JP2016126627A - Prepaid type use charge adjustment device and method for issuing dedicated card - Google Patents

Prepaid type use charge adjustment device and method for issuing dedicated card Download PDF

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JP2016126627A
JP2016126627A JP2015001156A JP2015001156A JP2016126627A JP 2016126627 A JP2016126627 A JP 2016126627A JP 2015001156 A JP2015001156 A JP 2015001156A JP 2015001156 A JP2015001156 A JP 2015001156A JP 2016126627 A JP2016126627 A JP 2016126627A
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土田 泰秀
Yasuhide Tsuchida
泰秀 土田
清貴 宮原
Seiki Miyahara
清貴 宮原
泰正 土田
Yasumasa Tsuchida
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The present invention provides a prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus that can settle a gas fee with various fee systems. A usage fee calculation unit of a prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus sets a dividing meter reference for a usage amount by a metering unit based on a selected setting fee system. Each of the subtotal counters 41 to 44 of the subtotaling unit 24 performs a subtotal based on the set fee system. The usage fee calculation unit 28 calculates the gas usage fee according to the set fee system based on the subtotal values of the counters 41 to 44 for each subtotal. [Selection] Figure 3

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  The present invention relates to a usage fee settlement apparatus that settles a usage fee for gas, water, or electricity in a prepaid manner, and a dedicated card issuing method for issuing a prepaid card used in the usage fee settlement apparatus as a dedicated card.

  There is known a method in which gas, water, and electricity bills are settled using a prepaid card. For example, Patent Document 1 proposes a mechanism for paying a gas usage fee from a water heater using a prepaid card.

  In a conventional prepaid settlement method, for example, a gas fee settlement method, a card reader is connected to a gas meter in an apartment, a house, or the like at a gas consumption place. In a gas company or a charge center, a user pays a gas fee in advance, and a prepaid card on which the prepaid amount is recorded is issued as a dedicated card for gas use. When the user puts a dedicated card charged with a predetermined amount into the card reader or inserts it from the card slot, the prepaid amount is deposited and gas can be used. When the prepaid balance becomes zero, the gas meter built-in shut-off valve closes and gas cannot be used until it is repaid.

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  Here, in the case of postpaid gas, water, and electricity charges, various charge systems are generally prepared. The user can select a charge system suitable for his / her usage pattern, for example, the cheapest charge system. However, the prepaid fee settlement method is generally premised on short-term use, and no attention is paid to the fee structure of the usage fee, and a uniform fee structure is adopted.

  That is, the monthly usage fee is calculated based on the standard unit price per unit usage calculated based on the standard pay-per-use system. For this reason, if a user with a large amount of monthly use adopts a prepaid gas charge settlement method, the gas charge will be expensive. This is one of the major factors that are not popular among users, despite the great merit that the prepaid gas fee settlement method allows gas companies to reliably collect fees. is there.

  In the prepaid payment method, it is necessary to purchase a prepaid card prior to using gas or the like. The issuance of a dedicated prepaid card is performed at a specific location such as a gas company where a dedicated writing device is installed. Since the place of issue is limited, it is inconvenient for the user.

  Furthermore, in the prepaid charge settlement method, when the prepaid balance is exhausted, generally, the supply of gas or the like is forcibly cut off, so the user must always care about the balance. Also in this respect, the prepaid fee settlement method is inconvenient for a user with a large amount of monthly usage.

  In view of the above, it is an object of the present invention to provide a prepaid use fee settlement apparatus that can settle gas, water, and electricity charges with various fee systems.

  Another object of the present invention is to propose a dedicated card issuing method that allows a user to easily issue (charge) a dedicated card (prepaid card) used in a prepaid use fee settlement apparatus at a nearest place. There is.

  Furthermore, an object of the present invention is to propose a dedicated card issuing method that does not inconvenience the user when the remaining amount of the prepaid is reduced.

