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Detectable device on protected article (e.g., "tag")

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340568100 - Article placement or removal (e.g., anti-theft)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
340572700 Specified antenna structure 162
340572800 Specified device housing or attachment means 139
340572400 Specified processing arrangement for detected signal 45
340572300 Deactivatable by means other than mere removal 40
340572500 Having tuned resonant circuit 11
340572200 Specified relationship between field and detection frequencies (e.g., nth order harmonics) 6
340572600 Having "soft" magnetic element (e.g., Permalloy) 2
20100259391Electronic Article Surveillance Marker - A magnetomechanical marker for use in an electronic article surveillance system comprising a magnetomechanical element, a bias magnet and a housing. The magnetomechanical element comprises first and second resonator strips composed of an unannealed magnetostrictive amorphous metal alloy having a resonant frequency response including a resonant frequency minimum in response to the incidence thereon of an electromagnetic interrogating field. The bias magnet has a bias point to magnetically bias the magnetomechanical element so that the magnetomechanical element resonates at a predetermined frequency in the presence of an electromagnetic interrogating field. The housing has a cavity sized and shaped to accommodate the first and second resonator strips positioned in the cavity in registration and to allow the first and second resonator strips to mechanically vibrate, wherein the first resonator strip has a first weight and first shape and is positioned proximate the second resonator strip so that the first weight and the first shape mechanically interfere with the second resonator strip to impart a stress on the second resonator strip which shifts the resonant frequency minimum to the bias point.10-14-2010
20080218353Method and Apparatus Using Magnetic Flux for Container Security - A seal device includes a locking member with a magnetically permeable material portion, and structure that can receive the locking member. The structure supports a magnetic field generator and detector at locations spaced from each other and from a region that is occupied by the portion of the locking member when the locking member is received by the structure. The structure defines a main flux path as a loop having a first portion, a second portion and a remainder that are mutually exclusive, and that collectively define the entirety of the flux path. The first and second portions are respectively within the magnetic field generator and the region, and most of the remainder extends through magnetically permeable material of the structure. The detector is located where the magnetic field has different characteristics when the portion of the locking member is respectively present in and absent from the region.09-11-2008
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20100134286RADIO FREQUENCY BASED SENSORS EMPLOYING ANALYTE RECOGNITION ELEMENT - A radio frequency based sensor is provided. The sensor comprises a radio frequency identification tag having a substrate, where the radio frequency identification tag generates an associated electromagnetic field. The sensor further includes an analyte recognition element in operative association with the substrate, where the analyte recognition element is capable of binding to a target analyte, and a signal amplification entity coupled to the analyte recognition element, where the signal amplification entity facilitates change in electromagnetic field in presence of the target analyte.06-03-2010
20100156639DEVICE CONFIGURATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A device configuration method comprises transferring configuration data between a terminal and an electronic device, such as a self-service terminal, wirelessly whilst the electronic device is within packaging and is powered down. The electronic device stores the configuration data locally at a wireless receiver and a core processor interrogates the wireless receiver when the electronic device is powered up. A system for enacting the device configuration method is also disclosed.06-24-2010
20110199211METHOD OF ASSIGNING AND DEDUCING THE LOCATION OF ARTICLES DETECTED BY MULTIPLE RFID ANTENNAE - In accordance with preferred embodiments or the invention, a method (and corresponding apparatus) is provided for deducing the location of one or more items or objects to be monitored. In exemplary embodiments, the method (and corresponding apparatus) is implemented in RFID (radio frequency identification) applications (e.g., reading RFID tags at 13.56 MHz and approximately 900 MHz) by deducing the location of an item associated with a unique RFID tag in one or more areas of detection covered by multiple RFID reader antennae.08-18-2011
20130027204DATA CENTER EQUIPMENT LOCATION AND MONITORING SYSTEM - Data center equipment location systems include hardware and software to provide information on the location, monitoring, and security of servers and other equipment in equipment racks. The systems provide a wired alternative to the wireless RFID tag system by using electronic ID tags connected to each piece of equipment, each electronic ID tag connected directly by wires to an equipment rack controller on the equipment rack. The equipment rack controllers link to a central control computer that provides an operator interface and communicates with the equipment rack controllers. The computer stores IDs of the equipment rack controllers and each of its connected electronic ID tags, and receives information from the tags to monitor the status of each piece of equipment. Further, the computer can activate a sensory indicator to enable a technician(s) to locate a piece of equipment that is in need of repair or replacement.01-31-2013
20100026496METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SYNCHRONIZATION OF A DECODER OF A RFID RECEIVER - A method for synchronizing a RFID receiver, comprising receiving an input signal from a RFID tag, said input signal comprising a preamble section, creating a first reference waveform, comprising at least a fraction of said preamble section, calculating a first correlation value by correlating said input signal and said first reference waveform, creating a second reference signal so that there is virtually zero correlation between said first reference waveform and said second reference waveform, and using said first correlation value and said second correlation value for adjusting synchronization timebase, wherein the sign and the size of said second correlation value indicates the size and the sign of phase inaccuracy of the synchronization timebase.02-04-2010
20110181417Method and apparatus for beverage dispensing - A beverage dispenser (07-28-2011
20080309490Methodology, Module, Terminal, and System Enabling Scheduled Operation of a Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid) Subsystem and a Wireless Communication Subsystem - The invention relates to a method for scheduling communications over a wireless communication subsystem and a radio frequency identification (RFID) communication subsystem, said method comprising determining one or more periods of activity of the wireless communication subsystem; deriving one or more periods of non-activity on the basis of the one or more determined periods of activity; synchronizing an operation of the radio frequency identification (RFID) communication subsystem with the one or more periods of non-activity; and triggering the operation of the radio frequency identification (RFID) communication subsystem in accordance with the one or more derived periods of non-activity to enable substantially concurrent communications operation of the wireless communication subsystem and the radio frequency identification (RFID) communication subsystem.12-18-2008
20090195388FLOW LINE RECOGNITION SYSTEM - A flow line recognition system comprises a first information recording unit which records a position of a mobile object in a monitoring area together with a time, a second information recording unit which records a position of the mobile object in a specified area together with a time, and a flow line information generation unit which generates flow line information of the mobile object on the basis of the monitoring area mobile object information and the specified area mobile object information.08-06-2009
20090195387SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A semiconductor device with improved reliability, in which increase in power consumption can be reduced. The semiconductor device includes an antenna for transmitting and receiving a wireless signal to/from a communication device and at least first and second functional circuits electrically connected to the antenna. The first functional circuit includes a power supply control circuit for controlling power supply voltage output from a power supply circuit in the second functional circuit. A power supply control circuit in the second functional circuit includes a transistor of which first terminal is electrically connected to an output terminal of the power supply circuit and second terminal is electrically connected to a ground line. A gate terminal of the transistor is electrically connected to the power supply control circuit included in one functional circuit.08-06-2009
20090195386Electronic article surveillance marker - A fabrication process produces markers for a magnetomechanical electronic article surveillance system. The marker includes a magnetomechanical element comprising one or more resonator strips of magnetostrictive amorphous metal alloy; a housing having a cavity sized and shaped to accommodate the resonator strips for free mechanical vibration therewithin; and a non-deactivatable bias magnet adapted to magnetically bias the magnetomechanical element. The process employs adaptive control of the cut length of the resonator strips, correction of the length being based on deviation of the actual marker resonant frequency from a preselected, target marker frequency. Use of adaptive, feedback control advantageously results in a much tighter distribution of actual resonant frequencies. Also provided is a web-fed press for continuously producing such markers with adaptive control of the resonator strip length.08-06-2009
20090195385Proactive hand hygiene monitoring system - A system consists of remote identification tag (in the form of wristband) for personnel who must undergo hand hygiene frequently during a day's work, programmed soap and rinse-free disinfectant dispensers, entry-exit sensors for controlled access areas and data transfer stations is used to monitor and record every handwashing procedure along with its thoroughness as well as every hand cleaning event with rinse-free disinfectant. The system will further prompt each worker's identification tag at an appropriate place to examine its record to see whether a hand hygiene procedure is required before proceeding to his/her next task. The recorded data with time-date of each event will be transferred to a central computer for statistical analysis and presentation as a daily and/or periodic hand hygiene compliance report on each staff, department, shift and the entire institution.08-06-2009
20100164723SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING ACTIVE RFID TAG - A positioning system and method are provided to use multiple RFID readers to position a target object with an active RFID tag equipped thereon. The system and method defines a geometric center of the locations of the RFID readers as a first coordinate. When the RFID readers continuously receive RF signals of the active RFID tag, a corresponding signal intensity of each of the RF signals is calculated and compared to obtain an approaching vector corresponding to the location of the RFID reader with the greatest signal intensity of the RF signal. A positioned location of the target object is then approached from the first coordinate to a second coordinate according to the approaching vector. The first coordinate and the positioned location of the target object will be reset as the second coordinate. The reset first coordinate is output as the latest positioned location of the target object.07-01-2010
20090243855Airborne Deployed Radio Frequency Identification Sensing System to Detect an Analyte - The invention generally relates to an airborne deployed passive radio frequency identification system and a method to identify an analyte and then to communicate a result of the analyte identification to a receiving station for an analysis and generation of a set of recommended actions. The invention will enhance the situational awareness and preparedness of forward deployed combat troops or security forces by assessing the presence of benign substances or hazardous substances as they advance and enter an area.10-01-2009
20100148965METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ITEM LEVEL UHF RFID TAG WITH LOW FREQUENCY POWER ASSIST - A method and system for increasing the read range of a security tag by supplying an additional antenna system to the tag in order to provide power to a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) chip without the need to rely solely on power from the RFID reader. The security tag includes an RFID chip and a first antenna circuit coupled to the RFID chip where the first antenna circuit is adapted to decode interrogation signals from an RFID reader. The security tag also includes a second antenna circuit coupled to the RFID chip. The second antenna circuit is adapted to induce power from signals received from at least an alternate power source, such as an EAS transmitter, so that the RFID chip can be powered up and activated during an RFID interrogation round.06-17-2010
20100148964ROGUE RFID DETECTOR - A system, techniques, and apparatus for detecting rogue RFID readers are disclosed. The system detects unauthorized reader to tag communication, and with multiple detectors, provides location information concerning one or more unauthorized readers. The system can detect high power commands of an unauthorized reader(s) in predefined areas and be integrated with an article surveillance system.06-17-2010
20100148963Devices, Systems and Methods for Portable Device Location - Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to a network of RFID readers which detect a location of an RFID transmitter coupled to a portable device. The network of RFID readers transmits the location to a user. The RFID transmitter couples to any personal device and broadcasts a unique ID. The nearest RFID reader(s) receive the unique ID and alert a server in communication with the network of RFID readers. The server calculates the distance of the RFID transmitter from each RFID reader receiving the unique ID. The server triangulates the location of the RFID transmitter when three or more RFID readers are receiving the unique ID. The server then securely transmits the location of the RFID transmitter to the user of the portable device. The user receives the transmission through a secure receiver.06-17-2010
20100148962Electronic Article Surveillance Tag - An embodiment is an EAS tag that may be included in an EAS system. More specifically, an embodiment is a reusable EAS tag including an arcuate channel with an L-shaped keyway, into which an appropriate corresponding tool, in the form of an arcuate probe, can be inserted for releasing a clamp and thereby detaching the EAS tag from its article. Prevents tampering and activation of the detaching mechanism with other tools than the intended one.06-17-2010
20080258920THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM - A security device that can be attached to a product or product package is disclosed. The device indicates the only authorized point or channel of sale and a method for deterring the theft and resale of goods. The method can include identifying a product which is likely target for theft and resale, identifying an appropriate distinguishing device to clearly indicate the authorized point or channel of sale, and applying the distinguishing device to the product.10-23-2008
20080258917RFID TRIGGERED PERSONAL ATHLETIC DEVICE - A personal athletic device is worn by a runner during a race. A race course is provided with a plurality of mats along the race course. The mats have antennas and generate a magnetic field. The personal athletic device has a chip system having an RFID tag and a display. As the runner progress along the course, the RFID tag is triggered at each mat and race data is displayed on the device.10-23-2008
20080258916RFID TAG CHIPS AND TAGS REFRAINING FROM PARTICIPATING IN A SUBSEQUENT INVENTORYING ATTEMPT AND METHODS - RFID tags and chips for RFID tags are capable of being inventoried in one or more early attempts. These tags are capable of then refraining from participating in one or more subsequent inventorying attempts. In some embodiments refraining is performed solely by the tag, while in others it is guided by the RFID reader. In some embodiments, an inventoried indicator in the tag becomes updated upon backscattering. The updated value is used by the tag to recognize a subsequent attempt, and thus refrain from participating in it. This permits the subsequent attempt to be used more intensively for inventorying the more elusive, harder-to-read tags, especially in more demanding scenarios.10-23-2008
20130135105ANTI-THEFT RFID SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An anti-theft RFID system for monitoring the presence of a plurality of tagged items is provided. Each of the tagged items is attached to an RFID tag. The anti-theft RFID system includes an RFID reader, the RFID reader including an antenna and being configured to transmit an interrogating signal to the RFID tags and retrieve data from the RFID tags through the antenna; a processor connected to the RFID reader and configured to process the data that the RFID reader retrieves from the RFID tags; and a display connected to the processor and configured to display a result processed by the processor. The processor is configured to update a first counter value indicating the number of tagged items located within a predefined area and to update a second counter value indicating the number of tagged items being taken away from the predefined area. The display is configured to display the values of the first and the second counters and thereby to assist an operator to determine the occurrence of a security event by analyzing the values of the first and the second counters. A method implemented by the system is also provided.05-30-2013
20100127869HIERARCHY OF RFID TAGS FOR ACCESSING HISTORY AND OTHER DATA - A hierarchical configuration of RFID tags. The hierarchical configuration includes a plurality of RFID tags having lower level RFID tags, intermediate level RFID tags and at least one upper level RFID tags, where each RFID tag stores an identification code and other information about the thing it is attached to. Further, each intermediate level RFID tag also obtains information about a group of lower level RFID tags that it is associated with and the at least one upper level RFID tag obtains information about more than one intermediate RFID tag it is associated with.05-27-2010
20130038451SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAFEGUARDING WAFERS AND PHOTOMASKS - A system and a method for safeguarding wafers and photomasks. The system includes a container for storing an article, the article being a wafer or a photomask; a flashing unit for flashing light with a pre-determined light pattern; an anti-theft unit capable of performing an anti-theft function, the anti-theft unit being attached to the container; and a trigger unit electrically connected to the anti-theft unit for triggering the anti-theft function of the anti-theft unit, in response to detecting the pre-determined light pattern of the flashing unit. The method includes providing a container having an anti-theft unit capable of performing an anti-theft function; storing an article in the container, the article being a wafer or a photomask; providing a flashing light with a pre-determined light pattern; detecting the pre-determined light pattern; and performing the anti-theft function by the anti-theft unit, in response to detecting the pre-determined light pattern.02-14-2013
20090121874SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE SAME - The present invention provides a semiconductor device including a memory that has a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells, a control circuit that controls the memory, and an antenna, where the memory cell array has a plurality of bit lines extending in a first direction and a plurality of word lines extending in a second direction different from the first direction, and each of the plurality of memory cells has an organic compound layer provided between the bit line and the word line. Data is written by applying optical or electric action to the organic compound layer.05-14-2009
20090121873Tag location guiding method and tag location guiding system for communication terminals - A tag location guiding method and a tag location guiding system for communication terminals that enable guiding of tag location during reception of tag information are disclosed. The tag location guiding method for communication terminals includes: recognizing, upon reception of tag information, a guide level set in correspondence to the tag information; and outputting, if previously set location guide data according to the recognized guide level is present, the set location guide data. Accordingly, a user of a communication terminal can accurately obtain a situation through location guide data.05-14-2009
20090121871H-BRIDGE ACTIVATOR/DEACTIVATOR AND METHOD FOR ACTIVATING/DEACTIVATING EAS TAGS - A method and an apparatus and system are disclosed for activating, deactivating or reactivating an electronic article surveillance (EAS) label by way of a coil antenna in an H-bridge circuit which generates from the antenna: a positive increasing magnetic field; a positive decreasing magnetic field; a negative increasing magnetic field; and a negative decreasing magnetic field. The positive and negative magnetic fields are created by positive and negative currents directed through the antenna by four switches connected to the antenna in an H-bridge configuration. The method and apparatus enable low voltage activation, deactivation or reactivation of an EAS tag, e.g., at voltage levels of 12 to 24VDC, ensure uninterruptible power in case of loss of external power, and portability without a high voltage capacitor which is normally required in large deactivation designs. Activation and reactivation is by an increasing magnetic field followed by a decreasing magnetic field without altering polarity.05-14-2009
20090121872PASSIVE WIRELESS READOUT MECHANISMS FOR NANOCOMPOSITE THIN FILM SENSORS - A method for sensing a stimulus comprising providing a sensing assembly having a first structure and a second structure, wherein the first structure is made of a material different than the second structure and each of the first structure and the second structure is nanoscale. The method further includes providing an inductive antenna operably coupled to the sensing assembly, disposing the sensing assembly upon a spatial area, exposing the sensing assembly to the stimulus thereby producing a detectable change in the sensing assembly, and wirelessly coupling a reader with the inductive antenna to obtain a signal representative of the detectable change in the sensing assembly.05-14-2009
20130082841Inventory and anti-theft alarm system - An inventory and antitheft alarm tag utilizes RFID technology. The system provides either real time or time of scan inventory and theft control while monitoring the time and date of each lock/unlock event and the sequence of these events.04-04-2013
20100073167SECURITY TAG FOR OPTICAL MEDIA AND PROCESSES FOR FABRICATION AND ATTACHMENT - An activation system for optical media in one embodiment includes a tag having at least one pair of conductors with at least one heating element coupled to the conductors. The heating element is oriented proximate one or more activation regions on the optical media, and wherein the heating element activates the optical media. The tag in one embodiment is an elongate flexible tag material with a number of conductors that couple on one end to heating elements wherein the heating elements are disposed within a media case such that they are proximate activation regions on a media article.03-25-2010
20100073166LASER ABLATION TO CREATE POCKET FOR DIE PLACEMENT - Exemplary embodiments provide methods and systems for assembling electronic devices, such as integrated circuit (IC) chips, by selectively and scalably embedding or seating IC elements onto/into a receiving substrate, such as a chip substrate. Specifically, the assembly of IC chips can include forming a pocket in the receiving substrate to accommodate the IC elements therein. Such pockets can be formed in the receiving substrate using laser ablation.03-25-2010
20130043996SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISCLOSING UNAUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF ARTICLES FROM SECURED PREMISES - An integrated inventory control and security system for multiple types of articles which are for sale within retail premises to account for entry of articles into retail premises and removal (both authorized removal and attempted unauthorized removal) of articles from retail premises, including a method of documenting events which disclose attempted unauthorized removal of articles.02-21-2013
20080284598RFID Data Integrity and Event Compensation - An RFID event tracking and management system provides a standardized approach that can be utilized by various industry verticals. Loss of captured event data, such as RFID generated through an RFID event, can be prevented through a series of guarantee semantics. Approaches also allow an entity to control the integrity level of their data, such as where dimension data is not available to be correlated with coded event data. An entity can decide whether to allow querying on event data that has not been correlated with dimension data useful in interpreting the location data. The entity can alternatively decide to only allow access and querying of event data when the corresponding location and dimension data are compensated11-20-2008
20080291020Collectable Cop/Spot Chip - This invention proposes the useful, non-obvious and novel steps of a polymer or wet paper based planchette containing an RFID fully integrated system on a chip transponder which can be attached to a collectible or reusable through the use of a substrate friendly adhesive. A collectible is defined herein as an individual piece of art work or an art collection, a stamp collection or an individual stamp, sports card collections or an individual card, sports memorabilia of any sort, currency collections or an individual piece of currency and items of a similar ilk plus designer label garments and accessories. As a collectable tracing and tracking system it is called “Collectable Cop”. A reusable is defined as packaging, containers, pallets or any other non consumable item utilized on the supply chain which reusable(s) requires tracking or tracing, referred to as the “Spot Chip” system. A planchette is defined herein as a small, oval or round shaped, wet paper or polymer based disk, smaller than a piece of dust, which can be randomly distributed on both sides of a collectible. A planchette is a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose. In this circumstance the purpose is to remotely track or trace collectible(s) or reusable(s) using this system and method.11-27-2008
20090115611MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR RFID TAG - An RFID tag manufacturing method is including application process in which a heat-curable adhesive is applied to an area where a circuit chip is placed on a base to which antennae are wired so as to be connected with the circuit chip, placement process in which the circuit chip is placed where the adhesive is applied, and thereby the circuit chip is connected with the antennae, covering process in which the circuit chip placed on the base is covered with a sheet member having an adhesive layer on its surface, such that the adhesive layer faces the base, and heat and pressure applying process in which pressure is applied to the sheet member toward the base, and heat and pressure are applied to the circuit chip from above the sheet member, thereby curing the adhesive and fixing the circuit chip and the sheet member on the base.05-07-2009
20100045462Devices for identifying and tracking wireless microphones - The invention is a system for remotely identifying sound amplification devices and other electronic devices. This system introduces the ability for sound technicians to remotely identify which electronic devices have entered the stage or performance area. The system includes an identification tags, visual markers, sensors, receiver, and monitor. Remote identification can be achieved through RFID (radio frequency identification) or Line of sight (like infrared). Using directional sensors or sensors of adjustable sensitivity.02-25-2010
20100097221METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING AUTOMATED VIDEO TRACKING VIA RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - Methods, computer program products and systems for providing video tracking. The method includes receiving a first signal from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. A location of the RFID tag is determined in response to the first signal. An image that includes the location of the RFID tag is recorded. The location of the RFID tag is marked on the image, resulting in a marked image.04-22-2010
20100097224SANITIZER DISPENSERS WITH COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION - A system is provided for providing compliance verification of sanitizer use from a sanitizer dispenser. The system provides for identifying individual users of one or more sanitizer dispensers through technologies such as RFID. Individual's use of sanitizer dispensers is monitored to determine compliance with sanitizer use requirements. A compliance report may be generated based on data associated with one or more individuals' use of the sanitizer dispenser(s). Additionally, the sanitizer dispenser may identify containers having authorized sanitizer.04-22-2010
20090160647RFID TAG DETECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM - An RFID tag detection method and system are described. The method comprises transmitting, in a predetermined area, a predetermined number of RFID tag request signals. The method also comprises determining that an RFID tag is positioned within the predetermined area based on a comparison of a count of zero or more received RFID tag response signals from the RFID tag with the predetermined number of RFID tag request signals.06-25-2009
20090146810RADIO FREQUENCY SENSOR CIRCUITRY SENSING DEVICE - A sensing device adapted to detect environmental changes and/or an analyte is provided. The sensing device comprising radio frequency sensor circuitry, a protection material disposed on the radio frequency sensor circuitry, and a metallic layer disposed on the protection material. A detection system for detecting an environmental change or an analyte in an article is provided.06-11-2009
20090027204RFID tag having a transmitter/receiver exposed from an insulator surface and a method for manufacturing the same - In an RFID tag including an IC chip for storing information, a thermoplastic resin surrounding the IC chip, and a circuit for transmitting or receiving radio signals bearing the information, the circuit is further fixedly adhered on the thermoplastic resin in a fashion being exposed out of the surface of the thermoplastic resin. Accordingly, a manufacturing process may be used for covering the IC chip mounted and bonded on the plate-likebody with the thermoplastic resin to thereafter form the circuit. It is thus possible to manufacture a thin RFID tag in a simplified manufacturing process.01-29-2009
20090045957LOCATING A DEVICE IN A GIVEN STATE - Methods and computer program products for locating devices having a given state by locating a device using an RFID tag associated with the device that responds to queries from an RFID tag reader independently of the state of the device, and determining the state of the device using an RFID tag associated with the device that responds selectively in dependence upon the state of the device. A system for locating devices having a given state comprises an RFID tag reader for locating a device by reading an RFID tag associated with the device that responds independently of the state of the device, and an RFID tag reader for determining the state of the device by reading an RFID tag associated with the device that responds selectively in dependence upon the state of the device.02-19-2009
20090045956VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION TAG AND METHODS OF VERIFYING THE VALIDITY OF A VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION TAG - The invention relates to a vehicle identification tag and methods of verifying the validity of a vehicle identification tag. One embodiment provides a vehicle identification tag including a first portion having a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tag and a second portion, where information on the first portion and information on the second portion assist a user in verifying that the vehicle identification tag is a valid vehicle identification tag.02-19-2009
20100328073METHOD AND SYSTEM TO DETERMINE THE POSITION, ORIENTATION, SIZE, AND MOVEMENT OF RFID TAGGED OBJECTS - A method and system of determining spatial identification of an object, such as orientation, size, location, range, and/or movement, using an RFID system is disclosed. An RFID system can comprise one or more RFID reader receiving antennas that query one or more RFID tags coupled to the object. The measurement of the phase of the tag responses at the reader antennas and phase differentials as a function of distance, frequency, and time are the basis of spatial identification. The system can work with conventional Gen 2 tags and readers without modification of the tags or protocol.12-30-2010
20130049963RFID Remote Antenna Security System - An RFID remote antenna security system for preventing unauthorized reading of RFID cards. The RFID remote antenna security system generally includes a remote unit that is attached to or near a conventional RFID reader. The remote unit includes at least one remote contact in communication with a remote antenna. A carrier member is provided that includes at least one contact and an RFID chip that is in communication with the at least one contact. When the contact of the carrier member is physically connected to the remote contact of the remote unit, the radio waves received by the remote antenna are communicated to the RFID chip and the RFID chip transmits radio waves including data from the remote antenna for reading by the RFID reader.02-28-2013
20130049962ENCODED INFORMATION READING TERMINAL WITH ITEM LOCATE FUNCTIONALITY - An encoded information reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, a communication interface, and an RFID reading device configured to output raw message data comprising an encoded message and/or output decoded message data corresponding to an encoded message. The EIR terminal can be configured, responsive to receiving one or more target item identifiers, to attempt to locate at least one RFID tag transmitting an encoded representation of a binary string, at least part of which is equal to at least part one of the specified one or more target item identifiers. The EIR terminal can be further configured, responsive to successfully locating at least one RFID tag, to notify a user via a visual message and/or an audible message.02-28-2013
