Means To Identify Counterfeit Money Patents (Class 902/7)
  • Patent number: 8958626
    Abstract: Currency bills are transported past an image scanner to one or more output receptacles. Each of the bills is imaged to produce image data from which a visually readable image of each bill can be reproduced. The serial number, denomination, and/or secondary identifiers of a bill is attempted to be extracted and/or determined from the image data associated with the bill. The serial number of the bill has an integer number, X, of characters. One or more of the X characters of the serial number of the currency bill is not extracted with a predetermined confidence. In response to failing to extract all of the X characters of the serial number of the bill with the predetermined confidence, a serial number field in an electronic record associated with the bill is populated with a serial number snippet image. The electronic record is stored in a non-transitory memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8929640
    Abstract: Currency bills are transported past an image scanner to one or more output receptacles. Each of the bills is imaged to produce image data from which a visually readable image of each bill can be reproduced. The serial number, denomination, and/or secondary identifiers of a bill is attempted to be extracted and/or determined from the image data associated with the bill. The serial number of the bill has an integer number, X, of characters. One or more of the X characters of the serial number of the currency bill is not extracted with a predetermined confidence. In response to failing to extract all of the X characters of the serial number of the bill with the predetermined confidence, a serial number field in an electronic record associated with the bill is populated with a serial number snippet image. The electronic record is stored in a non-transitory memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8791822
    Abstract: A system and method of determining likelihood of counterfeiting without inspection of currency compares signals returned by uniquely customized RFID chips when interrogated, preferably incident to a transaction. The RFID information is compared to RFID information for bills known to be in circulation in order to validate a given currency bill. Usage patterns can be determined from statistical analysis of such reports and reported usage patterns will statistically differ significantly if not radically with the number of RFID chips returning the same RFID information and such differences will increase in either or both of geographic locations of reports and frequency of reports with increase of the number of bills having duplicated RFID chips. The basic infrastructure for practice of the invention is also capable of tracking genuine currency following, for example, a theft or other criminal activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne M. Delia, Edward E. Kelley, Franco Motika
  • Patent number: 8712918
    Abstract: Electronic currency consists of data in a form suitable to be stored in a user's data storage medium, comprising information on the data value, identification of each specific set of data or data point, and authentication information suitable to verify that said data has been generated by a specific Currency Issuing Authority (CIA). A method and a system for effecting currency transactions between two users over the Internet or other communication network are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Moneycat Ltd.
    Inventor: Kfir Luzzatto
  • Patent number: 8655046
    Abstract: A batch of bills is received, transported, and imaged to produce image data. The image data is reproducible as a visually readable image of at least a portion of each of the plurality of currency bills. Each currency bill includes a respective serial number. The serial numbers are extracted from the image data for each of the currency bills. Each extracted serial number is compared with a plurality of serial numbers in a currency bill database to determine if a currency bill associated with an extracted serial number is a suspect currency bill. One of the plurality of currency bills is determined to be a suspect currency bill based on the comparing. In response to determining the suspect currency bill, at least a portion of the produced image data is displayed as a visually readable image of the suspect currency bill on a display unit of the document processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Frank M. Csulits, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Gary P. Watts, John E. Jones, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8644583
    Abstract: Currency bills are received, transported, and imaged to produce image data from which a visually readable image of each currency bill can be reproduced. Each of the currency bills includes a denomination, a serial number, and a set of secondary identifiers. One of the currency bills is determined to be a suspect bill. The suspect bill serial number is attempted to be extracted from the image data associated with the suspect bill. In response to failing to extract a complete serial number of the suspect bill, a serial number field in a suspect report is populated with a serial number snippet image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8645214
    Abstract: An electronic system and process for facilitating a financial transaction comprising a drop safe and a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, disposed at a retailer location, in communication with one another in which the POS terminal receives, from a user, a request to commence a drop request and, in response, instructs the drop safe to commence a drop request, whereupon after acceptance of the drop request the drop safe accepts, via a currency acceptor, currency that is identified and authenticated, and upon completion of the drop, the drop safe ascertains the total amount of accepted currency and transmits the ascertained amount to the POS terminal which then completes the transaction. The drop request may occur during a transaction with a customer for the purchase of goods or services or at other times. Other features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brink's Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil Geraldo Hipolito, Samuel de Alvarenga, Emerson Dourado
  • Patent number: 8644585
