Point Of Sale Or Banking Patents (Class 348/150)
  • Patent number: 8259175
    Abstract: The present invention involves implementation of an intelligent switching program, whereby the processing power required to monitor check-out stations is considerably reduced. The present invention monitors a subset of check-out stations 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: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20120218414
    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: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Frederik Kjeldsen, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Patent number: 8253831
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting one or more events are provided. The techniques include using one or more 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 one or more regions of interest, applying multiple-instance learning to the video sequence to construct one or more location-aware event models, and applying the models to the video sequence to determine the one or more regions of interest that are associated with the one or more events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Patrick Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Arun Hampapur, Frederik Kjeldsen, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti, Akira Yanagawa, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20120188377
    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 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Brian Frank O'Donnell, Matthew K. Farrow, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 8228381
    Abstract: A video and data capturing system and method includes a mobile unit having an image sensor and motion sensing equipment connected to a microprocessor. The mobile unit is installed in an object for detecting visual images and motion data associated with the object. The mobile unit communicates with a base unit capable of analyzing the image and motion data and correcting the image data so it is level with the horizon. A foot unit may be used in conjunction with the mobile unit for detection of an athlete's foot acceleration for determining when the athlete's foot comes in contact with the ground. A field unit may be used in conjunction with the mobile unit and foot unit to determine the location of the foot unit on a playing surface to assist in determining whether an athlete is in or out of bounds, or their location on the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Accurso
  • Patent number: 8223205
    Abstract: Sensing apparatus includes a network camera, which is configured to capture images of a scene and to output a sequence of data packets containing digitized video data responsively to the images. A one-way link is coupled to the network camera so as to transmit the data packets from the network camera to a packet communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Waterfall Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Frenkel, Amir Zilberstein
  • Patent number: 8224028
    Abstract: A method for analyzing queues using video analytics is provided. The method includes receiving a video comprising a plurality of images of a scene. The scene includes a queue region and an operation region. The method also includes processing at least a first image of the plurality of images to determine an occurrence of a first event associated with the operation region, and processing at least a second image of the plurality of images to determine an occurrence of a second event associated with the operation region. The method further includes determining an operation time based on an amount of time between the first event and the second event, processing at least a third image of the plurality of images to determine a quantity of entities in the queue region, and determining a wait time based on the operation time and the quantity of entities in the queue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Verint Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Or Sheffet, Shmuel Kiro, Itshak Horovitz
  • Publication number: 20120173014
    Abstract: The present invention is a reverse vending machine which accepts non-metallic and metallic beverage containers for processing. The beverage containers are inserted by the user into an intake chute, where they are then compacted, sorted, and deposited in storage bins contained in the machine. A number of additional functions are provided by the reverse vending machine, including a self cleaning system, a video screen for displaying information to users, a bar code scanner for scanning bar codes, a user ID reader, and a coupon printer for issuing coupons to users. All transaction information is processed by a computer and stored electronically. The invention automatically returns non-empty containers and containers with unacceptable or unreadable bar codes to the user. The user is also provided warning messages when the storage bins are nearly full, or when a container is jammed in the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Kazuo Morishita, Daniel Chung
  • Publication number: 20120169879
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for detecting retail shrinkage using behavior analytics are described herein. The retail shrinkage may be due to, for example, sweethearting, although embodiments of the present disclosure are not so limited and can be used to detect other forms of retail shrinkage as well. One or more device embodiments include a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to receive data associated with behavior of an individual and use the data associated with the behavior of the individual to determine whether the behavior of the individual is irregular to detect retail shrinkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vit Libal, Jana Trojanova, Lalitha M. Eswara
  • Patent number: 8208799
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a personal video recorder (PVR) software buffer management to support the software passage are disclosed. A first plurality of receive buffer descriptors may be allocated for recording at least one received packet in at least a portion of a shared memory. The received packet may be recorded in the shared memory utilizing at least one of the allocated first plurality of receive buffer descriptors. A plurality of playback buffer descriptors may be allocated for playback of the recorded received packet from the shared memory. A first portion of the received packet may be simultaneously played back from the shared memory while recording a second portion of the received packet in the shared memory. If at least one of the recorded received packet is consumed, the playback buffer descriptors corresponding to a number of the consumed received packet may be de-allocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin T. Phan