In order to solve the above problems, the prepaid use fee settlement apparatus of the present invention is:
A measurement unit that measures the flow rate used in gas, water or electricity consumption places;
Based on the usage flow rate, a metering unit that divides the integrated value of the amount of gas, water or electricity used at the consumption place according to a predetermined metering standard,
A card reading unit for reading a prepaid amount recorded in a dedicated card which is a prepaid card used for using gas, water or electricity at the consumption place;
Based on the set charge system selected from multiple charge systems, set the subtotal standard, and calculate the usage fee for gas, water or electricity at the consumption location based on the subtotal value obtained from the subtotal unit A usage charge calculator to
A remaining amount calculation unit that calculates a prepaid balance by subtracting the usage fee calculated by the usage fee calculation unit from the prepaid amount read by the card reading unit;
A use restriction unit that permits use of gas, water or electricity at the consumption place until the prepaid balance becomes zero;
It is characterized by having.

  The usage fee calculation unit of the prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus according to the present invention sets a subtotal reference for the usage metering by the subtotal unit based on the selected set fee system. As a result, the metering unit performs metering based on the set fee system. The usage fee calculation unit can calculate the usage fee according to the set fee system based on each subtotal value.

  Here, the charge system can be selected based on a setting input by the user or a prepaid amount charged in the dedicated card. In this case, the prepaid use fee settlement apparatus of the present invention has a fee structure setting unit for setting the set fee structure from the plurality of fee structures, and the fee structure setting unit is input from the outside. Based on a setting input signal, the prepaid amount read by the card reading unit, a set fee structure code recorded on the dedicated card read by the card reading unit, or a type of the dedicated card The set charge system can be set from the charge systems.

  In addition, as a charge system, we adopt a specified time period discount charge system that discounts the use charge at the specified time period such as weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and a device-specific charge system that changes the use charge according to the type of equipment used can do. In this case, the usage amount in the designated time zone and the usage amount for each type of equipment used are divided by the metering unit.

  For example, in the metering unit used at the gas consumption place, four types of metering counters, a specified time counter, a large flow rate counter, a long-time counter and a normal counter, are arranged, and this priority is assigned to each counter for metering. What is necessary is just to make it perform a subtotal operation | movement by order.

  The designated time counter accumulates the usage amount in a designated time zone designated in advance. The large flow rate counter integrates the usage amount due to the use flow rate exceeding a predetermined large flow rate counter value in order to integrate the gas usage amount used by the hot water supply gas equipment. In order to integrate the amount of gas used by the gas appliance for heating, the long-time counter indicates in advance the gas usage state according to the flow rate in the flow rate band from a predetermined long-time counter value to the large flow counter value. When the setting continues for a set duration time, the amount of use from the start point when the gas flow rate in the flow rate band is reached to the end point when the flow rate deviates from the flow rate band is integrated. The normal counter accumulates the usage amount that is not accumulated by any of the designated time counter, the large flow rate counter, and the long-time counter.

  The prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to the present invention preferably includes a warning unit that issues a warning when the prepaid balance reaches a predetermined balance. For example, a warning may be displayed on the display screen that the remaining amount is low.

  In the prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to the present invention, the card reading unit stores and holds identification-side reading-side ID information, and is recorded on the dedicated card when the prepaid amount is read from the dedicated card. Card-side ID information is read, and the dedicated card is authenticated using the card-side ID information and the reading-side ID information. For example, only when the card-side ID information matches the reading-side ID information, the use of gas by the dedicated card is permitted and the prepaid amount is read from the dedicated card.

Next, the present invention is a dedicated card issuing method for issuing the dedicated card used in the prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus having the above-described configuration,
A requesting step for causing a user who desires use at the consumption place where the usage fee settlement apparatus is installed to issue a prepaid payment bill to the management terminal via a communication line from the communication terminal; ,
A charge storage number associated with the reading-side ID information assigned to the card reading unit at the consumption place is sent from the management terminal that has received the issue request to the communication terminal via the communication line. An electronic invoicing step to issue a prepaid payment invoice with an attached amount of money,
A payment bill issuing step for causing the user to print out a payment bill at a convenience store outlet terminal which is a multimedia terminal capable of two-way communication with the management terminal using the charge storage number; ,
A cash payment step for causing the user to pay the selected prepaid amount in a cash register linked to the convenience store front-end terminal using the payment invoice;
A card writing step of recording the prepaid amount on the dedicated card brought by the user by the cash register to which the prepaid amount has been deposited;
It is characterized by including.