20130049964Electronic Seal Equipped with a Breakage-Detecting Circuit and Method for Sealing a Door Based on the Same - Disclosed is an electronic seal for sealing a door. The door is equipped with a latch. The electronic seal includes a plug and a socket. The plug can be inserted in the socket through the latch. Thus, the door is sealed by the electronic seal. The door cannot be opened without breaking the electric seal. The electronic seal records any event of breakage.02-28-2013
20100001863OPERATION MONITORING AND ENHANCED HOST COMMUNICATIONS IN SYSTEMS EMPLOYING ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE AND RFID TAGS - A system and method for monitoring operation and performance of electronic tags such as article surveillance (EAS) tags or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags such as by monitoring and reporting electronic tag readability and operator/system performance levels. The system includes an optical symbol reader and/or electronic tag sensor/deactivator that measures and reports values of reading, detection, or deactivation events during operation which may be indicative of electronic tag operability. The apparatus may further comprise a data accumulation device including memory storage to accumulate the measurement values for each set of electronic tags, and a programmed computing system to analyze the measured values and report on the results of the analysis.01-07-2010
20090109033Medical System And Tracking Device - A tracking device and system for tracking medical supplies, in particular, medical trays and their components is disclosed. The tracking device utilizes GPRS/GSM/CDMA/Wi-Fi/AGPS technology to enable an individual to locate and monitor the movement of a medical tray at any given time and for any desired period of time. The tracking system utilizes geo-fences established around buildings or Wi-Fi or RFID to assist in determining the specific location within a building of the medical trays, as well as the status of the items that may be inside of them. The tracking devices can be activated and deactivated to conserve power and battery life. The tracking devices can also be activated by sensors to alert the tracking system of a housing breach, a possible theft or misplacement of the tray. The tracking system incorporates software which enables an individual to determine the location of medical trays, determine the contents of the trays and schedule the use of the medical trays by specific doctors and at specific locations. The tracking system also retains information regarding the doctors, the medical device manufacture representatives, the hospitals and sales of the medical devices.04-30-2009
20090309733IDENTIFICATION TAGS, OBJECTS ADAPTED TO BE IDENTIFIED, AND RELATED METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS - An identification tag for identifying an object to which the identification tag may be attached or in which the tag may be embedded, as well as to objects that are adapted to be identified. The invention also relates to reading devices for reading identification features that are located in an identification tag. The tags and objects may consist of an engagement track or accommodating recess wherein the engagement track or accommodating recess is designed such that it allows reading of identification features comprised in the tag or object and wherein the engagement track or accommodating recess is designed such that it is essentially complementary in shape to an engagement element of a reading device, wherein the engagement element comprises a reading element adapted for reading the identification features located in the identification tag or object. The identification tag may also comprise an accommodating layer which comprises an accommodating recess.12-17-2009
20090153328Product display rack system and purchasing behavior analysis program - [OBJECT] To provide system and program for obtaining customers' purchase behavior information for products.06-18-2009
20130088355THREE DIMENSIONAL RF SIGNATURES - Method and systems to detect tampering in a physical article are described herein. A method includes receiving, at a first point in time, at least two response signals from at least one RF tag in a set of RF tags associated with the physical article; forming a first response signature for the physical article based on the received response signals; receiving a second response signal from at least one other RF tag in the set of RF tags associated with the physical article at a second point in time; assessing a relative spacing between the RF tags associated with the physical article has changed from the first point in time to the second point in time; and determining tampering of the physical article as a result of the spacing assessment.04-11-2013
20130088354System, Method and Device for Tracking Surgical Sponges - A system, method, and device for tracking surgical sponges for a medical procedure is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a sleeve having a first open end and a second open end and being configured to be removably disposed outside an outer surface of a receptacle. The sleeve including an RF reader having a first antenna assembly comprised of at least one antenna and configured to radiate sponges that enter the receptacle and to receive identifying (ID) information from radiated sponges. The sleeve may include a wireless transmitter electrically connected to said RF reader and configured to receive from said RF reader the ID information of radiated sponges and to wirelessly transmit the ID information of radiated sponges.04-11-2013
20090303048METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING OF AN ORDER OF CONVEYED OBJECTS - The invention relates to a method for determining of at least an order of objects O12-10-2009
20090303047Methods and Systems for Tracking RFID Devices - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for tracking and monitoring tagged objects in an RFID environment is described. By varying RFID reader antenna output power levels and detecting RFID devices in the vicinity, data about position and orientation of the RFID devices can be gathered. This gathered data is used to correlate with pre-stored data about RFID devices' position and orientation. Such a correlation then can be used to infer data about neighboring RFID devices based upon data stored in the database. Such an inferential technique also results in a faster analysis of position and orientation data of RFID devices, and also leads to faster tracking of RFID enabled devices. Unnecessary reads and high power operations of the RFID reader are also avoided.12-10-2009
20120218110Method, System, and Apparatus for RFID Removal Detection - According to one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus, system and method for forming RFID labels is disclosed. The RFID labels can include an RFID chip, at least one antenna element and at least one conductive material. The RFID chip may then transmit desired signals based upon a coupling of the conductive material to the RFID chip.08-30-2012
20090040048Intelligent Luggage Tag - An improved system for tracking luggage and other such objects. The system features a transmitter tag for attachment to an object to be tracked and a receiver. When the tag comes within range of the receiver, the receiver provides notification to the user both visually and audibly. Audible notification can occur through the receiver's speaker, a wireless phone, a PDA, or an iPod or other portable music player. GPS capabilities allow the tag to store and transmit its exact coordinates to assist in locating the tag. Airport and airline security personnel can access the tag data with a dedicated interface device.02-12-2009
20130057407PROCESS EQUIPMENT TRACKING SYSTEM - A process equipment tracking system utilizing an RF ID tag attached to the process equipment during manufacture or thereafter. The RF ID tag includes an identification specific to the particular process equipment. An RF ID tag reader is provided to obtain the identification from the RF ID tag on the process equipment, preferably after installation. The RF ID tag reader includes a user input for at least one trackable event and can write data based on the at least one trackable event back onto the RF ID tag. The RF ID tag reader is compatible for uploading the identification and any user input to an internet accessible device. A process equipment database is provided, having equipment-related information. The database provides access to obtain the process equipment-related information based on the identification from the RF ID tag and receives and stores data related to the at least one trackable event.03-07-2013
20130057406VIRTUAL GROUP MAINTENANCE AND SECURITY - A method for providing security and maintenance of a group of devices using a group of tags. Each of the tags is attached to a device and includes a radio frequency transceiver for intercommunicating using ultra-wide band signals. Using the intercommunication, distance between two of the tags is determined and an alarm is triggered when the distance is greater than a threshold distance. The distance is preferably determined by measuring a round trip delay time between the transmission of a transmitted unicast signal to the other tag and reception of a unicast response signal in response to the transmitted signal. A configuration mechanism is typically used for configuring the group and removed upon completing the configuration, and the tags maintain the group and provide security by the intercommunication between the tags. The tags are preferably synchronized to transmit and receive solely during a previously determined periodic sequence of time intervals.03-07-2013
20090284375UHF RFID TAG - A UHF RFID tag can solve the conventional tag-reading problem occurring when an RFID tag is attached to a metallic or liquid object. The UHF RFID tag comprises: a tag, a foamed layer, and a magnetic layer. The foamed layer is a foamed polymeric material having a density of 10-100 kg/m11-19-2009
20090267770LPRF DEVICE WAKE UP USING WIRELESS TAG - A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.10-29-2009
20090267769Wireless Visibility Network - A system for identifying, monitoring, and tracking a plurality of tools includes: a pad for placing the tools, wherein the pad includes a plurality of appropriately-sized cutouts for nesting each of the tools; a sensor in each cutout that detects placement and removal of the tool in the cutout; and a low frequency radio tag placed in the pad and operatively coupled with each sensor for reading each sensor. The low frequency radio tag operates at a low clock frequency and is configured to receive and transmit data signals within a peer-to-peer network with any low frequency radiating transceiver. The low frequency radio tag includes: a tag antenna operable at a low radio frequency not exceeding 450 kilohertz, a transceiver, a data storage device for storing data for identifying the tools, a processor for processing the data; and a connector for a power source.10-29-2009
20090267768REGISTRATION METHOD AND PLACEMENT ASSISTING APPARATUS FOR LOCATION INFORMATION TAG - The invention is directed to the provision of a registration method and a placement assisting apparatus that can accurately register an object into a three-dimensional spatial database. More specifically, the invention provides a registration method for a location information tag, includes the steps of acquiring tag information of the location information tag, acquiring coordinate data that indicates scheduled placement information of the location information tag, acquiring positioning data that indicates placement location information of the location information tag, and registering the location information tag into a three-dimensional spatial database when an error between the coordinate data and the positioning data is within tolerance, and also provides a placement assisting apparatus for use in such a registration method.10-29-2009
20090267767Radio Frequency Identification Tag for a Mobile Phone - A radio frequency identification tag for a mobile phone comprises a combination layer, a radio frequency identification layer and an anti-slip layer. By such arrangements, the radio frequency identification tag can provide the mobile phone with a wireless identification function.10-29-2009
20120223838CABLE WRAP SECURITY DEVICE - A security device may include a spool, locking mechanism, button, plug, and latch. The spool is configured to either wind or unwind a cable for wrapping around an object. The locking mechanism is configured to partially lock the spool. The button may be used to move the locking mechanism between locked and unlocked positions. The button may be blocked by inserting a plug into a housing of the device such that the button can not be activated to unlock the spool. The plug may be secured to the housing through the latch that prevents the unauthorized removal of the plug. For an enhanced locking feature, the latch and the plug may be configured to require at least two forces to move the latch and free the plug. The spool, locking mechanism, and button may be stacked along a common axis to provide a more compacted design.09-06-2012
20090315717TRACKING RFID OBJECTS WITH INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION LINK - A wireless system (12-24-2009
20110063113Calibration and Operational Assurance Method and Apparatus for RFID Object Monitoring System - A method for monitoring objects in a three dimensional target area and or business process decision making. The methods include calibration, recalibration, operation and rules compliance for a radio frequency object monitoring system. Location tags are placed throughout a three dimensional area in predetermined positions and used to determine relative position, movement and or distances of objects with and without object tags. Repeated scanning and comparison of data provides a database by which the object monitoring system responds according to predetermined rules.03-17-2011
20110063112PRODUCT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - According to the product administration system of the present embodiment, the radio tag having the acceleration sensor and the inquiry unit for communication with the radio tag are provided, the inquiry unit sets a direction of acceleration and a threshold value of the acceleration in the direction in the radio tag by communication, and the set radio tag responds to an inquiry from the inquiry unit when it exceeds the threshold value.03-17-2011
20090256708SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RFID WIRELESS CONTROL - A system of RFID wireless control comprises: at least one electronic device having an RFID tag and a receiver, and a controller having a reader for reading and recording the RFID tag of the at least one electronic device to form a list of electronic devices. The electronic device to be controlled is selected from the list, and the controller transmits or receives signals to or from the selected electronic device. The present invention also discloses a method of RFID wireless control for an RFID system.10-15-2009
20090237254RF CONTROLLED DEVICES TO INCREASE COMPLIANCE WITH HANDWASHING PROTOCOLS - A system for monitoring compliance with handwashing protocols by a plurality of workers, each worker carrying a wireless tag having a worker identifier, the monitoring being performed in a facility having a plurality of areas, the system comprising a plurality of wireless tag reader/transmitters each having an area identifier, at least one wireless tag reader/transmitter being positioned in each of the areas and each wireless tag reader/transmitter being capable of reading the worker identifier stored in the wireless tag when the worker is within range of the wireless tag reader/transmitter and further capable of transmitting the worker and area identifiers to at least one computing device; and at least one of said wireless tag reader/transmitters being disposed at a handwashing station; wherein the at least one wireless tag reader/transmitter reads the worker identifier when the worker manipulates a device at the handwashing station dispensing a washing substance and transmits the worker and area identifiers to the at least one computing device.09-24-2009
20090237253RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking system to track and manage assets. Each asset to be tracked is tagged with an RFID tag, and tracked using RFID readers located throughout a facility. Based on the tracking information, the system allows users to manage assets and generate reports regarding the various tagged assets.09-24-2009
20090237252Radio communication system and radio communication apparatus - The radio communication system includes a radio communication apparatus having: a communication part which transmits a request signal requesting a response to a radio tag; and a radio tag which transmits a response signal in response to a reception of the request signal from the radio communication apparatus. The radio communication apparatus has an intermittent control part which makes the communication part transmit the request signal at an interval of a given stop time during a given operation time.09-24-2009
20090237251RF RECEIVER AND RFID/USN SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - A radio frequency receiver comprises a first signal coupler coupling and branching a radio frequency signal received from a tag or a reader. a voltage regulator receiving the coupled signal and outputting a voltage-regulated signal having a predetermined level, a signal converter mixing the radio frequency signal transmitted from the first signal coupler by using the voltage-regulated signal as an oscillation frequency signal and generating a baseband frequency signal, a signal processor processing the baseband frequency signal and extracting tag information, and a data transceiver transmitting the tag information through a wire and/or wireless network.09-24-2009
20090237250Using RFIDs to Detect Material Dilution - A material is laced with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags at a known concentration of RFID tags per unit of material. Subsequently, if an interrogation of the RFID tags reveals a reduced concentration of RFID tags in the material, then a conclusion is drawn that the material has been diluted.09-24-2009
20090237249DETECTING TAMPERED WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS - The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for tracking tampered with RFID tags. In some implementations, an RFID tag includes a tearable substrate including at least a portion of an RFID circuit. The portion of the RFID circuit is substantially destroyable in response to at least an attempt to remove the tag from a surface. In addition, the RFID includes an adhesive layer adjacent at least a portion of the tearable substrate and configured to affix the tag to the surface.09-24-2009
20090237248Identification System - The invention relates to a security element in the form of a flexible, multilayer film body and to an identification system comprising a security element of this type. The security element has a receiving unit (09-24-2009
20090167531 AUTOMATED MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE - Systems, apparatuses, and methods for tracking the status and use of packaged goods are provided. The systems of the invention coordinate various stakeholders, hardware devices, computer software systems, standards, methods, procedures, practices and their interconnection in ways that lead to greater efficiency, safety, and efficacy, along with potentially lower cost, and less waste in the delivery of packaged goods and their use. In one aspect a Medication Management System (“MMS”) that tracks the status of packaged medications and patient compliance is also provided.07-02-2009
20090009333System and Method for Measuring RFID Signal Strength Within Shielded Locations - An RFID Probe comprises a pole with a plurality of sensors that indicate RF signal strength attached at regular intervals and marked to indicate distance from an end of the pole. A user employs the RFID Probe by placing the probe between densely packed materials, such as cases on a pallet, and exposing the RFID Probe and packaging to a signal from a RIFD transceiver. After exposing the RFID Probe to the RFID transceiver signal, the user removes the RFID Probe from the packed materials and observes the sensors on the probe. By noting the location on the probe of the sensors indicating low or no RF signal, the user can identify locations where RF signal strength is insufficient to activate an RFID tag.01-08-2009
20090009332SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING INGESTED MEDICATION VIA RF WIRELESS TELEMETRY - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag device for monitoring at least one of ingestion and digestion by a subject of a solid dosage form includes a substrate attachable to the solid dosage form or at least partially embedded into the surface of the solid dosage form and an RFID tag at least partially formed on the substrate. The RFID tag is configured to generate a signal and transmit the generated signal to an external receiver to facilitate monitoring at least one of ingestion and digestion by the subject of the solid dosage form.01-08-2009
20090009331WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR USE IN WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITERS - A wireless tag reader/writer comprises a plurality of communication antennas and a wireless tag reader/writer main unit. The communication antennas are arranged in a direction in which wireless tags pass and configured to transmit and receive signals to and from the wireless tags. The wireless tag reader/writer main unit processes signals to transmit to the wireless tags and signals received from the wireless tags. The wireless tag reader/writer unit changes the intensity of the electric waves to be radiated from the communication antennas, thereby selecting a wireless tag with which the wireless tag reader/writer is to communicate.01-08-2009
20090009330RFID TAG MOUNTING CIRCUIT BOARD - An RFID tag mounting circuit board has a configuration in which an RFIC chip, a minimum antenna, a circuit which matches the impedance of the RFIC chip and that of the antenna are mounted on a printed circuit board. With this configuration, the area occupied by the antenna of an RFID tag is suppressed, and decrease in the component mounting density of the printed circuit board is suppressed. The RFID tag mounting circuit board is configured to be capable of managing the histories of all components on a per-printed-circuit-board basis by attaching a reading device for an RFIC chip to a chip mounter which mounts an IC chip.01-08-2009
20080309492METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND MANAGING STATUS OF LUGGAGES IN AN AIRPORT USING RFID - The present invention relates to a method of monitoring and intercepting a suspect object in an airport using RFID, the method comprising associating a RFID tag with the object, transmitting an inquiry signal associated with the RFID tag, where the RFID tag is adapted to receive the inquiry signal and to transmit a response signal associated with the RFID tag, receiving the response signal transmitted by the RFID tag, determining a status of the object using the response signal, and transmitting an alert signal associated with the object as a function of the determined status, if requested.12-18-2008
20080297351RFID TAG AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes: a tag main body having a communication antenna, a circuit chip electrically connected to the antenna to perform wireless communication via the antenna, and a tabular sealing member in which the antenna and the circuit chip are enclosed; a print layer formed on a first surface of the tag main body by printing; and a protective film that covers the print layer. The print layer is formed only in a central area of the first surface surrounded by a marginal area of the first surface extending along the outer edge of the first surface. The protective film includes a covering portion that covers the print layer and an adhering portion that lies off the print layer while surrounding the outer edge of the print layer and adheres to the first surface.12-04-2008
20120235818Electronic Article Surveillance System Including Low-Cost EAS Tag - A robust tag. The robust tag may include a body section, at least one movable latching member disposed within the body section, at least one attachment structure receivable within the body and selectively engageable to the at least one latching member; and at least one responsive member disposed within the body and in cooperative arrangement with the at least one latching member. Upon the application of a signal to at least one drive position on the body section, the responsive member generates a flexural wave that induces a movement of the at least one latching member, so as to disengage the at least one latching member from the at least one attachment structure.09-20-2012
20120235817Detection of Groups of RFID Tags - RFID-based inventory management systems are provided for various applications. Such systems include a plurality of RFID-readable products tags, with each product tag being associated with a piece of merchandise and programmed to generate a signal containing information regarding the associated piece of merchandise. Such systems also include an RFID reader capable of sending and receiving signals from the product tags. Such systems further include a processor capable of receiving signals from the RFID reader with information regarding the product tags. The processor compares the information regarding two or more product tags to determine whether they are being moved together as part of a moving group. If the processor determines that there exists a moving group of product tags, it generates an output based at least in part on the signals being sent from the product tags in the moving group.09-20-2012
20090085747RFID TAG AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An RFID tag includes an inlay which has a base, an antenna formed on the base, and an IC chip. The IC chip is enclosed in a surface mount package and soldered to the antenna and carries out radio communication through the antenna. The RFID tag further includes underfill that fills a gap between the base and the surface mount package, and a sheath protecting material enclosing the entire inlay.04-02-2009
20090128335Wireless Device Tagging System and Method - A wireless device tagging system and method are described.05-21-2009
20100127871SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFICATION OF SHIPPED PRODUCTS USING RFID TAGS - Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a system for verifying the shipment of goods including: a supplier terminal for scanning an RFID tag with a identifier, and for generating associated information corresponding to the RFID tag, wherein the RFID tag is attachable to a container, the supplier terminal further including a camera for taking a photograph, wherein the associated information includes the photograph; and a receiver terminal for scanning the RFID tag, and for retrieving the associated information from the RFID tag; and a tracking management platform for communicating with the supplier terminal and the receiver terminal and for maintaining the associated information. In an embodiment, the photograph includes an image of the goods within a container. In an embodiment, the associated information includes customs documentation. In an embodiment, the receiver terminal is also for generating additional of the associated information corresponding to the RFID tag. In an embodiment, the supplier and receiver terminals include an operator input for allowing a terminal operator to input at least a portion of the associated information.05-27-2010
20090058653HOSPITAL INVENTORY MANAGEMENT INCLUDING RADIO TAG(S) AND ADDITIONAL TRANCEIVER(S) - The present invention relates to a hospital inventory management system including a radio tag, a beacon configured to monitor the proximity of the radio tag, and a reader configured to read information from the tag and the beacon.03-05-2009
20110279273AUTOMATED MOTION DISTURBANCE DETECTION AND ALERTING - Several methods and a system of automated motion disturbance detection and alerting are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes associating a protection device with a movable tangible personal property. The method also includes activating the protection device remotely. The method further includes detecting, through a sensor in the protection device, a motion disturbance of the movable tangible personal property. The method further includes automatically responding based on a set of user-specified preferences when an intensity of the motion disturbance exceeds a minimum threshold of a sensitivity associated with the protection device. The method furthermore includes relaying a confirmed motion disturbance of the movable tangible persona property to a user of the protection device. The method furthermore includes protecting the movable tangible personal property through the automatic response of the protection device. The protection device includes a sensor to detect a motion disturbance associated with a movable tangible personal property.11-17-2011
20100171618ANTI-THEFT DEVICE FOR CONTAINERS OF FLUID PRODUCTS - An anti-theft device for containers of fluid products comprising: a support element (07-08-2010
20100171617WIRELESS TAG READING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method of reading, by a wireless tag reading apparatus, article wireless tags attached to articles placed in a reading area, the method includes, disposing an outside-area distinguishing wireless tag differentiable from the article wireless tag outside the boundary of the reading area, transmitting an electromagnetic signal to the reading area from an antenna of the wireless tag reading apparatus to read the wireless tags, searching the read wireless tags to find out whether the outside-area distinguishing wireless tag is included therein, and determining that the reading range is greater than the reading area if the outside-area distinguishing wireless tag is included in the read wireless tags.07-08-2010
20100171616Providing a traveler with offers particularly suited to that individual - The use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips in luggage tags to provide travelers with coupons and information related to their respective destinations. The luggage (or “bag”) tag will include an embedded RFID chip. When the traveler checks his or her suitcase or other package, the bag-tag printer will place a visual representation of the traveler's destination on the tag. However, the printer will also “write” the traveler's identification and either a validate code or the destination on the embedded chip. The traveler, arriving at his or her destination and retrieving the checked item, can then place the bag tag near an RFID scanner which can read the information about the traveler's destination and possibly the traveler him-or herself. The scanner can then print out coupons pertinent to the traveler, the destination of the luggage, or the location of the scanner itself. After reading the information from the RFID chip, the scanner may then write to the chip that the coupons and the like have been issued to “cancel” the chip for the purpose of preventing repetitive uses of the tag. The same concepts allow for advertising and promotions at other locations and for notices and information at not related to advertising.07-08-2010
20090160645Voice Over RFID - A wearable mobile computer communicates with a headset worn by an operator using a communication channel established between the computer and a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tag located in the headset. The headset may be configured for receive only (voice travels only from the computer to the headset) or configured for two-way voice communication. For two-way communication backscatter from the RFID tag is used to carry voice signals.06-25-2009
20090146818RESONANT TAG WITH REINFORCED DEACTIVATION DIMPLE - A resonant circuit for use with a radio-wave detection system for the prevention of shoplifting or the like, which is formed on a flexible substrate and has a coil and capacitor circuit whereby the capacitor has an indented area in the dielectric of the capacitor to promote disablement of the circuit when exposed to a strong electromagnetic field. Upon exposure to a strong electromagnetic field, an electrical short forms across the dielectric of capacitor in the indented area. Because the short is fragile and can be opened by flexure of the circuit, an island of reinforcing material is formed in the indented area, such that when the substrate is flexed, the indented area remains rigid to protect the short. The indented area can be further stress-relieved by introducing a gap in the conductors forming the capacitor plates.06-11-2009
20110012736METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SENSING UPON RADIATION EXPOSURE - A method for sensing physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of an environment is provided. The method comprises using a radio frequency identification (RFID) sensor component having a predetermined range of power initiation levels and having predetermined resonant circuit parameters comprising the steps of activating the RFID sensor component and determining whether a range of power levels, needed for activating the sensor component, is below the predetermined range of power initiation levels; sensing at least one of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the environment; quantifying the sensed characteristic of the environment using one or more selected resonant parameters, wherein the selection of parameters is based in part on the range of power levels needed to activate the sensor.01-20-2011
20080309491Comprehensive Theft Security System - An antitheft security system and method using networked pedestals for monitoring, and reporting data relating to, merchandise, having security tags coupled to or embedded therein, leaving or entering a business establishment and alerting business establishment personnel when a theft may be occurring. The system and method collect and communicate security tag data and associated peripheral device data to a remote server for analysis.12-18-2008
20090021378Electronic Article Surveillance Tag Having a Detrimental Substance Expulsion System With Breakable Vial - An EAS/expulsion detrimental substance tag (01-22-2009
20090309734INTELLIGENT SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MONITOR OBJECT MOVEMENT - A network including a processor and a plurality of signposts and readers are configured to implement a set of rules to monitor movement and location of a tagged asset. A rule can be represented by a hash table and can relate to tag movement, a facility attribute, or an asset protection policy.12-17-2009
