Reading Paper Currency Patents (Class 382/135)
  • Patent number: 10262427
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a technique for determining the authenticity of a product without requiring a special device such as an integrated circuit (IC) tag. A means for solving this problem according to the invention is characterized by determining the authenticity of a target product on the basis of the validity of the association between the body of the product and a surface-treated component that is mounted to the body and that has been validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Takahashi, Rui Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 10262360
    Abstract: A multiple banknote and/or check deposit transaction at a Self-Service Terminal (SST) permits visual customer feedback during the transaction for depicting categories and denominations associated with the transaction. Moreover, an interface rendered with the visual customer feedback permits the customer to review, edit, accept, or abort the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Mike McKenna, Stephen Glencross
  • Patent number: 10255278
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are provided. The mobile terminal includes a camera, a display unit configured to display a preview image obtained by the camera, and a controller configured to detect a first command for entering a translation mode, output a GUI window for selecting at least one partial region of a text included in the preview image to the display unit in response to the detected first command, control the display unit to display a translation result of a text corresponding the GUI window on the preview image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonghwan Kim, Minju Jeon, Yunmi Kwon, Sooyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10248878
    Abstract: The invention discloses an electronic character input method and a system. The method comprises imaging the text message with an optical imaging device, converting the pointed text information in the text image into character text through an optical character recognition module; and inputting the recognized character text into a current text in process. In addition, modification can be made by, inputting the modified character text into the current text in process. A user can utilize a built-in camera to take a text image for characters to be input, obtain a character text corresponding to the text image through recognition and conversion, input the character text into the text which is currently processed by the intelligent device without inputting the characters in the text image one by one on a keyboard or a touch screen, thereby saving labor and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTSIG INFORMATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10242276
    Abstract: Systems and associated methodology are presented for Arabic handwriting synthesis including accessing character shape images of an alphabet, determining a connection point location between two or more character shapes based on a calculated right edge position and a calculated left edge position of the character shape images, extracting character features that describe language attributes and width attributes of characters of the character shape images, the language attributes including character Kashida attributes, and generating images of cursive text based on the character Kashida attribues and the width attribues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Yousef S. I. Elarian
  • Patent number: 10235595
    Abstract: Provided is a value bill identifying method, which includes: step 1, collecting, by a color collection device including multiple color sensors, color data of a to-be-detected value bill and preprocessing the collected color data; step 2, extracting a feature from the preprocessed color data; step 3, matching the extracted feature with feature template sets corresponding to each type of value bills, to obtain matching scores, and regarding a feature template with the highest score as a matched template of the color data; and step 4, determining a type of the value bill based on a matching result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuyao Yue, Zhuming Xiao, Dandan Wang, Xiaoqun Huang
  • Patent number: 10223243
    Abstract: An article of manufacture is described. The article of manufacture may include a computer usable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein. The code when executed by a processor may cause a computer to generate version performance digital image data delta information. The code may cause the computer to receive a plurality of digital images, a plurality of legacy rejections associated with the digital images and a plurality of updated rejections associated with the digital images. The code may cause the computer to identify one or more digital images that trigger a first rejection with the legacy version and that trigger a second rejection with the updated version wherein the first rejection and the second rejection are the same rejection and to identify one or more occurrences wherein the first rejection and the second rejection are different rejections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Harbinson, Brendan P. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10186103
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling machine (for example, a banknote handling machine 10) includes a lower assembly 16 that includes a plurality of storage units (such as a banknote storage bag 34 or banknote storage cassette 36) for storing the paper sheet sent from a transporting unit 24 of an upper assembly 14 and a controlling unit 50 configured to perform control to sort the paper sheet, to be sent from the transporting unit 24 of the upper assembly 14 to the lower assembly 16, to each of the storage units based on a predetermined classification condition designated in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Nishida, Takeshi Yokawa
  • Patent number: 10185882
    Abstract: Systems and associated methodology are presented for Arabic handwriting synthesis including accessing character shape images of an alphabet, determining a connection point location between two or more character shapes based on a calculated right edge position and a calculated left edge position of the character shape images, extracting character features that describe language attributes and width attributes of characters of the character shape images, the language attributes including character Kashida attributes, and generating images of cursive text based on the character Kashida attribues and the width attribues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Yousef S. I. Elarian
  • Patent number: 10169946
    Abstract: A device monitors activity associated with a user of a currency bill storage device based on currency bill data received from the currency bill storage device over a period of time. The currency bill storage device includes image sensor(s) configured to capture images of currency bills. The currency bill data is based on the images. The device tracks a balance in the currency bill storage device based on the currency bill data and identifies, based on the activity, an upcoming transaction in which the user is expected to utilize a particular quantity of currency bills in the currency bill storage device. The device determines whether the balance is sufficient relative to the particular quantity of currency bills and performs one or more actions to cause an alert to be provided to the user based on determining whether the balance is sufficient relative to the particular quantity of currency bills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkadar M'Hamed Benkreira, Michael Mossoba, Joshua Edwards
  • Patent number: 10147136
    Abstract: The APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A VIDEO REMOTE DEPOSIT CAPTURE PLATFORM (hereinafter “RDC-Video”) provides a platform for remote deposit by obtaining images of a check from streaming video captured by a video camera, wherein the RDC-Video transforms captured check images and/or entered check deposit information inputs via RDC-Video components into deposit confirmation outputs. For example, in one embodiment, a user may employ a personal computer connected to a web camera, and/or a smartphone with a built-in camera to initiate the remote deposit by holding a check in front of the camera, and the RDC-Video may capture images of the check and send them to a financial institution for deposit processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Teddy Voutour, Bharat Prasad
  • Patent number: 10102206
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of a document organization system quickly and conveniently provide digital documents to a user on a client device based on a physical object. In particular, the document organization system can receive an image of a physical document and an identifier from a first client device, identify digital documents that match the physical document, and provide the matching digital documents to a second client device, which displays the identifier. In another embodiment, the document organization system allows a user to bind digital documents to a physical object and later recall the digital documents using the physical object. In addition, the document organization system can store and recall the layout arrangement of digital documents on a client device when binding and recalling the digital documents to the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventor: Neeraj Kumar
  • Patent number: 10083377
    Abstract: A sensing method for a counterfeit bill detector includes (i) using multiple image-sensing modules to scan multiple pieces of image information of a bill and converting the multiple pieces of image information into multiple values of digital image, (ii) comparing each value of digital image with a pre-stored image threshold value to generate a reference value, (iii) adding the multiple reference values to generate an image validation value, (iv) comparing the image validation value with a pre-stored validation threshold value to acquire a comparison result, and (v) determining if the multiple pieces of image information are valid according to the comparison result. The sensing method tackles the issue of unsynchronized actions in bill sensing and bill scanning and simultaneously eliminates the problem of distorted scanned bill image arising from entry of misaligned bill to improve accuracy in bill validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CLIMAX MACHINE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tien-Lu Hsu, Chun-Yen Chen, Shin-Nung Lu, Jhih-Cheng Syu, Che-Chang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10078829
    Abstract: The recording device 12 of a transaction processing system 1 sends main print data instructing printing a main receipt, which is a receipt for a single transaction, or partial receipt print data instructing printing partial receipts, which are receipts produced when payment for a single transaction is split between multiple parties, to a control server 15. The control server 15 receives the main print data and the partial receipt print data, and stores information based on the main print data or information based on the partial receipt print data in a transaction information manager database 421.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Sugiyama, Koji Nishizawa, Shigeru Hirai
  • Patent number: 10043334
    Abstract: A sensor for checking value documents, an apparatus with the sensor, and a method for operating the sensor. Neither the software that the sensor executes for checking the value documents nor the adaptation data that the sensor employs for checking the value documents are stored permanently in the sensor itself. The sensor is set up for the software as well as the adaptation data to be loaded into the sensor from outside the sensor. The sensor can be employed for checking value documents only when a data carrier is connected to the sensor, and the data carrier has license data stored thereon through which a license for the employment of the software and/or of the adaptation data is supplied to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Röhrl, Franz Müller, Helmut Steidl
  • Patent number: 10002485
