Credit Card Reader Safe Lock Control for an Automatic Teller Machine
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
The traditional key lock or combination lock of an automatic teller machine (ATM) is replaced with a stepper-motor-driven bolt mechanism. The stepper motor is controlled by one or more identification cards and commands entered at the keyboard. As shown in the figure, the rotatable mechanics 1, mounted on the inside of the door, is similar to an existing safe door. Instead of being driven by a lever controlled by a combination lock, however, the mechanism is driven by step motor 2, which is energized by electronics 3 in response to information read by card reader 6 and entered at keyboard 7. One method of operation requires that a courier, for example, who delivers the money cartridges to the ATM, have an identification card 4 and that the manager of the branch bank or store have an identification card 5.