Data Collection Or Reporting (e.g., Sales, Inventory) Patents (Class 700/236)
  • Patent number: 10845374
    Abstract: A device is provided for the storage and selection of cartridges (20) that are pre-filled with reactive discs to be placed on a support. The support has a plurality of magazines (2) each able to store a cartridge (20) of discs, at least one magazine-holding support (3) and, for each support (3), drive means (4) for moving the magazine-holding support (3). The device (1) has a chamber (5) for housing at least one magazine-holding support (3). A drive mechanism (8) drives the movement of the magazine (2) in the placement configuration between a position in which said magazine (2) is distant from and a position in which same is closer to the placement opening (7) of the chamber (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Christian Curel, Michel Roch, Jean-Louis Cariou
  • Patent number: 10793044
    Abstract: Vending systems for use in a vehicle are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems include the following: a product housing positioned in a vehicle, the product housing including an exposed surface having a product delivery opening; a removable inventory cartridge; a product dispensing mechanism including a product dispensing opening, the product dispensing mechanism being configured for dispensing a product from the removable inventory cartridge in the product housing to the product dispensing opening; a product delivery conduit including a first end and a second end, the first end being joined with the product dispensing opening and the second end defining a product delivery opening, which is formed in the exposed top surface of the product housing and positioned in a passenger compartment of the vehicle; and an lifting mechanism positioned within the product delivery conduit for mechanically lifting the product dispensing opening to the product delivery opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Dao, Quinn Chi
  • Patent number: 10762173
    Abstract: Dispensing units or stations for dispensing items, such as in a healthcare facility, are linked in a network. The dispensing stations are arranged in groups. Inventory data for all the stations in a group is combined together, and displayed at a graphical view or widget. Multiple widgets may be displayed on a dashboard screen of a user system, for use in managing inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Czaplewski, James Weaver, George John D'Ambrosio, Manish Patel, Kim Hixson
  • Patent number: 10755315
    Abstract: Technologies are provided herein for distributed promotion management. According to a method for distributed promotion management, a device identification may be provided by a consumer electronic device that may comprise a dispensing device. An event notification may be received at the consumer electronic device. The event notification may be based upon the provided device identification. A promotional screen may then be displayed. The promotional screen may comprise a limited time offer section displaying a limited time offer. The limited time offer may be based on the received event notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Cuppari, Davinder Sawhney
  • Patent number: 10755809
    Abstract: A home medication management system and method are provided comprise a home medication management device, a computing device associated with a user of medication management system, and a server in communication with the home medication management device and the computing device. The server comprises memory storing an application program interface (API) that is configured to manage the home medication of a patient including the registration of prescriptions, transmission of the registered prescriptions to the home medication management device, association of medications of the registered prescriptions with recesses of the home medication management device, presentation of alerts to the patient at scheduled times to take the medications based on the prescriptions, monitoring the patient for compliance with the alerts, determining whether the patient has taken the medication as scheduled, and presenting the determination to the user via the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Tim Kehoe, Rob Barnikel, Craig Lehmann, John Brittelli
  • Patent number: 10685356
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can provide systems and methods for electronic transaction auditing and accountability. In one embodiment, a method of providing electronic transaction auditing can be implemented. The method can include determining at least one unique identifier associated with a respective transaction. The method can also include communicating the at least one unique identifier to a destination server. In addition, the method can include receiving data associated with an electronic transaction and at least one unique identifier corresponding to the unique identifier previously communicated to the destination server and associated with the respective transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Leonard F. Antao, Gerard E. Insolia, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 10647218
    Abstract: A system for thermally conditioning a battery pack of an electric vehicle includes at least one battery pack mounted within the electric vehicle having at least one cell; circuitry in that determines a battery total charge of the at least one battery pack, a thermal conditioning system in thermal communication with the at least one battery pack system configured to heat or cool the at least one cell of the at least one battery pack, a vehicle positioning system in communication configured to determine a location of the electric vehicle, and a map database. The circuitry is configured to determine when the battery total charge of the at least one battery pack should be charged, determine, when the electric vehicle is traveling, a travel time between the electric vehicle and the one or more charging stations, and instruct the thermal conditioning system to thermally condition the at least one battery pack based on the travel time to reduce the time needed to charge the at least one battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Bordin New Energy Vehicle Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Huang, Yonghua Li
