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20130082105METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHECKING VALUE DOCUMENTS - A method of checking value documents having a security element with a plurality of magnetic areas, including a high-coercivity magnetic area, a low-coercivity magnetic area and a combined magnetic area, which contains both the high-coercivity and the low-coercivity magnetic material. When all magnetic areas have been magnetized in a first direction, second magnetization is performed, which involves only the low-coercivity magnetic material being remagnetized parallel to the first magnetization in the opposite direction, but the high-coercivity magnetic material remaining oriented in the first direction of magnetization. Next, first magnetic signals from the security element are detected using a first magnetic detector, and second magnetic signals are detected using a second magnetic detector. The magnetic signals are used to identify each magnetic area of the security element as a high-coercivity, a low-coercivity or a combined magnetic area.04-04-2013
20100327062SECURITY ELEMENT PARTICULARLY FOR BANKNOTES, SECURITY CARDS AND THE LIKE, HAVING ANTI-COUNTERFEITING FEATURES - A security element, particularly for banknotes, security cards and the like, comprising a first substrate which is at least partially opaque when viewed in transmitted light, magnetic areas being deposited on the substrate, the magnetic areas comprising at least two types of magnetic areas which have different coercivity values and whose residual magnetism is identical or different, said different values being adapted to generate at least three mutually different codes.12-30-2010
20090090779Magnetic Detection System For Use In Currency Processing And Method And Apparatus For Using The Same - A magnetic detection system for authenticating a document includes a first magnetic scanhead adapted to create a first magnetic field for saturating the magnetization of an area on each of the bills. The magnetic detection system further includes a second magnetic scanhead with an electromagnet. The electromagnet is capable of creating a second magnetic field of adjustable intensity. The second magnetic field is the opposite polarity of the first magnetic field. The intensity of the second magnetic field is adjusted by changing the amount of current supplied to the electromagnet. The amount of current supplied to the electromagnet is based upon a characteristic of the document to be authenticated.04-09-2009
20100308113MAGNETIC PATTERN DETECTION DEVICE - A magnetic pattern detection device for use with a medium having at least one magnetic pattern of a plurality of types of magnetic patterns whose residual magnetic flux density and permeability are different on a basis of both of a level of residual magnetic flux density and a level of permeability may include a common sensor part structured to detect presence/absence of each of the plurality of types of magnetic patterns, and a signal processing section structured to extract a first signal corresponding to the level of the residual magnetic flux density and a second signal corresponding to the level of the permeability from a signal outputted from the sensor part.12-09-2010
20110233277MAGNETIC SENSOR FOR CHECKING VALUE DOCUMENT - The invention relates to a magnetic sensor for checking documents of value and an apparatus and a method, wherein there are used a magnetization device for magnetizing a document of value and the magnetic sensor for detecting magnetic signals of the document of value. The magnetic sensor has two sensor lines which have several magneto-sensitive elements with different main sensitivity directions which are oriented in particular perpendicular to each other. The first sensor line selectively detects first magnetic areas of the document of value of a first coercive field strength and the second sensor line selectively detects second magnetic areas of the document of value of a second coercive field strength. Since the differently coercive magnetic areas of the document of value are detected independently of each other, there can be ascertained reliably and independently of each other two magnetic codings from differently coercive magnetic areas, which are arranged on the same document of value.09-29-2011
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20110192903MAGNETIC READ DEVICE - A magnetic read device including: a magnetic read head including a first conductive winding; and a second conductive winding connected in phase opposition to the first winding.08-11-2011
20090114723COMBINED MAGNETIC SHIELD MEMBER AND PRESSURE PAD FOR A MAGNETIC READER - A point of sale (POS) device is provided and includes a magnetic ink character reader (MICR), and a magnetic shield member. The magnetic shield member includes a biasing member, a first shielding member and a second shielding member. The first shielding member applies a force on the MICR and the first and the second shielding members shield the MICR from magnetic interference.05-07-2009
20130037614BLOCKING DEVICE FOR A MAGNETIC-STRIPE CARD READER - A blocking device for a magnetic-stripe or EMV® card reader, such as readers on an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), point of sale (POS) machine, or gas station pump. The blocking device securely attaches to the transaction machine such that unauthorized removal of the blocking device is difficult and likely will attract attention. The blocking device surrounds exposed portions of a magnetic-stripe card reader housing such that a skimming mold that fits over both the housing and the blocking device will stand out and be obvious to a user of the transaction machine. Also, a skimming mold fitting over the blocking device may prevent a card holder from properly inserting a magnetic-stripe card into the card reader. The difficulty of placing a skimming mold under or over the blocking device likely will deter a potential criminal skimmer from attempting to attach a skimming device in the first place.02-14-2013
20090159682CARDS AND DEVICES WITH MULTI-FUNCTION MAGNETIC EMULATORS AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable of communicating information to a magnetic stripe reader. Information used in validating a financial transaction is encrypted based on time such that a validating server requires receipt of the appropriate encrypted information for a period of time to validate a transaction for that period of time. Such dynamic information may be communicated using such an emulator such that a card may be swiped through a magnetic stripe reader—yet communicate different information based on time. An emulator may receive information as well as communicate information to a variety of receivers (e.g., an RFID receiver).06-25-2009
20090159681CARDS AND DEVICES WITH MAGNETIC EMULATORS AND MAGNETIC READER READ-HEAD DETECTORS - A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to act as a magnetic stripe read-head detector and a data transmitter. A multiple layer flexible PCB may be fabricated to include multiple magnetic emulators. Layers of the flexible PCB may include magnetic shielding in order to reduce interference from the magnetic emulators to particular read-heads on a magnetic stripe reader.06-25-2009
20090159680CREDIT, SECURITY, DEBIT CARDS AND THE LIKE WITH BUTTONS - A card is provided, such as a credit card or security card, that may transmit information to a magnetic stripe reader via a magnetic emulator. The emulator may transmit the information in order to reduce the amount of circuitry needed to emulate a particular block of information. Additionally, for example, one or more buttons may be included on the card. Buttons may be includes, for example, to provide a control interface to navigate through various options of the card. Additionally, coding schemes may be selected via buttons. Furthermore, a card may be locked until a private number is entered into a card or a number may only be generated (e.g., displayed and/or emulated) once a particular private number is entered into a card.06-25-2009
20090159679Ultra Low-Power User Authentication Device for Financial Transactions - A low-power device is adapted to authenticate a user desiring to conduct a financial transaction includes an input device, a computing device, and a power source. The input device is adapted to input user information. The computing device is operatively coupled to the input device, adapted to compare the input user information to stored user information, and authenticate the user based on the comparison. The power source provides power to at least the input device. The power source is adapted to obtain power from thermal energy, light energy, and/or electromagnetic energy, which is derived from the user and/or an ambient environment. A method of authenticating a user desiring to conduct a financial transaction includes inputting input user information, comparing the input user information to stored user information, authenticating the user based on the comparison, and performing the inputting using power obtained from thermal energy, light energy, and/or electromagnetic energy.06-25-2009
20100108762Card reader device for a cell phone and method of use - A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into the card is disclosed in which the card reader device comprises a read head for passing a magnetic stripe of a card by to read data stored on a magnetic stripe and for producing a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, a signal setting device for setting an amplitude of the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, and an output jack adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a cell phone for providing the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe to a cell phone. Data stored on the card and sensed by the card reader device is decoded by components such as a microphone amplifier, an analog to digital converter, and a microprocessor already resident in a cell phone.05-06-2010
20130026234METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAGNETIC DATA DEMODULATION - A method for demodulation where a plurality of preliminary data rows for creating the demodulated data are created according to intervals, each of which is a interval between peaks in a read signal coming from a magnetic head. Each preliminary data row includes first individual data identified according to the intervals, wherein a plurality of bits constitute the first individual data. At the time of creating the preliminary data row, standard intervals are identified for judging a first individual datum to be either “0” or “1”, and the standard intervals are assigned in a template saved beforehand. Then, intervals for judgment are compared with the standard intervals assigned in the template, with respect to each bit of each bit patterns. A bit pattern in relation to the preliminary data row is identified according to the comparison result, in order to set the preliminary data row with the identified bit pattern.01-31-2013
20130087616MAGNETIC CODING SYSTEM WITH DEPOSIT OF MAGNETIC AREAS PRODUCED BY AT LEAST TWO MAGNETIC INK TYPES WITH DIFFERENT COERCITIVE FIELDS, DEPOSITED IN AN AT LEAST PARTIAL OVERLAY - The present invention relates to a security element, particularly for banknotes, security cards, passports, identity cards and the like, comprising at least one magnetic area formed of at least a first and a second magnetic material having at least one different magnetic property. The second magnetic material partially covers the first magnetic material. The first magnetic material is exposed at least at two sides of the second magnetic material such that both in a first extension direction of the security element and in a second extension direction perpendicular to the first extension direction there is a change from the first magnetic material to the second magnetic material. Further, a method for reading a security element according to the invention, a system for reading a security element according to the invention, and a method for manufacturing a security element according the invention are described.04-11-2013
20130087615METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SAFE USE OF MAGNETIC STRIP CARDS - This invention relates to a method and system to ensure the safe use of magnetic strip cards in order to prevent the theft of information contained in the magnetic strip of a industry standard magnetic strip card. Security system enabling the safe use of magnetic strip cards that implements the method, composed of a half-cylinder, equipped with a special slot of a thickness almost similar to the magnetic strip card and wide of one card length, a mechanical card loading and rotating device, card presence and position sensors, electrical motors for the mechanical system, an overall electronic command and control module and the physical security box containing all parts of the system.04-11-2013
20130087614AUDIO JACK COUPLED SECURE MAGNETIC CARD READER - Audio jack coupled secure magnetic card readers in accordance with embodiments of the invention are described. One embodiment includes reading data from at least one track of data encoded on a magnetic stripe using a magnetic read head, encrypting the data using an encryption circuit, encoding the encrypted data into a transmission format using an encoder, passing the encoded data through an anti-aliasing filter to generate a data signal, and transmitting the data signal. on the microphone channel of an audio jack.04-11-2013
20090302112INFORMATION MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - An information media processing device may include a transport passage in which an information medium having MICR characters printed in a predetermined print position thereon is transported, a magnetic head arranged in the transport passage for detecting magnetism of the MICR characters, an image reading means arranged in the transport passage for reading the image of the information medium, a transporting means arranged in the transport passage, which has a shifting mechanism for shifting the information medium into an area in which the magnetic head can make magnetic detection, and a controller which detects the reference edge of the information medium based on the image read by the image reading means to judge if the print position is distanced by a predetermined amount or more from the magnetically-detectable area of the magnetic head based on the reference edge; when the print position is distanced by a predetermined amount or more, the transporting means shifts the information medium into the magnetically-detectable area while transporting the information medium.12-10-2009
20090302111Wireless tamper detection sensor and sensing system - A wireless tamper detection sensor is defined by a perforated electrical conductor. The conductor is shaped to form a geometric pattern between first and second ends thereof such that the conductor defines an open-circuit that can store and transfer electrical and magnetic energy. The conductor resonates in the presence of a time-varying magnetic field to generate a harmonic response. The harmonic response changes when the conductor experiences a change in its geometric pattern due to severing of the conductor along at least a portion of the perforations. A magnetic field response recorder is used to wirelessly transmit the time-varying magnetic field and wirelessly detecting the conductor's harmonic response.12-10-2009
20130062410FRAUD PREVENTION - A method of protecting a magnetic card inserted into a card reader in a self-service terminal is described. The method comprises detecting presentation of a card at a card reader; energizing an electromagnetic signal transmitter in response to detecting presentation of the card; detecting a change of state of a width switch; de-energizing the electromagnetic signal transmitter in response to detecting the change of state of the width switch; detecting a magnetic signal from a pre-read magnetic reader; and re-energizing an electromagnetic signal transmitter in response to detecting the magnetic signal from the pre-read magnetic reader.03-14-2013
20120193417CARD READER - A card reader with magnetic heads, an anterior frame, a main body frame, a control board and a sealing member formed to be annular. The main body frame has a head arrangement in which the magnetic heads are positioned, a sac-like card cage in which the rear end of the inserted card is housed, and a seal arrangement which is formed between the head arrangement and the card cage and in which the sealing member is arranged. The anterior frame has a substantially cylindrical cylinder portion formed to connect to a front face portion. A rear end side portion of the cylinder portion (crushing portion) crushes the sealing member in the radial direction from the outer circumferential side of the sealing member. The control board is arranged outside the card cage, and the inner circumferential face of the seal crushing portion is formed in a tapered shape.08-02-2012
20090039160Card processor - In a card processor having a function of intermittently transporting a magnetic card, card information is prevented more effectively from being illegally acquired by a skimmer mounted on a card slot. Transport rollers are mounted near the card slot. When a sensor turns ON as a card is inserted into the card slot, the transport rollers are intermittently driven to intermittently transport the card and fetch it in the card processor. Since the card is intermittently transported approximately at the same time when the card is inserted, even if a skimmer SK is mounted on the card slot, information skimmed with a magnetic head H of the skimmer SK during card insertion is only little information in a range a, and most of information will not be skimmed.02-12-2009
20130119136CARD READER - A card reader that can prevent phishing and causes no damage on a card in the case where no phishing comes up. A card reader equipped with a card transfer mechanism for taking in and ejecting a card includes a gate mechanism, in which formed is an insertion & ejection slot for inserting and ejecting the card. A protrusion protruding toward an ejecting direction of the card is formed in the gate mechanism. Furthermore, the gate mechanism includes: a card detection mechanism for detecting the card having been ejected by the card transfer mechanism to a pullout-enabled position where a user of the card reader can pull out the card; and a card pullout prevention mechanism for protecting the card from being pulled out when the card is not ejected to the pullout-enabled position at the time of ejecting the card. The card detection mechanism is placed inside the protrusion.05-16-2013
20120234918CARD READER DEVICE FOR A CELL PHONE AND METHOD OF USE - A secure device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into a card. The card reader device reads and then encrypts the data, then outputs an analog signal that is indicative of the encrypted data. By way of an electrical plug-and-jack connection to a cell phone, the output signal is passed to circuitry in the cell phone where it is processed to extract the encrypted data. For security purposes, the cell phone is not enabled to decrypt the data, and therefor transmits the encrypted data to a remote server that is so enabled. When the card is used for financial transactions, the remote server cooperates with appropriate financial systems to process the transaction using data from the card plus transaction details that were entered by the cell phone user.09-20-2012
20080296378ANTI-TAMPERING PROTECTION FOR MAGNETIC STRIPE READER - A magnetic stripe reading device including a magnetic head assembly including a mounting element, at least one information reading sensor having output contacts, the sensor being mounted in the mounting element and a flat cable coupled to the output contacts of the at least one information reading sensor, a portion of the flat cable being arranged in a doubled-over configuration over the output contacts, thereby to provide anti-tampering protection to the output contacts.12-04-2008
20130161391METHOD FOR THE COMPENSATION OF DISTURBANCES - A method for the compensation of disturbances upon magnetic measurements on value documents, in which a sensor having several measuring tracks for generating measurement signals is employed, in which for each value document a specified number of data records is generated, the value document not being captured by at least one of the measuring tracks during the measurement, wherein from the measurement signal of the at least one measuring track there is ascertained a value for the quantity of a disturbance present in the region of the sensor during the measurement on the value document, and a compensation of the deviations of the measurement signals of the measuring tracks capturing the value document, which deviations are caused by the disturbance present during the measurement, is carried out by means of said ascertained value for the quantity of the disturbance.06-27-2013
