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Captured Badge Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044567D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Doody, GE: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This electro-mechanical mechanism is designed to prevent the removal of an identification badge from a card reader until validation is complete. This design provides a low cost, low energy consumption device to capture and/or release a badge, when signaled by a microprocessor. The device may be used with punched hole or magnetic stripe-type badges. The identification badge 1, shown in Fig. 1, requires a registration hole to be positioned at the entry end. After the badge is inserted into the reader slot, it passes over the read head mechanism 2 to read the badge. It then contacts a movable slide 3 which travels on cylindrical guide rails 4. The rails 4 contain longitudinal slots which form a guide for the badge and provide a wear resistant surface for badge registration.

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Captured Badge Reader

This electro-mechanical mechanism is designed to prevent the removal of an identification badge from a card reader until validation is complete. This design provides a low cost, low energy consumption device to capture and/or release a badge, when signaled by a microprocessor. The device may be used with punched hole or magnetic stripe-type badges. The identification badge 1, shown in Fig. 1, requires a registration hole to be positioned at the entry end. After the badge is inserted into the reader slot, it passes over the read head mechanism 2 to read the badge. It then contacts a movable slide 3 which travels on cylindrical guide rails 4. The rails 4 contain longitudinal slots which form a guide for the badge and provide a wear resistant surface for badge registration. As the badge is inserted, the movable slide 3 is pushed to the rear of the reader. A crescent- shaped arm 12 (Fig. 2) is pivotally mounted on the slide. The arm then moves up ramp 5 to the end stop 6 (Fig. 1). In Fig. 2, the ramp 5 forces the crescent arm 12 to rotate about its pivot 13. The end of the crescent arm contains pivot pin 7, which is then inserted into the registration hole of the badge. The pin holds the badge until released. The light sensor 8 (Fig. 1) signals a microprocessor that the badge is fully inserted. At this time, the data on the badge has been read, sending the data to the microprocessor for verification. Should the microprocessor determine that the...