Point Of Sale Or Banking Patents (Class 348/150)
  • Publication number: 20150029339
    Abstract: Video monitoring and tracking techniques are addressed to allow consumers to purchase items in a store with no need to checkout at a traditional checkout lane. A large number of cart check and shelf check cameras monitor additions to carts and removals from shelves along with knowledge of location and what is on a particular shelf are employed to analyze which products are selected for purchase. Customer analytic data, as well as, store inventory data are preferably also developed from the camera image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erick Christian Kobres, Lyle Sandler
  • Patent number: 8928454
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fastener system, in particular a system for improving computer room security, that reduces energy consumption. This invention provides a fastener system comprising at least one fastener for fastening a first element to a second element, the at least one fastener having a sensor to determine status of that fastener; a trigger box having an LED panel; a junction box capable of receiving and relaying authorization access; and an IP-connected control appliance with relay input/output for access control applications. This invention is particularly useful within server racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Brown, Andrew Jimenez, Timothy D. Holloway
  • Publication number: 20150002675
    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: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140362223
    Abstract: A theft deterrent system and method at a product display area. In a preferred embodiment, the system displays video of customers on a public view monitor (PVM) located near the product display area in response to detecting customer interactions with the products in the product display area. The system also provides target advertising via audio messages and video messages displayed on the PVM in response to detecting the interactions. The system enhances customer shopping experience by providing welcoming messages as the customers approach the product display area while also deterring would-be thieves, and provides upsell capability by sending audio and video advertising messages for related products to the PVM in response to product retrieval attempts such as “reach-ins” or selection of the products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Brian LaCroix, Don Kwapien, Dean Auger
  • Patent number: 8885047
    Abstract: A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8878937
    Abstract: A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8872922
    Abstract: A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8860811
    Abstract: A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Itzik Horovitz, Shmuel Kiro
  • Patent number: 8860807
    Abstract: A surveillance system monitors a monitored vessel containing hidden resources. When activity is determined as occurring within a vicinity of the monitored vessel, an alert is issued to monitoring personnel. Personnel can then obtain a current image of the hidden resource within the monitored vessel. Upon receiving the current image of the hidden resource, a previous image of the hidden resource is retrieved and discrepancies between the current image and the previous image are determined. Responsive to determining that discrepancies between the current image and the previous image exist, an alarm is issued to personnel to further investigate the discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Louis S. Sickenius
  • Patent number: 8855905
    Abstract: Improved capabilities are described for identifying a first location, at time one, of a plurality of automobiles using cell phone tower triangulation to locate a cell phone within each of the plurality of automobiles, identifying a second location, at time two, for each of the plurality of automobiles using cell phone tower triangulation to locate the cell phone within each of the plurality of automobiles, calculating a vehicle speed for each of the plurality of automobiles using the first and second locations already identified, and creating a traffic condition measure for a route in proximity to the first and second locations. The computer program product may repeat this process in real-time to calculate a real-time traffic condition measure that may be a traffic density measure the computer program product may use to predict a travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Edward H. Nortrup
  • Publication number: 20140267735
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for generating investigations of user behavior. In an example embodiment, the system includes a video camera configured to capture video of user activity, a video analytic module to perform real-time video processing of the captured video to generate non-video data from video, and a computer configured to receive the video and the non-video data from the video camera. The computer includes a video analytics module configured to analyze one of video and non-video data to identify occurrences of particular user behavior, and an investigation generation module configured to generate an investigation containing at least one video sequence of the particular user behavior. In some embodiments, the investigation is generated in near real time. The particular user behavior may be defined as an action, an inaction, a movement, a plurality of event occurrences, a temporal event and/or an externally-generated event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: James Carey
  • Patent number: 8830325
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gambling terminal comprising a mount (63) for receiving a gambling document belonging to a user and a camera able to acquire an image of the gambling document when the gambling document is placed on the mount, the terminal having a first side intended to face an operator and a second side opposite the first side and intended to face the user, in which the terminal has a first opening (14) arranged on the first side and a second opening arranged on the second side such that the gambling document can be seen simultaneously by the operator and the user while the image is being acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Morpho
    Inventor: Xavier Chaussade
  • Publication number: 20140247359
    Abstract: A scanner apparatus comprises a casing having an image capturing window on the front surface thereof, an image capturing section, arranged inside the casing, configured to capture image of an object in a reading area invisibly formed outside the image capturing window of the casing, a plurality of lighting sections, arranged inside the casing, configured to irradiate light to the reading area, part of the light from the lighting sections being reflected on the inner surface of the image capturing window to become a stray light, and a shielding section configured to shield the stray light entering the image capturing section. The plurality of lighting sections mutually compensate the reduction in luminous intensity of the light from the lighting sections in the reading area caused by the shielding section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinsuke Yajima
