Re: Fitting TS with Printer

From: <SomeThoughts_at_aol_dot_com>
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 17:45:49 CDT

During the Alameda BoS discussions on June 8 of which
machine to by, a supervisor asked the Diebold rep if it
wasn't possible to retrofit a printer on the many TSs Alameda
already had. The rep said he would have to call to find out.

Note: at this point, it is fairly clear that Diebold is about to
loose the contract to Sequoia. So he comes back with
the right answer now, instead of a year ago, when it stood
a chance of saving the taxpayers a lot of money.

The answer was yes, it could be done.

Jim Soper writes:

> 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.
> 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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