  • Patent number: 10643743
    Abstract: An inventory management system for wirelessly taking inventories of medical trays comprises an easily assemblable and disassemblable enclosure comprising interconnected electrically conductive walls to form a Faraday cage. The interior space defined by the walls is large enough to accept the trays. RFID readers are placed within the enclosure directed at the tray to excite and read the RFID tags disposed on the medical articles within the tray. The walls of the enclosure are flexible and one of the walls is rolled up and down to act as an opening to the interior space. A host computer stores the inventory of the tray and compares it against a previous inventory existence for resupply purposes. The host computer also detects expired and recalled medical articles in the tray. If a recalled article is detected, the host computer determines if a substitute article exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Caputo, Shariq Hussain, Jeffrey Shamblin
  • Patent number: 10638291
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a main receptacle, a first detector, a second detector and a processor; wherein said main receptacle is to hold articles for customer selection, said first detector is to detect presence of an article on said main receptacle, said second detector is to detect an article after said article has been removed from said main receptacle; and wherein the processor is to collect identification information of an article upon introduction of said article into the main receptacle during a serving session and to register introduction of said article, and wherein the processor is to check out or de-register said article from said serving session upon detection of presence of said article at said second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Siu Kee Wong, Siu Kwong Tsang, Chun Sing Matthew Man
  • Patent number: 10629016
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for managing cargo. A cargo carrier attaches to a vehicle and includes an interior cavity for storing one or more items. The cargo carrier includes a lock configured to secure the interior cavity. The cargo carrier includes a lock control unit configured to lock or unlock the lock. The cargo carrier includes a processor configured to receive an access communication via a transceiver identifying a first mobile device, and an access communication via the transceiver identifying a second mobile device. The processor is configured to receive an unlocking communication from the first mobile device, and in response transmit a communication to the lock control unit to cause the lock to be unlocked. The processor is configured to receive an unlocking communication from the second mobile device, and in response transmit a communication to the lock control unit to cause the lock to be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 10566087
    Abstract: A facility for ordering drugs is described. For each of a number of different drugs, the facility maintains a single outpatient counter of administrations of the drug to outpatients that have not been used as a basis for reordering the drug. For a distinguished one of the drugs, based on the value of the counter of administrations of the distinguished drug, the facility places an order that reorders the distinguished drug at a discounted outpatient price level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Verity Solutions
    Inventor: George Puckett
  • Patent number: 10438469
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and techniques for mitigating retail theft include securing items at a receptacle of a retailer via an electronic lock, and providing a transceiver that is proximate to the secured items and that transmits a beacon which may be detected by a personal electronic device (PED) of a customer. Based on a wireless transmission between the PED and the transceiver, a customer's identity may be determined and the customer's risk profile may be accessed. A risk score corresponding to the customer accessing the secured item may be determined based on the customer's risk profile and optionally based upon a profile of the secured item. If the risk score is indicative of an acceptable risk, a trigger to remotely unlock the electronic lock may be sent, thereby remotely and automatically allowing qualified customers to access secured items. An item's removal may be detected and tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Kartik Subramanian, Andrew Schweinfurth, Raymond Kim
  • Patent number: 10437228
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for governing and monitoring operations of tools. The systems include a registration and control computer, one or more mobile devices, and one or more tools. The tools include electronic locking provisions which upon activation selectively enable tool operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ridge Tool Company
    Inventors: Rudolf Kreuzer, Harald Krondorfer, Frederick D. Pond
  • Patent number: 10438184
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 10402778
    Abstract: A system and method for vending digital video discs is provided. A request is received from a user to complete a rental transaction for a first digital video disc. A database is queried to determine whether a quantity of a set of second digital video discs in a vending inventory exceeds a predetermined threshold. A discount offer notification is presented to the user to rent one of the set of second digital video discs, upon determining that the quantity of the set of second digital video discs exceeds the predetermined threshold. A second request from the user to rent one of the second set of digital video discs is received, and one of the set of second digital video discs is vended to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventor: J. Mitch Lowe
  • Patent number: 10387620
