06854642 is referenced by 119 patents and cites 45 patents.

A highly integrated and flexible system for vending products and services to consumers. The system receives information in advance of the vend by having the consumer insert an identification (ID) card, preferably a driver's license, into a point-of-purchase terminal (referred to as an OSU device). The OSU device preferably contains an Optical Scanning Unit (OSU), capable of scanning the textual information on the ID card. In one embodiment, the scanned information is compared against optical templates present in the system to discern or verify the information on the ID card, and is then used by the system to enable or disable the vending transaction, and/or to allow access to several preregistered system accounts.

Title
System for vending products and services using an identification card and associated methods
Application Number
10/86764
Publication Number
6854642 (B2)
Application Date
October 19, 2001
Publication Date
February 15, 2005
Inventor
Heath W Rogers
Bloomington
IN, US
Erik S Peterson
Cypress
TX, US
Jacob H Gunther
North Logan
UT, US
Merlyn W Barth
St. Louis
MO, US
Robert J O Leary
Cypress
TX, US
Jonathan H Metcalf
Houston
TX, US
Agent
Wong Cabello Lutsch Rutherford & Brucculeri
Assignee
Chesterfield Holdings L L C
WA, US
IPC
G06F 017/00
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