Point Of Sale Or Banking Patents (Class 348/150)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8502869
    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 volume, sales information for each end cap, ranking end caps based on one or more of the monitored parameters to determine for example one or more of end cap efficiency, product desirability, and location desirability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands Inc.
    Inventors: Jackie Jaclyn Fuhr, Neal DePape
  • Publication number: 20130182114
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a retail environment by performing video content analysis based on two-dimensional image data and depth data are disclosed. Accuracy in customer actions to provide assistance, change marketing behavior, safety and theft, for example, is increase by analyzing video containing two-dimensional image data and associated depth data. Height data may be obtained from depth data to assist in object detection, object classification (e.g., detection a customer or inventory) and/or event detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: ObjectVideo, Inc.
    Inventor: ObjectVideo, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8466961
    Abstract: The video input unit inputs video data. The reference data input unit inputs a plurality of reference data relating to the video data. The extraction condition determining unit determines, from the identification information of the plurality of reference data, an item of identification information in correspondence with a period of time elapsed after receipt of an output request. The reference data extracting unit extracts the reference data having the determined identification information. The analyzing unit calculates the level of similarity between the frames in the input video data and the reference data, and extracts frames whose level of similarity is greater than a first threshold value. The video generating unit generates output video data that includes the extracted frames. The output unit outputs the generated output video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masahiro Sekine, Yasunobu Yamauchi, Isao Mihara, Yasukazu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8462212
    Abstract: According to one configuration, a computer environment includes a first monitoring system, a second monitoring system, and an analyzer. The first monitoring system produces video of an item being entered into a point of sale system. The second monitoring system monitors events associated with entering of the item into the point of sale system. The analyzer detects, via a communication from the second monitoring system, an occurrence of at least one event associated with entering of the item. Based on communication, the analyzer correlates the at least one event to a particular time in the video when the at least one event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Vikram Srinivasan, Matthew Farrow
  • Publication number: 20130141586
    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 asscoiated with the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: XEROX CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130141584
    Abstract: Products associated with targets to be read by image capture are processed in a workstation having a window, a solid-state imager looking at a field of view extending through the window to a target to be imaged, and an illumination system for illuminating the field of view. A proximity system detects a product associated with the target in a selected zone outside the window. The proximity system has an infrared (IR) emitter for emitting IR light into an IR emission field, and an IR sensor for sensing return IR light within an IR detection field that intersects the IR emission field in the selected zone. A controller energizes the illumination system in response to the detection of the product in the selected zone, and processes return illumination light captured in the field of view by the imager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl WITTENBERG, Edward BARKAN, Chinh TAN
  • Publication number: 20130141585
    Abstract: A checkout system of an embodiment of the present disclosure has an image pickup unit, a computing unit, a display control unit, a receiving unit, and a registering unit. The image pickup unit takes pictures of a commodity at a prescribed frame rate. The computing unit computes a similarity coefficient between standard images of each commodity and the acquired image to identify possible matches to the acquired image. The display control unit displays information corresponding to the candidate matches with a high similarity coefficient on a display unit. The similarity coefficient is determined on the basis of a comparison between images of the object acquired by the image pickup unit and a standard image. The receiving unit receives selection of the commodity information on the display unit. The registering unit executes a registration treatment according to the selected information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Hidehiro NAITO, Hitoshi Ilzaka, Atsushi Okamura, Hidehiko Miyakoshi, Masahide Ogawa, Hiroshi Sugasawa
  • Publication number: 20130120580
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit banknote recorder, an automatic teller machine and a system are provided. The recorder includes a microprocessor, a memory, a communication module and a first photographic device. The first photographic device includes a camera and a flasher with different types of rays. The microprocessor is able to regulate the flashlight automatically so as to provide different types of rays according to the optical characteristics on the surface of the banknote under monitoring, and control the camera so as to take photos of the banknote under monitoring, thus, photo information of the banknote is obtained. The microprocessor is able to receive commands from the external equipments via the communication module, thus, the first photographic device is controlled accordingly so as to take photos. Moreover, via the communication module, the microprocessor is able to receive transaction information in relation to the banknotes under monitoring from the external equipments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Shenzhen Zhengtong Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Huang, Xiling Li, Zhenggang Dai
  • Publication number: 20130100291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for handling banknotes. The device (10) comprises a display unit (12) which is tiltable about an axis of rotation (40), a drive unit (34) for changing the tilt of the display unit (12) about the axis of rotation (40), and a camera (38) for capturing an image of an area in front of the device (10) opposite to the display unit (12). The camera (38) generates image data corresponding to the image. Based on the position of a detected body feature, a control unit (36) determines a tilt angle (?) and drives the drive unit (34) such that it adjusts the determined tilt angle (?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
  • Patent number: 8416300
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein comprise a system and method for improving visibility of a roadway using an improved visibility system. The method comprising receiving data from a plurality of fog detectors located proximate a roadway and determining, based on the data from the plurality of fog detectors, that fog is present about the roadway. The method further comprising obtaining, after the determining that fog is present about the roadway, a plurality of images of the roadway by activating a plurality of cameras located proximate the roadway. The method further comprising creating a composite image by combining two or more of the plurality of images, wherein the composite image depicts the roadway unobstructed by fog and transmitting the composite image to a display device located in a vehicle traveling along the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Patent number: 8396878
    Abstract: Techniques for generating automated tags for a video file are described. The method includes receiving one or more manually generated tags associated with a video file, based at least in part on the one or more manually entered tags, determining a preliminary category for the video file, and based on the preliminary category, generating a targeted transcript of the video file, wherein the targeted transcript includes a plurality of words. The method further includes generating an ontology of the plurality of words based on the targeted transcript, ranking the plurality of words in the ontology based on a plurality of scoring factors, and based on the ranking of the plurality of words, generating one or more automated tags associated with the video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Limelight Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Soam Acharya
  • Patent number: 8395500
    Abstract: An electronic self-service device, and a method for using same, is provided. A self-service device according to the invention may include a receiver module configured to receive an input from at least one motion detector. The input may include information corresponding to a security alert condition. The device may also include a security alert mitigation module and a processor module configured to determine whether the information exceeds a security alert condition threshold. When the information exceeds a predetermined security alert condition threshold, the processor module may be further configured to ameliorate the security alert conditions using the security alert condition mitigation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan Dent
  • Publication number: 20130057692
    Abstract: A store system comprises an acquisition section configured to acquire an image picked-up by an image pick-up section, a similarity calculation section configured to calculate a similarity which represents a degree with which the reference image of each commodity is similar to the image of an object picked-up by the image pick-up section, a display control section configured to display the commodity information of the commodity corresponding to the reference image with a high similarity as a commodity candidate executing registration processing on a display section based on the similarity calculated by the similarity calculation section, a selection acceptance section configured to accept the selection to the commodity information displayed on the display section and a processing section configured to process the object picked-up by the image pick-up section as the commodity corresponding to the selected commodity information accepted by the selection acceptance section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidehiro Naito, Masato Watabe, Masahide Ogawa, Shinji Nakatake
  • Patent number: 8386349
    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: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Dixon, Ayman Hammad, Khalid El-Awady
  • Publication number: 20130027561
    Abstract: A system for improving site operations by detecting abnormalities includes a first sensor abnormality detector connected to a first sensor and configured to learn a first normal behavior sequence, a second sensor abnormality detector connected to a second sensor and configured to learn a second normal behavior sequence, an abnormality correlation server configured to receive abnormally scored first sensor data and abnormally scored second sensor data, the abnormality correlation server further configured to correlate the received abnormally scored first sensor data and abnormally scored second sensor data sensed at the same time by the first and second sensors and determine an abnormal event; and an abnormality report generator configured to generate an abnormality report based on the correlated the received abnormally scored first sensor data and abnormally scored second sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuo-Chu LEE, Michio MIWA, Hasan Timucin OZDEMIR, Lipin LIU, Jannite YU
  • Publication number: 20130002878
    Abstract: A sales data processing apparatus which registers and processes sales data on a transaction-by-transaction basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro OISHI
  • Patent number: 8346639
    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: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Philip B. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8345101
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically calibrating one or more regions of interest for video surveillance are provided. The techniques include at a user-defined frequency, determining if one or more regions of interest (ROIs) are present within a field of view of a camera, if one or more ROIs are present within the field of view of the camera, automatically calibrating the one or more ROIs within the field of view of the camera, and if one or more ROIs are not present within the field of view of the camera, sending an alert to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Frederik Kjeldsen, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20120320214