    Abstract: A method and system for inputting, verifying, and communicating order data associated with a patient that may include an order for a patient to take a plurality of medications at various times of the day. The system includes an array of a medication sorting devices configured to communicate with a tracking system for receiving an order and dispensing a plurality of medicaments into a plurality of aligned pouches associated with the order information. The tracking system includes an optimization engine for selecting a medication sorting device to process each order to process a high volume of orders. An inspection assembly that is configured to analyze the plurality of medications within the medication pouches to detect and compare with the order information. The plurality of pouches may be arranged into a dispense package to dispense each pouch as arranged by the order information including medication type, dosage, and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Exact Care Pharmacy, LLC
    Inventor: Dale M. Wollschleger
  • Patent number: 10373443
    Abstract: A system and associated method are provided for activating and dispensing lottery tickets at a retail establishment. For each pack of lottery tickets delivered to the retail establishment, a pack code unique to the pack is scanned and transmitted to a central lottery server that activates the lottery tickets within the ticket pack to a ready for sale status in a database. At the retail establishment, a unique ticket code provided on each lottery ticket is scanned at a time of sale of the ticket and transmitted to the central server that confirms that the ticket as previously flagged as ready for sale and, if so, the ticket is flagged as sold in the database. At defined time intervals, accountability and billing information is provided from the central server to a central retail server based on individual lottery tickets flagged as activated and sold during the defined time periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajay J. Ghia
  • Patent number: 10347377
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to methods and devices for taking care of elderly, disabled, or other dependents. The devices and methods may be useful for dependents that are not willing or able to live in an environment which has a caretaker physically present. Example devices and methods can facilitate communication between a caretaker and a dependent. Devices and methods can optionally facilitate disbursing medications remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Omcare LLC.
    Inventor: Lisa Lavin
  • Patent number: 10338293
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a backlight source, including: a light-guide plate, a diffuser arranged at a light-exiting side of the light-guide plate, and a light bar arranged at a light-entering side of the light-guide plate and including a light-emitting diode (LED) lamp and a flexible circuit board connected to the LED lamp. The flexible circuit board includes a base material, and a first solder mask and a second solder mask arranged at two surfaces of the base material opposite to each other. The base material includes a first region where the second solder mask is arranged and a second region where the second solder mask is not arranged. The second region is located at a side of the base material adjacent to the light-guide plate. The diffuser includes, at an end adjacent to the light bar, a connection member partially or completely covering the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Shanfei Xu, Boran Zheng
  • Patent number: 10329137
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser including one or more processors in a local or distributed computing system provide techniques for smart fuel dispensing that represent a marriage of vehicle telematics data, a smart fuel dispenser, and a customer device (e.g., a mobile device, tablet, computer, etc.). The techniques disclosed particularly provide a customizable fueling experience to customers and, for example, communicate fuel dispensing configuration information to/from a customer, pair vehicles to a fueling dispenser (e.g., using combinations of vehicle telematics, mobile phone data, fuel dispensing data, etc.), initiate/terminate fueling sessions, recommend fuel grades, establish customer accounts for various payment options, and look forward to potential itineraries (e.g., planned trips) to provide recommendations for vehicle maintenance, fuel grades, additives, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Charles L. Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 10334022
    Abstract: Various embodiments each include at least one of systems, methods, and software to detect possible fuel theft and to provide notification thereof. In a simple embodiment, data from a fuel pump is obtained, either directly or via a fuel pump controller, by a fuel station site controller and stored. The stored data includes a measure of a total amount of fuel dispensed from the fuel pump, such as may be measured by a fuel pump feedstock meter. At a time when the site controller reestablishes data communication with the fuel pump controller after a loss, the site controller receives a fuel pump data update. The updated data is then compared to the stored measure. When there is a mismatch, a possible fuel theft has occurred and an alarm process may be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Aaron Miller, Steven Jarrett Giera, Erick Kobres
  • Patent number: 10306189
    Abstract: A fuel authorization system enables data to be exchanged between vehicles and a gated facility, to verify that the vehicle is authorized to enter the facility. The gated facility is equipped with a camera and a short-range radio (RF) component. Participating vehicles are equipped with fuel authorization component including a RF component that can establish a data link with the gated facility's RF unit. When the camera senses a vehicle in the fuel lane, an RF query is sent to the vehicle. Participating vehicles respond with an action perceivable by the camera. An RF data link is then established between the enrolled vehicle and the gated facility to verify that the vehicle is authorized to receive fuel. Once the verification is complete, the fuel dispenser is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Charles King, Rick Fadler, Charles Michael McQuade
  • Patent number: 10290172
    Abstract: A system and method for automating the dispensation of medication is provided. Electronic medical record data including identifying data and medication data for an individual is received at a server. The medication data is analyzed to identify at least one medication for dispensation. An instruction is initiated to load said identified medication in an automated medication dispenser and the automated medication dispenser is loaded with a dosing tray in the form of a replenishable, standardized cartridge. Status data is received from the automated medication dispenser regarding the dispensation of the identified medication and medication dosages remaining. At least one image of a user interacting with the automated medication dispenser is provided from a monitoring component which is in electronic communication with said automated medication dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed Ghouri, Sheldon Ball
  • Patent number: 10282720
    Abstract: A system that analyzes camera images to track a person from a point where the person obtains an authorization to a different point where the authorization is used. The authorization may be extended in time and space from the point where it was initially obtained. Scenarios enabled by embodiments include automatically opening a locked door or gate for an authorized person and automatically charging items taken by a person to that person's account. Supports automated stores that allow users to enter, take products and exit without explicitly paying. An illustrative application is an automated, unmanned gas station that allows a user to pay at the pump and then enter a locked on-site convenience store or a locked case with products the user can take for automatic purchase. Embodiments may also extend authorization to other people, such as occupants of the same vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Marius Buibas, John Quinn, Kaylee Feigum, Csaba Petre, Michael Brandon Maseda, Martin Alan Cseh
  • Patent number: 10249388
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods to aid in the resupply of product arrays, such as contact lenses. In an aspect, this is accomplished by providing a physical product array to a reseller. Additionally, a computer-operated application is provided that displays a virtual representation of the physical product array. The reseller can then manipulate the virtual storage array to more easily identify the specific product slots in the array that need to be restocked, and the application can interact directly with an ordering system for the product manufacturer to submit orders for fulfillment. In an aspect, the application stores the product attributes for each slot of the product array, so that a simple visual inspection of the physical array can be translated into the proper product without a reseller having to determine product attributes for the specific array slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CooperVision International Holding Company, LP
    Inventors: Mahboud Zabetian, Shaun Schooley
  • Patent number: 10229382
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable medium, and apparatus are described for proactively reporting a content status of a node-enabled logistics receptacle in a wireless node network. Generally, the node-enabled logistics receptacle may update the content status stored in memory onboard the node-enabled logistics receptacle based upon whether the node-enabled logistics receptacle has received a package and is temporarily maintaining custody of the package. The receptacle may then broadcast status information related to the updated content status for the node-enabled logistics receptacle. In more detail, a node assembled within the node-enabled logistics receptacle may detect a signal broadcast from a master node in the wireless node network, access the content status stored in memory onboard the receptacle, and broadcast status information to the master node related to the content status for the node-enabled receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud
  • Patent number: 10229551
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for modular vending systems utilizing reloadable product dispensing modules, including, but not limited to, vertical product dispensing modules comprising a vertical conveyor and a mounting structure for releasably engaging with module holder structures of modular vending machines, and a central controller device for communicating with a plurality of modular vending machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vengo Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Shimmerlik, Steven Bofill, Brian Bofill, Jafar Mohammed, Adam Gartenberg
  • Patent number: 10176452
    Abstract: A store profile generation system includes a mobile base and an image capture assembly mounted on the base. The assembly includes at least one image capture device for acquiring images of product display units in a retail environment. A control unit acquires the images captured by the at least one image capture device at a sequence of locations of the mobile base in the retail environment. The control unit extracts product-related data from the acquired images and generates a store profile indicating locations of products and their associated tags throughout the retail environment, based on the extracted product-related data. The store profile can be used for generating new product labels for a sale in an appropriate order for a person to match to the appropriate locations in a single pass through the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services LLC
    Inventors: Charles D. Rizzolo, Dennis L. Venable, Wencheng Wu, Thomas F. Wade, Peter Paul, Ethan Shen, Lee Anne S. Williams, Daniel S. Hann
  • Patent number: 10152737
