Having Means Locking Device To Article Patents (Class 340/572.9)
  • Patent number: 11282357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a tag. The tag comprising a flexible elongate structure comprising a cord or a cable; an electronic thread device integrated into the cord or cable that is operative to wirelessly communicate with external devices for inventory management or security purposes; and/or an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) component integrated into the cord or cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TYCO FIRE & SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Claeys, Melwyn Sequeira
  • Patent number: 11270088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chipless RFID tag (T), comprising: —a dielectric substrate (1); and —electromagnetic resonators (3) excitable by an external electromagnetic field and respectively arranged on separate spatial locations of the dielectric substrate (1) forming a row, and configured to resonate at a common resonant frequency. The dielectric substrate (1) defines several predetermined encoding areas that include the separate spatial locations, so that data is encoded by the presence/absence of operative electromagnetic resonators (3) thereon. The present invention also relates to a system comprising the chipless RFID tag of the invention and a RFID reader (R) reading an encoded code by detecting the presence/absence of attenuation peaks on an electromagnetic wave providing the external electromagnetic field to the electromagnetic resonators (3). The present invention also relates to a method for encoding data on a chipless RFID tag defined according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
    Inventors: Juan Fernando Martín Antolín, Cristià Herrojo Prieto, Francisco Javier Mata Contreras, Ferran Paredes Marco
  • Patent number: 11253087
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems, devices, and methods for displaying and securing articles of merchandise. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of security devices, wherein each of the security devices includes a sensor configured to be attached to an article of merchandise. The system also includes at least one controller configured to communicate with each of the articles of merchandise in order to obtain data from the articles of merchandise. The controller and/or each of the security devices is configured to configured to generate a security signal in response to removal of the sensor from the article of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11205106
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a security tag. The methods comprise: receiving a first wireless signal using a receive circuit of the security tag; inducing a voltage in the receive circuit of the security tag while the first wireless signal is being received; performing operations by a controller to selectively close a switch while the voltage is being induced in the circuit; causing a release of a mechanical component of the security tag by allowing energy to flow from the receive circuit to the mechanical component when the switch is closed; and performing operations by the controller to prevent damage to the mechanical component as a result of the security tag being a certain distance from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald B. Easter, Manuel Soto, Mohammad Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 11066851
    Abstract: A detaching device for releasing a tack body from a tag housing is disclosed. the detaching device includes a housing, a handle pivotally mounted to the housing and configured to pivot about a handle axis. The device further includes a detacher translation mechanism configured to move a detacher portion from a first non-release position to a second release position, wherein the detacher translation mechanism converts rotational movement of the handle about the handle axis to rotational movement of the detacher portion about a first axis, wherein when the detacher portion moves to the second release position, the detacher portion is configured to be received by a receiving portion of the tag housing thus releasing the tack body from the tag housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Sergio M. Perez, Patrick Claeys
  • Patent number: 10803718
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for displaying and securing articles of merchandise. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of security devices, wherein each of the security devices includes a sensor configured to be attached to an article of merchandise. Each of the security devices further includes a base for removably supporting the sensor and the article of merchandise thereon. The system also includes a controller in communication with each of the security devices, wherein the controller is configured to communicate with a remote device to lock at least one of the security devices such that the article of merchandise and the sensor cannot be removed from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd
    Inventor: James K. Sankey
  • Patent number: 10733862
    Abstract: Managing foreign RFID tags within a secured area involves use of a first RFID portal system to read tag data from an RFID tag present within a first portal zone. A processing device associated with the first RFID portal system is used to determine whether the RFID tag is entering the secured area. The determination is based on an evaluation of a direction of travel of the RFID tag through the first portal zone. Responsive to determining that the RFID tag is in fact entering the secured area, one or more operations are performed to cause a first tag value corresponding to the tag data to be added into a safe to exit (STE) list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TYCO FIRE & SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: John C. Y. Huang, Tamlyn J. Jones, Eric F. Riggert, Steven J. Raynesford, Glen Ouellette, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 10559144