    Abstract: A stack of currency bills is received, transported, and imaged via an image scanner to produce image data that is reproducible as a visually readable image for each currency bill. Each of the currency bills has an associated serial number and additional identifying character information. The associated currency bill serial number and the additional identifying character information are extracted from the image data of each currency bill. Each currency bill is denominated. A suspect determination is made for each currency bill and upon a determination that a currency bill is a suspect bill, A suspect note report is automatically generated. Fields in the report are populated with information associated with the suspect bill including the extracted serial number, the extracted additional identifying character information, and the denomination of the suspect bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8644584
    Abstract: A stack of currency bills is received, transported, and imaged via an image scanner to produce image data that is reproducible as a visually readable image for each currency bill. Each of the currency bills has an associated serial number and additional identifying character information. The associated currency bill serial number and the additional identifying character information are extracted from the image data of each currency bill. Each currency bill is denominated. A suspect determination is made for each currency bill and upon a determination that a currency bill is a suspect bill, A suspect note report is automatically generated. Fields in the report are populated with information associated with the suspect bill including the extracted serial number, the extracted additional identifying character information, and the denomination of the suspect bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8639015
    Abstract: A stack of a stack of currency bills is received, transported, and imaged. Image data reproducible as a visually readable image of one or more portions of at least one side of each currency bill in the stack is obtained. A serial number and at least one or more additional characters are extracted from the image data for each currency bill. A processor compares the extracted serial number and corresponding extracted one or more additional characters with stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information associated with the serial number information of genuine currency bills. The stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information uniquely identify a genuine currency bill. Any currency bill that does not have one or more extracted additional characters matching the stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information is flagged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8588477
    Abstract: A method for detecting color transitions in at least one portion of a document of value by determining for each image elements whether color coordinate values in the color space that are allocated to the image element correspond to a reference color distribution, which is given by at least one predetermined, closed reference surface in the color space, that is given by at least one linear segment predetermined for the document of value and a predetermined distance of the points of the reference surface from the at least one linear segment. The method further has the steps comparing the positions of the image elements whose color coordinate values are disposed inside or outside of the reference surface to predetermined reference positions on the document of value and detecting in dependence on the result of the comparison a presence or an absence of a color transition caused by soiling or color wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Holl, Shanchuan Su
  • Patent number: 8452071
    Abstract: A self-service terminal for storing currency, includes a detection unit, an image capturing unit, a database, and a serial number reading unit. The detection unit detects the currency. The image capturing unit is connected to the detection unit, and captures an image of a side of the currency on which a string of serial numbers are printed. The database is connected to the image capturing unit. The database includes depositor's information stored therein. The database saves the image therein. The serial number reading unit is connected to the database. The serial number reading unit captures the string of serial numbers from image. The database saves the string of serial numbers therein, and associates the string of serial numbers with the information of the depositor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Kun Shih, Wan-Cheng Luo, Xiao-Mao Xie, Wei Xu, Xiang-Xiong Xiao
  • Patent number: 8437529
    Abstract: A stack of currency bills is received, transported, and imaged via an image scanner to produce image data that is reproducible as a visually readable image for each currency bill. Each of the currency bills has an associated serial number and additional identifying character information. The associated currency bill serial number and the additional identifying character information are extracted from the image data of each currency bill. Each currency bill is denominated. A suspect determination is made for each currency bill and upon a determination that a currency bill is a suspect bill, A suspect note report is automatically generated. Fields in the report are populated with information associated with the suspect bill including the extracted serial number, the extracted additional identifying character information, and the denomination of the suspect bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8437530
    Abstract: A stack of a stack of currency bills is received, transported, and imaged. Image data reproducible as a visually readable image of one or more portions of at least one side of each currency bill in the stack is obtained. A serial number and at least one or more additional characters are extracted from the image data for each currency bill. A processor compares the extracted serial number and corresponding extracted one or more additional characters with stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information associated with the serial number information of genuine currency bills. The stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information uniquely identify a genuine currency bill. Any currency bill that does not have one or more extracted additional characters matching the stored serial number information and corresponding stored additional character information is flagged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8428332