20110278359MAGNETIC CARD READER - A magnetic head is held by a side wall through a head fixing fitting so as to freely advance into and retreat from a card sliding groove. First and second head urging levers are swingably supported through a pin. In a standby state, the magnetic head is away from the card travel groove, and card engaging sections of the first and second head urging levers are staying in the card travel groove. When a magnetic card slides in a card sliding direction, the magnetic card makes contact with a card contact section to push the card contact section away from the card travel groove. This causes the first head urging lever to push out the magnetic head into the card travel groove so that the magnetic head makes contact with the magnetic card.11-17-2011
20100059591Magnetoresistive Detection System and Method for Detection of Magnetic Image of Bank Notes - A system and method for obtaining a fill image of a bank note being processed. An array of magnetoresistive detectors is employed to obtain multiple line-scan sensings of a bank note as the note passes. A central processing unit obtains the plurality of sensings as magnetic pattern data which is subsequently stored in a database for later processing.03-11-2010
20110297745SENSOR MODULE AND SENSOR MODULE MANUFACTURING METHOD - Provided is a sensor module capable of ensuring security of data in which card data output from a magnet head is not stolen by a third party.12-08-2011
20110315768CHECK PROCESSING DEVICE - Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (12-29-2011
20090078764ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD INDUCED MSR SWIPES DETECTION - A payment terminal including a magnetic card reader, a decoder receiving analog signals from the magnetic card reader and providing a digital data output to utilization circuitry and data integrity assurance circuitry operative to eliminate spurious data due to Electromagnetic Field (EMF) interference.03-26-2009
20110284636MAGNETIC CARD READER - A conductive fixed static elimination member is provided in a before-magnetic head travel portion which guides a magnetic card to a magnetic card reader unit provided with a magnetic head, such that a protuberance portion thereof protrudes into a card travel groove through an opening formed in one of side walls, and has a conductive cleaning pad affixed to a surface thereof. The magnetic card inserted in the before-magnetic head travel portion is cleaned by the cleaning pad, and if the magnetic card has static electricity, it is possible to eliminate the static electricity by discharging the static electricity to the ground via the cleaning pad having conductivity, the fixed static elimination member, and a magnetic card reader fixing bracket.11-24-2011
20110290881FLUID INGRESS RESISTANT MAGNETIC STRIPE READER ASSEMBLY - A magnetic stripe reader assembly for a point of sale terminal is provided. In some embodiments, the magnetic stripe reader assembly includes a holder configured to retain a magnetic head within the terminal and restrict access to electronic components.12-01-2011
20100294837VOLUME HOLOGRAM RESIN COMPOSITION, SURFACE RELIEF HOLOGRAM RESIN COMPOSITION, AND HOLOGRAM LAYER, HOLOGRAM TRANSFER FOIL AND BRITTLE HOLOGRAM LABEL USING THE SAME - The major object of the invention is to provide a volume-type hologram resin composition and a surface relief-type hologram resin composition having a high effect of preventing forgery and excellent in foil cutting, as well as a hologram layer and a hologram transfer foil using thereof. To achieve the object, there is provided a volume-type hologram resin composition having at least one kind of photopolymerizable compound, a photopolymerization initiator and fine particles, wherein the fine particles show magnetic resonance.11-25-2010
20090152356NON-CONTACT MAGNETIC PATTERN RECOGNITION SENSOR - A magnetic pattern detection system (06-18-2009
20090294536Monetary card reading machine, advertisement information management system, and receipt-printing method - A monetary card reading machine capable of printing an advertisement information on a receipt is disclosed. The monetary card reading machine comprises a memory comprising a software program and at least one advertisement information; a processor electrically connected to the memory, the processor being able to execute the software program; and a print module electrically connected to the processor. The print module prints at least one advertisement information on the receipt by executing the program.12-03-2009
20080210757Identification Tag, Object Adapted to Be Identified, and Related Methods, Devices, and Systems - Disclosed is an object (09-04-2008
20100006651CARD READING DEVICE FOR TRANSACTION SYSTEM - A card reading device for a transaction system is configured with a first reading unit and a second reading unit respectively reading a contact card and a contactless card, converting read analog signals to digital signals with the same preset format, and then transmitting them to a transaction terminal to carry out a transaction, thereby not only allowing a user to select the use of the contact card or contactless card freely but also increasing purchasing convenience effectively.01-14-2010
20090008451MAGNETIC INK CHARACTER READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A magnetic ink character reading apparatus includes a similarity acquisition unit, a character recognition unit and a character recognition limiting unit. The similarity acquisition unit acquires a similarity between one-character-corresponding data extracted from detection result data and reference data corresponding to each of the magnetic ink characters. The character recognition unit recognizes the magnetic ink character having the highest similarity as the magnetic ink character corresponding to the one-character-corresponding data. When the difference between the highest similarity and the second highest similarity among the similarities acquired is smaller than a predetermined reference difference, the character recognition limiting unit limits the determination that the magnetic ink character having the highest similarity is the magnetic ink character corresponding to the one-character.01-08-2009
20090266894CARD READER - A card reader may include a first card operation part having a first reproducing and recording part, a first feeding passage, and a first card pressing mechanism structured to press the card toward a first card feeding reference face, and a second card operation part having a second reproducing and recording part, a second feeding passage, and a second card pressing mechanism structured to press the card toward a second card feeding reference face which is formed on the opposite side to the first card feeding reference face. The first card operation part and the second card operation part may be adjacently disposed in a feeding direction of the card and the first reproducing and recording part and the second reproducing and recording part may be disposed in a substantially point-symmetrical manner with respect to a virtual reference point on a virtual center line which passes a substantially center position between the first card feeding reference face and the second card feeding reference face.10-29-2009
20080245865Multi-Layer Cards with Aesthetic Features and Related Methods of Manufacturing - Multi-layer cards with aesthetic and/or functional features, e.g. banking, access, or identification cards, having a bearing layer that includes an effects layer disposed directly between two core layers are disclosed herein. Among other potential benefits, the layered structure of the bearing layer reduces overall manufacturing costs, as compared to methods known in the art, by facilitating a balanced card construction while minimizing the number of layers formed from relatively expensive materials, avoiding direct imaging of the effects layer and minimizing waste associated therewith, as well as providing for reliable incorporation of the effects layer into the multi-layered structure with minimal expenditure of resources and reduced possibility of waste.10-09-2008
20080251582Managing retail transactions - An embodiment of the present invention includes a technique for retail transactions. A display unit shows product information on a product. A transaction controller provides the product information. A database stores at least one of the product information and customer information.10-16-2008
20090166423Dual Mode Smart Card and Smart Card Controller - A dual mode smart card controller, a dual mode smart card, and a wireless communication device incorporating one or more of the same are provided. The dual mode smart card controller includes a first controller adapted for supporting communications with a first smart card protocol, and a second controller adapted for supporting communications with a second smart card protocol. The dual mode smart card controller further includes a multiplexer module having two sets of multiplexed ports that are selectively coupled to a common set of ports, and an interface module coupled to the common set of ports, and adapted to be coupled to signal terminals of a smart card. The multiplexer module selectively couples one or more signals received from the smart card via the signal terminals to one of the first controller and the second controller. The smart card uses at least one of a same connection associated with the common set of ports for use with both of the first controller and the second controller.07-02-2009
20080265032MAGNETIC HEAD - A magnetic head of a credit card identification terminal for reading card data which can prevent card data from being illegally acquired. The magnetic head includes a generally box-shaped sealed case having an open side; a bobbin with an electric wire wound thereon provided in the sealed case; a core member extending from the bobbin and having an end protruding to the outside of the sealed case through a through-hole formed through a side of the sealed case opposite the opening; a terminal pin connected to the wire wound on the bobbin; and resin filled in the hollow space in the sealed case, the terminal pin is embedded in the resin filled in the sealed case, one end of a flexible wiring substrate is connected to the terminal pin, and the other end of the flexible wiring substrate extends to the outside of the sealed case from the opening.10-30-2008
20080290167MULTI DIMENSIONAL READ HEAD ARRAY - A method and apparatus for reading data from a track of a magnetic stripe are provided. According to one implementation, the method provides detecting a magnetic transition on the track by each of a plurality of read mechanisms arranged in a column across the track; determining an epoch for each detection of the transition by the plurality of read mechanisms; and characterizing the magnetic stripe based on the epochs determined for the transition detections. The apparatus can include a plurality of read mechanisms arranged so as to be oriented in a columnar array across the track when the track is moved relative to the array; and detection circuitry coupled to the read mechanisms.11-27-2008
20080290166MULTI DIMENSIONAL READ HEAD ARRAY - A method and apparatus for reading data from a track of a magnetic stripe are provided. According to one implementation, the method provides detecting a magnetic transition on the track by each of a plurality of read mechanisms arranged in a plurality of columns across the track; determining an epoch for each detection of the transition by the plurality of read mechanisms; and characterizing the magnetic stripe based on the epochs determined for the transition detections. The apparatus can include a plurality of read mechanisms arranged so as to be oriented in a plurality of columnar arrays across the track when the track is moved relative to the arrays; and detection circuitry coupled to the read mechanisms.11-27-2008
20090114724Magnetic Card Reader System - There is provided a magnetic card reader system in which a magnetic head and a computer can determine mutual validity and unauthorized duplication of the magnetic card can be prevented. In a magnetic card reader system 05-07-2009
20120067953PACKAGING MATERIAL COMPRISING MAGNETISABLE PORTIONS - A packaging material comprises a plurality of magnetisable portions thereon, the magnetisable portions comprising at least one spot per package to be formed from the packaging laminate. The packaging material further comprises at least one preparation feature for enhancing finishing of packages, wherein the at least one preparation feature is aligned with a magnetic field mark in the at least one magnetisable portion. Methods for writing and reading, respectively, a magnetic mark on a packaging material are also disclosed.03-22-2012
20090078765ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD INDUCED MSR SWIPES DETECTION - A payment terminal including a magnetic card reader, a decoder receiving analog signals from the magnetic card reader and providing a digital data output to utilization circuitry and data integrity assurance circuitry operative to eliminate spurious data due to Electromagnetic Field (EMF) interference.03-26-2009
20090242634Device for identifying metallic foreign components - The invention describes a device (10-01-2009
20090250518ENCRYPTING AND STORING DATA FROM A FINANCIAL PROSPECTUS - A first portion of data is selected. The first portion of data is capable of being converted from a human-readable format to an electronically readable format. The first portion of data is capable of being stored in an optical bar code. A printed publication includes the first portion of data in the human-readable format. The first portion of data is encrypted. The first portion of data is stored on the optical bar code. The optical bar code is incorporated into the printed publication. The first portion of data is read from the optical bar code using a bar code scanner without removing the optical bar code from the printed publication.10-08-2009
20090261166System and method for data card emulation - An improved system and method for data card emulation is provided that enables a single data card to emulate any one of multiple data cards. The data card includes an improved system and method for conveying data involving pulsed light that can read a barcode and can emulate a barcode. The improved system and method for conveying data may also include at least one of a magnetic stripe reader or a magnetic stripe emulator. The data card uses the improved system and method for conveying data to interface with conventional barcode and/or magnetic stripe readers, to interface with other such data cards or other devices having similar circuitry, and to interface with a data management system used to manage barcode and/or magnetic stripe information stored in a memory on the data card.10-22-2009
20120104097READING DEVICE ABLE TO IDENTIFY A TAG OR AN OBJECT ADAPTED TO BE IDENTIFIED, RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A reading device for identifying a tag or an object adapted to be identified is disclosed. The reading device includes a reading element for reading a first set of identification features located in the tag or the object adapted to be identified, wherein the reading element is a magneto-optical reading element. The reading element also reads a second set of identification features located in the tag or the object adapted to be identified; wherein the reading device is configured such that a first signal generated from reading the first set of identification features and a second signal generated from reading the second set of identification features are independently used to derive a first signature and a second signature for identifying the tag or object.05-03-2012
20100258629Infrared and Visible Imaging of Documents - A payment item having a magnetic ink character recognition (MICR)-line on its front is handled by generating, using visible light, a front image of the front of the payment item, generating, using infrared light, an infrared image of the front of the payment item or of a portion of the front of the payment item containing its MICR-line, and performing optical character recognition on the infrared image to identify data encoded in the MICR-line.10-14-2010
20100213255LIQUID BARCODE AND LIQUID BARCODE READER - The inventive concept relates to a product authentication and identification device using a liquid barcode formed by liquid bars stored in liquid chambers. For example, according to the inventive concept liquid barcodes and a liquid barcode reader for reading liquid barcodes used for product authentication and identification of thin-film chemical analyzers such as a lab-on-a-disc and a bio disc in which bio chips such as a lab-on-a-chip, a protein chip, and a DNA chip for diagnosing and detecting a small amount of material in a fluid are integrated, a credit card, or other products can be provided.08-26-2010
20100243740SECURE MAGNETIC STRIPE READER - Magnetic stripe readers are disclosed that are configured to extract information from magnetic media and encrypt part of the extracted information. Embodiments of magnetic stripe readers include measures to resist tampering and inputs to receive unencrypted information from input devices. One embodiment includes a housing containing a magnetic reading head connected to a decoder circuit that is connected to an encryption engine. The magnetic reading head generates a signal indicative of a magnetic field. The decoder circuit is configured to extract data from the output of the magnetic reading head and the encryption engine is configured to encrypt a portion of the extracted data and the encryption engine is configured to pass a portion of the extracted data unencrypted.09-30-2010
20100127079UPDATING OF REFERENCE MAGNETIC SIGNATURE FOR AUTHENTICATING A DOCUMENT WITH A MAGNETIC STRIPE - Methods, systems, and apparatus for accurately authenticating a document (e.g. a credit card) having a magnetic stripe are provided. The magnetic field at different points of the magnetic stripe are measured, e.g., by a checkout scanner to create a magnetic signature. Digital samples of the measurements may be used to create a representation of the magnetic signature. The representation can then be compared to reference values to produce a measure of the authenticity of the document. The reference values are updated over time to reflect changes in the magnetic stripe of the authentic document, as may occur due to physical deterioration. For example, reference values may be optimized based on recent measurements of the authenticated document to provide a more accurate determination of authenticity for future measurements.05-27-2010
20080230610MECHANISM FOR ENSURING AUTHENTICITY OF WRITTEN AND PRINTED DOCUMENTS - A mechanism for ensuring the authenticity of written and printed documents. With the mechanism of the present invention, electronic ink is deposited onto a document, wherein the electronic ink deposited comprises at least one mark visible to a user. Current is applied to the electronic ink while the electronic ink is wet. The current is applied to the electronic ink in order to imprint a pattern in the ink. The electronic ink deposited on the document is then allowed to dry. The pattern in the electronic ink may then be examined to verify the authenticity of the document.09-25-2008
20110108626ELECTRONIC CARD AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A MAGNETIC FIELD FROM SWIPING THE ELECTRONIC CARD THROUGH A CARD READER - An electronic card and a method for processing data stored in the electronic card. The electronic card includes a memory containing data to be read by a card reader. The electronic card may include a programmable field source containing wire structures geometrically configured and energized in a manner that drives an electric current through only two wire structures at a time for generating a time varying magnetic field that induces a readback signal in the card reader as the electronic card is being swiped through the card reader. An electrical current in at least one wire in the electronic card generates a time varying magnetic field and may include a finite time derivative of electrical current whose magnitude does not exceed a specified maximum time derivative of electrical current corresponding to a peak voltage threshold (V05-12-2011