    Abstract: A method for enabling automated waste management is described. In one embodiment, data related to an event detected via a sensor coupled to a trash receptacle is received. A waste collection vehicle is configured to collect trash directly from the trash receptacle. The data related to the detected event is processed. A notification is generated based on the processing of the data. In some cases, a notification based on a determination of a volume of trash within the trash receptacle is generated, where the volume is determined via a ranging sensor. A notification is generated based on a determination of a weight of the trash within the trash receptacle, where the weight is determined via a load sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefferson Lyman
  • Patent number: 10131531
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for managing a fuel dispensing account associated with fuel dispensing transactions. A fuel dispensing apparatus includes a receiver configured for wireless communication with a user device. The fuel dispensing apparatus receives a request to dispense fuel from the user device via the receiver and associates the fuel request with a primary user account stored in a computer database. A notification is sent to one or more users of the primary account requesting instructions regarding the fuel request. Fuel is dispensed from the fuel dispensing apparatus if instructions are received from a user of the primary account authorizing the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Charles L. Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 10118814
    Abstract: Automated systems and processes may provide fuel dispenser management. In one aspect, a system for managing a fuel dispenser may include a dispenser manager, a display, a user input device, a fuel controller, and a management module at the fuel dispenser. The dispenser manager may be operable to control electronic functions of the fuel dispenser. The display may be coupled to the dispenser manager and operable to visually present fueling session data, and the user input device may also be coupled to the dispenser manager and operable to detect user indications during a fueling session. The fuel controller may be coupled to the dispenser manager and operable to control fuel flow operations. The management module may be associated with the dispenser manager and operable to generate operational commands for the dispenser manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems
    Inventor: Daniel C. Harrell
  • Patent number: 10117638
    Abstract: An ultrasound apparatus includes a base, a housing extending upwardly from the base and having opposed lateral sides, the housing being configured to support an operator console and display, and a storage bin received in a recess in the housing. The storage bin is movable from a first position in which the storage bin is received within the recess of the housing, and a second position in which the storage bin extends from one of the lateral sides of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Philip Stankard, Robert Andrew Meurer, Muriel Shields
  • Patent number: 10116903
    Abstract: A medication confirmation method and apparatus. The method of an embodiment of the invention includes the steps of capturing one or more video sequences of a user administering medication by a video capture device, storing the captured one or more video sequences to a non-transitory memory, and analyzing at least one of the stored video sequences to determine one or more indications of suspicious activity on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Hanina, Lei Guan, Dehua Lai
  • Patent number: 10102406
    Abstract: A UHF radiofrequency identification (RFID) system comprising a UHF RFID reader and at least one UHF RFID antenna for enabling communication of the UHF RFID reader with UHF RFID tags affixed on articles within a cabinet having electrically conductive walls and at least one door, the UHF RFID antennas being positioned within the cabinet and the UHF RFID system further comprises at least one conductive surface (e.g., a brewer, brasseur, or cross-connector) enclosed in a compartment positioned within the cabinet and comprising a conductive surface set in movement by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Guy Venture, Jean-Baptiste Pantaloni
  • Patent number: 10096196
    Abstract: A management method for transactions done by at least one automatic distribution machine (12_1, 12_2), includes the following steps: detecting a malfunction during a transaction of a first automatic distribution machine (12_1, 12_2) with a user of the first automatic distribution machine (12_1, 12_2), the malfunction creating a harm for the user, generating an identifier, at least part of the identifier being specific to the detected malfunction and the identifier (28) being intended to be introduced into a second automatic distribution machine (12_1, 12_2), the introduction making it possible for the second automatic distribution machine (12_1, 12_2) to take an action to compensate the harm suffered by the user, and creating a ticket including the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PARKEON
    Inventor: Sebastien Recio
  • Patent number: 10068201
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to managing an inventory of items within a storage container. A storage container can house one or more items for distribution among one or more users such as, for instance, employees. The storage container discussed herein provides authentication of a user, tracking of the inventory each user removes or returns, video/image capture of user during access of the storage container, wireless tracking of items housed within the storage container, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: 3 STRIKE, LLC
    Inventor: Leonard M. Bashkin
  • Patent number: 10055552
