Where The Different Categories Represent Monetary Amounts (e.g., Wages, Charges) Patents (Class 377/14)
  • Patent number: 9715645
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, credit data indicative of a subscription credit is received at a printer via a first network. The printer is connected to a marking agent supply. The subscription credit is to authorize the printer to at least one of dispense or consume a credit quantity of marking agent from the supply according to a subscription. Job data is received at the printer via a second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Phillip A Mccoog
  • Patent number: 8073774
    Abstract: Billing a customer through an intermediary billing system for a transaction by receiving, at the intermediary billing system, a transaction request associated with a transaction amount and a customer identification code, validating, in the intermediary billing system, the transaction request by determining whether the customer identification code corresponds to a customer that is registered with the intermediary billing system, and sending, in the case that the transaction request is valid, a billing event trigger associated with the customer identification code to an external billing mechanism, the billing event trigger representing the transaction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: SMS.ac, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Pousti
  • Patent number: 6944256
    Abstract: Optimizing statistics counter use is disclosed. A total number of counter bits to be used to track two or more statistics is determined. The total number of counter bits is allocated among the two or more statistics to provide for each statistic a counter comprising the number of bits allocated for that statistic, the allocation being such that each counter overflows at a rate desired for that counter. The overflow rates may be balanced, such that each counter overflows at approximately the same rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Alcatel IP Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. L. Smallwood, Michael J. Clarke, Mark A. French, Martin R. Lea
  • Patent number: 6212506
    Abstract: Real-time, per call charge information is provided to a subscriber for calls in progress using a communications system having a service interface supporting the charge display feature. A repository of billing rate information is accessible to the communications system, which selects the appropriate billing rate based on call attributes such as time of day, geographic location, etc. The charge information may be periodically computed within a switch or data processing system within the communications system and transmitted to a remote display device for display. Alternatively, raw billing rate information may be transmitted to an intelligent device at the subscribers location, which periodically computes the charge information and updates the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Nimesh Shah, Lester Son-Hing, Rita D'Ingianni, Rodney Glen Adams, Raman Lad, Garnet Cameron
  • Patent number: 6094644
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for recording actual time used by a service which makes requests for data. The apparatus includes a first timer for recording time during which the service is in operation and a second timer rendered operable when the service requests data. The second timer is operable to disable the first timer to suspend the recording of the time when the second timer acquires a value exceeding a pre-defined value, representing the time during which the service is waiting for data in response to a request for data and the second timer re-enables the first timer when the data is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Raines Hillson, Douglas Brock Dickie
  • Patent number: 6067530
    Abstract: A cash management system that tracks bills received at at least one business establishment by cashier, by amount and by time while securing those bills immediately within a drop safe upon receipt from the customer in preparation for pickup by a courier service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Brooks Armored Car Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Brooks, Jr., James K. Bluebello, Louis J. Frontino
  • Patent number: 5757876
    Abstract: A system for counting the number of objects of known thickness in a stack and identifying the objects by their color in which an ultrasonic sensor is mounted at a known distance from a reference point that defines the beginning of the stack. The ultrasonic sensor is operated to measure the round trip transit time of ultrasonic energy reflected back from the closest object in the stack and the number of objects in the stack is calculated on the basis of the known distance and the round trip transit time. A color sensor senses the color of at least one object in the stack to identify the object. In a casino application where the objects are chips of known monetary value, the value of the chips in the stack can be calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Cosense, Inc.
    Inventors: Naim Dam, William A. Allhusen
  • Patent number: 5659845
    Abstract: There is provided an accounting system for a document processing system which executes one or more jobs with multiple document processing facilities. One of the jobs is identified by a unique identifier and has its origin in a document in a hardcopy or electronic form. A first portion of the one job is processed with a first one of the multiple document processing facilities, in accordance with a first set of control instructions, to result in a first accountable event characterized by a first set of one or more attribute values, and a second portion of the one job is processed with a second one of the multiple document processing facilities, in accordance with a second set of control instructions to result in a second accountable event characterized by a second set of one or more attribute values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter M. Krist, Katherine E. Hayes, James C. Strossman
  • Patent number: 5604578
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a reading section for fetching first color image data subjected to color separation, a circuit for converting the first color image data into second color image data, a unit for forming a duplicate image of the first color image data by using recording materials of different types based on the second color image data, a unit for calculating the consumptions of the recording materials used for image formation in the image forming unit, and a unit for calculating a charge value for image formation based on the consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kunihiro Shibuya, Hiroki Kanno
  • Patent number: 5506661
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming image information corresponding to an image of original document on recording sheets includes a sheet size sensor device for detecting the size of the recording sheets, a counter device for counting the number of pages of the recording sheets on which image information has been recorded, a memory device for storing data of printing charge per sheet according to the size of the recording sheets, calculating device for calculating printing charges based on data of the number of pages of the printed sheets counted by the counter device and data of the printing charge per sheet corresponding to the size of the recording sheets detected by the sheet size sensor means, and a display means for display the calculation results calculated by said calculating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hanzawa
  • Patent number: 5172398
    Abstract: A device for selectively recording charges for copies made on a copying machine by way of two or more accounting means connected at the same time via the device to the copying machine, comprising means for coupling the device to the copying machine, a plurality of connection points each one of which is connectable separately to a different accounting means and control means which selectively activates one of the accounting means for recording of the charges and the method of accomplishing the recording of such charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Oce-Nederland, B.V.
