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ACCOUNT BILLING AND CONTROL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024807D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The account billing control feature described herein would allow copier owners to monitor copier usage, such monitoring to be accomplished through the use of the copier control computer (or logic) which would require copier users to enter an account number (and optionally a password) prior to enabling the copying process. All copies then made would be added to the account log in the copier memory. This memory could then be displayed or cleared by the copier manager or primary operator. As an added feature, the account billing control would allow a customer to charge each job to 1 of n account numbers. The count would be total copies delivered (same as presently done) or any accounting algorithm required to simulate the billing practices in effect, e.g., weighted or modal billing. This feature would be an aid to customers who wish to do department billing and help to prevent unauthorized machine usage.

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KEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ACCOUNT BILLING AND CONTROL Proposed Raymond D. Case Classification

U.S. Cl. 340/825.3 Int. C1. HOlh 67/00

The account billing control feature described herein would allow copier owners to monitor copier usage, such monitoring to be accomplished through the use of the copier control computer (or logic) which would require copier users to enter an account number (and optionally a password) prior to enabling the copying process. All copies then made would be added to the account log in the copier memory. This memory could then be displayed or cleared by the copier manager or primary operator. As an added feature, the account billing control would allow a customer to charge each job to 1 of n account numbers. The count would be total copies delivered (same as presently done) or any accounting algorithm required to simulate the billing practices in effect, e.g., weighted or modal billing. This feature would be an aid to customers who wish to do department billing and help to prevent unauthorized machine usage.

In operation, when the copier is in "Ready" condition, the copier display panel would call for an "AC" (Account Code) in the 2 most significant digits. The copier operator would fill in 2 least significant digits with any number up to 99 (larger numbers could be done with more digits). After an acceptable code is entered, "Start" could be pushed blanking the panel display and lighting the "Ready" lamp. Then the copying job could be programmed in the usual manner and executed.. All copies made during the job would be counted and the count stored in the copier non...