    Abstract: A batch of bills is received, transported, and imaged to produce image data. The image data is reproducible as a visually readable image of at least a portion of each of the plurality of currency bills. Each currency bill includes a respective serial number. The serial numbers are extracted from the image data for each of the currency bills. Each extracted serial number is compared with a plurality of serial numbers in a currency bill database to determine if a currency bill associated with an extracted serial number is a suspect currency bill. One of the plurality of currency bills is determined to be a suspect currency bill based on the comparing. In response to determining the suspect currency bill, at least a portion of the produced image data is displayed as a visually readable image of the suspect currency bill on a display unit of the document processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Frank M. Csulits, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Gary P. Watts, John E. Jones, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8396278
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 8387865
    Abstract: An automated banking machine operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data bearing records. The automated banking machine includes a card reader that is operative to read data from user cards corresponding to a financial account. The automated banking machine further includes a sheet accepting device that is operative to receive at least one of notes and checks. A note acceptor includes at least one validator that includes at least one ultrasonic detector. The at least one validator is operative to identify suspect counterfeit notes produced by assembling pieces of genuine notes by identifying seams or other fastening features in the notes where such pieces are joined. The note validator may further include image sensors and/or radiation transmission sensors which are further usable to identify the presence of seams or other fastening features that can distinguish valid and suspect counterfeit notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Russell, Larry Harmon, Eric Klein, Kevin Newton, Jeffery M. Enright, Mike R. Ryan, Wayne D. Wellbaum, Songtao Ma
  • Patent number: 8391583
    Abstract: Currency bills are received, transported, and imaged to produce image data from which a visually readable image of each currency bill can be reproduced. Each of the currency bills includes a denomination, a serial number, and a set of secondary identifiers. One of the currency bills is determined to be a suspect bill. The suspect bill serial number is attempted to be extracted from the image data associated with the suspect bill. In response to failing to extract a complete serial number of the suspect bill, a serial number field in a suspect report is populated with a serial number snippet image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Robert J. Klein, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 8345947
    Abstract: A paper-sheet recognition apparatus recognizes a paper sheet, which is being transported, by using an optical line sensor and a magnetic line sensor. The paper-sheet recognition apparatus includes a memory unit that stores therein magnetic templates defined in advance for respective types and respective transport directions of paper sheets, wherein the magnetic templates are defined at optical resolution representing resolution of the optical line sensor; a selecting unit that selects a magnetic template based on a type and a transport direction of the paper sheet, the type and the transport direction being obtained by analyzing optical data acquired by the optical line sensor; and a comparing unit that divides magnetic data acquired by the magnetic line sensor into pieces of data each corresponding to the optical resolution, and compares the magnetic template selected by the selecting unit with the divided magnetic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Koretsune
  • Patent number: 8335367
    Abstract: A bill processing apparatus capable of inexpensively performing an authenticity judgment of a bill and a paper sheet on which a bar code is printed is provided. The bill processing apparatus has light emitting parts (80a, 81b) for irradiating an identification object passing through a traveling route with light; a light receiving part (81a) receiving light from the identification object that is irradiated by the light emitting parts (80a, 81b); a determining part (232) determining whether the identification object is a bill or a paper sheet on which a bar code is printed based on the light received by the light receiving part (81a); and a light emission control part controlling the light emission of the light emitting parts (80a, 81b). The light emission control part changes the lighting interval according to the object determined by the determining part (232).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8195578
    Abstract: Electronic currency consists of data in a form suitable to be stored in a user's data storage medium, comprising information on the data value, identification of each specific set of data or data point, and authentication information suitable to verify that said data has been generated by a specific Currency Issuing Authority (CIA). A method and a system for effecting currency transactions between two users over the Internet or other communication network are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Moneycat Ltd.
    Inventor: Kfir Luzzatto
  • Patent number: 8103084
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 8086017
    Abstract: A method of creating a classifier for media validation is described. Information from all of a set of training images from genuine media items is used to form a segmentation map which is then used to segment each of the training set images. Features are extracted from the segments and used to form a classifier which is preferably a one-class statistical classifier. Classifiers can be quickly and simply formed, for example when the media is a banknote for different currencies and denominations in this way and without the need for examples of counterfeit banknotes. A media validator using such a classifier is described as well as a method of validating a banknote using such a classifier. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of segmentation maps are formed, having different numbers of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Chao He, Gary Ross
  • Patent number: 8051011
    Abstract: Electronic currency consists of data in a form suitable to be stored in a user's data storage medium, comprising information on the data value, identification of each specific set of data or data point, and authentication information suitable to verify that said data has been generated by a specific Currency Issuing Authority (CIA). A method and a system for effecting currency transactions between two users over the Internet or other communication network are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Moneycat Ltd.