  • Patent number: 8193909
    Abstract: A method and a system for calibrating a camera in a surveillance system. The method and system use a mathematical rotation between a first coordinate system and a second coordinate system in order to calibrate a camera with a map of an area. In some embodiments, the calibration can be used to control the camera and/or to display a view cone on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Intergraph Technologies Company
    Inventors: Andrew D. Estes, Johnny E. Frederick
  • Publication number: 20120133771
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and a system for controlling and monitoring a point of sale, said point of sale having an opening (A), said method and system controlling the potential customers that pass through said opening (A) of said point of sale. Particularly, the system comprises a passage sensor (2), adapted to be disposed in the proximity of said opening (A) for generating a passage signal (Sp) when a person (P) passes through said opening (A), imaging means (5) adapted to be disposed in the proximity of said opening (A) for acquiring an image (6) of at least one person (P) that passes through said opening (A) and connection and control means, for connecting said passage sensor (2) with said imaging means (5) so that, upon generation of said passage signal (Sp), said imaging means (5) acquire the image of said person (P) that is passing through said opening (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Sergio Candido
  • Publication number: 20120127316
    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: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Sirinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Publication number: 20120127315
    Abstract: Software, systems, and methods for recording a scene encompassing a transaction, such as a point-of-sale transaction, are presented. In one implementation of a method, the scene is recorded to a data storage system using a first video camera capable of capturing protected data associated with the transaction. While recording the scene using the first camera, and in response to receiving a first trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using a second video camera not capable of capturing the protected data. While then recording the scene using the second camera, and in response to receiving a second trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using the first video camera. The first and second timing triggers are initiated based on at least one event associated with the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Kurt Heier, Eran Wachman
  • Publication number: 20120127314
    Abstract: A method and system for confirming the identity of a product in a security system and for determining sales-related information pertaining to the products. One or more products are associated with a product identification element, such as a bar code or an RFID tag. A reader or a scanner within the system receives a signal from the product identification element containing product identity information about the product. The system further includes a camera that captures a video image of the product. Signals representing the product identity information and the video image of the product are forwarded to a data correlation unit that determines if the product associated with the product identity information matches the product in the video image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Scott M. CLEMENTS
  • Patent number: 8179439
    Abstract: A security system includes at least first and second monitoring units, each having a motion sensor for detecting motion, a camera for obtaining visual data, a transmitter, a receiver, and a processor in data communication with the motion sensor, camera, transmitter, and receiver. The security system includes means for outputting visual data from the first unit camera when the first unit motion sensor detects motion more recently than the second unit motion sensor detects motion. The security system includes programming for outputting the visual data from the second unit camera when the second unit motion sensor detects motion more recently than the first unit motion sensor detects motion. The system includes a telephone interface for transmitting visual data captured by a respective camera. A unit's camera is only activated when its associated motion detector detects motion and is deactivated when another unit's motion detector detects motion more recently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher T. Resch, Amy R. Resch
  • Patent number: 8170909
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the performance of at least one task associated with operation of a retail store. The system includes at least one monitoring device positioned and adapted to provide images of at least one location within the retail store, with each image showing at least one factor related to performance of the at least one task. A controller is adapted to obtain and store images from the at least one monitoring device. An interface is adapted to enable a user to selectively view stored images and to manually analyze the at least one factor shown in the viewed images to evaluate the performance of the at least one task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kruger Brown, Gregory Allen McDonald, Caroline Louise Slettedahl, Robert Francis Foster, Richard Scott Post
  • Publication number: 20120081551
    Abstract: A system includes three locations of work areas (101, 102, and 103) each connected to a network (100), image-sound analyzing means (104), image-sound storing means (105), data managing means (106), a system control center (107), and a browser terminal (108). A part relating to image-capture and sound pickup inside the work area (101) includes a WEB camera, a microphone fixed to the WEB camera, an image-capture range, a marking indicating plate placed in the image-capture range, two stripe markings put on the surface of the marking indicating plate, and a two-dimensional bar-code put together with the stripe markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Yoshiro Mizuno, Hiroshi Kurita