  • Publication number: 20140244514
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a smartphone-based virtual wallet, that manages payment options available to a user. One claim recites portable device comprising: a touch screen display; a video camera; a microphone for capturing ambient audio; memory for storing an image, and for storing components of a virtual wallet; and one or more processors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, Ravi K. Sharma, Tomas Filler, Hugh L. Brunk
  • Publication number: 20140226017
    Abstract: An image pick-up device which photographs an object to generate an image signal representing the object, including: a housing including an opening; a transparent plate which covers the opening; an image detector arranged in the housing; an optical lens forming an image of the object on the image detector through the transparent plate; a lighting device arranged in the housing and placed both in an inner area in which an imaging area outside the housing is folded into the housing with reference to one surface of the transparent plate, and in an outer area of the imaging area; and an optical-path modifying element which causes an optical path of the light to be refracted such that the light is emitted from a virtual image of the lighting device, the virtual image being placed outside the inner area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Shiraishi, Shinsuke Yajima, Hidehiro Naito, Tomonari Kakino
  • Patent number: 8797404
    Abstract: Systems and methods to manage memory in a surveillance system are disclosed. The present invention discloses a rule-based storage clearance system or storage archive. A storage server has a user interface, a logic unit, and a storage device. A plurality of video footage files is continuously being streamed to the storage server and recorded on the storage device. The objective is to help erase or archive stored video footage based on static and dynamic surveillance parameters or rules. The rules can be applied either stream-wise or time-wise. The rule checks for clearing or archiving the storage by tallying various parameters such as: events associated with each stream, user bookmarks, the priority of individual streams, and the age of each stream, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Chermarajan Joseph, Muralitharan Perumal
  • Publication number: 20140211017
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of receiving, at a processing device of a commerce server, a first video signal containing an image of a consumer's face. The method also includes the step of linking, with the processing device, a receipt of a purchase by the consumer of at least one product with the image of the consumer's face. The method also includes the step of receiving, at the processing device, a second video signal generated at an exit of a retail store. The method also includes the step of identifying, with the processing device, the consumer in the second video signal based on the image of the consumer's face in the first video signal. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a receipt signal containing the receipt to a display positioned at the exit of the retail store in response to the identifying step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8780310
    Abstract: Provided is a display device in which a frame can be made narrower while preventing connection faults. The present invention is a display device, provided with a display device substrate having an external connection terminal and a lower-layer wiring running below the external connection terminal, an external connection component, and a conductive member that electrically connects the display device substrate and the external connection component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 8774462
    Abstract: Images with respect to an object at an ordering, payment, and delivery locations can be captured utilizing an image capturing system. Capture can be after detecting the presence of the object at each location utilizing an object presence sensor. The captured image can be processed to associate it with a signature and can also be processed in order to extract a small region of interest (e.g., license plate) and can be reduced to a unique signature. Signature can be stored into a database together with the corresponding order and images. Signatures can be matched. The order associated with the object matched by the system together with at least one of the images captured at the delivery point and the order point can be displayed at a user interface located at the payment/delivery point to ensure that the right order is delivered to the right customer associated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir Kozitsky, Aaron Michael Burry, Zhigang Fan, Frank Bradley Mayberry, John Deppen
  • Publication number: 20140176719
    Abstract: A verification method of a fraudulent activity taking place at a self-checkout terminal is disclosed. The method verifies the fraudulent activity by confirming an incident of the fraudulent activity with multiple data generated by monitoring the transaction area and the bagging area of the self-checkout terminal. A human validation is optionally performed to verify machine-identified incidents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Migdal, Matthew Farrow, Malay Kundu
  • Publication number: 20140160293
    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: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Mirko Ristivojevic, Ian Christopher Westmacott
  • Patent number: 8751191
    Abstract: A motion analysis apparatus is provided that enables an analysis result presentation quantity to be easily adjusted. A motion analysis apparatus is an apparatus that performs analysis of motion subject to comparison (compared motion) by means of comparison with standard motion, and has a motion feature extraction section and motion extraction section that determine a location where a degree of difference between a motion subject to comparison and a standard motion satisfies a predetermined condition, a presentation quantity input section that receives a specification of a presentation quantity of locations that satisfy the predetermined condition, and a motion extraction degree adjustment section that adjusts the predetermined condition so that a quantity of locations satisfying the predetermined condition becomes the specified presentation quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoko Kawaguchi, Masamoto Tanabiki
  • Patent number: 8723950
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating the fit of a modular window assembly into a simulated vehicle body opening includes a base member, a vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator mounted to the base member, one or more light sources disposed in the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator and one or more devices for securing the vehicle window to the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator. A method of utilizing the apparatus is also a part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventor: Brian Hertel
  • Publication number: 20140125805
    Abstract: A system and method for the capture and storage of data relating to the movements of objects, in a specified area and enables this data to be displayed in a graphically meaningful and useful manner. Video data is collected and video metadata is generated relating to objects (persons) appearing in the video data and their movements over time. The movements of the objects are then analyzed to detect the movements within a region of interest. This detection of movement allows a user, such as a manager of a store, to make informed decisions as to the infrastructure and operation of the store. One detection method relates to the number of people that are present in a region of interest for a specified time period. A second detection method relates to the number of people that remain or dwell in a particular area for a particular time period. A third detection method determines the flow of people and the direction they take within a region of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Verint Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Verint Systems Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140122186
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for using video footage to manage the performance of business processes in a restaurant. In some embodiments, certain types of events to be evaluated are identified, such as those which relate to an order received from a customer in which the customer requests that a standard menu offering be customized in some way. Data describing various aspects of restaurant operations may be queried to identify occurrences of the specified event type, and records describing these occurrences may be identified. Information in the records may be used to retrieve corresponding video footage depicting the processes being performed, and the video footage may be analyzed to verify that processes are being performed as specified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Pumpernickel Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Blaine E. Hurst
  • Patent number: 8712892
    Abstract: A portable consumer device includes a base, and a computer readable medium on the base. The computer readable medium comprises code for an issuer verification value and a supplemental verification value. The issuer verification value is used by an issuer to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an on-line transaction and the supplemental verification value is used to verify that the portable consumer device is authentic in an off-line transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Patent number: 8700513
    Abstract: Transaction processing involves receiving data from an access transaction application of a portable consumer device, wherein the received data comprises data from an access transaction data string that includes a transit verification value wherein, with the exception of the transit verification value, the access transaction data string is substantially similar to a retail data string comprising retail data, wherein the access application data string is adapted for use with an access transaction processing system and the retail data string is adapted for use with a retail processing system. The transaction processing involves processing access transaction application data for selective authorization of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Philip B. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8675059
    Abstract: A video monitoring system captures image frames of a patient in various positions. The captured image frames are analyzed by the system for changes in a patient's position or movement, frames in which the system detects one or both of patient movement and repositioning are retained. The system analyzes an area of interest within each image frame that corresponds to an area in the camera's view field with the patient. Sequential image frames are compared for motion, only frames without motion, where the patient is still, are analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Careview Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Gail Johnson, Matthew Cameron Clark, Stephen Ecker, Kyle Brook Johnson, Richard Craig Kuether
  • Publication number: 20140071287
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present technique, a method includes receiving one or more videos from one or more image capture devices. The method further includes generating a video-loop of the person from the one or more videos. The video-loop depicts the person in the commercial site. The method also includes generating an action clip from the video-loop. The action clip includes a suspicious action performed by the person in the commercial site. The method further includes generating an activity summary of the person including the video-loop and the action clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter Henry Tu, Ting Yu, Dashan Gao, Yi Yao
  • Publication number: 20140063256
    Abstract: A system and method to identify the leader of a group in a retail, restaurant, or queue-type setting (or virtually any setting) through recognition of payment gestures. The method comprises acquiring initial video of a group, developing feature models for members of the group, acquiring video at a payment location, identifying a payment gesture in the acquired video, defining the person making the gesture as the leader of the group, and forwarding/backtracking through the video to identify timings associated with leader events (e.g., entering, exiting, ordering, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael C. Mongeon, Matthew Adam Shreve, Robert P. Loce
  • Patent number: 8638380
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting one or more events are provided. The techniques include using multiple overlapping regions of interest on a video sequence to cover a location for one or more events, wherein each event is associated with at least one of the multiple overlapping regions of interest, applying multiple-instance learning to the video sequence to select one or more of the multiple overlapping regions of interest to construct one or more location-aware event models, and applying the models to the video sequence to detect the one or more events and to determine the one or more regions of interest that are associated with the one or more events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignees: Toshiba Global Commerce, Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Frederik Kjeldsen, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20140009620