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electronic ticketing, monitoring, and indicating permissive use of facilities for family entertainment centers that implement connected terminal devices or kiosks, wireless communication networks, and a plurality of electronic wearable devices. Customers perform transactions with or without a facility employee, using the wearable device as a means of identifying the patron within the facility in addition to verifying the validity of said transactions. Systems and methods provide real-time status information regarding patrons via visual indicators embedded within wearable devices, gamification of facility attractions through an embedded motion-tracking component embedded in the wearable device, and establishment of a leaderboard' that encourages further participation by calculating and prominently displaying the top-performing customers in a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Level 8 IOT, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Spittle, Greg Spittle, Phillip Howell
  • Patent number: 10446002
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic article surveillance tag that comprises a body provided with a battery compartment for holding a battery. The body comprises a first opening through which an end of a first pin can be inserted inside the body and releasably locked therein by a first locking mechanism. The electronic article surveillance tag further comprises a slidable cover for closing the battery compartment. The slidable cover comprises a second opening that is aligned with the first opening when the slidable cover is in a closed position. The present invention also relates to an alarm system for a facility (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Noccela Oy
    Inventors: Riku Tapio Miettinen, Heikki Tapani Talvitie
  • Patent number: 10431062
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a Security Tag (“ST”). The methods comprise: capturing a first Tack End (“TE”) of a Tack Assembly (“TA”) by a first Securement Mechanism (“SM”) disposed in the ST's body; removing a Tack Head (“TH”) from TA so as to expose a second TE that is opposed to the first TE; placing TH on the second TE; and capturing the second TE by a second SM disposed in TH. Alternatively/additionally, the methods comprise: retracting a tack into a TH of TA; depressing TH so as to cause telescoping concentric parts to slide into each other; causing a free end of the tack to travel out of TH while the telescoping concentric parts are being slid into each other; inserting the free end of the tack into ST's body; and capturing the free end of the tack by SM disposed in ST's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sensomatic Electronics, LLP
    Inventors: Adam S. Bergman, Sergio M. Perez, Channing E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10332372
    Abstract: A security system and security tag assembly cooperatively operative to restrict unauthorized removal of an article from an area, wherein the security tag assembly is removably attached to the article and includes an RFID component/label configured to encode and retain data associated with the article to which it is attached. A deactivator assembly includes a read component structured to read the article data encoded in the security tag assembly, before or during removal of the tag assembly, wherein the read data is transmitted to a processor for display, storage and/or supplementary processing. One or more portable readers, not associated with the deactivator assembly or processor, are configured to access and display the article data for authorized article control. A review application may be downloaded on communication devices having short range technology and is configured to access the article data to obtain information relating thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: BRAEBURN ASSET HOLDINGS, LLC, ES HOLDING DRAGØR APS
    Inventors: Johan Skjellerup, Eddie L. Stenild
  • Patent number: 10326230
    Abstract: A latch indicator apparatus for indicating a locked status of an attachment between a cable housing and a cable receptor. The latch indicator apparatus includes a latch indicator attached to a cable housing at an attachment point, a first resistive element having a first resistance, and is attached to the cable housing at the attachment point. The restive element of the latch indicator attaches to an indicator tab. The latch indicator includes an indicator window, which is positioned to indicate a locked status of the latch indicator based on the first resistance of the first resistive element. The latch indicator tests a connection between a cable housing and a cable housing by indicating a locked status. The locked status is indicated by exerting a first force on the indicator tab by pulling the indicator tab in a direction away from the connection between the cable housing and the cable receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul W. Schaefer, Sandra J. Shirk/Heath
  • Patent number: 10311691
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance (EAS) device has a housing containing EAS electronics and a panel extending from the housing. An adhesive element on the panel provides a means of attaching the EAS device to an object to be monitored. The EAS device has a switch to detect when the EAS device is mounted to an object. The electronics within the housing monitor the switch. The switch may be associated with, or mounted in, the panel. The panel may be hinged to the housing. The panel may fold flat to the housing when not in use, and the switch will disconnect any power source to conserve energy when the panel is closed. The EAS electronics can communicate with external devices and an external EAS system which may include cloud functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10163071