  • Patent number: 8131010
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the measurement of attributes of a queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew W. Senior, Yun Zhai
  • Publication number: 20120038773
    Abstract: The invention proposes an automated teller machine having different control elements, such as a card entry slot (4), for example, wherein at least one camera (CAMK) is integrated in a control element, the card entry slot (4), for example, and captures images of a plurality of sub-regions attributed to said control element (4), such as an interior region, outer region and overhead region. Lighting (L) that illuminates one or some of the partial regions, the interior region or the slit region of the card entry slot (4), for example, can also be arranged, thereby also improving the image. In addition, the construction can be furnished with a light-conducting material (K) over which light produced by the lighting (L) can be guided and distributed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Priesterjahn, Dinh-Khoi Le, Michael Nolte, Alexander Drichel
  • Publication number: 20120038774
    Abstract: A method (100) is proposed for recognizing attempts at manipulating a self-service terminal, specifically a cash dispenser, in which a control panel with elements arranged therein, such as a keypad, cash-dispensing slot, etc. is provided, wherein a camera is directed onto at least one of the elements and wherein the image data generated by the camera are evaluated. Using edge detection, at least one edge image is created from the image data generated (step sequence 120). The edge image is evaluated using a reference edge image (step sequence 130). To generate the reference edge image, several individual images are used (step sequence 110). Fully automated evaluation and recognition of manipulation attempts is possible using edge detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Reimann, Holger Santelmann
  • Publication number: 20120038775
    Abstract: An automated teller machine is proposed having at least one camera to detect manipulation attempts that captures images of one or more elements arranged in the control panel, such as a keypad, cash-dispensing drawer, card entry slot and generates image data from a plurality of individual image recordings (F1, F2, F3).The at least one camera is connected to a data processing unit that preprocesses the image data generated (individual image data) into a resulting image (R). The preprocessed image data of the resulting image (R) can be computed, for example, by exposure blending from the individual images (F1, F2, F3) and represent a very good data base for data evaluation to detect manipulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Priesterjahn, Dinh-Khoi Le, Michael Nolte, Alexander Drichel
  • Publication number: 20120038772
    Abstract: An automated teller machine (ATM) is proposed having a control panel (CP) that has elements (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) arranged therein that are provided for users of the automated teller machine (ATM) and that has a camera (CAM) to detect manipulation attempts on the automated teller machine (ATM). The camera (CAM) is mounted in a housing section of the automated teller machine (ATM) surrounding the control panel (CP) and aligned in such a way that the camera (CAM) captures images of at least two of the elements (1, 2) arranged in the control panel (CP). In particular, the camera (CAM) captures image of the money dispensing compartment (1) and the keypad (2) in order to unequivocally detect any overlays installed there and similar manipulation or skimming attempts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Priesterjahn, Dinh-Khoi Le, Michael Nolte, Alexander Drichel
  • Patent number: 8102422
    Abstract: An advertising system, method and computer program product are provided. In use, behavior of a user is monitored. In addition, an option is presented to the user to receive advertisement content, where the advertisement content is selected based on the behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Amdocs Software Systems Limited
    Inventors: Stoyan Kenderov, Victor Tsype
  • Patent number: 8098282
    Abstract: The present invention advantageously provides a means by which the privacy zone on a PTZ camera can be maintained so that an object in the camera's sight is always masked or covered. An algorithm which remembers the defined privacy zones as an area in space marked by four rays touching the four corners of the marked zone and having absolute Pan, Tilt angular coordinates is presented. The privacy zone is initially defined by a rectangle on the screen with known pixel co-ordinates which are translated into angular coordinates. Then, when the camera moves and prepares to display a new screen, the privacy zone is superimposed on the object to be masked. Locating the object and displaying its privacy zone is done by translating the absolute angular coordinates of the original privacy zone into pixel coordinates. Additionally, multiple privacy zones can be displayed on one camera screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Manoj Gopinath, Arathi Mariswamy
  • Patent number: 8094026
    Abstract: A method for using electronic product identification devices to track the purchase or theft of any multiple merchandise items in a food store or other retail shopping store environment, to determine if a large quantity of items are in the process of being stolen, to activate an alarm condition in a surveillance camera system, alert store security, and send tag information (list of stolen contents thereof) and a video clip file or URL of a web site link to view a video file to store security using remote mobile devices, and to law enforcement if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Robert M Green
  • Patent number: 8085300