20090309730SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING MODULES OF PRINTING MACHINES UTILIZING RFID TAGS - A module monitoring system and related method includes a plurality of nodes and a server component. Each node of the plurality of nodes is in operative communication with a network and with at least one RFID attached to a module. Each node of the plurality of nodes is a node type and at least two nodes of the plurality of nodes are different node types. A node of the at least two nodes is a printer-based node and is associated with a printing machine. The node associated with the printing machine is also in operative communication with a local RFID tag attached to a corresponding module. The server component includes a network interface and an analysis component. The network interface is in operative communication with the network and communicates with the at least two nodes utilizing the network. The analysis component utilizes the network interface to communicate with the node such that the analysis component is additionally in operative communication with the local RFID tag attached to the corresponding module. The node associated with the printing machine operatively interrogates the local RFID tag to retrieve information relating to the corresponding module and communicates the information to the server component.12-17-2009
20090153332TEST SYSTEM FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IC DEVICES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RADIO FREQUENCY IC DEVICES USING THE SAME - A test system for a radio frequency IC device includes a radio frequency IC chip and a radiation strip. The characteristics of the radio frequency IC device are measured by bringing the tip of a probe of a test apparatus in direct contact with a portion of the radiation strip and thereby providing a radio frequency signal. The tip of the probe is made to be a flat plate so as to obtain closer and more stable contact with the radiation strip.06-18-2009
20090309732Wireless Tracking System And Method With Tag Removal Detection - A wireless tracking system and method with a tag removal detection feature is disclosed herein. The system and method utilize a tag attached to an asset which includes a processor, a motion sensor (such as an accelerometer), a transceiver, a tag removal sensor and a power source having a limited supply of power. The tag removal sensor is a closed circuit device which is activated only when the motion sensor detects motion. In this manner, the tag conserves power since the tag is typically only in motion ten percent of the day. If the tag is removed from the asset, the closed circuit is opened, which confirms the removal of the tag from the asset, and an alert is activated by the system.12-17-2009
20120032804SYSTEM FOR THE LOGISTICAL MONITORING AND CONTROL OF THE FLOW OF GOODS, THEIR STORAGE, STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION CONDITIONS AND CONSUMPTION - The invention relates to a system for the logistical monitoring and control of the flow of goods, their storage, storage and transportation conditions and consumption. At least one electronic data processing and memory unit having a network link which is connected to a central enterprise, monitoring, planning, and control system for transmitting and receiving data and information is present. Further components of the system are a descriptor element for transmitting data from and to a mobile electronic memory element, individual electronic identification elements and intermediate storage positions provided with mobile electronic memory elements and/or containers with reading and/or writing units for RFID and/or barcodes.02-09-2012
20110285535Mobile Asset Security and Tracking System and Method - A mobile asset security, tracking and recovery system and method are disclosed. One or more radio frequency identification (RFID) tags each include an attachment mechanism for attaching to the mobile asset, and having a unique identifier that is continuously transmitted as a radio frequency signal upon activation. A server system receives, via a communications network, registration data from a client system, the registration data including at least description data describing the mobile asset and the unique identifier for each RFID tag attached to the mobile asset, the server system further generating a report of the mobile asset being lost or stolen, the report having at least the unique identifier for each RFID tag attached to the mobile asset. A detection unit receives, via the communications network, the report from the server system, the detection unit having an RFID sensor to sense for the radio frequency signal transmitted by activated RFID tags attached to the mobile asset within a geographical range of the radio frequency signal transmission.11-24-2011
20090207025TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER FOR COMBINING RFID AMPLITUDE-MODULATED DATA WITH WIRELESS PHASE-MODULATED DATA - A transmitter and receiver for combining RFID amplitude-modulated data with wireless phase-modulated data is realized by a processing module coupled to generate outbound non-amplitude modulated symbols from first outbound data, to generate outbound amplitude modulated symbols from second outbound data, to generate first inbound data from inbound non-amplitude modulated symbols, and to generate second inbound data from inbound amplitude modulated symbols, a combiner coupled to modulate the amplitude modulated symbols onto a signal carrying the non-amplitude modulated symbols to produce a combined outbound RF signal and a splitter coupled to convert a combined inbound RF signal into inbound non-amplitude modulated symbols and into inbound amplitude modulated symbols.08-20-2009
20120105231EAS Integrated Faucet Tag Assembly - A tag assembly for a faucet that includes a housing, a cover and an electronic article surveillance tag. The housing has a base plate with a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter, an internal wall defining a first section and a second section on the bottom side and an outer perimetrical side wall. The first section has an opening in the base plate defined by an inner perimetrical side wall. One or more flexible members extend into the opening from the inner perimetrical side wall. The second section has a compartment for an electronic article surveillance tag enclosed by the cover and bounded by the internal wall and the outer perimetrical side wall. The threaded pipe on a faucet is inserted in the opening of the tag assembly housing and the flexible members engage the threads to secure the tag assembly.05-03-2012
20110285534REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS USING RFID AND METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a remote control apparatus using an RFID, capable of controlling an object equipment on the basis of control information according to a user input, including a transmitter that includes a plurality of RFID tags that sends control information, to control the object equipment, selected by the user input, and a receiver that includes an RFID reader to receive the control information from the RFID tags and transfers the control information to the object equipment. There are advantages that a problem caused by using a battery in a remote controller can be solved, and a structure of the remote controller becomes simple since a function related with control information input can be mounted internally in or externally on the object equipment.11-24-2011
20110285533WAKE UP DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AND METHODS - The present invention teaches a communications system comprising a first communications device for receiving data and a wake up signal. The first communications device comprises an active mode of operation and a sleep mode of operation for reducing power consumption. Further, the system comprises means for switching the first communications device to and from sleep mode in response to receiving the wake up signal. Further, the system comprises a second communications device for transmitting data to the first device during its active mode, while transmitting the wake up signal to the first device during its sleep mode.11-24-2011
20090231136TAGS AND TAG-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND TRACKING OBJECTS - The accuracy and reliability of tracking and locating is increased by using a unique combination of at least two locating technologies. This may be done while reducing the costs for achieving a given level of accuracy and reliability, leveraging existing standard technologies, delivering room level location accuracy, providing choke point capabilities, providing RTLS capability minimizing additional infrastructure costs and maintenance costs, and/or increasing battery life of tags. Information for locating a tag within a region, the region including a plurality of zone or boundary identifier transmitters and a plurality of access points may be combined by (a) receiving by the tag, from one of the zone or boundary identifier transmitters, a zone or boundary identifier, (b) transmitting by the tag, information identifying the zone or boundary identifier and a tag identifier associated with the tag, over at least two channels, (c) receiving, by at least two of the access points, the information identifying the zone or boundary identifier and a tag identifier associated with the tag, transmitted by the tag, (d) transmitting, by each of the at least two access points, the information identifying the zone or boundary identifier and a tag identifier associated with the tag, as well as secondary information for use in deriving a location of the tag, and (e) storing the zone or boundary identifier and the tag identifier associated with the tag, and the secondary information, in association with one another.09-17-2009
20090085745RFID TRACKER AND LOCATOR - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking device, that includes a global positioning satellite (GPS) interface and an RFID interface. The RFID interface is capable of communicating with an RFID tag on an RFID item and reading the RFID. The device is capable of detecting the RFID item, obtaining a GPS location via the GPS interface, and associating the GPS location with the RFID and the RFID item and storing the associated GPS location with the RFID item.04-02-2009
20120098664RFID System - The present invention provides an automated system for asset tracking and management and utilizes near field Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology. RFID tags are attached to the assets, and RFID antennas (and corresponding readers) are strategically located in close proximity to read the tags. As applied to a rack or cabinet, near-field antennas are mounted along one of the mounting posts at each rack unit location such that when a piece of equipment (rack mounted or rail mounted) is installed at a particular rack unit space, the tag will be read and registered in an RFID management system. A magnetic field shaping arrangement ensures that crosstalk between adjacent rack positions is prevented. Ferrite elements are used to control the magnetic field.04-26-2012
20120013467ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is an electronic shelf label system. The electronic shelf label system includes a plurality of electronic tags that are installed on a product display stand and confirms the residual amount of a battery to turn-on a battery warning light when the residual amount is smaller than a reference voltage and transmits replacement request signals to inform the replacement time of the battery; and a wired/wireless communication converter that relays information between the electronic tags and a server and transmits the replacement request signals received from the electronic tags to be relayed thereby to the server. The electronic shelf label system of the present invention can intuitively and easily confirm the timing when the battery of the electronic is replaced, thereby making it possible to improve the efficiency in the working of replacing the battery.01-19-2012
20110291835METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING - A system for tracking using electronic addresses is disclosed. The system stores an identification code, an electronic address, and a counter. The electronic address is made up of either single values or pairs of single values. A pair of single values for at least one of value of the counter is made up of a pseudonumber and a unique address value. The pseudonumber is able to be disentangled to produce a second pair of single values for a different value of the counter, thereby producing a tracking history.12-01-2011
20110291834METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING DATA VIA RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) MEMORY TAGS - An approach is presented for transferring data via radio frequency (RF) memory tags. The UE manager receives a request, at a device, to grant access for interaction between a first RF memory tag and a second RF memory tag, the first RF memory tag associated with one or more trusted storage. Further, the UE manager determines an accessibility state of the first RF memory tag, the one or more trusted storage, or a combination thereof. Then, the UE manager causes, at least in part, granting of the access based, at least in part, on the accessibility state. The access is via a connection between the first RF memory tag and the second RF memory tag12-01-2011
20090243854WIRELESS AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE LOG - A method of aircraft maintenance involves storing part information relating to an aircraft part on the aircraft part. The part information is wirelessly transmitting from the aircraft part to a receiver. A note of a change relating to the aircraft part is made. The part information with the note of the change relating to the aircraft part is electronically stored at a location remote from the aircraft part.10-01-2009
20080272913METHOD, APPARATUS AND ARTICLE FOR DETECTION OF TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS, FOR EXAMPLE DURING SURGERY - The presence or absence of objects is determined by interrogating or exciting transponders coupled to the objects using pulsed wide band frequency signals. Ambient or background noise is evaluated and a threshold adjusted based on the level of noise. Adjustment may be based on multiple noise measurements or samples. Noise detection may be limited, with emphasis placed on interrogation to increase the signal to noise ratio. Match filtering may be employed. Appropriate acts may be taken if detected noise is out of defined limits of operation, for example shutting down interrogation and/or providing an appropriate indication.11-06-2008
20090189766REMOTE WAFER PRESENCE DETECTION WITH PASSIVE RFID - The present invention involves a system and method of remotely detecting the presence of a wafer comprising, a passive RFID circuit, wherein the RFID circuit is attached to an end of a transfer arm located inside a vacuum chamber of an ion implantation system, a reader located outside the vacuum chamber, and wherein the RFID tag provides an indication relating to whether or not a wafer is secured by the transfer arm.07-30-2009
20080309493WIRELESS SYSTEM TO DETECT PRESENCE OF CHILD IN A BABY CAR SEAT - A wireless system that detects the presence of a child in a safety seat located in the passenger cabin of a vehicle includes a controller responsive to signals generated by sensors monitoring predefined functions of the vehicle, RFID tag device attached to the safety seat and RFID tag reader mounted in the cabin. The system generates control signals which activate an alarm, open the doors of the vehicle and roll down windows if the child is left in the safety seat of an unattended vehicle.12-18-2008
20100033330Auditable security for cargo containers and other repositories - This invention relates to a method and system for authenticating and for preventing alteration of histories of events occurring within at least one repository (e.g. a cargo container, fixed warehouse or a movable vehicle) for objects (e.g. autoparts, pharmaceutical materials, computer parts, laptops, etc.) held for a period of time, where the repository is exposed to an unauthorized intrusion therewithin (and potential theft of said objects therefrom and potential insertion of dangerous items therewithin). The events include changes in environmental conditions (e.g. light levels, infrared levels, temperature, air pressure, etc) which indicate an unauthorized intrusion.02-11-2010
20090289794METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING ONE OR MORE OBJECTS BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method and system for monitoring one or more objects by an electronic device are provided. The method includes defining a distance threshold between the electronic device and an object having a RFID tag, calculating a distance between the electronic device and the object, and generating alerts upon detecting that the distance is greater than the distance threshold.11-26-2009
20100277318RFID TAG SYSTEM WITH BLOCK CODING, SUCH AS SPACE-TIME BLOCK CODING - An apparatus for use in an RFID data collection system includes an antenna portion for wirelessly exchanging signals and a memory portion for storing RFID data. A signal processing portion is coupled among the antenna portion and the memory portion. The signal processing portion is configured to receive RFID data and to at least encode or decode the received RFID data via space-time block codes (STBC). For example, an RFID tag employs two spatially separated antennas and circuitry for transmitting to an RFID reader data stored in tag memory as STBC encoded data. Other configurations are also disclosed.11-04-2010
20090066514METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR DETACHING AND COLLECTING AN IC TAG FROM A PAPER SHEET TO WHICH IT IS ATTACHED - In order to efficiently detach and collect an IC tag (03-12-2009
20090091453STORAGE SYSTEM AND STORED ARTICLE ID MANAGEMENT METHOD - A monitor camera (04-09-2009
20090091450DISTRIBUTED SAFETY APPARATUS - The present invention provides systems and methods for a distributed safety apparatus which provides location tracking for assets. Assets are associated with asset tags which transmit data to receiver/transmitter units and which are tracked by a processing center. Communications for location tracking as well as wireless communications are provided through vertical shafts of multi-story buildings. Locations of assets may be depicted in two or three-dimensional models of the surroundings of the tracked assets. Devices used within the tracking systems may incorporate other emergency or event response materials.04-09-2009
20090091449ITEM CHECKOUT DEVICE WITH ANTENNA - An item checkout device with antenna which provides better overlap between barcode label and radio frequency identification (RFID) label reader reading zones. The antenna may be flush mounted within an aperture of a weigh plate and be electrically isolated from a remainder of weigh plate by an insulator. The antenna may include a section of the weigh plate that has been removed, reduced in size to accommodate the insulator, and inserted into the weigh plate. The antenna may be wirelessly coupled to the RFID label reader to avoid placing any mechanical load on the weigh plate.04-09-2009
20090153327WIRELESS ASSOCIATION - A system for determining compatibility between various items is disclosed. A wireless communication device is used to scan a machine-readable tag which includes a plurality of information fields. The information fields include at least identification information of the primary object to which the tag is affixed, list of compatible items, characteristic information of the primary object or other objects, etc. The scanned information from the tag is compared to information in other tags. If the at least some of the information in the tag affixed to the primary object matches the information in one or more other tags, a notification event is triggered to inform the user of the match.06-18-2009
20090146809Tuneable Radio-Frequency Identification Tag Reader and Method of Reading Such a Tag - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) system is provided that includes an RFID reader that is provided with a capacitor apparatus or circuit that may be used to tune the transmitter to a different frequency to improve communication with an RFID tag. The frequency may be changed by the capacitor circuit automatically providing a different capacitance output to the RFID reader. A tape drive reader and magnetic tape cartridge may be provided in combination with such an RFID system. A method is disclosed for reading a data packet stored on an RFID tag by a reader that can be adjusted by changing the capacitance provided to the RFID reader.06-11-2009
20090146814APPARATUS AND METHOD TO ELECTROMAGNETICALLY SHIELD PORTABLE CONSUMER DEVICES - An apparatus and method is provided to shield contactless portable electronic consumer devices such as radio frequency identification devices (RFID), tokens, mini-cards, key fobs, cellular phones, smartcards, etc. from wireless interrogation. In one embodiment, a contactless portable consumer device which includes a first antenna is shielded from unauthorized wireless interrogation with a radio frequency (RF) shield. The RF shield includes electrically conductive, non-ferromagnetic material and is configured to prevent unauthorized data transfer between a second antenna external to the portable consumer device and the first antenna.06-11-2009
20090079570System for Automatic Notification in a Sequential Process - A computer implemented method, data processing system, and computer program product that enable a component to prepare for the arrival of a moving component by providing, to the component, an automated notification of the moving component's approach. When a moving component approaches an arrival point, a signal is received from a transponder chip on the moving component, wherein the signal includes a unique identifier for the transponder chip. The moving component is then identified based on the unique identifier in the signal. A second signal is sent to the component to signal that initiation of a set of actions to be performed with respect to the moving component may occur.03-26-2009
20100007496RFID WIRELESS SCANNING SYSTEM FOR NON-RFID MOBILE DEVICES, AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS - A wireless scanning system for obtaining data related to items includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader configured to interrogate RFID tags and obtain tag data from interrogated RFID tags, and a mobile wireless device that is incapable of interrogating RFID tags. The system uses a device RFID tag in close proximity to the mobile wireless device, where the device RFID tag is configured to convey data that identifies the mobile wireless device when interrogated by the RFID reader. When the mobile wireless device is within close proximity to an item of interest having a corresponding item RFID tag, the RFID reader interrogates the device RFID tag and the item RFID tag. Thereafter, the RFID reader routes the item tag data in a manner destined for the mobile wireless device. This system enables the mobile wireless device to obtain the item tag data even though the mobile wireless device has no native RFID reader capabilities.01-14-2010
20090146817MONITORING DEVICE, MONITORING METHOD, AND MONITORING PROGRAM - To continuously detect a suspicious person, and to provide information for identifying the suspicious person, a monitoring device for monitoring an object existing in a detection area includes: a detection unit for detecting existence of the object in the detection area; an authentication information acquisition unit for acquiring authentication information held by the detected object; a registered authentication information storage unit for storing registered authentication information on an object admitted into the detection area; a determination unit for acquiring, based on the authentication information and the registered authentication information, a number of registered authentication objects and a number of unregistered authentication objects, for setting an alert mode when the detection unit detects the existence of the object, and when the number of registered authentication objects is zero, and for determining a suspicious object based on the number of registered authentication objects, the number of unregistered authentication objects, and the alert mode; and an alarming/notifying unit for notifying an alarm based on a result of determination by the determination unit.06-11-2009
20090146815Tracking Location and Realtime Management System of a Container Using RF - Disclosed is a system for managing containers through RF communication and to a container position tracking and real-time management system employing RF, in which safety information and management information of a container are obtained by a sensor and a wireless terminal device attached to a container, the position of the container is tracked until it reaches its destination through a reader through RF communication, environments within the container are monitored in real-time for safe transportation, and security and crime prevention functions are carried out.06-11-2009
20090146813Automobile forgotten passenger alarm and notification - A system for installation onto automobiles that will detect forgotten or abandoned passengers and notify the driver by email, cell phone, car alarm, or other means and will allow relief or rescue of trapped passengers.06-11-2009
20090146811METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE TO ARTICLES - The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for preventing water damage to non-washable articles in a washing machine. A method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: providing an article with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag identifying the article as being non-washable; preventing the article from being washed in a washing machine by: scanning the washing machine using an RFID reader; and generating an alarm upon detection of a predetermined code emitted by the RFID tag.06-11-2009
20090146812RFID systems - The specification describes a new architecture for RFID systems that is adapted to process large numbers of RFID tags and provide information about a large number of items. The system provides for multiple tag readers. The tag readers are active and have both transmit and receive capability. The system includes a gateway tag that receives information about individual items from the multiple readers and thus contains data on the entire inventory of items. This allows each of the multiple readers to conveniently access data for the entire inventory of items.06-11-2009
20090015410WIRELESS ASSET MONITORING AND SECURITY SYSTEM - An asset monitoring and security system includes at least one asset assigned a unique identifier and operable wirelessly transmit an identification signal embodying the identifier. A data store maintains a list of the assets and privileges associated with the assets for authorized users of the assets. A control unit is adapted to receive identification signals from the assets and monitor positions of the assets within a defined area. The control unit communicates with the data store and is further operable to initiate an alarm event when privileges associated with a given asset for authorized users of the asset are exceeded. Each of the assets includes a lock-out mechanism that impedes use of the asset when the lock-out mechanism is activated. The control unit activates the lock-out mechanism of a given asset when the privileges associated with the asset for authorized users of the asset are exceeded.01-15-2009
20110260869Method And Device For Tracing Objects And Detecting Change In Configuration Of Objects - A change in the configuration of an object is detected by an antenna from at least a portion of the object or providing an antenna closely electrically coupled to said object, receiving remote radio transmissions with a radio receiver using said antenna, and detecting a change in the configuration of said object by monitoring the signal strength of the radio transmissions received from the antenna. The same antenna can also be used to determine the path traced by the object by receiving the remote radio transmissions and comparing them with known spectra.10-27-2011
20080284601Theft Deterrent Tag - An article surveillance tag that has a shock absorbing mechanism that prevents unauthorized removal of the tag by the application of a strike force to the tag by a blunt object. In one embodiment, the article surveillance tag is adapted to engage articles that cannot be penetrated by pins.11-20-2008
20080278327Wireless Tracking System And Method Utilizing Tags With Variable Power Level Transmissions - The present invention provides a solution to mistaken location calculations based on multipath effects. The present invention utilizes tags attached to objects that transmit signals at various power levels for reception by sensors stationed throughout a facility. Sensor readings at the various power levels are utilized to determine the location of the tagged object.11-13-2008
20080266099RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION POINT OF SALE UNASSISTED RETAIL TRANSACTION AND DIGITAL MEDIA KIOSK - The invention relates to a self-checkout system that selectively activates an alarm when an item is determined to be stolen, engages the user regarding the purchase of the item, and informs the user of the purchase status of the item. When an item is determined to be stolen, and a number of occurrences of the item in the database indicating it is stolen is greater than a predetermined amount over a predetermined period of time, a theft detection module does not transmit a security signal to activate an alarm. The invention can also include a touch-screen display including a first portion dedicated to displaying POS transactions and online shopping and a second portion dedicated to displaying interactive digital media related to the item. Furthermore, the invention can include indicators on the touch screen display to indicate the status of an item.10-30-2008
20080266095Method and System Using RFID Tags for Initiation of Selected Business Processes - A system and related methods for dynamically re-configuring a radio frequency identification tag reader, engaging software business processes, or combinations of both, using a radio-frequency-readable configuration tag which physically associated with one or more RFID-tagged articles in a physical handling flow. The configuration tag reader is positioned prior to a radio frequency identification tag reader in said material handling flow, which allows the configuration reader to read the contents of the configuration tags before the articles reach the identification tag reader. Based on the contents of the read configuration tags, one or more selected business processes are initiated to customize the handling process of the tagged items.10-30-2008
20080266096Method and System Using RFID Tags for Triggering Document Generation - A system and related methods for dynamically re-configuring a radio frequency identification tag reader, engaging software business processes, or combinations of both, using a radio-frequency-readable configuration tag which physically associated with one or more RFID-tagged articles in a physical handling flow. The configuration tag reader is positioned prior to a radio frequency identification tag reader in said material handling flow, which allows the configuration reader to read the contents of the configuration tags before the articles reach the identification tag reader. Based on the contents of the read configuration tags, one or more document generators are engaged, and optionally one or more business processes are initiated, and optionally one or more reader system hardware configuration changes are implemented.10-30-2008
20080266092Method of Assigning and Deducing the Location of Articles Detected by Multiple Rfid Antennae - In accordance with preferred embodiments or the invention, a method (and corresponding apparatus) is provided for deducing the location of one or more items or objects to be monitored. In exemplary embodiments, the method (and corresponding apparatus) is implemented in RFID (radio frequency identification) applications (e.g., reading RFID tags at 13.56 MHz and approximately 900 MHz) by deducing the location of an item associated with a unique RFID tag in one or more areas of detection covered by multiple RFID reader antennae.10-30-2008
20080211672RFID DIRECTION TRIGGER DRIVER - One embodiment of the present invention is an RFID system comprising a first detector at a first position and a second detector at a second position. An RFID edge server can include software to check the first and second detector to determine a direction of an object. The direction information can be used to trigger the start or stop of the collection of data for an RFID detector.09-04-2008
20100127868Method and System for Carbon Value Tracking and Labeling - A solution for tracking the carbon footprint value of an object as the object is manufactured and/or transported. This value may be stored in a tag associated with the object. Thus, the object can track its own carbon footprint, e.g., using the tag. Alternatively, the values are stored in a database with an entry associated with a particular object. The final composite value, e.g., the sum of the intermediate values associated with manufacturing steps, components, transportation steps, and disposal, may be used, e.g., seen, by the consumer or retail store. The store may use such values to arrange objects by footprint value on a shelf or in a store, or for other purposes. Therefore, the disclosure enables manufactures of products to track the carbon footprint for their products as the products are being produced and transported.05-27-2010
20100127873ALARM SYSTEMS, WIRELESS ALARM DEVICES, AND ARTICLE SECURITY METHODS - Alarm systems, wireless alarm devices, and article security methods are described according to some aspects of the disclosure. In one aspect, an alarm system includes a base communication device, a remote communication device configured to communicate with the base communication device, wherein the remote communication device is adapted to be associated with an article to be secured and wherein the remote communication device comprises alarm circuitry, and wherein the remote communication device is configured to generate a reference signal comprising a plurality of identifiable components corresponding to communications intermediate the base communication device and the remote communication device and to control the alarm circuitry to generate a human perceptible alarm responsive to detection of the presence of the plurality of identifiable components in the reference signal.05-27-2010
20100127872RFID Product Identification and Tracking System - Apparatus for RFID tagging of packages is provided, including a conveyor, along which tags having microchips and antennae are applied to packages, with the tags being encoded via radio waves, to contain information about package identification and other information, with the encoding being done upstream of a palletizer system, and with the palletizer system being provided for receiving encoded packages from the conveyor.05-27-2010
20090096608INDUSTRIAL IDENTIFY ENCODING AND DECODING LANGUAGE - In various embodiments, a method for processing industrial identifiers includes receiving unstructured data. An encoding scheme is determined for the unstructured data based on an execution tree associated with a plurality of industrial identifiers. The encoding scheme is then output to an application. Data may be received for one or more fields associated with one of the plurality of industrial identifiers. An industrial identifier may be generated based on the execution tree in response to the data.04-16-2009
