Aligning Records Patents (Class 235/485)
  • Patent number: 10250299
    Abstract: A case includes a base for receiving a portable phone and a flap hinged to the base and including a housing configured to receive a microcircuit card. A first contactless communication antenna is provided in the flap for coupling to an antenna of the microcircuit card. A second contactless communication antenna is provided in the base for coupling to an antenna of the portable phone. The first and second first contactless communication antennae are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Tours) SAS
    Inventors: Igor Bimbaud, Eric Colleoni
  • Patent number: 10033437
    Abstract: A case includes a base for receiving a portable phone and a flap hinged to the base and including a housing configured to receive a microcircuit card. A first contactless communication antenna is provided in the flap for coupling to an antenna of the microcircuit card. A second contactless communication antenna is provided in the base for coupling to an antenna of the portable phone. The first and second first contactless communication antennae are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Tours) SAS
    Inventors: Igor Bimbaud, Eric Colleoni
  • Patent number: 9242812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cash box comprising a receiving area for receiving a value note stack and a bottom unit delimiting the receiving area towards a box bottom. Further, a retaining element is provided which, in a retaining position, retains the notes of value received in the receiving area in said receiving area. Between the retaining element and the bottom unit a gap is formed. The cash box has at least one blocking element which, at least when the closing unit is closed, closes the gap at least so far that no note of value can slip into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Geesmeier
  • Patent number: 9038899
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, method, computer program product, and system that obtains an end user assistance for an identified item within a geographic locale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9038904
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card conveying mechanism structured to convey the card; a magnetic head which is structured to abut with the card and performs at least one of reading of magnetic data recorded on the card and recording of magnetic data on the card; a head moving mechanism structured to move the magnetic head in a longitudinal direction of the card; and an abutting part structured to abut with one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card. The head moving mechanism may be configured such that, while the card conveying mechanism holds the card in a state that the one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card is pressed against the abutting part, the magnetic head is moved in the longitudinal direction of the card to perform at least one of reading and recording of magnetic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8827162
    Abstract: A travel kiosk with improved passport reading. The travel kiosk includes a shelf for correctly positioning a passport for reading machine readable code in the passport. A single imager reads the machine readable code in the passport and other machine readable codes in other travel documents, such as driver licenses and travel documents displayed by smart phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Frank W. Shearer
  • Publication number: 20130233924
    Abstract: A smartcard unit includes at least a smartcard and an attachment enabling the smartcard unit to be worn by a user. The smartcard is accessible to an external reader. A reader unit interfaces with the smartcard to enable an external computer to communicate with the smartcard. The smartcard unit or the reader unit has structure to align the reader unit relative to the smartcard unit in an alignment for communicative interfacing while the smartcard unit is being worn. The smartcard unit or the reader unit has a retainer to secure the reader unit in alignment relative to the smartcard so that the smartcard unit is reversibly separable from the reader unit without damage, in response to a force less than is necessary to detach or damage another part of said system, other than along a longitudinal axis of the smartcard or of a pair of components being separated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher J. Burns
  • Patent number: 8464933
    Abstract: Images of a plurality of checks to be presented for payment may be captured through the use of a check sleeve. The check sleeve includes check-holding mechanism to hold one or more checks in place in the sleeve, and contains various types of markings or other features that allow an image of the sleeve to be oriented, and to allow the portion of the image that represents a check to be distinguished from portions of the image that do not represent a check. One or more algorithms may be used to distinguish check from non-check portions of the image, and to orient the image. The check sleeves may have one or more barcodes imprinted thereon, which may encode various types of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Reynaldo Medina, III
  • Patent number: 8368538
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for producing an RFID label. According to said method, a coupling antenna (2) arranged on a web-shaped support material (1) comprising an RFID chip (4) arranged thereon is glued onto a secondary antenna (10). The aim of the invention is to provide an RFID label that can be produced from few recyclable materials with little complication and in an environmentally friendly manner. The invention is characterized in that first the coupling antenna (2) comprising the chip (4) is glued onto a self-adhesive secondary antenna (10) in one step, the secondary antenna having a backing adhesive layer (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co.KG
    Inventors: Juergen Rexer, Martin Bohn
  • Patent number: 8122352
    Abstract: A parts marking system has memory for storing data indicative of at least one algorithm associated with at least one object material and logic configured to display the at least one algorithm to a display device and receive a user input for at least one part in response to the displayed algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Force, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy Regan
  • Patent number: 8104687
    Abstract: A card reading device for vehicles having a base plate, a sliding plate part, and a spring part. The base plate has a vaulted groove, an opening surface located at one end, and an annular groove provided on the base surface of said vaulted groove. The sliding plate part is provided above the vaulted groove of the base plate, A bulging structure, contacts an inserted card and drives the sliding plate part in a direction vertical to the opening phase and facing away from the opening surface. A sliding part is provided on the side of the sliding plate part pointing toward the vaulted roof of the base plate. The sliding part slides in the direction parallel to the opening surface and is guided by the annular groove and restricted in the positioning thereof. The spring element and the base plate and the sliding plate part have contact with one another, and force is applied to the directed vertically to the opening surface. Fixing of the card and also easy removal are made possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hailong Hu, Lixin Xiao, Tang Yu
  • Patent number: 7644359
    Abstract: A parts marking system has memory for storing data indicative of at least one algorithm associated with at least one object material and logic configured to display the at least one algorithm to a display device and receive a user input for at least one part in response to the displayed algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Force, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy Regan
  • Patent number: 7617985
    Abstract: The invention claimed is a method and apparatus to allow for scanning of both paper documents and thicker media such as credit or identification cards utilizing the same piece of scanner hardware. The inventive apparatus provides a depressible card reader slot located in the center of the horizontal axis of the sheet feed, and accompanying cantilever system for providing appropriate thickness of insert area for the particular media. A software implementation facilitates an automatic scan of either media inserted. The inventive method and apparatus is unique to the prior art in that it allows both media types to be scanned utilizing the same piece of hardware, and wherein scanning occurs automatically, which offers both ease of use and value to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Visioneer, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron van Os
  • Patent number: 7546957
    Abstract: A travel kiosk which focuses operator attention to a work area. The travel kiosk includes a first portion containing a touch screen, and a second portion adjacent the first portion including a work area. The work area includes a printer, a barcode reader, a passport imager, and a radio frequency reader. The work area further includes a shelf for aligning a passport, a passport tunnel at an end of the shelf for guiding the passport into a position in the second portion for reading by the passport imager and the radio frequency reader, a printer exit shoot above the passport tunnel for delivering a printed travel document from the printer, and an overhang above the printer exit shoot containing the barcode reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Melnik, Rafael Yepez, Jason Mastry
  • Publication number: 20080296394
    Abstract: A travel kiosk which focuses operator attention to a work area. The travel kiosk includes a first portion containing a touch screen, and a second portion adjacent the first portion including a printer, a barcode reader, a passport imager, and a radio frequency reader. The second portion contains a work area for obtaining first information from an operator provided passport, for obtaining second information from an operator provided travel document, and for delivering a printed travel document to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel Melnik, Rafael Yepez, Jason Mastry
  • Patent number: 7455217
    Abstract: A hand-held RFID scanner has an extendable shaft with a handle for gripping of the RFID scanner. The shaft expands and retracts with a plurality of telescoping segments, either manually or with an electrical mechanism. An RFID antenna/reader is disposed on one end of the shaft. The RFID reader communicates with an RFID tag by RF communication link. A local controller, implemented as a PDA, is mounted to the extendable shaft and electrically connected to the RFID antenna/reader to receive data from the RFID tag. The local controller has an antenna for transmitting the data to a remote computer. The local controller executes software which allows the user to select whether the data is stored in the RFID tag or the remote computer. The software uses the RFID tag, RFID scanner with local controller, and remote computer to manage data associated with an object such as a wine barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: BTS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter S. Taylor, Ian Cullimore, Dean Wrench
  • Patent number: 7389935
    Abstract: An automated system for preparing cards for further processing includes an envelope feed hopper configured to receive a plurality of envelopes, each having contents including a card carrier and one or more cards attached thereto. The systems also includes an envelope opener configured to receive envelopes from the hopper and create an opening into each envelope. The system further includes a contents parser configured to separate a card carrier and card attached thereto from an envelope. The system also includes a card carrier alignment device configured to unfold a card carrier and align the carrier for further processing and a separation mechanism configured to receive card carriers from the alignment device and separate the card from the carrier. The system also includes a controller programmed to control operation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Corey D. Tunink, Timothy J. Walpus, Jeffery G. Nowlin, Jay E. Greene
  • Patent number: 7370804
