|Title of Invention||
AN AUTOMATED BANKING MACHINE APPARATUS
|Full Text||FORM 2
THE PATENTS ACT 1970
[39 OF 1970]
The Patents Rule, 2003
[See Section 10 and Rule 13]
"AUTOMATED BANKING MACHINE SYSTEM AND
DIEBOLD INCORPORATED, of 5995 Mayfair Road, North Canton, Ohio 44720, United States of America,
The following specification particularly describes the nature of the invention and the manner in which it is to be performed:-
AUTOMATED BANKING MACHINE SYSTEM AND METHOD
This invention relates to automated banking machines. Specifically
this invention relates to an automated banking machine apparatus and system
5 that is operative to independently and simultaneously provide user interfaces at
both a consumer and a service display or other multiple user displays.
Automated banking machines are well known. A common type of
automated banking machine used by consumers is an automated teller machine
10 ("ATM"). ATMs enable customers to carry out banking transactions.
Common banking transactions that may be carried out with ATMs include the
dispensing of cash, the receipt of deposits, the transfer of funds between
accounts, the payment of bills and account balance inquiries. The types of
banking transactions a customer can carry out are determined by capabilities of
15 the particular banking machine and the programming of the institution
operating the machine. Other types of automated banking machines may
allow customers to charge against accounts, to transfer fiinds and/or to cash
checks or redeem other types of items. Other types of automated banking
machines may print or dispense items of value such as coupons, tickets,
20 wagering slips, vouchers, checks, phone cards, smart cards, food stamps,
money orders, scrip or traveler's checks. For purposes of this disclosure a
reference to an automated banking machine or an automated transaction
machine shall encompass any device which carries out transactions including
transfers of value.
25 ATMs have been developed which include both a front consumer user
station and a rear service or maintenance user station. Each user station iTir.hides corresDondine front and rear display devices and input devices. The
front consumer user station typically includes a front consumer display that is publicly viewable and accessible. The front consumer display is generally associated with input devices such as a keypad and function keys which enable a consumer to perform transactions with the ATM. The rear maintenance user station is typically orientated in a position or location that is only accessible to individuals who maintain or service the ATM. Because the rear user station is generally used for maintenance purposes, it typically includes a rear maintenance display with access to the operating system and maintenance software. The rear maintenance display is typically associated with one or more computer input devices such as a full keyboard and a mouse device.
In systems with dual displays, the maintenance display (alternatively referred to herein as a rear display) is controlled by the operating system and provides access to a computer shell, window, or other standardized interface to the operating system of the ATM. The consumer display (alternatively referred to herein as a front display) is typically a "slave" device that is controlled by a terminal software program using proprietary drivers. If the terminal software program terminates, the proprietary drivers are no longer available to output new consumer screens to the front display device. Consequently, the front display typically goes blank or shows a frozen screen, while the rear display may remain active and responsive to inputs from the associated keyboard and/or mouse.
Because the front screen is a "slave" device that is dependent on proprietary drivers for output, a servicer cannot use the front screen to run and interact with conventionally written programs. Only programs that are operatively programmed to access the hardware specific proprietary drivers of the display will have the. ability to output a user interface on the front display. Such a design requires a more complex terminal software program with operative low level hardware dependent programming. In addition, if a different display hardware is implemented for the ATM, the terminal control
software must be rewritten to interface with the new proprietary drivers that correspond to the new display hardware.
Consequently there exists a need for an ATM with terminal control
software that is less complex to develop. There further exists a need for an
5 ATM with terminal control software that can output user interfaces on two or
more displays without being tied to specific proprietary display drivers.
The consumer displays of ATMs typically do not have associated input
devices such as full keyboards and pointing devices.. Any program that can be
accessed through the front display must be operatively programmed to accept
10 inputs from more limited input devices, such as keypads, touch screens, and
function keys. To enable programs to be accessible from both the front and
rear displays, separate front and rear interface programs may be created for
dual display ATMs. Each of the front and rear interface programs are written
to accept inputs from the specific types of input devices associated with the
15 respective, front and rear displays. For example a mouse device has the ability
to easily move to and click a specific user interface element placed anywhere
on a user interface window. This functionality enables ATM terminal
software programmers to use a complex assortment of user interface elements
such as scroll bars, buttons, list boxes, hypertext links, text boxes, tab controls,
20 tree views and option buttons. Although such user interfaces are easily .
manipulated with a mouse at the rear display of an ATM, such user interfaces
are very difficult to work with at the front display due to the more limited
nature of available input devices such as function keys and keypad buttons.
Thus when a maintenance software program is required to be accessed
25 from the front consumer display of the ATM, a separate front user interface
program must be developed which is less complex and more easily accessed
by input devices typically found in association with the front consumer
display. Developing different user interface programs responsive to different
input devices can consume a significant amount of programming effort.
30 Consequently, there exists a need for an ATM programing architecture that
reduces the need to develop separate user interface programs for both the consumer and servicer displays of an ATM.
ATM applications have been developed using a plurality of different
operating systems such as Microsoft® Windows® NT and IBM® OS/2®. In
5 addition for each targeted operating system more than one type of application
development tool or version of the tools may be used. For example with a
Microsoft® Windows® NT operating system different C++ compilers from
Microsoft®, IBM and other tool providers may be used to build ATM
10 Unfortunately, when developing. ATM applications different sets of
source code must be written and maintained for each targeted operating system
platform and software development tool. Although much of the source code is
the same or similar for each targeted platform, incompatibilities between the
operating systems platform and the foundation classes of the development
15 tools typically require different sets of source code to be written. Maintaining
completely separate sets of source code for each targeted platform decreases
the productivity of ATM software developers. Consequently there exists a
need for a method for developing ATM applications for different platforms
arid for different development tools that decrease the amount of duplicate code
20 that must be written and tested.
When multiple developers are working to maintain ATM applications
targeted for different platforms, each development workstation must include at
least one installation of a development tool that is capable of compiling and
building the ATM application. Although it maybe desirable to install more
25 than one development tool on a development workstation, in many cases the
incompatibilities between different compilers and their configuration on a
workstation makes it impractical to do so. Consequently there exists a need
for a system of developing platform specific applications which enables a
developer of ATM applications to more easily compile an application with
30 different compilers from the same development workstation station.
Also, when more than one developer is working on a common set of
ATM source code, there exists the possibility that one developer may be using
a different version or configuration of a development tool than another
developer. When this occurs, unobvious bugs can be introduced into ATM
5 applications. Although this problem can be solved by having each developer
run a shared compiler from a network source rather than from a local hard
drive installation, development tools that are run from a network tend to be
relatively slow and result in a decrease in programer productivity.
Consequently there exists a need for a system.for developing platform specific
10 ATM applications that reduces the opportunity for different developers to
inadvertently compile a common set of applications with different versions of a compiler.
DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION
It is an object of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention to
15 provide an automated banking machine at which a user may conduct
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide an automated banking machine that may be operated through a
plurality of user stations:such as either a front user station or a rear user
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide an automated banking machine that may provide both a front
publicly available consumer display and a fear non-public maintenance
25 It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide an automated banking machine with a simplified programming architecture for the development of terminal control software and maintenance software for a multiple display machine.