    Inventor: Kfir Luzzatto
  • Patent number: 8047427
    Abstract: A currency handling system, for example, a currency recycler or depository machine, may be configured to process currency transactions, including receiving one or more currency deposits. The currency recycler may attempt to accept and validate the currency received in the deposits, organizing and storing some validated currency while designating one or more other units of currency as temporarily unreconcilable. The currency recycler may also generate and transmit reconcilement reports summarizing a set of currency transactions, including data corresponding to the validated currency and temporarily unreconcilable currency. Reconcilement reports may be output to users or transmitted to corporate offices for business purposes, or may be transmitted to financial institutions for crediting bank accounts, and currency that could not be validated may be stored securely to allow a business to receive provisional credit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: William Thomas Sanders, Daniel Christopher Bohen, Shane Anthony Johnson, Amy Baker Folk
  • Patent number: 7929749
    Abstract: A currency processing system data storage arrangement is provided for a currency processing system, which includes a first controller, a communication interface, and a sensor or sensors arranged to output to the first controller raw data associated with a sensed characteristic of processed currency bills. A data storage medium defines a database for storing the raw data, and/or derivative data corresponding to statistical data associated with the raw data, received from the first controller through the communication interface. The data storage medium is accessible by the first controller and/or a second controller through the communication interface and/or another communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: William J. Jones, Robert J. Klein, Curtis W. Hallowell, Charles P. Jenrick
  • Patent number: 7881519
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 7715610
    Abstract: A method of testing a document comprises deriving a plurality of measurements from the document at a resolution R and processing the measurements to derive values at a different resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventors: Fatiha Anouar, Gaston Baudat
  • Patent number: 7684607
    Abstract: A system for automatic detection of authenticity of security documents by measuring reflected components of incident energy in three or more optical wave bands. The system involves the use of UV-visible light source, an optional near infra red light source, photodetectors and associated sensing circuitry. Photoelectric signals generated by photodetectors from the reflected energy received from a security document are used to verify its authenticity under UV-visible along with optional near infra red illumination. The process involves measurement of energy reflected as photoelectric signals from a security document in at least three optical wavebands by suitably located photodetectors with appropriate wave band filters and the electronic signal processing to distinguish between a genuine document from a fake one for ultimate LED indicator display and audio-visual alarms, hence the detection of fake security document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Murli Manohar Joshi, Ram Prakash Bajpai, Gautum Mitra, Harish Kumar Sardana, Hari Narayan Bhargaw, Saroj Batra
  • Patent number: 7650027
    Abstract: A currency genuineness detection system using plurality of opto-electronic sensors with both transmission and reflective (including fluorescence) properties of security documents is developed. Both detection sensing strategies utilise integrated response of the wide optical band sensed under UV visible along with optional near infra red light illumination. A security document is examined under static condition. A window signal signature is thus possible from photodetectors responses for various kinds of documents of different denominations, kinds and country of origin. A programmable technique for checking the genuineness of a security document is possible by feeding a unique code of the currency under examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Murli Manohar Joshi, Ram Prakash Bajpai, Gautam Mitra, Harish Kumar Sardana, Hari Narayan Bhargaw, Saroj Batra
  • Patent number: 7620231
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 7602956
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 7412087
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring bank notes for the presence of counterfeit bank notes provides for the detection of such data of each bank note to be monitored that permit a judgement to be made on the authenticity of the bank note. By way of the data detected, the authenticity of each bank note is judged, and in the event that the judgement of the authenticity of the respective bank note leads to the conclusion that a counterfeit and/or counterfeit suspect bank note is present, the data of the respective bank note are transferred to a data bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Buntscheck
  • Patent number: 7200255
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 7187795
    Abstract: A system for tracking currency bills comprises a currency scanning device. The scanning device includes a sensor that retrieves currency identification characteristic information of each bill processed. The currency identification characteristic information permits the unique identification of each bill processed. The system further comprises a customer identification means and means for associating each processed bill with the customer depositing the bill. Means for identifying the customer (or customer account) associated with a particular processed bill after the deposit transaction has been completed is also included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Jones, William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, Paul A. Jones
  • Patent number: 7090122
    Abstract: An automated banking machine system and method includes ATMs which accept checks and dispense cash to users. The ATMs are operated to acquire image and magnetic data from deposited checks to determine the authority of a user to receive cash for such checks. The authority of the user is determined based on the user being associated in a data store with the maker of the check. The check cannot exceed certain programmed thresholds or be presented earlier than the expiration of a delay period from when a prior check from the same maker is presented. In exchange for acceptable checks cash is dispensed to the user from the ATM in exchange for the deposited check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Wayne Warren, Victor Bell, William McCarthy, Matthew Pahl, Martin J. Brown, Dale H. Blackson, Todd Galloway, Robert W. Barnett, Mike Ryan, James R. Kay, Mark A. Ward, David A. Peters, Tim Crews, H. Thomas Graef, Edward L. Laskowski
