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Title:
ANTI-SKIMMING CARD READER SURFACE CONFIGURATION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2005/109326
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A card reader housing (20) has an exterior surface configuration (22) that includes a plurality of distinct surface portions (24-38) aligned at oblique angles relative to each other. The exterior surface configuration (22) prevents the placement of a skimming reader over the top of the card reader housing (20). In a disclosed example, a finger-receiving notch (50) is directly aligned with a reader (60) and has a depth and a dimension sized for receiving at least a portion of a finger holding a card inserted into a slot (46) in the housing (20). Any alteration of the notch (50) dimensions prevents proper operation of the card reader.

Inventors:
Rakoff, Steven Barnett (279 Hidden Trail, Toronto, ON M2R 3S7, CA)
Flook, Ronald Arthur (2589 Cavendish Drive, Burlinton, ON L7P 4A9, CA)
Tam, David (230-101 Bristol Road East, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3P4, CA)
Application Number:
PCT/US2005/015232
Publication Date:
November 17, 2005
Filing Date:
May 03, 2005
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
UTC FIRE & SECURITY CORPORATION (9 Farm Springs Road, Farmington, CT, 06032, US)
Rakoff, Steven Barnett (279 Hidden Trail, Toronto, ON M2R 3S7, CA)
Flook, Ronald Arthur (2589 Cavendish Drive, Burlinton, ON L7P 4A9, CA)
Tam, David (230-101 Bristol Road East, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3P4, CA)
International Classes:
G06K7/08; G06K13/08; G06K15/00; (IPC1-7): G06K15/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Gaskey, David J. (Carlson, Gaskey & Olds 400 W. Maple Rd., Suite 35, Birmingham MI, 48009, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS [received by the International Bureau on 02 November 2005 (02.11.2005); original claims 1-14 replaced by amended claims 1-15 (4 pages)] CLAIMS We claim:
1. A card reading device, comprising: a housing having a slot for receiving a card in a direction of entry into the slot and an asymmetric exterior surface near the slot that includes at least three distinct surface portions aligned at respective, different oblique angles relative to a reference plane that is perpendicular to the direction of entry into the slot.
2. The device as recited in claim 1, comprising a notch associated with the slot that has a depth beyond a First plane and a dimension sized for receiving at least a portion of a finger holding a card inserted into the slot.
3. The device as recited in claim 2, wherein the exterior surface is at least partially disposed within the first plane such that a trailing edge of the card inserted into the slot passes the first plane a sufficient distance such that the portion of the finger is received in the notch and the card is accessible from outside of the housing only at the notch.
4. The device as recited in claim 3, comprising an electronic reader directly in line with the notch along the direction of entry for reading a machine readable portion of the card inserted into the slot when the card is received at least a desired distance into the sJot. 16.
5. The device as recited in claim 1, wherein at least one of the surface portions lies in a first plane that intersects the reference plane along a first line and at least one other of the surface portions lies in a second plane that intersects the reference plane along a second line thai is transverse to the first line.
6. The device as recited in claim 5, wherein the first line is perpendicular to the second line.
7. The device as recited in claim 1, wherein the asymmetric exterior surface is asymmetric about a first axis that is parallel to the slot and asymmetric about a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis.
8. A card reading device, comprising: a housing having an exterior surface at least partially in a plane; a notch that has a depth beyond the plane and a dimension for receiving at least a portion of a finger; a slot at least partially within the housing for receiving a card and having a first portion aligned with the notch and a second portion adjacent to the notch; and an electronic reader directly aligned with the notch in a direction of card insertion into the slot such that when a card is inserted within the slot, some of the card is covered by the second portion of the slot and another portion of the card including a machine readable portion is aligned with the first portion of the slot and accessible from outside the housing. 17.
9. The device as recited in claim 8, wherein the electronic reader reads the machine readable portion of the card in response to a trailing edge of the card passing the plane a sufficient distance to provide a complete read of the machine readable portion.
10. The device as recited in claim 9, wherein the electronic reader determines when the trailing edge of the card does not pass the plane a sufficient distance to provide a complete read and provides an alert indication in response to a number of incomplete reads that exceeds a threshold.
11. The device as recited in claim 8, wherein the exterior surface of the housing is at least one of noncontinuous or asymmetric.
12. The device as recited in claim 11, wherein the exterior surface includes a plurality of flat surface portions aligned at oblique angles relali ve to each other.
13. The device as recited in claim 8 wherein the dimension of the notch corresponds to a single human finger width. 18.
14. The device as recited in claim 8, wherein the exterior surface includes at least three distinct surface portions at three different oblique angles, respectively, relative to a reference plane thai is perpendicular to the direction of card insertion into the slot.
15. The device as recited in claim 8, wherein the asymmetric exterior surface is asymmetric about a first axis that is parallel to the slot and asymmetric about a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis.