Patents Assigned to Stoplift, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10115023
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 9892438
    Abstract: A scan avoidance monitoring system detects instances in which a respective customer in a retail environment fails to properly scan or tally one or more retail items for purchase. To avoid generating false positives, such as flagging of events as scan avoidances when they really are not or likely are not scan avoidances, the scan avoidance system can be configured to require a level of confirmation by one or more other analyzers to flag a particular circumstance as a scan avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 9600727
    Abstract: A processing resource receives original image data by a surveillance system. The original image data captures at least private information and occurrence of activity in a monitored region. The processing resource applies one or more transforms to the original image data to produce transformed image data. Application of the one or more transforms sufficiently distorts portions of the original image data to remove the private information. The transformed image data includes the distorted portions to prevent access to the private information. However, the distorted portions of the video include sufficient image detail to discern occurrence of the activity in the retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Migdal, Malay Kundu
  • Patent number: 9262832
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 9202117
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 8995744
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 8867853
    Abstract: A processing resource receives original image data by a surveillance system. The original image data captures at least private information and occurrence of activity in a monitored region. The processing resource applies one or more transforms to the original image data to produce transformed image data. Application of the one or more transforms sufficiently distorts portions of the original image data to remove the private information. The transformed image data includes the distorted portions to prevent access to the private information. However, the distorted portions of the video include sufficient image detail to discern occurrence of the activity in the retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Migdal, Malay Kundu
  • Patent number: 8833653
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 8570375
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system in which a video displayer, having access to video surveillance data and point-of-sale transaction data, provides random-access review of point-of-sale transactional video. Embodiments herein provide a new method of reviewing security video of a transaction taking place at a retail establishment's point-of-sale transaction area, or register. Embodiments herein enable random and instantaneous access to any number of transaction events that may be of interest to a loss prevention investigator. In one embodiment, a video displayer obtains video data comprising a point-of-sale transaction occurring at a point-of-sale transaction area, and transaction data from a point-of-sale terminal. The video displayer displays video of individual transaction events from a larger transaction, and visually modifies displayed video at a moment in the video when a transaction event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Srinivasan, Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Matthew Farrow
  • Patent number: 8538820
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein include a reviewer interface for providing random-access review of point-of-sale (POS) video, visual indicators to point to point to objects within the point-of-sale video, and/or display of interactive statistical features. The system obtains video data of point-of-sale transactions, and corresponding transaction data correlated with the video data. The system identifies and displays transaction events of interest. In one embodiment, such a display includes displaying a visual indicator positioned at a spatial location within displayed video to identify a location of an object in the displayed video that corresponds to the transaction event identified as a transaction event of interest. The system also includes functionality to display visual indicators associated with transaction data to convey magnitude or quantity of transaction events of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Migdal, Matthew Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Malay Kundu
  • Patent number: 8462212
    Abstract: According to one configuration, a computer environment includes a first monitoring system, a second monitoring system, and an analyzer. The first monitoring system produces video of an item being entered into a point of sale system. The second monitoring system monitors events associated with entering of the item into the point of sale system. The analyzer detects, via a communication from the second monitoring system, an occurrence of at least one event associated with entering of the item. Based on communication, the analyzer correlates the at least one event to a particular time in the video when the at least one event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Vikram Srinivasan, Matthew Farrow
  • Patent number: 8448858
    Abstract: A system performs video identification of items involved with transactions, as captured in video data, and compares this item identification information with transaction data obtained from a transaction terminal such as a point-of-sale register to identify situations that are suspicious and may indicate fraudulent activity or operator error. In particular, the system as disclosed herein utilizes unique camera positions, and can use video data from more than one camera, to perform robust detections of fraudulent or suspicious activities associated with transactions in the transaction area. By obtaining video data originating from at least one video camera that monitors a transaction area, the system can automatically (i.e. no human involvement needed) analyze the video data to track items involved in a transaction in the transaction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Vikram Srinivasan, Matthew Farrow
  • Patent number: 8430312
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 8146811
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 8132725
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 8104680
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and by obtaining transaction data concerning at least one transaction that occurs at the transaction area. The system correlates the video data associated with the transaction area to the transaction data to identify specific video data captured during occurrence of that at least one transaction at the transaction area. Based a transaction classification indicated by the transaction data, the system processes the video data to identify appropriate visual indicators within the video data that correspond to the transaction classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 7631808
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 7516888
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and by obtaining transaction data concerning at least one transaction that occurs at the transaction area. The system correlates the video data associated with the transaction area to the transaction data to identify specific video data captured during occurrence of that at least one transaction at the transaction area. Based a transaction classification indicated by the transaction data, the system processes the video data to identify appropriate visual indicators within the video data that correspond to the transaction classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan