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1. (WO2003079168) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION OF IDENTIFICATION AND FINANCIAL DOCUMENT PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2003/079168    International Application No.:    PCT/US2003/007756
Publication Date: Sep 25, 2003 International Filing Date: Mar 13, 2003
IPC: G06F 21/00
Applicants: DATACARD CORPORATION
Inventors: MORRISON, Michael, A.
JORDAN, James, A.
FREISE, Jon, E.
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION OF IDENTIFICATION AND FINANCIAL DOCUMENT PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
Abstract:
Improvements in security relating to the use of personalized document production equipment. The invention has particular use with respect to printers that are used to produce plastic cards, such as financial cards and identification cards. The invention prevents the unauthorized production of personalized documents through the use of stolen or fraudulently obtained production equipment or software. The equipment is locked until a user enters authorization data that matches authorization data stored in memory of the equipment. The equipment is able to power-up in the locked state, at which point the user is prompted to enter the authorization data. As a result, if the equipment is stolen, the thief is unable to operate the equipment without the necessary authorization data.