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical management system including a housing having a closeable top cover. Within the housing, there is provided, in combination, a computer processor and a computer readable medium storing computer executable instructions being executed by the computer processor, a plurality of pharmaceutical containers within the housing; each of the plurality of pharmaceutical containers having an identification means, and scanning means in communication with the computer processor adapted to read information from the identification means. The computer executable instructions include instructions identifying a pharmaceutical in each of the containers based on information in the identification means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TORViC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Vic Cizmarik
  • Patent number: 10045899
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments herein provide a medical cart having a drawer with a post which extends upwardly from a bottom surface of the drawer. The cart further includes a removable medication delivery module having four sidewalls and a bottom wall as well as a plurality of individually-lockable bins placed above the bottom wall and within the four sidewalls. A lock may be positioned above the bottom wall and below the plurality of individually-lockable bins with an aperture on the lock which engages with the post and a hole in the bottom wall sized to accept the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Maro Sciacchitano, Aubrey Jones, Chris Miller, Rody Hardy
  • Patent number: 10002487
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus (200) for dispensing a food product, the dispensing apparatus comprising a receptacle (210) for receiving a supply (510), a dispensing unit (220) configured to dispend portions of the food product, dispensing a portion of the food product consuming an amount of the supply, an electronic counting unit (232) configured to represent an amount of authorized supply, the counting unit is configured to decrease the amount of authorized supply when the dispensing unit dispenses a portion of the food product, the dispensing unit being configured to block dispensing of the food product if the amount of authorized supply is below a minimum authorized supply amount, a communication unit (240) configured to receive a digital authorization message from an authorization server (400) through mobile communication device (300), the authorization server being external to the dispensing apparatus, and a dispensing authorization unit (230) configured to obtain from the authorization message a supply authori
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Andrea Castellani
  • Patent number: 9952613
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the data transmitted from an energy management system is described. The system and method include a critical event evaluator receiving data from a plurality of data sources, where the critical event evaluator monitors the data for critical events requiring immediate transmission to a monitoring center. A schedule comb and a delta comb receive the data from the plurality of data sources, the schedule comb operable to reduce the data according to data schedule rules stored in a data definition database and the delta comb reduce the data by eliminating data values that have not changed since a previous transmission. The schedule comb and delta comb produce a reduced data set. A queue stores the reduced data set, which is transmitted when the queue reaches a trigger size or a critical event is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Entouch Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Richard K. Baugh, Kevin Nelson, Iftekhar Hasan
  • Patent number: 9875240
    Abstract: A report creating system includes a storage part storing machine type information correlating the machine type codes of apparatuses with corresponding types of the apparatuses, pattern information showing usage patterns based on the presence or absence of usage of the types of the apparatuses, and type information correlating the usage patterns with corresponding report types; an identification part obtaining the machine type code of one or more of the apparatuses remotely managed by a remote management system and identifying the type of the one or more of the apparatuses based on the machine type code and the machine type information; a first determination part determining the usage pattern based on the identified type and the pattern information; a second determination part determining the report type based on the determined usage pattern and the type information; and a creation part creating a report based on the determined report type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Satoh
  • Patent number: 9844294
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the consumption by an infant of beverages produced from capsules in a beverage production machine. Capsule information regarding a plurality of different types of capsules is stored in a server. Further at least one user account including personal information about the infant consuming beverage produced from capsules is stored in said server. A beverage is produced from a capsule and the capsule used therefore by the beverage production machine is identified. The information on the identified capsule is transmitted to the server; such information including at least the date and time the beverage is prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Yann Epars, Mark Shepherd, Florian Jacquier, Daniel Roland Manser
  • Patent number: 9842196
    Abstract: A variable dose dispensing system may include a processor and memory. The processor may receive a request for a variable dose order of a medication, such as from a user. The processor may request an amount of the medication to be administered, and receive, in response to the request, an indication of the amount to be administered. The processor may verify that the amount to be administered is within a range of the variable dose order. The processor may determine an item in a local inventory that contains at least the amount of the medication to be administered, and may dispense the item. If an amount of the dispensed item exceeds the amount to be administered, such as by a waste amount, the processor may display an indication of the waste amount to the user, and may transmit a notification of the waste amount, such as to a management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: CareFushion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Utech, Kim E. Davis, Maria C. Jaskela