20090085744RFID BASED NETWORK ADMISSION CONTROL - A system for controlling access to a network includes a wireless switch configured for radio frequency communication with a mobile unit associated with a radio frequency identification tag. The wireless switch is adapted for determining if a radio frequency identification tag is located within a first area, and enabling the mobile unit to access the network according to a first scheme if the mobile unit is located within the first area.04-02-2009
20090207023ARTICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS USED IN THE SAME - An article management system includes: a radio tag reading means, which carries out a communication with a radio tag affixed on an article displayed on a table section, for outputting a radio tag information including an article identification information; an object detection means for detecting an object approaching the table section for outputting an object location information; an article identification information acquiring means for acquiring an article identification information of the article based on the radio tag information outputted from the radio tag reading means; and an article location specifying means, which relates the object location information with the article identification information, for outputting it as location information of the article. The location information is displayed on a display.08-20-2009
20090207022RFID Asset Tracking Method and Apparatus - A system and method for detecting the presence and precise location of a device bearing a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag comprising a plurality of resonators, a first circuit for driving the plurality of resonators with a low frequency drive signal for exciting nearby RFID tags via magnetic field excitation, a multiplexer having a plurality of input terminals, each input terminal coupled to one of the plurality of resonators, and an output terminal, and a signal processing circuit coupled to the output terminal of the multiplexer for reading the signals of the resonators and determining the identification of any RFID tags excited by the resonators.08-20-2009
20090096609Packaging material with radio frequency identification tag and manufacturing method thereof - The present invention discloses a packaging material with a RFID tag, and the packaging material includes a surface material, a protecting layer printed on an internal side of the surface material, a conducting layer formed on the protecting layer to constitute a pattern of a transceiver antenna, a chip coupled to a feedback terminal of the transceiver antenna to form the RFID tag, a substrate and a coupling agent for combining an internal side of the surface material with an internal side of the substrate. The invention also discloses a method of manufacturing the packaging material with the RFID tag.04-16-2009
20080316033Apparatus for Protecting a Rfid Password and Method Therefor, and Rfid Tag Accessing Method - An apparatus and method of protecting an RFID password, and an RFID tag access method are provided. The apparatus for protecting an RFID password comprises a recording medium on which the password for the RFID tag is printed, and a disposable shielding member that can be removed physically or chemically, formed on the surface of the recording medium to visually shield the password. Accordingly, the RFID password can be provided securely to a user, and the user can access the RFID tag using the RFID password.12-25-2008
20080316031SYSTEM AND METHOD OF VIRTUALLY PACKAGING MULTIMEDIA - Embodiments include systems and methods of accessing multimedia content. One embodiment includes a system for accessing multimedia data. The system includes a tangible object comprising at least one proximity device embedded within the tangible object. The tangible object is configured to provide identification information of the tangible object. The system further includes a reader configured to wirelessly detect the tangible object based upon the proximity device and receive the identification information. The system further includes a device configured to receive a signal from the reader in response to detecting the tangible object and configured to access multimedia data based upon the provided identification information.12-25-2008
20100090831Electronic device with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology - An electronic device includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader and a controller coupled to the RFID reader. The RFID reader is used for detecting an RFID tag when a distance between the RFID tag and the RFID reader is within a predetermined range. The controller is used for enabling the electronic device to operate at an emergency mode when the distance between the RFID tag and the RFID reader is beyond the predetermined range. In the emergency mode, the electronic device is locked.04-15-2010
20090273473Power Conserving Active RFID Label - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for a power conserving active RFID label. A system for performing radio frequency (RF) communications includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag attached to one or more items to be tracked, the RFID tag configured to receive a request and a time interval indicating a time for determining a temperature and a battery voltage, and to adjust the time interval at a time of determining the temperature and the battery voltage if the detected voltage is less than a predetermined voltage, and an interrogator communicatively coupled to one or more antennas to transmit one or more requests to the RFID tag and to receive one or more responses, at least one response including a time, temperature and battery voltage.11-05-2009
20090278686METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS AND PEOPLE - An object locating, identifying, tracking, and surveillance system, denoted the Assets Locating, Tracking, and Surveillance System (ALTSS), is provided for managing physical objects and evidence in environments such as police departments, law offices, and the Courts. ALTSS employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, computer programming and database applications, networking technologies, and hardware elements. ALTSS may locate and track physical evidence, merchandise, information carriers like files, folders or individual pieces of paper, and people, under certain conditions, in near-real time. It may be configured as part of a local area network, a wide area network, or the Internet. ALTSS may employ exemplary components such as RFID transponders, scanners, strategically located antennas and computers to facilitate tracking of objects and people as needed. Any number of users having access privileges and connected to the network may access ALTSS directly or remotely via the Internet to locate and track evidence or objects.11-12-2009
20090278685METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CALIBRATION OF RFID SENSORS - Methods and systems for calibration of RFID sensors used in manufacturing and monitoring systems are provided. The methods include measuring impedance of an RFID sensor antenna, relating the measurement of impedance to one or more parameters (such as physical, chemical and biological properties), computing one or more analytical fit coefficients, and storing the one or more analytical fit coefficients on a memory chip of the RFID sensor. Measuring impedance of the RFID sensor may comprise measuring complex impedance which involves measuring complex impedance spectrum, phase angle and magnitude of the impedance, at least one of frequency of the maximum of the real part of the complex impedance, magnitude of the real part of the complex impedance, zero-reactance frequency, resonant frequency of the imaginary part of the complex impedance, and antiresonant frequency of the imaginary part of the complex impedance. Also provided are manufacturing or monitoring systems comprised of an RFID sensor wherein the RFID sensor comprises, a memory chip, an antenna, and a sensing film wherein analytical fit coefficients are stored on the memory chip to allow calibration of the RFID sensor. Also provided are manufacturing or monitoring systems comprised of an RFID sensor wherein the RFID sensor comprises, a memory chip, an antenna, and a complementary sensor attached to the antenna where the complementary sensor in a pre-calibrated fashion predictably affects the impedance of the antenna.11-12-2009
20090278687WIRELESS IC DEVICE - A wireless IC device includes an electromagnetic coupling module, which includes a feeder circuit board having a wireless IC chip arranged to process transmission and reception signals mounted thereon, and a radiation plate. Linear loop electrodes provided in the radiation plate are electromagnetically coupled to planar electrodes located on a surface of the feeder circuit board. A signal received by the radiation plate drives the wireless IC chip. A response signal from the wireless IC chip is transmitted to the outside from the radiation plate. A frequency of the transmission and reception signals is substantially determined by inductance of the loop electrodes, capacitance between the loop electrodes and the planar electrodes, and stray capacitance generated between lines of the loop electrodes.11-12-2009
20090284376RFID Middleware-Based Sensor Data Stream Processing System and Method - Disclosed herein is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) middleware-based sensor data stream processing system and method.11-19-2009
20090289792DISPOSABLE SENSING DEVICE HAVING RADIO FREQUENCY BASED SENSOR - A sensing device for sensing one or more conditions inside a container is provided. The sensing device comprises a radio frequency based sensor; a support for positioning the sensor in operative proximity to the inside of the container, and a pick-up coil in operative association with the sensor.11-26-2009
20090289795Container And Wireless Tag Reading System - The container for accommodating at least one article bearing a wireless tag that wirelessly communicates with a reader/writer antenna includes a conductor which electromagnetically couples with an antenna of the wireless tag when an interrogation signal is radiated from the reader/writer antenna toward the wireless tag or when a response signal is radiated from the wireless tag toward the reader/writer antenna.11-26-2009
20090289796RFID SYSTEM - A magnetic field focusing assembly includes a magnetic field generating device configured to generate a magnetic field, and a split ring resonator assembly configured to be magnetically coupled to the magnetic field generating device and configured to focus the magnetic field produced by the magnetic field generating device.11-26-2009
20100134288METHOD OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION OF A RADIO BADGE IN A BOUNDARY DETECTION LOCALIZATION SYSTEM - A method of reducing power consumption of a radio badge in a boundary detection localization system is disclosed, in which the radio badge is carried by a tracked target and performs location sampling communication with an infrastructure component of the localization system at the start and end of sampling time intervals such that positions of the radio badge can be estimated. The method includes: determining a velocity of the radio badge; estimating a critical time for the radio badge to reach a critical region through division in which a critical distance from an estimated position obtained at the end of a most recent sampling time interval to the critical region is the dividend, and the velocity of the radio badge is the divisor; and controlling the radio badge to perform location sampling communication with the infrastructure component of the localization system at the end of the critical time.06-03-2010
20090295582METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS AND PEOPLE - An object locating, identifying, tracking, and surveillance system, denoted the Assets Locating, Tracking, and Surveillance System (ALTSS), is provided for managing physical objects and evidence in environments such as police departments, law offices, and the Courts. ALTSS employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, computer programming and database applications, networking technologies, and hardware elements. ALTSS may locate and track physical evidence, merchandise, information carriers like files, folders or individual pieces of paper, and people, under certain conditions, in near-real time. It may be configured as part of a local area network, a wide area network, or the Internet. ALTSS may employ exemplary components such as RFID transponders, scanners, strategically located antennas and computers to facilitate tracking of objects and people as needed. Any number of users having access privileges and connected to the network may access ALTSS directly or remotely via the Internet to locate and track evidence or objects.12-03-2009
20090295581Security Device for Monitoring Integrity of Closed Objects - A security device is a compact and inexpensive device for monitoring the integrity of closed objects that indicates when the state of a monitored condition inside the closed object has changed. The device is small-sized so that it can also be placed inside small closed objects. The device is relocatable inside the closed object. The device comprises a controller and associated memory, a time counter in connection with the controller, sensors communicating with the controller and arranged to sense changes in conditions inside the closet object and indicating means communicating with the controller and arranged to wirelessly indicate invasion against the integrity of the closed object. While the changes in conditions inside the closed object comply with certain predefined conditions the alarm indication can be blocked. The alarm indication of the security device can also be activated and deactivated externally by means of a remote control or automatically.12-03-2009
20090102658Method and Apparatus for Tracking and Monitoring Containers - A tag detects a condition, and selectively operates a portion of its circuitry in first and second modes as a function of information regarding the selected condition, the portion consuming less power in the second mode than the first mode, and being capable of wireless communication according to one of a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol. According to a different aspect, a tag carries out geofencing analysis, and selectively operates a portion of its circuitry in first and second modes as a function of results of the geofencing analysis, the portion consuming less power in the second mode than in the first mode, and being capable of wireless communication according to one of a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol.04-23-2009
20090261975ACTIVE LOGISTICAL TAG FOR CARGO - An active logistical tag for cooperation with cargo elements, said tag comprising: a housing compatible for attachment of said tag to said cargo; a sensor suite for sensing logistical prompts, said prompts including at least one of motion, static magnetic fields and incident electromagnetic radiation; and a transmitter coupled to said sensor suite, for communicating logistical information in response to said logistical prompts.10-22-2009
20090066510METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED PUBLISHING OF CUSTOMIZED PRESENCE INFORMATION - A method and apparatus for automated publishing of customized presence information to one or more mobile devices in a wireless communication network is provided. The method comprises obtaining (03-12-2009
20100102965LOCATION SYSTEM, FOR ASSET OR PERSONNEL TRACKING - A location system, for the tracking of personnel or products for establishing the location of an identification tag attached to a person or product, has the tag comprising a power source; an ultrasonic transducer; a transmitter connected to an output signal from the transducer and capable of transmitting multiple frequencies to establish the unique ID of the tag in question, including a first frequency solely to identify when a tag is about to start transmitting data; the system comprising further a plurality of strategically located ultrasonic receiver; and processing means including a reader incorporating a number of Goertzel filters corresponding to the number of frequencies transmitted to process output signals from the ultrasonic receivers to establish the ID of the read tag and its location.04-29-2010
20100102964MOBILE TAG TRACKING SYSTEM - A mobile tag tracking system for providing mobile security monitoring is provided. The system includes a communications facility, a communications network coupled to the communications facility, and a mobile tag. The mobile tag is coupled to an item to be monitored. The mobile tag has a processor having a memory and for controlling operation of the mobile tag, a radio communications component coupled to the processor for communicating with the communications facility over the communications network for reporting status messages related to the item, a power supply coupled to the processor for providing power to the mobile tag, security sequence generator coupled to the processor for generating binary sequences, a location tracking component coupled to the processor for determining the location of the mobile tag and providing a location signal to the processor, and a clock coupled to the processor. The mobile tag communicates with the communications facility using randomly scheduled communications each including a status message.04-29-2010
20080238676Location based security data provisioning and management via RFID tags - Systems and methods for securely provisioning and managing security data based on location are provided. In an installation having one or more secure locations, a physically secure container having a security data tag is provided in a secure location. Security data required to establish a secure application (e.g., secure communications with a network element or with one or more peripheral devices in the secure location), such as a digital certificate and/or cryptographic keys, is written into the security data tag. Each secure location within an installation may have different security needs and therefore the security data tags in different locations may store different sets of security data. When a reader or device requiring access to an application enters a secure location, the security data is read from the tag and used to establish a secure application.10-02-2008
20080238678DATA GATHERING SYSTEM FOR FLEET MANAGEMENT - A system for a vehicle fleet management comprises a transponder (10-02-2008
20080238674SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY LOCATING AND MANIPULATING POSITIONS ON AN OBJECT - A system for automatically locating positions on an object and uniquely identifying the object employing an electronic tag positioned in or on the object. The system utilizes a plurality of sensors to locate the electronic tag and identify the object, and triangulation techniques to locate positions on the object where the object may be manipulated according to instructions coded with respect to the positions. Advantageously, the present invention may be used for automatically locating specimens on a microscope slide without regards to their positions on the slide, and for uniquely labeling a microscope slide.10-02-2008
20090002168WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER DEVICE AND SIGNAL TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION METHOD THEREOF - A wireless tag reader/writer device of one example of the present invention sends question signals to a plurality of wireless tags at once and receives response signals sent from the wireless tags. The wireless tag reader/writer device sends transmission signals for a plurality of times by changing a transmission power of question signals sent out to the plurality of wireless tags, and obtains the response signals from the wireless tags every time the transmission power is changed.01-01-2009
20090002165METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DETERMINING A LOCATION CHARACTERISTIC OF A RFID TAG - Method and system of determining a locational characteristic of a RFID tag. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader, and a phased-array reading antenna coupled to the RFID reader (the phased-array reading antenna comprising a plurality of antenna elements). The system is configured to determine a value indicative of direction of a RFID tag relative to the phased-array reading antenna based on an analysis of phase of signals induced on each of the antenna elements of the phased-array antenna by a return signal from the RFID tag.01-01-2009
20090002164SYSTEM AND METHOD TO QUICKLY AND ACCURATELY DETECT AND REPORT COMPONENT FAILURES USING RFID - An apparatus for reporting failed components which integrates a radio-frequency identification tag sub-circuit into each component of a system, including a latch controllable by a diagnostic function. The latch has at least two stable modes including an unlatched mode which prevents said tag from transmitting signals upon query by a radio-frequency identification reader, and a latched mode which enables said tag to transmitting signals upon query by a radio-frequency identification reader. The latch is transitioned to said latched mode by the diagnostic function responsive to detection of a failure, fault, or error condition of said component by said diagnostic function. Subsequent “reading” by an RFID reader of the tag allows identification of the failed component without requiring system power or communications busses to be operative, where only failed components respond to the RFID reader, and the latch prevents known-good components from responding to the reader.01-01-2009
20090002173METHOD, SYSTEM AND PROGRAM FOR TRACKING PHARMACEUTICAL SAMPLES - The invention provides a method, system and machine readable program for tracking pharmaceutical samples. A pharmaceutical sample (such as a batch of pharmaceutical products) is provided to be distributed. The pharmaceutical sample is assigned a unique radio-frequency identification tag. The pharmaceutical sample is then tracked through a chain of custody by scanning the radio-frequency identification tag at one or more points in the chain of custody. Other novel features relating to the invention are described herein.01-01-2009
20090002171Device and method for capacitive reading of a code - In one embodiment of the present invention, a reading device and a method for determining an identity code is disclosed arranged at a package for a product. At least one embodiment of the present invention is based on capacitive measurements performed in capacitors formed between antennas of the reading device and communication areas of the identity code. The reading device is provided with an antenna or activation element for decoupling or minimizing perturbation signals generated in an electrically conductive foil of the package.01-01-2009
20090002166System and Method of Generating Recommendations Using An RFID-Enabled Recommendation System - A RFID-enabled recommendation system and related method utilizing information from RFID tags of products (e.g., foodstuffs) to generate recommendations regarding said products. In accordance with one aspect, a server generates recommendations based on product-specific information sent from a RFID tag.01-01-2009
20090027202RFID SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED SWITCHED ANTENNA ARRAY AND MULTIPLEXER ELECTRONICS - An RFID detection system for determining the location of tagged items within an interrogation zone. The system includes one or more printed circuit boards coupled to each other and placed within a region of the interrogation zone. Each printed circuit board contains an antenna array having one or more antennas where each antenna detects the presence of one or more tagged items within a specific read zone in the region. The printed circuit board also contains a multiplexer coupled to the antenna array, where the antenna array and the multiplexer are provided on a substrate. Upon an interrogation request from an RFID reader, a specific antenna can be activated and selected by the multiplexer and tagged items within the antenna's read zone are interrogated. RF signals containing RF identification information are then transmitted back to the RFID reader where a host computer interprets the signals and determines the location of the identified tagged items.01-29-2009
20080246610RF Enabled Surgical Cart and Use of Same in Operating Room Environment - Activities of individuals and the movements/usage of products are monitored in an operating room during a surgical procedure by disposing in the operating room a first transceiver operating in a long wavelength mode in which 99.99% or more of radiated energy is in the form of a magnetic field, for example 131 KHz. A distinguishable radio frequency-enabled identification tag is associated with each of a plurality of persons assigned to the surgical procedure, including for example, doctors, nurses, and/or the patient, and optionally with products to be monitored. A signal is transmitted from the first transceiver and responses from the identification tags are monitored. A log is created from the monitored responses indicative activities of each of the persons in the operating room or of movements of tagged products.10-09-2008
20100201521SAMPLING SYSTEM - The present invention uses a wireless memory/communication device at least on the one or more sample storage devices, preferably on both the one or more sample storage devices and the sampling holder, optionally the port on the equipment as well. Data such as that relating to the vessel, the location of the port on the vessel, the device, its manufacture date or lot number, the date of the installation, sterilization and/or taking of a sample along with the person who installed the device and/or took the sample can be read and preferably added to the wireless device when a read/write type of device as these events occur through a scanner/reader/writer device (fixed or hand held). The sample storage device in the laboratory can also then be read and recorded to track the sample storage device's life.08-12-2010
20100201520SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ITEM LOCATION BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM FIXED RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) READERS AND/OR FIXED RFID BEACON TAGS - The present disclosure describes a system, methods and apparatus for determining location of an item within a space. Each particular item is associated with a particular Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) item tag that uniquely identifies the particular item. A plurality of fixed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers are provided in the space, and each of the fixed RFID readers is fixed at a particular known location within the space. Each of the fixed RFID readers can transmit an interrogation signal. Upon receiving a first interrogation signal from one of the fixed RFID readers, a first RFID item tag transmits a response signal. The first fixed RFID reader receives the response signal transmitted by the first RFID item tag, and can therefore determine that the first RFID item tag is located within a read range of the first fixed RFID reader.08-12-2010
20090058650METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RETRIEVING AND BROADCASTING UPDATED INFORMATIONAL DATA BASED ON LOCATION - A tracking method and system. The method comprises receiving by a tracking apparatus, data comprising informational data segments and associated tracking data segments. The tracking apparatus is moved within a specified proximity of a first location. The tracking apparatus senses the first location. The tracking apparatus retrieves a first informational data segment associated with the first location based on a first tracking data segment. The tracking apparatus requests an updated informational data segment associated with the first informational data segment, the first tracking data segment, and the first location. The tracking apparatus retrieves the updated informational data segment. The tracking apparatus broadcasts a specified portion of the updated informational data segment. The specified portion is dependent on a specified condition of the tracking apparatus.03-05-2009
20080278325Dynamically Programmable RFID Transponder - A radio frequency transponder, or a device that comprises a radio frequency transponder, wherein the radio frequency transponder is operative in invoking self-programming of data stored in the radio frequency transponder. In some implementations the radio frequency transponder selectively enables the transmission of a unique identifier by selectively programming the unique identifier stored in the radio frequency transponder. In various implementations, the radio frequency transponder programs data stored in the transponder by generating a signal that is reactively coupled to the antenna of the radio frequency transponder.11-13-2008
20080278326RFID key switch with integrated key circuitry - A system and method for enhanced security by incorporating RFID processing circuitry within a key switch assembly. The RFID key switch assembly includes four subassemblies; the key/tumbler assembly, rotating and stationary switch contacts, RFID Processing Circuitry and an electrical connection interface. The RFID Processing Circuitry incorporated in the key switch assembly reads RF signals transmitted from an RFID tag embedded in a key inserted into the key switch.11-13-2008
20080284602METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USING RFID IN BIOLOGICAL FIELD - Biological reagent carrier devices and methods are disclosed, which employ RFID techniques to associate information with biological reagents.11-20-2008
20080284600Location management for radio frequency identification readers - A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system for managing and identifying locations for an RFID reader is disclosed. An expected location of a fixed radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is determined. A first signal is transmitted from the reader to a first RFID tag to determine whether the reader is at the expected location. The first tag is a fiducial RFID tag fixed at a first location. In one aspect, the reader receives a first response to the first signal from the first tag. The first response identifies the first location of the first tag. The first location is compared to the expected location. If the first location and the expected location are different, an alarm is triggered.11-20-2008
20080284603Sending service data to an RFID tag while an attached computer system is powered off - An apparatus, system, and storage medium that, in an embodiment, receive service data at a computer system from an RFID tag, where the service data was sent to the RFID tag from an RF transmitter while the computer system was powered off. The RFID tag includes tag memory and an antenna, and the RFID tag is attached to the computer system. In another embodiment, the computer system sends the service data to the RFID tag, and the service data is received by an RF scanner from the RFID tag via the antenna while the computer system is powered off. In various embodiments, the service data identifies the computer system or a product within the computer system. In another embodiment, the service data includes log information associated with the computer system.11-20-2008
20080291023RFID Discovery, Tracking, and Provisioning of Information Technology Assets - Techniques for discovery, tracking, and provisioning of information technology (IT) assets are described. In one implementation, a detection region for radio frequency identifier (RFID) signals is monitored, and any RFID signals associated with IT assets within the detection region are sensed. A detected RFID signal is analyzed to obtain identifying information regarding the IT asset. The identifying information is formatted into an event record, and the event record is stored in a memory. In alternate embodiments, the event record may be further analyzed to determine whether the IT asset complies with a policy specification associated with the IT asset, and a notification of noncompliance may be issued if the IT asset does not comply with the policy specification.11-27-2008
20080291025ADJUSTABLE CONSTRAINING ADAPTIVE INSERT FOR MERCHANDISE SECURITY TAG AND METHOD THEREOF - A security system includes a security device and a spacer. The security device defines a first opening having a first diameter. The spacer is removably positionable in the first opening to create a center opening having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter. The security device includes a magnetically actuable locking mechanism and a housing having the magnetically actuable locking mechanism disposed therein. The locking mechanism includes a magnetically actuable latch, a belt configured to provide a latch mating element for the latch, and a flexible element to bias the magnetically actuable latch and the belt into a locked position. The housing includes a passageway which defines a belt pathway configured to slidingly receive the belt therein.11-27-2008
20080291021SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING THE STATUS OF A CONFERENCE ROOM AND METHOD OF USE - A method for determining availability of a conference room is disclosed. The method comprises transporting a mobile device into a conference room by a user wherein the conference room has an RFID tag, a conference room number, and is identified in a reservation system. The method further includes utilizing the mobile device to retrieve a conference room number by scanning the RFID tag within the conference room. Next, the mobile device is utilized to query the reservation system. The method further comprises determining whether the conference room is currently reserved. Next, the mobile device is utilized to alert the user if the reservation system indicates that the conference room is currently reserved.11-27-2008
20080291024Method and system for locating devices with embedded location tags - One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that locates a set of target transmitting mechanism using a mobile sensing infrastructure. During operation, the system determines a reference frame of a sensing mechanism by detecting signals from at least two transmitting mechanisms. The system further determines locations of the target transmitting mechanism relative to the reference frame using the sensing mechanism. In addition, the system produces a result to indicate the locations of the target transmitting mechanisms.11-27-2008
20100013639LOW POWER ASSET POSITION TRACKING SYSTEM - A low power asset tracking system includes a mobile unit and a base unit, at least one mobile unit being in communication with the base unit. The mobile unit includes a broadcast circuit having a motion sensor for determining motion of the mobile unit in at least one direction and a transceiver for receiving the motion information signal as a function of an output of the motion sensor. A power source powers the mobile unit. An energizing circuit is disposed between the power source and the transceiver for selectively powering the transceiver. The energizing circuit is under the control of the motion sensor to power the transceiver in response to an output of an energizing signal of the motion sensor. The motion sensor outputs the energizing signal upon detection of a motion in at least one direction of the mobile unit in excess of a threshold amount. The system also includes a base station for receiving the motion information and determining a position of the asset as a function of the motion information.01-21-2010
