Computer controlled system providing functions within a laundromat facility

  • US 5,424,940 A
  • Filed: 04/28/1994
  • Issued: 06/13/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer controlled system providing customer access to, control and monitoring of self service apparatuses providing functions within a laundromat facility, the system comprising:

  • a plurality of apparatuses within the laundromat facility for providing specific respective laundromat functions;

    programmable computer means;

    means for storing and retrieving data in nonvolatile storage coupled to the computer means;

    at least one validating means for accepting and validating respective customers'"'"' payments;

    means for providing customer account information to respective customers;

    means, including program means in said computer means, for opening respective customers'"'"' accounts and generating respective customers'"'"' accounts;

    means, including program means in said computer means, to authenticate respective accounts at a site within the facility wherein the authenticated account is used to access various ones of the apparatuses; and

    means coupled to said computer means and responsive to signals therefrom for activating respective ones of the apparatuses.

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