
  • Patent number: 9053399
    Abstract: Method for broadcasting a magnetic stripe data packet from an electronic card by measuring a swipe speed of the electronic card past a magnetic reader head during a swipe of the electronic card past the magnetic reader head and then adjusting a broadcast signal containing the magnetic stripe data packet according to the measured swipe speed so that the magnetic stripe data packet in the broadcast signal is read by the magnetic reader head during said swipe. The swipe speed is measured by a speed sensor. The electronic card can contain a false swipe detection means so that the capacitive sensor changes from a sleep mode to an active mode after a wake up sensor is activated during the swipe and the swipe speed is measured by the capacitive sensor while it is in the active mode before the broadcast signal is broadcast during the swipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: PrivaSys
    Inventors: Eric Foo, Joan Ziegler, Mark Poidomani, Lawrence Routhenstein, Ziv Alon, Charles McGuire
  • Publication number: 20150144696
    Abstract: A magnetic tag device for generating a magnetic tag includes one or more magnetic field sources. The one or more magnetic field sources are configured to generate magnetic fields that superimpose so as to form an overall magnetic field exhibiting a predefined magnetic identification pattern representing the magnetic tag. The magnetic tag is readable by a computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Mehran Roshandel, Hamed Ketabdar
  • Patent number: 9038914
    Abstract: Reference equipment including a reference card and a reference reader is provided for testing electronic payment devices such as cards and card readers. The reference equipment includes reference cards and reference readers that respectively can be used to verify compliance of product cards and product readers with product specifications The product specifications may, for example, be the ISO 14443 Standard specifications which are commonly accepted in the electronic payment industry The reference equipment is designed to enhance interoperability of product payment devices whose functional behaviors may vary because of vendor customization of device specifications or due to manufacturing tolerances In some embodiments, the reference equipment includes a reference card for testing card readers The exemplary reference card can comprise a current mirror to permit an electronically adjustable variable load using an external controller The reference card electronic circuit can exhibit variable load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MasterCard International Corporation
    Inventors: Patrik Smets, Eddy Lodewijk Hortensia Van De Velde, Duncan Garrett, David Anthony Roberts
  • Patent number: 9038907
    Abstract: An improved document scanning device and a scanning method for checking the transparency and thickness of an identification document. In a preferred embodiment, any one surface of the document is illuminated by the illumination source facing the said surface and the opposite surface of the document is captured by the camera. The amount of light that passes through the illuminated surface of the document is measured and contrasted with the amount of light that passes through the same surface of a reference or original document. The scanning method is also capable of validating an identification document by detecting and authenticating any laser image imprinted on such document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: E-SEEK, INC.
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Haksoo Kim, Peter Gamboa
  • Patent number: 9038906
    Abstract: A reader for a card having an information strip, the reader comprising a first movable member, a read head capable of reading the information strip, the read head disposed on the first movable member and a second movable member which upon translation causes the first movable member to translate in a direction opposite to the second movable member. The reader includes a guide slot disposed in line with the direction of translation of the second movable element such that when a card is placed in the guide slot and subsequently moved transversely along the guide slot, the card urges the first movable member in the opposite direction and moving the head across the information strip as the information strip is moved in the opposite direction as the read head movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel DeMerchant
  • Patent number: 9038893
    Abstract: An approach for associating a card (e.g., a transaction card, an identification card, etc.) that corresponds to a primary account with one or more ancillary accounts (e.g., a library account, etc.) includes obtaining information from the card and associating that information with an ancillary account. The card may then be used to access the ancillary account. The card may be a transaction card and the primary account may be a financial account. The ancillary account may be a library account. When the card is a transaction card, fees associated with the ancillary account may be charged to the financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Card Limited Corp.
    Inventor: Lori D. Kirkham
  • Patent number: 9033222
    Abstract: A card reading machine includes a card reader for reading data on a magnetic card and a device for preventing reading of the data on the magnetic card by illegal card reading devices operatively associated with the card reading machine. The device for preventing may include an oscillator, a driver circuit and a coil for generating electromagnetic signals similar to data on a card. A method for preventing reading of data on a magnetic card by in illegal card reader in operative association with an apparatus having a card reader intended to read the data on the magnetic card includes producing a signal ruining the data collected by the illegal card reader. The apparatus having a card reader may include an insertion slot in which case the method may further include producing the signal near the insertion slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: Kronik Elektrik Elektronik Ve Bilgisayar Sistemleri Sanayi Ticaret Limited Sirketi, TMD Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Cihat Celik Basar, Hakan Askeroglu, Ismet Yesil
  • Patent number: 9033235
    Abstract: Read head array stitching techniques are described. A card reader includes an array of magnetic sensors (a read head array) for retrieving account information from a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card. The magnetic sensors can be arranged in rows and columns. During a card swipe, each magnetic sensor receives a series of readings. A processor determines relative bit rates for each series of readings. The processor determines which sensor corresponds to which track of the magnetic stripe based on a comparison of the relative bit rates. The processor generates a data stream for at least one track based on portions of readings from each sensor during periods of time the sensor is determined to correspond to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Templeton, Daniel Jeffrey Post
  • Patent number: 9027834
    Abstract: Provided is a card reader capable of increasing visibility over the prior art for a location into which a card is actually inserted. A card reader is provided with a main body frame constituting a card passage through which an inserted card passes, and a light source for illuminating the interior of the card passage. With this card reader, the light source is illuminating the interior of the card passage through which the card passes, and therefore, it is possible to brighten the interior of the card passage through which the card passes. Therefore, it is possible to brighten the location into which the card is actually inserted so that it is easier to visually confirm the location into which the card is actually inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Toshio Tatai, Koji Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20150122888
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshiki Kinoshita, Hideki Furihata, Toru Takami, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9022297
    Abstract: A trigger signal generating device outputs a trigger signal activating an IC tag. The trigger signal generating device includes first and second trigger coils placed at a predetermined separation distance and each having predetermined magnetic field intensity distribution. Each of the first and second trigger coils includes attenuating means for attenuating intensity of a magnetic field generated by the first and second trigger coils to a predetermined level that allows the ID tag to detect trigger IDs of the first and second trigger coils on a side on which the first and second trigger coils are provided, and that does not allow the ID tag to detect the trigger ID of the first trigger coil on an opposite side to the side on which the first and second trigger coils are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Matrix Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kawahara
  • Publication number: 20150115031
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a card having magnetic data recorded thereon may include a magnetic head for carrying out at least one of reading the magnetic data recorded in the card and recording the magnetic data into the card; a card insertion part where an insertion slot for inserting the card is formed; a metal sensor structured to detect a foreign object, which contains a metallic material, having been installed around the card insertion part; and a control unit. The control unit may be structured to calculate the amount of change in an output value of the metal sensor, whenever a predetermined reference time period has passed, and judge that the foreign object has been installed around the card insertion part if the amount of change exceeds a predetermined reference value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Keiji HOSON
  • Patent number: 9016570
    Abstract: A credit card reader shields a credit card, stores data from one or more credit cards simultaneously and then selectively broadcasts data associated with one of the cards. A slim, electromagnetically shielding housing has a cavity and a card reader for reading data from a credit card received in the cavity. A processor connects the card reader to a memory component, and connects both to an RFID device, where the credit card data can be broadcast to an RFID reader. A control interface allows a user to initiate reading credit card data, to select a card data set to store in memory, or to broadcast a dataset. A display shows transaction information and stored card data. A retractable input/output plug can engage a socket on another device to transmit and receive data. A memory card device can selectively store credit card data and transaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 9016572
