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Improved Reader Slot Design for Swipe Motion Magnetic Stripe Badge Readers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062136D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

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Abstract

This article describes a badge reader design utilizing a slot which is adapted for a swipe motion to read the magnetic stripe. In conventional badge readers, the badge is entered from the side and swiped through a slot. The problem with such a reader slot in a casting with high tolerances is the aligning of the badge reader with the edge of the casting slot. When the user enters the badge from the side, interference is encountered from the casting. The slot disclosed herein encourages the user to insert the badge from the front of the casting using guide areas until the badge hits the back of the reader. The user then slides the badge laterally through the reader without interference from the casting. The improved design is illustrated in the drawings. Fig. 1 is a side view and Fig.

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Improved Reader Slot Design for Swipe Motion Magnetic Stripe Badge Readers

This article describes a badge reader design utilizing a slot which is adapted for a swipe motion to read the magnetic stripe. In conventional badge readers, the badge is entered from the side and swiped through a slot. The problem with such a reader slot in a casting with high tolerances is the aligning of the badge reader with the edge of the casting slot. When the user enters the badge from the side, interference is encountered from the casting. The slot disclosed herein encourages the user to insert the badge from the front of the casting using guide areas until the badge hits the back of the reader. The user then slides the badge laterally through the reader without interference from the casting. The improved design is illustrated in the drawings. Fig. 1 is a side view and Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the slot design. A badge reader is mounted within a casting 1 which has a straight slot 2 with two depressed areas A and B to guide a badge for entry into the slot from the front of the casting. Users insert respective badges into this slot until forward motion is stopped at a straight backing surface at the rear of the slot opening, and then swipe their badges laterally against this surface to operate electronic equipment (not shown) within the badge reader to sense identification indicia encoded on the badges. The symmetrical formation of the slot and its indentations facilitates di...