  • Patent number: 6970846
    Abstract: A method for visual programming an automated transaction machine (12). The method includes the creation of terminal directors (225) that generally correspond to transactions performed by the automated transaction machine. The terminal directors are programmed by visually creating associations (238) between a plurality of ATM objects (230, 232) in a work space (224). Exemplary ATM objects include an authorization object (260), a back stage control object (262), a card reader object (264), a customer profile object (266), a depositor object (268), a dispenser object (270), keypad object (272), a logic object (274), a OCS object (276), a presenter object (278), a PIN entry object (280), a printer object (282), a sync object (284), and a transaction data object (286). The customer profile object is operative to retrieve customer profile information responsive to a determined customer of a person using the ATM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jay Paul Drummond, Bob A. Cichon, David Weis, James R. Church, Mikal R. Gilger, Jagadesh Myana, Todd Blakeslee, Aravind Dongara, Mark A. Moales, Radhika Bodapatla
  • Patent number: 6937752
    Abstract: There is provided an automatic processing apparatus which can protect the secret items of the validator, easily provide a measure for change of bank note and reduce the manufacturing cost. A validation processing unit provided in the side of an automatic processing apparatus to validate the bank note is mounted in the side of a host computer and a unit for transferring the feature data obtained with the sensor unit to the host computer from the automatic processing apparatus and a unit for transferring the validation result obtained with the validation processing unit to the automatic processing apparatus from the host computer are also provided. On the occasion of executing the discrimination process with one unit or a plurality of units of the host computer for a plurality of automatic processing apparatuses, the apparatus ID number for validating the feature data and apparatus is transferred to the host computer from the automatic processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyouko Chiba, Masato Teramoto
  • Patent number: 6896117
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for processing a sheet. When a medium having various patterns detected by a plurality of detecting sections for individually detecting plural kinds of features from a sheet, each detecting section detects plural kinds of features from the medium. The features detected from the medium are compared with a predetermined reference value so that the condition of the apparatus can be judged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nomura
  • Patent number: 6860375
    Abstract: Methods and devices for dynamically assigning document parameters to output receptacles of multiple output receptacle document evaluating devices. Documents are directed into individual output receptacles based upon their document parameter or parameters. For example, according to one embodiment a currency evaluating device comprises an input receptacle adapted to receive a stack of currency bills, a plurality of output receptacles, a transport mechanism, and a processor adapted to control the operation of the device. The processor is programmed to determine the denomination of a bill and determine if an output receptacle is associated with the denomination of the bill. If an output receptacle is not associated with the denomination of the bill, the processor is programmed to associate an output receptacle with the denomination of the bill and cause the bill to be transported to an output receptacle associated with the denomination of the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis W. Hallowell, Robert J. Klein, Mark C. Munro, Bradford T. Graves
  • Patent number: 6785405
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are disclosed for reading and authenticating documents. These documents include passports, driver's licenses, identity documents and documents of value, and they are read to obtain and verify information recorded thereon, and to test for and detect security features thereon to determine if such documents are genuine, counterfeit or have been altered. A first image is taken of a document under evaluation and, from the image, the size of the document is determined, and that defines the document as being part of a smaller class of documents having the same size. Reference documents for all documents types are segmented and a correlation number is determined for each segment. A correlation number is determined for each segment of the first document having fixed information, and these correlation numbers are compared with correlation numbers of corresponding segments of the reference documents that have the same size as the first document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: AssureTec Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Tuttle, Theodore T. Kuklinski
  • Patent number: 6783061
    Abstract: An automated banking machine (10) includes a user interface (12) including an opening (20). Users of the machine deliver individual sheets and stacks of sheets to and from the machine through the opening. Stacks of sheets may include sheets such as notes, checks or other documents. Stacks input to the machine may include mixtures of various types of sheets. The machine operates to receive notes, process checks and perform other operations. Notes received in the machine may be recycled and dispensed to other users. Checks processed by the machine may be imaged by an imaging device, cancelled and stored in the machine or alternatively returned to a user. Documents produced by the machine such as receipts, checks or money orders as well as notes dispensed from the machine are assembled into a stack within the machine and delivered from the machine through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: H. Thomas Graef, Edward D. Laskowski, William D. Beskitt, Michael Harty, Jeffrey Eastman, Richard J. Phelps, Natarajan Ramachandran
  • Publication number: 20040086165
