FOREIGN INTERFACE USING REMOTE INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Xerox Disclosure Journal
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.