Point Of Sale Or Banking Patents (Class 348/150)
  • Patent number: 10445589
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing queues in frames of video enables operators to preferably draw three regions of interest overlaid upon the video as short, medium, and long queue regions that form a notional queue area within the video. The regions are drawn with knowledge of, or in anticipation of, foreground objects such as individuals and vehicles waiting for service in a queue. Examples include retail point of sale locations or for automated teller machine (ATM) transactions. In conjunction with a video analytics system that analyses the movement of the foreground objects relative to the queue regions, the system determines the number of objects occupying each queue region, length of the queue, and other queue-related statistics. The system can then create reports and send messages that include the queue analysis results for directing operators to change their staffing resources as part of a real-time queue servicing and optimization response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Ian C. Westmacott, Changchun Li
  • Patent number: 10438060
    Abstract: A video flow analyzing method and a related camera device are applied to determine whether an object passes through a monitoring area. The video flow analyzing method includes drawing two boundaries on a video image correlative to the monitoring area to form a counting path, utilizing endpoints of the two boundaries to define an inlet and an outlet of the counting path, setting an initial point while the object moves into the counting path by crossing one of the boundaries, the inlet and the outlet, setting a final point while the object moves out of the counting path by crossing one of the boundaries, the inlet and the outlet, and utilizing the initial point and the final point to determine whether the object passes through the counting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventor: Cheng-Chieh Liu
  • Patent number: 10410057
    Abstract: Provided is a co-movement-based automatic categorization method, which includes: receiving image data created by photographing a plurality of subjects; detecting movement data including information on subjects' behaviors from the image data; determining whether or not co-movement between the subjects has been done during each predetermined time interval, and generating co-movement clusters in synchronized time sections, and non-co-movement clusters in desynchronized time sections depending on results of determination; if the duration time of a co-movement cluster is shorter than a standard co-movement duration time, converting the co-movement cluster to a non-co-movement cluster; categorizing the co-movement clusters by grouping a plurality of co-movement clusters existing in the same timeslot into one group; and forming a social network with a co-movement cluster group or a single co-movement cluster, and issuing a social identification to the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sangmyung University Industry-Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Mincheol Whang, Youngho Jo, Heajin Kim, Jincheol Woo
  • Patent number: 10394868
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for identifying suggestions as to which log files associated with data in a data warehouse to search for particular data. Features from the contents of a plurality of log files from a set of log files are selected. The plurality of log files are grouped based on the selected features. Using extracted log event sequences, a correlation between the log event sequences and a plurality of data transaction tables from a set of data transaction tables in the data warehouse is calculated. Suggestions as to which log files in the set of log files should be searched is then identified for particular data based on a business relevance value and a utilized data ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Miao He, Jin Feng Li, Chang Rui Ren, Bing Shao, Ming Xie, Tian Zhi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10380855
    Abstract: A retail shrinkage activity prediction and identification system that includes: a sensor control system, a first shrinkage database, a second shrinkage database, an analytics engine, and a machine learning engine. The sensor control system is communicatively coupled with a plurality of sensors arranged in a retail environment. The sensor control system is configured to control a setting of each of the plurality of sensors. The first shrinkage database includes retail shrinkage data for at least the retail environment. The retail shrinkage data includes at least one item at high risk for shrinkage or at least one time at high risk for shrinkage activity. The second shrinkage database includes external data related to shrinkage in a geographic area of the retail environment. The analytics engine is communicatively coupled with the first shrinkage database, the second shrinkage database, and the sensor control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Lobo, Jinzhi Zhang, Trisha Moore, Aman Tyagi
  • Patent number: 10341615
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping of text events from multiple sources with camera outputs is provided. The system includes a CCTV keyboard for assigning each surveillance camera to one or more zones containing one or more point of transaction devices; a capture section for receiving data from one of the one or more transaction devices when the capture section receives a data request command from the CCTV keyboard; and a CCTV switching system for displaying video from the at least one or more surveillance cameras and data from the transaction device. The method assigns each surveillance camera to one or more zones containing one or more transaction devices; receives data from one of the one or more transaction devices when the data request command is received; and displays video from the at least one or more surveillance cameras and data from the transaction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Silky Chathukutty, Vijay Dhamija, Marine Drive, Chaithanya Holla, Jeetendra Kumar Mallireddy, Arun Pattali, Sandeep Pundlik
  • Patent number: 10339544
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique can process overhead images of users in a line at a venue to obtain a user wait time for the line. The processing can include (a) identifying a user of the group of users that is second in the line to obtain a target user, (b) detecting when the target user becomes first in the line to obtain a start time, (c) after the target user becomes first in the line, detecting when the target user leaves the line to obtain an end time, (d) determining a period from the start time to the end time, and (e) calculating the user wait time by calculating a product of (i) the determined period and (ii) a quantity of the group of users in the line after the target user leaves the line. The calculated user wait time can then be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WAITTIME, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Klima, Thomas Sterling, John Mars, Jr., Doyle Mosher
  • Patent number: 10318818
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Stoplift
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 10319204
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention is a shrink event detection system for use within a venue. The system includes a server associated with a venue containing a plurality of items, the server including one or more processors, and a shrink event detection subsystem. The shrink event detection subsystem is operable to: detect a theft event of a stolen item; backtrack from the theft event of the stolen item to recognize at least one attribute related to the theft event; and record the at least one attribute in a tracking database, the tracking database being accessible by the server. The system is configured such that the server, via the one or more processors, generates a shrink event template based at least in part of the at least one attribute in the tracking database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas E. Wulff
  • Patent number: 10321099
    Abstract: Software, systems, and methods for recording a scene encompassing a transaction, such as a point-of-sale transaction, are presented. In one implementation of a method, the scene is recorded to a data storage system using a first video camera capable of capturing protected data associated with the transaction. While recording the scene using the first camera, and in response to receiving a first trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using a second video camera not capable of capturing the protected data. While then recording the scene using the second camera, and in response to receiving a second trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using the first video camera. The first and second timing triggers are initiated based on at least one event associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Heier, Eran Wachman
  • Patent number: 10275773
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for facilitating visual analysis of transactions utilizing analytics are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: eConnect Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Valentino, III, Travis Whidden, Jeremiah Morrill
  • Patent number: 10271018
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of detecting critical objects out of video produced in CCTV cameras. More specifically, the invention provides a method of detecting critical objects out of CCTV video, in which lightweight algorithms of foreground segmentation and blob analysis are applied to the CCTV video in order to detect moving objects and then object filtering is performed based on distribution characteristics of metadata in order to propose critical objects contained in the CCTV video, whereby a few staff members in the integrated control center may efficiently monitor display screen of a large number of CCTV cameras. The invention makes it possible to detect critical objects out of CCTV video with utilizing lightweight algorithms, which enables real-time processing by video analysis servers of normal computing power. Therefore, the efficiency of integrated control centers may be improved where massive CCTV videos are gathered from a large number of CCTV cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INNODEP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sungjin Lee, Taewoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10262328
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting customer drive-off/walk-off from a customer queue. An embodiment includes acquiring images of a retail establishment, said images including at least a portion of a customer queue region, determining a queue configuration within the images, analyzing the images to detect entry of a customer into the customer queue, tracking a customer detected in the customer queue as the customer progresses within the queue, analyzing the images to detect if the customer leaves the customer queue, and generating a drive-off notification if a customer leaves the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Qun Li, Robert P. Loce
  • Patent number: 10249150
    Abstract: A cash capture operation defeating assembly for an automated teller machine and a method for detecting insertion of a cash capture device into the automated teller machine. The assembly includes a first sensor, a second sensor, and control circuitry for receiving object detection signals from the first and second sensors. When the first sensor detects a first object: (i) if the second sensor previously detected a second object within a predetermined time period before the first object was detected, then the control circuitry determines that a normal paper currency dispense has occurred and that the first and second objects each comprise the paper currency; (ii) if the second sensor has not previously detected the second object within the predetermined time period before the first object was detected, then the control circuitry determines that the first object is potentially a cash capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dave Blower, Simon James Forsdyke, Luke Tombs
