Item Inventorying Patents (Class 340/5.92)
  • Patent number: 10325241
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for monitoring a life-cycle of a product, the method including executing on a processing unit, instructions to perform: receiving an electronic manufacture notification from a manufacturer, via a network, including a manufacturing time, the manufacturing time indicating a time of manufacturing of the product; calculating a shelf-life expiration date based on an estimated shelf-life and the manufacturing time of the product; receiving an electronic scanning notification from a scanning device, via a network, including a modification time indicating a time of modification of the product from a preserved state to a non-preserved state; calculating a usage expiration date based on an estimated length of time the product is usable in the non-preserving state and the modification time; sending notification of the shelf-life expiration date to the scanning device; sending notification of the usage expiration date to the scanning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Shlomo Uri Haimi
  • Patent number: 10191517
    Abstract: A flexible device that includes a flexible display panel bent to have a curved surface and a supporting member provided at one end of the flexible display panel. The flexible display panel makes contact with a portion of the supporting member and surrounds the supporting member while being bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae Wook Kang
  • Patent number: 10186124
    Abstract: A security system can use video analytics and/or other input parameters to identify a theft event. Optionally, the security system can take remedial action in response. For example, the security system can use video analytics to determine that a person has reached into a shelf multiple times at a rate above a threshold, which can indicate that a thief is quickly removing items from the shelf. The security system can also use video analytics to determine that a person has reached into a shelf via a sweeping action, which can indicate that a thief is gathering and removing a large quantity of items from the shelf in one motion. In response, the security system can alert security personnel, cause a speaker to output an audible message in the target area, flag portions of the video relating to the theft event, activate or ready other sensors or systems, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Charles Mullins
  • Patent number: 10091562
    Abstract: A system of a machine includes a network of a plurality of sensing/control/identification devices distributed throughout the machine. Each of the sensing/control/identification devices is associated with at least one sub-system component of the machine and operable to communicate through a plurality of electromagnetic signals. Shielding surrounds at least one of the sensing/control/identification devices to contain the electromagnetic signals proximate to the at least one sub-system component. A waveguide is operable to route a portion of the electromagnetic signals through a waveguide transmitter interface, a waveguide medium, and a waveguide transition interface to the at least one of the sensing/control/identification devices. A remote processing unit is operable to communicate with the network of the sensing/control/identification devices through the electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph V. Mantese, Kurt J. Sobanski, Brian L. McCabe, Joseph Zacchio
  • Patent number: 10078826
    Abstract: A digital point-of-sale system for determining key performance indicators (KPIs) at a point-of-sale includes a product identification unit and a realogram creation unit. The product identification unit is configured to receive a captured image of a product display and to identify products in the captured image by comparing features determined from the captured image to features determined from products templates. The realogram creation unit is configured to create a realogram from the identified products and product templates. A product price KPI unit is configured to identify a product label proximally located to each identified product, and to recognize the product price on each product label. Each product price is compared to a predetermined range of prices to determine whether the product label proximally located to the identified product is a correct product label for the identified product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Simone Morandi, Marco Dini, Michele Sassano, Pier Paolo Campari, Andrew E. Fano
  • Patent number: 10080068
    Abstract: A system for a machine component includes at least one local transmitter/receiver. At least one device is associated with a component and configured to communicate with the at least one local transmitter/receiver through wireless signals. Shielding surrounds both the local transmitter and the device for containing the wireless signals proximate to the component. A remote processing unit is disposed outside of the shielding in communication with the local transmitter/receiver. A control system and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Kurt J. Sobanski
  • Patent number: 10042392
    Abstract: A flexible device that includes a flexible display panel bent to have a curved surface and a supporting member provided at one end of the flexible display panel. The flexible display panel makes contact with a portion of the supporting member and surrounds the supporting member while being bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae Wook Kang
  • Patent number: 10043360
    Abstract: A security system can use video analytics and/or other input parameters to identify a theft event. Optionally, the security system can take remedial action in response. For example, the security system can use video analytics to determine that a person has reached into a shelf multiple times at a rate above a threshold, which can indicate that a thief is quickly removing items from the shelf. The security system can also use video analytics to determine that a person has reached into a shelf via a sweeping action, which can indicate that a thief is gathering and removing a large quantity of items from the shelf in one motion. In response, the security system can alert security personnel, cause a speaker to output an audible message in the target area, flag portions of the video relating to the theft event, activate or ready other sensors or systems, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Charles Mullins
  • Patent number: 9990466
    Abstract: An inventory management system provided by an inventory management service provider senses removal of medical items from inventory to be dispensed to a patient. The system processes billing information to identify the patient's medical insurance provider, to identify a medical item supplier that is the preferred biller for the patient's medical insurance provider, and to determine whether the inventory management service provider is the identified preferred biller. If the inventory management service provider is the preferred biller, the system generates an invoice from the inventory management service provider to bill the patient's medical insurance provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. DeBusk, Angela M. Sewell, Gregory S. Hodge, Samuel J.E. Fox
  • Patent number: 9922384
    Abstract: A wireless computerized will call system is provided for filling prescriptions and then locating specific prescriptions that have been filled when the customer arrives to pick up the prescription. The system includes a computer workstation or network, a wireless transmitter, and hanger bags for temporarily storing prescriptions awaiting customer pick up. The hanger bags are equipped with wireless receivers and transducers. When a pharmacy worker commands the computer system to locate a specific prescription, the specific hanger bag containing that prescription receives a wireless signal from the computer system and activates the transducer on the hanger bag to alert the pharmacy worker to the location of the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: William Robert Cobb, Chris Gregory Cox, Barton Carter Mitchell, Derek William Thompson, Brian Marshall Burney
  • Patent number: 9913608
    Abstract: A system for monitoring incontinence in one or more subjects comprises display means; input means operable by a user; one or more transmitters, each transmitter being associated with one or more subjects being monitored; the one or more transmitters being configured to transmit signals containing continence-related data for the one or more subjects, wherein the continence-related data has been obtained over time from a continence sensor associated with an absorbent article worn by each respective subject; a receiver unit configured to receive signals from the one or more transmitters; and processing means in communication with at least the receiver unit, the processing means including a display processor configured to process the received signals and communicate display information to the display means for display of a visual representation of continence-related information derived from continence sensors in the absorbent articles worn by the one or more subjects being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fred Bergman Healthcare Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Philippa Mary Lewis, Karen Maree Carey, Alan Michael Cottenden, David Albert Barda, Peter Curran, Don Black
  • Patent number: 9874942
    Abstract: Presented is a control system for augmenting a portable touch screen device having integral processing capability. The control system includes an enclosure configured for encasing the portable touch screen device, an internal docking connector configured for communicatively mating with the portable touch screen device, and hard buttons. At least one of the hard buttons is functionally configured for use with an application program running on the portable touch screen device. The control system includes further includes a processor configured for converting button actuations into a digital format, and a first facility for communicating the digital format to the portable touch screen device via the internal docking connector. The application program is configured such that, during operation, the application program communicates the status of the one hard button to at least one external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Feldstein, Mark Labosco, Brian Fagan
  • Patent number: 9843591
    Abstract: Techniques to implement beacon-based access authorization to industrial assets in an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, each industrial asset has one or more beacons that broadcast signals enabling a mobile device to measure its distance from the broadcasting beacon. Each signal also can include access level data defining access permitted for various users, depending on the user's authorization level and the calculated distance between the mobile device and the broadcasting beacon. In some implementations the mobile device can provide directions to the user to enable an otherwise disallowed operation. Access to industrial assets is thus limited by the calculated mobile device distance from the industrial asset and the user's authorization level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Bliss
  • Patent number: 9773220