20090033495MOLDABLE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE - This invention relates to molded plastic article having an in-mold label comprising radio frequency identification (RFID) device, and methods of in-mold labeling. In one embodiment of the invention, an RFID label comprises an RFID inlay and a substrate underneath the RFID inlay. The substrate includes a first surface and a second surface, with the RFID inlay disposed on the first surface. A primer is applied to the first surface including the inlay and the second surface of the substrate. A polymer cover is applied over the primer on the first surface and the second surface using slot die coating.02-05-2009
20090033494VEHICULAR MOBILE RF TAGS - A mobile radio frequency (RF) tag for a motor vehicle includes an antenna. A RF transceiver is coupled to the antenna. A processor compatible with a mobile phone protocol is coupled to the RF transceiver. The processor is configured to receive an activation signal and transmit a tracking signal over a control communications channel of the mobile phone protocol. A power lead is coupled to the processor. The power lead is configured to couple to a voltage supply of the motor vehicle.02-05-2009
20080303669Vibration logging tag - A method for tracking vibrational information for an item via an RFID tag is provided. The method includes interrogating the RFID tag at various points throughout the supply chain to obtain vibrational entries for the RFID tag. The vibrational entries are then individually compared to a set of thresholds. The sum of the one or more vibrational entries may also be compared to a different set of thresholds. A designation for the item (e.g., non-operational, potentially damaged, normal) is then assigned based on the results of the comparison.12-11-2008
20080303668Retrofittable radio frequency identification connector - A radio frequency identification connector is configured and arranged to retrofittably connect a radio frequency identification device to a device such as a fall protection and fall arrest safety device.12-11-2008
20080303666Rfid Label Attaching Method, Rfid Label Attaching Device, and Rfid Label - A RFID tag is partially separable from an article to which the tag is applied such that influence on the RFID tag from the article may be reduced thereby. A label is applied to an article, wherein the label is tacked on a backing paper. The label is fixed with a tag-fixed portion fixed with a RFID tag comprising an IC chip and a communication antenna. The tag-fixed portion has a predetermined size and is partitioned from a common label portion. The common label portion is partitioned into a first label portion that is articulated with the tag-fixed portion and a second label portion, from which the tag-fixed portion is separable along a partition line extending across the common label portion from a side of the tag-fixed portion. The method comprises associating the first label portion of the common label portion with a first surface of the article such that the partition line of the label follows a corner line of a corner portion of the article, and applying the label to the article such that the tag-fixed portion articulated with the first label portion is raised from the article.12-11-2008
20080284599Pharma-Informatics System - Compositions, systems and methods that allow for the detection of the actual physical delivery of a pharmaceutical agent to a body are provided. Embodiments of the compositions include an identifier and an active agent. The invention finds use in a variety of different applications, including but not limited to, monitoring of therapeutic regimen compliance, tracking the history of pharmaceutical agents, etc.11-20-2008
20080258918Wireless communication method - To provide a wireless communication method in the case where communication of a wireless signal from a communication device to a semiconductor device can be ensured, communication of a wireless signal can be ensured without using a repeater even when communication of a wireless signal from a semiconductor device to a communication device is difficult due to an external factor such as an obstacle. A plurality of semiconductor devices operate in selectively switching between a first state in which the first wireless signal transmitted from the communication device is received and a second state in which the second wireless signal transmitted from the semiconductor device is received. The semiconductor device in the second state receives the second wireless signal from the semiconductor device in the first state and transmits to the communication device the second wireless signal including detection data for indicating that the second wireless signal is received.10-23-2008
20080238672EVIDENCE TRACKING - A system uses a large loop antenna, connected with a transceiver operating below 1 MHz. The loop antenna is deployed from a spool to surround a crime scene, and may carry indicia communicating that it is a crime scene boundary. The system interrogates devices, including evidence bags and badged personnel, as they enter and leave the scene. The system can optionally log the time of salient events. A second loop antenna can log evidence bags as they enter a vehicle. The devices can be silenced by the transceiver and thus collisions can be reduced and avoided among responses from devices. The system performs “area reads” that would not be possible if higher RF frequencies were employed.10-02-2008
20090315718RFID inlay structure and method of manufacturing RFID inlay structure - RFID tags each having an antenna partially raised from a surface of an underlying object by use of embossments in the RFID inlay base structure. Also disclosed are methods of forming the RFID tags and an RFID system utilizing the RFID tags.12-24-2009
20080291022AUTOMATIC LOCATING SYSTEM - In accordance with the present invention, radio frequency identification (RFID) and short message service center (SMS), or follow-on technology, e.g., Mobile Multimedia Services (MMS) technology is implemented to support an identification and messaging system. A social services server tracks a user's location with a RFID or GPS or similar system and also acquires locations for user-selected contacts which are made available to the system. When a system user is near a user-selected contact or individual within a selected group that the user wants to meet, a message or other alert, such as an SMS message, is automatically sent to the user's cellular telephone or other communications device, telling the user that the selected contact is nearby.11-27-2008
20100127870Detecting Loading and Unloading of Material - An apparatus and techniques for detecting the loading and unloading of materials on a mobile structure are disclosed. The techniques can be used to detect when material is on a support structure of the mobile structure and to detect when the material is off the support structure of the mobile structure.05-27-2010
20080204243Tag Identification System - The present invention relates to a tag identification system comprising: a plurality of tags, each tag being identifiable by an associated tag identifier, and at least one tag comprising at least one link to at least one other tag in said group.08-28-2008
20080231450RFID receive-only system - A receive-only supplemental radio frequency identification (RFID) reader may receive response signals from RFID tags, digitize and interpret those signals, and transfer the resulting data to a primary RFID reader. By relieving the primary RFID reader of some or all of the tasks of receiving, demodulating, and decoding concurrent responses from multiple RFID tags, the primary RFID reader may be made less expensive and/or may devote its resources to other tasks.09-25-2008
20080211674SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INFORMATION RELATING TO MEDICAL FLUIDS AND CONTAINERS THEREFOR - The present invention relates to management of information relating to medical fluids, containers therefor, and medical fluid administration devices for administering such medical fluids to patients. Data tags (e.g., RFID tags) are generally associated with containers of the invention and may be electromagnetically read from and/or written to using an electromagnetic device, for example, that may be associated with a medical fluid administration device of the invention.09-04-2008
20080211670Security module having a secondary agent in coordination with a host agent - The invention is directed to a security module deployed in a host device, which provides a secondary agent that operates in coordination with the host agent in the host device, but operates independent of the host operating system of the host device to independently access an existing communication network interface in the host device or a separate dedicated network interface, if available. In one aspect, the present invention enables robust theft recovery and asset tracking services. The system comprises a monitoring center; one or more monitored devices; a security module in the monitored devices; and one or more active communications networks. Monitored devices may be stand alone devices, such as computers (e.g., portable or desktop computers), or a device or a subsystem included in a system. A monitored device comprises a security module, a host agent and software to support the host agent that runs in the monitored device's OS.09-04-2008
20080252454Clip Chip - A solution to RFID privacy concerns as these concerns relate to consumer goods. The inventive system of this application is known as Clip Chip. It surrenders control of the administration of privacy of personal information from the retailer to the consumer of retail goods. This is accomplished by splitting the RFID transponder into two pieces. On one piece, which is always attached to the consumer item, known as the retained piece, is a unique alpha numeric identifier. On the other piece, which can be detached from the consumer item, known as the detached piece, are the standard EPC data. The two pieces are connected by conductive ink. The consumer is empowered to disable the chip at the point of purchase by tearing the two pieces of the chip in two severing the conductive ink and thereby rendering both pieces of the chip moribund. Furthermore, the Clip Chip system contemplates a method to reconnect the circuit using a secure back end system upon the circumstance of a return of the consumer item for exchange or refund.10-16-2008
20080316034RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) DEVICE WITH A RESPONSE STOP COMMAND - An RFID device is capable of stopping and restarting a response via a response stop command. The device is capable of initializing a part of or the whole of internal data including a response restart set data storage portion. The device is capable of using command data from an external communication equipment to look up response restart data at the restart of a response, deciding a data storage area and content that may be initialized when the restart is possible, and rewriting a data storage portion.12-25-2008
20080231447System and Method for Locating Objects - A system and method for locating objects in an approximate immediate proximity to a user is disclosed. A two-way radio transponder system is employed with a Coordinator as a parent device and multiple Identification Tags as child devices. The system is low-cost and consumes relatively low power using advancement in microcircuit technology and additionally the system employs predetermined timing cycles to further optimize power consumption. The Coordinator has a microprocessor programmed to compare signal strength in successive communication cycles to help determine the proximity of the Coordinator to the multiple Identification Tags. Additionally, in a preferred embodiment, motion sensors are used to assist in determining relative motion between Coordinator and Identification Tags. A USB port is further included for the system to interface with a PC. A method for associating the various Identification Tags, each having a unique electronic address to all others manufactured, with the particular Coordinator is also disclosed.09-25-2008
20080303667RFID and Sensor Signing System - In various embodiments, a method for signing tags associated with objects includes receiving a first identifier associated with a tag. A first signature is generated for the tag based on the identifier and a public key. The first identifier and the first signature are then stored in the tag.12-11-2008
20080204235Fiber optic cable with integral radio frequency identification system - A communication cable, such as an optical fiber cable, can comprise radio frequency identification (“RFID”) elements that facilitate locating and identifying the cable. The RFID elements can provide information about the cable from a remote location, for example when the cable is spooled in a warehouse, buried underground, suspended overhead, or installed in a cable tray. The RFID elements can be attached at defined locations along a plastic tape within the cable. Each RFID element can comprise an antenna that extends lengthwise along the tape and/or circuit traces or other components that are imprinted on the tape. Each RFID element can have a unique code or address, thereby providing a record of manufacturing parameters that are specific to that cable. Also, the unique code can be specific to an incremental length of cable. Accordingly, the RFID elements can yield information about each fiber segment of the cable.08-28-2008
20080272915EQUIPMENT MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - There is provided a system for monitoring a replaceable unit. The system comprises a passive memory device attached to the replaceable unit forming part of an assembly such as an engine. The passive memory is for storing and for providing access to replaceable unit information comprising unit identification and usage information. The system may further comprise an event detector which may be embodied as an electronic engine controller (EEC) operatively connected to the engine, for accumulating the usage information related to the replaceable unit, and for communicating with the passive memory device to update the unit information stored in the passive memory device with the usage information.11-06-2008
20090146816RF ID tag reader utlizing a scanning antenna system and method - An embodiment of the present invention provides an RF ID card reader, comprising RF ID circuitry to generate an RF ID signal, a transceiver in communication with said RF ID circuitry and an array antenna associated with said transceiver for scanning an area for at least one tag and establishing communication with at least one tag.06-11-2009
20110006900METHOD FOR PREVENTING AN UNAUTHORIZED USE OF DISPOSABLE BIOPROCESS COMPONENTS - This invention provides a system and apparatus that is able to authenticate and prevent illegal manufacturing and unauthorized operation of disposable bioprocess components. This invention utilizes a ferro-electric random access memory chip (FRAM) chip to store error-correctable information on a RFID tag attached to the disposable bioprocess components, where the error-correctable information is written in sequence into the memory chip, so that the redundant information can remain in the chip when the RFID tag and disposable bioprocess component is gamma-sterilized. Also, this invention includes a method for authenticating the disposable bioprocess component that reduces liability in that a counterfeit poor quality disposable component is not used on the hardware so the user will not file an unjustified complaint.01-13-2011
20100141447RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking system to track and manage assets. Each asset to be tracked is tagged with an RFID tag, and tracked using RFID readers located throughout a facility. Based on the tracking information, the system allows users to manage assets and generate reports regarding the various tagged assets.06-10-2010
20130120145METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREVENTION LOSS OF ITEM AND PROMPT SEARCH THEREOF - An apparatus for preventing loss of an item and quickly searching for the item includes a slave configured to act as a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag having unique identifier information in an internal tag memory; and a hand-held master configured to function as an RFID reader and to permit the change of at least one of a recognition distance and a recognition width, at which the master recognizes the slave. When the distance between a user and an item is out of a predetermined range, a warning such as an alarm or voice signal is provided to the user, so that it is possible to prevent loss of the item. Alternatively, it is possible to quickly search for a misplaced item whenever the user desires it and has misplaced the same.05-16-2013
20090160650METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ARBITRARY ANTENNA PHASING IN AN ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A method for controlling electronic article surveillance (EAS) transmissions is described. The method includes calculating system parameters associated with one or more of a desired frequency a desired duty cycle, and a desired phase difference between antennas for a transmitter, and initializing a counter with a value based on the system parameters. The method also includes comparing a count from the counter to the system parameters, and modulating EAS transmission signals based on the comparison between the count and the system parameters. An EAS transmitter and an EAS system are also described.06-25-2009
20090085743METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS OF A MOBILE RADIO FREQUENCY READER BASED ON ITS LOCATION - Methods and systems are provided for controlling RF reader operations based the location of the RF reader. One method includes determining that the RF reader is located within a zone associated with an access level and enabling or disabling the RF reader based on the access level. A system includes multiple access ports (APs) defining multiple zones including an access level for the RF reader. The system also includes a switch configured to determine a present zone of the mobile RF reader and enabling the RF reader based on the access level of the present zone. Another system includes means for receiving a signal from an access port and means for determining a location of the RF reader based on the signal, the location associated with an access level. The system also includes means for enabling or disabling the RF reader based on the access level.04-02-2009
20090121875Method and system for locating a dependent - A method and system for locating a dependent by a guardian entity at a locality using RFID technology is disclosed. A RFID tag is situated with the dependent and a plurality of RFID reader devices capable of communicating with the RFID tag are distributed about the locality. A processor is directing communications between the RFID tag and the plurality of RFID reader devices, and is tracking the RFID tag. An authenticating system, which uniquely associates the RFID tag with the guardian entity, validates commands pertaining to the tracking of the RFID tag. The processor upon receiving a validated command generates a response, which includes location information regarding the dependent.05-14-2009
20090160649Contact-less tag with signature, and applications thereof - An arrangement of goods, comprising: a plurality of units of an article, the units equipped with respective contactlessly readable tags; each of said tags comprising a respective memory configured to store a respective signature; the signatures stored in the memories of said tags appearing scrambled relative to one another when read by a reader. Also, a method, comprising: contactlessly reading a first signature from a first tag affixed to a first unit of an article; contactlessly reading a second signature from a second tag affixed to a second unit of the same article, the second signature appearing scrambled relative to the first signature; decrypting the first signature with a key to reveal (I) an identifier associated with the article and (II) a first scrambling code; and decrypting the second signature with the same key to reveal the same identifier and a second scrambling code different from the first scrambling code.06-25-2009
20090160648Method and apparatus for bulk calibrating RFID tags - A method and apparatus for bulk calibrating self-tuning radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags wherein a plurality of the tags are simultaneously exposed to a broadcast RF signal of sufficient strength and for a sufficient period of time to assure self-calibration of all tags.06-25-2009
20090160651IDENTIFICATION BAND - Updateable, customizable identification bands are disclosed herein. The identification band may include a band having an opening therein and at least one transparent surface. An information tag is insertable into the opening and is visible through the at least one transparent surface. The information tag is updateable, customizable or replaceable. The identification band may include accessible digital data storage as well. The identification band may also include a clasp. The clasp may include a male part and a female part, the female part having a cave-like opening that enables the information tag to be inserted into the opening in the band. The male part desirably secures the “cave-like” opening such that a water tight seal is formed.06-25-2009
20090128336METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING FORESTRY PRODUCTS - A method and system for monitoring forestry products are provided in the present invention, wherein at least one active communicating device is disposed on a forestry product, and reading and transmitting devices are also disposed in specific locations for building a monitoring and management mechanism to protect the forestry products from stealing. By means the method and system of the present invention, it is capable of providing real-time monitoring information and collecting evidence of illegal actions immediately so that the management staff can control the situation and status of the forestry products, which is useful for improving the efficiency of forestry management. Meanwhile, the present invention may also help to find those lawless persons who steal and fell illegally the forestry resources so as to ensure the safety of working environment for forest managing staff and sustainable management of forest and natural resources.05-21-2009
20090128331Security Device For Constraining An Article Having An Elongate Element - Systems and apparatus for a security device for an article having a constrained elongate member are disclosed.05-21-2009
20090128332RFID-ENABLED HOLOGRAM LASER TAG - An RFID-enabled hologram laser tag is disclosed, which is primarily comprised of: a hologram substrate; and a radio frequency identification (RFID) module, including an RFID chip; wherein the RFID module is configured into the hologram substrate so as to use a conducting layer of the substrate as an antenna of the RFID module. In a preferred embodiment, the RFID chip can be modularized with another conductive substrate so as to form an interface module, with which the coupling of the hologram substrate with the RFID chip is facilitated. Operationally, as the RFID-enabled hologram laser tag is attached to an object, the position and other relating information of the object can be identified and acquired through the RF signals of the RFID chip so that the RDIF-enabled hologram laser tag, not only is decorative, but also can use the RFID technology to automatically tracking and identification the object attached thereby.05-21-2009
20090085746Signal line structure for a radio-frequency identification system - The invention provides one or more signal line structures that produce an electromagnetic field having a magnitude of at least an interrogation threshold of a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for a substantial portion of an interrogation region. The signal lines may be made from copper and laid across a shelf in a storage area. The electromagnetic field may cause the tag to backscatter radio frequency (RF) signals to an RFID reader via the signal line.04-02-2009
20090085742Apparatus and Method for Programming Identifiers on Print Media - The present disclosure relates to the programming an identifier, such as an RFID tag on a sheet of print media. In the event of an unsuccessfully programmed tag, it may be reprogrammed onto the same or subsequent sheet of print media. A determination may also be made as to whether or not the reprogramming on the same or a subsequent sheet of media requires shifting of the programming originally intended for the same or subsequent sheet of media. In addition, the reprogramming may take place on print media at the completion of a particular print job.04-02-2009
20090085741METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING AN RFID READER USING RFID TAGS - Methods and systems are provided for determining the location of an RFID reader within an environment having a plurality of RFID tags located therein. One method includes activating a tag via an RFID reader and receiving data from an RFID tag. The method also includes transmitting the data from the reader to an access port and determining the location of the reader based on the data. A system includes an RFID tag configured to transmit data when activated by an RFID reader. Furthermore, the system includes an access port configured to receive the data from the reader and a module configured to receive the data and determine the location of the reader based on the data. One RFID reader includes means for activating an RFID tag including data identifying a location of the tag, means for receiving the data, and means for transmitting the data to an access port.04-02-2009
20100194571POINT OF ENTRY AUTHORIZATION UTILIZING RFID ENABLED PROFILE AND BIOMETRIC DATA - A method and system for the authentication of a user at a point of entry. Biometric data can be provided from a remote server after preliminary identification of the user based on identification information wirelessly provided from a portable electronic device carried with the user when the user is located near a point of entry, such as, for example, a border crossing or access point to a secure facility. Such a method and system can incorporate RFID tags, cellular wireless communications data and links, and/or Bluetooth communications link, etc.08-05-2010
20090184824RFID Tag with a Reduced Read Range - A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag is provided that comprises an RFID inlay having a read range. The RFID tag also comprises a facestock or substrate affixed to the RFID inlay. The RFID tag further comprises a radio frequency (RF) altering material affixed to the facestock or substrate that is configured to permanently reduce the read range of the RFID inlay.07-23-2009
20090140861Wireless Tracking System And Method With Extreme Temperature Resistant Tag - A wireless tracking system and method for real-time location tracking of a extreme-temperature sterilizable object is disclosed herein. The system and method utilize a tag attached to the extreme-temperature sterilizable object which includes a housing, a processor, a temperature sensor and a transceiver. If an internal temperature of the tag is detected by the temperature sensor, the tag enters a sleep mode. The temperature sensor periodically activates to determine if the internal temperature of the tag is within an acceptable operating range.06-04-2009
20090002172SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AND MONITORING MOVEMENT OF HUMAN-PROPELLED VEHICLES - A vehicle tracking system includes a wheel containing sensor circuitry capable of sensing various types of conditions, such as wheel rotation, wheel vibration caused by skidding, and specific electromagnetic and/or magnetic signals indicative of particular wheel locations. The sensor circuitry is coupled to an RF transceiver, which may but need not be included within the wheel. The wheel may also include a brake mechanism. In one embodiment, the wheels are placed on shopping carts and are used to collect and monitor shopping cart status and location data via a wireless network. The collected data may be used for various purposes, such as locking the wheel of an exiting cart if the customer has not paid, estimating numbers of queued carts, stopping wheel skid events that occur during mechanized cart retrieval, store planning, and providing location-based messaging to customers.01-01-2009
20090015411MEDICAL PRODUCTS - Disclosed are a medical product and a system for wirelessly identifying a location of the medical product. In an implementation, the medical product has a body like a conventional surgical drape and a module attached to the body. The module is wirelessly communicated with a detector which shows a location of the medical product.01-15-2009
20090015413WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING BIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is disclosed that comprises a transceiver and a component coupled to the transceiver. The component is adapted to collect at least one biological parameter. The transceiver is adapted to wirelessly receive power from a base device, where the power received from the base device is used to power the component.01-15-2009
20090015407RIFID TAGS AND METHODS OF DESIGNING RFID TAGS - RFID tags and methods of designing RFID tags. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are RFID tags comprising a tag antenna, a matching circuit coupled to the tag antenna, a shorting device coupled to the tag antenna and the matching circuit (wherein the shorting device is configured to selectively couple the tag antenna to common), and a tag circuit coupled to the matching circuit and the shorting device (the tag circuit configured to control the shorting device). In one or more such embodiments, a difference between a reflection coefficient of the tag antenna when the shorting device is conductive and a reflection coefficient of the tag antenna when shorting device is non-conductive is greater than or equal to approximately 0.8.01-15-2009
20090015406Television Or Other Display Device With Embedded RFID Reader For Managing Media Collections - A method and system in accordance with the present invention enables the user to access and locate specific media items such as CDs and DVDs quickly and easily, even if there are large number of them located in one space, and they appear to be very disorganized. Additionally, it gives the user the capability of not only locating specific media items, but also instantly viewing information about them, such as title, genre, performer, date of performance, for example, and even to access and link this information with Internet search and sale-type programs.01-15-2009
20090015409Method and System for Determining the Placement of RFID Antennas to Obtain A Readable Region for RFID Tags - This invention presents an apparatus and system and its accompanying method for automatically placing of RFID antennas and a method for obtaining a readable region for passive RFID Tags are disclosed. The apparatus and system include a Portable and Adjustable Mounting Framework (PAMF) with built in chain belt for holding the RFID antennas, an Antenna Position Controller (APC) and Antenna Position Holders (APH) for control the movement of the antennas, a Moveable Object Platform (MOP) for carrying a number of RFID tags and a Computer Integrated System (CIS) with Readable Region Analysis (RRA) software to capture the transmitted and received RF signal from/to the RFID readers.01-15-2009
20090015412RFID Tags for Pallets and Cartons and System for Attaching Same - A method for installing an RFID tag on shipping articles includes applying a strip of conductive material to the surface of the article and providing an RFID chip having a body, a first bottom conductive point, a second bottom conductive point and a nonconductive fin between the first bottom conductive point and the second bottom conductive point. The fin is received in the shipping article. The RFID chip is attached to the shipping article by inserting the chip onto the strip of conductive material on the shipping article such that the fin severs the strip into a first strip and a second strip. The first bottom conductive point is electrically attached to the first strip and the second bottom conductive point is electrically attached to the second strip.01-15-2009
20090072973PHYSICAL AUDIT SYSTEM WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a physical audit system with radio frequency identification (RFID) and a method thereof, which perform physical audit by means of RFID. First, a plurality of electronic tags is set in a physical system and all the physical units included in the physical system, respectively. The plurality of electronic tags records physical configuration data related to the physical system and the physical units, respectively. A radio-frequency writer unit writes the physical configuration data of a newer version according to the physical system and the physical units. Then, a radio-frequency reader unit reads the physical configuration data of the plurality of electronic tags, and transmits the physical configuration data to an integrated data processing device for analyzing and comparing the physical configuration data. It is judged if the physical configuration is identical to comparison data in the integrated data processing device.03-19-2009
20090051535METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROTECTING ARTICLES - The invention relates to a device (02-26-2009
20090066512Transponder device - A transponder device includes a mode selector and a transponder. The transponder, such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, is coupled to the mode selector, such as a mechanical switch, and has a function that is switched selectively between enabled and disabled states upon receipt by the transponder of a wirelessly transmitted switch command when the mode selector is actuated.03-12-2009
20090231137BIOLOGICAL SENSING METER AND DATA COMMUNICATING METHOD THEREOF - This present invention is a biological sensing meter and data communicating method thereof, applying an informative tag of the radio frequency identification technique to express the test item, the shelf expired date, the opening expired date, the sensing predetermined value, the number of test times as well as the test chip examination parameter and other calibration data under different test configurations. With the informative tag of the radio frequency identification technique, the test configuration can be set for testing different items, controlling the expired date of the test chip, and restoring test results of different test items.09-17-2009
20090231135ENHANCED ITEM TRACKING USING SELECTIVE QUERYING - Enhanced item tracking using selecting querying, in which a scan envelope of a mobile reader is defined, items expected within the defined scan envelope are determined, and a low-level query including a tuning parameter that selectively includes or excludes the determined items is generated. The approach also includes transmitting the low-level query via the mobile reader, and outputting an indicia of items that respond to the low-level query.09-17-2009
20090021375METHOD, SYSTEM AND SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR OBJECT IDENTIFICATION - A method, system and support mechanism for object identification is provided. A removable handheld terminal is operable as a stand-alone device. A fixture is connectable to the handheld terminal for a portal use. The terminal includes one or more sensors being automatically or manually activated. The fixture includes a docking member for removably connecting the handheld terminal to the fixture.01-22-2009
