Device for processing documents

FIELD: engineering of equipment for processing documents.

SUBSTANCE: device has detector system for detecting characteristic signs of documents, controlling system for realization functions, connected to information, received by detector system and/or to documents processing method, aforementioned system includes memorizing device for storing a set of codes, each of which corresponds to appropriate function, and is made with possible permission of function use, if it is confirmed that transferred permitting code corresponds to one of stored function codes.

EFFECT: simplified adjustment processes of software-hardware equipment complex.

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The invention relates to a device for processing documents, for example to the device for processing security documents such as banknotes.

The known device for processing documents that can perform many of the processes and tests on the documents, in the typical case, supplied from the input station to one or more output stations. In the case of protected documents to determine authenticity, dignity and other properties conduct various tests such as optical, magnetic, for checking dimensions, etc. Usually such devices are sold to consumers with a specific group of detectors and other technological equipment requested by the consumer, and when the need arises improvements specified equipment requires a specialist in the implementation of new software or hardware, or alternatively have to buy a new product.

In accordance with the present invention a device for processing documents includes a detector system for detecting one or more of the characteristic symptoms of documents, as well as a control unit for performing a number of functions associated with the information received from the detector system and/or method of processing documents, and the control unit includes is in itself a storage device for storing code set, each corresponding to a respective one of the functions, and is configured to enable execution of a function, if it is confirmed that supplied allowing code matches one of the stored function codes.

The permissive code means you can get lots of beneficial features. For example, you can sell to the consumer machine with many features, only some of which can be activated, providing user and/or device corresponding codes allow. If the consumer wishes to use additional functionality, he will have to pay for access to this functionality, and only after the payment he will receive the appropriate authorizing code.

Enable codes can also be used to allow the selection of features of the software and/or hardware at the stage adaptation for use during the manufacture of the device, or they can be used as a feature that contributes to the keyboard input and provided to the user who carries out the first launch of the device in operation after purchase.

In the case of such devices for processing security documents, as a device for counting banknotes model "De La Rue 2650", m is tenderly would be to produce and sell such a device with a full set of detectors, but allow the user to use only some aspects of this set of detectors, providing him with the appropriate enable codes.

It should be recognized that, although this description provides examples of the use of these codes in the device for counting banknotes model 2650, the invention is applicable to all types of devices for processing security documents, such as devices for sorting documents, machines for withdrawing cash from a Bank account (ATMs), certification and machines to maintain the flow.

Examples of systems and devices designed for transporting documents of the type protected securities) securities and which may be applied to the invention described in PCT/GB 01/00214 and PCT/GB 01/01044, and each of the described systems or each of the above devices, you can provide detectors of infrared, ultraviolet, color and/or visible light, electromagnetic, etc. of the radiation to be installed to determine the exchange, size, authentication, authentication, counterfeit (fake), dignity, series notes, series currency, security features, characteristics of the printing properties of the printing ink and so, in accordance with the document type. The use of any of these detectors individually or in the aggregate contributes to the selectable functions, is La which you can configure each machine. Selectable functions identified through the machine and is described in this example are the size of the SD card, the size of the 3D is 3D, the processing in the infrared radiation (IR), authentication LV2 (level 2), the value LV2 (level 2), the processing in ultraviolet radiation and treatment with Skirda (system control and cash management).

Enable code can take many forms. In a very simple form, it may simply be a function code, but immediately after this function code is known, it is no longer protected. Therefore supplied code authorizing preferably encrypts, by requiring that the control unit is configured to confirm a stored function code allows the code either in encrypted or unencrypted form. In some cases, allowing the code can be encrypted and then compared with a stored function code, or Vice versa, the function code can be encrypted and then compared to provide encrypted permissive code.

As explained above, allowing the code can be a simple function code, but for greater security code authorizing preferably contains a combination of function code and the serial number which is unique to the machine, and the machine further comprises remember what its device for storing this serial number. Thus allowing code is associated with a specific machine and cannot be used to confirm the same function in a different machine.

To achieve additional security allows code may include additional, preferably a random number that the control unit can obtain from an authorizing code and which allows the control unit to extract information from allowing code to confirm a stored function code. This makes the solution of the enabling code is very difficult.

Although, as mentioned above, allowing the code in a typical case will include the function code, in some cases, the correspondence between the permissive code and the stored code may be determined by the implementation of the algorithm, which served enable code and a stored function code is used to determine whether the result of the implementation of the algorithm to a predefined condition. For example, the system can be designed in such a way that the usual result of the confirmation is achieved when the right allowing the code matches the stored code of a function, or alternatively, for each stored function code can be definitive confirmation or stored in the car or served together with permissive code, and then mo is et to be verified during the implementation of the algorithm.

