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20080265028METHOD OF MAINTAINING PRODUCT STATUS WITH INVISIBLY CODED INTERFACE - A method of maintaining a status of a product item is provided. The product item includes an associated interface surface which has coded data including a plurality of coded data portions indicative of the product item's identity. The method includes, in a sensing device, sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity therefrom, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update product status information stored in a data store. The coded data is substantially invisible to the unaided eye.10-30-2008
20090194587Product Identification and Tracking - A system may be configured to identify pedigree information associated with a drug. The system may include a structure with an RFID reader and a bar code reader. The system may also include a master control unit configured to receive product identification data from the RFID reader and the bar code reader. The system may also include a database system configured to store pedigree information associated with medicament containers. The system may also include a display unit disposed proximate to the support structure, and the display unit may be configured to receive and display the pedigree information to a user. In response to the movement of a medicament container proximate the RFID reader or the bar code reader, the master controller may submit a query to the database system, receive the pedigree information, and cause the display unit to display a portion of the pedigree information to the user.08-06-2009
20130075470INVENTORY MONITORING OF LIVE-STORAGE SYSTEMS BY MEANS OF RFID - The present invention relates to a radio-frequency identification communications system, RFID communications system, for monitoring the inventory of a live storage system, comprising at least one first and one second stationary RFID antenna (03-28-2013
20110192901RF POINT OF SALE AND DELIVERY METHOD AND SYSTEM USING COMMUNICATION WITH REMOTE COMPUTER AND HAVING FEATURES TO READ A LARGE NUMBER OF RF TAGS - A method and system for providing point-of-sale and point-of-delivery and/or distribution of products in a restricted access unit near the customer. The method and system utilize products equipped with radio frequency tags and reduce the effects of energy sharing, shadowing, and nulls. In one embodiment, a plurality of RF tagged products are placed within a refrigerator, cabinet, or other micro-warehouse that has a door or opening that can detect access to the micro-warehouse. In one embodiment, one or more antennas are positioned within the door. Each antenna may have a transmission line of sight and be configured to emit a signal at predefined frequencies. Each antenna generates an electromagnetic field within the micro-warehouse. In one embodiment, the products are positioned in one or more bins, compartments, or similar devices located within the micro-warehouse such that at least two of the plurality of products are spaced a distance from each other to reduce energy sharing. The electromagnetic field is moved or altered within the micro-warehouse through the use of reflectors, devices that move the antennas, or other mechanisms.08-11-2011
20130037613APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD TO STOCK PRODUCT AND MAINTAIN INVENTORY - An apparatus and system provides instructions to correctly stock a product, provides a next task upon completion of the stocking, and updates an inventory database based on completion of the stocking. A label on a product or set of products is scanned. The type of the label is determined and the product is identified. Based on the identification, a location is determined and provided through audio output. Confirmation of the stocking is received.02-14-2013
20100116885RF POINT OF SALE AND DELIVERY METHOD AND SYSTEM USING COMMUNICATION WITH REMOTE COMPUTER AND HAVING FEATURES TO READ A LARGE NUMBER OF RF TAGS - A method and system for providing point-of-sale and point-of-delivery and/or distribution of products in a restricted access unit near the customer. The method and system utilize products equipped with radio frequency tags and reduce the effects of energy sharing, shadowing, and nulls. In one embodiment, a plurality of RF tagged products are placed within a refrigerator, cabinet, or other micro-warehouse that has a door or opening that can detect access to the micro-warehouse. In one embodiment, one or more antennas are positioned within the door. Each antenna may have a transmission line of sight and be configured to emit a signal at predefined frequencies. Each antenna generates an electromagnetic field within the micro-warehouse. In one embodiment, the products are positioned in one or more bins, compartments, or similar devices located within the micro-warehouse such that at least two of the plurality of products are spaced a distance from each other to reduce energy sharing. The electromagnetic field is moved or altered within the micro-warehouse through the use of reflectors, devices that move the antennas, or other mechanisms.05-13-2010
20100140352Method Of Updating Product Status - A method of maintaining a status of a product is provided in which indicating data is generated at a sensing device from data encoded by a tag of a plurality of tags tiled across the product through interaction of the sensing device with the tag at any orientation of the product, and the indicating data is transferred to a computer system to cause updating of a status of the product stored by the computer system. The encoded data of each tag used to generate the indicating data includes an identity of the product and an identity of a region of the product on which that tag is tiled. The status of the product is updated in accordance with the product and region identities of the indicating data.06-10-2010
20090166416INVENTORY SYSTEM AND PROCESS - An inventory system for determining receipt of components of an article, the components having identification labels (07-02-2009
20100108761Automated Pass-Through Surgical Instrument Tray Reader - An apparatus and method for interrogating and automatically identifying a radio-frequency tagged surgical instrument tray and its contents of RFID-tagged surgical instruments are disclosed. The surgical instrument tray and its contents come into contact with an RF signal transmitted by the RFID reader, and as a result, the RFID tags affixed on the instrument tray and the surgical instruments respond by transmitting back to the RFID reader data pertaining to the history of the surgical instruments. A data terminal, which is connected to the RFID reader, may contain data pertaining to the radio frequency tagged surgical instruments during packaging, and during the return of the surgical instrument trays to the packager, identifies the surgical instruments.05-06-2010
20100108760SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DISTRIBUTION OF ITEMS - A method of tracking distribution of items, each item including an identification tag including electronically stored identification information, includes: scanning the items upon arrival of the items to a scanning location, the scanning location identifiable by scanning location information, by electronically reading the identification information stored on identification tag; sending the scanned information to a database to identify the item, the database having an index of all items to be tracked; storing the scanning location information in the database in relation to the identified item; displaying stored information in an electronic user interface; and selecting, without rescanning the identification tag, the item for distribution to another location.05-06-2010
20100084463RFID ENABLED DYNAMIC OBJECT VERIFICATION WITH GTIN DECODED FROM EPC - Electronic Product Codes (EPCs) can be read from RFID labels and tags to verify shipments. The EPCs are decoded to Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), which are then matched to GTINs of products on a shipping list. If all of the decoded GTINs match and there are no GTINs in the shipment list that are left unmatched, then shipment verification is successful. If some of the decoded GTINs fail to match, the verification process fails with extra, unexpected products. If some of the GTINs in the shipping list are left unmatched, the verification process fails with the missing products.04-08-2010
20100065633Electronic tag system - An electronic tag system includes a medical device having a base portion, a removable portion, and an electronic tag operatively connected to the removable portion. The electronic tag includes data related to at least a medicinal infusion process. The system further includes a control element operatively connected to the base portion. The control element includes a reading capability for reading the data from the electronic tag and a writing capability for writing new data to the electronic tag.03-18-2010
20120181334Mobile Table for Implementing Clamshell-to-Case Association - Systems and methods are provided for associating traceability codes on clamshells with unique identifiers on containers in which the empty clamshells are packed for later use. In various methods, the clamshells are marked with traceability codes and stacked together, one traceability code is read from one of the clamshells in each stack, a unique identifier is read from a container, and the stack is placed in the container. The traceability code is stored in association with the unique identifier for later retrieval. An exemplary table for making clamshell-to-container associations comprises a scanner for reading traceability codes and rails for positioning stacks of clamshells proximate to the scanner. The table can also comprise a second scanner positioned to read unique identifiers from containers placed proximate thereto. The table can further comprise a computing system to make and store the associations.07-19-2012
20100006648Mobile Table for Implementing Clamshell-to-Case Association - Systems and methods are provided for associating traceability codes on clamshells with unique identifiers on containers in which the empty clamshells are packed for later use. In various methods, the clamshells are marked with traceability codes and stacked together, one traceability code is read from one of the clamshells in each stack, a unique identifier is read from a container, and the stack,is placed in the container. The traceability code is stored in association with the unique identifier for later retrieval. An exemplary table for making clamshell-to-container associations comprises a scanner for reading traceability codes and rails for positioning stacks of clamshells proximate to the scanner. The table can also comprise a second scanner positioned to read unique identifiers from containers placed proximate thereto. The table can further comprise a computing system to make and store the associations.01-14-2010
20100006647SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MANAGING PRINTABLE MEDIA THAT INCLUDE ELECTRONIC TAGS - The system includes a first receiver that, when information has been printed on the medium using a printing apparatus, receives, from the printing apparatus, an electronic tag ID of an electronic tag in the printed medium and a plurality of recipient IDs specified by a user, a second receiver that, when the printed medium has been stored in a repository, receives, from the repository, an electronic tag ID of an electronic tag in the stored medium and an ID in association with the repository (hereinafter called the repository ID), and an associating unit that, when the electronic tag ID sent from the printing apparatus agrees with the electronic tag ID sent from the repository, associates a recipient ID corresponding to the repository ID sent from the repository, out of the plurality of recipient IDs sent from the printing apparatus, with the agreed electronic tag ID.01-14-2010
20100001069METHOD OF PRINTING SECURITY DOCUMENTS - A method of providing a security document having a security feature includes creating the security document and determining an identity associated with the security document. The identity is then used to generate a digital signature of at least part of the identity. Coded data is generated including a number of coded data portions, each of which is indicative of the identity of the security document and, at least part of the signature. The coded data is then printed on the security document.01-07-2010
20090242632MERCHANDISE IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION INPUT APPARATUS AND MERCHANDISE IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION MISREADING PREVENTION PROGRAM MEDIUM - A barcode scanner that is capable of automatically preventing misreading in scanning the barcodes of the same item for checkout at a cahier register using a stationary-type barcode scanner is provided, by including a merchandise identification information reading unit optically reading merchandise identification information for identifying an item, a merchandise identification information registration unit registering merchandise identification information read in a point-of-sale information management apparatus; and a control unit controlling the merchandise identification information registration unit such that when a number of an item is input by an item number input unit for inputting a number of the item and several pieces of the same merchandise identification information are consecutively read, registration of the consecutively read merchandise identification is not performed for a number of times, the number of times being obtained by subtracting 1 from the number of the item.10-01-2009
20090302108MEDIA INVENTORY SERVICE - One embodiment relates to a computer-implemented media inventory service that includes instructions for performing a method. The method can include selectively extracting inventory data from at least one media management system based on an agency identifier that defines a subset of the inventory data in the at least one media management system made available for a given agency. Agency inventory data is provided based on the extracted inventory data for use by the given agency, the agency inventory data enumerating at least one inventory spot available for the given agency. At least one request from the given agency is received for the at least one inventory spot a portion of the inventory data in the at least one media management system is caused to be modified according to the at least one request.12-10-2009
20090266890Medical device tracking system with capsule and method - Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for tracking a medical device. Systems configured for such tracking may include the capability to either or both detect tampering with the medical device and to effectively expose an encapsulated medical device to sterilization substances and associate the medical device with an identifying characteristic.10-29-2009
20130062408METHOD AND APPARATUS PROCESSING CONTAINER IMAGES AND/OR IDENTIFYING CODES FOR FRONT END LOADERS OR CONTAINER HANDLERS SERVICING RAIL CARS - An optical characteristic system configured to couple to a container handler for transferring a container to/from a rail car. A server interface configured to receive from at least one container handler. An optical characteristic system configured to couple to a front end loader. A container handler configured to transfer at least one container to/from a rail car and to report its container image, optical characteristic, container code estimate of the container, a rail car identifier estimate and/or a container chassis identifier estimate. A rail kiosk configured to receive the container image, etc from at least one container handler to create the optical characteristic, the container code estimate, manifest for the rail car, confirmation of the manifest and/or an insurance record for the container. A method operating at least one of the server interface, the rail kiosk and a container inventory management system and the products of those operations.03-14-2013
20110011933Systems and Methods for the Tracking of Evidence - A system for the tagging, organization and tracking of evidence during the course of an investigation. The system generally utilizes an onsite handheld computer device which is capable of taking input information including a description of evidence and a photo of evidence, reading a machine readable tag placed on the evidence, and printing an evidence bag label for identification the storage into which the evidence is placed. The handheld device can store this information in onboard memory until it is uploaded to a central server computer.01-20-2011
20090242630METHOD FOR TRACKING A SALES CHANNEL OF A MERCHANDISE ITEM - Method for tracking a sales channel of a merchandise item, comprising: storing an item identifier of said merchandise item on a data carrier; storing in a data base said item identifier together with an associated sales channel identifier; selling said merchandise item together with said data carrier to a customer; reading at a customer's location said item identifier from said data carrier; transmitting said item identifier together with a location identifier to said registration data base; identifying said item identifier in said data base; and comparing said location identifier with said associated sales channel identifier.10-01-2009
20090314836AUTOMATIC PRINT JOB TRACKING - A system for automatically tracking documents printed from a printing device includes a database adapted to maintain data corresponding to the identity and location of at least one document. The at least one document has at least one page. A processor is in operative communication with the database to provide a document file containing both a printable content and an RFID taggable content. The processor is configured to provide the printable content to the printing device and the taggable content to an RFID tag writer. The RFID tag writer is adapted to install diagnostic data corresponding to the printing device on at least one of a first RFID tag and a second RFID tag and security data corresponding to the at least one document on at least one of the first and second RFID tags. A container is configured to retain the at least one document and an RFID tag dispenser is configured to attach the first RFID tag to at least one page of the at least one document and the second RFID tag to at least one page of the at least one document.12-24-2009
20090236421Structuring of Temporary Systems - A method for structuring a temporary system includes receiving information obtained by interrogating a tag on an article and establishing a relationship between the article and one or more other articles in the temporary system based at least in part upon the information obtained by interrogating the tag. The information obtained by interrogating the tag regards the article.09-24-2009
20090236420SMART SHELF TOTE DEVICE FOR MULTIPLE DIFFERENT PRODUCTS - Disclosed is a smart shelf tote device for holding different products that is capable of distinguishing from among the different products. The device is adapted to receive products within individual seating areas. Conductive ink traces are associated with each of the seating areas. An electronics component includes a conductive ink trace interface that is coupled with conductive ink traces associated with each of the seating areas. There is also a memory component for storing unique circuit load characteristic profiles wherein each profile is associated with a different product. A software component recognizes a unique circuit load characteristic profile when a product that includes a unique conductive ink trace that is coupled with the partially exposed conductive ink traces is seated within one of the seating areas. Input/output devices can then provide an audio/video presentation of products upon sensing the removal of a specific product from its seating area.09-24-2009
20090014517Electronic-ink based label system employing a plurality of remote activator modules in communication with a plurality of remotely-updateable electronic-ink display labels each assigned unique encryption keys for allowing only a subset of said labels to receive a broadcasted message from a common encrypted message broadcast signal - An electronic-ink labeling system for displaying graphical indicia within the space of a physical environment. The system includes a plurality of remote activator modules installed within the space of the physical environment, and a plurality of remotely-updateable electronic-ink labels installed within the space of the physical environment. Each remote activator module sends and transmits electromagnetic signals within the space of the physical environment. Each electronic-ink label employs an addressable display assembly including a layer of electronic ink including a bi-stable non-volatile imaging material. The device includes an integrated circuit structure having a storage element for storing instructions, programs and data, and a programmed processor in electrical communication with the addressable display assembly and an antenna structure. A signal transmitting structure transmits signals from the antenna structure to the remote activator module. A signal receiving structure receives electromagnetic signals from the remote activator module, using the antenna structure. An on-board battery power structure, operably connected to the integrated circuit structure, supplies electrical power to the integrated circuit structure. Each electronic-ink label is assigned a unique encryption key so that when a common encrypted message broadcast is transmitted as an electromagnetic signal to the electronic-ink labels, only a subset of the electronic-ink labels, assigned unique encryption keys, are allowed to receive the broadcasted messages.01-15-2009
20090008447METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING INVENTORY IN A HEALTHCARE FACILITY - A method and system for managing inventory in a healthcare facility, in which it is determined whether a machine-readable tag affixed to at least one of a used item and a container of the used item is deposited in a receptacle. It is automatically communicated to a centralized database that the machine-readable tag has been deposited in the receptacle. A demand signal may be automatically generated demanding a replacement for the used item, when it is determined that the machine-readable tag is deposited in the receptacle. Also, a charge for the used item may be automatically generated on a patient bill stored in the database, when it is determined that the machine-readable tag is deposited in the receptacle.01-08-2009
20080296374RECYCLING KIOSK SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method of providing incentive to recycle recyclable materials by providing financial incentives to consumers for recycling at a recycling kiosk. In one embodiment, a method of providing incentive to recycle recyclable materials comprises providing a recycling kiosk having a load determining device for receiving a quantity of recyclable materials from at least a first entity, obtaining identification data associated with the first entity, measuring the quantity of recyclable material received by the recycling kiosk, calculating a reward based on a measurement of the quantity of recyclable material disposed at least proximate to the recycling kiosk by the at least one entity, and associating the reward to the at least one entity.12-04-2008
20130161386ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEMS, SHIPMENT CONTAINER MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MONITORING A SHIPMENT IN A CONTAINER - A shipping container has passive radio antenna element having internal and external antennas. A connector spanning the wall joins the two antennas. An internal communications device is disposed within the container and an external communications device is disposed external to the container. Another shipping container has a repeater element having internal and external antennas. A repeater unit spans the wall joining the two antennas. A communications device is disposed within the container and another communications device is disposed externally. RF signals are re-radiated by the antennas. Methodology includes inputting PF signals from a communication device disposed at a first location, receiving the signals through an antenna comprised by an antenna element, and re-radiating the signal from a second antenna comprised by the element, where the element spans the wall of a shipping container. The re-radiated signal is received by a second communications device disposed at a second location.06-27-2013
20100038422RFID BASED DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEM - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) based computing system includes a plurality of processing stations configured to execute a computer program in a distributed manner. Each processing station includes a radio-frequency identification (RFID) code unique to each processing station, a radio-frequency (RF) communication unit configured to exchange information with other processing stations via a radio frequency, the information including one or more RFID codes of the processing stations, one or more segments of the computer program or one or more portions of data for execution, and a processing unit configured to process the data distributed thereto. The computing system manages segmentation and distribution of the information and collection of execution results of the processing of the data by the processing stations.02-18-2010
20100090003IDENTIFICATION DISPLAY DEVICE - An identification display device which is provided in a work unit in which a plurality of work locations are arranged in rows, and which displays for identifying a designated location selected from the work locations, the identification display device includes a database which stores address information of the respective work locations; light-display section which is provided respectively on each of the work locations, and which emits a visible light which contains the address information of the work location in which the light-display section is arranged; a photoreceptor which transmits a photoreception signal which contains at least the address information contained in the light from the light-display section, when the light is received; and a confirmation section which receives the photoreception signal from the photoreceptor, and determines whether or not the address information contained in the photoreception signal matches the address information of the designated location obtained from the database.04-15-2010
20110192902METHODS FOR UTILIZING RF TAGS TO COLLECT DATA CONCERNING POST-CONSUMER RESOURCES - A post-consumption item that has a Radio Frequency (RF) tag associated therewith is disposed of by reading the RF tag to obtain information stored thereon and selecting a manner to dispose of the post-consumption item based on the obtained information. An inventory of post-consumption items that have RF tags associated therewith, respectively, is maintained by reading the RF tags to obtain categorization information stored thereon and maintaining the inventory of the post-consumption items based on the obtained categorization information.08-11-2011
20100187307RFID READER ENCLOSURE AND MAN-O-WAR RFID READER SYSTEM - An apparatus including an enclosure for an RFID reader to be affixed to a storage container; an RFID reader that scans a first storage container using a first antenna and a second storage container using a second antenna; and a networked system of RFID apparatuses including a primary RFID apparatus and secondary RFID apparatuses that are controlled by the primary RFID apparatus.07-29-2010
20090188975SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS IN A SELF-SERVICE LIBRARY TERMINAL - A library terminal permits a user to execute a loan transaction without assistance. The library terminal (i) provides a visible scan line from a bar code reader indicating the correct positioning of the bar code on a circulating item, (ii) leads a user through a loan transaction, (iii) provides an explicit feedback to a user when an article has an improper position on the article receiving area, (iv) both checks out and checks in circulating items, (v) stores fonts in bit maps of screen displays instead of in a separate font memory, (vi) integrates a security marker reader, a printer, and a controller in the same housing, (vii) processes financial transactions related to the borrowing of circulating items, and/or (viii) displays actions for helping the user to correct errors in use of the terminal.07-30-2009
20080265026METHOD OF MAINTAINING PRODUCT ITEM STATUS USING COMPUTER SYSTEM - A method of maintaining a status of a product item is provided. The product item includes an associated interface surface which has coded data including a plurality of coded data portions indicative of the product item's identity. The method includes, in a sensing device, sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity therefrom, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update product status information stored in a data store. The method further includes, in the computer system, receiving the indicating data, determining the product item identity, determining a current product item status from the product status information stored in the data store, and updating the product status information in accordance with the indicating data.10-30-2008
20090121017Using Cameras to Monitor Actual Inventory - System and method for monitoring inventory. Inventory items are positioned between a camera and a surface having an optically identifiable and distinct characteristic. The camera obtains an image of the inventory items present, any exposed portion of the surface, or both. The amount of the exposed surface is used to determine an amount of the inventory items that are present or missing. Furthermore, the optically identifiable characteristic may be a uniform characteristic, such as color or texture, or a set of discrete elements, such as stickers, barcodes, structural features of the shelf, a pattern of lines or shapes, or combinations thereof. Optionally, the optically identifiable characteristic is unique to the location of the shelf associated with the inventory items. Inventory or non-inventory items incorrectly positioned over the exposed surface may be excluded from the amount of the expected inventory item being determined if the item does not match the visual attributes of the expected inventory item. The camera may be fixed or movable and preferably provides digital images to a computer system having a computer readable medium with program products for analyzing the image and providing inventory reports.05-14-2009
20100084464Miniature Transponder and Identification System Including Said Transponder and a Suitable Reader - The transponder contains a winding of conductive wire coiled on a generally cylindrical ferrite bar and connected to an integrated circuit of identification by radiofrequency waves. The winding is made of a single layer of non-contiguous turns, formed with an uninsulated wire, and the integrated circuit is set up to operate at a frequency higher than 10 MHz and is directly attached to the ferrite bar, for example, on a flat part formed at the end of the bar, so as not to exceed the cylindrical volume determined by the bar and the winding. The reader contains a transmitting antenna formed by a flat winding and a receiving antenna with at least two wire assemblies disposed in flat spirals, each assembly containing two flat spirals wound in opposite directions.04-08-2010
20100090004SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT OF MEDICAL ASSETS - A system for identification, tracking and management of medical assets, includes a plurality of RFID tagged medical assets, and a completely networked supply chain. The supply chain includes at least one end user location; at least one distributor location; an offsite data management system; a plurality of RFID readers; and at least one data network. Each RFID reader is interspersed at a respective location throughout the networked supply chain and configured to electronically read data from the plurality of RFID tagged medical assets. The one or more data networks interconnect each end user location, each distributor location, and the offsite data management system. The one or more data networks provide real time information from at least one of the plurality of RFID readers to the offsite data management system concerning a current attribute associated with at least one of the RFID tagged medical assets.04-15-2010
20110139871METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING INVENTORY USING AN RFID TAG TAPE - A method of tracking an inventory comprises associating a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) values corresponding to a plurality of RFID tags with an inventory item, affixing the plurality of RFID tags to a plurality of surfaces of the inventory item such that antenna axes of the plurality of RFID tags are oriented in a plurality of directions, wirelessly sensing RFID tags affixed to items in the inventory using an antenna array comprising one or more antennae, and deciding, if one or more of the plurality of RFID values associated with the inventory item is sensed, that the inventory item is present in the inventory, otherwise deciding that the inventory item is not present in the inventory.06-16-2011