    Abstract: A card reader device is provided with a housing having a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card to complete a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. A read head is in the housing reads data stored on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. An output jack is adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a mobile device for provides the signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to the mobile device. A sourcing power device couples to an audio jack of the mobile device and sources power from the mobile device through the audio jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Amish Rajesh Babu, Jim McKelvey, Sam Wen, Jack Dorsey
  • Patent number: 9016582
    Abstract: An electro-optical code reading terminal for dynamically switching mode of operation from a printed code reading mode to an electronically displayed code reading mode is provided. The electro-optical code reading terminal measures and monitors, using one or more magnetic sensors, a magnetic field experienced at the electro-optical code reading terminal. When the electro-optical code reading terminal device determines that a change in the measured magnetic field exceeds a predetermined threshold within a predetermined time period, the electro-optical code reading terminal device infers presence of an electronically displayed code. The electro-optical code reading terminal device then switches its mode of operation from the printed code reading mode of operation to the electronically displayed code reading mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Konark Panday, Jivitesh Chawla
  • Patent number: 9016566
    Abstract: An apparatus for effecting commercial transactions with a server using a transaction card via a communication device is provided. The apparatus includes a transaction device coupled with the communication device for capturing information from the transaction card and a controller for converting the captured card information into an encrypted audio signal and for transmitting the audio signal to the communication device. The communication device delivers the audio signal to the server for processing the commercial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: 4361423 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Kwan Jimmy Tang, Chi Wah Lo, Kenneth G. Mages
  • Publication number: 20150108217
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that communicates with a host device via audio channels includes an interfacing circuit that receives and transmits analog signals on the audio channels. Such audio channels are designed for audio speakers and microphones and the interfacing circuit transmits digital data based on the received analog signals. The integrated circuit includes a processing device that is electrically coupled to the interfacing circuit. The processing device receives the digital data from the interfacing circuit and adjusts at least one parameter of the interfacing circuit based on the received digital data. The interfacing circuit receives the digital data from the processing device and transmits analog signals on at least one of the audio channels based on the at least one adjusted parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Zheng Zhou, Guo Qiang Mu, Zheng Dai, Ge Jiang
  • Publication number: 20150108216
    Abstract: An information reproduction device for use with a magnetic recording medium storing information may include an analog/digital (AD) converter structured to convert an analog signal, which is reproduced from the information recorded in the magnetic recording medium, into a digital signal; a peak detecting unit structured to detect a peak point of the reproduced signal, from the digital signal, according to a threshold as a judgment level in accordance with an output of the AD converter; and an information generating unit for generating structured to generate a rectangular waveform signal of the reproduced signal, waveform-shaped according to interval information of peak points detected by the peak detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakajima, Yoichi Isono, Katsuhisa Higashi
  • Patent number: 9010628
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self service terminal, such as an Automated Teller Machine, comprising a front panel provided with a card insertion slot for inserting a magnetic card therethrough, wherein, during insertion through the insertion slot, a magnetic stripe on the card induces a card data flux into a stripe data reading zone. The terminal also comprises an anti-skimming unit for generating a jamming field so as to jam a magnetic recording unit of an illegal card reader installed near or in the card insertion slot of the front panel. The anti-skimming unit includes a first magnetic field source and at least one further magnetic field source, each source inducing a electro-magnetic field in a slot region including the card insertion slot, such that the jamming field in the stripe date reading zone deviates from the jamming field outside the stripe data reading zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Kronik Elektrik Elektronik Ve Bilgisayar Sistemleri Sanayi Ticaret Limited Sirketi, TMD Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Ismet Yesil, Alp Devrim Kosal
  • Patent number: 9010644
    Abstract: A flexible card may include a dynamic magnetic stripe communications device having multiple layers, such as an electromagnetic generator, a magnet, and a shield. A shield may form a non-flexible layer within the stack and may bend, but the shield may not be able to stretch or compress. Flexible layers may surround and adhere to the shield such that when the card is flexed, the flexible layers may stretch and compress with the movement of the shield. The dynamic magnetic stripe communications device may include one or more coils. Each coil may contain a stepped material, such that a length of a lower layer of the stepped material is longer than a length of a middle layer of the stepped material which is longer than a length of a top layer of the stepped material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Workley
  • Publication number: 20150102106