    Abstract: Provided is a paper sheet processing system capable of preventing circulation of wrong bills and managing the wrong bills. A paper sheet processing apparatus stores the serial number of each bill determined by a verification unit to be genuine to a storage unit and sends the serial number to a management server together with the identification number of a bill holder. In collecting the bills from the bill holder to a bill collection apparatus, the bill collection apparatus reads the serial numbers of the bills with a line sensor and reads the identification number of the bill holder with a reader/writer and sends the serial numbers and the identification number to the management server. The management server compares the serial numbers to determine whether any discrepancy exists. If detecting a discrepancy, the management server sends a detection signal to a management apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 9990794
    Abstract: A system for processing bank notes and a corresponding method comprises at least one bank-note processing machine having a central control device on which only those software modules are implemented that are necessary for the standard operation of the bank-note processing machine for counting, checking and/or sorting bank notes. At least one application server is connected to the bank-note processing machine via an external communication network and has implemented thereon at least one further software module which is executed on the application server and provides an application which provides at least one function going beyond the standard operation of the bank-note processing machine. The application provided on the application server involves a configuration application, a serial-number application, a reporting application and/or a servicing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Andrej Pietschker
  • Patent number: 9990569
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an image scanning device and a control method thereof, wherein the image scanning device includes: a bearing member, configured to receive a paper bill; a light source; a lens; a first converter, arranged on the emergent side of the lens and configured to convert light signals from the lens into electric signals; a controller, connected with the light source and the first converter, and configured to control the light emitting time of the light source, acquire the electric signals during the light emitting process of the light source, and acquire the electric signals again after the light source stops emitting light for a preset period of time. Through the disclosure, the problem of low accuracy of paper bill scanning in the prior technologies is solved, and the effect of increasing the accuracy of paper bill identification is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: WEIHAI HUALING OPTO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenbo Zhang, Zhanyue Ju, Yonghui Lin
  • Patent number: 9985786
    Abstract: Provided is a process, including: receiving a request to authenticate a user to access resources from a first computing device; in response to receiving the request, sending, with one or more processors, instructions that cause the first computing device to display a machine readable image, wherein: the machine readable image is configured to, upon being sensed with a camera of a second computing device, cause the second computing device to present, with a display of the second computing device, a user interface with a user-credential input configured based on the machine readable image displayed by the first computing device; receiving from the second computing device, a value demonstrating possession of a user credential and an identifier of the second computing device, the user credential being entered into the second computing device via the user interface configured based on the machine readable image displayed by the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gyaneshwar Bhabbur, Nirupama Behera
  • Patent number: 9977957
    Abstract: A character recognition method for recognizing a character printed over a background pattern on a valuable medium includes acquiring a character image captured by capturing the character printed on the valuable medium; evaluating a degree of similarity between the character image and each template image, the template image having been obtained beforehand by capturing each character that had a possibility of having been printed on the valuable medium and of which background area is evenly filled; and determining that the character corresponding to the template image showing the highest degree of similarity at the evaluating is the character included in the character image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Goto, Motoko Kuroiwa, Kenta Shibata
  • Patent number: 9965519
    Abstract: Keeping track of which communications are related, or linked, in a series of communications is an important feature in many electronic document systems. As communication chains grow and branch, however, these systems require meticulous use of unique document identifiers to maintain those links. Systems and methods to create or restore these links in the absence or misuse of unique document identifiers are therefore provided. Responsive communications from parties are linked with the initial communications whose requests are answered by the responsive communications. Additionally, any requests not answered by the responsive communications may be automatically configured into a secondary communication which will be linked with the responsive communication and the initial communication so that its responsive communication may be built into the chain of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PASSPORT HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Hattori, Julio Perez, Jerrold Scott Stubblefield
  • Patent number: 9927971
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes circuitry configured to execute a process for outputting a chart object corresponding to a handwritten chart. When a first stroke group extending over first and second areas in the handwritten chart does not substantially overlap any ruled lines, a character recognition result of a stroke in the first area is included in a first cell, and a character recognition result of a stroke in the second area is included in a second cell. When the first stroke group extending over the first and second areas substantially overlaps a ruled line, an object of a text box including a character recognition result of the first stroke group is added to the chart object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideki Tsutsui, Junichi Nagata
  • Patent number: 9927230