20090261165ADVANCED MATERIAL TRACKING SYSTEM (AMTS) - A method for tracking and reporting material movements and responding to material movements. Tracked-components are assigned a component identifier which can be associated with a location. The identifier is associated with a first location, and in response to a movement trigger, the location associated with the identifier is updated to a second location. A component can be comprised of multiple sub-components, each of which itself is a tracked component. When the location of the component is updated, the location of each sub-component is similarly updated. Each update of the location of a component can trigger reports or other actions within the system.10-22-2009
20090272803SENSOR NETWORK FOR MANAGING THE LOCATION OF MATERIALS ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE - A sensor network for managing the location of materials on a construction site includes RF sensors having unique identifiers attached to selected items. A radio frequency sensor reader network with two or more RF sensor readers sense the unique identifier of each of the radio frequency sensors and their distance from each radio frequency sensor. A processor connected to the radio frequency sensor reader network determines the location of the radio frequency sensors based on the unique identifier and distance sensed by each radio frequency sensor reader. A selection device for selects a RF sensor based on a user input, and an image capture device moves in response to the user input to display the selected radio frequency sensor on a display device.11-05-2009
20080210755Prescription medication information reading system - A reading device includes a housing having a receptacle for receiving at least part of a container, an interface operable to initiate communication with a destination device upon the receptacle receiving the at least part of the container, and a reader operable to read an identifier located on the container. The interface is further operable to transmit the identifier to the destination device and to receive from the destination device information associated with the identifier.09-04-2008
20090283596Safety equipment - A method of monitoring safety helmets comprising several steps. A unique identifier is provided on each of a plurality of safety helmets, and the unique identifiers are stored in a database. A plurality of the helmets are inspected and the unique identifier is read for each of the inspected helmets. For each inspected helmet, the date of inspection is stored in the database with reference to the respective unique identifier, and for each inspected helmet, a period from the date of its inspection to the present time is monitored. Helmets for which the period exceeds a predetermined period are subsequently identified and for those helmets the steps of inspection, identifier reading, and storage of date of inspection with reference to the identifier are repeated.11-19-2009
20110204144METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING DRUGS - A method, system and apparatus is provided for dispensing drugs quickly, conveniently, securely, and accurately and at relatively less cost than traditional pharmacy-based dispensing systems. A script for a drug prescribed to a user is generated comprising a human readable description of the drug and the user or a machine readable description of the drug and the user. The script is provided to a robotic prescription dispensary operable to recognize either the human readable description or the machine readable description, and validate and dispense the drug accordingly. The robotic prescription dispensary includes a user interface, a teleconferencing or videoconferencing means enabling communication between the user and a human validation agent, and a scanning means for capturing an image of the script. A method for managing inventory and distribution of drugs is also provided.08-25-2011
20110204143Oil and Gas Riser Spider With Low Frequency Antenna Apparatus and Method - An apparatus and methods for tracking a plurality of marine riser assets is provided. Part of a riser lifecycle monitoring system, the apparatus can include an oil and gas riser spider to connect a plurality of riser pipe sections during assembly of a riser pipe string. The riser spider forms an annulus around a first section of the plurality of riser pipe sections and supports the first section of the plurality of riser pipe sections during connection to a second section. The apparatus can also include an antenna to read a plurality of radio frequency identification tags, e.g., directional 125 kHz RFID tags, attached to outsides of the plurality of riser pipe sections. The antenna can include an oblong loop attached to and substantially spanning about half of an internal surface of the riser spider so that the antenna follows the contour of the riser spider.08-25-2011
20090266891TRACKING AND PROPERTIES CONTROL SYSTEM FOR BULK MATERIALS - The invention provides a system of devices and a set of methods for accurately characterizing, tracking and controlling bulk material flows. Measurements of input material properties, dynamical measurements involving identifiable tags, and fast, discrete simulations are combined to predict and control the composition of bulk material exiting a container, such as a silo, bunker or hopper. In one embodiment, a system is provided for a coal-fired power plant where the properties of coal are assessed, then the coal is marked and tracked to provide the plant's operators improved control over the coal mixture and target bulk properties as it makes its way from a coal receiving station to delivery for combustion in a furnace.10-29-2009
20090266888METHOD FOR ORGANIZING AND INVENTORYING LIBRARY MATERIALS - A method for simple organization, classification, and inventory of library materials includes the steps of naming the sections of the collection with a word descriptor, creating a color code whereby various styles of library materials are each assigned a unique color, creating an icon code whereby various genres of library materials are each assigned a unique icon, and providing a plurality of library material receptacles, each receptacle sized to store a portion of said library materials. Each receptacle is assigned a unique style and genre combination, and a label is attached onto the receptacle having a word descriptor, the unique style color code and genre icon combination prominently displayed. Each library material is then assigned a style and genre combination, and a label having the word descriptor, style color code and genre icon is attached onto said receptacle. Finally, each library material is placed in a receptacle where the label on the library material of a word descriptor, a color code and an icon matches a label on the receptacle of a word descriptor, a color code and an icon.10-29-2009
20080314980Storage Rack with Automatic Tag Reading Device and Information Processing System Comprising Such a Storage Rack12-25-2008
20080277469Closed-Loop Reel Setup Verification and Traceability - A closed-loop receptacle setup verification and traceability system for use in automatically detecting the presence or absence of a components receptacle at a location is presented, such receptacles comprising components reels, components bearing trays or racks, or other such receptacles for bearing and providing components for components processing and/or manipulation. The system is further for automatically identifying the detected receptacles and validating their use at respective detecting locations based on components parameters identifiably associated therewith. The system is still further for tracking and monitoring such receptacles from one detecting location to another optionally updating components parameters associated therewith as needed. To implement the system, each receptacle should comprise at least one detectable element and each detecting position should comprise at least one reader adapted to detect the detectable element and so determine whether receptacles are present at the detecting locations being monitored. Typically, the closed loop system uses RFID technology, e.g. the detector comprises at least one antenna and the detectable element comprises at least one RF tag. Detector antennae may be multiplexed or operated independently to communicate detection, identification and/or validation data between the detectable elements and the system.11-13-2008
20080283596Storing System - A storing apparatus (11-20-2008
20080283597Verification System for Dry Cleaners and the Like - An apparatus for verifying inventory grouping comprises a scanner to scan codes on labels, and a computer having a computer readable storage media storing a computer program product. The product includes instructions for causing the computer to verify that articles in a grouped order belong in the grouped order by examining codes on tags associated with each article in the group to determine that the article belongs in the group. Most dry cleaning establishments have built up over the years efficient ways to manually assemble garment articles into orders. This invention capitalizes on that investment. Rather than throwing away an established manual system to regroup, this invention establishes a verification system that can catch the infrequent but costly regrouping mistakes that occur.11-20-2008
20080302871RFID Key Rotation System - In various embodiments, a method for tracking objects includes receiving an internal identifier associated with an object. A first key or external identifier for a tag is associated with the internal identifier. A second external identifier is generated and the second external identifier is then written to the tag. The second external identifier is associated with the internal identifier associated with the object.12-11-2008
20080308632Known Loss Data Logging - System and method for collecting information pertaining to a defeated electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag are disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a recording unit for collecting data pertaining to missing merchandise having at least one user interface, recording the data into the recording unit in response to a series of user interface prompts displayed on the recording unit, the interface prompts being programmed according to a predetermined user input sequence, the recording unit being adapted to transmit the data through a communications network, and transmitting the data through the communications network to a data processing unit, the data processing unit being configured to analyze the data and to generate a report based on the data.12-18-2008
20080265027METHOD OF MAINTAINING PRODUCT STATUS - A method of maintaining a status of a product item is provided. The product item includes an associated interface surface which has coded data including a plurality of coded data portions indicative of the product item's identity. The method includes, in a sensing device, sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity therefrom, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update product status information stored in a data store. The interface surface includes at least one region having visible markings representing a respective product item status. The method including, in the sensing device, sensing coded data in the region and generating therefrom indicating data indicative of the respective product item status. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update the status information using the product item status.10-30-2008
20080290162INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A computer implemented system and method for managing inventory includes determining a value for a parameter indicative of a response time associated with at least one transaction for an item of inventory. In conjunction with executing any particular transaction, an inventory update method is selected from a plurality of inventory update methods based at least in part on the determined value. A record indicative of an inventory level of the item is modified according to the selected inventory update method. A first inventory update method alters a locked inventory record and a second inventory update method alters a freely accessible proxy for the locked inventory record.11-27-2008
20080272193METHOD OF MAINTAINING PRODUCT ITEM STATUS USING CODED INTERFACE - A method of maintaining a status of a product item is provided. The product item includes an associated interface surface which has coded data including a plurality of coded data portions indicative of the product item's identity. The method includes, in a sensing device, sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity therefrom, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update product status information stored in a data store. Each coded data portion is indicative of the respective position. The method further includes, generating in the sensing device and using the sensed coded data portion, indicating data indicative of at least one of a position of the sensed coded data portion on the interface surface and a position of the sensing device relative to the interface surface.11-06-2008
20090140046Electronic Inventory Tracking System - Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking items in a shopping cart using radio frequency identification. In one embodiment, a first set of items is positioned in a first item zone alongside an aisle. An electronic tag reader is capable of remotely reading identification tags on the items into an electronic record of shopping cart contents when the identification tags are within a readable range from the electronic tag reader. An energy field generator such as an electromagnetic field generator generates a first electromagnetic field extending from a location within the readable range of at least some of the items in the first item zone to a location outside the readable range of any of the items in the first item zone. The tag reader is movable along the aisle into and out of the first electromagnetic field, and is configured to not read the identification tags into the electronic record while the tag reader is within the first electromagnetic field and to selectively read the identification tags into the electronic record when the tag reader is outside the first electromagnetic field.06-04-2009
20090084845Method and System for Automated Sorting of Randomly Supplied Packs of Lottery Game Tickets - An automated method and system for sorting packs of lottery tickets supplied in a random order includes designating collections of the ticket packs, and assigning each particular collection to a bin position along an automated sorting line. Each ticket pack is identified with a particular collection as a function of data marks on the ticket packs. The ticket packs are conveyed in a random linear sequence past a data mark reader and to the bin positions. For each scanned pack, a bin position is determined for a collection the respective ticket pack is needed for. The ticket packs are automatically removed at the proper bin position.04-02-2009
20090145967Mail processing tracking system and method - A method is described for tracking position of a mail piece within a facility. It includes steps of scanning a series of mail pieces to obtain identifying indicia therefrom, sorting the series of mail pieces according to a destination-based postal sorting strategy; and placing the sorted mail pieces into a container together with a marker comprising an RFID tag. In a computerized control system, identifiers for the RFID marker are identified with a sequence of mail pieces in the container. The RFID tag is scanned to associate a position of the container at the time of scanning with the mail in the container. The container is then transported, e.g. by loading a tray as the container onto a cart and then moving the cart. The method further includes video tracking the container from the position at the time of scanning to a later, different position at which a further postal operation takes place, such as loading of the trays onto a truck or feeding the mail from the trays onto the feeding ledge of a sorting machine hen a subsequent sorting step is needed.06-11-2009