  • Patent number: 10242267
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system, method, and program product to determine whether a product has been successfully purchased by identifying in a video record when a movement of a product adjacent to a scanner occurs, and whether the scanner did not record a purchase transaction at that time; measuring a difference in time between the time of the movement of the product and a time of another movement of a product, and determining by a trained support vector machine a likelihood that the product was successfully purchased. Alternately, the difference in time can be measured between the time of the movement of the product and a time of a transaction record, or between the time of the movement of the product and a boundary time. The support vector machine can use a radial basis function kernel and can generate a decision value and a confidence score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Hoang Trinh
  • Patent number: 10235574
    Abstract: A positional information acquirer acquires positional information for every person from a video, an attribute information acquirer acquires attribute information for every person from the video, and an activity information acquirer restricts activity information to an attribute designated by a user based on the attribute information and the positional information, and acquires the activity information of which the attribute is restricted. An activity map generator generates an activity map of which an attribute is restricted based on the activity information, and a video output outputs a video acquired by superimposing the activity map. A controller determines appropriateness indicating whether or not the video output from the imager is appropriate, enables a function of outputting the activity map of which the attribute is restricted, and disables the function of outputting the activity map of which the attribute is restricted where the video output from the imager does not have the appropriateness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Iwai
  • Patent number: 10229505
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining the motion of a movable object are disclosed. The methods may include, in a view of the environment outside the movable object, identifying a first region of interest (ROI) corresponding to a static portion of the environment. The methods may also include, in the view of the environment, identifying a second region of interest (ROI) corresponding to an active portion of the environment. The methods may also include receiving first and second image data respectively representing the first and second ROIs. The methods may also include analyzing the first image data over time. The methods may also include analyzing the second image data over time. The methods may further include determining whether the movable object is in motion based on the analyzes of the first and second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dajun Ding, Lili Zhao, Taiqiang Cao
  • Patent number: 10209705
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the height of a workstation for use by a user, the system comprising a frame, a worktop having an upper work surface, the worktop being vertically slidably attached to said frame and selectably adjustable in elevation to different positions including at least a first standing position and at least a first sitting position and a processor tracking a first duration of time that the worktop is in at least one of a standing position or a sitting position and generating ongoing statistical data associated with the first duration on an ongoing basis by comparing the first duration to a time period as the user is using the workstation during an ongoing prolonged period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Labrosse, Michael Xinjie Chu, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10134045
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are disclosed for forwarding a limited number of vendor messages during a consumer mobile device campaign, such as a CSC campaign. Opt-in events are received from an aggregator's message service platform for a consumer mobile device (e.g., smart-phone), and a time interval is identified for the campaign that comprises a duration for the campaign. Campaign parameters are identified, where the parameters comprise a desired number of campaign messages for the “opted-in” consumer mobile device. Vendors are grouped into one or more campaign message categories (e.g., by service or products), and a bidding frequency is identified for campaign message categories for the campaign duration. Bids are received for message slots at the bidding frequency for a campaign message category, a desired bid is selected if it meets a threshold, and the corresponding vendor message is sent to the opted-in phone(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: IPAJ, LLC
    Inventors: Allen Gluck, Joachim Hertel
  • Patent number: 10134146
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed for detecting, tracking and counting objects of interest in video. In an embodiment, a method of detecting and tracking objects of interest comprises: obtaining, by a computing device, multiple frames of images from an image capturing device; detecting, by the computing device, objects of interest in each frame; accumulating, by the computing device, multiple frames of object detections; creating, by the computing device, object tracks based on a batch of object detections over multiple frames; and associating, by the computing device, the object tracks over consecutive batches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: RetailNext, Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Saleemi, Mark Jamtgaard, Arun Nair
