Network of fully automatic self-service key duplicating kiosks

  • US 8,532,809 B2
  • Filed: 01/16/2013
  • Issued: 09/10/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/03/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A network of self-service, fully-automatic kiosks for duplicating keys, said network comprisinga multiplicity of said kiosks at different locations,a remote central server coupled to said kiosks for receiving information from and sending information to said kiosks,each of said individual kiosks comprising:

  • a kiosk housing having a customer interface for receiving payment from a customer for the purchase of at least one duplicate of the customer'"'"'s key,a key-receiving entry in said housing for receiving at least a portion of the customer'"'"'s key to be duplicated,a key analysis system within said housing for analyzing the blade of a key inserted in said key-receiving entry to determine whether the inserted key matches one of a group of preselected key types and, if so, which preselected key type is matched,a key blank magazine within said housing for storing key blanks for each of said preselected key types,a key blank extraction system for extracting from said magazine a key blank for the preselected key type matched by the blade of said key inserted in said key-receiving entry,a key duplicating system within said kiosk for replicating the tooth pattern of the blade of said key inserted in said key-receiving entry, on the blade of said extracted key blank,a processor within said kiosk and coupled to at least said customer interface, said key analysis system and said key blank extraction system, anda communications port coupled to said processor for communicating with said remote central server in communications that include at leastinformation from said kiosk regarding the purchases made and attempted in said kiosk,information regarding the key blanks contained in said key blank magazine in said kiosk, andalert signals generated in response to operations conducted within the kiosk.

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