    Abstract: An integrated magnetic stripe reader (MSR) head apparatus for preventing the theft of data stored on a magnetic stripe of a magnetic stripe card in magnetic card reader system is provided. The apparatus comprises an MSR head and a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB). The FPCB integrates all necessary components on its front side, including an MSR integrated circuit (IC), circuit lines, and a cable connector for enabling communication between the MSR IC and an external host processor. The apparatus connects the MSR head and the FPCB using pin-terminal connectors or socket connectors tightly. An attempt to tap a signal on a signal path between the MSR head and the MSR IC disconnects the MSR head from the FPCB, causing the apparatus to break operation so that the signal path for tapping cannot be created in the first place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicants: MSRTEK INC., TJ Solutions
    Inventor: Hyung Tae Choi
  • Publication number: 20150102107
    Abstract: In order to perform processing of analyzing card data in an appropriate amount of time depending on the number of tracks actually present on a magnetic stripe with use of a single demodulation circuit, the single demodulation circuit produces, based on magnetic data read by a magnetic head, a single common card running signal obtained by ORing card running signals of tracks present on the magnetic stripe of the magnetic card, a clock signal of each track present on the magnetic stripe, and a data signal of each track present on the magnetic stripe. A card running signal generation circuit generates, based on the common card running signal and the clock signal of each track, an individual card running signal of each track present on the magnetic stripe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: NEC INFRONTIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Yuichiro Yamada, Kenta Nakai
  • Publication number: 20150102108
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic multilayer system (1) which is arranged on a substrate (6) which is made of a material from the group consisting of a plastic from the group of polymers, metal, metal alloy and paper and/or which is at least one element from the group consisting of a document and packaging. The invention further relates to packaging which comprises such a magnetic multilayer system (1). According to the invention, the multilayer system (1) is used for proving the authenticity of an object. Likewise according to the invention are a method for marking an object with a magnetic multilayer system for proving the authenticity of an object and a method for reading a magnetic multilayer system for proving the authenticity of an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Arno Ehresmann, Dieter Engel
  • Patent number: 9004356
    Abstract: A read head system has a housing and a read positioned in the housing with a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card with the slot utilized to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head includes an output jack configured to be coupled to at least one of a audio jack or microphone port of a mobile device. The read head provides the signal to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Publication number: 20150097033
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reading device including a magnetic head assembly including a mounting element defining a circumferential anti-tampering enclosure and at least one information reading sensor having output contacts, a protective layer including at least one protective grid and at least one anti-tampering contact array including at least two electrical contacts, at least one resiliently deformable conductive element arranged to selectably provide a galvanic interconnection between the electrical contacts, a closure element fixed to the assembly in a secure orientation to displace the deformable conductive element into galvanic interconnection contact with the electrical contacts, whereby tampering with the closure element causes the deformable conductive element to break the galvanic interconnection contact and a flat cable coupled to the output contacts, to the protective layer and to the electrical contacts and carrying electrical signals useful for providing a tampering alarm indication when the electrical
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: VERIFONE, INC.
    Inventors: Igal Yosef YANKO, John Henry BARROWMAN, Scott William MCKIBBEN
  • Patent number: 8998099
    Abstract: Antennas suitable for use in RFID devices include an insulating substrate and a first conductive micropattern disposed on or in the substrate, the first conductive micropattern defining a contiguous mesh conductor. The first conductive micropattern forms an antenna responsive to at least a frequency of 915 MHz, and includes interconnected traces having a trace width in a range from 0.5 to 20 microns. Furthermore, the first conductive micropattern is characterized by an open area fraction of at least 80% or 90%. RFID devices include such an antenna and an integrated circuit configured to transmit and receive signals using the antenna. Cards, such as financial transaction cards or identification cards, include such an antenna carried by a card layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Lijun Zu, William C. Egbert, Swagata R. Banerjee, Robert A. Sainati
  • Patent number: 8998096
    Abstract: A thin-client access card has a card body with partial or fully emissive magnetic data tracks. An emissive element is disposed in the card body under the location of the legacy magnetic data tracks. An electronic signal conditioner converts audio signals from a mobile device into magnetic data applied to the emissive element. A swipe sensor detects when the thin-client access card is being swiped by a legacy card reader, and triggers an output of magnetic data from the emissive element while proximal to the POS reader head. A cable attaches the thin-client access card as a peripheral to the mobile device with an audio output jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Coin, Inc.
