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FAREBOX TAMPERING DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005418D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Oct-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Robert D. Welch: AUTHOR

Abstract

The purpose of the farebox tampering device is to prevent unauthorized removal of coins from fareboxes used in public transportation vehicles.

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MOTOROLA Tectinical Disclosure Bulletin Vol. 1 No. 1 August 1980

FAREBOX TAMPERING DEVICE By Robert D. Welch

The purpose of the farebox tampering device is to prevent unauthorized removal of coins from fareboxes used in public transportation vehicles.

  The farebox 100 in Figure 1 consists of top 101 and bottom 102 sections held together by retaining screws and a belly band 103. The money is inserted into the top section 101 and passes via a small chute 104 to the bottom section.

   By removing the retaining screws and loosening the belly band 103, it is possible to tilt the top sec- tion 101 sufficiently to insert a piece of cardboard or paper between the two sections so that money is simply diverted to the outside of the farebox.

The farebox tampering device provides an alarm indication whenever the farebox has been tampered with.

The alarm indication can be triggered in the following three ways:

1) Simply tilting the upper section in any direction by about 2 or 3 degrees.

2) Inserting any material between the two sections.

3) Failure of infrared detector or emitter.

   Referring to Figure 2, the farebox tampering device 200 includes a timer 204 that is triggered by any brief interruption of the infrared signal from transmitter 201, resulting in a five second closure of relay 205.

  A mirrored shield 206 is placed on the top section of the farebox 100 near the coin chute 104. As long as the top and bottom sections of the farebox remain attached to one another, the infrar...