20110084139Systems and methods for financial transaction through miniaturized card reader - A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to enable an individual to complete a financial transaction by swiping a magnetic stripe card through a card reader connected to a mobile device. The size of the card reader is miniaturized to be portable for connection with the mobile device. The card reader is configured to reliably read data encoded in a magnetic strip of the card with minimum error in a single swipe and provide a signal that corresponds to the data read to the mobile device, which then decodes the incoming signal from the card reader and acts as a point-of-sale device to complete the financial transaction. Such an approach enables a person to become either a micro-merchant (payee) or a buyer/customer (payer) without having to purchase expensive card reader devices or software.04-14-2011
20110210172MAGNETIC CARD READER APPARATUS - A magnetic card reader apparatus includes a magnetic data reading unit configured to read magnetic data of a magnetic card, an insertion detecting unit configured to detect an insertion of the magnetic card, and an interval increase/decrease driving unit configured to increase/decrease an interval between the magnetic data reading unit and the magnetic card when the insertion detecting unit detects the insertion of the magnetic card.09-01-2011
20100219245SECURITY ELEMENT FOR SECURING DOCUMENTS OF VALUE - The invention relates to a security element for securing documents of value. Along the security element a portion of a magnetic coding with first and second coding elements is arranged. The coding elements are arranged along a predetermined direction, wherein the first coding element continuously has along the predetermined direction a first magnetic region with a first coercive field strength and the second coding element has at least one first gap region and one second magnetic region with a second coercive field strength. At least one of the first magnetic regions is directly adjacent to at least one of the second magnetic regions. The sum of the lengths of the directly adjacent first and second magnetic regions amounts to a maximum of 8 mm.09-02-2010
20110240738CARD PROCESSING DEVICE AND A CARD PROCESSING SYSTEM - To provide a card processing device that can accurately determine whether or not a normal card is inserted at a card insertion slot. A card processing device is equipped with a width-detecting mechanism that detects the width of a card inserted at a card insertion slot and outputs a width detection signal, a thickness-detecting mechanism that detects the thickness of the card inserted at the card insertion slot and outputs a thickness detection signal, an AND circuit to which the width-detecting mechanism and the thickness-detecting mechanism are connected and which outputs a card detection signal when the width detection signal and the thickness detection signal are input, and a computation circuit that outputs control signals to implement predetermined controls based on the card detection signal input from the AND circuit.10-06-2011
20110084138CARD READER AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A card reader for use with a card having a magnetic stripe may include a card path through which the card having the magnetic stripe is transferred, a magnetic head placed in the card path, and card position detecting sensors for detecting a position of the card. The card position detecting sensors may be located at positions where the magnetic stripe passes through in the card path.04-14-2011
20090218402APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCRYPTING DATA IN A MAGNETIC STRIPE READER - A magnetic stripe reader assembly for a point of sale terminal is provided. The magnetic stripe reader reads the account data from a card and may encrypt it within the magnetic head. An encrypted representation of the account data may be provided to a host processor in the terminal for carrying out a financial transaction, such as a payment for goods or services. The account data is typically recorded on the magnetic stripe on the card in a magnetic flux pattern that is sensed and then converted to an analog signal. Such sensing and conversion and other processing of the account data to produce the encrypted representation of the account data typically involves one or more parameters, and may include at least one parameter that is adjustable.09-03-2009
20100065639SECURITY ELEMENT FOR PROTECTING DOCUMENTS OF VALUE - The invention relates to a security element for protecting documents of value, which has magnetic material. A portion of a magnetic coding is arranged on the security element, which coding consists of several magnetic areas and several gap areas. The portion of the magnetic coding is arranged in a predetermined direction along the security element, for example perpendicularly to a transport direction of the security element or document of value through a magnet sensor. Concerning the length of the magnetic areas and of the gap areas of the magnetic coding, certain length conditions are predetermined, which are chosen in dependence on the magnet sensor employed.03-18-2010
20110062235Card reader device for a cell phone and method of use - A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into the card is disclosed in which the card reader device comprises a read head for passing a magnetic stripe of a card by to read data stored on a magnetic stripe and for producing a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, a signal setting device for setting an amplitude of the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, and an output jack adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a cell phone for providing the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe to a cell phone. Data stored on the card and sensed by the card reader device is decoded by components such as a microphone amplifier, an analog to digital converter, and a microprocessor already resident in a cell phone.03-17-2011
20090127336ENHANCED SECURITY MAGNETIC CARD READER ESPECIALLY USEFUL IN POINT OF SALE DEVICES - A magnetic card reader including a magnetic head, located in a non-secured region, at least one signal path including at least first and second electrical conductors extending from the magnetic head in the non-secured region to a secured region, circuitry located within the secured region and receiving at least one signal output along at least one signal path, the circuitry located within the secured region including functionality ensuring that a voltage difference along the at least first and second electrical conductors is virtually zero, thereby obviating illicit information retrieval via tapping of the at least first and second conductors and analysis of voltage differences therebetween.05-21-2009
20090127338Article Having An Embedded Accessible Storage Member, Apparatus And Method For Using Same - A portable card adapted to interact with a data processing station when the portable card and the data processing station are moved relative to each other is disclosed. The portable card includes a substrate having a predetermined shape, e.g. rectangular. An accessible embedded storage member is enclosed within said substrate. The storage member includes at least one layer of storage material for storing information in a predetermined format for processing by the data processing station. The storage member and the substrate are adapted to be transported relative to each other to expose at least a portion of the storage member to the data processing station to facilitate processing of stored information and for embedment of the storage member within the substrate. The storage member may be in the form of an elongated strip member, or a circular member.05-21-2009
20080314984Magnetic Tag and Method and System for Reading a Magnetic Tag - A method and system are presented for reading a magnetic tag (12-25-2008
20110174879Card reader device and method of use - A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into the card is disclosed in which the card reader device comprises a read head for passing a magnetic stripe of a card by to read data stored on a magnetic stripe and for producing a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, and an output plug adapted to be inserted into a headset jack associated with a host device for providing the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe to a host device.07-21-2011
20110000965CARD READER - A carrying roller for a card reader including: a rubber outer peripheral member, which is roughly cylindrical, and forms the outer peripheral side of the carrying roller; and a retention member, which has an outer peripheral surface that abuts the inner peripheral surface of the outer peripheral member and retains the outer peripheral member on the inner peripheral side of the outer peripheral member. The inner peripheral surface of the outer peripheral member has a plurality of protuberances that protrude inward in the radial direction. The outer peripheral surface of the retaining member has a plurality of grooves recessed in the radial direction and engaging with the projections. The height of the projections in the radial direction is no more than 1/3.5 of the radial thickness of the outer peripheral member in sections without projections.01-06-2011
20080203163Manual noncontact IC card reader - A technology that is applicable generally to manual noncontact card readers regardless of whether they are of insertion or swipe type, and realizes stable communication even with antennas of small size is provided. A pair of loop antennas 08-28-2008
20090166422Methods and Systems for Encoding a Magnetic Stripe - Methods and apparatus for encoding information on a magnetic stripe of a transaction card are disclosed. According to one aspect, a transaction card includes a first surface and a second surface that substantially opposes the first surface. The second surface has a magnetic stripe. A first representation of a first pattern and a second representation of the first pattern can be encoded on the magnetic stripe. In one embodiment, the first representation can be encoded beginning at approximately a first distance from a first edge of the second surface, and the second representation can be encoded to within approximately the first distance from a second edge of the second surface.07-02-2009