    Abstract: A surveillance camera system includes a surveillance camera having pan/tilt capability, a display for displaying images picked-up by the surveillance camera thereon, a pointing device for indicating the movement of the surveillance camera in a visual field direction, and a remote-controlled monitoring device including a control unit for displaying the images on the display and for displaying a pointer thereon indicating the coordinate position of the pointing device so as to overlap with the images, and when the pointer is moved from a first point to a second point on the images, the control unit transmits a predetermined control signal from the remote-controlled monitoring device to the surveillance camera, and by the control signal, the control unit moves the surveillance camera in the moving direction of the pointer at a speed proportional to the length between the first point and the second point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8054182
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a vehicle, comprising providing at an inspection site a hand-held inspection wand that transceives audio-visual information with a command/remote site a safe distance from the inspection site and that is staffed by law enforcement personnel, stopping the vehicle at the remote site, instructing an occupant of the vehicle to exit the vehicle and grasp the wand, transmitting instructions from the command site to the occupant via the wand, that direct the occupant to capture video of the vehicle at the remote site using the wand, capturing video of the vehicle using the wand, transmitting the captured video from the wand to the command site, and displaying the transmitted captured video at the command site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Protagoras N. Cutchis
  • Publication number: 20110270694
    Abstract: A method including sending a device ID and financial information associated with a user of a device to a transaction device in response to receiving a transaction request from the transaction device, configuring an image capture device to capture an image of the user and send the image of the user to the transaction device, and configuring the transaction device to authenticate the financial information with the image of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Irwan Halim
  • Publication number: 20110261203
    Abstract: A method of operating an optical indicia reader adapted for reading information bearing indicia (IBI) information comprising the steps of: capturing images of a region of interest utilizing an image sensor; decoding IBIs in captured images when operating the reader in an indicia reading mode; transmitting captured images of the region of interest to a server periodically when operating the reader in a security mode; and, archiving the transmitted images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dayaker Mupkala, Kishan Prasad
  • Publication number: 20110199486
    Abstract: A customer behavior recording device includes: an entrance camera (13) which is arranged at the entrance of a facility, such as a store, and images a person who enters the store; an in-facility (in-store) camera (14) which is arranged in the facility and images a person who moves in the facility; and an accounting area camera (15) which is arranged in an accounting area of the facility and images a person who pays money for a commodity. Moreover, the customer behavior recording device includes: an attribute estimation unit which estimates an attribute of the person in accordance with the person imaged by the entrance camera (13); and a personal information recording unit having a file which has imaged the person and a file for recording the time when the image was captured and the attribute estimated by the attribute estimation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Moriya
  • Patent number: 7995791
    Abstract: A security system useful for monitoring an automated teller machine (ATM) includes a camera that provides images of at least selected portions of the ATM. A controller automatically determines whether a difference between a reference image of the ATM and a subsequently acquired image from the camera indicates an alteration to the ATM. One example provides the ability to detect whether a skimming reader has been placed adjacent a card receiving slot. A disclosed example includes acquiring a plurality of reference images corresponding to different lighting conditions and using an appropriate one of the reference images based upon a lighting condition or time of day associated with a subsequently acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Arthur Flook, Steven Barnett Rakoff, Marcin Parkitny
  • Publication number: 20110176004
    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: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Xavier Chaussade
  • Publication number: 20110176005
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes an image capturer for capturing an image of a customer which requires a certain time to be consumed at a given location, an attribute information acquirer for estimating an attribute of the customer based on the image captured by the image capturer and acquiring attribute information representative of the estimated attribute, and a customer information output unit for outputting customer information depending on the attribute information acquired by the attribute information acquirer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Kenichi Kaneko, Tomoko Yoshino
  • Patent number: 7965313
    Abstract: An airport security system includes a scanner scanning and time stamping an article of identification of an individual passing into a secure terminal area. The system further includes security cameras generating respective video signals of overlapping zones of coverage of the secure terminal area. The video signals are recorded and received in a controller generating a seamless video signal therefrom. Reversing of the seamless video signal allows visual tracking of a security breach in the secure terminal area from the time of breach identification scan and time stamp. Faster than real time forwarding of the seamless video signal allows tracking of the security breach from the time stamp to the breacher's present location within the secure terminal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Geoffrey Orias
  • Publication number: 20110134246
    Abstract: A method and a device (DET) are proposed to defend against electronic spying during the transmission of image data (Sb) or image signals (Sa) that are generated by a camera (CAM) installed at a self-service terminal (ATM), said camera recording an area (A0) that covers an operating area of the self-service terminal (ATM). As soon as events occurring at the self-service terminal (ATM) in the recording area (A0) or outside of said area, in particular actuation of a key pad (KBD) and/or insertion of a card into a card slot (SLT), are detected, the generation of the image signals (Sa) and/or the transmission of the image data (Sb) is controlled as a function thereof, for instance at least the sensitive areas or partial image data (Sb?) in the image data obtained (Sb) are blanked out or replaced by artificially generated data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten Von Der Lippe, Dinh Khoi Le