    Abstract: An IC card reader includes contactors contacting to IC contact points of the IC card, a frame forming with a card insertion path into which the IC card is inserted and a retraction domain for retracting the contactors in a direction away from the insertion path, a plate spring biasing the contactors to the retraction domain, and a mechanism responsive to the insertion of the IC card, advancing the contactors into the insertion path with the plate spring deflected to make contact the contactors to the IC contact points of the IC card, and responsive to extraction of the IC card and retracting the contactors to the retraction domain with the plate spring released force of the plate spring, becoming difficult for deformation and damage of the contactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Masayuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 7344080
    Abstract: An imaging-based bar code reader that includes an item guide to guide movement of an item including a target bar code such that target bar code passes through a field of view of the reader in a straight line. The reader further includes an imaging and decoding system to: 1) capture a series of images which include at least a part of the target bar code as the bar code is moved through the field of view of the reader; 2) sequentially analyze the series of captured images, for each captured image, identifying areas of the captured image representative of an image of the target bar code and decode decodable portions of the imaged target bar code; and 3) combining the decoded portions of the imaged target bar code using a sequence stitching method to obtain a full decode of the target bar code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor R. Vinogradov, Miroslav Trajkovic, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 7225990
    Abstract: An automated system for preparing cards for further processing includes an envelope feed hopper configured to receive a plurality of envelopes, each having contents including a card carrier and one or more cards attached thereto. The systems also includes an envelope opener configured to receive envelopes from the hopper and create an opening into each envelope. The system further includes a contents parser configured to separate a card carrier and card attached thereto from an envelope. The system also includes a card carrier alignment device configured to unfold a card carrier and align the carrier for further processing and a separation mechanism configured to receive card carriers from the alignment device and separate the card from the carrier. The system also includes a controller programmed to control operation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Corey D. Tunink, Timothy J. Walpus, Jeffrey G. Nowlin, Jay E. Greene
  • Patent number: 7195172
    Abstract: A card reader for an automated banking machine is provided. The card reader includes a processor and a card transport. The card transport moves at least one card a plurality of cycles between a first position and a second position within the card transport. The card transport continuously moves the card in a first direction for a first time period at a first speed, then continuously moves the card in the first direction for a second time period at a second speed which is slower than the first speed. Subsequent to the second time period, the card transport moves the card in the first direction for a third time period, during which the card stops and starts moving more than five times. Both the second and third time periods vary from cycle to cycle responsive to a variable parameter determined by the at least one processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems, Incorporated
    Inventors: Pietro Scarafile, Emilio Caligaris Cappio
  • Patent number: 7152778
    Abstract: Data is collected and aggregated regarding a particular used item for sale, e.g., automobiles, which is in turn validated and normalized with respect to pre-determined identification models. A historical report may be generated to provide an assessment of value based on qualitative information such as mileage and/or location, and may be presented in a multi-axis graphic format. Data records are collected from a plurality of sources over the Internet, and are validated by comparing data field entries in the aggregate data records with data field entries in an established validation database. The validated data records are normalized with respect to a predetermined set or sets of fields by assigning an identification unit to each validated data record. A web crawler to seek out suitable data records relating to the used items that are sought, a search engine is queried to derive a list of suitable high probability target URLs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Bitstock
    Inventor: Troy A. Hartenstine
  • Patent number: 7040532
    Abstract: A hand-held RFID scanner has an extendable shaft with a handle for gripping of the RFID scanner. The shaft expands and retracts with a plurality of telescoping segments, either manually or with an electrical mechanism. An RFID antenna/reader is disposed on one end of the shaft. The RFID reader communicates with an RFID tag by RF communication link. A local controller, implemented as a PDA, is mounted to the extendable shaft and electrically connected to the RFID antenna/reader to receive data from the RFID tag. The local controller has an antenna for transmitting the data to a remote computer. The local controller executes software which allows the user to select whether the data is stored in the RFID tag or the remote computer. The software uses the RFID tag, RFID scanner with local controller, and remote computer to manage data associated with an object such as a wine barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: BTS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter S. Taylor, Ian Cullimore, Dean Wrench
  • Patent number: 7004396
    Abstract: A mailpiece sorter system including a mailpiece feeding assembly operative to selectively feed mailpieces singularly or in groupings of mailpieces consisting of more than one mailpiece and a mailpiece sortation assembly operatively coupled to the mailpiece feeding assembly. The mailpiece sortation system includes a plurality mailpiece sortation bins and a diverting assembly for directing fed mailpieces into a predetermined mailpiece sortation bins. A control system is operatively coupled to the mailpiece feeding assembly to determine which mailpieces are to be singularly fed from said feeding assembly and which mailpieces are to be fed from said feeding assembly in a predetermined grouping of mailpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Quine, Christopher A. Baker