20080251583Card reader for automated teller machine - A card reader for an ATM includes a card insertion part, a header disposed on one side of the card insertion part to read out the information stored in the card, and a protrusion formed on a front surface of the card insertion part to be horizontally aligned with the header along a card insertion direction, thereby prohibiting an illegal device from being attached to the card reader.10-16-2008
20090173790ENCRYPTING THE OUTPUT OF A CARD READER IN A CARD AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - Systems and methods for encrypting the output of a card reader in a card authentication system are provided. In one embodiment, the invention relates to a method for reading a data card having an intrinsic magnetic characteristic and recorded data on the data card using a read head including a magnetic sensor having a housing, an analog to digital converter located within the housing and a processor located within the housing, the method including generating an analog signal indicative of the intrinsic magnetic characteristic and the recorded data of the data card, converting the analog signal into a digital signal, generating a magnetic fingerprint based on the intrinsic magnetic characteristic from the digital signal, extracting the recorded data from the digital signal, encrypting at least a portion of the recorded data, storing the magnetic fingerprint and the recorded data, and outputting the encrypted at least the portion of the recorded data.07-09-2009
20110084140Systems and methods for decoding card swipe signals - A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to enable an individual to complete a financial transaction by swiping a magnetic stripe card through a card reader connected to a mobile device. The size of the card reader is miniaturized to be portable for connection with the mobile device. The card reader is configured to reliably read data encoded in a magnetic strip of the card with minimum error in a single swipe and provide a signal that corresponds to the data read to the mobile device, which then decodes the incoming signal from the card reader and acts as a point-of-sale device to complete the financial transaction. Such an approach enables a person to become either a micro-merchant (payee) or a buyer/customer (payer) without having to purchase expensive card reader devices or software.04-14-2011
20100243739MAGNETIC STRIPE CARD READER DEVICE - A magnetic stripe card reader device includes: a card reader unit including: a slit-like card passage for sliding a magnetic stripe card in one direction in line with a position of a card slit formed in a housing; and a magnetic head configured to come into contact with a magnetic section of the card slid in the card passage and read data recorded in the magnetic section; and a card holding unit provided further on a downstream side in a card moving direction than the card reader unit and configured to hold, on a moving track of the card slid in the card slit, the card that comes out of the card passage because of the sliding.09-30-2010
20120118959SMALL CARD READER CONFIGURED TO BE COUPLED TO A MOBILE DEVICE - A small card reader has a read head with a slot and positioned in a housing. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe from a card that is slid in the slot and produces an output jack signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver the output jack signal to the mobile device. The read head positioned to accommodate rocking of a card while being swept in the slot while producing a successful read of the magnetic stripe of the card. The rocking is in an amount of 1 to 10 degrees of rotation of a bottom surface of the card away from a bottom surface of the slot.05-17-2012
20090127337IDENTIFICATION OF CONTACTLESS CARDS - A communication system includes at least one contactless card configured to transmit an encoded identifier; and a reader configured to receive the encoded identifier and compare the received encoded identifier with an encoded reference card identifier, wherein the reader requests data from the contactless card if the encoded identifier matches the encoded reference card identifier.05-21-2009
20090072033MAGNETIC CARD READER, ESPECIALLY FOR POINT OF SALE TERMINALS - A point of sale device including a housing, a magnetic card reader disposed in the housing, the magnetic card reader including at least first and second heads, a flexible circuit board electrically coupled to the first and second heads and a unitary resilient head mounting element resiliently supporting the at least first and second heads independently of the flexible circuit board and electronic circuitry coupled to the magnetic card reader.03-19-2009
20120006893APPARATUS AND MTHOD FOR ENCRYPTING DATA IN A MAGNETIC STRIPE READER - A magnetic stripe reader assembly for a point of sale terminal is provided. The magnetic stripe reader reads the account data from a card and may encrypt it within the magnetic head. An encrypted representation of the account data may be provided to a host processor in the terminal for carrying out a financial transaction, such as a payment for goods or services. The account data is typically recorded on the magnetic stripe on the card in a magnetic flux pattern that is sensed and then converted to an analog signal. Such sensing and conversion and other processing of the account data to produce the encrypted representation of the account data typically involves one or more parameters, and may include at least one parameter that is adjustable.01-12-2012
20110062236RFID electronic label - A magnetic-guiding laminate is used to improve wireless communication between a transmitter and a receptor disposed on a substrate, regardless of the substrate materials. The laminate can comprise one or more layers of magnetic or non-magnetic material with different magnetic property. For example, the laminate can comprise a paramagnetic layer disposed on a diamagnetic layer, where the paramagnetic layer attracts the magnetic field toward the RFID antenna, and the diamagnetic layer prevents the magnetic field from dispersing in the substrate. Alternatively, the laminate can comprise multiple paramagnetic layers, wherein at least two layers have different magnetic properties, such as different permeability values.03-17-2011
20120132712CARD READER WITH POWER EFFICIENT ARCHITECTURE THAT INCLUDES A WAKE-UP CIRCUIT - A card reader is provided with a read head with a slot and is configured to be coupled to a mobile device and has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a raw magnetic signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. A power supply is coupled to wake-up electronics and a microcontroller. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device. The wake-up electronics is powered by a microphone bias of a mobile device.05-31-2012
20120118960METHOD OF TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A SMALL CARD READER TO A MOBILE DEVICE - A method of transmitting information to a mobile device converts a raw magnetic head signal into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. Rocking of a card that is swept in a slot of the card reader is accommodated while producing a successful read of the magnetic stripe of the card. The rocking is in an amount of 1 to 10 degrees of rotation of a bottom surface of the card away from a bottom surface of the slot. An output jack signal is sent to the mobile device.05-17-2012
20120118961SECURITY ELEMENT FOR DOCUMENTS OF VALUE - Value documents including a security element having magnetic material for securing the value documents. Along the security element, for example along a longitudinal direction of the security element, there are disposed one or more magnetic areas and one or more gap areas. The extension of the magnetic areas or the gap areas along the security element is preferably chosen so that the magnetic signals of adjacent magnetization steps interfere constructively with each other when transported past the magnetic sensor.05-17-2012
20120126012METHOD OF TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A POWER EFFICIENT CARD TO A MOBILE DEVICE - A method of transmitting information to a mobile device includes providing a read head with a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card, a power supply coupled to wake-up electronics and a microcontroller. The wake-up electronics are powered by a microphone bias of a mobile device.05-24-2012
20120126011CARD READER WITH POWER EFFICIENT ARCHITECTURE THAT INCLUDES A POWER SUPPLY AND A WAKE-UP CIRCUIT - These and other objects of the present invention are achieved in a card reader with a read head positioned in a housing. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device and has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a raw magnetic signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. A power supply is coupled to wake-up electronics and a microcontroller. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device.05-24-2012
20120126010COST EFFECTIVE CARD READER CONFIGURED TO BE COUPLED TO A MOBILE DEVICE - A has a read head configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a raw magnetic signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. Device electronics are provided with an analog front-end and a microcontroller. The analog to digital front end is coupled to a processing element in the microcontroller. The analog to digital front end receives a raw magnetic head signal and converts it into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. The microcontroller produces a signal. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device.05-24-2012
20120126014CARD READER WITH OFFSET READ HEAD - A reader is provided that has a housing with a center point and a read head positioned in the housing. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head is positioned to be offset from the center point of the housing. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device.05-24-2012
