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DATA SHUTTLE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026645D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 206K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The data held in copy volume analyzers and other internal data storage systems for copier and printer machines is typically accessed by either displaying the data on the machine control console, or by printing the data out on a small printer. The data can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from allocation of machine costs to machine usage analysis and machine problem diagnostics. However, when a large quantity of data needs to be retrieved from a machine, current data retrieval techniques are relatively slow and do not enable the data to be easily utilized. For example, in some cases, over 18,000 bytes of data are stored internal to the machine. Reading this amount of data out via the machine display or by a small printer is impractical in most instances.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

DATA SHUTTLE

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DATA SHUTTLE(Cont'd)

The data held in copy volume analyzers and other internal data storage systems for copier and printer machines is typically accessed by either displaying the data on the machine control console, or by printing the data out on a small printer. The data can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from allocation of machine costs to machine usage analysis and machine problem diagnostics. However, when a large quantity of data needs to be retrieved from a machine, current data retrieval techniques are relatively slow and do not enable the data to be easily utilized. For example, in some cases, over 18,000 bytes of data are stored internal to the machine. Reading this amount of data out via the machine display or by a small printer is impractical in most instances.

The data shuttle 2 shown in Figures 1 and 2 comprises a small battery powered portable electronic device which can be utilized for a wide variety of data collection, data storage, and data analysis purposes. Data shuttle 2 consists of a microprocessor 4, read only memory 5 for program storage, solid state random access memory 6, a communication interface circuit 7, a real time clock 8, analog to digital (AD) converter 9, battery power supply 10, battery charger circuit 11, external device interface 12, optional acoustic communication modem 13 or direct connection communication modem 14, and a user interface 15.

In a typical application of data shuttle 2, the shuttle is carried to a machine and plugged into an electronic data port on the machine. Copy volume data may then be electronically loaded from the machine into the data shuttle. The data shuttle can then be taken to other machines to collect more data. Following collection, data shuttle 2 is connected into the serial port of a suitable computer, enabling the data to be electronically transferred into the computer. The computer can then be utilized to analyze the data generated machine usage reports, bills, etc.

Data shuttle 2 may also be utilized with modem 14 to transfer data via telephone lines to a remote computer for use in remote machine diagnostic or remote billing applications. And since data shuttle 2 has a real time clock 8 and analog signal measurement capability, it may be used in a wide variety of unattend...