20090057403Inbound receiving system - Systems and methods of the present invention for receiving inbound shipments are provided. Bar code information may be decoded, and various types of information can be identified from the decoded bar code information. Such information may include, for example, recipient name, recipient address, a sender account number with the shipping vendor, etc. A database is searched based on such identified information. The database may further include other information associated with the identified information. A report including such information may be generated concerning the shipment. Such report may be stored and retrieved for reference when a future shipment with similar information is received.03-05-2009
20090084844Specialty stents with flow control features or the like - Methods and systems are described for obtaining a parameter relating to a stent inventory shortage or to a specific patient and for configuring a stent in response. For example, the response may involve configuring a stent with a flow occlusion portion in response to the obtained parameter relating to the stent inventory shortage, configuring a stent with a flow occlusion portion in response to receiving the parameter relating to the specific patient, or specializing one or more stents in response to obtaining the parameter relating to the stent inventory shortage.04-02-2009
20090212107AUTO-DISTRIBUTION OF SCANNED DIGITAL IMAGES BASED ON STANDARDIZED IDENTIFIERS - A system and methods for facilitating the automatic distribution of acquired images within a medical facility. Means for displaying digital images within two or more operatories is provided. Means for scanning scannable image media is also provided, to read an encoded identifier and a captured image from each of the scannable image media. The encoded identifier of any given scannable image medium is associated with one operatory of the medical facility. Means for transmitting a read image to the means for displaying digital images within a particular operatory in dependence on the read associated identifier is further provided.08-27-2009
20090108065METHODS AND APPARATUS PROCESSING CONTAINER IMAGES AND/OR IDENTIFYING CODES FOR FRONT END LOADERS OR CONTAINER HANDLERS SERVICING RAIL CARS - An optical characteristic system configured to couple to a container handler for transferring a container to/from a rail car. A server interface configured to receive from at least one container handler. An optical characteristic system configured to couple to a front end loader. A container handler configured to transfer at least one container to/from a rail car and to report its container image, optical characteristic, container code estimate of the container, a rail car identifier estimate and/or a container chassis identifier estimate. A rail kiosk configured to receive the container image, etc from at least one container handler to create the optical characteristic, the container code estimate, manifest for the rail car, confirmation of the manifest and/or an insurance record for the container. A method operating at least one of the server interface, the rail kiosk and a container inventory management system and the products of those operations.04-30-2009
20090230191Method and Apparatus for Locating Mobile Assets - A system for locating mobile assets includes a plurality of fixed mesh network communications devices, an asset-specific location device, and a computer. Each fixed mesh network communications device is associated with a different location within a predefined area. The asset-specific location device is coupled to the mobile assets and communicates an asset-specific identification to a nearest fixed mesh network communications device via a mesh network. The computer is in communication with each of the fixed mesh network communications devices and receives a request for a location of one of the mobile assets; polls each fixed mesh network communications device to determine which one is in communication with a selected asset-specific location device affixed to the selected mobile asset; and identify the location associated with the fixed mesh network communications device in communication with the asset-specific location device.09-17-2009
20090230190METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING, AUTHENTICATING, TRACKING AND TRACING MANUFACTURED ITEMS - A method and apparatus for identifying manufactured items in containers, where each container is suitable for containing two or more units, and where the method comprises the steps of: associating each unit with a unique unit identifier, uniquely identifying each unit, allocating two or more units to be contained in each container, uniquely identifying each container, for each container, determining one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container, and storing, in a database, a container identifier for each container, each container identifier being coupled, in the database, to the one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container. There is also provided methods and apparatus for authenticating, tracking and tracing the units.09-17-2009
20090230189Scanning Wand For Pharmacy Tracking and Verification - A pharmacy prescription order identification system is disclosed that permits individual detection and tracking of prescription orders even when they are all contained within a bulk container. Each prescription order in the bulk container has a uniquely identified tag. The tag is uniquely coded such that a tag reader can substantially simultaneously read a plurality of tags, thereby facilitating bulk processing and tracking of prescription orders. In a preferred embodiment the computer system compares the detected prescription orders in a bulk shipment with a provided manifest and alerts a worker of any discrepancies found. The tag reader is preferably a hand-held wand.09-17-2009
20090230188AUTOMATIC INVENTORY ACCESS METHOD - An automatic inventory access method used with a computer system is disclosed to include the steps of: (a) using the computer system to pick up the image of every article to be stored in an inventory station for enabling the obtained images to be stored in the computer system in the form of an electronic file, (b) classifying every article with a respective article number, (c) storing every classified article in one respective storage compartment in the inventory station, (d) operating the computer system to input the required conditions so that the computer system compares the input data with related information searched through the Internet, and then selecting the images of related articles for display on a display screen of the computer system, (e) operating the computer system to simulate the use of every displayed article so as to select every desired article from the displayed articles, and (f) giving a command to the computer system so that an access unit is driven to carry very selected article from the inventory station to the user.09-17-2009
20090095813METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A KITCHEN INVENTORY BASED ON EXPIRATION OF GOODS - A method of providing a kitchen inventory based on expiration of goods. A spreadsheet displays a kitchen inventory that includes item names corresponding to multiple currently stored goods. The inventory also includes multiple quantities, expiration dates, remaining time values corresponding to a difference between the expiration dates and a current date, and status values corresponding to the remaining time values. If the currently stored goods change, the spreadsheet updates one or more quantities and expiration dates. If a user requests a recipe, the spreadsheet searches a recipe database for one or more suggested recipes that include one or more of the stored goods having expiration dates in proximity to the current date and outputs one or more suggested recipes. If a user requests a shopping list, the spreadsheet generates a list that includes needed quantities of one or more ingredients in relation to the currently stored goods.04-16-2009
20090242631SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING ORIGINS OF PRODUCE - An application for a method for tracking produce delivered to a consumer includes providing a field box and a plurality of containers for holding produce, the containers fitting within the field box. A master label that has a master label barcode and a plurality of sub-labels is provided. The master label barcode has a sequence of digital values; the sequence of digital values uniquely distinguishes each master label. Each sub label has a sub-label identifier related to or equivalent to the master label bar-code. The master label is affixed to the field box and each of the sub-labels from the master label is affixed to one of the containers. The containers are then filled with produce and placed into the field box. The master label barcode is captured with a scanner and either now or at a later time, the captured master label barcode and an identification of the origin of the produce are transferred to a server where they are storing in a barcode tracking database.10-01-2009
20120193415INTEGRATED RFID TAG IN A CARD HOLDER, CAGE, LID, AND RACK FOR USE WITH INVENTORYING AND TRACKING OF CAGE OCCUPANTS AND EQUIPMENT - The present invention relates to an integrated RFID card holder, cage, lid or rack and system for collecting census, inventorying, and tracking of animal cages, lids, card holders, racks, and other related equipment. Preferably, the card holder is comprised of an RF transparent material such as plastic. During operation, a RFID reader reads each integrated RFID card holder attached to an animal cage for virtually linking the cage to an animal rack in effect assigning a parking spot to each animal cage within an animal cage rack system. The integrated RFID card holder can be determined to be in a room when the Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) is the highest comparing multiple reads from one or many antennas.08-02-2012
20090294531CONTAINERIZED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UTILIZING IDENTIFICATION TAGS - An inventory control process includes the association of an inventory item with a reusable container at an origination point. The container is inclusive of a passive or active identification tag. The container is transported within the range of a transponder able to share information with the identification tag. Upon reaching a destination point, the inventory item is unpacked from the container and the container recycled for association with a new inventory item. An inventory delivery device includes a reusable container labeled with an active identification tag. An inventory item is inserted within the container. A disposable tamper-evident seal retaining the inventory item with the container is provided. The device is particularly well suited for transportation for timely and high clinical value items within a medical care setting.12-03-2009
20090294532ID issuing system and ID issuing server used therein - An ID issuing system that issues an ID in response to a request from a client includes: a plurality of ID issuing servers that execute issuance of the ID; and a history management device that manages the ID, which is issued by each of the plurality of ID issuing servers, by a history table. Either an issued state or a reserved state, which is a reserved but non-issued state, is registered as a status of an issuance history of the ID in the history table. Each of the plurality of ID issuing servers includes: a unit that registers an issuance history, in which the status is a reserved state, as an issuance history of an issue-wanted ID in the history table through the history management device before issuing the issue-wanted ID to the client in response to a request of the issue-wanted ID from the client; a unit that checks whether or not another issuance history different from the issuance history of the registered issue-wanted ID, which corresponds to the same ID as the issue-wanted ID, exists among issuance histories registered in the history table through the history management device regardless of the status; a unit that issues the issue-wanted ID and changes the status of the issuance history of the issue-wanted ID to an issued state through the history management device when another issuance history corresponding to the same ID as the issue-wanted ID does not exist; and a unit that stops issuing the issue-wanted ID when another issuance history corresponding to the same ID as the issue-wanted ID exists.12-03-2009
20090266889MEDICAL DEVICE TRACKING SYSTEM WITH TAG AND METHOD - Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for tracking a medical device. Systems configured for such tracking may include the capability to either or both detect tampering with the medical device and to effectively expose the medical device to sterilization substances while the medical device is captured by a mechanism including an identifying characteristic.10-29-2009
20100187305ELECTRONIC TAGGING SYSTEM - The present application provides a method and apparatus for electrically tagging footwear and apparel products using easily replaceable power components. The active powered security tag system includes at least two parts. One part includes a power component and electrical and mechanical connection means for connecting to a part that needs a power component. A second part includes an electronic tag including an active electrical component, electronic circuitry, and electrical and mechanical connection means for connecting to a part with a power component. By combining the two parts, an electric circuit is completed so that the power component in one part powers the active electrical component in another part. By separating the power component from the active electrical component, the power component can be easily replaced and the electronic tag can be reused.07-29-2010
20100187306INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM - The inventory control system includes a portable controller for receiving information relating to an item to be tracked by the inventory control system. The portable controller is in communication with a database that stores the information relating to the item. Preferably, the item includes a readable tag having a unique identification code affixed thereto. A sensor may monitor the general location of the tag after the item is entered into the inventory control system. Furthermore, a tag reader associated with the portable controller is able to pinpoint the specific location of the item via a laser-light beam within the area generally identified by the sensor.07-29-2010
20100258627CONFIGURATION INFORMATION COMPLEMENTING TRACEABILITY SYSTEM - In traceability system applications, it is required to check relationships between individual articles under management and containers therefor such as container cases or pallets. Since relevant data in each stage of physical distribution is not always registered, the absence of some necessary data may occur to cause inaccurate commodity tracing. To solve this disadvantage, the present invention provides a traceability system capable of complementing information regardless of time-series factors. Even in a situation where a plurality of sets of information (relational data) regarding packing-unpacking relationships between articles and containers, e.g., relationships between commodity products and packing cases, or relationships between packing cases and pallets, are not registered in time-series order, the relational data are complemented in registration to enable complementary estimation from registered information available at the time of reference.10-14-2010
20090314837ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION - The present invention relates to an electronic apparatus concerned about global environment, which enables its user to be convinced of his/her commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions accompanying power consumption by letting the user purchase a consumable goods/replacement part to lead the user to join greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The electronic apparatus is configured as a printer, etc. that operates with attached a refill cartridge (consumable goods), which is replaceable in the apparatus body and affixed with information by which a greenhouse gas emission right accordance is identified. The electronic apparatus includes refill cartridge attachment support unit that supports the refill cartridge in the body in attachable/detachable manner, detecting unit that detects the identification information from an attached refill cartridge, evaluating unit that determines identification information accordance and evaluates greenhouse gas reductions by the apparatus based on the identification information, and displaying unit that displays the evaluation of the evaluating unit.12-24-2009