  According to the method of the present invention, a user can pay a prepaid amount and charge an exclusive card using a storefront terminal installed at a nearest convenience store. Compared with the case where a prepaid writing device installed at a specific location such as a gas company has to be used, the convenience of the prepaid use fee settlement apparatus is increased for the user.

Instead of bringing a dedicated card into a convenience store and charging it, it is also possible to issue a dedicated card (by mail or hand) directly to the user from a gas, water, or electric company. In this case, the dedicated card issuance method is
A requesting step for causing a user who desires use at the consumption place where the usage fee settlement apparatus is installed to issue a prepaid payment bill to the management terminal via a communication line from the communication terminal; ,
A charge storage number associated with the reading-side ID information assigned to the card reading unit at the consumption place is sent from the management terminal that has received the issue request to the communication terminal via the communication line. An electronic invoicing step to issue a prepaid payment invoice with an attached amount of money,
A payment bill issuing step for causing the user to print out a payment bill at a convenience store outlet terminal which is a multimedia terminal capable of two-way communication with the management terminal using the charge storage number; ,
A cash payment step for causing the user to pay the selected prepaid amount in a cash register linked to the convenience store front-end terminal using the payment invoice;
An electronic payment step of transmitting information indicating that the prepaid amount has been deposited from the convenience store store terminal to the management terminal, and causing electronic payment of the prepaid amount;
In the management terminal, the prepaid amount, the code representing the selected fee structure, and the card side ID information corresponding to the read side ID information of the prepaid terminal installed at the user's gas consumption place are written. A card creation step to create a dedicated card;
It is characterized by including.

  Here, a plurality of types of dedicated cards may be prepared according to the fee system, and a type of dedicated card corresponding to the fee system selected by the user may be issued. In this case, in the card creation step, instead of writing the code, the prepaid amount and the card-side ID information are written to a dedicated card of a type corresponding to the selected fee structure and passed to the user. You can do it.

  Further, it is desirable that a user having a large amount of monthly usage can issue a plurality of dedicated cards to which the card-side ID information that matches the reading-side ID information is issued as a dedicated card.

  When a user charges a prepaid amount on multiple dedicated cards, one of them is used to settle the usage fee, and the remaining prepaid amount on the first sheet becomes zero, the remaining dedicated cards Use can be continued using prepaid amount. Each time the remaining amount becomes zero, it is possible to save the trouble of charging the prepaid amount to one dedicated card. In addition, when the prepaid balance becomes zero before the user notices, the remaining dedicated cards can be used for continuous use.

It is explanatory drawing which shows the issuing system of the exclusive card | curd used for the prepaid-type gas usage fee settlement apparatus to which this invention is applied. It is explanatory drawing which shows the exclusive card issuing procedure using the system of FIG. It is a functional block diagram which shows the gas usage fee settlement apparatus of FIG. It is explanatory drawing which shows another example of the procedure for exclusive card issuing using the system of FIG. It is explanatory drawing which shows two examples of a fee structure.

  Embodiments of a usage fee settlement apparatus and a dedicated card issuing method to which the present invention is applied will be described below with reference to the drawings. The following embodiment is an example in which the present invention is applied to the settlement of gas usage charges. However, the present invention is not limited to gas, and may be used as a prepaid settlement apparatus for water usage charges and electricity usage charges. it can.

  FIG. 1 is an explanatory diagram showing an issuance system for a dedicated card (prepaid card) used in the gas use fee settlement apparatus according to the present embodiment.

  The dedicated card issuing system 1 is a management terminal 2 installed in a gas company or the like, and a multimedia terminal installed in each convenience store 3 (i) (i = 1, 2, 3,...). Convenience store terminal 4 and cash register 5, and communication terminals 7 such as PCs and mobile phones possessed by users of gas consumption places 6 (j) (j = 1, 2, 3,...) Such as houses and apartments. Consists of The management terminal 2 can be communicably connected to the convenience store terminal 4 and the communication terminal 7 via a general communication line 8 such as the Internet.

  In each consumption place 6 (j), a gas supply facility capable of supplying gas to each gas device 12 (k) (k = 1, 2, 3,...) Via a gas meter 11 is installed. The gas equipment 12 (k) includes a hot water supply gas equipment 12 (1), a heating gas equipment 12 (2), a kitchen gas equipment 12 (3), and the like. The use of gas in each gas consumption place 6 (j) can be performed using a dedicated card 14 made of an IC card or the like used as a prepaid card installed in a prepaid terminal 13 connected to the gas meter 11. The prepaid terminal 13 stores and holds a reading-side ID information ID (13) for terminal identification, and the dedicated card 14 is the same or has a one-to-one correspondence with the reading-side ID information ID (13). Card side ID information ID (14) is provided.

  FIG. 2 is an explanatory diagram showing a procedure for issuing the dedicated card 14 by the dedicated card issuing system 1 of FIG. First, a user 10 who intends to start using gas at the gas consumption place 6 (j) accesses the management terminal 2 such as a gas company from a communication terminal 7, for example, a mobile phone having a browser function, and prepaid A request for issuing a payment invoice (electronic billing) is made (step ST1). If the user 10 is not registered in the gas company's customer database, the registration procedure is performed using registration information including the identity identification information of the user 10 and gas consumption location information.

  When the management terminal 2 receives the issue request, the management terminal 2 associates the communication terminal 7 with the reading-side ID information ID (13) assigned to the prepaid terminal 13 at the gas consumption place 6 (j) or in a one-to-one correspondence. The amount selection type prepaid payment invoice 15 to which the charge storage number is attached is issued (step ST2).

  The user 10 brings the dedicated card 14 provided in the prepaid terminal 13 and goes to the nearest convenience store 3 (i) (step ST3), and uses the charge storage number on the prepaid payment bill 15 to store the convenience store. At terminal 4, payment bill 16 is printed out (step ST4). The printed bill 16 is brought to the accounting window, a prepaid amount is selected, and the selected amount of cash is paid (step ST5).

  The clerk at the accounting window performs a process of depositing the received amount into the cash register 5 and performs a process of writing the prepaid amount information received into the dedicated card 14 brought by the user (step ST6). When the prepaid amount of the gas fee is deposited in this way, the deposit information is transmitted to the management terminal 2 or the like, and the electronic payment processing of the prepaid amount is performed.

  The user takes the dedicated card 14 on which the prepaid amount is recorded in this way to the gas consumption place 6 (j), and puts it in or inserts it into the card reading unit (see FIG. 3 described later) of the prepaid terminal 13. As a result, the prepaid amount is read into the prepaid terminal 13 and the amount is added to the prepaid balance. Since the prepaid balance is zero at the first use, the read prepaid amount is recorded as the prepaid balance. Thereby, the gas for the prepaid amount can be used at the gas consumption place 6 (j).

  In addition, in the case of a user or the like who uses a large amount of gas every month, as a dedicated card 14 provided in the prepaid terminal 13, a plurality of dedicated cards to which the same card side ID information ID (14) is assigned are prepared. You may keep it. When a user charges a plurality of dedicated cards 14 with a prepaid amount at a store, and uses one of them to settle the usage fee, and the remaining amount of the first prepaid becomes zero Can continue using the prepaid amount of the remaining dedicated card. It is possible to save the trouble of charging the prepaid amount at the store using one dedicated card 14 every time the balance is exhausted. Further, when the prepaid balance becomes zero before the user notices, the remaining dedicated card 14 can cope with continuous use.

  Next, FIG. 3 is a functional block diagram showing a prepaid gas usage fee settlement apparatus installed in each gas consumption place 6 (j). The usage fee settlement apparatus 20 includes a gas meter 11 and a prepaid terminal 13.

  The gas meter 11 is, for example, an ultrasonic gas meter, and includes a control unit 21a and a measurement unit 21b that measures a use flow rate at a gas consumption place 6 (j). A gas shutoff valve 23 is disposed in the gas passage 22 for gas measurement inside the gas meter 11. When the shutoff valve 23 is opened, the gas can be used at the consumption place 6 (j). Can no longer be used.

  The prepaid terminal 13 divides the integrated value of the amount of gas used at the gas consumption place 6 (j) based on the measured use flow rate in accordance with a predetermined minute meter standard, and the consumption place 6 It functions as a card reader 25 that reads prepaid amount information and the like recorded on the dedicated card 14 used for using gas in (j). The card reading unit 25 stores and holds a reading-side ID information ID (13) for identification. When the prepaid amount is read from the dedicated card 14, the card-side ID information ID (( 14), the authentication of the dedicated card 14 is performed, and only when the card side ID information matches the reading side ID information, the use of the dedicated card 14 is permitted and the prepaid amount is read therefrom.

  The control unit 26 of the prepaid terminal 13 includes a storage unit 27, and functions as a usage fee calculation unit 28, a balance calculation unit 29, a gas use restriction unit 30, and a display control unit (warning unit) 31. Under the control of the display control unit 31, the prepaid balance and the like are displayed on the display screen of the display unit 32 provided in the prepaid terminal 13.

  The storage unit 27 stores and holds an operation control program, information on a plurality of fee systems, and the like. The usage fee calculation unit 28 sets the subtotal standard of the subtotaling unit 24 based on the set fee system, and the gas usage fee at the consumption place 6 (j) based on the subtotal value obtained from the subtotaling unit 24. Is calculated. The balance calculator 29 calculates a prepaid balance by subtracting the usage fee calculated by the usage fee calculator 28 from the prepaid amount read by the card reader 25.

  The gas use restriction unit 30 keeps the shut-off valve 12 of the gas meter 11 open until the prepaid balance becomes zero, and permits the use of gas. When the prepaid balance becomes zero, the gas use restriction unit 30 forces the shut-off valve 23 of the gas meter 11 Shut off to limit gas use. The display control unit (warning unit) 31 displays a warning to that effect on the display screen of the display unit 32 when the prepaid balance is reduced to a predetermined balance.

  Here, on the operation unit 33 attached to the prepaid terminal 13, a setting button 33 a that allows the user to select a setting fee system is arranged. The usage fee calculation unit 28 calculates the usage fee according to the setting fee system set by the setting button 33a.

  As described above, the usage fee calculation unit 28 of the prepaid type usage fee settlement apparatus 20 of this example sets the division standard for the usage metering by the subtraction unit 24 based on the selected set fee system. Set. Thereby, the subtotaling unit 24 performs subtotaling based on the set fee system. Therefore, the usage fee calculation unit 28 can calculate the usage fee according to the set fee system set by the user, based on each minute value.

  For example, the charge system includes a specified time zone discount charge system that discounts the use charge during the specified time period such as weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), a device-specific charge system that changes the use charge unit price according to the type of gas equipment used, etc. Can be adopted. In this case, the usage amount in the designated time zone and the usage amount for each type of gas equipment used are divided by the metering unit 24.

  In this case, the minute meter unit 24 is provided with four types of minute counters, a designated time counter 41, a large flow rate counter 42, a long time counter 43, and a normal counter 44. What is necessary is just to make it perform a subtotal operation | movement by priority.

  The designated time counter 41 accumulates the usage amount in a designated time zone designated in advance. The large flow rate counter 42 accumulates the usage amount due to the usage flow rate exceeding the predetermined large flow rate counter value in order to integrate the gas usage amount used by the hot water supply gas appliance 12 (1). The long-time counter 43 integrates the amount of gas used by the heating gas appliance 12 (2) according to the flow rate in a flow rate band from a predetermined long-time counter value to the large flow rate counter value in order to integrate the amount of gas used. When the usage state continues beyond a predetermined set duration, the usage amount from the start point when the gas flow rate is within the flow rate zone to the end point when the flow rate is out of the flow rate zone. Accumulate. The normal counter 44 accumulates the usage amount that is not accumulated by either the large flow rate counter 42 or the long-time counter 43 in order to accumulate the gas usage amount used by the kitchen gas appliance 12 (3).