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a removable and reusable tracking device feature in an inventory management system may be described. For example, the inventory management system may associate a reusable tracking device with an item based on first identification information from the reusable tracking device and second identification information from the item in response to an inventory transfer request for the item. Instructions may be provided to attach the reusable tracking device to the item and deliver the item and the associated reusable tracking device to a user based on the inventory transfer request for the item. A notification may be generated based on a signal received from the reusable tracking device. The notification may be provided to a user device of the user and indicate that a subsequent order for the item should be placed on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Christopher Quan, Kimberly Anne Lewis, Jamie Marie Holland, Allan Scott Bathurst, Wesley Scott Lauka, Ryan Scott Russell
  • Patent number: 9805568
    Abstract: An alarm tag comprising a first input unit for generating signals for setting (to ON) or resetting (to OFF) an alarm system of the alarm tag. The alarm tag further includes a second input unit for generating signals for arming the alarm tag and triggering an alarm, and an independent auxiliary input unit that generates independent signals that arm the alarm tag and trigger an alarm. When both the second and the auxiliary input units generate a first signal, the alarm system of the alarm tag is armed and set to ON, and when any of the second and third auxiliary input units generate a second signal while the alarm tag is armed and ON, the alarm system of the alarm tag triggers an alarm, thereby preventing tampering and bypassing of one of the second and auxiliary input units to disarm the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: USS Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Edgardo M. Redublo, Weiliang Tong, Mingxing Chen
  • Patent number: 9734683
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (800) for operating a pin tag. The methods comprise: moving a first structure with a flange in a first direction; and sliding a chamfered surface of the flange against a chamfered surface of a second structure so as to move the second structure in a second direction away from the first structure. The second direction is angled relative to (e.g., perpendicular to) the first direction. Thereafter, the second structure is resiliently biased towards the first structure when the first structure has moved a certain distance in the first direction to a first position. The first structure is retained at the first position through an engagement of the second structure with the flange which is resiliently biased towards to the second structure in a third direction opposed from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Sergio M. Perez
  • Patent number: 9666043
    Abstract: A detection system for use with an article, the system including a frangible fastener having a shaft structured to be attached to the article; and a radio frequency communication circuit formed on or in the fastener, the radio frequency communication circuit including an antenna formed on or in the article; and a resonator component formed on or in the fastener shaft and structured to be coupled to the antenna through inductance when the fastener is attached to the article and the antenna is energized, the resonator element further structured to fail to function when the fastener shaft is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Eastern Aero Marine, Inc., Thinkify, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis L. Carrender, Peter R. Soule
  • Patent number: 9518407
    Abstract: An anti-theft device (1) comprising a ring (2), means (4) to lock (4) the ring in the closed position, and anti-theft detection means (3), wherein the ring comprises a body (20) that has a first end (21) near which the locking means are associated, a second opposite free end (22) designed to be introduced in the locking means, and at least one circular part (23) extending from the second end (22) and designed to cooperate with said locking means, characterized in that the body of the ring comprises a linear part (24) that is arranged to extend from the circular part (23) opposite the second end (22). The linear part provides complementary elasticity to the device which contributes to the ejection of the second end of the ring outside the locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Thoonsen Trading
    Inventor: Jacky Thoonsen
  • Patent number: 9361776
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide an RFID locking apparatus including an RFID tag, a locking member, and a disabling member. The RFID tag is disposed inside a housing and has a chip and an antenna that emits a signal. The locking member includes a tube that extends outwardly from within the housing and a cable connected to the disabling member and exiting the housing via the tube. The locking member configured to compress a spring into a loaded state by pulling the cable. The disabling member is disposed near the spring inside the housing and is configured to destroy the antenna and/or the chip, such that the signal cannot be emitted, upon release of the spring from the loaded state. The RFID locking apparatus is configured to release the spring when the locking member is damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Michael Teeter
  • Patent number: 9129201