  • Patent number: 7000845
    Abstract: For throughplating flexible circuit boards, two electrically conductive layers located on opposing surfaces are electrically interconnected by cutting through the circuit board using a simple cutting tool for producing a passage. A defined quantity of conductive material is then inserted optionally into the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Ando Welling, Matthias Bergmann, Joachim Hoppe
  • Patent number: 6986462
    Abstract: A system for marking parts including an automated parts labeling (APL) software module for producing information labels for marking parts, a processor for executing the APL software module, and at least one of peripheral label device communicatively connected to the processor for receiving part identification information from the processor and marking said information labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sid Venkatesh, Sidney Ly
  • Patent number: 6978940
    Abstract: A contactless transaction card is detachably connectable to an antenna provided on a flexible film having an adhesive coating or other carrier surface. An integrated circuit chip on the contactless transaction card includes leads for establishing an electrical connection with the ends of the antenna. The contactless transaction card and detachable antenna may be provided on a carrier card with the adhesive film adhered onto the card and the contactless transaction card either die cut into the carrier card or frictionally held in a recessed holder formed in the carrier card surface. In a preferred embodiment, a cover for a mobile telephone includes a holder for a contactless transaction card. An antenna may be either adhered onto the cover by the user or may be permanently provided on the surface of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Quadnovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel V. H. Luu
  • Patent number: 6932275
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a connector interface frame comprising a plurality of detachable limbs. When one or more specified limbs are detached, the connector interface frame accommodates a particular one of a plurality of host processing system connector interfaces. Depending on which limbs are detached, the frame can accommodate either a CF card or a PCMCIA card. In alternative embodiments, the frame accommodates other host processing system connector interfaces. Embodiments of the invention, therefore, allow a production run that allow the production of a standard frame kit that can be used for multiple types of host processing system connector interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Onspec Electronic Inc.
    Inventors: Sreenath Mambakkam, Arockiyaswamy Venkidu, Larry Lawson Jones, Simaly Phoukong
  • Patent number: 6880753
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a product distribution management system includes a product management center. The product management center includes a management device to receive product security data on a product from a distribution site and a product management database to store the data received from the distribution site for use in a product authentication process. The data includes product identification information and security information used to authenticate the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Ogihara, Yasuhiko Mizuno, Rei Itsuki
  • Patent number: 6857575
    Abstract: An optical storage system capable of use as a business card or a credit card of a rectangular card lying flat against an optical storage medium which can have a circular track for the optical storage of data. Symmetrical fastening elements around the whole optical storage medium secure the card and the optical storage medium together in two positions at right angles to one another. In one position the system has a rectangular configuration corresponding to that of a card. In the second position arcuate ends of the optical storage element lie along the longitudinal edges of the card to enable the system to be placed in a reader or writer for the optical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Magnetics GmbH
    Inventors: Arne Mathias, Alexander Cioc
  • Patent number: 6820806
    Abstract: A manual card reader comprises a slot frame with a recess provided in the slot frame in the card insertion direction to allow insertion or removal of a card. A card is inserted into the slot to a holding point through the recess and is taken out therefrom. The manual reader further comprises a shutter that prevents insertion of a foreign object beyond the recess into the card reader. A first locking device is detachably provided at one end of the shutter. A second locking device is detachably provided at the other end of the shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Sankyo Seiki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Nagata, Kenji Hirasawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6779728
    Abstract: A banknote receipt and pay-out apparatus of a recirculation type for using received banknotes as those to be paid out, which can maintain the alignment of banknotes in a receipt and pay-out box in order when the latter is installed on the banknote receipt and pay-out apparatus which can deal with banknotes having different sizes, or when the receipt and pay-out box in which the banknotes are set is transported. That is, the banknote receipt and pay-out apparatus incorporating a receipt and pay-out box for replenishing the apparatus with banknotes, recovering banknotes therefrom, and storing banknotes in a standing posture, the receipt and pay-out box comprising an alignment mechanism for holding the banknotes aligned in order around the widthwise center thereof when the banknote receipt and pay-out box is not installed on the banknote pay-out apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nomiyama, Shinji Shibata, Masanori Terao, Riichi Katou, Shigeru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6769604
    Abstract: A history management system that enables the user to acquire, via a network, history information even on a passive part like a cable for example, that is part of a product. Firstly, a product is installed with a noncontact label reader/writer which is made capable of connecting to network. Noncontact labels are applied to each part comprising product. These noncontact labels each provide an IC chip and antenna embedded inside the substrate. The IC chip provides a storage part that records information and transfers information to and receives from the noncontact label reader/writer through the antenna by wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Tateo Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 6705524
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for preventing damage to memory cards, memory card connectors, host electronics, and other electronic devices by only allowing intended electronic devices to mate with the connector for which it is intended and/or determining when an electronic device has been inserted into a connector upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vivian Wei Chow, George Craig Lysy
  • Patent number: 6705529
    Abstract: A holder and reader for two or more data cards for a radio communication device, the holder including a body having formations for releasably carrying the two or more data cards and being adapted to be removably installed in the data card reader of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikko Kettunen, Ulrich Buschmann
  • Patent number: 6688524
    Abstract: The method for reconstructing a bar code through consecutive scans comprises the following steps: a) carrying out at least one scan of the bar code; b) determining a reconstructed wave form representative of the at least one scan; c) carrying out an actual scan of the bar code; d) determining an actual wave form representative of the actual scan; e) aligning the reconstructed and actual wave forms; and f) combining the aligned wave forms by updating the reconstructed wave form with the actual wave form. The method can directly operate on the photo-sensor signal before carrying out any digitization of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Datalogic S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Bottazzi, Elena Brunelli, Rinaldo Zocca
  • Patent number: 6616050
    Abstract: An IC card reader comprising an contact and a rotating member. The contact is for coming into contact with an IC contact terminal of a card. The rotating member is rotated by the insertion of the card. The rotating member starts to rotate as the card presses a portion of the rotating member, and the portion of the rotating member presses the card on a rear surface thereof when the rotating member rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Oki, Yasuhiro Kanayama
  • Patent number: 6588671
    Abstract: This invention is a data storage system for accessing data stored in a data storage medium. The data storage system includes a motor-head assembly controlled to activate a vertical movement for loading and unloading at least a pickup head supported thereon to access the data medium in the data storage medium. For a specific data-storage system configuration, the motor-head assembly further includes a rotating motor for rotating the pickup head when the pickup head is loaded onto the data storage medium. In another system configuration, the data storage system implemented with a motor to move the data storage medium in at least one linear direction or for rotating the data storage medium. The motor-head assembly further includes a vertical-position locking hook for automatically pulling away the pickup head from the data storage media when the motor-head assembly is unloaded from the data storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Dcard, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis K. King, Jeffrey Liu, Shand-Ling Mao
  • Patent number: 6527189
    Abstract: A card reader connector includes a main body (10) and an extension bracket (50) removably attached to the main body. The main body includes an insulative housing (12) and metal contacts (22). A memory card (90) is inserted into slide grooves (24) of the housing, connected to the metal contacts, and supported by the housing. When the extension bracket is attached to the main body, it guides the card into the slide grooves and facilitates support of the inserted card. In one use, the main body without the extension bracket is mounted to a circuit board(72)of an electronic device (70). Part of an inserted card remains exposed outside of the device. In an alternative use, the main body 10 with the extension bracket attached thereto is mounted to a circuit board (82) of an electronic device (80). An inserted card is thus hidden within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Fan
  • Patent number: 6491216
    Abstract: A security system is provided for use in association with a media entry slot (14, 24) on the user interface (12) of a self service terminal (10), such as a automated teller machine (ATM). At least three profile sensors (60a-60e) are arranged to detect the profile of the leading edge of an object (16) inserted into the slot, (14, 24). An access control means allows objects having a leading edge profile corresponding to a predetermined profile only to access a restricted zone such as the card reader module or a depository. This arrangement reduces the risk of fraudulent access to sensitive parts of the self service terminal via the media entry slots provided on its user interface (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David C. C. May
  • Patent number: 6467689
    Abstract: A skew detecting apparatus has a spherical roller rolling in contact with the surface of a medium guided on a medium transfer path; and skew detecting device for acquiring a skew displacement of the medium which is transferred on the basis of a degree of rolling of the spherical roller detected in both medium transfer direction and medium transfer-width direction. Accordingly, the degree of skew of the medium to be transferred is acquired to assure the normal data processing for the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventor: Tadayuki Kaji