20090201155UNIVERSAL TRACKING ASSEMBLY - A universal tracking assembly that is capable of supporting more than one protocol used in electronic article surveillance (EAS) labels. The universal tracking assembly includes an acousto-magnetic (AM) EAS portion with a Radio Frequency (RF) EAS portion. The intrinsic characteristics and properties of the components of these individual labels are utilized to enhance the overall performance and utility of the combined EAS universal tracking assembly.08-13-2009
20090115612ALARM SYSTEMS, REMOTE COMMUNICATION DEVICES, AND ARTICLE SECURITY METHODS - Alarm systems, remote communication devices, and article security methods are described according to some aspects of the disclosure. In one aspect, an article security method includes associating a remote communication device with an article to be secured; using the remote communication device, generating a plurality of electrical signals responsive to receipt of spurious electromagnetic energy and a plurality of wireless signals of a base communication device associated with the remote communication device to form an alarm system; distinguishing the electrical signals generated responsive to the spurious electromagnetic energy from electrical signals generated responsive to the wireless signals of the base communication device; and responsive to the distinguishing, generating a plurality of human perceptible alarm signals corresponding to respective ones of the electrical signals generated responsive to the wireless signals of the base communication device.05-07-2009
20090109030USING A PHYSICAL OBJECT AND ITS POSITION ON A SURFACE TO CONTROL AN ENABLEMENT STATE OF A SURFACE BASED COMPUTING DEVICE - The present invention can include a solution for toggling an enablement state of a surface based computing device using a physical object. In the solution, a physical object external to a surface based computing device can be identified, which is able to be placed on a surface of the surface based computing device. The surface based computing device can detect a change in a positioning of the physical object relative to the surface. Responsive to the change of positioning, an enablement state of the surface based computing device can be changed.04-30-2009
20090002170WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER CONTROL SYSTEM AND WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER CONTROL METHOD - A wireless tag reader/writer control system includes a control apparatus for controlling a plurality of wireless tag readers/writers transmitting a signal to and receiving a signal from a wireless tag by transmitting an electromagnetic wave radiation execution timing arrangement including the time span authorized to radiate an electric wave at a time and the radiation time intervals between radiations of electric wave to each of the wireless tag readers/writers and a plurality of wireless tag readers/writers, each having a reader/writer main body for transmitting a signal to and receiving a signal from a wireless tag and receiving the execution of radiation time intervals between radiations of electric wave from the control apparatus. The control apparatus is adapted to transmit the execution of radiation time intervals between radiations of electromagnetic wave to each of the wireless tag readers/writers and each of the wireless tag readers/writers is adapted to radiate an electromagnetic wave according to the received execution of radiation time intervals.01-01-2009
20090002169METHOD OF PREVENTING FAILURE OF READING WIRELESS TAGS, AND WIRELESS TAG DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A method includes a step of dividing tag IDs of plural wireless tags into groups; a step of sequentially storing tag data items in storage areas provided for the wireless tags, each tag data item including a tag ID and related-tag data constituted by the tag IDs of other wireless tags belonging to the same group as the wireless tag; a step of reading the stored tag data items; a step of generating a list of read tag IDs and a list of related tag IDs, from the tag IDs included in the tag data items read in the tag-data reading step and the related-tag data, and then determining whether the read tags coincide with the related tags; and a step of outputting reading-error data when tag IDs are determined to exist in the list of related tag IDs but not in the list of read tag IDs.01-01-2009
20090002163SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING RFID TAG READING PERFORMANCE - A system and a method for improving the reading range of RFID tags and detecting objects without placing RFID tags on them, through placement of the tags in optimal positions with respect to other elements responsive to electromagnetic waves that are naturally present in the environment of use of the RFID tags. RFID tags are placed in optimal positions with respect to metal surfaces on an object to be detected to enhance their readability based on reflective contributions of the RFID signal from the metal surfaces. Detection of objects possessing metal surfaces without RFID tags placed on them are achieved by placing an RFID tag behind a reader in a reader assembly and relying on the RF energy reflected from the metal surface of the object.01-01-2009
20090207024UTILIZATION OF MOTION AND SPATIAL IDENTIFICATION IN MOBILE RFID INTERROGATOR - A system and method of using motion or spatial identification technology with a mobile RFID reader to detect whether an RFID tag is part of a forklift load or other ambulatory space includes determining if a tag is within a defined space or if a tag is in motion relative to a mobile RFID reader. The system and method determines whether a particular RFID tag is part of a forklift load/space, has been added to or removed, is an extraneous tag, etc.08-20-2009
20090102656Active ID tags for increased range and functionality - An RFID tag that uses multiple components to both receive and send information.04-23-2009
20090102661WIRELESS ASSET IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION - Asset identification and locating systems comprising a plurality of reference location tags and a plurality of asset identification tags, each reference location and asset identification tag having: a transceiver which can control the range of the tag; a unique tag identification number; a plurality of asset identification and locating retrieval units connected to a network, wherein each asset identification and locating retrieval unit will send and/or receive signals from the asset identification and reference location tags.04-23-2009
20090102660Method and Apparatus for Tracking and Monitoring Containers - A tag has a circuit portion that functions as a reader capable of wireless communication with other tags. According to a different aspect, a tag has a circuit portion with first and second modes, the circuitry consuming less power in the second mode than the first mode, and exiting the second mode only in response to an act by a human. According to yet another aspect, a tag can receive wireless communications conforming to one of a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol. The tag responds to receipt of a predetermined wireless signal conforming to the one protocol by carrying out one of first action that includes causing the tag to enter an electronically secure state, or a second action that includes causing the tag to exit the electronically secure state.04-23-2009
20090102659Method and Apparatus for Tracking and Monitoring Containers - A tag has a sensor that can detect a condition in the region of the tag. The tag effects an operational adjustment relating to the sensor based on sensor configuration information in a received wireless signal. According to a different aspect, a tag can receive wireless signals containing positioning information, and wireless signals containing location information indicating with a first accuracy the current location of the tag. The further signals conform to one of a radio frequency identification communication protocol, a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol. The tag determines from the positioning information with a second accuracy greater than the first accuracy the current location of the tag, the tag being responsive to the location information for more rapidly effecting the determination with the second accuracy.04-23-2009
20090102657Method and Apparatus for Tracking and Monitoring Containers - A tag can communicate according to a cellular telephone network communication protocol, and includes one of: passive circuitry, semi-passive circuitry, or circuitry capable of communicating according to a radio frequency identification communication protocol or a satellite communication protocol. According to a different aspect, a tag can receive satellite signals containing positioning information, and can transmit according to one of a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol. According to yet another aspect, a tag can transmit according to each of first and second communication protocols that are each one of a radio frequency identification communication protocol, a cellular telephone network communication protocol, a satellite communication protocol, and a wireless computer network communication protocol.04-23-2009
20090102655MOBILE PRIVACY PROTECTION SYSTEM USING PROXY, PROXY DEVICE AND MOBILE PRIVACY PROTECTION METHOD - A mobile privacy protection system using a proxy, a proxy device, and a mobile privacy protection method are provided. The mobile privacy protection system includes: an electronic tag to store predetermined tag information; a proxy device to adjust a privacy level of the electronic tag; and a home server to create new tag information in response to a request from the proxy device wherein the new tag information is used to adjust the privacy level.04-23-2009
20090251319Article management system, RFID tag, and apparatus for communicating with RFID tag - This disclosure discloses an article management system comprising a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) circuit elements respectively handled in association with articles to be managed; and an apparatus for communicating with an RFID tag, each of the RFID tag circuit elements having an IC circuit part storing tag identification information, own target information, and management position information, and the apparatus having a communicating device; a position-information obtainment portion configured to obtain the management position information; and a position-information display output portion configured to output a signal for displaying the management position information.10-08-2009
20090243856SYSTEM FOR MANAGING CHEMICALS USING RFID - Disclosed herein is a system for managing chemicals using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). A storage facility identification tag, attached to a chemical storage facility in a laboratory, stores the unique identification code of the chemical storage facility and a list of chemicals. A chemical identification tag, attached to the cover of a chemical container, stores the unique identification code of the chemical storage facility and chemical-related information. A mobile terminal, provided with an RFID reader, receives and outputs the unique identification code of the chemical storage facility, the list of the chemicals, and the chemical-related information. A chemical management server receives information, stores the chemical-related information, manages the use details and inventory quantity of the chemical, checks the storage location of the chemical container and provides warning when the storage location of the chemical container is wrong, and provides warning and information about countermeasures when a danger situation occurs.10-01-2009
20100265068SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING SECURITY OF EVIDENCE THROUGHOUT CHAIN OF CUSTODY - An evidence chain of custody system that is application-specific auditable and trackable secure smart mobile containers (SMC) for securely storing evidence items that are collected at crime scenes and search locations pursuant to subpoenas or warrants. Each SMC includes a electronics package that can read RF tags applied to evidence bags or totes placed in the SMC or for oversized items, associated with the event or scene, that are tagged with active RF tags. The electronics package also includes condition sensors and an RF transmitter module to permit remote reporting and monitoring of GPS/RSSI location and condition. The SMC includes an electronic lock that provides access security and an audit trail of all opening, closing, and other events.10-21-2010
20080278328MOBILE RFID READER WITH INTEGRATED LOCATION AWARENESS FOR MATERIAL TRACKING AND MANAGEMENT - A portable RFID reader (or reader/writer) that also employs a location determination subsystem that facilitates determination of the reader (or reader/writer) location. The location subsystem can employ a satellite-based GPS (Global Positioning System) location technology where such signals are unimpeded by structures. Additionally, the location subsystem can employ other terrestrial location technologies that operate inside structures such as warehouses and the factory automation environment.11-13-2008
20090128334RFID Tag Reader Station With Image Capabilities - A system and method is provided for image surveillance of areas of interest for items having radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. These areas of interest are often times unmonitored due to privacy concerns. The present invention discloses an image surveillance system and method, that upon indication of an RFID tag coming within proximity of a portal system having an RFID reader, records one or more images of the area of interest, so as to capture a subject associated with the RFID tagged item moving into or through the area of interest. Such applications for embodiments of the present invention are directed to monitor items of interest in retail stores, restaurants, shipping and receiving locations, and other public areas.05-21-2009
20100156640OPTICAL CONTROL OF RFID CHIPS - A radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes an RFID chip and a photo-active material disposed in proximity to the RFID chip. The photo-active material provides energy—in the form of optical frequency radiation—to the RFID chip that affects (e.g., enhances or inhibits) the performance of the RFID chip and its sensitivity to a reader signal. An infrared (IR) light illuminating a polished backside of an RFID chip enhances or inhibits a read rate of the RFID chip according to an intensity of the IR light. A method for controlling operation of RFID devices includes illuminating a number of RFID devices by a radio frequency (RF) reader field, the reader field being below an operational threshold of the RFID devices, and optically illuminating a selected one of the RFID devices so that the selected RFID device becomes operational and communicates to the RFID reader.06-24-2010
20100176948METHDS AND SYSTEMS FOR ACTIVATING A PROXIMITY INFORMATION DEVICE - A proximity information device includes a body, a radio frequency identification (RFID) integrated circuit (IC) supported by the body, and a threshold detector coupled to the RFID IC. The RFID IC is operative to transmit a response message in response to an interrogation signal if the threshold detector indicates that a detected magnetic and electric field and the relative strength of magnetic field compared to the electric field satisfy a predetermined threshold.07-15-2010
20100176949MOBILE SURVEILLANCE - In some embodiments, a technique for logging an item encountered by a mobile device comprises automatically detecting an item in an uncontrolled environment, extracting an identity associated with the item, logging an encounter, wherein the encounter includes the identity, and deleting the encounter after a predetermined period of time has elapsed, wherein the encounter is not marked as relevant.07-15-2010
20100176947SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF EAS MARKER SHIELDING - A system for detecting electronic article surveillance marker shielding includes electronic article surveillance (“EAS”), metal detection and video analysis subsystems communicatively coupled to a system controller. The EAS subsystem detects EAS markers within a detection zone. The metal detection subsystem detects metallic objects within the detection zone. The video analysis subsystem captures a video image of the metallic object. The system controller determines a probable classification for the metallic object and calculates a confidence weight for the probable classification. If the metallic object is identified as EAS marker shielding according to the probable classification and the corresponding confidence weight, an alert is generated.07-15-2010
20100156641RFID ENABLED TIRE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tire control system for a vehicle is provided includes an RFID tag mounted to the tire and having a unique tire serial number stored within tag memory accessible to an external reader; a pass-through portal operatively entered and exited by the vehicle; one or more tire-directed antenna positioned within the portal for operatively receiving one or more one data transmissions of the unique tire serial number from the tire-based RFID tag; and one or more tire-directed RFID reader coupled to the tire-directed antennas for operably reading and storing within a tire-based database the unique tire serial number data. A vehicle-based RFID tag is mounted to the vehicle having a unique vehicle serial number stored within tag memory and transmitted to an external reader as the vehicle moves through the portal. A data processing computer is coupled to receive the portal-read unique tire serial number and vehicle serial number and conducts of the portal-read unique tire serial number data and the unique vehicle serial number data against prestored reference tire serial number data and prestored reference vehicle serial number data, respectively.06-24-2010
20090051532WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR VARIOUS PRODUCT/PEOPLE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS - A RFID based technology employs central computer(s) (02-26-2009
20090051533Backscattering Different Radio Frequency Protocols - The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for backscattering different radio frequency protocols. In some implementations, a radio Frequency (RF) tag includes an antenna and a storage module. The antenna is configured to receive an RF signal from any of a plurality of readers. Each reader is associated with a different protocol having different time durations. The storage module is coupled to the antenna and configured to store energy associated with the RF signal. In addition, the storage module substantially maintains a voltage in the tag during any of the different time durations independent of an internal power supply.02-26-2009
20100182148METHOD AND DEVICES FOR TRACKING AND MONITORING CONTAINERS IN GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION - A method for tracking and managing containers in a global supply chain based on a network includes steps of providing a container with an electronic device, inputting basic information of said container into said electronic device and performing encryption at a departure point; detecting automatically status of said container during the transportation to generate a status message responsive to the detected status, record into said electronic device in real time and upload immediately to a management center; recording events information into said electronic device when the container passing through the inspection stations and upload to the management center immediately; and finally decrypting and extracting information of said electronic device at a destination point. An authorized subscriber may retrieve and modify basic information of a container at any time through a terminal. The invention also relates a reader and an electronic device for managing and tracking containers in the global supply chain.07-22-2010
20090115609Transaction originating proximate position unattended tracking of asset movements with or without wireless communications coverage - An asset in a group is automatically tracked wherein each asset is tagged, and at least one transport means are associated with at least one Proximate GPS (PGPS) location devices each equipped with a sensor which is receptive to the presence of a known asset. The sensor is able to detect the type of tag(s) associated with assets and associated with the transport means. The transport means transporting a PGPS device during the course of it activities passes by, associates with and/or may relocate a known tagged asset, the PGPS automatically detects the asset tag and stores the first sensed GPS location, asset tag ID, first time in a newly created PGPS record. When the transport means moves away from the asset by greater than a proximate distance set for the PGPS device reader the asset tag no longer is detected and the PGPS device recognizing such creates then adds to an asset transaction history log the previously stored last reading GPS location associated with the asset and last time of reading with associated details. The next time the PGPS is in communication with the PGPS host system the PGPS transaction history log of one or more transactions is transmitted to the host system providing the most recent asset location, associated transaction details and optionally specific relocation location path history for each asset in the transaction history log. Optionally the current location of the transport means can be mapped on the PGPS device in real-time together with the start and end locations of the asset, movement path and other associated information stored in the PGPS data base accessible independent of the host system availability.05-07-2009
20100259389Forgetmenot, radio-frequency identification (RFID) system with verifying interconnected units - A method of using a plurality of units that can be attached to designated article that should remain in close proximity of one another. And if any of the units were to be separated, an alert would be given with indications of which unit(s) is not present.10-14-2010
20100188226DEVICE CONFIGURATION MANAGER AND ABSENT CONNECTION ALERTER - A system and method for notifying a vehicle user that a particular item that is part of a predetermined group of items is missing when the user enters the vehicle. Items that a vehicle user may bring into the vehicle that may be part of the group may be in wireless communications with the vehicle by any suitable communications protocol, such as Bluetooth protocol or an RFID tag. The vehicle will identify whether there is a known group of items entering the vehicle, and if so, determine whether an item from that group of items is missing. If a missing item is detected, the vehicle can then notify the user about the missing item. Additionally, the vehicle can also tell the vehicle user where the missing item is located if the missing item is part of an ad-hoc internet group.07-29-2010
20090079568RFID INTERPOSER WITH IMPEDANCE MATCHING - An RFID interposer has conductive material that includes an impedance matching structure. The impedance matching structure aids in matching impedance between a chip that is to be mounted to the interposer, and an antenna that the interposer is to be coupled to. The impedance matching structures may allow different chips, with slightly different electrical characteristics, to be impedance matched to the same antenna configuration, using the same type of interposer. The impedance matching structure may have any of a variety of configurations in the electrically conductive material of the interposer. The structure may be parts of the chip mounting bond pads, may be part of the conductive electrical connection between the chip bond pads and antenna bond pads, may be part of connections between the chip bond pads and the antenna bond pads, and/or may be only indirectly electrically coupled to the antenna bond pads (such as by capacitive coupling).03-26-2009
20090079567SECURING AN ARTICLE OF VALUE - Embodiments of the invention disclose a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, that is capable of causing an alarm to be played to a user, to prevent a loss thereof. Advantageously, the mobile device also moves to a locked state in anticipation of being lost, thereby to prevent unauthorized use thereof. In a further embodiment, an accessory device is provided. The accessory device can be secured to an article of value that does not natively have radio capability. The accessory device is able to send a control signal to a tag carried on a person of a user, which control signal causes the tag to sound an alarm to notify the user of a potential loss of the article of value.03-26-2009
20090079569Medical system and tracking device - A tracking device and system for tracking medical supplies, in particular, medical trays and their components is disclosed. The tracking device utilizes GPRS/GSM technology to enable an individual to locate and monitor the movement of a medical tray at any given time and for any desired period of time. The tracking system utilizes geo-fences established within buildings to assist in determining the specific location of the medical trays within these buildings. The tracking devices can also be activated by motion sensors to alert the tracking system of a possible theft of the tray. The tracking system incorporates software which enables an individual to determine the location of medical trays, determine the contents of the trays and schedule the use of the medical trays by specific doctors and at specific locations. The tracking system also retains information regarding the doctors, the medical device manufacture representatives, the hospitals and sales of the medical devices.03-26-2009
20100259390TRANSPONDER DETECTOR FOR AN RFID SYSTEM GENERATING A PROGRESSION OF DETECTION SIGNALS - A transponder detector is provided with capabilities for detecting the presence and type of a transponder in its read range while operating at low power. The transponder detector includes an antenna assembly and a detection signal generator circuit coupled to the antenna assembly. The detection signal generator circuit is capable of generating a progression of detection signals on the antenna assembly across a range of frequencies. The transponder detector further includes a response signal receiver circuit coupled to the antenna assembly to receive a progression of response signals from the antenna assembly resulting from the progression of detection signals. A controller is coupled to the response signal receiver circuit which determines the presence and type of the transponder based on an evaluation of a transponder detection parameter in the progression of response signals.10-14-2010
20100188227Anti-theft Device - An anti-theft device monitors objects having a shaft, strap, or similar element. The anti-theft device is comprised of a housing hingably connected to a cover. The housing and cover can move from an open position to a closed position to enclose the shaft or similar element. The housing has a first latch component and contains electronics including an arming switch on its top. When the housing and cover are moved to the closed position, the cover changes the status of the arming switch. The cover has a second latch element which combines with the first latch element on the housing to hold the housing and cover in the closed position. The anti-theft device may be armed or disarmed by a handheld remote. The latching elements may be releasably lockable and may be released by a magnet. The anti-theft device may have passcode protection capabilities.07-29-2010
20120032803SECURITY TAG WITH INTEGRATED EAS AND ENERGY HARVESTING MAGNETIC ELEMENT - An EAS security tag for providing both EAS and battery recharging features within one tag. The tag includes a rechargeable battery and an antenna having a magnetic core and at least one coil winding disposed around at least a portion of the core. The antenna supplies a voltage corresponding to a first frequency or a second frequency when placed within a magnetic field. The tag also includes an EAS circuit having a resonant frequency corresponding to the first frequency, and an energy harvesting circuit having a resonant frequency corresponding to the second frequency, where the battery recharging circuit recharges the rechargeable battery. Depending upon the magnetic field that the tag is exposed to, either the EAS circuit is enabled thus allowing for EAS detection or the energy harvesting circuit is enabled allowing for the battery to be recharged.02-09-2012
20100188225SYSTEM AND METHOD OF READING RFID TAGS AT HIGH SPEEDS - Processing a transponder signal received from a transponder may include providing a first signal that is in-phase with the transponder signal and a second that is off-phase with the first signal. A first transformed signal is generated using the first signal, where the first transformed signal has a first characteristic equal to the first characteristic of the first signal and a second characteristic different from the second characteristic of the first signal. A second transformed signal is generated using the second signal, where the second transformed signal has a first characteristic equal to the first characteristic of the second signal and a second characteristic different from the second characteristic of the second signal. Information incorporated in the transponder signal is obtained using a combination of the first transformed signal and the second transformed signal.07-29-2010
20100188224Method for searching electronic data and system thereof - The invention provides a method for searching electronic data and a system thereof. The method for searching electronic data includes: obtaining identification data from an RFID tag, Generating an authentication key according to the identification data, being connected to a third-party server. The third-party server is to determine whether the authentication key is right. If the authentication key is right, a first operation is allowed to be performed on the third-party server and a destination server address is obtained. A destination server is connected according to the destination server address, such that the second operation is allowed to be performed on the destination server.07-29-2010
20100259388Systems and Methods for Programming an RFID Reader - Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for performing RFID reader updates. As an example, systems are described that include a server, an RFID reader, and a portable update device. The server is operable to provide an RFID reader update via a communication network. The RFID reader has an nfc interface. The portable update device is operable to receive the RFID reader update via the communication network, and to transfer the RFID reader update to the RFID reader via the nfc interface.10-14-2010
20100001862Method for authenticating radio frequency identification - Embodiments of the invention provide a method of authenticating an item by affixing an RFID chip to the item. In one embodiment, an authentication method comprises providing an RFID chip having a unique ID readable by a device; applying the chip to an item via an adhesive; associating the ID of the chip with the item at a first point in time; and at a second point in time later than the first point in time, authenticating the item by reading the ID of the chip applied to the item and comparing with the ID associated with the item at the first point in time. The RFID chip cannot be easily removed and preferably cannot be removed without visible evidence of tampering, more preferably without destroying the RFID chip so that the ID of the RFID chip cannot be read.01-07-2010
20100225482RFID TAG, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING CHANGE OF RFID TAG ENVIRONMENT - Provided is an RFID tag suitable for detecting a change of the RFID tag environment in real time by a simple and low-cost system. The system and the method for detecting a change of the RFID tag environment are also provided. An RFID tag (09-09-2010
20100277320RFID Keypad Assemblies - The present invention relates to RFID keypad assemblies and, more particularly, to embodiments of RFID keypad assemblies having two or more keys, such as keys that are depressible by a person's finger, each key being associated with a RFID transmitter and capable of enabling the transmitter to transmit a signal that may be read by a compatible RFID reader. Activation of a key may, depending on the embodiment, either enable or disable transmission of any particular RFID transmitter with which it is associated. This provides a RFID keypad assembly that may be made and used as a wireless communication device. Examples of practical applications for a RFID keypad assembly include, but are not limited to: confirming an identity, controlling an object, and requesting a service. Embodiments of RFID keypad assemblies of the present invention may include any of a wide range of variations to enable their use for a diversity of practical consumer, commercial and industrial applications.11-04-2010
20100277321RFID Detection System and Methods for Enhanced Marketing - Systems and methods are disclosed for interactively marketing product information to an end user by monitoring the three-dimensional position of a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag associated with an object within and around a merchandising display. The system includes a detector/reader incorporating circuitry for detecting changes in the three-dimensional position of an RFID tag from the detector/reader and for triggering the display of information relative to the product if a detected change in the three-dimensional “read zone” position is detected. The systems as described herein may be used to interactively display marketing material relative to a chosen object, or cross-sell related objects.11-04-2010
20100225481TELEMETRY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A telemetry system is disclosed herein. The telemetry system includes a transmitter configured to provide tracking data, and a receiver adapted to define a coverage area. The receiver is configured to receive the tracking data from the transmitter only when the transmitter is within the coverage area. The telemetry system also includes a processor configured to receive the tracking data from the receiver. The processor is configured to estimate the location of the transmitter when the transmitter is outside the coverage area based on the tracking data.09-09-2010
20100225480RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNAL ACQUISITION AND SOURCE LOCATION SYSTEM - A radio frequency signal acquisition and source location system, including a first signal acquisition and source location module comprising an RF transceiver coupled to an antenna, the antenna provided with a electronic steering circuit. The antenna operative to launch an interrogation signal, the interrogation signal steerable by an electronic steering circuit. A processor operatively coupled to the RF transceiver and the electronic steering circuit, the processor provided with a data storage for storing a signal data record for each of at least one response signal(s) received by the RF transceiver(s). The signal data record including a signal identification, a received signal strength indicator and an RF signal direction along which respective signal(s) are received by the antenna, the RF signal direction derived from the electronic steering circuit. A position logic operative upon the data record(s) deriving a three dimensional signal origin location of each response signal.09-09-2010