20100243736STORAGE DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Storage device management systems and methods are provided. The system includes a storage device and an electronic device. The storage device has a UID, and a public area including a plurality of zones. Each zone includes an interpretation module. The electronic device selects one of the zones, reads the interpretation module from the selected zone of the storage device, and executes the interpretation module to read the UID, and interpret the UID as a specific UID. The electronic device manages the storage device locally or remotely based on the specific UID.09-30-2010
20100252627Wireless Tracking System And Method For Sterilizable Object - The present invention is a method for real-time location monitoring of a sterilizable object. The method includes tracking a location of a sterilizable object bearing a tag. The tag includes a sealed housing, means for detecting a sterilization event and means for transmitting data concerning the sterilization event. The method also includes detecting a sterilization event. The method also includes transmitting a signal that the sterilization event has been detected by the tag.10-07-2010
20100252626PORTABLE CONTAINER INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM - A portable container inventory control system uses RFID technology for automatically monitoring the talking and returning operations of items such as, but not limited to, tools, weapons, jewelry, surgical instruments, from one or more receptacles inside a portable container to maintain a status of each item as well as an operational record of each item. Furthermore, the system may register which item has been taken from or stored from which receptacle by which worker and when it was taken and returned, and compile the information of all storage locations in one database and system for administering, reporting and sending alarms in order to have total item control, accountability, item service control (maintenance, calibration, repairs, and/or replacement), and administration of usage for the items controlled by the system.10-07-2010
20110057037PROCESS FOR TRANSFERRING PRODUCT INFORMATION UTILIZING BARCODE READER INTO PERMANENT MEMORY FOR AN IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICE - A barcode having product information is paired with an implantable medical device or component. The barcode is optically read and at least a portion of the product information is stored into a temporary memory. At least a portion of the product information stored in the temporary memory is electronically written to permanent memory of an RFID chip associated with the implanted medical device or component.03-10-2011
20100012722SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORRELATING SUPPLY CHAIN THEFT WITH INTERNET AUCTION ACTIVITY - A method, activity monitoring station and system automatically track lost or stolen items. The method begins by searching a sales activity database for at least one sales data record containing information for items sold or offered for sale on at least one Internet site, and searching a loss database for at least one loss data record containing information relating to lost or stolen items. The at least one sales data record is compared to the at least one loss data record to discover at least one matching item. If at least one matching item is discovered, a suspicious activity report is generated.01-21-2010
20100219244METHOD OF MAINTAINING PRODUCT STATUS USING CODED TAGS - A method of maintaining a status of a product item is provided. The product item includes an associated interface surface which has coded data including a plurality of coded data portions indicative of the product item's identity. The method includes, in a sensing device, sensing at least one coded data portion, generating indicating data indicative of the product item identity therefrom, and transferring the indicating data to a computer system. The computer system is responsive to the indicating data to update product status information stored in a data store. Each coded data portion is indicative of the respective position. The method further includes, generating in the sensing device and using the sensed coded data portion, indicating data indicative of at least one of a position of the sensed coded data portion on the interface surface and a position of the sensing device relative to the interface surface.09-02-2010
20110127327MECHANISM FOR INVENTORY CONTROL AND/OR THEFT DETERRENCE OF AN ABSORBENT PAD - The present disclosure is directed to an absorbent pad having a mechanism for theft detection and deterrence, and/or inventory control, including product tracking. The mechanism is positioned at an edge of the pad, thereby maintaining effectiveness, even when the pad is covered by a food product or exposed to a dielectric effect created by food liquids or salts in the package.06-02-2011
20110024501Systems and Methods for the Tracking of Evidence - A system for the tagging, organization and tracking of evidence during the course of an investigation. The system generally utilizes an onsite handheld mobile computer device which is capable of taking input information including a description of evidence and a photo of evidence, reading a machine readable tag placed on the evidence, and printing an evidence bag label for identification the storage into which the evidence is placed. The handheld device can store this information in onboard memory until it is uploaded to a central server computer.02-03-2011
20090065580RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG READER AND METHOD - A system that includes a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag reader, said reader includes a reading section, a processing section, memory and a transmitting section; wherein the reading section is configured to read tag data stored on one or more RFID tags, the processing section is configured to process this data and the transmitting section is configured to transmit the result as transmitted data; such that the transmitting section is also configured to transmit updated tag data to the or each of the RFID tags, said updated tag data replacing some or all of the tag data stored on the RFID tag to be updated. The system further includes one or more RFID tags, an intermediate database and a customer database such that the intermediate database is configured to receive the transmitted data, convert it into intermediate data, which is in a format accepted by the customer database, then transmit this to the customer database.03-12-2009
20090045258METHOD & SYSTEM FOR ENFORCING A RETURN POLICY - A method and system for enforcing a return policy by determining whether an article of merchandise has been, used, or not used, within a predetermined time after the purchase of the merchandise. The system including sensor means associated with the article for recording data related to ambient conditions post-purchase, data acquisition means for receiving the recorded data, a comparator for comparing the recorded data to a predefined data set representative of acceptable data values, output means for outputting an outcome from the comparator, the outcome being indicative of whether the article has been used, or not used.02-19-2009
20090065579Attributing Harvest Information with Unique Identifiers - Systems and methods allow units of produce to be traced back to the fields in which the produce was grown. In the field, a harvest form is completed with harvest information at the time of the harvest. In some instances, labels having unique codes are used to label the produce in the field, and two additional labels are placed on the harvest form to associate a range of unique codes with the harvest information on the form. In other instances, the produce packages arrive at the field already marked with the unique codes. The empty marked packages are themselves packed in boxes, where each box has a unique box code. The unique codes on the empty marked packages are associated in advance with the unique box code on the box, and in the field the unique box code is associated with the harvest information.03-12-2009
20110084135SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MEDICAL PRODUCTS IN A TWO BIN PER MEDICAL PRODUCT REPLENISHMENT SYSTEM - The present relates to a system and method for tracking medical products in a two bin per medical product replenishment system. The system and method comprising storing medical product information including lot number and date of receipt, and recording replenishment requests and generated date. The system and method further correlate the date of receipt of the medical product having the particular medical product information with the generated date of recorded replenishment requests to identify probable corresponding replenishment requests. Also, the system and method correlate identified probable corresponding replenishment requests with location information of corresponding RFID tags to determine corresponding probable locations.04-14-2011
20120132707VERIFYING LABELED DATE ON PACKAGING OF PRODUCT - An anti-forgery system and method for verifying labeled date on packaging of product. The system includes: a code generation device configured to generate one or more random codes associated with a date when the one or more random codes are generated; a storage device configured to store the one or more random codes and the date associated therewith; and a code distribution device configured to distribute the one or more random codes as a code to be printed with the labeled date on the packaging of the product. A method for verifying a labeled date on packaging of a product is also provided.05-31-2012
20090224039Mobile data storage device reader having both radiofrequency and barcode scanners - A mobile reader configured to compile a list of data storage devices for transport includes an interface electrically coupled to circuitry modules including RFID scanning circuitry configured to read a unique storage device identifier from each of the data storage devices, and barcode scanning circuitry configured to read the unique storage device identifier from each of the data storage devices. The barcode scanning circuitry communicates with the RFID scanning circuitry. The interface includes a user operable function that enables selectively reading the unique storage device identifier with one of the RFID scanning circuitry or the barcode scanning circuitry to compile a scan list of in-transit data storage devices.09-10-2009
20100219243Closed loop location detection system - A closed loop location detection system for use in monitoring simultaneously the presence or absence of objects in at least two locations, comprises at least one detectable element per location and adapted to be associated with a respective object to be monitored, and at least one detecting device adapted to detect the detectable elements of the objects and so determine whether objects are present in, or absent from, all of the locations being monitored. Means are provided for causing an object to be fed to a location determined to be devoid of objects by the detecting device. Typically, the closed loop location detection system uses RFID technology, e.g. the detection device comprises at least one antenna and the detectable element comprising at least one RF tag. There may be provided one such antenna for each location to be monitored, whereby for a given location, a respective antenna detects the presence or absence of a respective tag thereby determining whether an object is present in this given location. Alternatively, the antenna can be adapted to monitor more than one location, wherein a position tag is associated with each location and means to deactivate the position tag are provided on each object, whereby when the object is fed to a given location, the means to deactivate that are provided on this given object, cause the position tag associated with the given location to stop being detected by the antenna thereby determining that a specific object has been fed to a specific location.09-02-2010
20090218399Store for spare parts and method for allocating kits of spare parts - Said store for spare parts comprises a plurality of compartments which each contain a kit of spare parts and a plurality of kits are each composed of different types of spare parts.09-03-2009
20120126000LOAD TRACKING UTILIZING LOAD IDENTIFYING INDICIA AND SPATIAL DISCRIMINATION - Methods and apparatus for determining the location of one or more unit loads in a coordinate space in a facility, comprising an integrated system that identifies a load by reading indicia on the load, determines the position of the indicia in the coordinate space, and stores the indicia position and load identity in a Label Map. A mobile subsystem on each conveying vehicle identifies the location and orientation of that vehicle using a position/orientation sensor, determines the identity of the load, establishes a Target Cube to discriminate the desired load from nearby loads, confirms acquisition of the load, and communicates the information to a fixed-base subsystem. Load identity and the location and orientation of the vehicle when a load is deposited are used to create a Load Map that contains the identity, position and orientation of all identified loads in the coordinate space.05-24-2012
20090032590Location, orientation, product and color identification apparatus, system and method for the blind or visually impaired - A radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled assistive device, system and method for blind or visually impaired (B & VI) persons. A device typically includes at least partially within a hand-operated housing structure a RFID scanner capable of interrogating a surrounding environment of the presence of one or more RFID tags, a RFID decoder capable of converting a received RFID signal to an audio signal, and an audio output device configured to produce a user-audible output including information derived from a received RFID signal. Additionally and/or alternatively, a vehicle can be configured with an RFID scanner, decoder, and audio and/or visual output device to warn an operator of the vehicle of the proximity to a B & VI person possessing an RFID tag. Additionally, a handheld scanning device enabling B & VI persons to obtain information encoded at a barcode label and information related to the color of a scanned item, for example at the shelves of a store or other commercial or other environment. Such scanning device typically includes at least a barcode scanner, a color scanner, a microprocessor, and an audio output device.02-05-2009
20100065635INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFICATION AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR USE IN THE HANDLING OF DEAD FURRED ANIMALS AND PELTS FROM FURRED ANIMALS - Individual identification and transport system for handling of dead furred animals and fur pelts, e.g., on mink farms, pelt processing plants, collection and sorting centers, auction houses, tanneries, and other processing of pelts from furred animals, has an electronically readable data media for individual identification data (ID-data) for an actual furred animal, and where the electronically readable data media is integrated in a transport and handling arrangement which is inserted through the nostrils of a relevant furred animal immediately after the furred animal has been killed. The transport and handling arrangement constitutes part of a transport and handling system for transport and handling of furred animals and pelts, and which remains together with the pelt from the time at which it is inserted into the pelt until it is processed into fur. The system enables the amount of manual work for the fur farmer and auction houses to be reduced.03-18-2010
20100065632Product, asset, and device tracking, identification, and pricing system - The invention utilizes a system that links two-way communication components with inventory, fixtures, and people. Once linked, the system permits a centralized computer network to collect information about the spatial and temporal relationship between inventory, fixtures, and people using a low frequency communication protocol. When the invention is applied to a retail situation, the retailer can track inventory throughout the supply chain and can do so without substantial human involvement. Furthermore, the two-way communication components also permit the retailer to communicate directly with products on the shelves in a way that allows for re-pricing of goods or broadcasting of messages to customers, also without the need for direct human involvement.03-18-2010
20100065634ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL SYSTEM AND DISPLAY METHOD - It is an object of the present invention to perform an operation in a store on products which are not registered in a product master. In order to attain the object, an ESL server (03-18-2010
20110174877Apparatus and Methods for Monitoring Objects in a Surgical Field - Apparatus and methods for identifying and counting objects having identifiers entering and exiting a surgical field are provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus has an entry scanner, a hand held scanner and an exit scanner for generating a detection field and for receiving data which identifies said objects. In another embodiment, the apparatus has a plurality of lower antennas and an upper antenna for generating a detection field and for receiving data which identifies said objects. Various surgical devices with identifiers and methods for preventing electromagnetic coupling between and protecting objects and identifiers are also provided. The invention further provides apparatus and methods comprising a handheld scanner and a mat adapted to underlie a patient during a surgical procedure.07-21-2011
20090014518SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COUNTING SURGICAL IMPLEMENTS - Surgical sponges and other articles are provided with machine-readable information which provides a serial number or other unique identification of the sponge. In addition, the machine-readable information will provide the type of article and/or a characteristic visual motif associated with the article. That way, by scanning the machine-readable information from the sponges or other articles prior to a procedure, the computer or other digital processor can determine which articles may be missing after the procedure and alert the surgical team as to the type and/or characteristic visual motif of the missing article.01-15-2009
20090001162Enhancing Discovery Services in an EPC Network - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for providing a discovery service that provides a mapping from an electronic product code to electronic product code information services that include information about an item represented by an electronic product code. The discovery service includes a database containing a list of custodians for the item and a service interface through which electronic product code information services and applications can access the entries in the list. The list includes an entry for each custodian. Each entry includes the electronic product code number, a pointer to an electronic product code information service associated with the custodian, and a trip identifier for the item. The service interface includes several services enabling traceability of the item represented by the electronic product code. Methods and apparatus, including computer program products for using a trip identifier in a discovery service are also described.01-01-2009
20080314981Inventory balancing system - A system by which a central hub and transport means, listing means, matching engine, and operating method will capture overstock and understock information from participating retailer or distributor nodes and create congruent matches, with subsequent shipments of one to the other to improve the inventory of both nodes.12-25-2008
20080314979CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS - In order to monitoring connectivity of cabling in a system comprising chassis components and cables interconnecting the chassis components, machine readable labels are applied to cable connectors and chassis component connectors, the machine readable labels on a cable connector and a chassis component to which the cable connector is connected are scanned, and the scanned connectivity information is recorded.12-25-2008
20080314978APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DRUGS DURING A REPACKAGING AND ADMINISTERING PROCESS - The invention relates to a system and method for tracking drugs during a transfer and administering process to reduce labeling errors that can occur during that process. The system includes a storage container reader that is configured to read a set of one or more storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia positioned on a container containing a drug. The set of one or more storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia identifies the drug. The system further includes an indicia-generating device that is configured to generate a drug-delivery-container-associated indicia identifying the drug based on the storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia. The set of one or more drug-delivery-container-associated indicia includes a set of one or more drug-delivery-container-associated machine-readable indicia. Optionally the system further includes a drug delivery container reader, wherein the drug delivery container reader is configured to read the set of one or more drug-delivery-container-associated machine-readable indicia. Optionally the system further includes a processing unit that generates an output signal corresponding to the drug based on the set of one or more drug-delivery-container-associated machine-readable indicia. Optionally the system further includes an output device that outputs a user-comprehensible output identifying the drug based on the output signal from the processing unit.12-25-2008
20110000964System and method for tracking inventory - An inventory-tracking unit associated with a storage unit holding items to be dispensed includes a card reader to read an access card issued to a user and a recorder to record data from items removed from the storage unit. A processor communicates with a sensor in the storage unit and with the card reader and recorder. The sensor provides item data to the processor that is associated with items removed from the storage unit. The processor compares item data received from the sensor with the data recorded by the recorder to detect coincidence. The processor generates a transaction upon coincidence of item data received from the sensor with the recorded data. A communications interface transmits the transaction to a remote site.01-06-2011
20080230606SECURITY MONITORING SYSTEM FOR A BULK FOODSTUFF TRANSPORT CONTAINER - A security monitoring system provides for the secure transport of a bulk foodstuff container. The system includes an electromechanical locking mechanism allowing access by only authorized persons, a positional locator for determining the geographical position of the bulk foodstuff transport container, and a controller associated with the transport container. The controller controls operation of the electromechanical locking mechanism, stores data received from the electromechanical locking mechanism and the positional locator, and communicates with a remote data processor in near real time. A handheld user interface device is configured to control operation of the controller, to process and store data received from the controller, and to communicate with the remote data processor. Unique identifiers are provided for the bulk foodstuff transport container, the transport vehicle, any storage container from which or into which a bulk foodstuff is transferred, and any authorized operator of the security monitoring system.09-25-2008
20080203159Method, Reader and System for Finding Objects - In an object finding method for finding an object (08-28-2008
20110163160Robotic Ordering and Delivery System Software and Methods - Systems, methods and devices for the automated delivery of goods form one to another using a robotic tug and accompanying cart. A computer within the tug or cart stores an electronic map of the building floor plan and intended paths for the tug to take when traversing from one location to the next. During the delivery, a variety of different sensors and scanners gather data that is used to avoid obstacles and/or adjust the movement of the tug in order to more closely follow the intended path. The system preferably includes both wired and wireless networks that allow one or more tugs to communicate with a tug base station, a primary network located at the site of the delivery and a remote host center that monitors the status and data collected by the tugs.07-07-2011
20120031971STORAGE RACK WITH AUTOMATIC TAG READING DEVICE AND PRODUCT FOR PLACEMENT IN SUCH A STORAGE RACK - A product that has the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped comprises at least one metallic part with at least one narrow edge. The product further comprises an electronic tag having an antenna positioned substantially perpendicular to a narrow edge of said at least one metallic part. A paper label is positioned on at least one of the following sides of the product: (i) a side opposite to a side of the product bearing said electronic tag, and (ii) a side of the product adjacent to a side of the product bearing said electronic tag on one of its small sides.02-09-2012
20100282842REMOTE CRANE BAR CODE SYSTEM - In general terms, the present invention provides a method of automatically scanning an inventory field to allow the selection of a desired item for retrieval. A camera is positioned in the crane trolley located above the field. The camera continuously performs a scan of the field displaying an image to the operator of the items being scanned. This real-time image allows the operator to distinguish between items scanned in the field. The operator can subsequently choose the desired item triggering the camera system to automatically capture desired information from the item which is in turn communicated to an inventory control system. The camera system mitigates the requirement of a second individual to communicate information between the field and the operator.11-11-2010
20110024500Optical System and Method for Monitoring and Locating Objects - The present invention describes an optical reader system for reading a tag associated with an object in a datacenter. The optical reader system includes: a fixed first optical reader including a first image capturing device and a first light source, wherein the first light source is capable of directing light towards the tag of an object, wherein the first image capturing device is capable of taking an optical image of the tag when illuminated by light from the first light source; and a processing device capable of processing optical image data from the first image capturing device to determine tag information.02-03-2011
20110168776APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPERSIVE FOURIER-TRANSFORM IMAGING - A barcode reading apparatus and method in which the spectrum of a probe light is first Fourier-transformed into space, directed upon a barcode, and then Fourier-transformed converting the spectrally encoded barcode pattern to a time domain waveform. In one implementation, the Fourier transformation from the spectrum domain into a spatial domain is performed by a dispersive element, while the Fourier transformation from the spectrally encoded barcode pattern to a time domain waveform is performed by group-velocity dispersion (GVD). The temporally encoded barcode pattern is detected by a photodetector, digitized by a digitizer, and analyzed by a digital signal processor. The invention is applicable to a number of fields which involve the reading of one- and two-dimensional barcodes, displacement sensing, surface measurements, measurement of width and gap, flow cytometry, reading of optical media, presense or absence detection, and other related fields.07-14-2011
20130008960SYSTEMS AND METHODS INVOLVING TRANSFERABLE IDENTIFICATION TAGS - Systems and methods involving transferrable identification tags are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a delivery device, a container, and a tag coupled to the container and configured to store information related to contents of the container. The delivery device is engageable with the tag and at least a portion of the contents of the container are transferrable from the container to the delivery device following its engagement with the tag. The tag is removable from the container in engagement with the delivery device such that the delivery device carries the tag following its removal. In one form, a frangible member is coupled to and extends between the tag and the container, and the tag is removable from the container by the delivery device upon breakage of the frangible member. Other embodiments include unique methods, systems, kits, assemblies, equipment, and/or apparatus which involve transferrable identification tags.01-10-2013
20110259961RFID Drawer Integration with Cash Handling Devices and Point of Sale Devices - Methods, systems, and devices utilize RFID devices in order to provide integrated information for receivables, inventory, and/or transactions from point of sale (POS) devices and cash handling device(s) to accounting systems. Transactions (e.g., debit card, credit card, coin, cash, check, etc.) are allowed at POS devices. The transactions may be communicated to cash handling devices through RFID devices (e.g., coupled to or on tills, receipts, printouts, etc.). Transaction-related materials (e.g., paper currency, coins, checks, receipts, etc.) may be moved from the POS devices to cash handling device(s). Actual counts and expected counts may be determined and may be communicated to accounting systems.10-27-2011
20110259960POINT OF SALE INDUCTIVE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for the identification, powering and control of products and product packaging. The systems can include a point of sale display having a contactless power supply. The contactless power supply can provide a source of wireless power for products and product packaging. The products and product packaging can include light emitting diodes, e-ink displays and printed speaker circuits that activate as the operating frequency of the contactless power supply varies. Other embodiments include product level sensors, inductive reader networks, printed temperature sensors, product alignment systems, passive identification circuits and methods for controlling operation of the same.10-27-2011
20080217406METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING DISPOSITION STATUS OF AN ITEM TO BE DELIVERED WITHIN AN ORGANIZATION - A method and system for tracking the receipt and the internal movement of items such as packages, parcels and other accountable items within an organization such as a corporation, hospital or school. The system comprises a portable data terminal programmed to record information regarding the receipt and the internal movement of the items in a data collection format, wherein the data collection format can be created and/or modified by the user according to the user's needs. For that purpose, the system further comprises a base station to allow the user to create and/or modify the data collection format. The base station is capable of communicating with the portable data terminal for unloading electronic files to the portable data terminal in order to modify the data collection format.09-11-2008
20080217404SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEMAND DRIVEN COLLABORATIVE PROCUREMENT, LOGISTICS, AND AUTHENTICITY ESTABLISHMENT OF LUXURY COMMODITIES USING VIRTUAL INVENTORIES - Systems and methods providing for a virtual inventory system of goods aggregating disparate inventories into a single virtual inventory for the purpose of tracking the goods, trading the goods, and establishing authenticity of the goods. The aggregation of disparate inventories readily provides for quick procurement or sales of the goods, especially as they relate to high end, rare, or expensive items. Accordingly, electronic product codes are assigned to each good to monitor inventory and movement of the good.09-11-2008
20080217403SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOGGING ELECTRONIC IMAGES - The subject application is directed to a system and method for logging electronic images. Receipt of a plurality of electronic images prompts the generation of unique tag data associated with each received electronic document. Each unique tag data includes data identifying the electronic document associated with the tag. Each of the documents is then monitored for the occurrence of an event. In the event that an event occurs, event data is generated. A data log is then generated including the tag data and the event data corresponding to received electronic documents. Thereafter, the log data is output.09-11-2008