  • Patent number: 9818250
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing a kit of items from one or more vending machines includes a kit determination system with a kit analyzer to determine whether there is a specific kit or kits to recommend or assign to a user. A kit may be pre-assigned to the user by a third party. If there is no kit assigned to the user, a kit may be recommended to the user based on past history and a number of other factors. Also included is a vending machine kit dispensing system for dispensing a kit of items from one or more vending machines, the vending machines being interconnected on a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas John Carroll, Geoffry A. Westphal
  • Patent number: 9727701
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical storage and retrieval system and a method of storing and retrieving pharmaceutical containers from the system. The system includes a pharmaceutical storage and retrieval and a controller operatively coupled to the device to control storage and retrieval functions of the device. The device includes a gantry assembly, a shelving assembly, a user access assembly, and a user authorization system that function in a coordinated manner to carry out the storage and retrieval functions of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: RX-SAFE, LLC
    Inventors: William K. Holmes, Michael James, Thomas F. Gaasch
  • Patent number: 9600635
    Abstract: Medication dispensing system for remote monitoring of the daily dispensing of medication and pre/post dispense monitoring of medication effected physiological functions is disclosed. In one embodiment a dispensing unit equipped with weight sensing mechanism such as scale or balance communicates with a monitoring application residing in a wireless terminal. The monitoring application provides supervision over a medication dispensing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ANELTO
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Muhammad Afsar, Ilona Stawski
  • Patent number: 9579264
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is configured to receive a plurality of different pill types into discrete pill reservoirs, whereby a dose of different pills may be provided to a user in a dispense reservoir. A vacuum manifold may be configured with a vacuum tube for removing pills from the discrete reservoirs and placing them into the dispense reservoir. In one embodiment, a pill dispenser is part of a pill dispenser system that utilizes a remote electronic device having an application software program for setting, managing and displaying the dosing regimens for pills loaded into the pill dispenser. The application software program may be coupled with a prescribing pill database, whereby prescription pill information, including dosing regimens may be loaded onto the application software program to ensure compliance with the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Linda Jean Litton
  • Patent number: 9561336
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a dose unit for a dry powder inhaler including: a dose carrier including a plurality of pockets each adapted to contain a dose of medication powder suitable for inhalation, the pockets being sequentially arranged such that the content of the pockets can be sequentially exposed to a flow of air for successive inhalations and a plurality of medication powder doses arranged in the pockets of the dose carrier. The doses are regularly distributed in the pockets according to a sequence of identical groups, each group including at least one blank pocket and one pocket containing a dose of medication powder. Various embodiments also relate to a pack including one such dose unit and one further dose unit with all pockets containing a medication powder. Various embodiments further relate to a dry powder inhaler including such a pack of dose units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PFIZER LIMITED
    Inventor: Ian Smith
  • Patent number: 9460440
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can provide systems and methods for electronic transaction auditing and accountability. In one embodiment, a method of providing electronic transaction auditing can be implemented. The method can include determining at least one unique identifier associated with a respective transaction. The method can also include communicating the at least one unique identifier to a destination server. In addition, the method can include receiving data associated with an electronic transaction and at least one unique identifier corresponding to the unique identifier previously communicated to the destination server and associated with the respective transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Leonard Antao, Gerard E. Insolia, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 9405441
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system that includes a server hosting a pool data receiving and storage service. The system further includes a database in communication with the server. Still further, the system includes a user communication device in communication with the server having an interface configured interact with the pool data receiving and storage service hosted by the server, the interface configured to receive a manual user input of a pool related data, the interface configured to transmit the pool related data to the server. The pool related data corresponds to chemical levels in a pool. The pool data receiving and storage service of the server is configured to receive the pool related data from the user communication device and store the pool related data in the database. The interface of the user communication device is configured to access the pool related data through communication with the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Scott M. Trafton, Todd W. Trafton