  • Publication number: 20110115914
    Abstract: A real-time Event Processing System (EPS) for processing a sequence of events generated by one or more pieces of hardware. The Event Processor collects data generated by the several transducers or appliances as they communicate with the server platform to indicate user activity of the attached hardware. As a packet data is received from one of the appliances, the data is date and time stamped and stored in anticipation of the next data event to which it can be paired or compared with. Stored event data is compared to a template of normalized data results to see if the event data was normal or abnormal. If the event data as compared was normal, no action is taken beyond storing said data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: CLEAR-VIEW-TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bailey, Paul S. Mula
  • Patent number: 7924311
    Abstract: A camera terminal where tables where camera operations are described are not required, and that continues thoroughly imaging a monitoring subject region as a complete system even when a portion of cameras shuts down due to a failure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshida, Katsuji Aoki, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 7912785
    Abstract: A video of a negotiable instrument may be provided from a user to a financial institution so that an image of the negotiable instrument may be obtained from the video and deposited in a user's bank account. In an implementation, a user may use a device such as a video camera, a web camera, or a video-enabled phone to convert an endorsed check into a video data file by making a video of the check and storing the video in a video data file. The user may send the video data file to the financial institution, where it may be processed and deposited in an account associated with the user. Any technique for sending a video data file to the financial institution may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Aaron Robert Kay
  • Patent number: 7889885
    Abstract: A method for detecting whether perforations are present on the edge of an image of a form, such as a check, includes obtaining a bitmap of the image, identifying a selected portion of the bitmap that corresponds to at least the edge and that includes a matrix of a plurality of rows and columns of brightness values, and selecting a particular one of the rows of brightness values. The method further includes performing a Fourier transform of the brightness values included in the particular selected row to generate a Fourier transform output, and determining whether a series of perforations is present based on the Fourier transform output. The method may also include steps wherein the brightness values are low pass filtered and wherein the values in the selected row are high pass filtered prior to the step of performing a Fourier transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A Cordery, Matthew J Campagna, Thomas J Foth, Bertrand Haas, Douglas B Quine
  • Patent number: 7852372
    Abstract: A system and method for simulating a user's participation at an event. The system and method including providing a virtual queue or line for meeting and obtaining an autograph of a celebrity, attending a live event and/or for purchasing an item. The system and method include providing video and audio content to a remote user device, such as a television or a computer, for display on the monitor. A plurality of video cameras positioned in and around a line for obtaining an autograph provide a respective plurality of video and audio feeds that are broadcast to users of the system. An interface selectively changes the feed shown on the user's device to simulate movement in the line toward the celebrity until the user is able to view the celebrity autograph an item specifically designated for the user. The item can be merchandise, such as a CD, DVD, photograph or poster, selected by the user. The system mails the autographed item to the viewer and can also provide a recording of the autograph session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Richard Sohmers
  • Patent number: 7847820
    Abstract: A method that determines whether a detected event is a significant event requiring action in a video surveillance system. Determined event attributes and object attributes are analyzed to determine if the potential event should trigger an action by the surveillance system. If the potential event should trigger an action, at least one action is triggered. Actions may include relevant event attribute and object attribute information. Potential event may include events detected by a sensor, or external events communicated by an external system to the surveillance system. Event attributes may include location and type of the potential event. Object attributes may include an identification of an object, and attributes associated with the identified object. If an object cannot be positively identified, object attributes may include potential object identifications or determined group associations of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: 3VR Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Vallone, Stephen G. Russell, Thomas W. Kirkman, Marcus S. Marinelli, J. Andrew Freeman
  • Publication number: 20100250359
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to electronic commerce (e-commerce) systems and media platforms, for use with both mobile and non-mobile systems, to deploy virtual advertising and promotion via the use of electronic coupons, and more particularly a method and system for creating, deploying, transferring, clearing, managing, redeeming and reporting on the use of electronic coupons or virtual electronic rebates (VeeBates) and permitting individuals and groups within one or more social communications networks to participate in and transmit information to others about their activities related to the virtual advertising, incentives, redemption and promotion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: ASTORENEARME, INC.
    Inventors: Amy Gillenson, James Daniel Fornari
  • Publication number: 20100241531
    Abstract: The invention is a system supporting a payment and inspection service used to securely purchase merchandise on an online sale website. A buyer or seller can select using the payment and inspection service. The buyer pays the payment and inspection service, which holds the payment in an escrow account. The seller ships the item to a store where the payment and inspection service is located. The buyer goes to the store and, while being monitored by an agent or employee of the service, the buyer inspects the merchandise. If the buyer accepts the item, he leaves the store with the item and the service releases the payment from the escrow account to the seller. If the buyer does not want to accept the item (he rejects the item), the item is then repacked and returned to the seller, and the service returns the payment, less cost of shipping the item back to the seller, to the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Lundquist
  • Publication number: 20100234986
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing inventory and/or marketing services using distributed devices and a network or communications medium such as via the Internet. In specific embodiments, a thin client logic system is installed at multiple item dispensers and communicates inventory and/or marketing data to a server system. The server system provides a central data location from which a supplier can provide inventory and/or marketing data services potentially to many different customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Qwik-Count LLC, c/o Qwik-Count Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Clopton, John R. Riera, Laura Riera, Lorraine Legg
  • Publication number: 20100220191
    Abstract: A transaction recording system for use in recording a transaction occurring at a point-of-sale. The system includes a video capture device having a field of vision. The video capture device captures, produces and transmits video data signals representative of the field of vision of the device, and the video capture device is positioned within an enclosure at a desired position at the point-of-sale. The system includes a point-of-sale processing system located at or near the point-of-sale for receiving, processing, storing and/or transmitting video data signals. The field of vision of the video capture device views at least a portion of the point-of-sale during at least a portion of the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: Digital Site Management, LLC
    Inventors: John A. Throckmorton, Timothy A. Baily
  • Publication number: 20100214413
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting tampering at an automatic teller machine includes detecting start and end indicators of a transaction. A representation of a scene at the teller machine, prior to the start of the transaction can be compared to a representation of the scene after the end of the transaction. Variations therebetween can indicate tampering at the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Yun-Ting Lin, Tomas Brodsky, Mi-Suen Lee
  • Patent number: 7774778
    Abstract: A device control apparatus has a state processing task section 101 for determining an operation state of a device among a plurality of operation states of the device; a sequence processing task section 107 for running a processing program among a plurality of processing programs, and a task connecting section 111 for selecting the sequence processing program corresponding to the operation state of the device determined by the state processing task section to activate the sequence processing task section 107. In this arrangement, the sequence processing program can be easily written without considering an internal state transition processing, and the internal state transition processing and the sequence processing program can be freely designed without the need of modifying the sequence processing program due to change of the internal state transition processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Fujihara, Shusuke Haruna, Hirokazu Yamamoto, Takeshi Makiyori, Sumio Kurose, Takuya Nomura, Yasushi Tamakoshi
  • Publication number: 20100198701
    Abstract: A method of reverse logistics using an auction to sell products directly to consumers from a store instead of using a third party reclamation company. One or more methods of auctioning one or more typically unsalable items directly to purchasers from a retail store including the steps of providing a communications multi-network having at least one logic engine, at least one star communication network through which non-location data is transferred to said logic engine, and at least one mesh communication network through which location data is transferred to said logic engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Titus Arthur Jones, Nathaniel Wellikoff, Eric Eilertsen
  • Patent number: 7760230
    Abstract: A method of managing video data storage in a video surveillance system is disclosed. The disclosed methods extend the amount of calendar time for which video and image data can be stored on a storage device. The disclosed methods apply decision criteria, such as rules, configuration data and preferences, to support intelligent automatic reduction of stored surveillance data such that images and video data of most interest are maintained while less important data is deleted, compressed or archived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: 3VR Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. Russell, Robert P. Vallone, J. Andrew Freeman, Stephen D. Fleischer, Gordon T. Haupt