20090078762RFID TAG - An attachable RFID tag is described having a containment head portion (03-26-2009
20110186630SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CARRIER IDENTIFICATION IN A PNEUMATIC TUBE SYSTEM - A system and method provides for the identification and monitoring of carriers within a pneumatic carrier system. Each carrier which is to be employed within the system includes an identification device such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip which has stored thereon identification information for the carrier. Positioned throughout the system are communications devices such as antennas and readers which are employed to read and/or write identification information on the chip. When a carrier is put in the system, a destination location can be associated with the particular carrier ID. This associated information is then employed to, among many things, monitor and confirm identity of the carrier as it moves to its destination.08-04-2011
20110132982SUSPENDED STORAGE SYSTEM FOR PHARMACY - A storage system for a pharmacy that has a frame containing a rack-like structure with a plurality of storage carriers detachably suspended therefrom. The carriers are sized to receive filled prescription orders and the like and include individual identifiers that facilitate locating the carriers at a specific location on the rack-like structure. Preferably, the storage system includes a tracking system that detects, monitors, and displays to a worker the location of the storage carrier containing a particular customer's prescription order, thereby providing easy retrieval of the customer's prescription order.06-09-2011
20110147455ORIENTING A SCANNING DEVICE WITH RESPECT TO A TARGET LOCATION - Disclosed is a method for a scanning device to tell its user how to best orient the scanning device to scan a target location. The user approaches the target location and initiates a scan. The results of the scan are analyzed and compared to information about the target location. Based on the analysis, the user is told how to re-orient the scanning device, if that is necessary to achieve an acceptable re-scan of the target location. In a preferred embodiment, a screen on the scanning device presents a two-dimensional map based on the scan results and on the known relative locations of the target location and of nearby non-target locations. Locations on the map are highlighted to tell the user the results of the scan and to direct him to re-orient the scanning device if necessary.06-23-2011
20100025465System for Locating and Taking Inventory of Objects - The invention relates to a system including individual identifier devices (02-04-2010
20100025464Method and System to Localise and Identify Test Tubes - A method and a system to localise and to identify at least one of a plurality of test tubes in a test tube rack using RFID technology.02-04-2010
20100019035ARTICLE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - The present disclosure includes methods and systems for identifying articles. One method embodiment includes positioning a number of movable Faraday screens in particular locations relative to a number of different stages in a laundering process, and moving a mobile electronic identification device (EID) reader past the locations.01-28-2010
20090101714Inventory management method for lottery tickets - The method is conducted concerning scratch-off tickets having a plurality of regions coated with a substance that may be scratched off to reveal whether the ticket holder is a winner. Such a ticket has its own unique identifier such as a bar code. The method includes software that operates off of the bar code located on each ticket. When a book of tickets has been received by a retailer, the method is employed to create a record for each book of tickets received. Once tickets have been activated, the method includes the step of recording the fact that the book has been activated and is now ready for sale. The method permits full inventory control of all aspects of ticket receipt, storage, activation, sale, accounting and even voiding, where necessary.04-23-2009
20090166415PROXIMITY-BASED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM USING RFID TAGS TO AID IN DISPENSING AND RESTOCKING INVENTORY - An apparatus is provided that includes a processor configured to operate a software application, which is configured to receive selection of a number of discrete groups into which to divide a plurality of identified products. The products are located at respective storage locations in a collection of storage locations. The software application is therefore configured to divide the identified products into discrete groups such that the areas of the resulting groups of products at respective storage locations are substantially non-overlapping. The software application is further configured to assign the groups of products to respective workstation computers, each of which is configured to generate and transmit, for each of one or more of the products of a respective group, a signal to an associated RFID tag to thereby direct the RFID tag to generate a notification signal. A method and a computer program product for managing inventory are also provided.07-02-2009
20090026263TRANSPORT MONITORING SYSTEM - A transport monitoring system is provided for transporting goods that are provided with identification tags. The identification tags store identification data used to identify the goods. The transport device includes a closeable transport unit, at least one reader unit, an evaluation unit and activation unit. The closeable transport unit receives goods that are provided with identification tags. The at least one reader unit emits an inquiry signal to the transport unit in order to read the identification tags when an activation signal for activating the reader unit is received. The at least one reader unit also receives the identification data signals emitted by the identification tags. The evaluation unit is used to evaluate the identification data signals received by the reader unit. The activation unit produces the activating signal for activating the reader unit once the transport unit is closed.01-29-2009
20090072029INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM - An inventory control system is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of inventory item storage locations, an access system for controlling access to the inventory items, where the access system includes an input device for entering the identity of a user, a monitoring system for monitoring the removal and replacement of the inventory items from the storage locations, at least one locatable device that is arranged to be carried by a user of the inventory control system and that is locatable by a positioning system, a positioning system, arranged to determine the location of the locatable device, and a data processing system for recording the removal and replacement of inventory items and location data received from the positioning system such that the movement of the or each locatable device can be tracked.03-19-2009
20120037700ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE FILES WITH EMBEDDED INVENTORY DATA - Systems, methods and devices are provided for documenting and tracking assets such as inventory items, contents, structural repairs, administrative line items and instructions and the like, in particular as it pertains to the contents restoration and insurance property claims industry. A mobile device such as a smartphone or digital camera is provided with onboard camera and wireless capabilities and is used to record identifying information and descriptive detail of inventory items on-site, including barcode or other indicia identifying the inventory items. This data is embedded in an image file representing a photograph of the inventory item for uploading to a database or other storage location for later processing.02-16-2012
20110095087SMART LOGISTIC SYSTEM WITH RFID READER MOUNTED ON A FORKLIFT TINE - A smart logistic system for interrogating radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, including: a) a portable support and protective structure adapted for mounting on a tine of the forklift, the support and protective structure including a mounting section, includes a top surface and a bottom surface, and a component section each extending along at least a portion of the support and protective structure, the mounting section configured to secure the support and protective structure to the tine and the component section including a compartment; b) a RFID reader securely accommodated inside the compartment; c) a RFID antenna; and d) a power source securely accommodated in the component section. The support and protective structure being portable and the RFID reader being self sufficient, the smart logistic system can be deployed to another tine of a forklift within seconds.04-28-2011
20110315765Inventory control system and method - An inventory control system and method uses a locating device associated with a mover and identifies an ID tagged asset using an ID reader also associated with the mover. Thus, a single relatively high-cost locating device may be temporarily associated with the asset, enabling precise location of a multitude of assets as a mover traverses an inventory area. The asset location and identification may be associated in a database. The asset location may be refined by using additional measurement devices, for example a forklift height sensor, to determine extension from a locating device. A further embodiment utilizes RFID or barcode technology for the ID tag. The locating device may utilize near-field location technology, signals-of-opportunity, or other RTLS technologies.12-29-2011
20120234915METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE FLOW AND USAGE OF MEDICAL DEVICES - A method for monitoring the flow and usage of a plurality of medical devices (09-20-2012
20100096454METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING MEDICAL PRODUCTS - The present invention concerns a method and a system for tracking medical products in which the product (04-22-2010
20110089235SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING ORIGINS OF PRODUCE - An application for a system for tracking produce delivered to a consumer includes a source of produce and several end-customer containers for delivering the produce to the customer. The end-customer containers are filled with the produce and there is a mechanism for affixing a unique code on each of the end-customer containers. The unique codes are sequentially related to each other. There is a facility for capturing a first unique code and a last unique code and for relating the unique codes between and including the first unique code through to the last unique code with a produce origin and date of picking.04-21-2011
20120118954SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING ITEMS DURING A PROCESS - A system and method for tracking items during a process employs a rack configured to hold one or more receptacles. Each receptacle includes a machine-readable label providing information regarding the receptacle, and each receptacle-receiving position of the rack has associated therewith a machine-readable label identifying the receptacle receiving location. The rack also includes a memory element to which electronic data may be written. A label reading device reads the machine-readable label on each receptacle and the position-indicating, machine-readable labels on the rack. Information obtained from the machine-readable labels is written to the memory element, so that for subsequent processing of the receptacles carried on the rack, information relating to each of the receptacles can be obtained by reading the information written to the memory element. A tamper prevention element provides an indication of whether the rack may have been tampered with after data is written to the memory element.05-17-2012
20120160915METHODS FOR UTILIZING RF TAGS TO COLLECT DATA CONCERNING POST-CONSUMER RESOURCES - A post-consumption item that has a Radio Frequency (RF) tag associated therewith is disposed of by reading the RF tag to obtain information stored thereon and selecting a manner to dispose of the post-consumption item based on the obtained information. An inventory of post-consumption items that have RF tags associated therewith, respectively, is maintained by reading the RF tags to obtain categorization information stored thereon and maintaining the inventory of the post-consumption items based on the obtained categorization information.06-28-2012
20120312874Network Inclusion of a Networked Light Bulb - A unique identifier may be stored in an RFID chip, a bar code, or other methods of passive storage associated with the networked light bulb. The unique identifier may be accessed while the light bulb is unpowered and before the light bulb is put into service. Information is stored in a database that identifies an association between the unique identifier and a particular network. If the light bulb is put into service, the light bulb may send the unique identifier over the network. A device may receive the unique identifier and query the database for information related to the unique identifier. If the unique identifier is associated with the particular network that the light bulb is connected to, the light bulb may be added as an authorized node on the particular network.12-13-2012
20120312875System and Method for Determining the Use or Consumption of Tangible Prodcuts and for Delivery According to Use or Consumption - The present invention relates to system and method for inventory management, more specifically to the tracking of use and/or consumption of tangible products at a user's location. In accordance with the invention, consumption data is determined and analyzed. Consumption data may include time-referenced and/or quantitative data about the tangible product, so that the origin/supplier is informed about the consumption behavior of the user.12-13-2012
20090283595INTELLIGENT IMPLEMENT HAVING METAL ENCASED PASSIVE RADIO FREQUENCY TRANSPONDER AND EXAMPLES OF USE - A metal-encased passive radio-frequency transponder assembly includes a metal housing having an external surface and an opening accessing an interior space, the opening closeable with a metal cover to provide a solid metal encasement The interior space of the encasement is defined by the interior walls of the housing and cover. The solid metal encasement has a substantially uniform wall thickness between the interior wall surface adjacent which an antenna assembly is disposed and the opposing external surface of less than about 0.5 mm. A passive radio-frequency transponder device is received within the interior space of the housing. The passive transponder device has an iron core antenna assembly. The antenna assembly is disposed adjacent the interior wall surface of the interior space and oriented to maximally couple a radio-frequency signal present at the interior wall surface to an antenna of the antenna assembly.11-19-2009
20080296373Tagging methods and apparatus - A method of tagging and sterilizing an item, the method including the steps of: providing an item (12-04-2008
20100264215Virtual Code Window - A machine readable code is defined by a portion of graphical indicium located on a substrate; wherein the code is delimited by a temporary boundary that is generated by a reading machine relative to a fixed trigger point only when the code is being read.10-21-2010
20120255997METHODS FOR FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS TO FULFILL A CUSTOMER ORDER - Methods for filling prescriptions in a customer order. Each of the products is marked with a product barcode containing information relating to a contained pharmaceutical. Prior to loading into a machine, each of the products is free of markings relating to patient prescriptions in the customer order. The method includes using the machine to read the product barcode on each of the products loaded into the machine. In response to reading the product barcode on each of the products, at least some of the products are labeled with information relating to a respective one of the prescriptions.10-11-2012
20120261469CONTAMINATION CONTROL FOR LIQUID HANDLING - A structure (10-18-2012
