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Dual Shutter Secure Bag Assembly for a Lockable Removable Cassette

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247355D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-26
Document File: 32 page(s) / 6M

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Abstract

This disclosure relates generally to a secure bag assembly. More specifically, this disclosure relates to a dual shutter system for a lockable removable cassette. A method and apparatus are provided for a secure bag assembly to secure cash in transit. The secure bag assembly is installed into a removable, lockable cassette that is fitted to a bill validator. The bag is secured in place when installed and is sealed automatically upon removal from the cassette. Note that are validated and stacked into the cassette are deposited into the secure bag. The bag assembly can then be removed and transported while maintaining security and organization of banknotes. The cash bag assembly can show signs of tamper evidence before, during and after usage. A secure bag assembly comprising: a bag; a header frame including a number of ramps and an opening, the header frame coupled to the bag; a number of shutters coupled to the header frame, wherein the number of shutters each include at least one ramp; and a pull bar positioned between the header frame and the number of shutters, wherein the pull bar includes a plurality of ramps, and wherein the plurality of ramps of the pull bar are configured, when the pull bar is pulled from the header frame, to engage the at least one ramp of the number of shutters to move the number of shutters into the opening of the header frame.

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DUAL SHUTTER SECURE BAG ASSEMBLY FOR A LOCKABLE REMOVABLE CASSETTE

This disclosure provides a dual shutter system for a lockable removable cassette. Other technical features may be readily apparent to one skilled in the art from the following figures, descriptions, and claims. Before undertaking the DETAILED DESCRIPTION below, it may be advantageous to set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used throughout this patent document. The term "couple" and its derivatives refer to any direct or indirect communication between two or more elements, whether or not those elements are in physical contact with one another. The phrase "associated with," as well as derivatives thereof, means to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, have a relationship to or with, or the like. The phrase "at least one of," when used with a list of items, means that different combinations of one or more of the listed items may be used, and only one item in the list may be needed. For example, "at least one of: A, B, and C" includes any of the following combinations: A, B, C, A and B, A and C, B and C, and A and B and C.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIGURES 1 through 24, discussed below, and the various embodiments used to describe the principles of the present invention in this patent document are by way of illustration only and should not be construed in any way to limit the scope of the disclosure. Those skilled in the art will understand that the principles of this disclosure may be implemented in any suitably arranged device or system.

[1]A method and apparatus are provided for a secure bag assembly to secure cash in transit. The secure bag assembly is installed into a removable, lockable cassette that is fitted to a bill validator. The bag is secured in place when installed and is sealed automatically upon removal from the cassette. Note that are validated and stacked into the cassette are deposited into the secure bag. The bag assembly can then be removed and transported while maintaining security and organization of banknotes. The cash bag assembly can show signs of tamper evidence before, during and after usage.

[2]Consumers can utilize a self check-out terminal at a supermarket or retail store. In these environments, paper currency, i.e., banknotes or cash, is still extensively used. After the consumer presents his or her goods to the terminal, cash is deposited in a bill validator, which stacks the bills into a cassette after identification and verification. When it comes time to remove cash from the cassette(s), workers remove the stacks of bills and transport them accordingly. The current transport process requires that the workers directly handle and view the cash stored in the cassette.

[3]From the merchant's point of view, cash can present...