    Abstract: A technology clip and method for supplementing a security tag with the technology clip for application to a product. The technology clip includes a technology element providing for an additional security and/or an identification feature when coupled to a tag, thus enhancing features of the security tag. The technology clip attaches about the tag and remains secured to the tag for when the tag is affixed to merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Mazoki, Thomas J. McKeown, Morui Li, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 9076312
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide an RFID locking apparatus including an RFID tag, a locking member, and a disabling member. The RFID tag is disposed inside a housing and has a chip and an antenna that emits a signal. The locking member includes a tube that extends outwardly from within the housing and a cable connected to the disabling member and exiting the housing via the tube. The locking member configured to compress a spring into a loaded state by pulling the cable. The disabling member is disposed near the spring inside the housing and is configured to destroy the antenna and/or the chip, such that the signal cannot be emitted, upon release of the spring from the loaded state. The RFID locking apparatus is configured to release the spring when the locking member is damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Michael Teeter
  • Patent number: 9053623
    Abstract: A security tag is configured to releasably attach to an article. The security tag includes a tack in which the tack includes a tack head and a pin shank extending from the tack head. The pin shank has a maximum diameter less than 0.9 millimeters. The security tag further includes a housing in which the housing includes an electronic article surveillance (EAS) element. The housing further includes a clutch that is configured to releasably retain the pin shank after insertion into the housing. The clutch retaining the pin shank if up to an eighty pound pull force is applied to the tack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Thang Tat Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150145680
    Abstract: A device for protecting a commercial article which is a physical object (10, 32), that may or may not be packaged, against theft. The device (12, 42) includes: at least one active or passive member that is capable of emitting electromagnetic waves out from the device or receiving electromagnetic waves from outside the device; elements for attaching and locking the device to the physical object or to the packaging of same in a locked position such that a user cannot separate the device from the physical object without an external tool, the locking elements including a locking mechanism; and at least one optically readable code (24) uniquely identifying the physical object to which the device is intended to be attached and which is separate from a commercial article code (EAN, EPC, etc.) assigned to the physical object, as a commercial article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: EXAQTWORLD
    Inventor: Alain Favier
  • Patent number: 9041518
    Abstract: A portable radio-frequency identifier (RFID) reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, an RFID reading device, and a display. The portable RFID reading terminal can be configured to display a scan trace provided by a line comprising a plurality of time varying points. Each point can be defined by a projection of a radio frequency (RF) signal coverage shape of the RFID reading device onto a chosen plane at a given moment in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Vargas, Tom Plocher, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Sriharsha Putrevu, Philip Zumsteg
  • Patent number: 9035776
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides a system and method for remote monitoring of a subject wearing a sports helmet. In one aspect, the system includes a safety helmet and a sensor integrated with the helmet for continuously gathering head acceleration force data, the head acceleration force data associated with the head movements of a subject. The system also includes a wireless transceiver coupled to the sensor for transmitting the head acceleration force data and a mobile device for receiving the head acceleration force data from the wireless transceiver. The system further includes a database engine for displaying the head acceleration force data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert R. Miller, II
  • Publication number: 20150123799
    Abstract: A tag assembly for securing a tag to a projection on merchandise, such as a temple arm on a pair of eyeglasses. The tag assembly includes a tag having a tag body and cover to hold a security device and a shrink tube. The tag body is placed within the shrink tube and the tube is then slid over the projection of the merchandise. The tube is then subjected to heat to shrink the tube around the projection on the merchandise to secure the tag assembly thereon. The cover is then moved from the open, installation position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jake Strassburger
  • Patent number: 9019081
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) system tag detacher for unlocking an EAS tag is provided. The EAS tag includes a housing and a locking mechanism disposed within the housing. The EAS system tag detacher includes an EAS tag receiving area configured to receive the EAS tag. The EAS system tag detacher further includes a detaching element configured to unlock the EAS tag; and a haptic feedback element. The haptic feedback element is configured to generate haptic feedback when energized, the haptic feedback element being energized when the EAS tag has been unlocked by the detaching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Justin Stewart
  • Patent number: 9007208