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide an automated banking machine with terminal control software that
does not require hardware specific programming for proprietary display
5 It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide an automated banking machine with terminal control software that does not require multiple user interfaces, to be developed for different sets of input devices at the front and rear displays.
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
10 to provide a method of developing automated banking machine applications
for different platforms that reduces the amount of duplicated source code that must be written and maintained.
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide a method of developing automated banking machine applications
15 for different platforms that enables a more practical and productive method of
using multiple development tools from the same development workstation.
It is a further object of an exemplary embodiment the present invention
to provide a method of developing automated banking machine applications
for different platforms that reduces the risk that multiple developers will
20 accidently build and compile shared source code with different versions of a
Further objects of the present invention will be made apparent in the
following Best Modes for Carrying Out Invention and the appended claims.
The foregoing objects are accomplished in an exemplary embodiment
25 of the invention by an ATM that includes at least two user stations in operative
connection with a computer. A first one of the user stations includes at least
one publicly available display device and at least one publicly available input
device. A second one of the user stations includes at least one non-publicly
available display device and at least one non-publicly available input device.
30 In the exemnlarv embodiment the first user station is generally configured as a
consumer user station, where customers of the ATM can perform transaction
functions with the ATM. The second user station is generally configured as a
service or maintenance user station, where servicers of the ATM can perform
maintenance related functions with the transaction function devices and
5 software applications of the ATM. In one exemplary embodiment the first
consumer user station is generally located at the front of the ATM while the
second maintenance user station is generally located at the rear of the ATM.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes output
devices such as a display screen and/or an audio system. The,exemplary
10 embodiment further includes input devices such as a touch screen keypad,
mouse, touch pad, trackball, pointer, biometric scanners and/or speech
recognition system. The ATM further includes transaction function devices
such as a dispenser mechanism for sheets of currency or other sheets, printer
mechanisms, a card reader and/or writer, a check or other document readers, a
15 depository mechanism and other transaction function devices that are used by
the machine in carrying out transactions. In the exemplary embodiment the
computer is in operative connection with each of the output devices and the
input devices as well as with the sheet dispenser mechanism, card reader and
other physical transaction function devices in the ATM.
20 Each of the display and input devices for the front consumer and rear
maintenance user stations is generally controlled through the operating system
of the computer. For one embodiment of the present invention, the input
devices for the consumer user station include function keys and a keypad.
However, in general a consumer user station may include any input device
25 which allows a consumer to interact with the ATM to perform transactions
representative of transfers of value. The maintenance user station of this
described embodiment includes other computer type input devices such as a
full keyboard and mouse. However, in general the maintenance user station
may include any input device that enables a servicer to readily maintain and
30 configure an ATM.
In the exemplary embodiment the operating system is placed in a mode
which is operative to output a desktop shell environment which produces a
visual field that spans both the first and second display monitors. Such a
visual field output is referred to herein as a desktop environment or desktop.
5 The first display outputs a first portion of the operating system desktop
environment and the second display outputs a second portion of the desktop
environment. This dual monitor feature effectively increases the size of the
desktop. When a mouse or other pointer device is moved across the desktop
responsive to the physical movement of a.mouse device, the corresponding
10 pointer will automatically jump between display devices responsive to which
portion of the desktop environment the mouse pointer is located. Regardless
of which monitor is outputting a particular window for an application, the
application will receive keyboard inputs. Such capability can be used in an
automated banking machine to use several discrete display devices to provide
15 a single large output. This can be used to advantage particularly to provide a
large consumer display. Compared to the cost of purchasing a single very large monitor, using multiple relatively smaller monitors provides a relatively inexpensive method for increasing the amount of desktop real estate.
Exemplary embodiments of the present invention take advantage of
20 platforms which offer multiple monitors by configuring and orientating the
monitors in an alternative manner. Rather than placing monitors adjacent to
each other to effectively increase the size of the working display for a single
user, the exemplary embodiment may use each display device as a separate
user station, with one publicly available to consumers and one privately
25 available to servicers.
In this manner a consumer terminal control software application is
operative to output a consumer user interface in the first portion of the desktop
being output through a front consumer display device. A maintenance
program is operative-to output a maintenance user interface in the portion of
30 the second desktop being output by the rear maintenance display device. Even
though the computer and operating system of the ATM is outputting a
common desktop, a consumer can perform transactions using the consumer
user interface on the first portion of the desktop while a servicer can
simultaneously perform maintenance functions with the maintenance user
5 interface on the second portion of the desktop.
In the exemplary embodiment when a pointer input device such as a
mouse or track ball is connected to the computer adjacent the rear maintenance
display, the computer is operatively programmed to prevent the associated
mouse pointer display output from moving from the second portion of the.
10 desktop to the first portion of the desktop. This behavior is achieved in the.
exemplary embodiment by employing a software feature referred to as a hook
application which processes mouse messages prior to the operating system
moving the mouse pointer. When the hook application determines that a
mouse input corresponds to a movement of the mouse pointer from the second
15 portion of the desktop to the first portion of the desktop, the hook application
is operative to maintain the location of the mouse pointer on the second
portion of the desktop. This behavior prevents the outputting of a mouse
pointer on the front consumer display. Thus when a servicer is using the
mouse with the rear maintenance display, a consumer will not be able to view
20 the mouse pointer.
In exemplary embodiments of the present invention the consumer
display device may include a touch screen input device adjacent the front of
the display. The touch screen enables a user to generate pointer type input
signals by touching or sliding a finger adjacent the device. The previously
25 discussed exemplary hook application may also be used to prevent the mouse
pointer from jumping to portions of the desktop that corresponds to the user's touch screen inputs.
In addition the default behavior of a computer system connected to a
touch screen input device is often operative to send a signal to the operating
30 system to move the input focus to the application window being touched. For
example if the user at the front consumer display touches a portion of the
touch screen that corresponds to a user interface screen, the touch screen may
send the operating system a message to give the consumer user interface input
focus. When the consumer user interface gets the input focus with a touch
5 screen input, any application a servicer maybe using with the rear
maintenance display will lose input focus. For example, if a servicer is typing information using a keyboard into a maintenance user interface, all keystrokes will be lost when the input focus switches to the consumer user interface.
The exemplary embodiment solves this problem by being operatively
10 programmed to monitor events which move the input focus to a consumer user
interface application. When such events occur, the computer is operatively
programmed to automatically return the input focus to the maintenance user
interface application which previously had the input focus. In one exemplary
embodiment this functionality is achieved by using a hook application like thai
15 previously mentioned in connection with mouse messages. In other exemplar)
embodiments, consumer user interface applications are operatively programmed to invoke a return focus method in response to receiving the input focus.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention is operative to
20 display corresponding user interface windows for an application on either the
rear maintenance screen or the front consumer display. This feature enables a
servicer to perform maintenance operations with a maintenance application
while standing adjacent either the front display or rear display of the ATM. In
some machines transaction function devices are maintained and serviced at the
25 rear of the machine. However, the ability to test and diagnose problems with
transaction function devices from the front of the ATM is beneficial. For
example by standing at the front of the ATM, the servicer can test the
dispensing ability of a cash dispenser or printer. The servicer may also test the
input ability of devices such as a card reader or depositor. By operating
30 maintenance software from the front consumer display the servicer can better
diagnose and repair problems from the perspective of a consumer. Also in
machines that have consumer displays and maintenance displays on the same
side of the machines there are situations in which it may be advantageous for a
servicer to perform service functions using the customer display and input
Unfortunately, many consumer input devices are not of the same type
or do not have the same capabilities as input devices adjacent the maintenance
display. For example, a mouse or other pointer device is not typically
available to a servicer at the consumer display of the ATM. Thus a
10 maintenance user interface that includes user interface elements such as drop
down list boxes and scroll bars would be very difficult to use with consumer input devices such as function keys.
