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Copy Count Integrity in a Controller

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000063110D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Dodge, JH Underhill, TT [+details]

Abstract

Described below are techniques for initializing, verifying, and correcting copy counts in a multicopier monitoring and control system. A controller or monitor which senses and accumulates data on the usage of a plurality of copiers provides operating statistics more accurately than most of the previous methods, e.g., the use of a pad and pencil at each machine for the user to enter data relative to his use. The total number of copier metering systems does not provide any other information such as the number of copies to be charged to each account number or department using a copier in a large facility. Microprocessor-controlled copiers provide for logging operating data, but such data must be read from the memory and re-entered in a computer for analysis.