    Inventor: Peter J. J. M. Simons
  • Patent number: 5155747
    Abstract: An anti-fraud device for digital measuring instrument includes a sensing encoder integrated circuit combinably packed with a sensor, and a measuring decoder integrated circuit combinably packed with a measuring meter for receiving signal as sensed from the sensor through a transmission line. When an external-signal generator is fraudulently installed on the transmission line for increasing output signals into the meter for cheating a meter fare, an external signal from the external-signal generator will be first checked by the measuring decoder integrated circuit provided before the measuring meter to be different from a prestored data in the measuring. Then the measuring decoder will not output a valid pulse to be counted in the measuring meter, without increasing an unwanted meter fare or fees for preventing a fraud matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Chung-Hwa Huang
  • Patent number: 4931963
    Abstract: Diagnosis data for respective portions of an apparatus are collected from respective sensors provided on the apparatus at the respective portions thereof and stored in a memory for each of the respective portions. These diagnosis data are the amount of change with time and frequency of occurrence of abnormal operation. The amount of change with time is yielded from the number of treatments for a detection object of each sensor, while the frequency of occurrence of abnormal operations is provided as a ratio of the number of anbormal operations detected by the respective sensors to the number of treatments by the particular object or part involved. The resulting diagnosis data is compared with a predetermined reference value, and when the diagnosis data exceeds the reference value, a prediction alarm flag indicative of a prediction of necessary maintencance to prevent trouble from occuring is added to the diagnosis data and stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Kimura, Minematsu Nobuo, Suto Shin-ichi
  • Patent number: 4536646
    Abstract: A system for generating data for input to a computer representing the length of time the worker has spent at a workstation performing a task includes portable memory circuit, a data entry circuit, and a data reading circuit. The memory circuit stores data relating to the task. The data entry circuit is located at the workstation and is adapted to electrically connect to the memory circuit and automatically and periodically writes into the memory circuit data program into the entry circuit which relates to the task at the workstation. The data reading circuit is electrically connected to the computer and is also adapted to electrically connect to the circuit. The data reading circuit transfers into the computer the data written into the memory circuit by the data entry circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Celedata Corporation
    Inventors: C. Harris Adams, Robert P. Farnsworth
  • Patent number: 4532641
    Abstract: A cash accounting system comprises a cash register for recording various transactions of money and having a central processing unit, a counting machine electrically connected with the cash register and operable to count money including bills used during each of the transactions, and a count data read-in device for writing count information providing by the counting machine as a result of the counting operation, in the central processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuji Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4475221
    Abstract: A copying machine managing apparatus identifies information recorded on a plurality of using section magnetic cards and on an administrative department magnetic card. The plurality of using section magnetic cards are respectively assigned to using sections and bearing thereon respective using section codes. When one of the using section magnetic card is inserted in a slit of the copying machine managing apparatus, the using section code is identified and a copying machine associated therewith is made operable. The number copies produced by the particular using section is accumulated by a digital computer at each production of a copy and stored in an RAM. The accumulated number is at the same time indicated on an indicator window of the managing apparatus. When the administrative department magnetic card is inserted in the slit, the accumulated number of copies for each using section is successively read out from the RAM and indicated on the indicator window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1984
    Assignees: Nippondenso Co., Ltd., Systemkiki Co., Ltd., Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michio Kawamura, Takeshi Kato, Yoshikazu Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 4376479
    Abstract: A vending machine is generally equipped with a money amount indicator which indicates an amount of deposited coins or a balance thereof. This total sales indication device utilizes the money amount indicator to indicate a total sales of the vending machine on this indicator when the vending machine is not making a vending operation. Prices of articles sold are cumulatively added by a sales counter to obtain a total sales and counting contents of this sales counter are indicated on the money amount indicator by manipulating an indication control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Coinco
    Inventors: Osamu Sugimoto, Masaki Akagawa