For convenience, the control unit is configured to set the flag, if it is detected that the provided code authorizing, judging by the results confirm that corresponds to the stored code of the function. This facilitates the control unit checks whether or confirmed, or if the execution of a specific function. This check can be performed only when the machine is started, but in the preferred embodiment, it is carried out, at least at the beginning of each processing operation, for example, batches of banknotes or other documents, and in the most preferred embodiment, it is carried out before processing each document.

Choice functions can be implemented using information from the assigned detector of the detector system, for example information about the parameters of the test to determine the response to ultraviolet radiation and/or processing results of the response to ultraviolet radiation, or the mode of operation of the machine, for example on the provision of stopping the machine under certain conditions.

A machine for processing documents, preferably with the capability of processing security documents such as banknotes, and may be a device for sorting machine for cash withdrawal from a Bank account (ATM), device for receiving, the device for counting or is a device to maintain the flow.

Now will be described device for handling banknotes according to the present invention with reference to the drawings.

Figure 1 presents a schematic block diagram of blocks of the device for handling banknotes according to the present invention.

Figure 2 schematically shows a personal computer to allow filing codes.

Figure 3 schematically shows a display screen of a personal computer according to figure 2.

Figure 4 presents a block diagram illustrating the formation of a permissive code.

Figure 5 presents a flowchart illustrating a method of supplying the enabling code in the banknote processing device.

Figure 6 presents a block diagram illustrating the use of the permissive code.

Figure 1 presents the control unit processor (epmo) 1, which will be installed in the device processing of banknotes, for example machines for counting banknotes model "De La Rue 2650". BUP 1 is connected to the main controller 100 of the device for handling banknotes, as well as to the set of detectors 110, both of which are of the usual construction. Thus, the set of detectors 110 may include optical detectors, and the detectors of ultraviolet, infrared and magnetic radiation.

As shown in the block diagram in figure 1, BUP 1 provided with a control processor 2, a volatile remember the m device 3, chip 4, always containing protective or identification code that is unique for the device of the banknote processing machine tool 5 communication, designed to transmit data to the external source 20 and receive data from this source (figure 2), a storage device 6, continually contains the list of codes protection functions, one for each function, which in this case are common to all detectors, controllers BUP, a storage device 7, containing semi-permanent changeable "authorized to use" enable codes 8, the communication port 9, which is connected to the main controller 100 device processing documents and port 10 functional communication for communication with each detector from a set of 110, contributing to the function corresponding to the code set 8 to which the user may obtain authorized access.

Shown in figure 2 and indicated by the position of the apparatus 20 can represent, for example, a personal computer having a screen 21, a processor 22, a storage device 23, which contains at least the set code protection functions are also stored in the storage device 6 BUP 1, the input device by the authorized operator, made in the form of a keyboard 25 and a mouse 26, and a storage unit 27 for storing a program including himself has the key generator to determine the enabling code (codes allow). Although this example describes the use of a personal computer, it should be understood that instead of the computer you use is made in any other form of programmable tool for comparisons. Just about the mentioned means of communication carried out in both directions between BUP 1 and a personal computer (PC) 20, it should be said that it can take the form of any known means, such as wired tools, cordless tools, phone tools, floppy disk, CD-ROM, card storage devices, cards with magnetic strips, means with the bar code, etc. that provides for the issuance of information in written or oral form, and gives the machine operator can enter information using the keyboard small keyboard panel on the main keyboard or touch screen.

Figure 3 shows an example of what is displayed on the screen 21 of the personal computer 20, which is activated when executing the program stored in the storage device 27. Here you can see the buttons 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36, activated by the mouse cursor, paragraphs 41-48 selection menu, activated by the mouse cursor, and the indicator 50 to indicate the identification code of the machine, the insertion of the tool 5 connection. This program also allows you to set in the window 49 drop-down Myung is option to select from a list of pre-identified models of cars, defined by the button 31 is read, and then automatically setting the set of menu items functions within the range indicated by the positions 41-48 and associated with the identified model.

At the stage of formation and transmission enabling code authorized for use, in a separate device details uniquely identifies the machine identification code contained in the chip 4 are entered in the processor 22 or directly in the form of data through the ports 5, 24 links, or using the keyboard 25, and each of the functions 41-48, which should be implemented on a specific device, select the mouse 26, for activating a specific function button 31 on the screen of the personal computer 20. After activating the button 35 settings read the key generator generates the enable code for each of the selected functions by using an identification code that uniquely identifies the device code protect function applicable to a selected function, and is formed on the factory user code, which can be determined in a random way (figure 4). At the beginning of the permissive code add the index function to identify the necessary functions. The data associated with an identification code that uniquely defines the device and output from the chip 4, and with what functions, chosen for implementation, are stored in a database (not shown)located either in a personal computer, or outside it, to access this data in the future.