    Abstract: A method for detecting the fitness for circulation of a value document, includes the steps of: a) carrying out a measurement of the thickness on a tactile structure of the value document, and b) comparing the measured thickness with a previously known target thickness of the tactile structure in order to establish the fitness for circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Schiffmann, Jan Domke, Friederike Lichtenegger
  • Patent number: 9881438
    Abstract: A method for printing stock anti-counterfeiting by using a feature image and a corresponding system is disclosed. The method comprises obtaining a feature code for identifying a printing stock by recognizing a first feature of the feature image printed on the printing stock; searching for pre-recorded first anti-counterfeiting information of the printing stock; obtaining second anti-counterfeiting information of the printing stock by recognizing a second feature of the feature image printed on the printing stock; and comparing whether a similarity between the second anti-counterfeiting information and the first anti-counterfeiting information reaches a first match threshold value to determine whether the printing stock is true or false. The first anti-counterfeiting information is embodied as a distinguishable material feature of the printing stock in a feature image region or features of color, shape and position of the image printed in the feature image region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RUSI Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lixin Zhao, Hongzhou Chen, Ziming Chen, Wei Guo
  • Patent number: 9798952
    Abstract: A feature amount acquisition unit divides input image data into blocks each including a plurality of pixels and acquires the feature amounts of the blocks. A first detection unit detects a pair of two blocks whose feature amounts are approximate to each other and extract a first aggregate area in which one block of each of the pairs gathers and a second aggregate area in which the other block of each of the pairs gathers from the input image data. A second detection unit performs additional detection of adding a block adjacent to the first aggregate area to the first aggregate area, and adding a block adjacent to the second aggregate area to the second aggregate area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ayuta Kawazu
  • Patent number: 9767546
    Abstract: An image inspection apparatus for checking an image printed on a recording medium includes: a reference pixel obtaining unit configured to generate a reference image and obtain a first pixel value from the reference image; a print pixel obtaining unit configured to extract an image printed area and obtain a second pixel value from the image; an offset processing unit configured to add a non-image-printed area; and an image checking unit configured to compute a difference between the first image pixel value and the second image pixel value and detect an error when the difference is higher than a predetermined threshold value, wherein the non-image-printed area contains a third pixel value that is different from the first pixel value or the second pixel value, and the image checking unit suspends a determination whether or not there is an error in the image printed area associated with the non-image-printed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Keiji Kojima, Hiroyoshi Ishizaki, Tadashi Kitai, Hitomi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9729738
    Abstract: An image reading device including: a magnetic circuit comprising a magnet disposed on one side of a conveyance plane, the magnetic circuit generating a magnetic field in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance plane; a magnetoresistive effect element chip disposed between the magnetic circuit and the conveyance plane and detecting a strength change of a conveyance direction component of the magnetic field in the magnetic reading area when a medium to be read is conveyed on the conveyance plane; a light guide disposed on a side opposite to the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane, and irradiating light onto the magnetic reading area on the conveyance plane; and an image forming optical system disposed on the side opposite to the magnetic circuit side with respect to the conveyance plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Ogomi, Tomoyuki Miyata
  • Patent number: 9626557
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for detecting presence or otherwise of an item comprising at least two regions having different optical characteristics, said apparatus comprising: an emitter operative to illuminate a measuring region of said apparatus with electromagnetic radiation; and a detector located and operative to receive electromagnetic radiation reflected from said measuring region of said apparatus and operative to output a signal corresponding to a measured characteristic of said electromagnetic radiation reflected from said measuring region, wherein said apparatus is operative to compare said measured characteristic with a set of pre-defined characteristics, and further wherein if said measured characteristic is consistent with at least one of said pre-defined characteristics, the apparatus is operative to output a signal indicative of presence or otherwise of one of said at least two regions of said item in said measuring region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: INNOVIA FILMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Stewart
  • Patent number: 9530271
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a banknote handling apparatus and a banknote handling method capable of dealing currencies of a number of nations, and handling them at a predetermined speed or more. A banknote handling apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a reception unit configured to take in, one by one, a banknote put thereinto; a transport unit configured to transport the taken-in banknote; a memory unit storing a plurality of banknote recognition data elements corresponding to currencies of a plurality of nations; a selection unit configured to select and group a plurality of the banknote recognition data elements stored in the memory unit, such that a predetermined criterion is met; and a recognition unit disposed on the transport unit, and configured to recognize the banknote taken in by the reception unit, based on the grouped banknote recognition data elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigenori Moribayashi, Yoshihiko Miyama, Yasushi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9513759
    Abstract: A multi-layer micro-wire structure includes first and second substrates having first and second layers extending to first and second layer edges, respectively. The first layer includes first micro-wire electrodes and first connection pads. Each first micro-wire electrode includes one or more electrically connected first micro-wires and each first connection pad electrically connects to a corresponding first micro-wire electrode. The second layer includes second micro-wire electrodes and second connection pads. Each second micro-wire electrode includes one or more electrically connected second micro-wires, and each second connection pad electrically connects to a corresponding second micro-wire electrode. The second layer is located between the first substrate and the second substrate and the second layer edge extends at least partly beyond the first layer edge so that one or more of the second connection pads is located between at least a portion of the first layer edge and the second layer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Ronald Steven Cok
  • Patent number: 9478090
    Abstract: An image sensor unit includes: a plurality of light sources each including an LED chip; a plurality of light guides that are arranged in parallel to face incident surfaces on one side in a longitudinal direction for each of the plurality of light sources and that guide light from the plurality of light sources to a bill; an image sensor that converts light from the bill to an electric signal; a sensor substrate for mounting the image sensor; and a circuit board that is provided with the plurality of light sources on a same mounting surface and that is arranged on the sensor substrate on one side in the longitudinal direction of the plurality of light guides, wherein the sensor substrate includes a connection hole on one side in the longitudinal direction of the sensor substrate, and the circuit board is connected to the sensor substrate by connecting a connecting portion including a plurality of external connection pads to the connection hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CANON COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Shuuichi Shimoda, Junya Kinoshita, Yoshio Kureishi, Ryoki Matsui, Hidemasa Yoshida, Yoshihiko Tsumekawa, Hidehisa Takahashi, Akifumi Fujiwara, Suguru Tashiro, Takashi Chiba
  • Patent number: 9472039
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, paper sheet handling apparatus includes inspecting module configured to detect denominations and directions of paper sheets, accumulating modules configured to accumulate paper sheets, storing module configured to store setting information in which accumulating modules are associated with denominations and directions of paper sheets, sorting module configured to specify accumulating module which accumulates paper sheets based on denomination and direction and setting information and to convey paper sheets to specified accumulating module, controlling module configured to display setting screen by displaying module based on setting information and to update setting information based on operation input to operating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masashi Sato
  • Patent number: 9430895
    Abstract: A money handling apparatus includes an inlet to receive money of a plurality of different currencies, a plurality of outlets, and a control unit to control a transport unit, such that the money is sorted and delivered from the transport unit to respective outlets based on a money recognition result by a recognition unit. As such, the control unit determines whether the currencies that have been recognized by the recognition unit are assigned to any of the outlets. Thus, when the recognized currency is assigned to an outlet, the transport unit is controlled to transport the money of the associated currency to the assigned outlet. In addition, when the recognized currency is not assigned to an outlet, and if there is an outlet to which no currency is assigned, the control unit assigns the currency to such outlet and that the associated money is transported to the assigned outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Matsuura, Kozen Nakai
  • Patent number: 9426867
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus (10) with a brightness control or self-adjustment, comprising an electronic power supply (11) having a brightness self-tuning and a brightness set-point self-calibrator, a sensor (14) for measuring the environment brightness (16) and a control circuit for automatically adjusting the emitted light (18) on the basis of the environment light, so as to keep steady the light in the environment and automatically reduce the emitted light (18) when the environment natural light increases. A method for self-adjusting the environment light sensor (14) allows for obtaining a self-adjusting lighting system on the basis of the natural light in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: BEGHELLI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gian Pietro Beghelli
  • Patent number: 9424704
    Abstract: Provided is an art by which serial numbers read by a cash processing terminal can be easily searched or analyzed, and the time and effort of recording the serial numbers of counterfeit banknotes in the cash processing terminal is reduced. An information processing device (100) set up between a cash processing terminal group in a local network and an external network that is external thereto is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Sasaki, Masaichi Koide
  • Patent number: 9406185
    Abstract: A recognition module comprises a detection unit for real-time detection and control of a banknote moving state, wherein at least one group of the through-beam sensors comprises a first sensor and two second sensors, the first sensor whereof is arranged on a midline of a banknote transmission channel, and the two second sensors are arranged at the upstream position of the banknote moving direction relative to the first sensor and are symmetrically distributed on the two sides of the midline of the banknote transmission channel. The condition for judging whether a start signal of an image data acquisition unit is effective is whether a banknote-triggered insertion event is detected by the first sensor; and the condition for judging whether an end signal of the acquisition unit is effective is whether a banknote-exit completion event is detected by three through-beam sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guoqiang Huang, Mengtao Liu
  • Patent number: 9392232
    Abstract: A system for verification of video clips, including a media player connected via a network to a media server, the media player receives a compressed video clip from the media server; a display monitor powered connected to a video player for receiving a decompressed video clip; a current sensor coupled the display monitor for measuring current consumption of the display monitor while the video clip is played; a DSP module for receiving current consumption measurement and generating a fingerprint of the clip; network storage storing log files; local storage coupled to the media player and storing known fingerprints reflecting current consumption corresponding to video clips. The DSP module sends the fingerprint to the media server; the media server stores the fingerprint in a log file on the network storage for verification of subsequent reproduction of the clip on the display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Leonid Rozenboim
  • Patent number: 9367888
    Abstract: A counterfeit identification performance attribute (CIPA) sensitivity to changes in resolution of the image for features of an image is determined (102). The CIPA sensitivity for the features is used to choose at least one feature to determine whether the image on a sample is a counterfeit (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Malgorzata M. Sturgill, Steven J. Simske, Jason S. Aronoff, Marie Vans, Paul S. Everest
  • Patent number: 9359165
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a sheet processing apparatus including a contactless type detection magnetic sensor for detecting magnetism of a sheet, correction magnetic sensors for detecting a magnetic field near the detection magnetic sensor, coils arranged near the detection magnetic sensor, and a cancel device for generating a cancellation magnetic field for cancelling a magnetic field near the detection magnetic sensor from the coils based on a detection result of the correction magnetic sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Corporation
    Inventor: Youyang Ng
  • Patent number: 9305416
    Abstract: Banknotes are taken into a banknote recognition and counting machine (10), a recognition and counting process for the banknotes is performed by a recognition and counting unit (24), judgment for the banknotes is performed by using a first judgment threshold value, based on the recognition result on each banknote recognized by the recognition and counting unit (24), and then the banknotes are fed, selectively, to a stacking unit (26) or reject unit (30), based on the judgment result on each banknote. Then the banknotes, respectively fed to the reject unit (30), are taken again into the banknote recognition and counting machine (10), the recognition and counting process for such banknotes is performed by the recognition and counting unit (24), and then the judgment for the banknotes is performed, by using a second judgment threshold value set smaller than the first judgment threshold value, based on the recognition result on each banknote recognized by the recognition and counting unit (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Matsuura, Hajime Morino
  • Patent number: 9245399
    Abstract: A method of authenticating a media item is described. The method comprises: measuring a magnetic signal along the media item, converting the measured signal to a calibrated length signal, aligning the calibrated length signal with a reference signal, extracting features from the aligned signal, and classifying the media item based on the extracted features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Chao He, Gary Ross
  • Patent number: 9235737
    Abstract: A system for reading code symbols includes a camera, a user interface system, and a processor communicatively coupled to the camera and the user interface system. The user interface system includes a visual display. The processor is configured for (i) capturing an image including a code symbol, (ii) displaying the image on the visual display, (iii) determining whether the code symbol in the image is readable by the processor, and (iv) displaying on the visual display a positive indicator overlaying the code symbol in the image when the processor determines that the code symbol in the image is readable by the processor. The processor is further configured for reading the code symbol in the image in response to a selection input received from the user interface system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Gelay, Robert Michael Hussey, Bhishma Thakkar
  • Patent number: 9208551
    Abstract: An optical image of a source document is captured. Two or more source document image test regions are then defined/determined. An optical image scan is performed on each source document image test region to determine if there are identifiable alpha-numeric characters or symbols present. If one or more of the source document image test regions are determined not to contain identifiable alpha-numeric characters, the captured optical image of the source document is determined to be of insufficient quality to identify and extract individual characters and symbols and it is recommended that optical images of source documents determined to be of insufficient quality to identify and extract individual characters and symbols be re-captured using an image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Madhani, Anu Sreepathy, Samir Kakkar
  • Patent number: 9189842
    Abstract: A paper identifying method and a related device, used for accurately identifying soilage conditions of paper according to the recency degree of the paper. The method in an embodiment of the present invention comprises: obtaining a pixel gray value group of an image of input paper, the pixel gray value group being a combination of gray values of sampled pixels of a specified region of the input paper; obtaining an average value of gray values of all pixels in the pixel gray value group, and using same as a first average gray value; comparing the first average gray value with a recency threshold to determine the recency level of the input paper; obtaining the soilage depth of each of N regions of the input paper, the N being an integer greater than or equal to 1; and determining the soilage level of the input paper according to the soilage depth of the N regions, the region area and a soilage threshold, the soilage threshold corresponding to the recency level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tiancai Liang, Dingxi Chen, Weifeng Wang, Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 9165336
    Abstract: A method includes checking a specified security feature of a value document which is present in a specified security-feature region of the value document. The security feature includes captured pixel data which describe spatially resolved with a specified optical spatial resolution, an optical image at least of the security-feature region of the value document, and there are captured ultrasound data which describe an ultrasonic property of the value document at least in the security-feature region, spatially resolved with a specified ultrasonic spatial resolution. The ultrasonic spatial resolution is lower than the optical spatial resolution. From the pixel data there are established first reduced-resolution pixel data for reduced-resolution pixels of the first reduced-resolution image which describe a reduced-resolution optical image at least of the security-feature region of the value document, whose optical spatial resolution corresponds to the ultrasonic spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Scholz, Jan Domke
  • Patent number: 9135766
    Abstract: A method and a portable terminal for identifying a counterfeit bill. The method includes receiving, by the portable terminal, an image of a bill photographed using visible rays and an image of the bill photographed using infrared rays; determining a denomination of the bill by comparing the image photographed using the visible rays with a denomination database; obtaining correction information using the image photographed using the visible rays and a corresponding bill image in the denomination database; forming a corrected image by correcting the image photographed using the infrared rays using the correction information; and determining whether the bill is counterfeit by comparing the corrected image with an image of the corresponding bill pre-stored in a genuine bill database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Hyuk Lee, Jung-Kee Lee, Seong-Taek Hwang, Do-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9129197
    Abstract: Document processing utilizing extraneous highlight added to the document. Sections or fields of a document including data utilized for document processing are marked or highlighted for processing. For example, a paper or printed document may be manually highlighted by a highlighter pen, or the highlight may be computer generated. An image of the highlighted bill is acquired. Highlighted sections within the image are identified, and bill data within the highlighted fields is extracted and utilized for bill processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Sunil H. Madhani, Anu Sreepathy, Samir R. Kakkar
  • Patent number: 9117322
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing apparatus that performs a recognizing process of a paper sheet includes: a paper sheet recognition sensor (11) that reads an image of a paper sheet; a number-attribute information memory (131) that stores number attribute information including number recognition conditions for recognizing a number given to a paper sheet; and an image processing unit (134) and a character recognizing unit (135) that recognize a number of a paper sheet from an image read by the paper sheet recognition sensor (11), based on number recognition conditions stored in the number-attribute information memory (131).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Hamasaki, Tomohiko Kasuya, Kazuhiro Ohmatsu
  • Publication number: 20150146963
    Abstract: Currency bills are transported past an image scanner to one or more output receptacles. Each of the bills is imaged to produce image data from which a visually readable image of each bill can be reproduced. The serial number, denomination, and/or secondary identifiers of a bill is attempted to be extracted and/or determined from the image data associated with the bill. The serial number of the bill has an integer number, X, of characters. One or more of the X characters of the serial number of the currency bill is not extracted with a predetermined confidence. In response to failing to extract all of the X characters of the serial number of the bill with the predetermined confidence, a serial number field in an electronic record associated with the bill is populated with a serial number snippet image. The electronic record is stored in a non-transitory memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Klein, Douglas U. Mennie, Antony D. Susai, William J. Jones, Frank M. Csulits, Matthew L. Anderson, Ralf H. Jaeger, David R. Badalamenti, Dale E. Beutel
  • Patent number: 9042632
    Abstract: There is described a method for touchless counting of substantially planar substrates, especially banknotes, which are stacked in the form of stacks of substrates, said method comprising the following steps: taking at least one sample image of a portion of a side of a stack of substrates, which sample image contains contrast information representing substrate edges that extend along substantially a first direction in the sample image; processing the contrast information representing the substrate edges within the sample image (10), which processing includes subjecting at least one area of interest (20) within the sample image (10) to anisotropic diffusion to produce a processed image containing a substantially coherent set of continuous lines representing the substrate edges; and counting the number of substrate edges in said processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Denis Petker, Volker Lohweg, Eugen Gillich, Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Johannes Georg Schaede