    Abstract: Transaction units of video data and transaction data captured from different checkout lanes are prioritized as a function of lane priority values of respective ones of the different checkout lanes from which the transaction units are acquired. Each of the checkout lanes has a different lane priority value. The individual transaction units are processed in the prioritized processing order to automatically detect irregular activities indicated by the transaction unit video and the transaction data of the processed individual transaction units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell P. Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20130335571
    Abstract: A system and method includes obtaining and storing video frames from a series of video frames on a computer readable storage device, calculating probability estimates for target locations in each frame for targets in a constrained environment, and determining candidate target locations in each frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Vit Libal
  • Publication number: 20130335572
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring and ranking end caps in a store include video monitoring one or more parameters of end caps, including dwell times, item removal, traffic monitored parameters to determine for example one or more of end cap efficiency, product desirability, and location desirability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Jackie Fuhr, Neal DePape
  • Patent number: 8610766
    Abstract: Human behavior alerts are determined from a video stream through application of video analytics that parse a video stream into a plurality of segments, wherein each of the segments are either temporally related to at least one of a plurality of temporally distinct transactions in an event data log; or they are each associated with a pseudo transaction marker if not temporally related to at least one of the temporally distinct transactions and an image analysis indicates a temporal correlation with at least one of the distinct transactions is expected. Visual image features are extracted from the segments and one-SVM classification is performed on the extracted features to categorize segments into inliers or outliers relative to a threshold boundary. Event of concern alerts are issued with respect to the inlier segments associated with the associated pseudo transaction marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Ding, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Patent number: 8612286
    Abstract: Techniques for creating a training technique for an individual are provided. The techniques include obtaining video of one or more events and information from a transaction log that corresponds to the one or more events, wherein the one or more events relate to one or more actions of an individual, classifying the one or more events into one or more event categories, comparing the one or more classified events with an enterprise best practices model to determine a degree of compliance, examining the one or more classified events to correct one or more misclassifications, if any, and revise the one or more event categories with the one or more corrected misclassifications, if any, and using the degree of compliance to create a training technique for the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Frederik Kjeldsen, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Patent number: 8605151
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a video surveillance system are provided. The system includes a plurality of network buses, a plurality of surveillance sensors, control devices, and sensor data storage devices and a keypad controller communicatively coupled to the at least one network bus. The keypad controller includes a plurality of interchangeable control modules communicatively coupled to said keypad controller that matingly engage a complementary portion of said keypad controller. The keypad controller further includes a processor configured to decode codec independent video streams, said processor further comprising a module configured to receive and transmit streaming video data to a network, a synchronous memory interface, and a plurality of universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UARTs). The keypad controller also includes a universal serial bus (USB) interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Livingston Bellamy, Nery Manuel Moreno, Kenneth McCormack, Kenton Arthur St. John, Vikas Mohan Sharma, R. Kenin Page, Stephen Anthony Shelton
  • Publication number: 20130314541
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, the free space attenuation of illumination with distance, according to a square law relationship, is used to estimate the distance between a light source and two or more different areas on the surface of a product package. By reference to these distance estimates, the angular pose of the object surface is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Digimarc Corporation
  • Patent number: 8581985
    Abstract: A merchandise security system includes a display stand for supporting and displaying an article of merchandise, a video imaging device and an actuator operably coupled to the video imaging device for actuating the video imaging device to collect video data in response to a displacement of the article of merchandise relative to the display stand. In exemplary embodiments, the actuator includes a first activation element disposed on a sensor housing configured for attachment to the article of merchandise and a second activation element disposed on the display stand. The first activation element and the second activation element actuate the video imaging device between the inactive state and the active state to collect the video data when the article of merchandise is displaced relative to the display stand. The video imaging device may be a video camera housed within, positioned adjacent to, or integrated with the display stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Nicholas M. Sedon
  • Patent number: 8582803
    Abstract: Determination of human behavior from an alignment of data streams includes acquiring visual image primitives from a video input comprising visual information relevant to a human activity. The primitives are temporally aligned to an optimally hypothesized sequence of primitives transformed from a sequence of transactions as a function of a distance metric between the observed primitive sequence and the transformed primitive sequence. More particularly, transforming includes comparing the distance metric costs and choosing and performing the lowest cost of temporally matching the observed primitives to one or more transactions, deleting a primitive, or associating a primitive with a pseudo transaction marker. Accordingly, alerts are issued based on analysis of the transformation of primitives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Ding, Quanfu Fan, Prasad Gabbur, Arun Hampapur, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Publication number: 20130293581
