Fitting TS with Printer

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 17:37:53 CDT

I have pointed out that the technology write for the Baltimore Sun, Mike
Himowitz, suggested that the Diebold TS machines they have there be
converted to ballot printer a la OVC.

http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/ad/balt-sun-326.pdf

While discussing this with others, it occurred to me that backup power for
the printer might be an issue. The TS can run for 5 hours or so on its
internal 12v battery. A printer for ballot printing might require its own
UPS. However, it might also be possible to tap into the TS's built-in UPS.

If we add the external printer, we could disconnect the little cash register
style thermal printer and use the connectors for that. The pictures of the
system board we released show the [red] printer power connector. Anybody
want to guess if that's 12v? I believe there are 12v inkjet printers out
there. Could we avoid the hassle and expense of an external UPS?

Does this seem feasible to any of you?

Specs on the battery say 12V, 7.2Ah. Need to figure how many pages could be
printed over what period of time.

Alan

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