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Telephone Handset with Anti-Vandal Protection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114171D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schoettler, P: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a telephone handset which has an additional anti-vandalism protection. The handset may be used in self-service machines which require speech input and output, such as multi-media banking terminals or public telephones.

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Telephone Handset with Anti-Vandal Protection

      Described is a telephone handset which has an additional
anti-vandalism protection.  The handset may be used in self-service
machines which require speech input and output, such as multi-media
banking terminals or public telephones.

      The handset 1 is locked in a recess 2 in such a manner that the
upper surface of the handset 1 forms a cover for the recess 2.  In
this position, it is not possible to remove the handset 1 from the
recess 2.  A solenoid 5 or other release mechanism releases the
handset 1 on the receipt of a release signal.  This release signal
could be generated, for example, by the insertion of a valid
telephone card or credit card into an appropriate slot and/or by the
input of a Personal Identification Number (PIN).  A pick-up mechanism
6 is used to place the handset 1 in a position to allow the customer
to pick the handset 1 up.

      After the customer has used the handset 1, it can be replaced
within the recess 2 and a sensor system 7 determines whether the
handset 1 is correctly in position.  A signal can then be sent to
release the telephone card or credit card from the slot.