One approach to solving this problem is to write a separate
maintenance application with a user interface that corresponds to input devices
15 for either the consumer or maintenance user station of an ATM. However,
such an approach may double the amount of maintenance software that is
required to service an ATM. The exemplary embodiment of the present
invention includes a software architecture that reduces the need to write
separate user interfaces for different combinations of input devices. User
20 interfaces developed in the exemplary embodiment employ documents which
include hardware independent pommand instructions for generating user
interface elements. These instructions are interpreted differently by a.
document viewer user interface program responsive to the input devices
associated with the particular user station that are used to interact with the user
For example a command instruction to generate a command option is
interpreted by the document viewer at the rear maintenance display as a mouse
clickable button. However, the same instruction for the consumer display is
output by the document viewer as a function key indicator which points to
30 which physical function key is operative to trigger the command option.
In the exemplary embodiment software applications for performing
maintenance tasks with the automated transaction machine include hardware
specific functions which are decoupled from the user interface documents. In
this manner the user interface portions of the software and the hardware
5 specific functions can be independently developed and maintained. In the
exemplary embodiment the user interface documents include XML formatted
command instructions which define features of the user interface. The
hardware functions are placed in event processor DLLs which are called by the
document viewer in response to a user interface event. The user interface
10 command instruction in addition to defining features of the user interface also
specifies which event processors are to be called in response to user interface events.
The exemplary document viewer is operative to output a corresponding
user interface for the front and rear displays responsive to the types of input
15 devices that are available adjacent thereto or which are designed to be
operatively interactive therewith. This feature enables- a developer of ATM
software to concentrate on the features of the user interface without lost time
developing different versions of the user interfaces for different types of input
• devices. Thus a developer can implement a single document with command
20 instructions that define the desired functionality of a user interface. The
exemplary document viewer responsive to this single document will generate
different user interfaces based on the capabihties of the display and associated
input devices. In the exemplary embodiment the document viewer is
configured with a listing of which input devices are associated with which
25 display device. The user interfaces are generated responsive to this input
device configuration listing.
In addition the exemplary embodiment of the present invention is
further operative to simplify the development of language specific user
interfaces. In general, automated transaction machines have included different
30 sets of user interface screens for each human language that is desired for the
ATM. Any changes in layout or functionality to the user interface require that
each alternative language specific user interface be updated as well. The
exemplary embodiment is operative to simplify this process by associating
identification values with each user element defined in a user interface
5 document. Such documents also include text labels for individual user
interface elements which may be in a default language such as English. The
exemplary process simplifies translations by substituting command
instructions with labels in one human language for corresponding command
instructions with labels in another human language based on a determination
10 of matching identification values.
In one exemplary embodiment the alternative command instructions
with translated labels are saved in language specific documents with the same
name as the primary document but located in language specific subdirectories.
When the document viewer generates a user interface, it is operative to
15 determine a target language for the user interface. The document viewer then
locates at least one alternative language document which may have the same
name as the primary document. The document viewer then substitutes all
command instructions in the default language of the user interface document
with corresponding commarid instructions in an alternative language document
20 based on matching ID values. Alternative embodiments may employ other
methods of storing associated alternative language labels, including placing the alternative language labels in the primary, document.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention is designed to be
backward compatible with prior art ATMs. In particular the exemplary
25 embodiment is operative to generate a consumer user interface responsive to
escape code sequences received from a remote host computer which define the
, layout and functionality of the consumer user interface. In prior systems the
terminal control software drives the output of a "slave" display device
responsive to the escape code sequences. The exemplary embodiment is
30 operative to output the consumer user interface by generating the user interface
on the portion of the desktop being output through the consumer display. By taking advantage of high level drawing libraries'of the certain operating
systems, the present invention eliminates the need to write code targeted to.
specific proprietary slave drivers. In embodiments of the present invention
that run on a Windows® 2000 type platform, high level interfaces such as
Direct Draw and Direct Show can be used to generate the consumer user
5 interface. Consequently any graphics board, video board, MPEG hardware or
other display device that includes Direct Draw and Direct Show drivers may be used with the exemplary terminal control software to generate consumer user interfaces.
In systems with "slave" consumer displays, when the terminal control
10 software exits prematurely or locks up, the consumer user interface becomes
inoperative. However the default behavior of dual monitor configurations is
that if the terminal control software exits prematurely, the background of the
desktop may be visible and accessible by users of the consumer display. This
behavior may be undesirable for ATM applications. Consequently the
15 exemplary embodiment includes a blank screen application that is operative to
independently generate a blank screen which covers the area of the desktop
being output by the consumer display device. In one exemplary embodiment
the blank screen output is located in a layer that is between the consumer user
interface and the desktop, such that when the user interface is shut down or
20 terminates, the blank screen will be the top application and will hide the
In other exemplary embodiments the blank screen application is
operative to receive screen data from either the terminal control software or
maintenance application software. The blank screen application generates a
25 corresponding consumer or maintenance user interface responsive to the
screen data on the portion of the desktop being output by the consumer
display. When the terminal control software exits, the blank screen can be
sent an exit message which prompts the blank screen application to display a
blank user interface with a message indicating that the ATM is out-of-service.
30 Also when the maintenance application requires the ATM to be taken offline,
the maintenance application is also operative to send the blank screen
application a message which prompts the blank screen application to display a similar out-of-service message with the consumer display device. Further embodiments of the present invention are operative to receive escape code sequences from a host corresponding to outputting Unicode fonts, palettized windows, MPEG videos, HTML documents, and other multimedia files or indicia that can be output on a portion of the operating system desktop.
The exemplary, embodiment of the present invention may be used in conjunction with a method of building and compiling ATM source code that is targeted for different platforms. Rather than having each development workstation include one or more local copies of different types and versions of development tools, in the exemplary embodiment the compiler for each development tool is organized and stored on a separate removable medium such as a CD-ROM, Zip disk or any other portable storage device.
When the developer wishes to compile ATM source code, the workstation is placed in operative connection with the portable medium and a configuration script for the particular type and version of the compiler is executed. The configuration script modifies the workstation in a manner which enables the workstation to run the compiler from the portable medium. When a new compiler is required, the original portable medium is rendered operatively disconnected from the workstation and a second portable medium with the new compiler stored thereon is placed in operative connection with the workstation. The corresponding configuration script for the new compiler is executed on the workstation enabling the workstation to compile ATM source code using the new compiler on the second portable medium.
For example, in one exemplary embodiment, a Microsoft® C++ compiler is stored on a first CD in such a manner than it may be executed from one or more workstations after running a corresponding first configuration script. In addition an IBM C++ compiler is stored on a second CD in such a manner that it may be executed from one or more workstations after running a corresponding second configuration script. When developers wish to compile ATM source code with any one of the compilers, they must place the desired
CD into their workstation's CD reader and run the corresponding configuration script.