    Abstract: Master case tracking mesh for data transmission includes a shipping container for holding items to be transported therein. The shipping container may include a central data storage unit configured to receive data transmitted thereto, and a plurality of electronic tags configured to store data of the items, and further configured to transmit data of the items to the central data storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Hubert Blanchard, Giorgio Caset, Xavier Marguerettaz, Xavier Cedric Raemy
  • Patent number: 9767663
    Abstract: A GPS directed intrusion system with data acquisition is provided. Some methods can include detecting a threat event associated with a monitored facility, collecting data relevant to the threat event, and transmitting the data relevant to the threat event to a mobile device of an authority figure dispatched to the monitored facility. Some methods can also include placing a surveillance device associated with the monitored facility in a tracking mode, tracking motion captured by the surveillance device, and transmitting data representative of the motion to a mobile device of an authority figure dispatched to the monitored facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: John M. Reske
  • Patent number: 9760857
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of receiving, at a processing device of a commerce server, at least a video signal from a head mountable unit worn by a consumer in a retail store. The method also includes the step of identifying, with the processing device, an indication of depleted stock in the retail store in response to the video signal received from the head mountable unit. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a restock signal in response to the identifying step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9740955
    Abstract: A method for product recognition from multiple images includes producing a plurality of recognition results for a plurality of input images, stitching the plurality of input images into a single stitched image; merging the plurality of recognition results using information from stitching the plurality of input images to generate a merged recognition result; and outputting the merged recognition result. The disclosure also includes systems for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu Shi, Michael J. Gormish
  • Patent number: 9606635
    Abstract: A wearable interactive device, such as a wearable identity badge is disclosed. When a user moves the device, such as to position a display (e.g., part) of the device a sensed distance at a sensed horizontal and vertical angle, the device outputs content that is based on the position. Context data also may be used in determining the content to output, as well as any other sensed data that may be available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Hodges, Norman Timo Pohl, John Helmes, Nicolas Villar Martinez, Timothy S. Paek, Johnson Tan Apacible
  • Patent number: 9547966
    Abstract: A removal device for a security tag attached to an article, including an identification of the security tag, offered for sale in a commercial establishment; where the removal device can be connected to a processor device configured, in turn, to supply an activation signal from the removal device, once the payment transaction has been completed, in order to remove the security tag in the event that there is a positive match between the security tag read by an identification reading device and a machine-readable identification tag read by a device for reading machine-readable identification tags prior to the completion of the sales transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Yudigar S.L.U.
    Inventors: Ignacio Gabriel Marín Villamayor, Lorena Gómez Latorre
  • Patent number: 9430010
    Abstract: A server rack includes a rack space having a plurality of rack units for receiving equipment, a power mapping module, and a plurality of power receptacles. Each power receptacle is coupled to the power mapping module to provide an indication to the power mapping module when equipment is plugged in to the power receptacles, uniquely associated with one of the plurality of rack units, and collocated with the associated rack unit. The power mapping module is operable to determine which rack unit of the plurality of rack units that first equipment is installed into, based upon a first power receptacle of the first equipment being coupled to a first power receptacle of the plurality of power receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: John R. Palmer, Syed S. Ahmed, Jinsaku Masuyama
  • Patent number: 9423854
    Abstract: A server rack includes a management controller, a power mapping module coupled to the management controller, and a plurality of power receptacles. Each power receptacle is coupled to the power mapping module to provide an indication to the power mapping module of the power consumed by equipment that is plugged in to each power receptacle. The management controller is operable to determine that the power consumed by the equipment installed in the server rack is greater than a first high power threshold and throttle a first piece of equipment installed in the rack space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: John R. Palmer, Syed S. Ahmed, Jinsaku Masuyama
  • Patent number: 9418255
