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Access Pass

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087610D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a low-cost, prepaid access pass or the like which is suitable for multiple usage and is not readily subject to misuse. The prepaid pass is suitable for use in rapid transit or other transportation environments, and when so used results in substantial savings due to personnel reduction with a reasonable degree of security. Additionally, long queues at sales booths and the like are eliminated or reduced, thus providing a more desirable level of service.

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Access Pass

This article describes a low-cost, prepaid access pass or the like which is suitable for multiple usage and is not readily subject to misuse. The prepaid pass is suitable for use in rapid transit or other transportation environments, and when so used results in substantial savings due to personnel reduction with a reasonable degree of security. Additionally, long queues at sales booths and the like are eliminated or reduced, thus providing a more desirable level of service.

The pass, illustrated in the drawings, may be made from a card-sized sheet of plastic which contains a multiplicity of tabs which can be easily punched out. The tabs, as seen in Fig. 2, are partially punched and scored to permit the use of lower cost tab punches at the entrance gates. The punches preferably consume the tabs after punching and admit the card holder to an area where transportation is available.

Before punching, the pass is read by optical means, such as a light source, and an appropriate detector to determine that at least one or a specific tab is available. Thereafter, the pass is moved to a punch station where the previously read tab is removed by the punch and then made available to the pass holder, if the pass is not thereby exhausted.

This pass provides the following advantages over the existing variety of presently available alternatives. 1. A single card replaces a multiplicity of tokens or coupons. 2. The pass is nonmagnetic and is not easily altered. 3. The...