04900904 is referenced by 148 patents and cites 12 patents.

An automated transaction system employs portable rate cards having embedded memories for storing rate information corresponding to different services, and a terminal which receives an inserted rate card and operates to calculate the value of an item requested at the terminal by a user using the information stored in the rate card, and to dispense the requested item having the calculated value. In the preferred system, the rate cards are used for different postal carriers or different services of one carrier, and the item dispensed is a printed postmark corresponding to the value calculated and the selected carrier or service. The system also employs portable program cards which store programs for generating waybill forms used by different postal carriers or different postal services. The waybill generating program of a program card inserted in the terminal controls the display of the corresponding waybill form on the terminal display and the input of information to be printed on the resulting waybill.

Title
Automated transaction system with insertable cards for downloading rate or program data
Application Number
935244
Publication Number
4900904
Application Date
October 17, 1988
Publication Date
February 13, 1990
Inventor
Stephen Bristow
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Christopher B Wright
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Chong Leighton K
Assignee
Wright Technologies
CA, US
IPC
G06F 7/08
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