An operation example when the device-specific fee system is set will be described. For example, it is assumed that the user is a household using 30 m 3 per month. Assume that the monthly breakdown of 30 m 3 is the kitchen zone 5 m 3 , the hot water supply zone 10 m 3 , and the heating zone 15 m 3 . In the charge system for each device, it is assumed that the gas usage unit price is 900 yen for the kitchen zone, 450 yen for the hot water supply zone, and 400 yen for the heating zone. In this case, the designated time counter 41 in the minute counting unit 24 does not operate, and the other counters 42 to 44 perform the minute counting. Monthly usage fee is calculated to be 15,000 yen in the 30m 3.

On the other hand, in the conventional prepaid usage fee settlement method, the fee system is uniform and the gas unit price is set to a constant value. For example, the gas usage unit price is set to 900 yen / m 3 . In this case, the gas usage fee for a user whose monthly usage is 30 m 3 is 27,000 yen, which is higher than the case where the device-specific fee system is adopted. Therefore, according to the present example, a prepaid usage fee settlement method can be spread among users.

In the apparatus 20 of this example, when a standard charge system is set, only the normal counter 44 performs the integration operation, and the gas usage charge is calculated by multiplying the integrated value by the standard gas charge unit price. That's fine. For example, in the case of a user whose monthly usage is as low as about 5 m 3 or a gas user who stays for a short time, there is no sense of being overpriced even with the standard fee system. Further, the above fee system is an example, and various fee systems can be adopted, and a counter for the meter that can perform the meter operation corresponding to this can be arranged.

  In the above example, the prepaid terminal 13 incorporates the subtractor 24. Instead of this, the meter may be arranged independently, and the gas meter 11 can be provided with a metering function.

  In the above example, the user sets the charge system by the setting button 33a. Instead, it is also possible to automatically set the fee system according to the prepaid amount charged in the dedicated card 14. For example, if the prepaid amount is a small amount of about 3,000 yen, a standard fee system is automatically set, and if it is a high amount of about 20,000 yen, for example, a device-specific fee system is automatically set. You may do it. In addition, when the prepaid amount is high, control such as increasing the types of fee systems that can be selected by the setting button 33a is also possible.

  In addition, it is possible to record a charge system code on a dedicated card and read it to set the charge system. Prepare different types of dedicated cards for each charge system. Is also possible. In such a case, using the dedicated card issuing system 1 shown in FIG. 1, for example, the dedicated card 14 can be issued according to the procedure shown in FIG.

  Referring to FIG. 4 (a), the user 10 who wants to start using gas at the gas consumption place 6 (j) accesses the management terminal 2 such as a gas company from the communication terminal 7, Register for gas application. At that time, the management terminal 2 displays or proposes an applicable gas charge plan (charge system), and allows the user 10 to select one of the charge systems (step ST11).

  When the registration procedure is completed, the management terminal 2 transmits a registration confirmation mail to the communication terminal 7 (step ST12). Following the registration procedure, the user 10 can make a request for issuing a prepaid payment bill (electronic billing). Upon receipt of the issuance request, the management terminal 2 stores the charge associated with the reading-side ID information ID (13) assigned to the prepaid terminal 13 at the gas consumption place 6 (j) for the communication terminal 7. Issue a numbered prepaid payment invoice with number selection.

  Next, with reference to FIG. 4B, in actual gas use, the user 10 goes to the nearest convenience store 3 (i) (step ST21) and is attached to the prepaid payment bill. The payment bill 16 is printed out at the convenience store front terminal 4 using the charge storage number (step ST22). The printed bill 16 is brought to the accounting window, the prepaid amount is selected, and the selected amount of cash is paid (step ST23).

  The clerk at the accounting window performs the deposit process of the received amount in the cash register 5 and transmits the deposit information (prepaid amount information, charge storage number, etc.) to the management terminal 2 to perform the electronic payment processing of the prepaid amount (step). ST24). On the management terminal 2 side, the prepaid amount, the code representing the selected fee structure, and the reading side ID information ID (13) of the prepaid terminal 13 installed in the gas consumption place 6 (j) of the user 10 are stored. The dedicated card 14 in which the corresponding card side ID information ID (14) and the like are written is created. The created dedicated card 14 is delivered to the user 10 by mail, for example. Of course, when entering a house, etc., it is also possible to give it directly to the user at the gas consumption place 6 (j) (step ST25).

