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FOREIGN INTERFACE USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027089D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Often electrical connections are provided on reproduction equipment to which third party vendors connect devices such as auditrons. These devices typically provide a means of controlling machine access by disabling the Start Print switch until a valid account number is provided by the operator. Such devices also count copies for each job printed through the signals provided via the interface. The data is typically fed into a central computer via network connection between the copiers, FAX machines, etc. Each of the third party vendors has a unique and proprietary network, hardware, and software and typically uses an IBM compatible PC platform.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

FOREIGN INTERFACE USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION
Louis J. Cardinale

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.355/202 Int. C1. G03g 15/00

Often electrical connections are provided on reproduction equipment to which third party vendors connect devices such as auditrons. These devices typically provide a means of controlling machine access by disabling the Start Print switch until a valid account number is provided by the operator. Such devices also count copies for each job printed through the signals provided via the interface. The data is typically fed into a central computer via network connection between the copiers, FAX machines, etc. Each of the third party vendors has a unique and proprietary network, hardware, and software and typically uses an IBM compatible PC platform.

However, many of today's products are performance constrained by the third party devices. Current machines can concurrently scan and print two different jobs. They can also batch print jobs via a printer queue. The third party device however, only permit single tasks to be performed, and require human intervention at the start of each task. The end result is an interface design for products which meets a standard specification, but prohibits the customer from capitalizing upon the system's inherent productivity.

The proposal is to use remote interactive communication hardware and communications software to transmit information between reprographics products and third party vendor's computer. This technique would bypass the third party remote terminal currently required for each copier and the network which connects all the remote terminals to the central computer.

The reprographic product would be required to maintain a large database of account numbers and billing counters. The central computer could download valid account numbers to the reprographic device on a periodic basis. The copy usage data agai...