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FOREIGN INTERFACE USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027089D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Often electrical connections are provided on reproduction equipment to which third party vendors connect devices such as auditrons. These devices typically provide a means of controlling machine access by disabling the Start Print switch until a valid account number is provided by the operator. Such devices also count copies for each job printed through the signals provided via the interface. The data is typically fed into a central computer via network connection between the copiers, FAX machines, etc. Each of the third party vendors has a unique and proprietary network, hardware, and software and typically uses an IBM compatible PC platform.