  When the dedicated card 14 is issued for the first time, for example, an amount obtained by adding the amount for the gas service together with the initial deposit may be written in the dedicated card 14. For example, an extra amount can be written so that 1,000 yen can be used free of charge. Of course, the prepaid amount written on the dedicated card 14 may be, for example, information corresponding to the frequency and gas flow rate corresponding to the amount.

The user 10 places or inserts the dedicated card 14 received in this way into the card reading unit (see FIG. 3) of the prepaid terminal 13 at the gas consumption place 6 (j). As a result, the prepaid amount is read into the prepaid terminal 13 and the amount is added to the prepaid balance. Since the prepaid balance is zero at the first use, the read prepaid amount is recorded as the prepaid balance. Thereby, the gas for the prepaid amount can be used at the gas consumption place 6 (j) (step ST26).

  Since the code representing the set fee system selected by the user 10 is written in the dedicated card 14, the prepaid terminal 13 sets the fee system of the user 10 based on the code read by the card reading unit. . When a dedicated card of a type corresponding to the charge system is issued, identification information indicating the type of the dedicated card is read by the card reading unit, and the charge system is set.

As shown in FIG. 5 (a), in the case of a user 10 whose monthly gas usage is relatively small, 5 to 10 m 3 (house A), for example, a standard fee system is selected, and the unit price is 900 yen. A gas fee is charged at / m 3 . On the other hand, as shown in FIG. 5 (b), in the case of the user 10 whose monthly gas usage is relatively large at 30 m 3 (B house), for example, a device-specific charge system is selected. . In this case, for example, the gas charge for the kitchen equipment is charged at 800 yen / m 3 , the gas charge for the hot water supply equipment is 450 yen / m 3 , and the gas charge for the heating equipment is charged at 400 yen / m 3 .

1 Dedicated card issuing system 2 Management terminal 3 (i) Convenience store 4 Convenience store terminal 5 Cash register 6 (j) Gas consumption place 7 Communication terminal 8 General communication line 10 User 11 Gas meter 12 (k) Gas equipment, 13 Prepaid terminal, 14 Dedicated card, 15 Prepaid payment bill, 16 Payment bill, 20 Charge settlement device, 21a Control section, 21b Measuring section, 22 Gas passage, 23 Shut-off valve, 24 minutes Metering unit, 25 Card reading unit, 26 Control unit, 27 Storage unit, 28 Usage charge calculation unit, 29 Balance calculation unit, 30 Gas usage restriction unit, 31 Display control unit (warning unit), 32 Display unit, 33 Operation unit, 33a Setting button, 41 Specified time counter, 42 Large flow counter, 43 Long time counter, 44 Normal count T

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  1. A measurement unit that measures the flow rate used in gas, water or electricity consumption places;
    Based on the usage flow rate, a metering unit that divides the integrated value of the amount of gas, water or electricity used at the consumption place according to a predetermined metering standard,
    A card reading unit for reading a prepaid amount recorded in a dedicated card which is a prepaid card used for using gas, water or electricity at the consumption place;
    Based on the set charge system selected from multiple charge systems, set the subtotal standard, and calculate the usage fee for gas, water or electricity at the consumption location based on the subtotal value obtained from the subtotal unit A usage charge calculator to
    A remaining amount calculation unit that calculates a prepaid balance by subtracting the usage fee calculated by the usage fee calculation unit from the prepaid amount read by the card reading unit;
    A use restriction unit that permits use of gas, water or electricity at the consumption place until the prepaid balance becomes zero;
    A prepaid use fee settlement apparatus characterized by comprising:
  2. A charge system setting unit for setting the set charge system from the plurality of charge systems;
    The fee structure setting unit includes a setting input signal input from the outside, the prepaid amount read by the card reading unit, a setting fee structure code recorded on the dedicated card read by the card reading unit, or The prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the set fee system is set from the fee systems stored in advance based on the type of the dedicated card.
  3. The set charge system includes a specified time period discount charge system in which the unit price of gas, water or electricity in a specified specified time period is discounted compared to the normal charge unit price, and the charge unit price according to the type of equipment used. The device-specific fee system that has changed
    3. The prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the minute metering unit divides the usage amount in the designated time zone and the usage amount for each type of the used device.
  4. The measuring unit measures a flow rate of gas used at the consumption place,
    The minute meter section includes four types of minute counters: a designated time counter, a large flow counter, a long time counter, and a normal counter, and each minute counter performs a minute operation in this priority order,
    The designated time counter accumulates the usage amount in a designated time zone designated in advance,
    The large flow rate counter integrates the usage amount due to the use flow rate exceeding a predetermined large flow rate counter value,
    The long-time counter is used when a gas usage state due to a flow rate in a flow rate band from a predetermined long-time counter value to the large flow rate counter value continues beyond a predetermined set duration. Accumulate the amount of use from the start point when the gas flow rate is reached to the end point when the flow rate is out of the flow rate range,
    The normal counter accumulates the amount of use that is not accumulated by either the large flow counter or the long-time counter,
    The prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to claim 3.
  5.   The prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a warning unit that issues a warning to the effect that the prepaid balance reaches a predetermined balance.
  6. The card reading unit
    It stores the reading side ID information for identification,
    When reading the prepaid amount from the dedicated card, the card side ID information recorded on the dedicated card is read, and the prepaid amount is read only when the card side ID information matches the reading side ID information. The prepaid use fee settlement apparatus according to claim 1, wherein:
  7. A dedicated card issuing method for issuing the dedicated card used in the prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus according to claim 6,
    A requesting step for causing a user who desires use at the consumption place where the usage fee settlement apparatus is installed to issue a prepaid payment bill to the management terminal via a communication line from the communication terminal; ,
    A charge storage number associated with the reading-side ID information assigned to the card reading unit at the consumption place is sent from the management terminal that has received the issue request to the communication terminal via the communication line. An electronic invoicing step to issue a prepaid payment invoice with an attached amount of money,
    A payment bill issuing step for causing the user to print out a payment bill at a convenience store outlet terminal which is a multimedia terminal capable of two-way communication with the management terminal using the charge storage number; ,
    A cash payment step for causing the user to pay the selected prepaid amount in a cash register linked to the convenience store front-end terminal using the payment invoice;
    A card writing step of recording the prepaid amount on the dedicated card brought by the user by the cash register to which the prepaid amount has been deposited;
    A dedicated card issuing method characterized by including:
  8. A dedicated card issuing method for issuing the dedicated card used in the prepaid usage fee settlement apparatus according to claim 6,
    A requesting step for causing a user who desires use at the consumption place where the usage fee settlement apparatus is installed to issue a prepaid payment bill to the management terminal via a communication line from the communication terminal; ,
    A charge storage number associated with the reading-side ID information assigned to the card reading unit at the consumption place is sent from the management terminal that has received the issue request to the communication terminal via the communication line. An electronic invoicing step to issue a prepaid payment invoice with an attached amount of money,
    A payment bill issuing step for causing the user to print out a payment bill at a convenience store outlet terminal which is a multimedia terminal capable of two-way communication with the management terminal using the charge storage number; ,
    A cash payment step for causing the user to pay the selected prepaid amount in a cash register linked to the convenience store front-end terminal using the payment invoice;
    An electronic payment step of transmitting information indicating that the prepaid amount has been deposited from the convenience store store terminal to the management terminal, and causing electronic payment of the prepaid amount;
    In the management terminal, the prepaid amount, the code representing the selected fee structure, and the card side ID information corresponding to the read side ID information of the prepaid terminal installed at the user's gas consumption place are written. A card creation step to create a dedicated card;
    A dedicated card issuing method characterized by including:
  9.   9. In the card creation step, instead of writing the code, the prepaid amount and the card-side ID information are written to a dedicated card of a type corresponding to the selected fee structure and passed to the user. How to issue a special card.
  10.   9. The dedicated card issuing method according to claim 7, wherein a plurality of cards to which the card side ID information associated with the reading side ID information is issued can be issued as the dedicated card.
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