  • Patent number: 10075652
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image processing device includes an image acquirer, a tracker, an extractor, a feature amount acquirer, and an association controller. The image acquirer is configured to acquire a time series of images from each imaging device. The tracker is configured to track a position of an object in the time series of images. The extractor is configured to extract, from the time series of images, an observed value corresponding to a feature value in each of regions into which the time series of images is divided depending on a distance from the imaging device. The feature amount acquirer is configured to acquire a feature amount based on a deviation value of the observed value in a feature value distribution for the region. The association controller is configured to associate the tracked objects among multiple time series of images acquired from the imaging devices by using the feature amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Mayu Okumura, Tomoki Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Tasaki, Tsuyoshi Takatani
  • Patent number: 10062411
    Abstract: An apparatus for visualizing physical movements includes: a device for acquiring video image files; a data analysis system including processor and memory; a computer program operating in the processor to identify an area in the images where periodic motions associated with physical movement of an object may be detected and quantified, and compute a new image sequence in which the motions are visually amplified; and, a user interface that displays the motion-amplified video image of the mechanical component. An associated method for using the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Hay, Mark William Slemp
  • Patent number: 9997029
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a sensor system are provided. The system may be configured to detect a dispensing of cash from an automated teller machine (“ATM”). The system may be configured to orient one or more sensors to capture a first information stream that includes the dispensing of cash. The system may be configured to detect a retraction of cash by the ATM. The system may orient one or more sensors to capture a second information stream that includes the retraction. The system may be configured to determine an estimate of cash collected by an ATM customer. The estimate may be based on a comparison of the first information stream and the second information stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kristy M. Crist, Terrelle Carswell, Eric McConnell, Rahul Puri, Devin D. Rhodes, James D. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9990810
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a sensor system are provided. The system may be configured to detect a dispensing of cash from an automated teller machine (“ATM”). The system may be configured to orient one or more sensors to capture a first information stream that includes the dispensing of cash. The system may be configured to detect a retraction of cash by the ATM. The system may orient one or more sensors to capture a second information stream that includes the retraction. The system may be configured to determine an estimate of cash collected by an ATM customer. The estimate may be based on a comparison of the first information stream and the second information stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kristy M. Crist, Terrelle Carswell, Eric McConnell, Rahul Puri, Devin D. Rhodes, James D. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9984538
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a sensor system are provided. The system may be configured to detect a dispensing of cash from an automated teller machine (“ATM”). The system may be configured to orient one or more sensors to capture a first information stream that includes the dispensing of cash. The system may be configured to detect a retraction of cash by the ATM. The system may orient one or more sensors to capture a second information stream that includes the retraction. The system may be configured to determine an estimate of cash collected by an ATM customer. The estimate may be based on a comparison of the first information stream and the second information stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kristy M. Crist, Terrelle Carswell, Eric McConnell, Rahul Puri, Devin D. Rhodes, James D. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9965684
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing queues in frames of video enables operators to preferably draw three regions of interest overlaid upon the video as short, medium, and long queue regions that form a notional queue area within the video. The regions are drawn with knowledge of, or in anticipation of, foreground objects such as individuals and vehicles waiting for service in a queue. Examples include retail point of sale locations or for automated teller machine (ATM) transactions. In conjunction with a video analytics system that analyzes the movement of the foreground objects relative to the queue regions, the system determines the number of objects occupying each queue region, length of the queue, and other queue-related statistics. The system can then create reports and send messages that include the queue analysis results for directing operators to change their staffing resources as part of a real-time queue servicing and optimization response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Westmacott, Changchun Li
  • Patent number: 9961256