    Abstract: Data is received that comprises at least one data stream derived from each of a plurality of sensors that each characterize one or more attributes of equipment components. Thereafter, using the received data and a density-based clustering algorithm that produces micro-clusters for each pair of sensors, correlated sensors having component correlations above a pre-defined threshold are identified. It can then be determined that data from two or more correlated sensors triggers at least one alert event. Subsequently, data is provided that characterizes the at least one alert event. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Zbigniew Jerzak, Yuanzhen Ji
  • Patent number: 9007183
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-Hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 9000893
    Abstract: A food source information transferring system for a livestock meat-packing facility and a related method are disclosed. In one embodiment, the food source information transferring system is capable of reading tag-identifying information in a hook RFID tag incorporated in a hook that can be hung on a hook machine. An animal carcass attached to the hook then undergoes meat chopping, cutting, and/or packing operations in the meat-packing facility. For each meat package produced, a data set associated with the tag-identifying information in the hook RFID tag can be paired with a data set associated with a meat package label attached to the meat package. This dynamic and robust data association between the hook RFID tag and the meat package label enables a food source information database in the food source information transferring system to preserve and trace detailed food source information at various levels of meat production and processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hana Micron America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Bok Kwak
  • Patent number: 8994512
    Abstract: An antenna is disposed near a route of mobile object. A fixed tag is disposed at a location where a radio wave can be received from the antenna. When receiving a read command from the antenna, a mobile tag attached to the mobile object and the fixed tag send back a response signal at prescribed timing. A signal received from the fixed tag by the antenna is substantially constant. The signal from the fixed tag cannot be read while buried in a signal transmitted from the mobile tag to the antenna while the mobile tag is positioned at a location where communication with the antenna is expected. Conversely, when the mobile tag is at least a prescribed distance away from the antenna, the signal from the mobile tag cannot be read while buried in the signal from the fixed tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kasai, Hidekatsu Nogami, Kazushi Yamasaki, Shuichi Matsui
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150070171
    Abstract: Device for protecting an article against theft and/or for identifying it, comprising a tag (B) with a passage able to accept a metal pin (F, 8) passing through the item or attached to a lanyard surrounding the item, the tag comprising means (E) for locking the pin in the passage and preventing it from being extracted without a detacher being present, a first face (1a) of the tag which face faces towards the pin being essentially planar, it being possible for the pin to be attached to a head (K), the size of which corresponds to that of the first face of the tag; the tag (B) has a peripheral flank (2) equipped with a translational-guidance means (2) able to collaborate with a cylindrical guide surface provided in a housing (3) of the detacher, and the second face (1) of the tag, remote from the head of the pin, is planar and essentially parallel to the first face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Lionel Prat, Jean-Marie Boutonnet-Tranier
  • Publication number: 20150061872
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1100) for selectively preventing an unauthorized detachment of a security tag from an article (114). The methods comprise: coupling the security tag to the article by locking a tack assembly (110) to a securement member (206) disposed within a housing (104) of the security tag; guiding an external tool (102) into a channel (500) formed within the security tag for releasing the tack assembly from the securement member; and inhibiting the external tool's movement of the securement member by biasing an obstruction member (702) into a first position in which the obstruction member at least partially extends into a space (350) formed between a clamp body (302) of the securement member and a spring sleeve (326) of the securement member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: GOPAL CHANDRAMOWLE
  • Patent number: 8970375
    Abstract: A method of providing information, the method comprising interrogating a memory tag; receiving content from the memory tag by wireless electromagnetic communication in response to the interrogation, the memory tag comprising a memory and a transponder to enable the wireless electromagnetic communication; storing the content; sending a release request to an authorizer; receiving a release confirmation from the authorizer in response to the release request; and releasing the stored content in response to receipt of the release confirmation. The memory tag may contain encrypted content. A plurality of said release requests may be sent, each release request having an associated cost. An aggregate cost can then be calculated in accordance with the sum of the associated costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard Anthony Lawrence, Fraser John Dickin