Then the set of allow codes passed in the storage device 7 located on BUP 1, through any selected means of communication mentioned above, in order to either input in the storage device 7 in the case of the launch of the new machine into operation, or replacement authorized for use allow the codes stored in the storage device 7 (figure 5).

After that, when the device include for operation, the main control program of the device instructs the processor 2 controller detectors to activate only those features that are authorized to use the machine. To activate each function processor 2 collects data regarding the security code of the car, from chip 4, a security code corresponding function from the storage device 6 and the enabling code from the storage device 7, and said data are decoded using the data contained in permit code (and including formed on the factory user code, which can be derived from allowing code), and are tested for authenticity using data protection machine for counting and data protection functions (6). Rea is isace function is possible only in case if identified or recognized as confirmed permissive code. When activated, functions to perform which you are authorized, BUP 1 manages detectors and will ensure that only those detectors that are associated with these functions. Devices with such functionality, have a feature that allows the machine operator to manually enable the detectors included in the kit required to implement functions that are authorized, which prevents the functioning of some of the detectors and to get feedback from them.

If you need to improve the device, for example to enter a function to perform which the device was not previously allowed, the external source 20 have to enter an identification code that uniquely identifies the device associated with the device, which should be improved. You can use one of the many ways of providing these data. For example, the person owning the device, may receive a certificate in which said data are available. In the label on the machine, can be specified. Such a number may be displayed using the display unit provided in the device, on request or temporarily - when you enable this device. In addition, through the Yu communication equipment 5 can send the ID directly in the external source 20 or at some intermediate means for receiving data, where this ID is temporarily stored until such time as the external source 20 will not be involved in the improvement process. Usually, immediately after the machine receives its owner-operator, external source 20 is placed at some distance from the device, and in a widespread situation this external source 20 is located at the point of manufacture of the device. Then the details of the required improvements" along with the identification code entered in the processor 22, which then may either issue a permit code (codes allow for "extra" features ("additional" functions), which is then sent or entered as described above in the device that needs improvement, or contact your database to retrieve a set of functions which the device is already enabled, as well as to get a full set of "new" permissive code, which will include codes for the desired additional features (required additional functions). In the latter case enabling code stored in its address in the storage device 7 to obtain a new set of codes should be replaced with this new code for a particular function does not necessarily repeat the source code.

Although this description is a description of the device and method of its real the organization for programming each device empowerment of its functions, associated with different types of detector tools that can be incorporated into its design, in the context provided on a commercial basis the potential for further improvements machinery, this description also applies to the "identification" of the functions associated with the various features of the documents and the characteristic information about the documents that can be processed by the machine, such as sets of drawings on such documents.

In addition, the control unit can be obtained from the authorizing code number, mostly random, to retrieve information from allowing code to confirm a stored function code.

1. Device for processing documents containing a detector system for detecting one or more of the characteristic symptoms of documents, as well as a control unit for performing a number of functions associated with the information received from the detector system and/or method of processing documents, and the control unit includes a storage device for storing a set of codes, each of the function codes stored in the memory device corresponds to a respective one of the functions, and allowing execution of the function during subsequent operation of the device is processing documents, if it is confirmed that supplied allowing code matches one of the stored function codes.

2. The device according to claim 1, in which the fed allows the code is encrypted, and a control unit configured to confirm the code stored functions allow code in encrypted or unencrypted form.

3. The device according to claim 1 or 2, which allows the code is a combination of function code and a serial number that uniquely identifies the device for processing documents, with the specified device for processing documents further comprises a storage device for storing this serial number.

4. The device according to claim 1, wherein enabling code includes more preferably a random number, which, by means of the control unit can be obtained from the permitting code to extract information from this enabling code to confirm a stored function code.

5. The device according to claim 1, wherein enabling code includes code for the function.

6. The device according to claim 1, in which the control unit is configured to set the flag if found evidence that submitted authorizing the code matches the stored code of the function.

7. The device according to claim 1, in which the control unit is arranged to check, confirm what redene whether the function before this function is executed for each document, processed by the device.

8. The device according to claim 1, in which the control unit is configured to check whether the check box.

9. The device according to claim 1, in which at least one of these features is the use of information from a given detector of the detector system.

10. The device according to claim 1, in which at least one function corresponds to the mode of the device.

11. Device for processing documents according to claim 1, intended for the calculation of the documents, in which the control unit is designed to count documents, and submitted authorizing code is intended to confirm the functions associated with the device for counting documents.

12. A device for handling banknotes according to claim 1, in which the detection system and the control unit for the implementation of the various functions performed by the processing of banknotes.

Priority items:

16.03.2001 according to claims 1-5, 7, 9-12;

02.08.2001 on PP, 8.



 

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