(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2005/0040225 Al
Csulits et al. (43) Pub. Date: Feb. 24,2005
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING CURRENCY BILLS AND DOCUMENTS BEARING BARCODES IN A DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICE
(76) Inventors: Frank M. Csulits, Gurnee, IL (US);
Curtis W. Hallowell, Palatine, IL (US);
William J. Jones, Barrington, IL (US)
C/O JENKENS & GILCHRIST
225 WEST WASHINGTON STREET, SUITE
CHICAGO, IL 60606 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/953,635
(22) Filed: Sep. 29, 2004
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part ol application No. 10/205,144, filed on Jul. 23, 2002.
Continuation-in-part ol application No. 09/967,232, filed on Sep. 28, 2001, which is a continuation-in-part ol application No. 09/502,666, filed on Feb. 11, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,398,000.
A document processing device having an evaluation region disposed along a transport path between an input and output receptacle capable ol processing both currency bills and substitute currency media having at least one indicia. The evaluation region includes at least one ol a currency detector, a media detector, and an imager for detecting predetermined characteristics ol currency bills and substitute currency media. A controller coupled to the evaluation region controls the operation ol the document processing device and receives input from and provides information to a user via a control unit. In some embodiments, the document processing device may have any number ol output receptacles, and the control unit allows the user to specily which output receptacle receives which type ol document. An optional coin sorter may be coupled to the document processing device to allow document and coin processing. The document processing device may be coupled to a network to communicate information to devices linked to the network.