Patents Assigned to ECR Software Corporation
  • Patent number: 10248942
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, a customer interface and a customer unloading station. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner, and an attendant command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 10210361
    Abstract: A checkout counter includes a support surface for a standing person to place and remove items. A powered conveyor transports placed items in a direction from a first end of the conveyor toward an opposite end. The conveyor has a discharge end, and part of the support surface extends toward the opposite end beyond the conveyor. An upward-oriented bar code scanner in the support surface reads bar codes as an attendant passes them over the scanner. At least one bag mount extends laterally from the support surface and the support surface define an attendant cockpit located laterally of the checkout counter near the discharge end, allowing an attendant to stand in the cockpit facing the counter at a substantially right angle. The attendant can handle items discharged from the conveyor, pass them over the scanner, and place them in a bag without having to twist or turn his or her body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Terry Catoe
  • Patent number: 10192208
    Abstract: An improved self-checkout apparatus includes a self-checkout unit, a detection module configured to detect a product input and a fault during a transaction progression and a customer override that may be selected by a customer without attendant intervention to complete a transaction. The apparatus may also be considered a self-checkout kiosk including a security component associated with the consumer override. Systems and methods for a self-checkout kiosk including a point-of-sale system, a customer default override and a security component are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Catoe, Burt Aycock
  • Patent number: 10089614
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, an attendant work station, a customer unloading station and an exceptions processing subsystem. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner and in communication with the exceptions processing subsystem. The attendant work station may include an exceptions handling display: Check out methods and apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts, Joe Jensen
  • Patent number: 10043168
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, a customer interface and a customer unloading station. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner, and an attendant command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John L. White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 9934501
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus including a self-checkout unit having a product identification device, a payment identification device, a microprocessor and a point-of-sale system configured to allow a touchless speed tender transaction. The invention also includes an apparatus and method for offering a mode-driven and/or customer-driven checkout transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Burt Aycock
  • Patent number: 9595029
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, a customer interface and a customer unloading station. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner, and an attendant command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John L. White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts
  • Patent number: 9563886
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus including a self-checkout unit having a product identification device, a payment identification device, a microprocessor and a point-of-sale system configured to allow a touchless speed tender transaction. The invention also includes an apparatus and method for offering a mode-driven and/or customer-driven checkout transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Burt Aycock
  • Patent number: 8825531
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for an automated self-checkout system. The system includes a self-checkout housing, a means for inputting information, a means for receiving payment, a means for providing information to a customer, and a controller operatively connected to the means for inputting, means for receiving and the means for providing information to the customer. Additionally, the controller includes a reset module that responds to input inactivity prior to completion of the purchaser transaction by voiding the transaction and resetting the display to start a new transaction. The invention may also include a security verification mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Terry Catoe
  • Patent number: 7114656
    Abstract: A retail checkout system includes a customer-operated portable terminal with a data reader, such as a barcode scanner, and a customer-operated self-checkout station with an automated payment-accepting subsystem. Customers use the portable terminal to identify and log products that are selected as they move through a store. Item identification data is then transferred to the self-checkout station, where the customer pays for the selected products using the automated payment-accepting subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Roy A. Garver
  • Patent number: 7044370
    Abstract: A method and system for self-checkout of items from a retail or non-retail establishment is disclosed. The system verifies security by comparing a measured physical characteristic of an item with the stored security characteristic for that item and determining if the measured physical characteristic is within an operator-modifiable tolerance range. The operator-modifiable tolerance range is different for different of items in the store. Moreover, a stored security characteristic of an item can be updated automatically. In addition, the system includes a dynamic-weight scale that reports a measured weight before the scale settles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C Bellis, Jr., Barry H Keys, Paul F Denimarck
  • Patent number: D723538
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter T. Catoe, Anthony C. Catoe
  • Patent number: D751325
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Terry Catoe