    Abstract: Overwriting information that was correctly written to an IC tag that can communicate wirelessly but is not the IC tag on the medium intended to be processed is prevented so that the wrong information is not stored in the IC tag. When writing write data including uniquely assigned tag ID information to an IC tag ends correctly, the system controller 35 of the media processing device 2 stores information indicating that writing the IC tag was completed. When writing write data to an IC tag, the system controller 35 reads the tag ID information and determines if information matching the read tag ID information is included in the stored tag ID information. If matching information is found, the system controller 35 prohibits writing to the IC tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Koike
  • Patent number: 9396454
    Abstract: Systems and methods of processing items. Items in a distribution network or process may be scanned at every handling point in the distribution network, and each scan is recorded in a central repository. The scan information can be used to generate real-time access to data, analytical tools, predictive tools, and tracking reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Stephen M. Dearing, Kuldip K. Goyal, Carla F. Sherry, Amy B. Cradic, C. Scot Atkins, Himesh A. Patel
  • Patent number: 9383289
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water leak detection system for detecting water leaks in residential and commercial buildings or constructions. The water leak detection system provides central monitoring and point identification data of water leaks. The water detection system includes a plurality of address modules connected to a plurality of sensors for assigning an identifier to each sensor. The address modules are in wired or wireless communication with a central control unit, which processes detected sensor signals and notifies an alarm annunciator of point identification data of a water leak. The alarm annunciator provides visual and/or audible indications of where a water leak has been detected. The central control unit and/or alarm annunciator further operate a valve associated to the sensor in order to revert the water leak detection. The central control unit can further communicate the detection to a remote equipment, via a wired or wireless network communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: John Meyer
  • Patent number: 9319933
    Abstract: An Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) device is described. The ITS device (400) includes: radio resources including a receiver (402) adapted to receive a radio signal in at least two frequency bands; a channel detector (410) arranged to analyse a signal received in a first frequency band to determine the presence of a transmission in that frequency band; a controller (402) configured to control assignment of radio resources, and in the event that the channel detector detects a signal in the first frequency band, to prevent transmission of a potentially interfering radio signal. The first frequency channel can be part of another radio communications system, such as a RTTT1 SSRC radio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Cohda Wireless Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Dean Alexander, Paul Kingsley Gray
  • Patent number: 9041508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory condition of objects based on captured images are described. An exemplary inventory control system or method utilizes a highly efficient and economical approach to apply suitable imaging parameters for capturing images of a storage drawer being accessed by a user, or for manipulating the captured images of the drawer. An inventory condition of the drawer is determined based on the captured images or manipulated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen L. Glickman, David A. Jackson, Matthew J. Lipsey, Preston Phillips, David C. Fly, Jason L. Weeks
  • Patent number: 9024755
    Abstract: In selected embodiments video footage is automatically analyzed to determine whether product stock levels at particular product locations are low. Video analytics may be employed to track product removal from shelves and determine approximate quantities of product remaining on each shelf based on product size and dedicated shelf area. In selected implementations an alarm notification is generated to alert store personnel that restocking is appropriate. Such an alarm notification optionally includes a still image of the area corresponding to the alarm together with data related to the product and projected quantities needed to restock the shelf. In some embodiments the system automatically identifies the store personnel who are currently located in areas near where the alarm event occurred and the notification is wirelessly distributed to their mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaclyn Fuhr, Andrew Ascher
  • Patent number: 9024725
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a reader/writer, a communication terminal, and a wireless IC tag. The communication terminal includes an electric field antenna including a coupling portion that defines a magnetic field antenna, and the antenna portion is housed in a pen-shaped casing. The antenna portion is coupled to an electric field antenna of the reader/writer through an electric field, and the coupling portion is coupled to the wireless IC tag through a magnetic field. The reader/writer communicates with the wireless IC tag as a result of the coupling portion being brought close to the wireless IC tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuo Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 9019076
    Abstract: A storage system for material containers provides a readable ID distinguishing each container, and includes a scale that weighs containers, so that the system can distinguish between containers that are sufficiently loaded to be effective and containers that are insufficiently loaded. The system preferably includes storage for containers held in contact with readers of the container IDs. This allows a controller to keep track of containers checked out for use and returned for storage, and to identify containers that have been discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Key Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: George H. Eckerdt