    Abstract: A pattern identification system includes an illumination device, a video camera unit, a controller and a programmable identification member. The illumination device projects light on a sample pattern disposed in the system. The video camera unit captures a first image for measuring a reference coordinate of the sample pattern. The video camera unit is moved to a predetermined position by the controller. The controller controls the video camera to magnify an image sufficient for identification so as to allow capturing an identifiable image of difference with respect to a programmed feature. The video camera unit captures a second identifiable image of the sample pattern and sends it to the programmable identification member for identifying the sample pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Star News Network Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Lang Yu, Ching-Fuh Lin, Andy Cheng
  • Patent number: 6542629
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing or inhibiting effective reproduction of documents such as currency, checks, stock certificates, and any other printed document including a pre-defined security mark printed therein. The subject method and apparatus operate to effect a multi-step review of all digital image data acquired from a printed document to be reproduced for purposes of locating any potential security marks and further examining same for purposes of positively identifying a potential security mark as an actual security mark. If a mark is located and verified to be an authentic security mark, effective reproduction of the printed document will not be permitted and/or other security measures will be taken. A pretest of a mark consists of deleting the fine line patterns that may be printed on top of the mark by smoothing the data in an averaging process, and then determining the difference between the density of the darkest and lightest pixels in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Wu, Mike C. Chen, Zhigang Fan, Kien A. Phong
  • Publication number: 20020066125
    Abstract: The processing apparatus for discriminating bank notes has an insert sensor for detecting the insertion of a bank note, line sensors for sampling the pattern and so forth of the bank note, and a sensor memory in which sampling data collected by means of the line sensors is stored for each line. The insert sensor is provided only at the entrance side of the apparatus. If a bank note is conveyed on one side of the line sensor, the data sampling is started when the insert sensor detects the passage of the bank note; if a bank note is conveyed on the other side of the line sensor, the data sampling is started before the bank note is moved. The pattern image data is generated from the sampling data read out from the sensor memory and a bank note is discriminated by comparing the pattern image with a reference pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Masanori Mukai
  • Patent number: 6395191
    Abstract: In order to protect a paper-thin valuable document or identification document on which an identification mark has been placed, for example by means of a printing technique or by a laser technique, in such a way that counterfeiting is extremely difficult, at least part of said identification mark is repeated at another point by changing the thickness of the document locally. At least part of the identification mark is thus clearly liked to the paper substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Lean B.V.
    Inventor: Karel Johan Schell
  • Patent number: 5986457
    Abstract: Measuring the limpness of a note is necessary to separate a worn note out of circulation. Several methods are disclosed which can be used either alone or in combination to test for limpness. One method measures the note's ability to reflect light or transmit the light. Another method measures the response of the note to an acoustic wave. Another method measures the note's deflection to a pressure or force. Yet another method measures the dielectric value of the note when placed between the plates of a capacitor. A final method involves measuring the thermal conductivity of the note. In each case, a limp note will produce distinguishable results from a stiff note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Currency Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 5970165
    Abstract: A papers discriminating device which improves the accuracy in true or false judgment of imitation papers which are made by pasting parts of genuine papers on other papers. To a conventional process, a process is added in which the colors and shades of paper detected by a sensor are taken and analyzed by a CPU, the number of peaks of the entire shades and characteristic parts of the paper is examined for truth or falsehood by the CPU on the basis of the number of peaks of the shades, a ratio of peak level difference, and a combination pattern of the peak position and peak level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventor: Eiji Itako
  • Patent number: 5955741
    Abstract: Measuring the limpness of a note is necessary to separate a worn note out of circulation. Several methods are disclosed which can be used either alone or in combination to test for limpness. One method measures the note's ability to reflect light or transmit the light. Another method measures the response of the note to an acoustic wave. Another method measures the note's deflection to a pressure or force. Yet another method measures the dielectric value of the note when placed between the plates of a capacitor. A final method involves measuring the thermal conductivity of the note. In each case, a limp note will produce distinguishable results from a stiff note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Currency Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: RE38663
    Abstract: A method of semi-continuous currency processing using separator cards to separate currency stacks in a batch of currency fed into a currency processing machine. This currency processing method uses separator cards that facilitate the continuous processing of individual currency stacks without the necessity of stopping the process between each currency stack. The separator cards used contain features that allow for a positive delineation between individual currency stacks and the association of account data with each individual currency stack and its accompanying separator card as it is processed by the currency processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Currency Systems International
    Inventors: Sohail Kayani, Jeffrey Wayne Schild