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for displaying advertisements to customers using multiple display devices that are positioned in a back-to-back orientation. Visual content captured by one display device can be transmitted to the other display device for display such that the display devices appear to be transparent. In this way, items positioned in front of one display device can be captured by the display device and augmented prior to being displayed on the other display device. These augmentations can provide dynamic and customized advertisements of items as they appear on a shelf or other location within a retail environment to thereby increase a customer's interest in the product while the customer is near the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Alexander David Wissner-Gross, Timothy Michael Sullivan, Robert Joseph Wolf, Robert Vern Brazell
  • Patent number: 8576283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a chain of custody management application is configured to receive electronic recordings and physical evidence data, associate them with a security event, and automatically create and embed a hash value that aids in the authentication of both the electronic recordings and the physical evidence. A case management system may create a case record for an incident, present a form to the user, and prompt the user to electronically associate an electronic recording and physical evidence to the case record. The case management system optionally issues a call to a verification system which, in this example, automatically creates a first hash value from the electronic recording data and a second hash value from the physical evidence data. The hash values may then be embedded in an electronic case record form that may be printed on demand for use by government authorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Foster, Edward E. Burns
  • Patent number: 8570375
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system in which a video displayer, having access to video surveillance data and point-of-sale transaction data, provides random-access review of point-of-sale transactional video. Embodiments herein provide a new method of reviewing security video of a transaction taking place at a retail establishment's point-of-sale transaction area, or register. Embodiments herein enable random and instantaneous access to any number of transaction events that may be of interest to a loss prevention investigator. In one embodiment, a video displayer obtains video data comprising a point-of-sale transaction occurring at a point-of-sale transaction area, and transaction data from a point-of-sale terminal. The video displayer displays video of individual transaction events from a larger transaction, and visually modifies displayed video at a moment in the video when a transaction event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Srinivasan, Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Matthew Farrow
  • Publication number: 20130265433
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a Cart Inspector to create a suspicion level for a transaction when a video image of the transaction portrays an item(s) left in a shopping cart. Specifically, the Cart Inspector obtains video data associated with a time(s) of interest. The video data originates from a video camera that monitors a transaction area. The Cart Inspector analyzes the video data with respect to target image(s) associated with a transaction in the transaction area during the time(s) of interest. The Cart Inspector creates an indication of a suspicion level for the transaction based on analysis of the target image(s). Creation of a high suspicion level for the transaction indicates that the transaction's corresponding video images most likely portray occurrences where the purchase price of an item transported through the transaction area was not included in the total amount paid by the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Publication number: 20130265432
    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: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: James David Freedman, Tyler Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130250115
    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: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Hoang Trinh
  • Publication number: 20130235206
    Abstract: An inventory management system is described that includes two or more cameras mounted on a retail display space. The cameras are positioned to capture images showing the presence of items of interest in the retail display space. A hub is in communication with each of the cameras mounted on the retail display space and is operable to aggregate information from the cameras related to the items of interest in the retail display space, and to communicate data regarding the status of the item of interest to an inventory management system operable to receive the data from the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: NUMEREX CORP.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Smith, Andrew N. Wolverton, Spoorthy Priya Yerabolu
  • Publication number: 20130215275
    Abstract: An enrollment kiosk for collecting personal data includes a slidable main module and at least one modifiable section removably coupled to the main module. The main module includes a processor and one or more biometric sensing devices coupled to the processor. The one or more biometric sensing devices include a right fingerprint sensor coupled to the processor and a left fingerprint sensor coupled to the processor. The right fingerprint sensor is positioned a predetermined distance apart from the left fingerprint sensor. The at least one modifiable section includes at least one first input device coupled to the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: NEXTGENID, INC.
    Inventor: NEXTGENID, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130208122
    Abstract: A commodity reading apparatus comprises a display section, an image capturing unit configured to photograph a commodity in a photographing area to output an image of the photographing area, a recognition unit configured to recognize the commodity included in the image outputted by the image capturing unit, an area display unit configured to display an image display area smaller in size than the photographing area photographed by the image capturing unit on the screen of the display section, and an image display unit configured to display the image photographed by the image capturing unit on the screen in a manner that the center of the image is located at the center of the image display area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130201337
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking an item using a RFID surveillance system. In some embodiments, a security controller is connected to a point of sale system with at least one RFID tag reader. In these embodiments, the RFID tag reader is associated with an area that is observable through a video camera. If the tag reader does not recognize information obtained from a RFID tag, the tag reader may activate the video camera. When the video camera is activated, the video camera may capture images and send them to a recording device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Guardian Technologies
    Inventor: Guardian Technologies