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Integrated Barcode/ Magnetic Stripe Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107890D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Davis, JC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a hardware implementation of an integrated barcode/magnetic stripe reader holder mechanism which incorporates both a barcode reader and a magnetic stripe reader into a single compact holder. The implementation eliminates the need for separate devices for reading either barcodes or a magnetic stripe.

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Integrated Barcode/ Magnetic Stripe Reader

      Described is a hardware implementation of an integrated
barcode/magnetic stripe reader holder mechanism which incorporates
both a barcode reader and a magnetic stripe reader into a single
compact holder.  The implementation eliminates the need for separate
devices for reading either barcodes or a magnetic stripe.

      In prior art, a user was required to use either a separate
barcode reader or a separate magnetic stripe reader when reading
information recorded on a product or when reading the information
recorded on a magnetic card.  The concept described herein integrates
both a barcode reader and a magnetic barcode reader in a compact
holder so as to eliminate the need for separate units.

      Fig. 1 shows barcode/magnetic stripe reader holder 10 which
contains barcode reader 11, magnetic stripe reader slot 12, magnetic
stripe reader head 13 and electronic circuitry 14.  Barcode reader 11
is positioned so that holder 10 can wand over product barcodes to
read the barcode information.  Slot 12 is provided in holder 10 to
enable magnetically recorded cards (not shown) to be inserted and
slid through slot 12 for reading the magnetic stripe.  This enables
magnetic stripe reader head 13 to read the information from the
magnetic card.  Electronic circuitry 14 contains the necessary
circuits required to send the read information to the host system
(not shown).

      Fig. 2 shows holder 10 mounted onto wan...