In the exemplary embodiment each compiler from each CD or other
portable medium is executed responsive to a standard make instruction set.
5 The standard make instruction set is adapted for use with a plurality of
different targeted ATM platforms and versions of development tools. Thus the standard make is operative to have the compiler include the correct set of libraries that correspond to the.targeted platform or version of development tool. In this manner the platform specific code is separated into independent
10 " hbraries from the common source code that is compatible with each platform. Consequently ATM developers are enabled to generate common source code for a plurality of different ATM platforms. When the targeted application is compiled, the standard make file is operative to make sure the correct platform specific libraries are linked and integrated into the desired platform specific
15 distribution of the ATM application.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS Figure 1 is a perspective view of a first exemplary embodiment of an ATM system of the present invention.
Figure 2 is a schematic view of an exemplary embodiment of an ATM
20 system of the present invention.
Figure 3 is a schematic view representative of the relationship between the exemplary display devices of the present invention and an operating system desktop environment.
Figure 4 is a schematic view representative of an exemplary front and
25 rear maintenance user interface being output responsive to a single common
user interface document.
Figure 5 is a schematic view representative of an exemplary document architecture for language translations.
Figure 6 is a further schematic view representative of an exemplary
30 document architecture for language translations.
Figure 7 is a schematic view representative of an exemplary screen output software application of the present invention.
Figure 8 is a schematic view representative of an exemplary software
and hardware architecture which provides backward compatibility with
5 existing host banking systems.
Figure 9 is a schematic view of a system and method for compiling source code for a plurality of ATM platforms.
Figure 10 is perspective view of an. alternative exemplary embodiment
of the present invention with multiple consumer..user stations.
10 Figure 11 is perspective view of an alternative exemplary embodiment
of the present invention with a consumer advertisement display,
BEST MODES FOR CARRYING OUT INVENTION
Referring now to the drawings and particularly to Figure 1, there is
shown therein a perspective schematic view of an automated banking machine
15 10 of one exemplary embodiment of the present invention. The exemplary
automated banking machine 10 includes at least two user stations 12 and 14 at
which users can interact with the machine 10. Each user station includes at
least one output device, 16 and 18 in operative connection with the machine
10. Examples of output devices include audio devices such as speakers,
2C display devices such as CRT monitors and LCD screens, or any other type of
device capable of outputting a visual, audible, or other sensory perceptible
user interface. The output devices 16 and 18 may also encompass ports, buses
and/or wireless transmitters which are operative to output electronic
representations of user interfaces to external devices such as headphones,
25 computers, terminals, mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, or any other device that
is operative to convert electro-magnetic, optical or other signals into a perceptible user interface.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention each user station
also includes at least one input device such as a touch screen sensing array,
30 keypad, function keys, pointing device, microphone or other device that is
operative to accept input signals from a user of the machine 10. As with the
exemplary output devices, the exemplary input devices for the present
invention may also encompass ports, buses and/or wireless receivers which are
operative to receive electronic representations of user inputs from external
5 devices such as computers, terminals, mobile phones, laptops, PDAs,
microphones or any other device that is operative to convert user inputs into electro-magnetic, optical or other signals.
For each user station, each display device is generally associated with
at least one adjacent input device. In the exemplary embodiment the first user
10 station 12 is located at the front of the machine, and is primarily intended for
use by consumers to perform transactions. The display device 16 is operative
to output a user interface 28 that includes a plurality of selectable options for
operating the machine. The exemplary front display device 16 is associated
with input devices such as a keypad 20 and function keys 22 which enable a
15 consumer to interact with the user interface 28.
In the exemplary embodiment the second user station 14 is generally
located at the rear of the machine and is primarily intended for use by
authorized users for the maintenance and servicing of the machine. The
display device 18 is operative to output a user interface 30 that includes a
20 plurality of selectable options for the maintenance, configuration and servicing
of the machine. The display device 18 also provides authorized users with
access to a shell, window or command prompt for interacting with functions
provided by the operating system of the machine 10. Because the complexity
of the input requirements for servicing and configuring the machine are
25 generally higher than for conducting consumer transactions, the rear user
station 14 may include .different and/or relatively more flexible input devices than the front user station such as a full keyboard 26 and a pointing device 24.
The automated banking machine 10 further includes a plurality of
transaction function devices that enable the consumer to perform transactions.
30 Examples of such transaction function devices include a sheet or cash
dispenser 32, depositor 34, receipt printer 36, and card reader 38. These
transaction function devices are exemplary and embodiments of the invention
may include other types and combinations of transaction function devices. In
the exemplary embodiment of the present invention a servicer is also enabled
to operate, maintain and troubleshoot the transaction function devices using an
5 appropriate user interface at either the front or rear user stations.
Figure 2 is representative of a schematic view of one exemplary
embodiment of the present invention. Here the automated banking machine
40 includes at least one computer 42. Each of the display devices 44,46 and
input devices 48,50 of the respective.usenstations 52*.-54 are in operative
10 connection with the computer 42. The transaction function devices 60 are also
in operative connection with the computer. The exemplary embodiment of the
machine 40 is further in operative connection with a device for communicating
with a remote host banking system 56 for purposes of authorizing transactions,
performing inquiries, transferring value and communicating any other types of
15 status, command and authorization messages with the host system.
The exemplary machine 40 includes a plurality of software
applications operative in the computer 42. The software applications include a
plurality of terminal control software components 58 which are operative to
generate user interfaces with the display devices 44,46, to process inputs from
20 input devices 48, 50, to communicate with the host banking system and to
control the operation of transaction function devices 60. The exemplary
terminal control software components include a consumer software application
62 which is operative to generate a consumer user interface for output through
the front or consumer display device 44. The terminal control software
25 components also include a maintenance software application 64 which is
operative to generate a maintenance user interface for output through the rear or maintenance display device 46.
Although the consumer user interface is typically output with the front
display device 52 and a maintenance user interface is typically output with the
30 rear display device 46, it is to be understood that in the exemplary
embodiments of the present invention the consumer software application may
further be operative to output a consumer user interface with the rear display
46 and the maintenance software application may further be operative to
output a maintenance user interface with the front display 44. As will-be
discussed further herein, embodiments of the exemplary terminal control
:> software may further include a screen output software apphcation 66, a mouse
messages hook 68 and a document viewer software application 69.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, software
components, documents, configuration values, data stores and any other
portion of software ordata that comprises the terminal control software is
10 stored in at least one data store 70 that is in operative connection with the
computer 42. The data store may include a local file system or database.
However in alternative embodiments the data store may be located on a
network and may be accessed through one or more server computers and
server software applications.
15 The exemplary embodiment of the present invention is operative to
output a desktop environment of the computer's operating system that spans at
least two display devices. Figure 3 is representative of an exemplary dual
display configuration for the machine. For purposes of showing the
relationship between the operating system's desktop environment and the
20 display devices, Figure 3 shows the consumer display device 80 which in this
embodiment is a front display on the machine, adjacent the maintenance
display device 82 which in this exemplary embodiment is a rear display.