20120126013METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A CARD READER TO A MOBILE DEVICE WITH THE CARD READER HAVING READ HEAD OFFSET FROM A CENTER OF AN ASSOCIATED HOUSING - A method of transmitting information to a mobile device uses a card reader inside of a housing. The read head is positioned offset from a center of a magnetic strip when the card is in the slot and is in contact with a bottom of the slot. A card is slid in the slot. Data is read from the magnetic stripe. A raw magnetic signal is produced indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The raw magnetic head signal is converted into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. An output jack signal is sent to the mobile device05-24-2012
20110180601Card reader device for a cell phone and method of use - A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into the card is disclosed in which the card reader device comprises a read head for passing a magnetic stripe of a card by to read data stored on a magnetic stripe and for producing a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, a signal setting device for setting an amplitude of the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, and an output jack adapted to be inserted into a microphone input associated with a cell phone for providing the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe to a cell phone. Data stored on the card and sensed by the card reader device is decoded by components such as a microphone amplifier, an analog to digital converter, and a microprocessor already resident in a cell phone.07-28-2011
20120168505CARD READER WITH ASYMMETRIC SPRING - A card reader is positioned in a housing that has length, height and width dimensions. The read head is configured to be coupled to a mobile device and has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head has length, height and width edge surfaces. An asymmetric spring is coupled to the read head. The asymmetric spring positions the read head to be offset in the housing with the housing length and height edges being non-symmetrical in respect to the length and height edges of the read head. An output jack is adapted to be inserted in a port of the mobile device and deliver an output jack signal to the mobile device.07-05-2012
20100012724RF SECURITY APPARATUS AND METHOD - The present invention is related to a RF security apparatus and method. The method includes steps of: preparing an electronic card having a circuit loop and a signal storage unit, which at least has one code signal; providing a reader for cooperating with the electronic card, wherein the reader has a sensing unit and a logic circuit, and through a wireless transmission between the circuit loop and the sensing unit, the logic circuit performs a comparison of the preset code signal; and connecting to a flash drive through the reader, wherein electronic data contained in the flash drive is accessible only after the comparison between the reader and the electronic card is performed.01-21-2010
20100270375MAGNETIC INK CHARACTER READING APPARATUS - A magnetic ink character reading apparatus has a magnetic detection unit for detecting magnetic ink characters on the check and generating magnetic detection signals, a noise data generator for generating magnetic noise data by accumulating magnetic detection signals before the check passes the magnetic detection unit, and a magnetic noise cancellation unit for removing magnetic noise by subtracting the magnetic noise data from the magnetic detection signals.10-28-2010
20120261471Systems and methods for decoding card swipe signals - A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to enable an individual to complete a financial transaction by swiping a magnetic stripe card through a card reader connected to a mobile device. The size of the card reader is miniaturized to be portable for connection with the mobile device. The card reader is configured to reliably read data encoded in a magnetic strip of the card with minimum error in a single swipe and provide a signal that corresponds to the data read to the mobile device, which then decodes the incoming signal from the card reader and acts as a point-of-sale device to complete the financial transaction. Such an approach enables a person to become either a micro-merchant (payee) or a buyer/customer (payer) without having to purchase expensive card reader devices or software.10-18-2012
20100327061SENSOR FOR READING BANKNOTES, SECURITY PAPERS AND THE LIKE, CONTAINING AT LEAST ONE SECURITY ELEMENT - A reading sensor adapted to read a security element having magnetic areas with different coercivity, comprising at least one first reading head and at least one second reading head, which are arranged parallel to each other and are capable of detecting two distinct signal sequences, and a permanent magnet which is arranged between the reading heads.12-30-2010
20110266346CARD PROCESSING DEVICE - A card processing device for use with a card may include a first card processing section and a second card processing section. The first card processing section may include a card insertion slot at one end of the card processing section for inserting the card, and a magnetic head for reading magnetic information recorded in the card. The second card processing section may include a card transfer mechanism for transferring the card, and a recorder for recording information into the card. The second card processing section is connected to the other end of the first card processing station.11-03-2011
20100230494MAGNETIC CARD READER AND MAGNETIC DATA READ METHOD - The present invention improves the environment resistance performance of a magnetic card reader, and also improves the operation stability of a system including a higher-level device. Specifically to describe, the magnetic card reader 09-16-2010
20120286044CONTACTLESS SMARTCARD BEZEL - A multi media payment device includes a banknote acceptor and a RF card reader, and also may include a magnetic card reader. A bezel assembly for connection to the bill acceptor preferably includes a reader unit to read magnetic swipe cards and contactless chip cards.11-15-2012
20120138683METHOD OF TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A CARD READER WITH AN ASYMMETRIC SPRING TO A MOBILE DEVICE - A method of transmitting information to a mobile device uses a card reader that has an asymmetric spring. The card reader includes a housing with length, height and width dimensions, a read head with a slot, a microcontroller, an output jack and the asymmetric spring coupled to the read head. The asymmetrical spring positions the read head to be offset in the housing, with the housing length and height edges being non-symmetrical in respect to the length and height edges of the read head. A card is slid in the slot. Data is read from the magnetic stripe; A raw magnetic signal is produced indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The raw magnetic head signal is converted into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. An output jack signal is sent to the mobile device.06-07-2012
20130008961MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE - A media processing device enables reading second media that do not bend easily from the device front with the same ease of use as processing first media that bend easily. The media processing device has a media conveyance path that guides first media inserted from a media insertion opening toward the back and then again toward the front on the front-back axis to the media exit. A straight conveyance path that angles to the inside on the device width axis is formed at a part connected to the media exit, and a second media insertion path that extends straight to the front from the straight conveyance path is connected to the media exit.01-10-2013
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20080237346SYSTEM FOR SECURE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A CONTACTLESS CARD READER AND A CARD - The invention relates to contactless communication systems between a moving object and a reader, in particular systems in which the moving object is a chip card or an identification tag. To enhance communication security, the card reader transmits, from a radiofrequency transmission antenna separate from the main communication antenna, a disturbance signal having the same frequency and modulation type characteristics as the response signal expected from the card to the reader; the electromagnetic coupling between this separate antenna and the antenna of the reader is, however, such that the latter does not “see” the transmitted disturbance but detects only the response from the card; on the other hand, the environment between the card and the reader sees the response from the card only mixed with the disturbance signal.10-02-2008
20080223932TRANSPARENTLY SECURING TRANSACTIONAL DATA - A secure magnetic stripe card stripe reader (MSR) module and software system capable of encrypting the magnetic stripe data to CPI, SDP and CISP standards for use in point of sale (POS) and other applications requiring data security using non secure networks and computing devices. Additionally, when incorporated within an attachment for conventional personal digital assistant (PDA) or cell phone or stationary terminal, provides encrypted data from the magnetic head assembly providing compliance with Federal Information Processing Standards Publication Series FIPS 140 covering security and tampering standards. Moreover, this module and software system includes the capability of providing secure POS transactions to legacy transaction processing systems and POS terminals transparently to the existing infrastructure. Furthermore, this module and software system includes the capability of transparently providing detection of fraudulently copied magnetic stripe cards.09-18-2008
20130140363TAMPER EVIDENT CARD READER - Tamper evident card readers in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a data-bearing instrument reader includes a sensor configured to read data from a data bearing instrument, circuitry configured to receive data from the sensor, a housing that at least partially contains the sensor and the circuitry, wherein at least a portion of the housing is translucent and the translucent portion of the housing is configured to permit visual inspection of the portions of the sensor and circuitry contained within the housing.06-06-2013