  • Patent number: 8988197
    Abstract: A backscatter tag system including a tag having tag circuitry and a reader for transmitting a command signal to the tag includes an energizer node for transmitting an energy signal to the tag to energize the tag and provide energy for operating the tag circuitry and for emitting a backscatter signal by the tag. The energizer node includes an energizer receiver for receiving the command signal from the reader to provide a received command signal and an energizer transmitter for transmitting the received command signal from the reader to the tag. The energizer node transmits both the energy signal and the received command signal to the tag. The energizer transmitter can transmit a sinusoidal signal, a frequency hopping signal, a spread spectrum signal, or a frequency shifted signal to the tag. The backscatter tag circuitry can include a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben J. Wild, Upamanyu Madhow, Kannan Ramchandran
  • Patent number: 8988246
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring proximally configurable devices deployed in a region that includes scanning the region that includes multiple deployed proximally configurable devices with a directed radiation beam and transmitting data, utilizing the directed radiation beam, to one or more of the deployed proximally configurable devices where the data is associated with the location of the directed radiation beam during scanning within the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Mirov
  • Patent number: 8978229
    Abstract: A method for producing an identification device, including: obtaining a holder, substantially shaped as a curved stratum having a C-shaped cross-section, the holder having an external surface and an internal surface, the stratum having at least one opening thereon; micro-etching the internal surface of the holder; fixing an identification tag within the holder by a hardening material; and wherein fixing the identification tag within the holder includes the following steps in the order as listed: placing the holder within a container on a curved rim of the holder; filling the holder to about half the height with a hardening material; placing the identification tag within the holder; filling the holder to its height with the hardening material; and hardening the hardening material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Haldor Advanced Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuven Halberthal, Jacob Poremba
  • Patent number: 8981905
    Abstract: An asset tracking technology wrings from a scan, event, location, and personal data in combination, immense mounds of useful information about the assets by interacting this information with Points of Data via cloud processing and analytics. The system tracks each asset at each location starting at its initial location and thereafter at each succeeding location, including time taken and steps involved as reported by each player in the supply chain. Each asset and each critical embedded component has a tag or mark that uniquely identifies it. Each tag is registered in a cloud-hosted database. Each sending and each receiving location will input the tag information with a scanner. This data flowing from the tracking model is transmitted to the cloud-hosted database for processing using Big Data Analytics techniques and artificial intelligence expert systems tools to determine the probably of a deviation from a normative established by the expert system based on the collected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: A2B Tracking Solutions, Inc
    Inventor: David J. Collins
  • Patent number: 8954351
    Abstract: A novel vending machine system integrating a food storage container and a high speed stored energy cooking oven capable of cooking foods in under one minute such as that further described by U.S. Provisional Application 60/822,028 filed on Aug. 10, 2006 as well as co-pending application “Wire Mesh Thermal Radiative Element and Use in a Radiative Oven” filed on Dec. 30, 2008 by De Luca. The invention disclosing a novel configuration for the oven incorporating storage, a system allowing for the proper cooking of items and food positioning, an activation system, and an invoicing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: De Luca Oven Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 8939365
    Abstract: A registering and counting system operated in response to information included on data bearing records is used for maintaining inventory records related to narcotics items. Data corresponding to users is read through record reading devices. Authorized users are allowed access to a narcotics vault. Narcotics holding containers are removable from storage locations in drawers. Wireless transmitters on the containers operate in conjunction with wireless readers in the storage locations to enable a computer to track the use of the narcotics items and operating parameters of the registering and counting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventor: Rodney J. Reese
  • Patent number: 8942897
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a location of an unloaded unit of agricultural product and locating a desired unit of agricultural product or identifying a candidate unit of agricultural product as a function of sensing system information indicating contact of the unit with the ground or other surface onto which the unit is unloaded, global positioning system or other location system information identifying the contact or related location, and heading information, which information can then be used to discern the unit from others at the location for desired loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Foster, Justin R. Ringwald
  • Patent number: 8912898
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a request to determine a status of a first of a plurality of advertising devices is received. The advertising devices are spatially separated. Operating conditions of the first advertising device are identified. The status of the first advertising device is determined based, at least in part, on the operating conditions. A presentation including information indicating the status of the first advertising device is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lites Out, LLC
    Inventors: Brent D. Arnold, Brian K. Reinle, Scott H. Galaise
  • Patent number: 8896448
    Abstract: An approach is provided for mapping a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag to a network routable address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Archer, Francisco A. Dias, Kristopher A. Pate
  • Patent number: 8896421
    Abstract: A wide area radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes: a first RFID cell and a second RFID cell. The first RFID cell and the second RFID cell each include a reader and tags. The readers access the tags using ultra-wide band signaling. The RFID cells each include: a communications interface operable to communicate with a network operations center, and a communications gateway which supports direct communications between RFID cells. The method includes accessing the second RFID cell from the first RFID cell, and the accessing is performed using the communications gateway that can cover a range of at least five hundred meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zebra Enterprise Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Gideon Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8879985
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include electronic communications devices having a memory in near field communication device, a memory arbitrator and a host processor. The near field communication (NFC) devices are configured to receive data and drive power from the communication signal. The memory arbitrator is connected to the NFC device and the memory. The memory arbitrator is also configured to access the memory in response to an access request from the NFC device. Additionally, the memory is configurable to be accessed by both the host processor and the NFC device according to embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Fukuo Ochikubo
  • Patent number: 8823554
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing identification devices on an aircraft. An occurrence of an event is identified using information for a plurality of identification devices. Each of the plurality of identification devices is associated with a plurality of components on the aircraft. The information for the plurality of identification devices comprises data received from the plurality of identification devices and specification data for the plurality of identification devices. In response to identifying the occurrence of the event, a number of operations for the plurality of identification devices are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Swanee Yourkowski, William P. Coop, Rebecca J. Shore, Kevin Yong Ung, Robert Lee Avery, Arun Ayyagari
  • Patent number: 8823523
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a voice recognition unit for recognizing a voice of a name of food, a memory for storing location information of the food received in a storage chamber, a controller for determining the voice recognized by the voice recognition unit and searching a storage location of the food voice-recognized in accordance with the recognized voice, and a voice output unit for outputting a voice message on the storage location information of the food searched by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Ae Lee, Min-Kyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8814044
    Abstract: An intellectual material object management method includes: an RF scanning device scans a carrier tag of a replenishment carrier and a shelf tag of at least one present supplying shelf among stock shelves of a warehouse to assist for putting the replenishment carrier on a target shelf for the replenishment carrier. An MO picking list for obtaining information of at least one selected MO is received. The RF scanning device scans an MO tag of a present picking MO on a present picking shelf among the stock shelves and a list tag of the MO picking list to assist for obtaining the selected MO from the stock shelves of the warehouse. A remaining amount of remaining MOs is counted. An amount tag for the remaining MOs is printed according to the remaining amount of the remaining MOs for sticking on a remaining MO carrier for loading the remaining MOs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Li Yuan, Tai-Hsin Chou, Qiong-Yu Niu, Tian-Heng Zhao
  • Patent number: 8811893
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include electronic communications devices having a memory in near field communication device, a memory arbitrator and a host processor. The near field communication (NFC) devices are configured to receive data and drive power from the communication signal. The memory arbitrator is connected to the NFC device and the memory. The memory arbitrator is also configured to access the memory in response to an access request from the NFC device. Additionally, the memory is configurable to be accessed by both the host processor and the NFC device according to embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Fukuo Ochikubo
  • Patent number: 8810399
    Abstract: RFID-based inventory management systems are provided for various applications. Such systems include a plurality of RFID-readable products tags, with each product tag being associated with a piece of merchandise and programmed to generate a signal containing information regarding the associated piece of merchandise. Such systems also include an RFID reader capable of sending and receiving signals from the product tags. Such systems further include a processor capable of receiving signals from the RFID reader with information regarding the product tags. The processor compares the information regarding two or more product tags to determine whether they are being moved together as part of a moving group. If the processor determines that there exists a moving group of product tags, it generates an output based at least in part on the signals being sent from the product tags in the moving group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 8791823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing parts. Location information is displayed for a part on an aircraft on a mobile device. A determination is made as to whether the part is present in a location using a sensor system in the mobile device when the mobile device is in a zone including the location. A presence of the part in the location is indicated in response to the part being present in the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Alekzander Hao Xu, Winfeng Li, Arun Ayyagari, Anil Kumar, David B. Blackwell, Kevin Yong Ung
  • Patent number: 8786459
    Abstract: A digital signage displays monitoring device includes a controller, a detector, and a connector. The controller has two ends to connect with the detector and the connector respectively. The sensors inside the detector are attached to the digital signage display, and the connector connects with the digital signage player. Detecting signals are sent to the display by the controller via the player. The sensors detect the detecting signals on the display, and send a feedback signal back to the controller for the detecting signal and the feedback signal being compared by a predetermined program to generate a result signal which indicates condition of the display being normal or out of order and a warning message corresponding to the result signal is sent to the remote control center via the network device in the player for subsequent processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Hsiao Wey Nieh
  • Patent number: 8779903
    Abstract: Data associated with supply chain events for a manufactured assembly is automatically stored. In preferred embodiments the supply chain events for the manufactured assembly are stored on an RFID tag attached to the assembly as it travels through the supply chain to insure the data concerning the assembly is readily available and not separated from the assembly. In other embodiments, the supply chain events or characteristic data is stored on the RFID tag in a hierarchical structure beginning with the original state of the assembly and with additional entries for each step in the assembly process. In other embodiments, as the product undergoes rework, conversion to a different assembly, or personalizations, the new state of the assembly is stored in the RFID tag. In other preferred embodiments, other information is also stored on the RFID tag such as country of origin, failure data, cycle times and a quality status indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Erickson, Ivory W. Knipfer, Jeffrey G. Komatsu, Fraser A. Syme
  • Patent number: 8760260
    Abstract: A method for tracking procedures performed on an article of PPE includes the steps of providing an article of PPE configured with a first smart tag to a first individual prior to performance of a first task; processing the article of PPE in a first cycle after the first individual performs the first task; and retrieving first information from the first smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE in the first cycle. The method further includes the steps of providing the article of PPE configured with a second smart tag to a second individual prior to performance of a second task; processing the article of PPE in a second cycle after the second individual performs the second task; and retrieving second information from the second smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE in the second cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Luca D. Farioli Brioschi, Luis V. Ramirez Chaidez, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Mark T. Anderson, Michael E. Hamerly
  • Patent number: 8754754
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to method and apparatus for wireless management of articles. The method is implemented by a master RFID tag. The method includes transmitting at least one first RFID read signal to a plurality of RFID tags local to the master RFID tag and receiving a first RFID response signal from each of the plurality of RFID tags in response to the at least one first RFID read signal. Each of the first RFID response signals comprises an identifier associated with an article. The method further includes maintaining an article record indicating at least one expected article that is to be managed by the master RFID tag and comparing each of the identifiers with the article record in an attempt to compile contextual information associated with the article record. Finally, the method further includes transmitting a master signal comprising the contextual information associated with the article record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventor: John-Pierre Kamel