  • Patent number: 8963712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a tamper-evident cargo container seal bolt lock are disclosed herein. The device can include a bolt member having a conductive medium running the axial length of the bolt, and a receiving member for locking the bolt into place. A battery-driven sensory circuit including a memory, a processor, and a timing circuit can be disposed within the receiving member such that a continuous circuit is formed from one circuit pin over the conductive medium through the length of the bolt and back to a second pin. The sensory circuit is configured to sense whether the circuit has been interrupted (e.g., if the bolt has been cut). In the event of an interruption, the circuit can record the time and/or date in memory. This information can then be transmitted to an RFID reader/interrogator if a dispute arises as to when the lock had been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, James Robert Kruest
  • Patent number: 8952816
    Abstract: An EAS system alarm tag is provided with two or more straps that enable secure and reliable simultaneous engagement of the tag with one or more articles that are detachably coupled at an angle. An interlock actuator switch enables the two or more straps to interlock within a housing of the alarm tag. An auxiliary actuator switch enables detection of separation of the alarm tag from one or more articles with which the alarm tag is coupled. When both the interlock actuator switch and the auxiliary actuator switch are set to a first condition, an alarm system of the alarm tag is armed and set to ON; and when the interlock actuator switch is set to the first condition and the auxiliary actuator switch is set to a second condition while the alarm tag is armed and ON, the alarm system of the alarm tag triggers an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: USS Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Edgardo Redublo, Weiliang Tong, Mingxing Chen
  • Patent number: 8947209
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) system employs multiple band transmission to prevent signal collision. The system includes a plurality of RFID tag groups and at least one RFID reader. Each RFID tag group includes at least one RFID tag. The RFID tags of the same RFID tag group are operated for radio frequency transmission in the same transmission frequency band, and those of different RFID tag groups are operated for radio frequency transmission in different transmission frequency bands. When the RFID reader simultaneously receives radio frequency signals issued from RFID tags of different RFID tag groups, since they are transmitted in different transmission frequency bands, signal collision among the RFID tags of the RFID tag groups can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Ning Hsieh, Ta-Yung Lee, Shin-Yao Perng
  • Publication number: 20150022359
    Abstract: An inventory and anti-theft alarm tag system that includes at least one RFID tag including an RFID transmitter, a counting chip and a locking mechanism having a pressure sensor. The counting chip can be activated when the locking mechanism is in a locked position. The inventory and anti-theft alarm tag system also includes a master database for communication between the at least one RFID tag and the master database via the RFID transmitter. The at least one RFID tag transmitting counting chip information to the master database. The counting chip information including an open position in response to pressure being applied to the pressure sensor. The master database tracking a logical sequence of the counting chip information for the at least one RFID tag, and, if the counting chip information is out of logical sequence, the master database sends an alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Joseph
  • Patent number: 8917165
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for detecting and re-personalizing are provided herein. In an embodiment, the invention operates by obtaining an ID (i.e., an identification, such as a Dynamic Unique Identifier) from a RFID tag, generating a new ID, and writing the new ID to the RFID tag. The ID read from the tag is used to lookup a subject's record in a database. If the write of the new ID to the tag is verified, then database changes are committed to link the new ID to the subject. In an alternative embodiment, the invention operates by obtaining data from a memory of a RFID tag, wherein the memory has a first partition and a second partition, generating a new ID, and writing the new ID to either of the first partition or the second partition of the RFID tag. If such write is verified, then the new ID is written to the other partition of the RFID tag. The data from the tag is used to lookup a subject's record in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph P. Marques, Steven H. Barry
  • Patent number: 8917178
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for use with a vehicle according to one embodiment includes a housing adapted for permanent or detachable coupling to the vehicle, control circuitry coupled to the housing, and a battery for providing power to the control circuitry. A secondary power source is also present for recharging the battery. A memory stores information relating to at least one of the vehicle and an owner of the vehicle. The capability of recharging the battery greatly extends the active (self-powered) life of the tag. Systems for tracking ownership of objects, servicing of vehicles, and other applications, as well as methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Naresh Batra
  • Patent number: 8917180
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an EAS based theft-deterrent tag, comprising a main member coupled with an article by a coupling mechanism. The coupling mechanism is configured to allow comfortable trial of the article prior to purchasing, without detachment and removal of the theft deterrent tag from the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Surveillance Corporation
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Steve Gutierrez, Edgardo Redublo, Janki Bhalodia