    Abstract: An example disclosed apparatus includes memory configured to store a mapping of items to respective ones of a plurality of minimum pixel-resolutions, wherein the minimum pixel-resolutions correspond to an image resolution required to identify a corresponding one of the items using an image; and a processor configured to obtain identifying information corresponding to one of the items; select, using the mapping and based on the identifying information, one of the plurality of minimum pixel-resolutions; determine a value of an output parameter based on the selected one of the plurality of minimum pixel resolutions and a camera position relative to a shelf, wherein the output parameter is at least one of an elevation angle of the camera, a vertical resolution, a horizontal resolution, a vertical field of view, and a horizontal field of view; and output the determined value of the output parameter to facilitate positioning of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Boaz J. Super, Ankur R. Patel
  • Patent number: 9953225
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an object detection unit configured to detect an object from an image, a tracking unit configured to track the detected object, a trajectory management unit configured to manage a trajectory of the object being tracked, and a specific object detection unit configured to detect a specific object from the image. In a case where the specific object determination unit detects the object being tracked by the object tracking unit to be the specific object, the trajectory management unit manages a trajectory of the object being tracked at a time point before the time point the object being tracked is detected to be the specific object as the trajectory of the specific object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Kawano
  • Patent number: 9886827
    Abstract: Registry verification is used in a mechanized store. A camera is used to count a first number of items taken by a user. The items are scanned to determine a second number of items. The first number of items is compared to the second number of items to reduce a likelihood of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Bernd Schoner
  • Patent number: 9870573
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of determining reaction to promotional items includes providing to a mobile device a promotional item associated with a geographic location, determining whether the mobile device is proximate to the geographic location, and charging an advertising account if the mobile device is proximate to the geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Mayers
  • Patent number: 9832431
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device, comprising one or more embedded tamper deterrent and security systems that trigger an alarm if the device is tampered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: USS Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Gerald Becker, Edgardo Redublo, Daniel Hwang, Sung Jong Kim
  • Patent number: 9760582
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a face dictionary for performing face authentication, and a processing unit configured to update the face dictionary stored in the storage unit, wherein the processing unit controls updating of the face dictionary based on the number of images from among stored images corresponding to a person registered with the face dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Hatori, Hideo Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 9740727
    Abstract: A method for replicating databases, in which method at least two databases are replicated, each database comprising of one or more tables, and each table having data and a unique tree index comprising index keys and hierarchical sums of cyclic redundancy check values calculated from the data on each tree index level. In the method logical consistency of the data between corresponding tables in the databases is maintained by comparing the sums of cyclic redundancy check values of the database tables; and if a difference between the sums of the cyclic redundancy check values is found, the tree indexes are logically divided into two sub tree indexes, and the sums of the cyclic redundancy check values of the sub tree indexes are compared to each other and the comparison and division is continued until the data causing the difference is found, and the inconsistent data is replicated between the databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Mika Luotojärvi, Riku Hyttinen, Tomi Vihtari
  • Patent number: 9743013
    Abstract: Networks of cameras and/or other sensors enable a sensor monitoring system or other computer system to control hiding devices used to enable the cameras and/or other sensors to evade danger by hiding or being disguised. Detection and/or determination of potential danger is garnered from data, from some of the cameras and/or sensors, that they or other of the cameras and/or sensors may be facing eminent danger of discovery, manipulation, alteration, deactivation, and/or damage. The hiding devices are caused to hide or disguise the sensors and/or cameras that appear to be in danger. Hiding or disguising can continue for at least a finite duration of time, or until indication of danger is gone. Some of the cameras and/or other sensors, and their associated hiding devices, can be turned off or made to sleep for periods of time until at least awaken by time-out events or by events indicating a need to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KONTEK INDUSTRIES, INC
    Inventors: Charles Merrill, Roger Allen Nolte, Barclay J. Tullis
  • Patent number: 9706105
    Abstract: An apparatus including a display screen displaying input fields for accepting user-input a list of input parameters that includes a height of the camera, a distance from the camera to the shelf, at least one of a width-span and a height-span. The apparatus also includes a memory to store a required minimum pixel-resolution of a selected label and to store a list of camera types, and includes a microprocessor configured to determine at least an elevation angle from the list of input parameters. The display screen can also be configured for displaying at least one camera type selected from the list of camera types based a selection criterion that depends upon at least some of said output parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Boaz J Super, Ankur R Patel
