TICKET READER AND IMPRINTER WITH BYPASS SWITCH
 Inventor: Donald S. Schasser, Pinckney, Mich.
 Assignee: Automatic Parking Devices, Inc., Farmington, Mich.
 Filed: Apr. 24, 1975
 Appl. No.: 571,267
 U.S. CI 235/61.9 R; 194/DIG. 23
 Int. CI.2 G06K7/14
[581 Field of Search 340/149 R, 149 A;
235/61.11 E, 61.9 R; 194/DIG. 23
 References Cited
UNITED STATES PATENTS
3,212,615 10/1965 Hellar 194/4
3,229,074 1/1966 Harrington 235/61.11
3,356,021 12/1967 May et al 101/93
3,604,898 9/1971 Magnusson 235/61.6
Primary Examiner—Stuart N. Hecker
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Barnes, Kisselle, Raisch &
A ticket reader and imprinter particularly suitable for use with previously dispensed parking tickets upon which information such as parking time and date is to be stamped. A limit switch is activated when a parking ticket is inserted by a vehicle operator into a throat of the imprinter, and an optical reader senses correct orientation and positioning of the ticket. The stamping solenoid of a conventional time recorder is then energized so that the desired time and date information is stamped upon the ticket, after which the ticket may be extracted from the imprinter by the vehicle operator. A swing-arm vehicle gate is activated when the ticket is stamped so that the vehicle operator may proceed into a parking zone.
A method of parking a vehicle in a multiple-zone parking facility is also disclosed wherein entrance to and exit from all but one of the parking zones is had through another parking zone rather than from a vehicle highway. At the entrance to and exit from each zone, suitable time and date indicia related to that zone is stamped upon a previously dispensed parking ticket.
3 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures