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OCR Input to Magnetic Card and Data Processing Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052274D
Original Publication Date: 1981-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Quinn, KT: AUTHOR

Abstract

This modification of magnetic card machines, for recording data from optical character readable (OCR) labels, enables batch entry into communicating magnetic card (CMC) machines, document distributors, and other magnetic card accommodating remote entry devices which allow users to load data from magnetic cards to intelligent terminals and/or computer systems.

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OCR Input to Magnetic Card and Data Processing Apparatus

This modification of magnetic card machines, for recording data from optical character readable (OCR) labels, enables batch entry into communicating magnetic card (CMC) machines, document distributors, and other magnetic card accommodating remote entry devices which allow users to load data from magnetic cards to intelligent terminals and/or computer systems.

It comprises the interfacing by means of an EIA Type R5232C connector 10, a commercially available OCR wand, with any standard magnetic card recording console 14 for recording on magnetic cards 16. A further embodiment is a portable magnetic card recording unit with microelectronics.

This innovation enables a customer to type a conventional identity label using an OCR-A type-family ball on any SELECTRIC or like typewriter. The identity label is adhered to the inventory. Then, as it is desired to move inventory or to perform an inventory control function, the data on the label is "read" with the hand-held OCR wand 12, and recorded onto magnetic cards 14 in a predetermined format. The magnetic cards are then carried to a communication device 18, such as an IBM 6670 or CMC machine at batch entry time for entry into an inventory or circulation control system 20.

By this arrangement, the data is manipulated in print format or magnetic record form, or both, as desired. This approach, which reduces redundant keyboarding and keying errors, is particularly usef...