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include novel ways of alerting store personnel when various activities, events, conditions, etc., occur at the checkout in retail establishments. For example, in accordance with one embodiment, the alerting can take place in substantially real-time, when the event occurs, allowing personnel to take appropriate measures, corrective or otherwise, to deal with the detected event. Examples of such events may include situations such as when a person of interest is detected as shopping at the store, when a cashier has missed scanning an item at the checkout, or to alert store personnel if a non-empty shopping cart has exited the store without payment (a.k.a., a cart push-out). Although the discussion below uses a grocery store as an example retail environment, embodiments herein can be used in any type of retail environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal, Matthew Farrow
  • Patent number: 8335709
    Abstract: A restaurant customer-survey system and device, which reduces employee fraud when a customer-satisfaction survey embedded in the device is conducted. The survey may be implemented in a pager, tip tray, or other computing device that includes an internally mounted camera that covertly takes a photograph of the survey participant. The photograph is date/time stamped and associated with a table number so that the waiter for the table can be identified. The survey results together with the associated photograph are uploaded to a management database. The restaurant manager can review the photographs to ensure that employees are not fraudulently conducting the surveys rather than customers. The system also enables the customer to interface with the restaurant's point-of-sale (POS) system to retrieve the customer's current bill or wirelessly make a payment from the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Long Range Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Todd, Kenneth J. Lovegreen
  • Publication number: 20120310657
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining a return fraud at a store are described. The return fraud protection system has a video recording module, a face capture module, a face icon generator module, and an entrance video clip module. The video recording module records a video at an entrance of the store. The face capture module captures a face of a customer entering the store from the video. The face icon generator module generates a face icon comprising the face of the customer. The entrance video clip generator module generates a video clip of the customer entering the store, associates the video clip of the customer with the corresponding face icon, and provides a client device with a list of face icons with corresponding video clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Next Level Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Jankowski, Chen-Lan Yen
  • Patent number: 8320676
    Abstract: A wide range of digital devices either have or are provided with imaging devices which are capable of imaging externally provided information in the form of special codes that contain setup and/or configuration information. Processors within these devices, which include cell phones, cameras, PDAs and personal computers, to name just a few, recognize the image and convert it to the desired configuration and/or setup information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Bisti, Eli M. Dow
  • Publication number: 20120293661
    Abstract: An approach to reduce the processing power required to monitor check-out stations. A subset of check-out stations may be monitored at any given time, instead of monitoring all check-out stations at all times. The subset of check-out stations is determined dynamically according to, but not limited to, cashier records, input parameters from the user, current lane activity, past lane activity, time of day, etc. Statistical models (e.g., effective population sampling and/or population hypothesis tests) are developed along these lines that guide the lane selection process, whereby increases in the false-negative rate due to failure to monitor particular lanes when events of interest occur are controlled. By monitoring fewer check-out stations, while maintaining target performance accuracy, the amount of data that end users must deal with is significantly reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20120281094
    Abstract: A queue monitoring system for monitoring persons queuing to use electronic transaction apparatus, wherein the apparatus comprises at least one user interface, the system comprising one or more cameras for providing data relating to persons queuing and processing apparatus configured to process the data to determine one or more parameters of the queue, wherein the processing apparatus is additionally configured to receive from the electronic apparatus information that is conveyed to the user interface and to use this information in processing the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: JOHN ANDREW FORSHAW
  • Publication number: 20120242836
    Abstract: A computer-implemented interactive collaboration system and methods allowing for guided sales support, provisioning, installation, and troubleshooting of internet enabled video surveillance monitoring systems. In an illustrative implementation, a computing environment comprises a video surveillance system provisioning and sales support engine (VSSPSE) having at least one instruction generating and communicating to one or more cooperating resellers of one or more internet-enabled video surveillance monitoring systems data representative of sales support, provisioning, installation, and/or troubleshooting for specified and/or installed one or more internet-enabled video surveillance monitoring systems. In an illustrative operation, a reseller can interact with the VSSPSE to provide data representative of an installation site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: SECURE-I, INC.
    Inventor: Eugene Michael Szatkowski
  • Patent number: 8259176
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, it is possible to visually show both of information which is originally visually recognizable and information which is originally not seen that have been provided from equipment on the same image, so that it is possible to grasp the content of information and the source of providing the information corresponding to or in association with each other. Furthermore, it is possible to view information difficult to visually recognize together with visually recognizable information, and it is possible to clearly grasp, in addition to information which can be visually obtained at the place where a user currently stays, information related to the visually obtained information, from an image visually indicating the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Misawa, Sumie Mikami, Masaaki Koshiba, Akihisa Yamazaki, Motoari Ota