20130140364SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND PREVENTING TAMPERING OF CARD READERS - Systems and methods for detecting and preventing tampering of card readers are provided. In one embodiment, the invention relates to a secure card reader for detecting and preventing tampering, the secure card reader comprising a reading head configured to extract recorded data from a data card, a processing circuitry coupled to the reading head, at least one printed circuit board comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface is closer to the processing circuitry than the outer surface, at least one secure trace coupled to the processing circuitry, and a security mesh coupled to the processing circuitry, wherein the security mesh is disposed between the secure trace and the outer surface, and a housing, wherein the housing and the at least one printed circuit board form a compartment substantially enclosing the processing circuitry.06-06-2013
20130168450FORMAT PRESERVING CIPHER SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods for enciphering data are provided. In one embodiment, information is enciphered using a variable block length cipher that returns the encrypted symbol set in any defined symbol set with a radix greater than or equal to the plaintext format. The cipher can be based on DES, AES or other block ciphers. In one example implementation a method for enciphering token information the invention provides for enciphering token information by constructing a tweak of a defined length using token information; converting the tweak to a bit string of a defined size to form a first parameter; converting a number of digits of plaintext to a byte string of a defined size to form a second parameter, wherein the number of digits converted varies; defining a data encryption standard key; applying the data encryption standard key to the first and second parameters; computing a specified number of encryption rounds; and receiving enciphered token information.07-04-2013
20130112749FLUID INGRESS RESISTANT MAGNETIC STRIPE READER ASSEMBLY - A magnetic stripe reader assembly for a point of sale terminal is provided. In some embodiments, the magnetic stripe reader assembly includes a holder configured to retain a magnetic head within the terminal and restrict access to electronic components.05-09-2013
20130098996RECOGNITION OF ENCODED INFORMATION ON DOCUMENTS - Systems and methods for recognition of encoded information on documents are disclosed. According to an aspect, a system includes a document reader configured to read encoded information from a document, and to output an electrical signal representative of the encoded information. The system also includes signal conditioning modules that are each configured to receive the electrical signal, and to condition the received electrical signal differently for outputting a plurality of conditioned electrical signals. Further, the system includes an information recognition module configured to analyze each of the conditioned electrical signals and to select one of the conditioned electrical signals for use in recognizing the encoded information.04-25-2013
20130146664CODED FIBERS - Provided herein are coded fibers. In some embodiments, informationally-encoded carbon fiber structures are provided. In some embodiments, methods of manufacturing and/or reading a coded fiber are provided.06-13-2013
20100314446Card reader device and method of use - A card reader device for reading a card having data stored on a magnetic stripe incorporated into the card is disclosed in which the card reader device comprises a read head for passing a magnetic stripe of a card by to read data stored on a magnetic stripe and for producing a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, a signal setting device for setting an amplitude of the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe, and an output plug adapted to be inserted into a headset jack associated with a host device for providing the signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe to a host device.12-16-2010
20130181052MAGNETIC HEAD DEVICE - A magnetic head device which suppresses output fluctuation even though the output changes in part of an output waveform from the magnetic head. The magnetic head device includes a magnetic head for reproducing information recorded in a magnetic information recording medium; an amplifier section for amplifying a reproduced signal that the magnetic head has reproduced, by using a gain; an A/D converter section for converting the reproduced signal that has been amplified, to a digital signal, by sampling the signal at predetermined intervals, in order to output the converted digital signal; a signal comparator section for comparing a digital signal output value with a predetermined output criterion value; and a gain control section for adjusting the gain in such a way as to make the output value closer to the output criterion value, in the case where the output value is either greater or smaller than the output criterion value.07-18-2013
20120286045APPARATUSES FOR EXECUTING WIRELESS TRANSMISSION USING A MAGNETIC FIELD, WIRELESS TRANSMISSION APPARATUSES, AND WIRELESS RECEIVER APPARATUSES - An integrated circuit, a non-contact IC card, a reader/writer, a wireless communications method, and a computer program are provided to improve communication. The integrated circuit configured to execute wireless communication by means of magnetic field. The integrated circuit has a resonance circuit having resonance frequencies of a plurality of levels, a confirmation block configured to confirm whether a predetermined condition is satisfied, and a switching block configured to change the resonance frequencies if the predetermined condition is found satisfied as a result of the confirmation.11-15-2012
20130112748METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXCEPTION PROCESSING OF MICR DOCUMENTS - MICR documents are read and sorted to a destination pocket for processing subject to a determination that an exception does not prevent the routing of the document. In example embodiments, for example, an error does not prevent the routing of the document if it is not related to the routing/transit field. In the case of digit errors, an optical character recognition (OCR) process is performed on the stored, electronic image of the document to correct digit errors in the stored data read from the documents. If a determination is made that correction or other exception processing cannot be handled through the OCR process, the image and corresponding MICR data is displayed on a user terminal, for manual verification or correction by reference to an image of the document, rather than the document itself.05-09-2013
20130193209SYSTEMS, METHODS AND ASSOCIATED RFID ANTENNAS FOR PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF TRANSPONDERS - An RFID system for selectively communicating with a targeted transponder from among a group of multiple adjacent transponders is provided. The RFID system may include a transponder conveyance system adapted to transport at least one targeted transponder from a group of multiple adjacent transponders through a transponder encoding area along a feeding direction and an antenna having a resonant inductor and a ferrite material, wherein the ferrite material at least partially covers the resonant inductor and defines an exposed portion of the resonant inductor. In one antenna-transponder alignment, the exposed portion extends substantially parallel to the feeding direction.08-01-2013
20130200153Decoding systems with a decoding engine running on a mobile device and coupled to a payment system that includes identifying information of second parties qualified to conduct business with the payment system - A decoding system with a decoding engine running on a mobile device decodes signals produced from a read of a buyer's financial transaction card, accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of a buyer's financial transaction card until the signals reach a steady state, detects the read of the buyer's financial transaction card once the incoming signals are in a steady state, identifies peaks in the incoming signals and digitizes the identified peaks in the incoming signals into bits. A transaction engine runs on the mobile device and is coupled to the decoding engine. A payment system is in communication with the transaction engine and with a buyer's financial transaction card institution or a first party's financial account. The payment system includes identifying information of second parties qualified by the payment system to conduct business with the payment system.08-08-2013
20130200154Decoding systems with a decoding engine running on a mobile device configured to be coupled and decoupled to a card reader with wake-up electronics - A decoding system has a decoding engine running on a mobile device. The decoding engine decodes signals produced from a read of a first party's financial transaction card, accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of a first party's financial transaction card. A transaction engine runs on the mobile device and is coupled to the decoding engine. The transaction engine receives as its input decoded first party's financial transaction card information from the decoding engine, and serves as an intermediary between the first party and a second party, so that the first party does not have to share his/her financial transaction card information with the second party. The decoding system is configured to be coupled and decoupled to a card reader with wake-up electronics.08-08-2013
20130206837Smart Hybrid Card System Providing Authenticity, Privacy, and Security (APS) - An RFID/MFID system includes a tag and a reader. The tag is adapted to provide an RF identification signature when interrogated with an electric travelling wave and to provide an MF identification signature when interrogated with a magnetic travelling wave. The tag includes a target data object. The reader is adapted to read electrical and magnetic signatures of the target data object from the tag. A method of providing an identification function includes reading electrical and magnetic signatures of a target data object from tag. The tag provides an RF identification signature when interrogated with an electric travelling wave and provides an MF identification signature when interrogated with a magnetic travelling wave.08-15-2013

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