    Inventor: Kerry D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150083808
    Abstract: The present invention relates devices and methods using swipe detection. A swipeable computer of the present invention comprises a capacitive detector having an output, a switchable magnetic field sensor having an output, a memory unit, and a logic unit. The memory unit stores a standard capacitance change and a standard magnetic field change. The logic unit is electrically connected to the capacitive detector output, the switchable magnetic field sensor, the switchable magnetic field sensor output, and the memory unit. The logic unit of the swipeable computer is adapted to determine if the capacitive detector output corresponds to the standard capacitance change, to enable the switchable magnetic field sensor if the change in capacitance corresponds to the standard capacitance change, and to determine if the switchable magnetic field sensor output corresponds to the standard magnetic field change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Coin, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanishk Parashar, Karthik Balakrishnan, Bret Foreman, Rory Nordeen
  • Patent number: 8985449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic stripe reader, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods of directly extracting binary information embedded in a magnetic stripe using simple analog and digital signal processing techniques. Once information stored in the magnetic stripe is extracted as a F-2F waveform by the magnetic stripe reader, peaks, valleys and mid-level transition points between every consecutive peak and valley are detected. A peak-to-peak period and an average time are directly derived to determine whether the corresponding peak-to-peak transition is associated with a binary bit of “1” or “0”. This magnetic stripe reader spares a need for a multi-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a large memory, and thus, constitutes a simple and self-contained solution that may read out the binary information stored on the magnetic stripe with reduced power consumption and improved cost efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Henry Weldele, Sung Ung Kwak, Gary Vernon Zanders
  • Patent number: 8985464
    Abstract: A system for managing bar or restaurant tabs includes a payment card storage apparatus, such as a carousel, to receive and store payment cards under computer control, and a payment card reader to read identifying information from the payment cards that are to be stored in the payment card storage apparatus. The system permits a server to conveniently receive and store a payment card to secure a patron's tab, and then return it to the patron at the time the tab is closed and paid out. An associated point-of-sale system displays tab information and a list of names of those patrons having open tabs. A particular patron's card can be returned from the payment card storage apparatus by selecting the patron's tab from the list. The system may further be applied in any situation in which a debt or obligation can be secured by the possession of a personally-identifiable token that has, holds or permits access to value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Carlos Tovar, Francois Pierre deVilliers, George Newman Alexy
  • Patent number: 8985450
    Abstract: Provided is a card insertion unit for a card reader which, without weakening a magnetic field generated by a magnetic field generating device in order to prevent reading of magnetic data by a magnetic head for skimming, is capable of reducing the effect of the magnetic field upon the reading of the magnetic data by way of the magnetic head for data reading. This card insertion unit may be provided with a notch formed at a point at which a magnetic stripe passes at insertion time of the card a projecting portion which projects toward the upstream side of the insertion direction of the card and a magnetic field generating device disposed in the interior of the projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Yukihiko Takita, Shinya Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20150069126
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring data from one device to a second device using a pulse generator which may be included on one device as a component or as a separate accessory. The component or accessory sends electromagnetic waves to a circuit on the second device that is sensitive to electromagnetic signals such as a magnometer or magnetic sensor. An example of a devices that is doing the communicating could be between two phones, or a phone and an electronic card as disclosed herein, or a tablet and a phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Carlos Pizarro Leon
  • Patent number: 8973824
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to act as a magnetic stripe read-head detector and a data transmitter. A multiple layer flexible PCB may be fabricated to include multiple magnetic emulators. An emulator may include a coil that includes magnetic, ferromagnetic, or ferromagnetic, material in the coil's interior. Coils may be associated with zones. As a read-head is detected to move from zone-to-zone, coils may be activated to transmit information in those zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 8973825
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and system to ensure the safe use of magnetic strip cards in order to prevent the theft of information contained in the magnetic strip of a industry standard magnetic strip card. Security system enabling the safe use of magnetic strip cards that implements the method, composed of a half-cylinder, equipped with a special slot of a thickness almost similar to the magnetic strip card and wide of one card length, a mechanical card loading and rotating device, card presence and position sensors, electrical motors for the mechanical system, an overall electronic command and control module and the physical security box containing all parts of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: MB Telecom Ltd. SRL
    Inventors: Mircea Tudor, Adrian Bizgan, Valentin Boanta
  • Patent number: 8973819
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for splitting a gift card. An exemplary apparatus is configured to: receive information associated with a gift card, the gift card being associated with a merchant; associate the gift card with an account; and enable selection of an option to split the gift card into a first portion (e.g., a first new gift card) and a second portion (e.g., a second new gift card).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Blackhurst, Dean Lyons Henry
  • Publication number: 20150060546
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card conveying mechanism structured to convey the card; a conveying passage; a magnetic head to abut a magnetic stripe formed on a card and read or record data on the card; a head moving mechanism to move the magnetic head; and an abutting part abutting with one end of the card. The card conveying mechanism may include a drive source, and a first conveying roller and a second conveying roller. The first conveying roller is disposed on one end side of the conveying passage. The second conveying roller is disposed on the other end of the conveying passage. The card conveying mechanism may include a first torque limiter disposed in a power transmission path from the drive source to the first conveying roller, and a second torque limiter disposed in a power transmission path from the drive source to the second conveying roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8967465
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a card reader for receiving payment card information at a mobile point-of-sale terminal. In some implementations, a reader of the subject technology can include a memory, a conditioning module and a 3.5 mm audio plug including an audio bus that is configured for insertion into a headphone port of a host device, such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Implementations of the subject technology also include a microprocessor configured to perform operations for tuning communication parameters. That is, upon connection of the reader device to the host computing device, the devices can engage in an exchange of carrier waves which the devices exchange can used to not only determine and negotiate operational parameters for the devices that support a highest possible connection speed with acceptable connection quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Dan Post
  • Patent number: 8967475
    Abstract: A magnetic head device which suppresses output fluctuation even though the output changes in part of an output waveform from the magnetic head. The magnetic head device includes a magnetic head for reproducing information recorded in a magnetic information recording medium; an amplifier section for amplifying a reproduced signal that the magnetic head has reproduced, by using a gain; an A/D converter section for converting the reproduced signal that has been amplified, to a digital signal, by sampling the signal at predetermined intervals, in order to output the converted digital signal; a signal comparator section for comparing a digital signal output value with a predetermined output criterion value; and a gain control section for adjusting the gain in such a way as to make the output value closer to the output criterion value, in the case where the output value is either greater or smaller than the output criterion value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakajima, Katsuhisa Higashi
  • Patent number: 8960547
    Abstract: An improved document scanner for imaging documents and decoding coded indicia such as bar codes and magnetic strips is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the scanner incorporates a set of emergency exit instructions so that a user can always retrieve sensitive documents at a moment's notice. These instructions include receiving an emergency exit command from a jamming sensor or from the user, and then attempting mechanical translation toward a first exit and further subsequent translation toward a second exit. If the document is not successfully retrieved, the scanner prepares for manual document extraction as detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: E-Seek, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Haksoo Kim, Chung Yong Suh