20120228378PRODUCT MARKER, AUTOMATIC PICKING MACHINE AND ORDER-PICKING METHOD - A product marker, an automatic picking machine and a method for recognizing change of product batches. The automatic picking machine comprises: a dispenser having a substantially circulating driver for automatically separating products which are stored in stacks and by one type only within chutes of the automatic picking machine, which are substantially orientated vertically. The dispenser device is arranged preferably at a lower end of the chutes. The product marker is formed such that the product marker is inserted between products, which are belonging to different batches, in one of the chutes and dispensed together with a first product or a last product of a product batch by the dispenser. The product marker comprises a sequence of characteristic signal triggers, which are scanned and registered by a reading unit if the product marker passes the reading unit.09-13-2012
20120318865ENHANCED RECORDATION DEVICE FOR RAIL CAR INSPECTIONS - A device for conducting rail car inspections including an inspection module, an imaging module, a scanner module, a location module, a printer module and a communication module.12-20-2012
20120318866MOBILE DEVICE FOR TRACKING EVIDENCE - A system for tagging, organizing and tracking evidence during the course of an investigation has one or more mobile communication devices that collect physical, photographic and interpretive evidence, such as materials from a crime scene, interviews with witnesses and an establishing shot of the crime scene or other areas or persons of interest for surveillance operations. The mobile devices can be in two-way communication with a central server computer which is in communication with other mobile devices. The mobile device users can enter descriptive information about the evidence into the mobile devices while other information pertaining to the evidence may be obtained from other sources and automatically provided to the users for their review and possible incorporation into the record. Each mobile device can store information in memory and communicate the information to the central server computer where it may then be made available to groups of mobile device users.12-20-2012
20110215148Attributing Harvest Information with Unique Identifiers - Systems and methods allow units of produce to be traced back to the fields in which the produce was grown. In the field, a harvest form is completed with harvest information at the time of the harvest. In some instances, labels having unique codes are used to label the produce in the field, and two additional labels are placed on the harvest form to associate a range of unique codes with the harvest information on the form. The labels used to label the produce can also be marked with a lot code and date at the time of harvest. In other instances, empty packages arrive at the field already marked with a range of associated unique codes. In the field, harvest information is recorded and associated with the range of unique codes by scanning one or more of the packages.09-08-2011
20120325907REMOTE CRANE BAR CODE SYSTEM - In general terms, the present invention provides a method of automatically scanning an inventory field to allow the selection of a desired item for retrieval. A camera is positioned in the crane trolley located above the field. The camera continuously performs a scan of the field displaying an image to the operator of the items being scanned. This real-time image allows the operator to distinguish between items scanned in the field. The operator can subsequently choose the desired item triggering the camera system to automatically capture desired information from the item which is in turn communicated to an inventory control system. The camera system mitigates the requirement of a second individual to communicate information between the field and the operator.12-27-2012
20130015243APPLICATIONS FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS - The present invention relates to RFID devices, including handheld RFID devices, and applications for such devices. The devices and applications may be used in connection with items that are associated with an RFID tag, and optionally a magnetic security element. The devices and applications are described with particular reference to library materials such as books, periodicals, and magnetic and optical media.01-17-2013
20130020390PRODUCT ANTI-COUNTERFEIT SYSTEM - A product anti-counterfeit system for full-range product monitoring management is disclosed. The system comprises a product managing device and at least one status control device. Each product has a product serial number and is provided with a corresponding RFID tag. When product status changes, the status control device is used to read the internal code from the RFID tag, to read or input product serial number and input the new product status for establishing a product pedigree. By using the status control device to read the internal code from the RFID tag and to check the product serial number and product pedigree, the authenticity of the product and the legality of the source can be determined.01-24-2013
20080237341Apparatus and methods for monitoring objects in a surgical field - Apparatus and methods for identifying and counting objects having identifiers entering and exiting a surgical field are provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus has an entry scanner, a hand held scanner and an exit scanner for generating a detection field and for receiving data which identifies said objects. In another embodiment, the apparatus has a plurality of lower antennas and an upper antenna for generating a detection field and for receiving data which identifies said objects. Various surgical devices with identifiers and methods for preventing electromagnetic coupling between and protecting objects and identifiers are also provided. The invention further provides apparatus and methods comprising a handheld scanner and a mat adapted to underlie a patient during a surgical procedure.10-02-2008
20100090005Product Packaging Authentication - A method of authenticating product packaging is disclosed. The packaging has disposed thereon coded data including a number of coded data portions. Each coded data portion is indicative of an identity of the packaging and a part of a signature. The signature is a digital signature of at least a part of the identity of the packaging and comprises a plurality of signature parts. The method starts by receiving indicating data from a sensing device. The sensing device is responsive to sensing one of the coded data portions to generate the indicating data which is indicative of the identity of the packaging, the part of the signature, and a signature part identifier. A determined signature is then determined using the identity of the packaging. Next, a determined signature part is determined using the determined signature and the signature part identifier. Finally the packaging is authenticated by comparing the determined signature part and the part of the signature.04-15-2010
20080230605PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR MAINTAINING DATA INTEGRITY - A process for maintaining data integrity of a sample. The process includes scanning a substrate barcode, scanning a sample barcode, placing the sample into a rack at a position that is identified, depositing the sample onto the substrate at a trackable well location, re-scanning the substrate barcode, analyzing the substrate to collect data representative of the deposited sample, and displaying the representative data. The substrate barcode and the sample barcode can be configured to relay information to a software program, which is also configured to identify and store information related to the trackable well location where the sample is placed on the substrate. The substrate barcode can also be configured to indicate a characteristic of the deposited sample and relay it to the software program.09-25-2008
20080223930CASH TRACKING SYSTEM - A system of tracking the location of cash is disclosed.09-18-2008
20080223929Food Product Trace Apparatus, Food Product Trace System, and Food Product Trace Method - It aims, for example, at enabling to easily check whether information displayed on a label etc. attached to a food product is reliable or not. First, a producer 09-18-2008
20130181046APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DRUGS DURING A REPACKAGING AND ADMINISTERING PROCESS - A system for tracking drugs during a transfer and administering process is configured to reduce labeling errors that can occur during that process. The system includes a storage container reader configured to read a set of one or more storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia positioned on a container containing a drug. The set of one or more storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia identifies the drug. The system further includes, at the point of care of a patient, an indicia-generating device configured to generate machine readable drug-delivery-container-associated indicia identifying the drug based on the storage-container-associated machine-readable indicia. A drug delivery container reader, also located at the point of care, is configured to read both sets of machine readable indicia to verify that the drug delivery container has been correctly labelled. A method implemented by the system results in the reduction in labeling errors.07-18-2013
20080217405PALLET CONTENT IDENTIFICATION MECHANISM THAT CONVERTS RFID INFORMATION TO CORRESPONDING BARCODE INFORMATION - A pallet content identification mechanism is a small electronic device that is attached to a pallet. The pallet content identification mechanism reads RFID tags on the pallet using an RFID portal scanner, converts the RFID information into corresponding barcode information, and transmits the corresponding barcodes to a barcode-based inventory control system in a format that looks like output of a wireless barcode scanner. In this manner the pallet identification mechanism allows a user to benefit from RFID technology on the pallet while still using barcode technology in the barcode-based inventory control system.09-11-2008
20130126611RFID SCANNING SYSTEM AND SHOPPING BAG WITH INTEGRATED RFID LOOP ANTENNA - A point of sale system includes a shopping bag having one or more RFID loop type antenna. One system includes a bag holder for securing the shopping bag while items are placed inside. Multiple bag holders may be incorporated on a carousel, which can be rotated to move an empty bag to a filling station at the checkout counter, and to move filled bags to an open area for retrieving the filled shopping bags. An RFID reader in communication with the bag holder uses one of the RFID loop antennas to read the RFID tags on the items placed in the bag. In a shopping bag having more than one RFID loop antenna, the RFID system controller may monitor the impedance of each RFID loop antenna and dynamically select one of the RFID loop antennas on the shopping bag as a function of the impedances.05-23-2013
20110266342Infrastructure-Mounted RFID Tags - Infrastructure-mounted RFID-readable tags or transponders are provided for various applications. Such infrastructure tags may be employed in combination with RFID-readable product tags and an RFID reader for an improved inventory-management system which requires both types of tags to be scanned to constitute a successful product count. Infrastructure tags may also be employed as “read” or “no-read” tags in an RFID read field. The infrastructure tags of the RFID read field are combined with an RFID reader which is dynamically adaptable during initial set-up and use to improve the performance of the read field. When a perturbing object is detected in the read field, one or more performance parameters of the reader are adjusted to overcome any perturbing influence caused by the object.11-03-2011
20080210756CUSTOMER INTERACTION WITH INVENTORY VIA RFID - Customer interaction with inventory via radio frequency identification (RFID) are disclosed, where a unique RFID is combined into ID cards, credit, debit, and smartcards. The current inventory RFID technology and RFID reader are moved into a place convenient to the end-user or customer to remove the need for cashiers. Some applications include point-of-sale terminals, libraries, tool cribs, and places where customers or end-users remove items from inventories and inventories need to be monitored.09-04-2008
20080203160RFID monitor - Inventory control and monitoring system uses an RFID reader to read tags on multiple lights passing through a portal. A light turns green after all the tags have been read. Information from those tags is added to an inventory database, which keeps track of which lights, and how many of each kind of light, is in stock. Locations of the lights can also be added to the inventory system.08-28-2008
20080203158Presence Check of Objects - The data carriers (T I, T08-28-2008
20080197194Method For Handling Discarded Identification Numbers - A container having a compactor and bin for waste is disclosed permitting on-premises and remote monitoring of the system and collection is disclosed. The system can also detect non-complaint materials placed therein and act thereon. Methods are further disclosed for inventorying identification tags for tracking packages, merchandise and tags disposed of.08-21-2008
20100308111SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACKING LITIGATION HOLD MATERIALS - Embodiments include systems and methods for tracking litigation hold materials. In one embodiment, a litigation hold system is used to track an organization's progress in preserving materials relevant to a litigation matter. In one embodiment, the litigation hold system provides an automated system for sending litigation hold notices and tracking individuals' responses to the received litigation hold notice. The litigation hold system may further automatically send reminder notices to remind an individual of his continuing obligation to comply. The litigation hold system may automate the process of sending release notices once the obligation to preserve materials for the litigation has ended.12-09-2010
20110290876INTEGRATED INVENTORY SCANNING AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM - The present disclosure generally provides an integrated system of gathering and analyzing inventory data in real-time using a hand-held scanner in communication with a network, database, and user interface. The hand-held scanner could be remotely accessed and updated using a wireless connection and thus improving efficiency and minimizing downtime. The integrated system thus allows data collected by the hand-held scanner to be queried, analyzed, and aggregated to assess various inventory related issues including, for example, inventory levels, projected sales figures, and reordering information in real-time.12-01-2011
20130186956ACQUIRING INFORMATION DYNAMICALLY REGARDING A HARDWARE COMPONENT IN THE CLOUD COMPUTING SYSTEM WHILE ON THE FLOOR OF THE DATA CENTER - A method, system and computer program product for managing hardware components in a cloud computing environment. A mobile device captures an image of a bar code placed on a rack that is associated with an identifier that references an Internet resource of the management software that manages the rack. The mobile device transmits a request to the management software for information regarding a component in the rack, where the request includes a unique identifier (e.g., serial number) associated with the component. The management software uses the unique identifier to identify the component of interest and transmits information regarding the component of interest to the mobile device. In this manner, the client device can conveniently access the management software as well as conveniently acquire information dynamically from the management software about specific hardware components in these racks while the user is on the floor of the data center.07-25-2013
20110315766RFID READER ENCLOSURE AND MAN-O-WAR RFID READER SYSTEM - An apparatus including an enclosure for an RFID reader to be affixed to a storage container; an RFID reader that scans a first storage container using a first antenna and a second storage container using a second antenna; and a networked system of RFID apparatuses including a primary RFID apparatus and secondary RFID apparatuses that are controlled by the primary RFID apparatus.12-29-2011

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