With Vending Patents (Class 235/381)
  • Patent number: 10656880
    Abstract: A remote user interface (RUI) for a personalization document printer of an instant issuance system is provided. The RUI includes a printer functionality component and a server functionality component. The server functionality component is configured to allow, for example a user to control user authentication to use the printer, control print queues of the printer, control print workflows of the printer, control RUI configuration, control remote access to printer user functions and a print preview displaying an image of the customized personalization document with image data and personalization account data, control storage and rendering of data to be placed on a customized personalization document, lock and unlock access to supplies and/or personalization documents in the personalization document printer, access administrative functions, and provide quality assurance functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Entrust Datacard Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Dean DeFore, Scott Robert Hagstrom, Christophe Biehlmann, Peter William Thorsen
  • Patent number: 10657814
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for managing parking monitoring and enforcement. In one aspect, an in ground sensor provides a first vehicle detection technique and a video camera employing machine vision provides a second vehicle detection technique. A vehicle detection technique for a smart parking meter utilizes both of the first and second detection techniques to make a highly accurate determination of a vehicle entering a parking space and a vehicle exiting a parking space. The second detection technique can be used to perform a double check on the first technique, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Moran, Richard W. Kelley, II, Marcus N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10647207
    Abstract: A connector is for a charging station. The charging station has a charging box having a signaling mechanism. The connector includes an electrical receptacle structured to be electrically connected to the signaling mechanism; a housing coupled to the electrical receptacle; an indicating assembly coupled to the housing; and an interface between the indicating assembly and the signaling mechanism in order to energize the indicating assembly and provide an indication of charging status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Michel Rivas, Paul David Seff, David Austin Eldridge
  • Patent number: 10579224
    Abstract: A facility for coordinating an online discussion is described. The facility receives an indication that a user has captured a machine-readable symbol encoding an identifier that identifies a particular online discussion. In response, the facility incorporates into an online forum that hosts this online discussion an indication that this user captured a symbol encoding an identifier that identifies this online discussion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: John-Alistair C. George, Adam Connelly
  • Patent number: 10577237
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices for fuel dispenser electronic communication are provided. In general, a fuel dispenser can be configured to electronically communicate with a network cloud to access cloud technology services. The communication can be direct, e.g., without the fuel dispenser communicating with the cloud network through an intermediary such as a fuel dispenser forecourt controller. The fuel dispenser can include a communication module configured to electronically communicate with the network cloud. The communication module can be on board the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventor: Henry Fieglein
  • Patent number: 10572867
    Abstract: Energy resource dispensing terminals can be added one-at-a-time to a wide area resource distribution system very easily where needed as needed. Each terminal can dispense any of a number of types of energy resources such as electricity, compressed hydrogen, compressed air, and waste vegetable oil. The energy dispensing terminal includes a terminal control computer that interacts with customer computing devices, such as personal, portable computing devices or onboard computers installed in vehicles to effect negotiation and fulfillment of energy resource purchase transactions. A resource sharing server facilitates such transactions by maintaining and verifying identities of customers and sellers along with financial account information such that a registered customer can purchase energy resources from any seller registered with the same resource sharing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Uniloc 2017 LLC
    Inventor: Craig S. Etchegoyen
  • Patent number: 10565550
    Abstract: A scanning system for a retail store includes a plurality of electric beacons located in aisles in a retail store A plurality of shopping carts having on board 3D scanning components are configured to scan items along aisles in a retail store, collect and process 3D information and transmit the 3D information to a store server. Each of the plurality of shopping carts include 3D cameras for 3D scanning, sensors for sensing the electric beacons, at least one processor and a communications module for remotely communicating with the store server. The store server is configured to gather the 3D information transmitted from the plurality of shopping carts to generate a 3D model of the retail store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Yeshwanth M. Gowda
  • Patent number: 10547993
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a media content sharing method and apparatus. The media content sharing method includes: using, by a first device, a private sharing mode, and acquiring first private information corresponding to the private sharing mode; and sending or displaying, by the first device, the first private information to a second device, so that the second device acquires the first private information and acquires shared media content of the first device according to the first private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yunsheng Kuang, Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 10546495
    Abstract: A system and method for offering customer priority parking reservations. Motor vehicle parking spaces are provided through a server. The server respectively interfaces with smart parking devices, vehicle occupancy sensors, and parking availability indicators that are each associated with the parking spaces. The parking spaces are reserved by accepting a request for a customer priority parking reservation from a merchant for a reservation period. Use of the parking space is managed through the server by activating the parking availability indicators associated with the reserved parking spaces, sensing occupancy of the parking spaces by a motor vehicle through the vehicle occupancy sensor, and retrieving and providing an identity of the driver of the motor vehicle through the nearest smart parking device to the server. The use of the parking space is validated from the merchant through the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Alan G. Bell, Craig Eldershaw, Lance E. Good, Daniel H. Greene, Francisco Eduardo Torres, Serdar Uckun, David Preston Cummins
  • Patent number: 10535425
    Abstract: A prescription management system receives prescription information and manages containers filled with the prescription. The prescription is stored in the container and the container is attached to a tracking device storing prescription information. The tracking device is managed by the prescription management system. The tracking device activates an indicator when it receives a request from the prescription management system identifying the tracking device. The indicator permits a user, such as a pharmacist, to locate a desired prescription. In some instances, filled prescriptions may be stored in a filled prescription holding area for a long period of time (i.e., the customer hasn't picked up the prescription). The system allows a user to identify these filled prescriptions and return the medication back to available stock for filling future prescriptions. The system may also identify these filled prescriptions and have the filled prescriptions delivered to a customer's home before the prescriptions expire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PerceptiMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Jeffrey Jacobs, Ram Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10535063
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are certain embodiments of systems and methods for standardizing a plurality of digital wallet credits, into one digital wallet system. Expenditures of merchant issued credit stored in digital wallets are supported by tokenization of assets. Assets are encoded and represented by currencies tracked on public ledgers. Data is mined from the public ledger, decoded, and presented to users with a unified interface which allows users to view balances at any time of all digital wallets in their possession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Vinodan K. Lingham, Mark Levitt, Krisan Ramesh Nichani, Guillaume P. Lebleu
  • Patent number: 10535058
    Abstract: A mobile device is used to initiate and execute a transaction between a customer and a merchant. A mobile device is used to initiate a point of sale transaction, wherein a merchant ID is sent to a payment processing server. Responsive to receiving a communication from the mobile device, the payment processing server requests transaction information from the merchant, wherein the merchant is identified based on the provided merchant ID. The merchant can provide transaction information such as the total sale amount to the payment processing server. The payment processing server can authenticate the customer and initiate a purchase transaction with the appropriate financial institutions associated with the customer and the merchant. The payment processing server can send a confirmation of the executed transaction to the merchant and the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MOBILE EQUITY CORP.
    Inventor: Marwan Monir Afana
  • Patent number: 10529005
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ordering a transportation vehicle are disclosed. A method includes receiving an order request from a kiosk at a kiosk location. The order request is transmitted to a computing device of a transportation vehicle. A response from the computing device is received indicating acceptance of the order request. A vehicle location of the transportation vehicle is identified and transmitted to the kiosk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventor: Shahar Smirin
  • Patent number: 10510239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing alert notifications from a secured area are provided. Such systems and methods can include a surveillance device monitoring the secured area and transmitting data captured from the secured area to an artificial intelligence module, the artificial intelligence module using the data to identify a scenario associated with the secured area and a notification priority of the scenario, and when the notification priority is at or above a preconfigured level, the artificial intelligence module transmitting an alert notification to a cloud server indicative of the scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ishit Trivedi, Jagadeesh Brahmajosyula, Atul Laxman Katole, Sunil Venugopalan, Hemant Mahsky
  • Patent number: 10510215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a tournament entry mechanism in a skill wagering interleaved game are disclosed. A tournament entry mechanism in a skill wagering game is provides an entertainment game and a gambling game. The entertainment game is provided by an entertainment system and is managed by a game world operating system. The gambling game is provided by a real credit operating system. The skill wagering interleaved game with tournament entry mechanism also provides tournament “tickets” that may be obtained during gameplay of the entertainment game and used to gain tournament entry. One or more tickets may be required to gain entry into a particular tournament and different tournaments may specify different sets of ticket requirements. A player may accumulate tickets through the skillful gameplay of the entertainment game and/or a combination of skillful gameplay and/or randomly provided to a player during the gameplay of the entertainment game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10489760
    Abstract: An apparatus that operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records, includes at least one processor that is in operative connection with a card reader, a check acceptor, a cash dispenser and a display. The at least one processor causes the machine to operate to read card data from a user card, and to cause a determination to be made that the read card data corresponds to an authorized financial account. The at least one processor is operative to cause data to be read from a check and/or cash to be dispensed, and a financial transfer to or from the account corresponding to the value thereof. Machine instructions are output and user transaction inputs can be received through either a primary or an auxiliary touch screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul D. Magee, James Block, Randall W. Jenkins, Tim Crews, Michael J. Harty, Richard C. Lute, Klaus A. Steinbach, Natarajan Ramachandran, Songtao Ma, Sathish M. Irudayam, Robert Konecny, James D. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10489843
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method which allows a prospective insured to make an informed decision on healthcare insurance or a specific health care management decision by using a current medical profile to assist in their selection. Based on past medical care, as obtained from payor data, a number of different plans, each having different providers, different deductibles, different maximums, different reimbursement policies, etc., a person can make an informed decision. When a family has different payors for different family members, a proper blend of payors can be more easily selected since the payors (or a single payor) has a medical profile of each family member and also has information on providers in the network, prescription policies, deductibles, maximums, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cognizant TriZetto Software Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Val C. Dean
  • Patent number: 10460311
    Abstract: A gift card system and method for purchasing gift cards at a kiosk is disclosed. The system/method includes a gift card distribution kiosk located at a retail establishment that provides a user with access to a multitude of different forms of gift cards that may be purchased and printed onto a customizable card with a personalized message. The kiosk includes a kiosk processor interface, a gift card dispenser, a card reader and gift card management server connected to a network. The gift card management server, through the kiosk processor interface, provides vendor options to users to select and pay via the card reader. In another embodiment, the kiosk is used to redeem unused user gift cards for a reduced value user selected gift card, reduced cash value, full value store card, rewards points, bank debit, and/or electronic code user towards online purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ARCH HOLDINGS, LP
    Inventor: James R. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10445805
    Abstract: Ordering, customizing, and managing a hierarchy of keys and locks. In an embodiment, a keying tree is graphically generated to comprise a key representation and at least one lock representation. The key representation represents at least one master key, as a root node, and comprises a key-name input, a key-quantity input, and a key-deletion input. The at least one lock representation represents at least one locking device, as at least one leaf node, and comprises a lock-name input, a lock-build input, a lock-quantity input, and a lock-deletion input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HODGE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Hodge, Zachary Hodge
  • Patent number: 10445971
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for secure payment and providing multimedia at fuel dispensers are provided. In general, a fuel dispenser can include a terminal configured to receive secure information and to show multimedia. The terminal can be configured to switch between a first mode and a second mode. The terminal can include a touchscreen. In the first mode, the touchscreen can have a shield enabled thereon that is configured to reduce a field of view of the touchscreen such that the touchscreen is only visible from specific angle(s). In the second mode, the shield can be disabled such that the touchscreen does not have a reduced field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Henry Fieglein, Steve Belt
  • Patent number: 10439825
    Abstract: An example system receives certificate requests from clients. Each request indicates: a number of computerized devices needing certificates; a timestamp indicating when the request was transmitted; and a client. The system includes a Quality of Service (QoS) manager that: distributes the requests from the clients across client queues, each of the client queues corresponding to a particular client; and divides requests into smaller subgroups of entries corresponding to a subset of the computerized devices needing certificates. It also includes a QoS arbiter that selects a sequence of entries from the client queues to be placed onto a QoS queue based on a number of entries in the QoS queue, a latency level of a certificate management service, and timestamps indicating when requests were transmitted, where the QoS manager retrieves entries from the QoS queue in the sequence selected by the QoS arbiter and transmits them to the certificate management service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: INTEGRITY SECURITY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Alan T. Meyer, Daniel R. Fynaardt
  • Patent number: 10431075
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, products and methods for customizing a remote control are presented. Sensors are optionally used to aid in the identification of users and user specific remote control configurations and layouts are optionally automatically loaded upon determination that a different user is handling the remote control. The devices, systems, products and methods are useful for minimizing inadvertent changes to system setting and modes due to unanticipated or accidental presses of buttons on a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Ukraine L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ekaterina Filatova, Andrey Kuplevakhsky
  • Patent number: 10410458
    Abstract: A bezel assembly for data reception is provided for use in a transactional device that comprises a door attached to open and close. The bezel assembly comprises: a casing secured to the door, an interior insertion/dispensing slot formed in the casing, a hollow tongue or protrusion forward-extending from the casing to define a bottom surface of the interior insertion/dispensing slot, and a wireless communication module arranged in the hollow tongue or protrusion for communication with a built-in NFC chip in an identification card when put in the interior insertion/dispensing slot to identify a user of the identification card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kamihigashi, Steve Johnson, Omar Jorge Rivera, Scott A. Toth, Daniel Petersen, Dominic Mohrhardt
  • Patent number: 10402538
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method which gathers information from all of a person's healthcare providers and abstracts from that information the data necessary for a healthcare provider to render informed medical decisions. In one embodiment, information necessary to process proper payment to a provider (re: reimbursement to the insured patient) is used to develop a holistic view of the medical condition pertaining to the patient. Since this information comes from a myriad of providers, including physicians, surgeons, nursing care, druggists, testing labs, mental health counselors, dentists, oral surgeons, etc., the holistic view that is developed is comprehensive. In one embodiment, the system and method could set parameters on critical data such that if that data is outside the set parameters, alerts can be sent to the appropriate caregivers and/or patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cognizant TriZetto Software Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Val C. Dean
  • Patent number: 10402799
    Abstract: A method of utilizing a processing device to manage a currency-management system. A characteristic of a user is identified by utilization of a first sensor which is associated with the user. A state of a first currency dispenser is identified through utilization of a second sensor which is associated with the currency dispenser. Based on at least one of the characteristic and the state, information is identified to send to the user. Information is caused to be output from a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Rickey D. Burks, Charles L. Oakes, III, Bradly J. Billman, Matthew C. Reedy, Anthony G. Castiglione, Jess W. Gingrich, Wilson Samuel, Wayne Maurice Hartman
  • Patent number: 10402774
    Abstract: An intelligence platform determines that a package was delivered to a location, and receives real-time information associated with the package or location. The real-time information includes sensor data received from one or more sensor devices disposed proximate to the package, or third party data received from one or more third party devices associated with a geographic region that includes the location to which the package was delivered. The intelligence platform determines, using a machine learning model, a score for the package based on the real-time information, where the score predicts a measure of vulnerability of the package, and determines whether to retrieve or protect the package based on the score. The intelligence platform selects an unmanned vehicle (UV) to retrieve or protect the package based on vehicular data, and transmits instructions to the UV to cause the UV to navigate to the package and retrieve or protect the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLP
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Kevin Park, Shane Blackman
  • Patent number: 10380662
    Abstract: Unique data is obtained from a consumer; the identity data is verified for the consumer based on the unique data. A verification message is provided for at least a portion of a transaction during a transaction after the identity data is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Sadler, Peter Leonard Northall, Yehoshua Zvi Licht, Andrew David Monaghan, Lee Edwin Anderson, Matthew Christopher Scott
  • Patent number: 10380596
    Abstract: A method for providing a gift includes receiving a gift token creation request representative of a selection of a gift recipient and gift limitations from a first computing device. The method includes generating a tokenized PAN associated with a gift account and transmitting the tokenized PAN and gift limitations to a second computing device. The method includes detecting a transaction authorization request that is representative of an attempted transaction at a merchant POS device based on monitoring of transaction authorization data originating from a plurality of merchant POS devices. The transaction authorization request represents an attempted tokenized PAN, an attempted transaction amount and a merchant code. The method includes determining that the attempted tokenized PAN matches the tokenized PAN associated with the gift account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Taurean Butler, Christine Berglund, Adam Vukich, Jessica Greenberg, Colin Hart, Mykhaylo Bulgakov, Jason Ji, Kaylyn Gibilterra
  • Patent number: 10332358
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and systems for managing and distributing currency. One system includes modularized components and interacts with a user via the user's cell phone. The user may authenticate to the system via a password and biometrics, pre-stage interactions such as deposits or withdrawals, and then conduct a transaction. The system may also analyze the documents, such as currency and/or checks, that are deposited with the system, and determine whether they are valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Rickey D. Burks, Charles L. Oakes, III, Bradly J. Billman, Matthew C. Reedy, Anthony G. Castiglione, Jess W. Gingrich, Samuel Wilson, Wayne Maurice Hartman
  • Patent number: 10332083
    Abstract: A method of performing a fueling transaction via an application installed on a mobile device, such as a smart phone. One step of the method involves receiving at the mobile device a short range wireless initiation signal directly from a fuel dispenser. The wireless initiation signal contains information indentifying the fuel dispenser. In response to the wireless initiation signal, an application is automatically launched on the mobile device. Input is received into the mobile device from a customer, which is interpreted by the application to correspond to at least one selection made by the customer. Payment information of the customer is transmitted from the mobile device to a remote cloud server so that the transaction can be authorized. As fuel is dispensed from the fuel dispenser, at least one of fueling information and promotional information is received at the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Robert P. Hoffman, Giovanni Carapelli, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 10318961
    Abstract: System, arrangement and method for providing information regarding network events associated with a subscriber in an access network. A customer care session is initiated between a customer care unit and a data warehouse. The session is referring to an identity of said subscriber. A subscription to network events associated with the subscriber is done, where the data warehouse subscribes to a stream of ongoing network events. The content of the stream refers to the identity of the subscriber. Information is received regarding ongoing network events which are triggered by one or more communications between a terminal of the subscriber and a network element in the network. The information is provided to a customer care agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventor: Marcus Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10318963
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for determining the status and renewing a vehicle registration and/or inspection while a vehicle is located in proximity to a fuel dispensing apparatus. Data communication is established between the fuel dispensing apparatus and a vehicle located in proximity to the fuel dispensing apparatus. Data is received from the vehicle located in proximity to the fuel dispensing apparatus providing one or more identification characteristics of the vehicle. Analysis is performed using the one or more identification characteristics to determine a status of a vehicle registration and/or inspection for the vehicle located in proximity to the fuel dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Charles L. Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 10319174
    Abstract: Systems and methods allowing for a customer to initiate a fuel purchase transaction utilizing a mobile device are described. The customer may further be presented with advertisements on his mobile device and/or be provided with the opportunity to purchase additional items for inclusion on his fuel transaction. In some embodiments, the customer may pay for his transaction using mobile wallet information or other information associated with the mobile device. Alternatively, in some embodiments, the customer may pay for his transaction using input means of the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Aaron Miller, Michael Cain Finley, Steven J. Giera
  • Patent number: 10311419
    Abstract: A method for monitoring security of a point-of-sale terminal involves a terminal management server receiving from the point-of-sale terminal data indicative of a violation detected by the point-of-sale terminal of one or more security parameters. The violation is indicative of a compromise of the point-of-sale terminal. The point-of-sale terminal may maintain a network connection with the terminal management server. One or more of the security parameters may include a network connectivity status of the point-of-sale terminal, and the detected violation may include a termination of the network connection. The terminal management server may classify the detected violation of the one or more of the security parameters as potential fraudulent activity, and send a command to the point-of-sale terminal disabling functionality of the point-of-sale terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventor: Robert Hayhow
  • Patent number: 10304057
    Abstract: A touchless vend system includes a first processor and a second processor, each within a vending machine and communicably coupled to one another. The first processor can receive a signal representing a product selection, associated with a product in the vending machine, from a mobile device. The first processor can transmit a payment authorization to a controller of the vending machine, and transmit the signal representing the product selection to the second processor. The second processor receives the signal representing the product selection from the first processor, converts the signal representing the product selection into an electronic signal based on a make, a model, and version information of the vend machine, and sends the electronic signal to the controller to cause vending of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Vagabond Vending, LLC
    Inventors: John H. Powell, Ryan A. Ostendorf, Jameel A. Ahed, Siddhartha E. Srivatsan, Michael Lovett
  • Patent number: 10304052
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for the money transactions required in the selling of merchandise or media content on the Internet and uses at least one in-person contact with the buyer. A predefined transaction originating at a real place of business authorizes access to web content or merchandise from a place off the web. Purchasers (end-users) must physically go to a retail location to choose the Internet media or merchandise shopping cart they wish to acquire where age can be verified if necessary and payment can be made with or without a credit card. Content security using a non-audible or invisible code signal sequence(s) can provide traceability as well as absolute anonymity for the purchaser. This apparatus can be used to conduct transactions off the web so that business can be done on the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: James Leonard Driessen
  • Patent number: 10267665
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a system for monitoring and detecting a level of a tank storing a material. The system may be used in making a determination of whether and/or when to provide additional material to the tank, to refill the tank partially or entirely. In some embodiments, the tank may be disposed at a premises such as a residence or commercial building and the system may be disposed in part at that premises to monitor the level of the material in the tank. In some embodiments, the material may be a fuel and the tank may be a fuel tank, to provide fuel to utilities equipment at the premises. In other embodiments, the tank may include other materials, such as other utilities materials. In some embodiments, the utilities material may be potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Tank Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McBride, James E. McMann, Steven Cratus Owens, Michael Varanka
  • Patent number: 10246056
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for optimizing course understanding. The method, computer program product and computer system may include a computing device to receive fueling location data and vehicle identification data of a vehicle from a radio frequency identification (RFID) transceiver from a plurality of fueling stations. The RFID transceiver may receive the vehicle identification data at the RFID transceiver from a cryptographic RFID transponder as part of the vehicle. The computing device may receive user authentication signals authorizing a plurality of fueling stations from an authorized user of the vehicle. The computing device may determine from the fueling location data, the vehicle identification data, and the user authentication signals one or more fueling patterns. The computing device may detect a fueling location deviating from the one or more fueling patterns send an alert to an authorized device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Harry R. McGregor, Christopher B. Moore, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 10216152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for parameterizing a device with parameters from a parameter list, wherein in an event of a match occurring between an external parameter token calculated externally based on the parameter list, and an internal parameter token calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on the parameter list, an external device token input into the device is compared with an internal device token, which is calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on a device ID for the device and the internal parameter token to validate the parameter list such that fast and reliable parameterization of a device, particularly a safety critical device, which is provided in an industrial installation or a vehicle, is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Konstantin Keutner, Wolfgang Trumler, Michael Klotzbach
  • Patent number: 10192407
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for facilitating cash payment for online gaming including systems and methods for generating a player input screen for a game provider; receiving information for a player via the player input screen; presenting one or more points-of-service to the player; generating a token that is a reference to the player information; providing the token to the player; receiving a confirmation that the player presented the token and a payment having a payment amount at one of the points-of-service; receiving a portion of the payment amount received at the point-of-service; and transmitting a portion of the payment amount received at the point-of-service and a portion of the player information to the game provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Handle Financial, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Capps
  • Patent number: 10167153
    Abstract: Baseline values for metal detection readings associated with an item inserted into an infeed mouth of a depository are obtained before the item is pinched on a pathway of the depository. The baseline values are adjusted by additional readings obtained when the item is pinched on the pathway for transport. The adjusted baseline values are processed with calculated values from ongoing and fluctuating current readings to determine at least one final value. A determination is made as to whether the item includes at least some metal based on comparison of the at least one final value and a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Slavko Seremet
  • Patent number: 10163148
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for using wireless beacons to manage shopping lists. One of the methods includes receiving, from a user, a selection of one or more items available for purchase at a physical store location of a store. A user device receives a signal from a wireless beacon installed in a particular section of the physical store location, wherein the signal emitted by the wireless beacon identifies the particular section of the store. If one or more items in the shopping list are located in the particular section, the one or more identified items that are located in the particular section are presented on a display device of the user device such that they appear above one or more items in the shopping list data that are not located in the particular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Shuvo Chatterjee, Rishi Garg
  • Patent number: 10134274
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, products and methods for customizing a remote control are presented. Sensors are optionally used to aid in the identification of users and user specific remote control configurations and layouts are optionally automatically loaded upon determination that a different user is handling the remote control. The devices, systems, products and methods are useful for minimizing inadvertent changes to system setting and modes due to unanticipated or accidental presses of buttons on a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Ekaterina Filatova, Andrey Kuplevakhsky
  • Patent number: 10131529
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a system including a modular dispensing system, at least one dispensing head at a counter, a transfer unit located remotely from the counter, and piping extending from the transfer unit to the counter. In one aspect, the transfer unit comprises a centralized flavor ingredient system having a plurality of beverage flavor ingredient sources, and the piping comprises a main micro bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Jersey, William W. Segiet, Tom Siegel, Eddie Kali, Joseph H. Boggs, Robert Balstad
  • Patent number: 10096059
    Abstract: Interactive Self-Service (SS) display mechanisms are provided. A SST includes a first display and a second display. The first display is operable to present information relevant to a transaction at the SST. The second display is operable to simultaneously present information relevant to a status of the SST and information unrelated to the status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Wayne Taylor, Harold George Bolich, III
  • Patent number: 10068550
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a computing device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, and a payment object reader communicatively coupled to the computing device that is used to acquire data from a payment object reader. The payment object reader includes an optical output device. The brightness of the optical output device is controlled by the payment object reader depending on the brightness of the computing device coupled to the payment object reader. The brightness level of the optical output device of the payment object reader, which can be a near field communication (NFC) signal strength indicator having four light-emitting-diodes (LEDs), is coordinated to the brightness level of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Grace Huey Chen
  • Patent number: 10059358
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for preventing theft of mobile objects which are used by for temporary time period by anonymous users. The system is comprised of: at least one locking mechanism engaging a mobile object to a secure locking arrangement, wherein the locking mechanism can be unlocked by a remote communication device, an identifying tag attached to said mobile object including an identifying code, a controller network device including identification data of plurality of mobile objects, said controller device is enabled to send unlocking instruction to at least one locking mechanism and a mobile communication device enabled to send electronic message to said controller network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NOMIL LTD.
    Inventors: Yehuda Margalit, Ruth Margalit
  • Patent number: 10048913
    Abstract: A method for managing an electronic document (ED) using an electronic content management (ECM) system, including: receiving a submission comprising the ED; generating a unique identifier (UID), a first version number, and a first mapping linking the UID and the first version number to the ED; inserting a first symbol corresponding to the UID and the first version number into the ED; generating a first archived document corresponding to the ED and comprising the first symbol; distributing the first archived document; receiving a submission comprising a revised version of the ED from a user; generating a second version number and a second mapping linking the UID and the second version number to the revised version; inserting a second symbol corresponding to the UID and the second version number into the revised version; and generating a second archived document corresponding to the revised version and comprising the second symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Steven Tecu
  • Patent number: 10013669
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are provided to manage inventory. The method includes: obtaining, by a processor, a signal of decodable indicia; decoding, by the processor, the signal of decodable indicia to access decoded data, where the decoded data includes information identifying an object, where the object includes a plurality of items. Based on the information identifying the object, the processor obtains, from a memory, a visual representation of a portion of the object. The visual representation is divided into a plurality of regions and each region represents an item of the plurality of items. The processor displays the visual representation on a client and obtains a designation of at least one of the plurality of regions. Based on obtaining the designation the processor generates an order request for an item represented by the at least one of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: RAM HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T McCullough, Thomas W Higginbotham, James Robert Camire, Thomas Edward Hennel
  • Patent number: 10000128
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention allow multi-space meters and gated parking systems to separately manage and control electric vehicle charging stations located in conjunction with parking spaces. Control is implemented by the meters or other management systems providing codes, for example by printing them on a parking pass or receipt. When entered into the electric vehicle charging station, the code initiates a predetermined interval of charging, or an interval of charging selected by the patron during a transaction with the meter. The code is typically a multi-digit number, and may be encrypted to resist fraud. Data representative of the receipt, including the code, may be made available from an online server and delivered to a parking patron's smartphone or other portable device, whereby parking and vehicle charging may be obtained without first visiting a parking management kiosk and then returning to the vehicle to initiate charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Liberty PlugIns, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Outwater, William Gibbens Redmann