However, it is to be understood that in exemplary embodiments of the present
invention the front and rear displays may be orientated such that the output of
25 both displays may not be viewable at the same time from a single vantage
point. It should also be understood that in some embodiments the front and/or rear displays may comprise a plurality of displays or other devices which are spanned by a designated portion of the desktop.
As shown in Figure 3, in the exemplary embodiment the computer of
30 the machine is operative to output a first portion 86 of the desktop
environment 84 through the first display device 80. The computer is further
operative to output a second portion 88 of the desktop environment 84 through
the second display device 82. In one exemplary embodiment the computer
includes an operating system such as Microsoft® Windows® 2000 which
provides built-in operating system support for multiple monitors, however the
5 present invention encompasses the use of any operating system and/or video
hardware that includes support for multiple monitors.
In general, multiple monitor support in an operating system and/or
video display hardware enables the user interface of any single application to
be moved from a first monitor to a second monitor by dragging the user
10 interface with a pointing device from one portion of the desktop to another
portion of the desktop. The effective increase in the size of the desktop provides more desktop real estate for additional windows and applications to run "without overlapping.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention uses the multiple
15 monitor support of the operating system and/or video hardware to create the
two previously described interfaces at the front and rear user stations. In a
typical configuration of the present invention, a user interface 92 generated by
a consumer software application is placed on the desktop portion 86 being
output by the front display device 80, while a user interface 94 generated by a
20 maintenance software application is placed on the desktop portion 88 being
output by the rear display device 82. The exemplary terminal control software components are operatively programmed to maintain the user interfaces 92, 94 within the coordinates that define respective desktop portions 86, 88,
A pointer device such as a mouse is operative to output a pointer
25 indicia 90 such as an icon, which generally can be moved between the first
desktop portion 86 and;the second desktop portion 88. With the present
exemplary embodiment this behavior may sometimes be undesirable because
it enables a servicer at the rear display device to move the mouse pointer to the
front display device which may at times be in use by a consumer. To prevent
' 30 this behavior the present exemplary embodiment uses the mouse message
hook schematically indicated 68. The mouse message hook is a software
component that in this embodiment suppresses pointer indicia. The message
hook is operative to intercept mouse type messages before the messages are
acted upon by the operating system. The mouse message hook is operatively
programmed to determine if the mouse message corresponds to the mouse
5 pointer moving to or being in the first portion 86 of the desktop. When such a
message is detected the mouse message hook is operative to maintain the
output of the mouse, pointer 90 on the second portion 88 of the desktop. When
the mouse message is determined to correspond to the mouse pointer staying
on the second portion 88 of the desktops the exemplary mouse message hook
10 is operative to allow the operating system to continue handling the event, and
the input messages from the mouse continue to be received by the operating
system to produce the indicia in the interface. It should be understood that
while in this embodiment the output indicia for a pointer position is
suppressed for an entire desktop portion, in other embodiments outputs may be
15 suppressed in other selected areas of the desktop and/or other output types may
Also with the use of multiple monitors, when a consumer taps a touch
screen device in operative connection to the front display device 80 or
provides other types of inputs, the customer user interface 92 at the front
20 display device 80 will be given input focus by the computer system in the
machine. In some circumstances this behavior is undesirable because
keystrokes being input into the maintenance user interface 94 at the rear
display 82 may be lost when the maintenance user interface 94 loses input
focus to the customer user interface 92.
25 The exemplary embodiment of the present invention is operative to
prevent this behavior by monitoring the focus change events or messages
which move the input focus from the maintenance user interface 94 on the rear
display device 82 to a consumer user interface 92 on the front display device.
In one exemplary embodiment one or more consumer software applications
30 are operative to detect when the focus is being moved to a consumer user
interface 92. If this event occurs the consumer software application is
operatively programmed to cause the computer to automatically move the
input focus back to the maintenance User interface 94 which previously had
input focus. Automatically returning input focus back to the original
maintenance user interface 94 has the effect of minimizing the loss of
5 keystrokes and other inputs for the maintenance user interface application.
In certain exemplary embodiments of the present invention it may be
desirable to enable a servicer to maintain and configure the automated banking
machine from the consumer user station as well as the maintenance user
station. However as a consequence of providing different types of input
10 devices at each user station it is often desirable to have-different user
interfaces for each user station. The different user interfaces are adapted for
interaction with the corresponding input devices that maybe associated with
or adjacent to that user station. Although customized user interfaces may be
programmed for each user station, the exemplary embodiment of the present
15 invention is operative to automatically output user interfaces targeted for
specific types of input devices based on a single common user interface document.
Figure 4 shows an example of different user interfaces 102 and 104
that can be produced from a common user interface document 100. In this
20 exemplary embodiment the computer includes a document viewer software
application 106 that is operative to retrieve one or more user interface
documents and output a corresponding user interface responsive to the types or
capabilities of the input devices designed to interact with the user interface.
For example the front display device 108 is associated with function key input
25 devices 110 and 111. The rear display device 112 is associated with a mouse
device 114. The exemplary embodiment of the document viewer software
application 106 is operative responsive to the document 100 to generate a first
maintenance user interface 102 that includes labels 116 and 118. The labels
116 and 118 indicate the function of adjacent function keys 110 and 111. In
30 addition the document viewer software application 106 is further operative
responsive to the document 100 to generate a second maintenance user
interface 112 that includes user interface elements such as a scroll bar 120 and buttons 122 that can be manipulated with mouse pointer 124 associated with the mouse device 114.
The user interface document 100 includes a plurality of command
5 instructions 126 that specify features that are to be included in each user
interface generated by the document. These command instructions 126 are
generally input device neutral, which enable the document viewer to determine
which types of user interface elements would best correspond to the command
instructions for particular types of input devices. Thus for a corresponding
10 action command instruction 127, the document viewer 106 is operative to
generate two or more different types of user interface elements. For example
at the front display device 108 with associated function keys 110, the
exemplary document viewer 106 is operative to generate a select label 132
which identifies the correct function key 134 to press to perform the action
15 specified by the command instruction 127. For the rear display device 112
with associated mouse device 114, the exemplary document viewer 106 generates a mouse clickable button 136 for the same action command instruction 127.
The command.instructions of the user interface document 100 are also
20 operative to specify one or more event processor software components 128.
Event processors 128 are operative to handle events that occur with respect to
user interfaces generated by the document viewer software application 106.
The event processors include software functions that are operative responsive
to user interface events to control hardware 130 such as transaction function
25 devices, and other software applications of the automated transaction machine.
For example, when a key pressed event or button-clicked event occurs which
corresponds to the command instruction action 127, the document viewer is
operative to call a specified event processor to process the event. The event
processor may be operatively programmed to manipulate hardware such as a
30 transaction function device (e.g. a cash dispenser). The event processor may
also send or retrieve information from a host, a database or other source. In
general exemplary event processors are operative to perform any function that can be performed by software applications executed m the computer responsive to user interface events.
The event processors may return data to the document viewer and may
5 manipulate the output of a user interface by the document viewer. For
example if an event processor determines that a user has initiated an event to
show a new user interface page or window, the event processor is operative to
have the document viewer load another user interface document that is
, representative of the new user interface page or window. In addition an event
10 processor is operative to manipulate.individual properties.of user interfaces
being output by the document viewer. Examples of such manipulations include the changing of the visibility of user interface elements or the modification of text within a label or text box.
Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are operative to
15 output user interfaces in a plurality of different human languages. Although
customized user interfaces may be programmed for each different human
language, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention is operative to
automatically translate a user interface responsive to the desired human
language of the user. Figure 5 shows an exemplary user interface document
20 150 that was originally designed to generate user interfaces in the human
language of U.S. English. The exemplary document viewer 152 is operative to
generate a first user interface 154 responsive to the document 150 in a display
device 160. Here the user interface document 150 includes an action
command instruction 158 that includes the U.S. English label "YES". If the
25 preferred natural language of the consumer using the machine is U.S. English,
the document viewer software application does not need to perform a
translation and the corresponding user interface element 156 is generated as a
button with the "YES" label. However, if the preferred natural language of the
consumer using the machine is a different language or dialect, the document
30 viewer responsive to both the parent user interface document 150 and a
corresponding translation user mterface document 159 is. operative to generate
a second user interface 162 that has been translated into the preferred language
of the consumer. Language selection can be made in a variety of ways in
embodiments of the invention. Language may be set by programming certain
terminal parameters: Alternatively users may have associated data accessible
5 in the system that corresponds to particular language data. Alternatively, the
machine may operate to allow user selection of language during a transaction sequence. Multiple language and dialect capabilities may be provided for both the consumer and maintenance-user interfaces.
In the exemplary embodiment language translation is accomplished
10 through the use of a plurality of translated user interface documents which
share the same file name but are stored in separate subdirectories. In general
the subdirectory names correspond to the translated language or dialect. Thus,
in the exemplary embodiment each set of transaction documents for a
particular language are stored in their own individual subdirectory on the
15 automated banking machine. However, it is to be understood that other
document storage systems may be used to organize language related user interface documents including a database and/or web server.
Figure 6 is representative of an exemplary listing of user interface files
170 showing their relative file system paths. Each language for a particular
20 country includes its own subdirectory. Dialects for a country's language are
stored in child subdirectories. Thus user interface documents for U.S. English
and U.K. English are stored in subdirectories such as "/english.usT 172 and
"/english.uk/" 173 respectively. User interface documents for a dialect of U.S.
English that includes common vernacular or slang may be stored in a child
25 subdirectory such as "/english.us/slang/" 176.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention the dialect
versions of user interface documents do not need to include a duplicate set of
command instructions as the parent user interface document. The dialect user
interface documents only need to include command instructions that have been
30 translated into a dialect or other language that is different than the parent
language. For example as shown in Figure 5 the U.S. English user interface.
document 150 includes command instructions 158 and 163 for generating both
a "Yes" button 156 and a "No" button 157 in the user interface 154. The
dialect user interface document 159 includes only a command instruction 161
for generating a "Yeah" button 164 in the translated user interface 162. The
5 dialect user interface document 159 does not need to include a command
instruction for generating the "No" button 165. The document viewer
generated the tcNo" button 165 using the original command instruction 163
from the parent user interface document 150. When generating the translated
user interface 162, the document viewer 150 is operative to combine or blend
10 the parent user interface document 150 for one language with the translated
user interface document 159 for a dialect of the one language.
However it is to be understood that in the exemplary embodiment the
document viewer is operative to replace command instructions in the parent
user interface document with command instructions in the dialect user
15 interface document which share the same identification value (ID). This
substitution is performed to avoid the unnecessary inclusion of both a Yes
button and a Yeah button in the same user interface for example. As shown in
Figure 5, the document viewer 152 is operative to substitute the "Yeah" button
for the "Yes" button by determining that both command instructions 158 and
20 161 include a common action ID value of "bl". As a result the document
viewer knows that the "Yeah" button is meant by the designer of the child user interface document 159 to replace the original "Yes" button 156.
Although the exemplary dialect user interface document 159 is shown
with less command instructions than the parent user interface document 150,
25 in the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the dialect user
interface document can include additional command instructions that do not
appear in the parent user interface document. Such additional command
instructions may be used to add additional images, text descriptions or other
action commands to the translated user interface 162 that are not found in the
30 parent user interface 154.
Although the exemplary translated user interface 162 is generated from
a combination or blending of command instructions from both the parent and
dialect user interface documents 150 and 159, the system maybe operative to
prevent certain command instructions from being inherited by the dialect user
5 interface by including one or more special characters in the command
instruction. In the exemplary embodiment the special characters are a series of
three periods "...". For example the parent user interface document 150
includes" the command instruction 166 with the three periods. When
generating the parent user interface 154, the document viewer is operative to
10 generate a corresponding user interface element 167 in the form of a button
labeled 'Help". However, because the command instruction 166 includes the three periods, the document viewer is operative to not include a Help button in the translated user interface 162.
Although only translations using only two documents have been
15 shown, it is to be understood that the above exemplary translation procedure
can be used for a plurality of language related documents. For example many
countries have a plurality of official languages. As a consequence a series of
translated user interface documents can be created which start with the most
commonly known language and is associated with progressively less well
20 known languages and dialects.
In alternative exemplary embodiments of the present invention, other
architectures for storing translated labels and/or command instructions maybe
used. For example in an alternative embodiment, the default user interface
document itself may include one or more translations for each command
25 instruction label in the user interface document. Such translations may be
stored in an XML hierarchy that includes a description of the translated language, the translation for the label, and the "ED" value of the command instruction the translated word or words are intended to translate.
It should further be understood that while the exemplary embodiment
30 is used in connection with visual outputs the principles described may be
applied to other output types and combinations of visual and other outputs.
For example, such principles may be applied to providing voice guided operation of an automated machine in selected languages and dialects.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, consumer and
maintenance applications are displayed through the front display device by
5 outputting a user interface screen or window for the application on the portio
of the desktop environment that is being output by the front display device.
conventional behavior of a multi-monitor configuration software often enabli
the desktop to be seen by a user when an application is not being displayed
over that portion of the desktop. Thus when a user interface application is
10 closed or exits prematurely, the underlying portion of the desktop environme
will be visible. This behavior is sometimes undesirable because it allows
consumers to see aspects of the underlying operating system architecture oi
automated transaction machine whenever the consumer program terminates.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention prevents the
15 underlying desktop from being displayed with the front display device by
using a screen output software application. Figure 7 is representative of
exemplary screen output software application 180, which is operative to
generate at least one user interface screen 182 over the entire area of the
desktop environment being output by the front display device 184. In the
20 exemplary embodiment the consumer interface software application or the
maintenance interface software application 188 are operative to pass
corresponding consumer and maintenance user interface screens to the scree
output application 180 for output on the front display device 182. In the
exemplary embodiment the screen output device uses a drawing API of the
25 operating system, such as Microsoft®^ Direct Draw and Direct Show, to
create screens 182 responsive to the consumer and maintenance user interfa application.
The screen output software of the exemplary embodiment is an
independent program: from the consumer and maintenance user interface
30 applications 186 and 188. By separating the screen output application 180
across process boundaries from other applications, the screen output is
operative to remain riirming and active when either, or both of the consumer
and maintenance user interface applications terminate unexpectedly due to an
error or other computerbug. The screen output application 180 is further
operative to detect when the consumer interface application 186 has
5 terminated. When this condition is detected, the screen output application 180
is operative to automatically cause the computer to display a screen 190, which
includes indicia representative of the ATM being out-of-service. Such
detection can occur in response to the consumer interface application 186
sending the screen output application 180 an exit message when it closes.
10 Also the detection can occur as a result of the screen output application 180
determining that a consumer interface application 186 is no longer running or
is no longer able to communicate with the screen output application 180. Such
an out-of-service screen in the embodiment shown has a size which generally
covers the entire area of that portion of the desktop being output by the front
15 display screen 184.
In the exemplary embodimerit when the automated transaction machine
is manually taken down for servicing, the maintenance interface application
188 is operative to send the screen output application 180 a message, which
prompts the screen output application to display the out-of-service screen 190.
20 When the servicer has completed servicing the machine, the maintenance
interface application is operative to send the screen output software a further message, which instructs the screen output application to redisplay screens for the consumer interface software application 186.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the exemplary
25 terminal control software components are backwardly compatible with older
versions of ATM terminal control software. Thus when the exemplary
embodiment of the present invention is substituted for an older prior art ATM,
the present invention is operative to communicate with a host banking system
in the Same manner as the prior art ATM and is operative to functionally
30 generate the same consumer user interface screens as the prior art ATM. To
is operative to process escape code sequence messages from the host like older ATMs.
For example some prior art ATMs include the ability to display
different color palettes responsive to escape code sequence messages. In the
5 prior art, computer displays are limited to displaying sets or palettes of 256
colors, out of a possible 16+ million colors. Some ATMs are operative to
perform palette animation, whereby the colors of the screen are quickly
changed between a plurality of different palettes to achieve certain visual
effects such as animation.
10 However, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention is operative to
output user interfaces in resolutions of 16+ million colors through both the
front and rear display devices. Although it is possible to configure the video
display of the front display device for only 256 colors, doing so may produce
undesirable color changes and artifacts in the rear display.
15 As shown in Figure 8, the exemplary embodiment of the present
invention includes the ability to simulate a palette type or
"palettized/consumer user interface", on a front display device configured for
nonpalettized resolutions. Palettization is achieved by first generating a
nonpalettized user interface screen 210, For each of the plurality of pixels
20 which make up the screen, the pixel color of the nonpalettized user interface
screen 210 has substituted therefore a pixel color selected from a palette 214.
The exemplary consumer user interface software application 212 is operative
to substitute a determined corresponding pixel color for each pixel selected
from a palette of 256 colors. The resulting palettized user interface screen 216
25 is then output through the front display device. The exemplary embodiment of
the present invention is thus enabled to continue accepting prior art palette escape code sequences and to generate corresponding simulated palettized. consumer user interfaces.
In addition to maintaining backward compatibility with prior art escape
30 code sequences, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention extends
the number of prior art escape code Sequences to include escape coae
sequences for generating consumer user interfaces with Unicode fonts and
HTML formatted screens. Such escape code sequences for displaying palettes,
Unicode fonts and HTML may be received from a host banking system 218 or
may be stored locally on the automated banking machine.
5 In addition to providing an ATM with a consumer user station and a
maintenance user station, alternative exemplary embodiments of the present
invention may provide an automated banking machine with a plurality of
similar or different types of user stations.. For example Figure 10 shows .an
exemplary ATM 300 with two consumer user stations:.3,02, 304. Each
10 consumer user station includes its own set of display devices 306,308, input
devices 310, 312, and transaction function devices 314, 316. Here the ATM
300 includes a computer that is operative to cause the display devices 306,308
to each display different portions 318 and 320 of a common desktop
environment. One or more Software applications operative in the computer
15 may then generate a consumer user interface in each desktop portion 318,320,
enabling a plurality of consumers to perform transaction functions at each user station at the same time with the ATM 300.
In addition to positioning each consumer user station adjacent to each
other as shown in Figure 10, further alternative exemplary embodiments may
20 have each consumer user station positioned on different sides of the ATM 300,
on different sides of a wall, in different rooms, or in any spatial relationship
that enables multiple consumers to perform banking transactions with the
ATM 300 simultaneously. For example, an exemplary ATM may be
configured with one user station that is positioned for use by consumers in a
25 standing position, while a second consumer user station may be configured
closer to the ground for consumers using a wheelchair.
Further exemplary embodiments of the present invention may be
configured with different types of consumer user stations. For example one
user station may be configured for performing conventual banking transactions
30 such as the withdrawing of cash, while one or more other consumer user
stations may be configured for other types of transactions such as purchasing tickets, bill payment, arid information retrieval.
Figure 1 l.shows another alternative exemplary embodiment of the
present invention. Here an exemplary ATM 340 includes a consumer user
5 station 342, and a presentation station 344. Each station includes a display
device 346, 348. A computer is operative to cause each display device 346,
348 to output different portions 349, 350 of a common desktop environment.
In this described exemplary embodiment, the presentation station is positioned
so that multiple consumers near the ATMxan see the advertisement display
10 device 348 while another consumeris using the consumer user station 342.
The ATM may then be operatively configured to output audio visual
presentations through the presentation display device 348 which are designed
to attract consumers to the ATM and/or are designed to advertise different
products and services to consumers waiting in line to use the ATM 340.
15 Alternatively multiple display devices may be used for other functions such as
for providing images of instruments such as checks being'deposited in the ATM, or checks, money orders or tickets being produced by the ATM.
The exemplary embodiment of the present invention may be used in
conjunction with a novel method for generating terminal control software
20 components for a plurality of different ATM platforms. Each development
tool compiler for each of a plurality of different targeted ATM platforms is
organized and stored on an individual portable medium in a form that enables
a developer workstation to execute the compiler from the portable medium. In
the exemplary embodiment, the portable medium is a CD-ROM disk.
25 However, in alternative exemplary embodiments any portable medium with
sufficient space to store an executable software compiler can be used. Other
exemplary portable mediums include DVD disks, optical magnetic disks, Zip
disks, PCMCI memory cards, static memory cards, flash memory cards and
removable hard disks. Alternatively other approaches to effectively
30 connecting and disconnecting a compiler from a workstation may be used.
Each portable medium is associated with a configuration script, that
when executed is operative to configure a workstation so as to be able to run
the compiler from the portable medium. In the exemplary embodiment the
configuration script is also stored on the portable medium as it is with the
5 corresponding compiler. However, in alternative embodiments the
configuration script may be stored on the workstation or on a shared network server.
As shown in Figure 9, portable mediums 254 and 256, with executable
compilers 262 and 264 stored thereon, maybe inserted into portable medium
10 readers 258 and 260 for each developer workstation 250 and 252. Each
workstation is operative to execute a configuration script 266 and 268 that
corresponds to the executable compiler on each portable medium'. After
executing the configuration script, the workstations are properly configured to
compile ATM source code by executing the compiler from the portable
In the exemplary embodiment, each workstation is operative to
communicate with a shared network server 270, which includes storage for a
standard make instruction set 272, platform specific libraries 274 and platform
neutral libraries 276. The platform specific libraries include ATM software .
20 components designed for use with specific ATM platforms. For example, the
platform specific libraries 274 may include both a Microsoft® NT library of
MPEG video display functions and an IBM OS/2 library of MPEG video
display functions. Each library is specifically designed to be incorporated in
forms of ATM software, targeted for different platforms such as either a
25 Microsoft® NT operating system or an IBM OS/2 operating system.
The platform neutral libraries include common ATM software
components that are operative for use with a plurality of different ATM
platforms. Such platform neutral libraries may include functions and classes
that reference common functions found in the platform specific libraries 274.
30 . For example, a video display platform neutral library may be operatively
programmed to interface with either the platform specific Microsoft® or IBM
MPEG video display functions. New software components that are designed to interface with the platform neutral libraries may then be reused in a plurality of different platform specific ATM applications.
In the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the standard
5 make instruction set 272 is operatively organized to specify which platform
specific and platform neutral libraries are associated with which targeted
automated transaction machine platforms. Each workstation 250 and 252 is
operative to compile with ATM source code for a particular ATM platform,
using their currently configured compiler 262 and 264, responsive to the
10 standard make instruction set 272. Consequently.each.workstationcan
compile a common source code component into a plurality of platform specific ATM components.
In the exemplary embodiment this process is accomplished by
generating the common source component for an automated transaction
15 machine. For a first targeted ATM platform, the developer places a first
portable medium in operative connection with his workstation. The first
portable medium includes a first executable compiler that is operative to
compile the generated source code for the first targeted ATM platform. The
developer runs a first configuration script that corresponds to the first
20 executable compiler. The first configuration script is operative to configure the
workstation to execute .the first compiler from the first portable medium.
Once the workstation is configured, the developer compiles the generated
source code by executing the first compiler from the first portable medium,
responsive to the standard make instruction set.
25 For a second targeted ATM platform, the developer exchanges the first
portable medium for a second portable medium that includes a second
executable compiler. The second compiler is operative to compile the
generated source code for the second targeted ATM platform. The developer
runs a second configuration script that corresponds to the second compiler.
30 The second configuration script is operative to configure the workstation to
execute the second compiler from the second portable medium. Once the
workstation is re-configured, the developer compiles the generated source
code by executing the second compiler from the second portable medium,
responsive to the standard make instruction set. For each targeted ATM
platform, the standard make instruction set is operative to direct the configured
5 compiler to build an ATM application component that includes code that
corresponds to the targeted ATM platform.
Thus the new automated banking machine and system of the present
invention achieves one or more of the above stated objectives^ eliminates
difficulties encountered in the use of prior, devices and systems, .solves
10 problems and attains the desirable results-described herein;,
In the foregoing description certain terms have been used for brevity,
clarity and understanding, however no unnecessary limitations are to be
implied therefrom because such terms are used for descriptive purposes and
are intended to be broadly construed. Moreover, the descriptions and
15 illustrations herein are by way of examples and the invention is not limited to
the exact details shown and described.
In the following claims any feature described as a means for
performing a function shall be construed as encompassing any means known
to those skilled in the art to be capable of performing the recited function, and
20 shall not be limited to the features and structures shown herein or mere
Having described the features, discoveries and principles of the
invention, the manner in which it is constructed and operated, and the
advantages and useful results attained, the new and useful structures, devices,
25 elements, arrangements, parts, combinations, systems, equipment, operations,
1 methods and relationships are set forth in the appended claims.
1. An automated banking machine apparatus comprising:
at least two user stations in operative connection with the computer, wherein each user station includes at least one display device and at least one input device; and
at least one software application operative in the computer, wherein the software application is operative to determine at least one capability of at least one input device included in each user station, and wherein the at least one software application is operative to cause a user interface to be output through the display device included in each user station, wherein the user interface for a user station is output responsive to the at least one capability associated with the at least one input device included in the user station.
2. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein for each user station, the corresponding user interface includes at least one user interface element that is adapted for user interaction through the at least one input device included in the user station.
3. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a document in operative connection with the computer, wherein the document includes a plurality of command instructions, wherein the at least one software application is operative to output the user interface for each user station, responsive to the command instructions.
4. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3, wherein an input device included in a first of the user stations includes a pointing device, and wherein an input device included in a second of the user stations includes at least one function key; wherein the software application, responsive to a first command instruction, is operative to generate a first user interface element in the first user interface that is associated with a first input from the pointing device; and wherein the software application, responsive to the first-command instruction, is operative to generate a second user interface
element in the second user interface that is associated with a second input from the function key.
5. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4, further comprising at least one event processor software component in operative connection with the computer, wherein the software application is operatively responsive to either the first input or the second input, to invoke a function of the event processor component.
6. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5, further comprising a transaction function device in operative connection with the computer, wherein the event processor component is operative to cause the transaction function device to perform an operation responsive to either the first input or the second input.
7. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4, wherein the computer is operative responsive to the first or second inputs, to have the machine perform a maintenance operation.
8. The apparatus as claimed in claim 3, further comprising at least one second document that is associated with the first document, wherein the first document includes a first command instruction and a second command instruction; wherein the second document includes a third command instruction that corresponds to the first command instruction; wherein the first 'command instruction includes a first label in a first human language; wherein the third command instruction includes a second label in a second human language that has a meaning corresponding to the first label; and wherein the software application is operative to output each user interface with indicia in the second human language responsive to both the first and second;documents.
9. The apparatu s as claimed in claim 8, wherein the software application is operative to generate each user interface with user interface elements that correspond to the second and third command instructions.
10. The apparatus as claimed in claim 9, wherein the software application is operative to generate each user interface responsive to" the second label being substituted for the first label.
11. A method comprising:
a) providing at least one first document to an automated banking machine;
b) determining at least one first type associated with a first input device on the machine, wherein the first input device is associated with at least one first display device on the machine;
c) presenting at least one first user interface through the first display device, responsive to the determined first type and the first document.
12. The method as claimed in claim 11, further comprising:
d) determining at least one second type associated with a second input device on the machine, wherein the second input device is associated with a second display device on the machine;
e) presenting at least one second user interface through the second display device, responsive to the determined second type and the first document.
13. The method as claimed in claim 12, further comprising:
f) performing a first function responsive to the first document and a first input through the first input device; and
g) performing the first function responsive to the first document and a second input through the second input device.
14. The method as claimed in claim 13, wherein in each of steps (f) and (g), performing the first function includes dispensing cash from the machine.
15. The method as claimed in claim 13, wherein in each of steps (f) and (g), performing the first function includes performing a maintenance related operation with the machine.
16. The method as claimed in claim 13, wherein in each of steps (f) and (g), performing the first function includes invoking at least one event processor specified by the first document.
17. The method as claimed in claim 11, wherein in step (c) the first user interface is presented further responsive to a second document, wherein the second document includes at least one language translation of indicia included in the first document.
18. The method as claimed in claim 17, further comprising:
e) substituting for a first command instruction in the first document, a second corresponding command instruction in the second document, wherein the first command instruction includes a first label in a first human language and wherein the second command instruction includes a second label in a dialect of the first human language.
Dated this 9th day of September, 2005.
|Indian Patent Application Number||1002/MUMNP/2005|
|PG Journal Number||38/2009|
|Date of Filing||12-Sep-2005|
|Name of Patentee||DIEBOLD INCORPORATED|
|Applicant Address||5995 Mayfair Road, North Canton, Ohio 44720, USA|
|PCT International Classification Number||G06F|
|PCT International Application Number||PCT/US01/24705|
|PCT International Filing date||2001-08-06|