  • Patent number: 9666064
    Abstract: To support work of an operator of a monitoring system to set a monitoring rule depending on an environment to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishizawa, Satoshi Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9639906
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a quick service restaurant intercom communication system. The system is configured such that communication between a customer and a staff member is accomplished in wideband audio. Intercom communication systems that utilize narrow band audio for communication between drive-through customers and staff members may be considered “good enough”. However, the low fidelity sound produced by narrow band audio systems often results in misunderstandings between customers and staff members, a high amount of background noise during communication, and/or other negative effects. Wideband audio may facilitate clearer communication between customers and staff members. Wideband audio communication may be costlier and/or more complicated to implement, but may result in increased staff efficiency and/or increased customer satisfaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HM Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: David O'Gwynn
  • Patent number: 9626493
    Abstract: Data from one or more sensors of a computing device can be employed to provide continuous protection of digital content. After user authentication and authorization, sensor data can be utilized to control access to protected content. More specifically, sensor data can be employed as a basis for initially providing an authorized user access to protected content and subsequently terminating access to the protected content. For additional security, content can be embedded with user identifying information in the form of a watermark. Further, such user identifying information can be provided to a content owner identifying one or more users who viewed the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Yair Cohen
  • Patent number: 9626684
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for customizing digital media marketing messages. In one embodiment, external data is received from a set of detectors located externally to a retail facility to form external data. The external data is processed to form dynamic data. The set of dynamic data is analyzed using a data model to identify personalized marketing message criteria for the customer. A customized marketing message for the customer is generated using the personalized marketing message criteria. The customized marketing message is delivered to a display device associated with the customer for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Lee Angell, James R. Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9600981
    Abstract: A user terminal for performing a cash withdrawal transaction comprises a reader for reading a user device, a processing resource configured to obtain from the user device account data representative of an account associated with the user device, and to receive a user request for a cash withdrawal in respect of the account, and an output device configured to issue, in response to the user request for a cash withdrawal, a token that is exchangeable for cash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: KORALA ASSOCIATES LIMITED
    Inventor: Aravinda Korala
  • Patent number: 9602778
    Abstract: A system and method for determining proximity of individuals to specific regions of interest such as Point of Sale (“POS”) terminals within a POS monitored area of a scene of video data captured from security cameras as part of a networked security system, when the security cameras are located outside the POS monitored area, mounted on a ceiling or other high location and pointed at the POS monitored area. With the help of customer regions drawn in an abstract layer whose areas coincide with expected locations of individuals near POS terminals in the video data, and video analytics elements such as bounding boxes generated around individuals in the video data, the system can perform live and forensic analysis of the video data to infer information such as the proximity of individuals to POS terminals and the relative height of an individual compared to their expected height within the scene of video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Mirko Ristivojevic, Ian Christopher Westmacott
  • Patent number: 9600069
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for substantially continuous biometric identification (CBID) of an individual using eye signals in real time. The apparatus is included within a wearable computing device with identification of the device wearer based on iris recognition within one or more cameras directed at one or both eyes, and/or other physiological, anatomical and/or behavioral measures. Verification of device user identity can be used to enable or disable the display of secure information. Identity verification can also be included within information that is transmitted from the device in order to determine appropriate security measures by remote processing units. The apparatus may be incorporated within wearable computing that performs other functions including vision correction, head-mounted display, viewing the surrounding environment using scene camera(s), recording audio data via a microphone, and/or other sensing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson George Publicover, Lewis James Marggraff
  • Patent number: 9582781