  • Patent number: 6382508
    Abstract: A smart card contacting apparatus comprising: a frame in which contact elements are mounted, a locking element mounted on the frame and adapted to lock a smart card directly or indirectly in a reading position on the frame in which the contact elements contact smart card contacts of the inserted smart card, and a mechanical an unlocking elements provided on the frame and adapted to unlock the locking means when the smart card is moved out of the reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Bleier
  • Publication number: 20010045451
    Abstract: A method and system for token based user access authentication enables secure user access to a web server using a token, such as a smart card, and provides a single sign-on mechanism which does not employ a user name and password in the log on process. Instead, a smart card with a certificate enables the user at a client workstation to log on by authenticating himself or herself to the smart card with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The smart card then uses mutual authentication to verify the identity of the cardholder and the access server and establishes a secure link between the client workstation and the access server with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: Warren Yung-Hang Tan, Joe Hsu, Fred Pinn
  • Patent number: 6276608
    Abstract: A portable data storage and communication system includes a disk-shaped device having at least one universal contact symmetrically arranged about a center of the disk-shaped device. The disk-shaped device has at least one electrical component arranged therein which is coupled with the universal contact. An interface device receives the disk-shaped device and has at least one defined interface contact. The interface contact operatively couples with the universal contact regardless of the orientation of the disk-shaped device in the interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: William Roy Cockayne, Zachary J. Pessin, Nathan Gaston Schmidt, Jennifer Sun-Min Cha
  • Patent number: 6267293
    Abstract: A bar code scanning system and method for scanning a bar code containing a key including successively scanning the bar code and providing, for each scan, a plurality of data elements forming a scan fragment for at least a portion of the bar code, identifying each fragment containing a portion of a reference key, detecting when there has been a match between a reference key and the identified key fragments, determining if a complete key has been constructed from the key fragments, calculating a displacement between the key fragments which constructed the complete key, and aligning data fragments of the bar code by placing each successive data fragment in alignment with the previous data fragment offset by the amount of the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: CiMatrix
    Inventors: John F. Dwinell, Richard Lydon
  • Patent number: 6200166
    Abstract: A smart card interface that allows data to be transferred between a smart card and an external data device. The smart card interface receives a smart card having at least one card electrical contact, and comprises at least one roller that rotates when the smart card interface receives the smart card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Taika Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John King
  • Patent number: 6119936
    Abstract: This bill validator (10) includes a bill inlet area (30) defined by opposed upper and lower surfaces (24, 26) and having a magnetic read head (50). A pressure device (60) is provided below the magnetic read head (50) and urges a bill B received by the inlet (30) toward engagement with the read head to press the bill into engagement with the read head and assist in moving the bill in the direction of travel of the transport system (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger O. Claghorn, Gary M. Ochterbeck
  • Patent number: 6105868
    Abstract: A chip-card reader includes a frame in which contact elements are provided. The contact elements serve to contact corresponding contacts on a chip-card. The chip-card is supported by a contact force take-up element that extends linearly across the card and engages the card on a side of the chip-card opposite the side on which the chip-card contacts are situated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Reichardt
  • Patent number: 6073852
    Abstract: A data symbol reader for reading a data symbol formed on a reading surface which includes: a head portion which is placed on the reading surface to cover the data symbol when reading the data symbol; an image pick-up device on which an image of the data symbol is to be formed; and an image-forming optical system for leading light reflected on the data symbol to the image pick-up device to form the image of the data symbol on the image pick-up device. The head portion includes an enclosing portion for enclosing the data symbol while an open end of the enclosing portion contacts the reading surface. The enclosing portion includes a light transmissive member through which the inside of the enclosing portion is visible from the outside of the enclosing portion. The light transmissive member is inclined by a predetermined angle with respect to an optical axis of the image-forming optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuzo Seo
  • Patent number: 6073844
    Abstract: A device for holding a charge couple device (CCD) in an optical scanner where optical alignment of the CCD to the position of scanned image of document can be easily made. The device includes a holder for holding a lens and providing a focused image taken from the scanned document; and a positioning element mounted on the holder for adapting a CCD to be slightly moved in a line along a longitudinal direction of the CCD and aligned with the focused image. The positioning element is furnished with a matching hole for carrying a bottom portion of the CCD. The positioning element mounted to the holder only needs one-dimensional adjustment in shifting which is easier and more effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Mustek Systems INC
    Inventors: Jenn Tsair Tsai, Jimmy Tsao