Microcomputerized miniature postage meter
Relating to postal franking machines
Apparatus for preparing mail pieces
Automated transaction system
Secure vault having electronic indicia for a value printing system
Computerized integrated electronic mailing/addressing apparatus
Franking machine, with printing device external to secure housing
ApplicationNo. 028498 filed on 02/24/1998
US Classes:705/408Specific printing
ExaminersPrimary: Sough, Hyung S.
Assistant: Dixon, Harold A.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 017/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1997-03-13 DE
AbstractA mail processing system has a printing machine base station controlled via a personal computer. A printhead for a purely electronic printing is driven by a printing control electronics and, together with a conveyor unit, forms which is adaptable to items of differing thicknesses printing station for mixed mail processing. The components of the personal computer are in communication via a PC system bus and include a security arrangement that is connected to the PC system bus via a parallel input/output interface and is connected to the printing machine base station via at least one fast interface. The fast interface is a specific data transmission unit for fast serial data transmission to the specific interface unit and/or to the printing control electronics of the machine base. The security arrangement contains a user-specific hardware circuit with units for the implementation of accounting and security functions. The hardware circuit is connected to non-volatile memory modules and to a security processor that is programmed with a non-readable program in order to implement at least one security function.