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to managing operations. If Operations events are provided, event clusters may be associated with one or more Operations events, such that the Operations events may be associated with the event clusters based on characteristics of the Operations events. Metrics including resolution metrics, root cause analysis, notes, and other remediation information may be associated with the event clusters. Then a modeling engine may be employed to train models based on the Operations events, the event clusters, and the resolution metrics, such that the trained model may be trained to correlate and predict the resolution metrics from real-time Operations events. If real-time Operations events may be provided, the trained models may be employed to predict the resolution metrics that are associated with the real-time Operations events. If model performance degrades beyond accuracy requirements, new observations may be added to the training set and the model re-trained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: PagerDuty, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin David Kearns, Ophir Ronen, Laura Ann Zuchlewski
  • Patent number: 9569938
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of performing video content analysis using transactional data is provided. The method comprises identifying and receiving the transactional data and a segment of video corresponding to a transaction, integrating the transactional data with the segment of video, and analyzing the integrated video to determine an action to take in relation to the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Charles Gregory Lampe, James Craig Moran, Waleed Kouncar
  • Patent number: 9549156
    Abstract: Video transaction machines (VTMs) facilitate communications and transactions between customers of a financial institution and video transaction resources, such as video agents, by establishing a video session between a VTM and a video agent workstation. After a computing device of the financial institution receives information identifying the customer, VTM, or VTM location requesting the services of a video agent, the computing device may place the customer in one or more virtual queues based on an overall visit time at the VTM location. In order to maintain a visit time at the VTM location below a predetermined visit time threshold, the controller may prioritize transactions at VTMs with longer visit times over transactions at VTMs with shorter visit times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: James David Freedman, Tyler R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9516216
    Abstract: A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display unit, an image captured by an image capture apparatus capable of changing an image capture direction performs first display processing in which an image captured by the image capture apparatus is displayed in a first region of the display unit while the image capture direction is changed, and performs second display processing in which, in a second region indicating a range in which the image capture apparatus can perform image capture by changing the image capture direction, display according to the image capture direction in which the received image was captured is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Onsen
  • Patent number: 9460572
    Abstract: A portable control system for use by an agent in the travel industry and the like is disclosed. A reader reads user data from a user identity document and also reads further user data from a token associated with a product or service. A display is provided for displaying a field of view for the agent. In response to the agent positioning the user identity document and token within the field of view, the reader reads the user data from the document and reads the further user data from the token and compares the user data and further user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SITA Information Networking Computing Ireland Limited
    Inventors: Stephane Cheikh, Renaud Irminger, Kevin O'Sullivan, Michael Garry Kelly
  • Patent number: 9400640
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and a method for online, web-based point of sale (POS) building and configuration, which can assist non-expert business operators in building, editing and testing a point of sale system to manage their businesses. The business operations range from a single branch to a large chain of stores or branches. The key advantages of the Web-based POS builder are that it is completely built on the foundation of the Web. The POS builder is accessible anywhere in the world. It can be used by a person of any skill level. The POS builder builds, edits, and tests new POS terminals in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventors: Wayne Baratta, Quentin Olson
  • Patent number: 9368002
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a sensor system are provided. The system may be configured to detect a dispensing of cash from an automated teller machine (“ATM”). The system may be configured to orient one or more sensors to capture a first information stream that includes the dispensing of cash. The system may be configured to detect a retraction of cash by the ATM. The system may orient one or more sensors to capture a second information stream that includes the retraction. The system may be configured to determine an estimate of cash collected by an ATM customer. The estimate may be based on a comparison of the first information stream and the second information stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kristy M. Crist, Terrelle Carswell, Jr., Eric McConnell, Rahul Puri, Devin D. Rhodes, James D. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9348119
    Abstract: An imaging system comprising one or more imaging devices wherein each device comprises a lens or lenses which together form an array of lens wherein the array includes two lenses; the two lenses face in opposing directions; the axes of the two lenses are substantially parallel; and the system is adapted to simultaneously capture and record images from the two lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Yepp Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter K. Thomson