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4-Tier Check Image Distribution System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123830D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 6 page(s) / 290K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, SR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention describes the high level structure and process for a 4-Tiered Check Image Distribution System. While the design is generalized, component examples are, in general, built on the IBM HPTS Distributed Application Library Services hardware and software base which, in turn, rests on a variety of host software and hardware components.

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4-Tier Check Image Distribution System

   Software Structure

   A 4-tier layered software structure for the distribution
of bankcheck images is disclosed.  The description covers the major
functions of the software components at each layer, the relationship
of each layer to adjacent layers, and the overall process flow for
distributing check images.  The layers are: (1) Repositories, (2)
Access Servers, (3) Media Distribution & Gateways, and (4) End User
Clients.

   This invention describes the high level structure and
process for a 4-Tiered Check Image Distribution System.  While the
design is generalized, component examples are, in general, built on
the IBM HPTS Distributed Application Library Services hardware and
software base which, in turn, rests on a variety of host software and
hardware components.

   The system functions by providing access to images via a
chain of components organized in a client-server hierarchy.  This
means that each component below the top level of the hierarchy
requests services from the layer above.  Likewise, each component
above the bottom level of the hierarchy provides services to the
layer below.  Furthermore, there is typically a one-to-many
relationship (or a many-to-many relationship) between service
providers and service requestors.
  1.  At the highest level of the hierarchy are Image
      Repositories.  These repositories are databases that
      primarily contain image data.  They may be short term,
      relatively low volume, "capture repositories"; or long
      term, relatively high volume, "archive repositories".
      Repositories provide the basic functionality of storing
      and indexing items along with interfaces that support
      various kinds of search and retrieve.

   Image Repository functions typically include:
  a.  Item (image) storage means
  b.  Indexing means
  c.  Index search/retrieval means
  d.  Item retrieval means
  e.  Storage management means

   Examples of short term, relatively low volume capture
repositories are
  o  IBM HPTS Check Image Management System (CIMS) -- an MVS
     based repository
  o  IBM HPTS Remote Image Capture processor (RIC) -- a AIX
     based repository in a LAN environment

   Examples of long term, relatively high volume archive
repositories are
  o  IBM HPTS Check Image Storage and Retrieval System (CISRS) --
     an MVS based repository
  o  IBM Distributed Check Image Storage and Retrieval System
     (Distributed CISRS,  also known as "RAC") -- an AIX based
     repository in a LAN environment
  2.  The next level of the hierarchy is populated by Access
      Servers.  These components provide access services to the
      various repositories in a manner that is masks the number
      and nature of the physical repositories from the requestor.
      Thus, the access servers present a single interface to
      reques...