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1. (WO1991020082) SYSTEM FOR REMOTING MANAGING A PLURALITY OF COMPUTER JUKEBOXES AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FROM A CENTRALIZED LOCATION
Latest bibliographic data on file with the International Bureau

Pub. No.: WO/1991/020082 International Application No.: PCT/US1991/003925
Publication Date: 26.12.1991 International Filing Date: 04.06.1991
IPC:
G07F 5/18 (2006.01) ,G07F 17/16 (2006.01) ,G07F 17/30 (2006.01) ,G11B 27/00 (2006.01) ,G11B 27/10 (2006.01) ,G11B 27/11 (2006.01) ,G11B 27/34 (2006.01) ,G11B 27/36 (2006.01)
G PHYSICS
07
CHECKING-DEVICES
F
COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
5
Coin-actuated mechanisms; Interlocks
18
specially adapted for controlling several coin-freed apparatus from one place
G PHYSICS
07
CHECKING-DEVICES
F
COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
17
Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
16
for devices exhibiting advertisements, announcements, pictures, or the like
G PHYSICS
07
CHECKING-DEVICES
F
COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
17
Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
30
for musical instruments
G PHYSICS
11
INFORMATION STORAGE
B
INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
27
Editing; Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Monitoring; Measuring tape travel
G PHYSICS
11
INFORMATION STORAGE
B
INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
27
Editing; Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Monitoring; Measuring tape travel
10
Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
G PHYSICS
11
INFORMATION STORAGE
B
INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
27
Editing; Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Monitoring; Measuring tape travel
10
Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
11
by using information not detectable on the record carrier
G PHYSICS
11
INFORMATION STORAGE
B
INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
27
Editing; Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Monitoring; Measuring tape travel
10
Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
34
Indicating arrangements
G PHYSICS
11
INFORMATION STORAGE
B
INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
27
Editing; Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Monitoring; Measuring tape travel
36
Monitoring, i.e. supervising the progress of recording or reproducing
Applicants:
ARACHNID, INC. [US/US]; 6421 Material Avenue Rockford, IL 61132-2901, US
Inventors:
MARTIN, John, R.; US
TILLERY, Michael, L.; US
ZAMMUTO, Samuel, N.; US
Agent:
MUSKAL, James, B.; Leydig, Voit & Mayer Two Prudential Plaza Suite 4900 Chicago, IL 60601-6780, US
Priority Data:
538,98115.06.1990US
Title (EN) SYSTEM FOR REMOTING MANAGING A PLURALITY OF COMPUTER JUKEBOXES AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FROM A CENTRALIZED LOCATION
(FR) SYSTEME SERVANT A GERER A DISTANCE PLUSIEURS JUKE-BOXES INFORMATISES INSTALLES EN DIFFERENTS LOCAUX, A PARTIR D'UN CENTRAL
Abstract:
(EN) A method and apparatus for managing a plurality of computer jukeboxes (30) at different locations, wherein a central control device (CCD) (10) communicates with each computer jukebox (30) via non-dedicated public telephone lines (20). Each computer jukebox (30) includes processor means (32) for controlling the computer jukebox (30), storage and retrieval means (33) for data, displays means (34) for selection menus, audio production means (35) for playing musical recordings, a converter for communicating via non-dedicated public telephone lines (20), and a user interface (36) enabling patrons to communicate with the processor means. The CCD (10) can be used to download musical recording data to each computer jukebox (30), and each computer jukebox (30) can upload usage data to the CCD (10). The present invention allows for an elimination of routemen usually required to update jukebox recordings and obtain jukebox usage information. Communication between the CCD (10) and the computer jukebox (30) occurs during off-hours of establishments housing the computer jukeboxes (30), thus avoiding interference with the establishments' use of their own phone lines. As an alternative, routemen may physically visit each computer jukebox (30) to load new musical recordings into the memory of each computer jukebox (30) and obtain the computer jukebox usage data from each computer jukebox (30).
(FR) L'invention se rapporte à un procédé et à un appareil qui permettent de gérer plusieurs juke-boxes informatisés (30) installés dans différents locaux et qui utilisent à cet effet un dispositif de commande central (CCD) (10) communiquant avec chacun des juke-boxes informatisés (30) par l'intermédiaire de lignes téléphoniques publiques non spécialisées (20). Chaque juke-boxe informatisé (30) contient un processeur (32) destiné à commander le juke-boxe informatisé (30), un organe de stockage et d'extraction de données (33), un organe d'affichage (34) affichant le menu des sélections possibles, un organe de production du son (35) servant à reproduire les enregistrements musicaux, un convertisseur servant à communiquer par l'intermédiaire des lignes téléphoniques publiques non spécialisées (20), ainsi qu'une interface d'utilisateur (36) permettant aux clients de communiquer avec l'organe processeur. Le central CCD (10) peut être utilisé pour transférer les données des enregistrements musicaux du central dans chaque juke-boxe informatisé (30) et chaque juke-boxe informatisé (30) peut effectuer le transfert des données relatives à son utilisation vers le central CCD (10). La présente invention permet ainsi d'éliminer le personnel itinérant habituellement requis pour mettre à jour les enregistrements contenus par les juke-boxes et pour obtenir les informations relatives à leur utilisation. Les communications entre le central CCD (10) et les juke-boxes informatisés (30) s'effectuent pendant les heures de fermetures des établissements dans lesquels sont installés les juke-boxes informatisés (30), ce qui permet d'éviter toutes interférences avec l'utilisation par ces établissements de leurs propres lignes téléphoniques. Dans une variante, on peut utiliser du personnel itinérant qui se rend physiquement auprès de chaque juke-boxe informatisé (30) pour charger les nouveaux enregistrements musicaux dans la mémoire de chacun des juke-boxes informatisés (30) et pour obtenir les données relatives à leur utilisation.
Designated States: AU, BR, CA, FI, HU, JP, KR, NO, PL, SU
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FR, GB, GR, IT, LU, NL, SE)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
AU1991080732