  • Patent number: 8912904
    Abstract: A security system including a security tag is provided. The security tag includes a housing and a pin in which the pin is removably insertable into the housing. The security tag further includes a latching element disposed within the housing and positionable in a lock position and in an unlock position. The latching element includes a pivot axis. The latching element has a substantially balanced rotational response about the pivot axis when exposed to an external physical mechanical impulse. The security tag further includes a bias element that releasably positions the latching element in the lock position. The latching element releasably engages the inserted pin when in the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Wing Kei Ho
  • Patent number: 8907786
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an anti-theft system for protecting portable personal items attached to the system and remotely signaling their removal. The system includes a base secured in place on the edge of a table or a wall. A pressure detecting mechanism is disposed to hang from the base so it can be used to hold the personal item, and so that the presence or absence of the item from the pressure detecting mechanism can be detected. Once the device is activated and a valuable personal item is placed on the pressure detecting mechanism, the removal of the item without first deactivating the device will cause an alarm to be activated. The alarm may be a sound or flashing light on the base of the device or generate a signal that may be received remotely by the owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Carmen Schuller
  • 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: 8887541
    Abstract: A security may include a base that defines an aperture or opening configured for receiving at least a portion of an object to be secured. The base may support a capture member that is configured to move between a capture position and a release position. The security device may further include a driving member that is configured to move between a first position and a second position and may engage the capture member. When the driving member is moved from the first position to the second position it may urge the capture member from the release position to the capture position. The capture member may be configured to secure the object within the aperture when the capture member is in the capture position. The security device may further comprise a locking member may be configured to releasably engage the driving member to prevent movement of the driving member from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ningsheng Zhang, Brian V. Conti
  • Patent number: 8890706
    Abstract: A reagent container carrier structure for holding at least one reagent container, wherein the carrier structure has thereon an RFID assembly and an optically detectable definition pattern defining an orientation of the carrier structure, is disclosed. The reagent container carrier structure may have an orientation identification label that has a front surface and a back surface, and further include an RFID assembly positioned on the back surface, and an optically detectable definition pattern defining an orientation of the label on the front surface. A reader module for reading RFID data in combination with optically detectable data defining an orientation of a respective label is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Stephan Sattler, Yusuke Minemura, Takuya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8866609
    Abstract: An electric seal includes a wireless tracking facility having a wireless telecommunicating device disposed in a container and having two contacts, a housing engaged in the receptacle, and a lock shaft engageable into the receptacle and lockable to the housing for retaining the receptacle and the housing together, and the lock shaft includes a portion electrically connected to one of the contacts of the wireless telecommunicating device and another portion connected to the other contact of the wireless telecommunicating device for electrically coupling to the contacts of the wireless telecommunicating device together, and the wireless telecommunicating device emits a signal out when the lock shaft is cut or damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Chih Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8866617
    Abstract: A plastic cap with IC tag storing product information provided on the upper surface of a top plate. The top plate is formed by an annular flange and a recessed portion 37, the recessed portion, including a side wall continuous to the inner circumferential edge of the annular flange and a bottom continuous to the lower end of the side wall. The tag 10 is attached to the annular flange to cover the recessed portion. A gap between the tag and the bottom is maintained to such a degree that the transmission and reception of signals to and from the tag are not interrupted when the back surface of the bottom comes in contact with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., Japan Crown Cork Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kurosawa, Takayuki Kikuchi, Kazuo Tanabe, Katsumi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8854212
    Abstract: A conveyor system for processing items on which radio frequency identification tags are disposed has a conveyor that conveys items through a path of travel, and an antenna disposed proximate the path of travel. Circuitry in communication with the antenna may associate RFID tag data with a package on the conveyor based on a difference signal from elements in the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Datalogic Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Goidas, Zhong-Min Liu, Jeffrey M. Brockmole, Kapilkumar N. Kulakkunnath