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INDIVIDUAL USER ACCESS TO PRINTING MACHINES USING MAGNETIC CARDS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026828D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A method that provides individual access to a network of printing machines using magnetic strip cards or the like is proposed. A remote interactive communication (RTC) host links a plurality of printers to form a network of printing machines accessible to an individual user registered on the printer network. The RIC host maintains records of registered users that include user identification (ID),

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INDIVIDUAL USER ACCESS TO PRINTING MACHINES USING U.S. C1.355/201 MAGNETIC CARDS
Hon-Yie E. Shieh

Proposed Classification

Int. C1. G03g 21/00

A method that provides individual access to a network of printing machines using magnetic strip cards or the like is proposed. A remote interactive communication (RTC) host links a plurality of printers to form a network of printing machines accessible to an individual user registered on the printer network. The RIC host maintains records of registered users that include user identification (ID), password and billing information. Consequently, the printer network available to individual users maintained in the RIC host is as expansive as the number of printing systems accessible to the RIC host. Verification of user IDS is provided by the RIC host in a similar manner to credit card or phone card user verification. Besides being a central repository of individual user information the RIC host coordinates user billing to account for varying costs between different printing machines. Thus, user checking at a central host such as a remote RIC host provides individual access to an extensive network of printers that can include high end printers not readily available to individual users.

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