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System for Data Carrier Protection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082171D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hess, PE: AUTHOR

Abstract

For the protection of data carriers 1, for example, in the form of tapes, disks, disk packs, files, etc., one or several cabinets 2 are provided in which data carriers 1 are kept locked in various compartments 3. In a cabinet 2, several compartment units 4 of identical design can be arranged one above the other. Above each compartment 3, a luminous key 5 is arranged carrying a brief designation of data carrier 1 stored in compartment 3. Compartments 3 in unit 4 are locked by roller shutters 6 consisting of a number of segments. Each roller shutter 6 has a withdrawal opening 7. Upon receipt of a withdrawal command for data carrier 1, roller shutter 6 with its withdrawal opening 7 is shifted by a drive, not shown, and position control information to the respective compartment 3.

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System for Data Carrier Protection

For the protection of data carriers 1, for example, in the form of tapes, disks, disk packs, files, etc., one or several cabinets 2 are provided in which data carriers 1 are kept locked in various compartments 3. In a cabinet 2, several compartment units 4 of identical design can be arranged one above the other. Above each compartment 3, a luminous key 5 is arranged carrying a brief designation of data carrier 1 stored in compartment 3. Compartments 3 in unit 4 are locked by roller shutters 6 consisting of a number of segments. Each roller shutter 6 has a withdrawal opening 7. Upon receipt of a withdrawal command for data carrier 1, roller shutter 6 with its withdrawal opening 7 is shifted by a drive, not shown, and position control information to the respective compartment 3. After withdrawal, which is recorded by pressing the respective luminous key 5, roller shutter 6 with its withdrawal opening 7 is moved to a position in which unauthorized withdrawal of data carriers is prevented.

Each cabinet 2 also comprises a document reader 8 reading the identification card of the withdrawer. Cabinet 2 together with its document reader 8 is connected to a computer system 9, which can be a process control computer similar to IBM System/7. This process control computer 9, in its turn, is linked to a terminal 10 which can comprise a keyboard 11 and a screen 12.

If a user wishes to withdraw a specific data carrier 1 from the archive formed by cabinets 2, he enters his request via keyboard 11 of terminal 10, indicating the designation of the required data carrier 1, the purpose of withdrawal, the application, and, if necessary, further information, such as his own identification. If data carrier 1 is contained in the system, a corresponding indication, stating that data carrier 1 is present in cabinet number such and such in compartment XY, appears on screen 12 of terminal 10. Failing the presence of data carrier 1 in the archive, a corresponding indication appears on screen 12, indicating in some cases the name of the withdrawer and the data and purpose of withdrawal.

If data carrier...