EAN Wands on Petrol Pumps
Original Publication Date: 1985-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
Summary When a debit card is used to withdraw cash from an Automatic Teller machine (ATM), it is normal practice to require the customer to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to prove that he is the rightful owner of the card. In the United Kingdom where company car fleets are common, charge cards are often given to employees to buy petrol, but only for their company cars. This disclosure describes a way of identifying the car uniquely to ensure that only the correct car is filled up. Background and Problem It has been common for several years to require the user of an ATM to enter his PIN to ensure that the rightful owner of the card is withdrawing cash. Current and proposed Electronic Funds Transfer at the Point-of-Sale Systems also use PINs for the same purpose.