20100238032SHIPPING CONTAINER INTEGRITY DEVICE AND SYSTEM - Disclosed is a remotely monitorable shipping container security and integrity system and radio frequency identification device. The system permits remote monitoring of shipping containers via RFID devices capable of data storage. The RFID devices are adapted to become at least partially non-functional in the event of substantial tampering.09-23-2010
20100253521Methods, Systems and Articles of Manufacture for Monitoring Subjects within a Facility - A monitoring system includes a plurality of display devices located throughout a facility, and a data server in communication with the display devices. Each subject within the facility has an information tag attached thereto that contains subject identification information. A plurality of information tag readers in communication with the data server are located throughout the facility. Each information tag reader is configured to activate and read subject identification information from an information tag of a subject who comes within a predetermined distance of the reader. If the reader is located near a display device, the data server displays subject information for the identified subject on the display device. Displayed subject information includes identification information for of a subject and one or more coded icons adjacent to the identification information, wherein each coded icon provides information about a respective subject attribute.10-07-2010
20100253519UNDERDECK CARRIER SYSTEM FOR MOBILE CONTAINERS FOR SEGREGATING PRODUCT TYPES IN COMMON SHIPMENT - A transportation system for secure, auditable and trackable smart mobile containers (SMC) for securely shipping less than truckload volumes of products that require special handing segregation as controlled products, such as ethical drugs, along with general, non-controlled merchandise. Dedicated semi-trailer lockers are secured under the deck I-beam framing, including lockable fold-down doors that become ramps for loading/unloading. The lockers are mounted back to back along the center line of the trailer under-deck. Each SMC includes a electronics package that can read RFID tags, has condition sensors and an RF module to permit remote monitoring of location and cargo/container conditions. The SMC can include an electronic lock that provides access security, and an audit trail of all opening and closing events.10-07-2010
20100141448SWITCH FUNCTION EQUIPPED TAG, TAG MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, TAG MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND TAG MANAGEMENT METHOD - A tag management apparatus that reads individual information on objects to be managed from an IC tag attached to each of the objects to be managed and manages the objects to be managed, the apparatus includes: a switch function equipped tag that is disposed at each of a plurality of locations where the objects to be managed are arranged and can switch at the location in response to a predetermined operation by a user between a valid state in which the switch function equipped tag can be read by a read unit and an invalid state in which the switch function equipped tag cannot be read by the read unit; and a management section that associates location information read from the switch function equipped tag with the individual information on each of the objects to be managed read out from the IC tag for management.06-10-2010
20090027205Article sales data processing apparatus - An article sales data processing apparatus comprises a wireless tag reading unit configured to read data in a wireless tag attached to an article, a processing unit configured to process sales data for the article sold as one transaction, on the basis of the data in the wireless tag read in the wireless tag reading unit, a judgment unit configured to judge whether to invalidate each of the wireless tags whose data has been read in the wireless tag reading unit, and an invalidation unit configured to invalidate the wireless tag judged to be invalidated by the judgment unit.01-29-2009
20100253520DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FORWARDING DATA FROM RFID DEVICES - A device, method and system for forwarding data from a number of RFID devices, wherein data, e.g. ID and/or sensor data, is wirelessly received from the RFID devices (10-07-2010
20100141449LPRF DEVICE WAKE UP USING WIRELESS TAG - A wireless transceiver includes: (a) a low power radio frequency (LPRF) communications component capable of powering down to conserve energy and capable of powering up in response to an electronic signal, the LPRF communications component including a transmitter and a first receiver; and (b) a second receiver that is configured to screen a radio frequency broadcast and provide, on the basis of specific data identified therein, the electronic signal to the LPRF communications component in order to power up the LPRF communications component. The second receiver is adapted to draw less current than the LPRF communications component while awaiting receipt of and listening for a radio frequency broadcast.06-10-2010
20100134287METHOD OF DETECTING A CONTERFEIT RFID TAG - A method for determining a counterfeit from authentic RFID tag includes: assigning a unique tag identification number T wherein T=tag identification number TID; locking the unique number T into tag memory; assigning a secondary unique number E wherein E=a unique electronic product code EPC; locking the unique number E into tag memory; deriving a kill password K calculated based on an encryption algorithm f wherein K=f(T,E); locking the kill password K into tag memory; reading from the tag T′=TID; E′=EPC; and K′=kill password; calculating an expected kill password K06-03-2010
20100201522PRODUCT FIXTURE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING PRODUCT FIXTURES - A system and method for monitoring the status of various types of fixtures and products sold in commercial, e.g., retail environments. The system is arranged to automatically detect and notify store personnel of undesirable conditions, specifically: out of stock, low-stock, and rapid product dispensing or removal. The system consists of an FMS Intelligent Controller (FMS-IC) which is a microprocessor based input/output device mounted on the monitored display device or fixture, and sensors that are connected to inputs used to trigger the FMS-IC when a sensor senses the presence of an item of merchandise to be monitored. The FMS is battery powered and is used with various embodiments of fixtures that may be mounted to shelves within the retail environment.08-12-2010
20090289793Method and System for Controlling the Traffic Flow Through an RFID Directional Portal - A system having a first motion sensor configured to sense movement of an object on a first side of a portal, the object including an RFID tag, a first RFID reader being activated by the first motion sensor when the first motion sensor senses movement of the object, the first RFID reader reading the RFID tag, a second motion sensor configured to sense movement of the object on a second side of the portal and a second RFID reader being activated by the second motion sensor when the second motion sensor senses movement of the object, the second RFID reader reading the RFID tag, wherein, when one of the first and second motion sensors sense movement of the object, the other one of the first and second motion sensors is deactivated for a predetermined period of time.11-26-2009
20090322533Methods and apparatus for monitoring and guiding human subjects interacting with objects - Motion detecting devices may be used to help monitor and guide human subjects interacting with objects. An activity monitoring station may receive an interaction schedule for a human subject. The schedule may list objects with which the human subject is scheduled to interact. The station may receive motion data from a motion detecting device worn by the subject and a device situated on or in an object. The station may generate a motion alignment score, based on the motion data, and may determine that the subject has interacted with the object, based on the alignment score. The station may also automatically determine whether the interaction is an approved interaction or a disapproved interaction, based on the schedule. The station may automatically cause an approval or disapproval signal to be generated for the human subject. Interaction reports may be generated and transmitted to caregivers. Other embodiments are described and claimed.12-31-2009
20090322531CRYPTOGRAPHIC LOCK, METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF AND SECURE CONTAINER EMPLOYING THE SAME - Various cryptographic locks for securing assets, secure containers and methods of operating a cryptographic lock. One embodiment of a cryptographic lock includes: (1) a shape memory alloy (SMA) having a first and second phase, wherein the first phase inhibits access to an asset and the second phase allows access to the asset and (2) an RFID transponder, coupled to the SMA, configured to receive an authentication signal from an RFID transceiver and, based thereon, energize the SMA to temporarily change the SMA from the first phase to the second phase.12-31-2009
20090243857CONTAINER WITH AN OPENING PROVIDED WITH A RECORDING MEDIUM - A container with an opening provided with a recording medium, which is provided for preventing reading of information on the recording medium from the time of factory shipment to the time of use, and which can be set on an external device by the user without forgetting to enable reading from the recording medium at the time of use, is inexpensively accomplished. The container with an opening provided with a recording medium, from which recorded information is able to be read, includes a seal attached to the recording medium. The seal includes a read-blocking section for blocking reading of the information recorded on the recording medium and an extending portion for sealing the opening of the container.10-01-2009
20090184825RFID Transponder Used for Instrument Identification in an Electromagnetic Tracking System - A system and method for instrument identification in an electromagnetic tracking system. The system and method comprising at least one electromagnetic transmitter and receiver assembly; at least one medical device or instrument removably coupled to the at least one electromagnetic transmitter or receiver assembly; and an RFID transponder attached to the medical device or instrument. The RFID transponder is programmed with data including a unique identifier for identifying the medical device or instrument it is attached to. The at least one electromagnetic receiver or transmitter assembly is configured to read data including the unique identifier from the RFID transponder for identifying the medical device or instrument removably coupled to the to the at least one electromagnetic transmitter or receiver assembly.07-23-2009
20090040047RFID System and Method of Communication Therein - Disclosed is an RFID system. The RFID system comprises a plurality of RFID tags and an RFID reader. The RFID reader communicates with the plurality of RFID tags. The RFID reader is capable of sending a signal, which represents a time gap required in successive responses of each RFID tag of the plurality of RFID tags to the RFID reader. Each RFID tag of the plurality of RFID tags is capable of maintaining the time gap in successive responses to the RFID reader.02-12-2009
20090322534SYSTEMS OR METHOD FOR TRACKING DIE USE OR YIELD - A company cutting leather pieces for assembly into a desired number of products, such as automobile interior components, wishes to cut the number of pieces of each or several patterns that are required to create the desired number of final products. The company may also, or alternately, wish to determine the yield of cut products from a particular hide. An RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag containing information related to a pattern identity associated with each die may be placed onto each die. Dies placed on a hide for cutting may be polled to update a count of each pattern cut or to be cut. A hide may be scanned and fitted with an RFID tag containing information related to the area of the hide. Dies may be placed on the hide and the hide and dies polled to enable a comparison of the area of the hide with the total area of the patterns associated with the dies.12-31-2009
20090322529DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR SECURITY SYSTEM FOR INVENTORY - A design structure embodied in a machine readable storage medium for designing, manufacturing, and/or testing a design is provided. The design structure includes a security system for inventory that automatically detects removal of inventory items from an area or areas protected with security sensors. A person removing the item then scans an identifying code of the item, such as its bar code or radio-frequency identification (ARFID@) tag, with a device such as a portable shopping assistant device; if the item is not scanned in an appropriate manner, such as within a particular a time period, then theft of the item may be suspected. Information for completing a purchase transaction can be sent from the portable shopping assistant device. In this manner, items can be purchased directly from the protected areas.12-31-2009
20090322532System for Locating and Describing - A system includes a tag associated with an item wirelessly transmitting data; a network device receiving the data and determining a location of the item; and a mobile unit receiving the location of the item from the network device. The mobile unit further receives the data from the tag and outputs a description of the item based on the data.12-31-2009
20090322530DIGITAL ID TAG FOR LOST OR STOLEN ELECTRONICS DEVICES - In some embodiments, a method of retrieving an electronics device may include one or more of the following steps: (a) accepting a purchase order for a DID from a user, (b) linking a tracking number to a tracking element to create the DID, (c) sending the DID to the electronics device, d) writing a jump copy to a database, (e) sending an instructional message to the user instructing the user how to place the DID on their electronics device, (f) saving the DID to the database, (g) requesting details regarding the electronics device, (h) storing the electronics device details in the database, (i) saving a user selected image to the database, (j) accessing available DID for use with the electronics device, (k) accessing dimensions of a display for the electronics device from the database, (l) downloading an image to a computer, and (m) transferring the image from the computer to the electronics device.12-31-2009
20090072974Tape Processing Apparatus, Tag Label Producing Apparatus, Tag Assembly, and Tape Processing Method - [Object] To realize smooth manufacturing of tag tape and RFID labels.03-19-2009
20090072976METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR DETACHING AND COLLECTING AN IC TAG FROM A PAPER SHEET TO WHICH IT IS ATTACHED - In order to efficiently detach and collect an IC tag (03-19-2009
20090115610Sensor/Actuator Arrangement and Method for Locating and Guiding Moving Objects and/or People in an Area With the Aid of a Sensor/Actuator Arrangement - A sensor/actuator arrangement has at least one sensor element and/or at least one actuator element, and also at least one transmission/reception unit which has at least one first transmission/reception element and a second transmission/reception element for sending and/or receiving signals, wherein the first transmission/reception element is set up such that an identification information item contained in the first transmission/reception element can be read wirelessly using a first communication channel, and wherein the second transmission/reception element is electrically coupled to the at least one sensor element and/or to the at least one actuator element such that the second transmission/reception element can be used to send a sensor signal provided by the at least one sensor element using a second communication channel, and/or an actuator control signal received using the second communication channel can be provided on the at least one actuator element.05-07-2009
20090115608SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING AND USING DATA FROM A LOCALIZED LOCATION AND TELEMETRY SYSTEM IN A WIDE AREA LOCATION AND TELEMETRY SYSTEM - A wide area location and telemetry system may include a wide area location and telemetry system server that is configured to determine wide area location and telemetry system data about an object when the object is located within the coverage area of the wide area location and telemetry system. The wide area location and telemetry system server may also be configured to receive localized location and telemetry system data about the object when the object is located within the coverage area of a localized location and telemetry system. The wide area location and telemetry system may also include a database and a database manager. The database manager may be configured to store the wide area location and telemetry system data and the localized location and telemetry system data in the database.05-07-2009
20110032100WIRELESS TAG AND METHOD OF PRODUCING WIRELESS TAG - According to an aspect of the invention, a wireless tag includes a base member that is flexible and on a surface of which a wiring pattern is formed, a wireless circuit chip that is mounted on the base member and connected to the wiring pattern; protective members that cover the base member and the wireless circuit chip and are lower in hardness than the base member, and a plurality of spherical projections that are arranged on the surfaces of the protective members, higher in hardness than the base member, and so arranged as to interfere with other adjacent spherical projections when at least the protective members are bent beyond a predetermined angle.02-10-2011
20100219953Radio Frequency Environment Object Monitoring System and Methods of Use - A method and apparatus for monitoring untagged objects in a target area including calibrating a radio environment monitoring system including a rules engine and a baseline data set for a target area by recording a set of changes to the RF environment fingerprint of the target area received by the radio environment monitoring system as the target area is filled with objects. During system operation, scanning the target area with the radio environment monitoring system for a current RF environment fingerprint, comparing the current RF environment fingerprint with the baseline data set by a rules engine and reporting an output of the rules engine.09-02-2010
20100219952Property Retrieving System - An operating unit is fixedly mounted to a property as being accompanied with an active type RF tag unit. When the property to be retrieved is demanded by a user using an upper level unit, its demand is transferred from the upper level unit to an installation type transceiver unit, from the installation type transceiver unit to the active type RF tag unit, and from the active type RF tag unit to the operating unit which then directs the alarming means to emit at least either lights or sounds. This allows the user to recognize the location of the property in a warehouse. When the property is moved, its assigned active type RF tag unit is detached from the operating unit.09-02-2010
20080278324Article Position Management System, Article Position Management Method, Terminal Device, Server, and Article Position Management Program - There is provided an article position management system which can determine where an article is present with high accuracy and manage the position of the article such that no article is left unchecked. Illumination sections (11-13-2008
20080231452Tracking surgical implements with integrated circuits - A system and method of tracking medical products provides for associating a group of medical products with a group location based on a group radio frequency identification (RF ID) device signal, where the group includes a first unit and a second unit. The first unit is associated with a first remote location based on a first unit RF ID device signal. The method further provides for associating the second unit with a second remote location based on a second unit RF ID device signal. The signals uniquely identify the units and the group.09-25-2008
20080266093MONITORING FOR RADIO FREQUENCY ENABLED ITEMS BASED ON SHARED GROUP ACTIVITY PROFILES - A method, radio frequency ID reader, and wireless communication device monitor radio-frequency identification enabled items associated with a group activity. The method includes receiving a set of radio frequency IDs representing a set of radio frequency ID enabled items (10-30-2008
20090109032Detection Apparatus and Method for Near Field Communication Devices - A near-field communication circuit (04-30-2009
20090109031Method of and System for Finding Physical Locations of Servers - A method of and system for finding the physical location of a server positions a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at known locations in an area. Each RFID tag has unique location information. A server is coupled to a collocated RFID tag reader. Upon power up, the server performs a scan with its collocated RFID tag reader. The server determines its physical location with respect to at least one scanned RFID tag. The server storing its physical location of said server. Upon receiving a location request, the server returning its physical location.04-30-2009
20100295681METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REAL-TIME LOCATION OF ASSETS - A method and apparatus involve a plurality of first devices, and a second device movable relative thereto. According to one aspect, the first and second devices respectively transmit first information and second information containing unique identification codes, the first information also containing position information. The devices collectively include circuitry that estimates distances therebetween, one of the first and second information including the estimate. According to a different aspect, one of the second device and each first device transmits its identification code, and the devices collectively include circuitry that determines two successive sets of estimates representing respective distances between the second device and each first device. One of the second device and each first device transmits information that includes both estimates for that first device, and identification codes for the second device and that first device.11-25-2010
20090189767ASSET TRACKING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - An asset tracking system includes a server, a plurality of readers in communication with the server, and a plurality of radio frequency identification tags. Each of the plurality of readers is coupled to at least two antennas. The at least two antennas receive signals from a plurality of radio frequency identification tags.07-30-2009
20130135106ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM USING RFID TAGS - A detection unit positioned on a package includes a magnet, a first magnetic switch, a second magnetic switch, a processor, and a clock. The first magnetic switch outputs a first control signal or a second control signal according to magnetic flux density of the magnet. The second magnetic switch outputs a third control signal or a fourth control signal according to the magnetic flux density of the magnet. The first control signal is the same as the third control signal; the second control signal is the same as the fourth control signal. When the processor receives the first control signal and the third control signal at the same time, the processor reads a first real-time clock (RTC) signal from the clock. When the processor receives the second control signal and the fourth control signal at the same time, the processor reads a second RTC signal from the clock.05-30-2013
20100302036IC TAG ISSUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An IC tag issue management system includes an ID numbering DB which stores an ID and a status of the ID, and an ID history DB which stores the ID, a history number indicating a reuse history of the ID, and a usage history indicated by the history number correlated with each other with each other. The IC tag issue management system numbers the ID with the usage history having a time elapsing from a starting date of the usage history in which the end date is not stored in the ID history DB passing over a predetermined ID-non-reusable period in response to a request for numbering the ID to be written into the IC tag when the unnumbered ID which has not been allocated to the IC tag, and the ID having the status of the ID numbering DB set in the “unused” status do not exist.12-02-2010
20100134290METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RFID TAG PLACEMENT - Systems and methods for placing RFID tags on objects are shown and described. The method includes scanning an object and analyzing one or more reflected signals from the to determine a suggested location for placement of an RFID tag. The scan can be accomplished using a scanning device having an antenna that operates in the near field of the object to measure at least one RF property of the reflected signal from the object.06-03-2010
20100134289RFID READER CONTROLLING DEVICE, INTERLOCKING METHOD FOR RFID READER, AND RFID READER CONTROLLING METHOD - An RFID reader controlling device based on a plurality of RFID reader protocols receives control instructions for controlling RFID readers from application devices providing services, and confirms RFID reader protocol types corresponding to control instructions to confirm whether communication channels corresponding to RFID reader protocols are generated. Further, the RFID reader controlling device transmits the control instructions to the RFID readers through the communication channels and transmits the control results of the RFID readers corresponding to the control instructions.06-03-2010
20110025503Item tracking in storage drawers - An item monitoring system for tracking and reporting absence of items such as tools from assigned storage locations. Non-contact sensors are used to capture a mosaic of sensed areas that are processed and compared to previous sensed areas identifying change in the presence or absence of items. When a change is detected the item inventory for the storage location is changed to reflect latest status of present or absent. Scaled to a plurality of storage drawers the item monitoring system provides automatic item inventory status for large storage cabinets which may be linked to a central processing system or queried by hand held terminal.02-03-2011
20090066513Object detecting device, object detecting method and object detecting computer program - When object detection means, for detecting ID information and a position of an object from outputs of a wireless tag reader, a human detection sensor, and a camera, determines that data relating to first object ID information and data relating to second object ID information, corresponding respectively to first time and second time on which human detection data indicating a presence of a human is obtained, are different from each other, the object detection means calculates a difference between first image data and second image data corresponding to the respective times to thereby detect the object position.03-12-2009
20090066511INFORMATIONAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CAGES - An information management system, livestock management system and cages with which chickens can be managed as individual units. A tag reader 03-12-2009
20110018712METHOD, READER AND SYSTEM FOR FINDING OBJECTS - In an object finding method for finding an object (01-27-2011
20110025504USB Hosted Sensor Module - A USB hosted sensor module, comprising: a substrate; a sensor mounted on the substrate; and a USB connector extending from the substrate, the USB connector capable of electrically coupling to a USB port of a host device, the USB connector capable of drawing power from the USB port of the host device to provide electrical power to the USB hosted sensor module; and a processing device mounted on the substrate, the processor capable of supporting a first communication channel and a second communication channel, wherein the first communication channel is between the USB hosted sensor module and an external communication device, wherein the second communication channel is between the USB hosted sensor module and the host device.02-03-2011
20110115630LABORATORY SAMPLE CARRIER TRAY AND TRACKING METHOD05-19-2011
20110115629TRACKING COMPLIANCE OF PERSONAL PROTECTION ARTICLES - Methods and systems for tracking compliance of personal protection (PP) articles in working environments. Tracking compliance includes providing at least one PP article configured with a smart tag; providing at least one predetermined criterion that governs compliance with respect to the at least one PP article in a particular working environment; tracking the PP article by retrieving smart tag data; and determining whether the smart tag data satisfies at least one predetermined criterion; and storing data relating to results of the determination.05-19-2011
20090033496SYSTEM TO EFFECTUATE POINT OF USE CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF MONITORED ARTICLES - The method and system for a material cabinet for use in cooperation with a plurality of articles stored in the material cabinet is disclosed. Each of the plurality of articles having a radio frequency identification tag attached thereto is connected through at least an antenna or a plurality of antennas installed in the material cabinet to a radio frequency identification reader, which is interpreted through a software in a computer system. This method and system has capability to effectuate point of use control of the stored articles through a database in the computer system. This method and system also implements a security mechanism through a lock system to secure the store articles from unauthorized user/stock clerks.02-05-2009
20100141446METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY TRACKING AND CONTROLLING THE USAGE OF REMOVABLE HARD DRIVES - A method and a system for automatically tracking and controlling usage of a first set of components, including the steps of receiving data from one or more radio frequency identification (RFID) tags electrically coupled with a second set of components; checking whether the first set of components are permitted to communicate with the second set of components; and enabling the first set of components to transfer data between the first and second set of components when communication is permitted.06-10-2010
20100164724Amplitude Shift Keying Demodulator and Radio Frequency Identification System using the same - An exemplary amplitude shift keying (ASM) demodulator and a radio frequency identification (RFID) system using the same are provided. The ASM demodulator is adapted to demodulate an alternating current input signal and generate a demodulated envelope signal. The ASM demodulator includes a signal input terminal group, an input rectifier circuit, a current mirror circuit electrically coupled to the input rectifier circuit, an output stage electrically coupled to the current mirror circuit, and a low pass filter electrically coupled to the output stage. The input rectifier circuit is electrically coupled to the signal input terminal group and adapted to perform a rectifying operation applied to the alternating current input signal. The input rectifier circuit includes a plurality of electrically coupled transistors and a gate electrode of each of the transistors is unconnected with a source electrode and a drain electrode itself.07-01-2010
20110241882MOBILE TERMINAL, LOCATION-BASED SERVICE SERVER, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - A mobile terminal including a position detection unit that detects a current position of the mobile terminal; a communication interface that transmits the detected current position to a server, and receives, from the server, a plurality of tags corresponding to services provided in an area surrounding the current position of the mobile terminal; a status detection unit that detects a current status of the mobile terminal; a tag determination unit that determines a tag corresponding to the current status of the mobile terminal; a tag comparison unit that determines at least one recommended service by comparing the tag corresponding to the current status of the mobile terminal with each of the plurality of tags corresponding to services provided in an area surrounding the current position of the mobile terminal; and 10-06-2011
20090219156Cell Phone Detection and Identification - A security tag affixed to a mobile phone for monitoring, tracking, and securing the mobile phone within a protected region. The security tag includes: a tag antenna operable at a low radio frequency not exceeding one megahertz; a tag transceiver operatively connected to the device antenna, the transceiver operable to receive radio signals at the low radio frequency and generate data signals at the said low radio frequency, in response thereto; and a microcontroller operatively coupled with the transceiver, the microcontroller being configured to cause the transceiver to emit a signal when the mobile phone is exiting the protected region.09-03-2009
20110084839DATA CENTER EQUIPMENT LOCATION AND MONITORING SYSTEM - A data center equipment location system includes both hardware and software to provide for location, monitoring, security and identification of servers and other equipment in equipment racks. The system provides a wired alternative to the wireless RFID tag system by using electronic ID tags connected to each piece of equipment, each electronic ID tag connected directly by wires to a equipment rack controller on the equipment rack. The equipment rack controllers then link over a local area network to a central control computer. The central control computer provides an operator interface, and runs a software application program that communicates with the equipment rack controllers. The software application program of the central control computer stores IDs of the equipment rack controllers and each of its connected electronic ID tags in a database. The software application program in operation receives information from the electronic ID tags in real time enabling the central control computer to monitor the status, such as temperature and movement or tampering of each piece of equipment through its connected electronic ID tag. Further, the software application program can send a signal to an individual electronic ID tag to activate a sensory indicator to enable a technician(s) to locate a piece of equipment that is in need of repair or replacement.04-14-2011
20110084840Key Device for Monitoring Systems - Exemplary systems, methods and other means for providing a key device that may be used with a monitoring system are discussed herein. The key device may be configured to communicate with one or more other devices, silence an alarm, commission a tag, decommission a tag, unlock a tag from an item, among other things. The key device may include rules that permit particular functionality based on, for example, time and/or location.04-14-2011
20090212950RFID cargo/storage container tamper seal - An RFID cargo/storage container tamper seal consisting of a main insulating body, a locking rod and a circuit module is disclosed. The main insulating body has a helix-shaped antenna and a ring-shaped metal ring, wherein the inner surface of the metal ring has a C-shaped ring inlaid therein, and the antenna has an antenna probe extending and protruding from the metal ring. A first portion of the locking rod is cone-shaped and encapsulated by an insulating material, and a second portion thereof exposed from the insulating material has a ring-shaped groove disposed around its peripheral surfaces. The circuit module has an RFID chip embedded therein and is packaged inside the rod portion, thereby allowing an RFID reader to read electromagnetic waves/signals containing identification codes transmitted from the RFID chip of the RFID tamper seal via the antenna.08-27-2009
20100013638APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION USING SECURITY TAG - Provided is a method and apparatus for managing a product distribution. The product distribution management method may include: reading a security key of a product from a security tag attached to the product; transferring the read security key to a security server; receiving, from the security server, first authentication information that is encrypted using the security key; receiving, from the security tag, second authentication information that is encrypted using the security key; and determining whether the security tag is duplicated, based on the first authentication information and the second authentication information.01-21-2010
20100039263System and method for utilization of smart meter infrastructure - A system and method for tracking household assets that takes advantage of a home area network and neighborhood smart meter infrastructure. The system uses an asset tracking module comprising a microcontroller unit, motion sensor unit, and communication unit may be registered to a home area network and attached to a household asset. A home management system may be used to track the location of the module and alert a user if the module is moved.02-18-2010
20100052909Transient state information display in an RFID tag having a charge-induced pigment release medium - An RFID tag includes a sensor for determining a transient state or condition of a product to which the tag is associated, and a display. The tag may be passive, semi-passive, or active. In response to receipt at the tag of a read signal that includes a first value associated with the transient state or condition, a comparison is performed. The comparison compares the first value, with a second value generated by the sensor in response to receipt of the read signal. As a result of the comparison, an indication is provided on the display. The information displayed is a function of the comparison. In one embodiment, the display provides different color indications depending on the transient state or condition sensed. In an alternative embodiment, the RFID tag display includes an electrical or thermal charge-induced pigment release medium, e.g., an electronic ink, and the tag is used to communicate information about the state of a product to which the tag is associated.03-04-2010
20090033497THEFT DETERRENT DEVICE - A theft deterrent device includes a carrier having a pivotally mounted pin and an alarm tag for receiving the pin to secure the carrier and alarm tag together when secured on an item of merchandise by an adhesive pad on the carrier. Spaced electrical contacts within the alarm tag receive the pin therebetween to provide an electrical path between the contacts to close a first electrical circuit which turns the device on. A flexibly mounted projection on the carrier depresses a plunger switch to arm the device when the carrier is attached to an item of merchandise. The security device is configured to sound an onboard alarm in response to prying of the carrier from the alarm tag or cutting of the pin of the carrier, or if an EAS tag receives a wireless signal from a security gate. Security gate alarms also sound if the tag moves through the gate or within a predetermined distance thereof. The carrier can remain on the purchased merchandise for subsequent disposal after removal of the alarm tag from the carrier by the use of a magnetic key to unlock a spring biased ball detent locking mechanism which engages the pin to lock the carrier to the alarm tag.02-05-2009
20090033493Method, System and Apparatus for Writing Common Information to a Plurality of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags - RFID methods, systems and apparatus for writing common data (RFID information) to a plurality of RFID tags, include transmitting a common-write data signal including the common data to a plurality of RFID tags located in a broadcast field, where the plurality of RFID tags receive and respectively write the common data in internal memory of the plurality of RFID tags in accordance with a common algorithm. A common-write data signal may include common identifier data. Each of a plurality of RFID tags may generate common identifier data by controlling a random number generator of the tag. Each of a plurality of RFID tags may be pre-configured (initialized) for receiving common data and writing the common data to memory in accordance with a common algorithm. Each of a reader and a plurality of RFID tags may include common algorithm for transmitting/receiving and executing a common-write-enable command that enables a common write capability of a tag (e.g., initializes a tag for receiving a common-write data signal), and for transmitting/receiving a common-write-disable command that disables common-write capability of a tag.02-05-2009
20100060453ARTICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An article management system is disclosed, which includes an object detection section detecting an object approaching to a article-placement section composed of a plurality of article-placement areas to place articles thereon and outputting object position information, an RF-tag reading section reading an RF-tag attached to each of the objects and outputting RF-tag read information, and an article position identifying section storing the object position information and the RF-tag read information correlating one information to another, and outputting the correlated information as article position identifying information, wherein the RF-tag reading section has a plurality of antenna sections that communicate with the RF-tags, and wherein communication coverage range of each of the antenna sections is defined to one or more of the article-placement areas. This system can be used to manage article locations in a store premise or a warehouse.03-11-2010
20100052908TRANSIENT STATE INFORMATION DISPLAY IN AN RFID TAG - An RFID tag includes a sensor for determining a transient state or condition of a product to which the tag is associated, and a display. The tag may be passive, semi-passive, or active. In response to receipt at the tag of a read signal that includes a first value associated with the transient state or condition, a comparison is performed. The comparison compares the first value, with a second value generated by the sensor in response to receipt of the read signal. As a result of the comparison, an indication is provided on the display. The information displayed is a function of the comparison. In one embodiment, the display provides different color indications depending on the transient state or condition sensed.03-04-2010
20110175734METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS AND PEOPLE - An object locating, identifying, tracking, and surveillance system, denoted the Assets Locating, Tracking, and Surveillance System (ALTSS), is provided for managing physical objects and evidence in environments such as police departments, law offices, and the Courts. ALTSS employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, computer programming and database applications, networking technologies, and hardware elements. ALTSS may locate and track physical evidence, merchandise, information carriers like files, folders or individual pieces of paper, and people, under certain conditions, in near-real time. It may be configured as part of a local area network, a wide area network, or the Internet. ALTSS may employ exemplary components such as RFID transponders, scanners, strategically located antennas and computers to facilitate tracking of objects and people as needed. Any number of users having access privileges and connected to the network may access ALTSS directly or remotely via the Internet to locate and track evidence or objects.07-21-2011
20080231453Cargo Container Monitoring System - According to one embodiment, a cargo container monitoring system includes components located on a ship for collecting status information for containers. The components include data loggers, a gateway, an access point, and a controller. Each data logger is configured to receive first wireless signals from a plurality of tags. Each tag is associated with a particular container and the signals include status information for the associated container. The gateway is coupled to a data logger and configured to receive signals from the data logger including status information. The gateway is further configured to transmit second wireless signals, the second signals including the status information. The access point is configured to receive the second signals from the gateway. The controller is communicatively coupled to the access point and is configured to receive signals from the access point including the status information. The controller is further configured to store the status information.09-25-2008
20090091452Method for carrying out IT-assisted customer-oriented airline baggage management - The invention relates to a method for carrying out IT-assisted, customer-oriented airline baggage management, in which the transport route of the airline baggage between check-in and the sorting destination is monitored with the aid of legible information carriers. In order to provide passengers with specific information relating to what has happened to their airline baggage and, if appropriate, to allow losses to be identified quickly, video monitoring is on the one hand carried out with respect to the transport route and, on the other hand, the transport route of the pieces of airline baggage is tracked by successive readers on the basis of the legible information carriers which have been applied to the pieces of airline baggage.04-09-2009
20090153331INFORMATION ACCESS SYSTEM, INFORMATION DEVICE, READER/WRITER AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An information access system including an information device that is adapted for radio communication with a reader/writer, the information device having a detection data acquisition unit acquiring detection data from a sensor, a detection data storage unit holding the most recent detection data, a first receiving unit detecting the reception of an RF signal, and a first transmission unit transmitting a response signal. The reader/writer is adapted for radio communication with the information device and includes a second transmission unit transmitting the information request signal, a second receiving unit receiving the response signal, an accumulation recording unit recording the received detection data, and a detection data accumulation unit accumulating, in the accumulation recording unit, the most recent detection data, and if other detection data has not been accumulated in the accumulation recording unit, accumulating the other detection data in the accumulation recording unit.06-18-2009
20090153330DEMODULATING MODULE, RFID SYSTEM UTILIZING THE DEMODULATING MODULE AND METHOD THEREOF - A demodulating module includes: a processing unit, for generating a control signal; and a demodulator, coupled to the processing unit and stored with a plurality of correlative coefficient masks, for receiving a data signal, selecting one of the correlative coefficient masks according to the control signal, generating a demodulated signal according to the data signal and the selected correlative coefficient mask, and transmitting the demodulated signal to the processing unit.06-18-2009
20090153329METHOD OF GENERATING ACTIVATION CODE FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG - Disclosed is a method of generating an activation code of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag including calculating K satisfying a condition that N is set to exceed 206-18-2009
20110074582EAS ALARMING TAG WITH RFID FEATURES - An alarming electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) tag for securing an item of merchandise includes an EAS sensor, a radio frequency identification (“RFID”) logic block, an alarm transducer, and an alarming tag processor. The RFID logic block includes a transceiver, a memory and a processor. The transceiver operates to receive a first interrogation signal. The memory includes a first identifier associated with the alarming EAS tag and a second identifier associated with the item of merchandise. The processor is operable to send a first trigger signal responsive to the transceiver receiving the first interrogation signal. The alarming tag processor is electrically coupled to the RFID logic block and the EAS sensor. The alarm transducer is operable to produce at least one of a visual indicator and an audible indicator based on the EAS sensor and the alarming tag processor.03-31-2011
20110068922INVENTORY MONITORING AND VERIFICATION SYSTEM - Methods and systems for monitoring the inventory of products in a storage device that has an antenna are provided, wherein each product has a corresponding wireless tag having a unique wireless tag identification. The inventory monitoring includes accessing an inventory list containing at least one wireless tag identification, sending a specific query via the antenna for each of the at least one wireless tag identifications in the inventory list to the corresponding wireless tag, verifying, in the case that a response is received from the wireless tag corresponding to the wireless tag identification, that the product corresponding to the wireless tag is present in the storage device, determining, in the case that a response is not received from the wireless tag corresponding to the wireless tag identification, that the product corresponding to the wireless tag is not present in the storage device, and updating the inventory list based on the products verified to be present and the products determined to not be present in the storage device.03-24-2011
20110068923POWER EFFICIENT OBJECT DETECTION WITH SELECTIVE POLLING - Detecting the absence of tagged objects near a computing device and attempting to locate the absent, tagged objects using other computing devices in a power-efficient manner. The computing device is monitored for triggering conditions. Upon occurrence of at least one of the triggering conditions, the computing device polls for the tagged objects expected to be proximate to the computing device. By polling responsive to occurrence of the triggering conditions, power consumption by the computing device is reduced. The triggering conditions include, for example, time-based transitions, movement of the computing device, or a geographic location of the computing device. Upon detecting the absence of at least one of the objects, the computing device, or a web service, identifies other computing devices to which the absent object may be proximate. The other computing devices determine whether the absent object is proximate, and notify the computing device.03-24-2011
20110248851Method for authenticating a person's identity by using a RFID card, biometric signature recognition and facial recognition. - A method is provided for validating an individual's identity by using a combination of a RFID card, signature captured by a touch screen computer, and a facial photo captured by a built-in camera of a touch screen computer. Using third party biometric signature recognition algorithms and facial recognition algorithms are preferred to differentiate the differences between a sample signature and facial photo referenced by a RFID card value.10-13-2011
20100117833Radio Frequency Tag And Method Of Manufacturing The Same - A metal-resistant radio frequency tag that has a broader band pass band (frequency versus communication range) characteristic compared to conventional techniques is achieved. For this purpose, the radio frequency tag according to the present invention includes a first resonator pattern, the first resonator pattern including a chip connecting section to which a chip is to be connected, and an inductance section that is capable of adjusting an impedance matching with the chip; and a second resonator pattern that is fed through electromagnetic induction coupling via the inductance section.05-13-2010
20100277319RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A conveyor system for processing items on which radio frequency identification tags are disposed has a conveyor that conveys items through a path of travel, and an antenna disposed proximate the path of travel. Circuitry in communication with the antenna may associate RFID tag data with a package on the conveyor based on a difference signal from elements in the antenna.11-04-2010
20080231448RFID DENSE READER/AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL - A media enhanced shopping cart system comprises a shopping cart comprising a frame, a basket, a handle, a base tray, a plurality of wheels, a read component for performing a proximity scan of the shopping cart, a locationing component for determining a location of the shopping cart within a store based on the scan, and a display component for displaying at least one advertisement for a product based on the location of the shopping cart within the store, wherein the locationing component is further operable to determine a location of the product within the store relative to the shopping cart based on the scan, and wherein the display component is further operable to display an indication of the location of the advertised product relative to the location of the shopping cart.09-25-2008
20100079286ENCAPSULATED RFID DEVICE FOR FLEXIBLE, NON-PLANAR OR CURVILINEAR SURFACES - An encapsulated device and method for fabricating a radio frequency identification (RFID) device is disclosed herein. The method includes providing a first substrate layer, the first substrate layer including at least one cavity; placing a RFID tag into the cavity; placing a second substrate layer over the first substrate layer, the at least one cavity of the first substrate layer being covered by the second substrate layer; and attaching the second substrate layer to the first substrate layer, the second substrate layer forming a pocket with the first substrate layer.04-01-2010
20100039264METAL DETECTION SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED DIRECTIONAL PEOPLE COUNTING SYSTEM - A system for detecting electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) marker shielding includes an EAS subsystem a metal detector, a people counting system, and a processor. The EAS subsystem operates to detect an EAS marker in an interrogation zone. The metal detector operates to detect a metal object in the interrogation zone. The people counting system operates to detect one or more people in the interrogation zone. The processor is electrically coupled to the EAS subsystem, the metal detector and the people counting system. The processor is programmed to receive information outputted from the people counting system and information outputted from the metal detector to determine whether to generate an alarm signal based on the presence of EAS marker shielding.02-18-2010
20090167532RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG CAPABLE OF STORING AND RESTORING FLAG DATA - A RFID tag capable of storing and restoring flag data is described. The RFID tag includes an analog block for generating a driving power using a radio frequency signal received through an antenna. The driving power is used to store the flag data. A digital block is operated using the generated driving power and processes RF data that is transmitted and received via the analog block in order to store the flag data in the analog block. A memory block reads and writes data to a nonvolatile ferroelectric capacitor depending on a control signal from the digital block. The analog block supplies the flag data to the digital block during an activation time period of a power-on reset signal.07-02-2009
20090160646SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND TRACKING INVENTORIES - A technique is provided for monitoring and tracking inventories within one or more assets. The technique includes sensing a plurality of parameters associated with each of the one or more assets. The plurality of parameters includes a positional information of the asset. The technique further includes activating RFID tags attached to the inventories and generating a response based upon the responses received from the RFID tags, and monitoring and tracking inventories based on the sensed parameters and the generated response to ensure integrity and validate a chain of custody of the asset or the inventories during a supply chain process.06-25-2009
20090140860DUAL USE RFID/EAS DEVICE - A radio frequency identification (RFID) device has multiple modes of operation. One of the modes of operation is an electronic article surveillance (EAS) mode, which is used to allow use of the RFID device as an EAS device. Another mode of operation is an RFID mode, which allows normal function of the RFID device in RFID communications. The EAS mode has greater sensitivity than the RFID mode, requires less power than the RFID mode to operate the device, and requires less current and/or voltage for operation. The EAS mode may achieve these different characteristics by one or more of: switching off some digital blocks in the circuitry of the RFID device; reducing power storage required to respond to incoming signals; reducing the length of response to incoming signals; reducing modulation required for a response; changing chip input impedance; and having multiple chip ports with different impedances.06-04-2009
20090002167DUAL COMMUNICATION FOB ASSEMBLY COMPRISING AN INSERT WITHIN A BASE - A dual communication fob assembly provided with an attachment area for a ring or a chain and including in combination: an insert including a first contactless communication device; and a base with a pocket in the base for holding at least a part of the insert when inserted therein and being provided with a second contactless communication device which is electrically separate from the first contactless communication device.01-01-2009
20080266097METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING POSITION - Provided are a method and apparatus for detecting a position of an object using radio frequency identification (RFID). The method includes calculating a position of a moving object using a first RFID tag installed at a particular position in a predetermined space while the moving object is moving, sensing a second RFID tag included in the object, determining the position of the object as the position calculated at a point of time when the RFID tag included in the object is sensed, and displaying the determined position.10-30-2008
20080238673STANDARDIZED MECHANISM FOR PRINTING LABELS AND MANAGING TEMPLATES WITHIN RFID - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates utilizing an RFID printer within a radio frequency identification (RFID) network. A radio frequency identification (RFID) network can include at least one RFID printer. A standardized print component can abstract a model-specific implementation of the RFID printer to enable uniform and standard exposure of a printing feature of the RFID printer independent of the RFID printer model.10-02-2008
20080266094Method and System Using RFID Tags for System Re-configuration - A system and related methods for dynamically re-configuring a radio frequency identification tag reader, engaging software business processes, or combinations of both, using a radio-frequency-readable configuration tag which physically associated with one or more RFID-tagged articles in a physical handling flow. The configuration tag reader is positioned prior to a radio frequency identification tag reader in said material handling flow, which allows the configuration reader to read the contents of the configuration tags before the articles reach the identification tag reader. Based on the contents of the configuration tags, the identification tag reader can be re-configured dynamically, such as re-positioning a reader antenna or adjusting reader power levels, and specific business processes can be executed, such as triggering special reporting, surveillance, or handling procedures, specific business processes may be initiated, document generators may be engaged, or a combination of these actions may be performed.10-30-2008
20080266100Tag label editing apparatus and tag label producing apparatus - A PC for producing an RFID label by cutting at a predetermined full-cut position or partially cutting at a predetermined half-cutting position in the thickness direction a base tape wherein an RFID circuit element comprising an IC circuit part that stores information and a loop antenna that transmits and receives information is disposed, wherein the PC determines based on the cartridge information of a tag cartridge installed using a cartridge holder a cuttable area of the base tape wherein at least one full-cut position or half-cutting position can be set.10-30-2008
20110210852SECURITY STORAGE CONTAINER HAVING AN INTERNAL ALARM - A security storage container securely retains an item of merchandise and typically includes a base and lid. An alarm system in the container is activated when the container is locked and deactivated when the container is unlocked. The alarm system may include a flashing LED, an EAS tag for activating a security gate, and a sound-emitting device which may emit a loud alarm upon an attempt to pry the lid from the base or upon the container entering into proximity of a security gate.09-01-2011
20100302038RFID Tag Incorporating At Least Two Integrated Circuits - Multiple RFID integrated circuit microradio chips are located at the feed point of an RFID tag antenna for greater, reliability, elimination of testing and to take advantage of coherent microradio operation for increased gain and power, better signal-to-noise ratios, improved range and low bit error rates.12-02-2010
20100302037Method and Apparatus for Tunneling Information in RFID Communications - A method and apparatus involve a radio frequency identification tag that receives a wireless signal containing a message type conforming to an extension of a standard communication protocol and having an extended services segment, the tag then transmitting the extended services segment through an extended services interface. According to a different aspect, a method and apparatus involve a radio frequency identification tag that stores data which includes respective information regarding each of multiple extended services, and that responds to receipt of a wireless signal which is an extension to a standard protocol by transmitting a further wireless signal which is an extension to the protocol and contains at least part of the data. According to yet another aspect, a method and apparatus involve a radio frequency identification tag that responds to receipt of one wireless signal by transmitting a further wireless signal containing information regarding multiple sensors.12-02-2010
20080252455THERMAL RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An improved solution for radio frequency identification (RFID) systems is provided. In an embodiment of the invention, the RFID tag includes: a power source; a data storage repository; a radio frequency (RF) transmitting element configured to transmit data from the data storage repository, and electrically attached to the power source; and a thermal to electrical energy converter electrically attached to the power source.10-16-2008
20080204244METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TESTING RFID DEVICES - A method and apparatus for testing RFID straps. Arrays of RFID straps in a roll-to-roll process are coupled to an array of test elements. RF programming and interrogation signals are frequency and time multiplexed to the RFID array. Return signals are detected to determine sensitivity and programmability parameters of the RFID straps.08-28-2008
20080204242Apparatus and Method for Preventing Loss of Baggage Using Rfid - Provided is an apparatus and method for preventing air baggage from getting lost using a radio frequency identification (RFID) system. The apparatus for preventing baggage from getting lost, change, or stolen in which a baggage tag storing baggage management information is attached to the baggage and a receipt tag storing the baggage management information is issued to a baggage owner, the apparatus includes: a tag reader reading the receipt tag and the baggage tag in a predetermined area; and a determiner determining whether the tag reader reads the receipt tag including the same baggage management information as the baggage management information of the baggage tag within a predetermined time before and after the tag reader reads the baggage tag. As a result, air baggage is quickly and exactly managed, costs is reduced, and foreign confidence of an airport is increased, thereby preventing baggage from getting lost and exchanged.08-28-2008
20080204236Embedded medical data system and method - Systems and methods are provided for utilizing imaging agent or patient information encoded on a respective information tag, such as a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. In the context of imaging agent information, the encoded information tag may include such information as the dose, the manufacturer, the manufacturing date, the manufacturing time, or the batch number. An imaging system may include a reader that acquires the encoded information from the respective tag and uses that information in image acquisition or processing or which associates the information with some or all of the acquired images.08-28-2008
20080204245METHOD, APPARATUS AND ARTICLE FOR DETECTION OF TRANSPONDER TAGGED OBJECTS, FOR EXAMPLE DURING SURGERY - A system determines the presence or absence of objects by interrogating or exciting transponders coupled to the objects using pulsed signals over a number of wide band frequency bands with dynamic tuning about a center frequency of each band and less sensitivity to noise fluctuation.08-28-2008
20080204241Transponder with an Improved Voltage Limiter Circuit - A transponder (08-28-2008
20080204240Sensor Circuit Array, A Control Device For Operating A Sensor Circuit Array And A Sensor System - A sensor circuit array (08-28-2008
20080204239Apparatus, system and/or method for wirelessly securing and/or for wirelessly monitoring an article - An apparatus, a system and a method wirelessly secure and wirelessly monitor an article. The apparatus, the system and the method operate as an alarm system that may prevent a theft and/or a removal of the article from a defined perimeter and/or defined perimeters. The apparatus, the system and the method may have one or more alarm boxes that monitor one or more heads. One or more of the heads may be attached to and/or may be electronically connected to one or more articles, such as, for example, portable electronic equipment. The articles be provided on display in and/or may be used, manipulated and/or transported by consumers in a store environment. The alarm box may be installed in close proximity to a display stand of the article. The alarm box may charge components of the head and/or the article while the head and/or the article are located on the display stand of the article. The head may power the article while the article is not connected to a power supply of the display stand and/or a power supply of the alarm box. The alarm box and/or the store environment may have one or more fence drivers. The fence driver may create one or more zones. The head has a fence detector that may detect whether or not the head and/or the article is located in a position within the zone. The fence drivers and/or one or more of the zones may be configured to control locations at which the head and/or the article may be used without triggering an alarm event.08-28-2008
20080204234SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASED MEMORY CAPACITY IN A LOW-POWER ENVIRONMENT - An RFID tag includes multiple memory blocks that can be independently powered. Blocks can be selected automatically, simultaneously, and/or in sequence based on a memory access request received by the RFID tag. A memory block can be selected for powering based on address data included in or derived from a memory access request. Power to a memory block can be controlled by memory block selector which activates one or more power control transistors associated with memory blocks based on the memory access request. A compatible tag reader can be configured to instruct a tag to power/unpower individual memory blocks.08-28-2008
20080204238Method to RFID enable electronic devices - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled devices, are described herein. In an aspect, a method of assembling an RFID enabled device includes providing an antenna on a surface of a substrate, providing a land pattern for an electrical circuit, and mounting the electrical circuit on the substrate, wherein the electrical circuit is electrically isolated from the antenna.08-28-2008
20080204232ENHANCED SYSTEM FOR TRACKING IMPORTANT TRAVEL ITEMS INCLUDING VERIFYING DYNAMIC PROHIBITIONS OF PACKED ITEMS - A system for checking travel bag for important items by applying an RFID tag to each of a plurality of items, each RFID tag having a unique identifier, storing a list of items and associated RFID tag identifiers in a data store, receiving a user selection of important items for a particular trip, transferring a subset of said plurality of items to a portable computing device, using the portable computing device to scan the RFID tags on the user's packed items, determining if any important items are missing, and displaying a warning to the user if any item from the list is not found. Additionally, the containers are each provided an RFID tag to indicate location of each packed item, and the system accesses one or more jurisdictional restrictions lists, verifies proper location of restricted items and absence of prohibited items, and warns the user of any violations.08-28-2008
20080204233SYSTEM FOR TRACKING IMPORTANT TRAVEL ITEMS USING RFID TAGS AND PERVASIVE COMPUTING DEVICES - A system for checking travel bag for important items by applying an RFID tag to each of a plurality of items, each RFID tag having a unique identifier, storing a list of items and associated RFID tag identifiers in a data store, receiving a user selection of important items for a particular trip, transferring a subset of said plurality of items to a portable computing device, using the portable computing device to scan the RFID tags on the user's packed items, determining if any important items are missing, and displaying a warning to the user if any item from the list is not found.08-28-2008
20080258919Radio communication apparatus and radio communication method - Any radio channel is selected as a channel for medium communication among a plurality of radio channels and makes data communication with at least one RFID by using the channel for the medium communication. Especially, it is determined whether or not the data communication with the RFID has ended normally, and if it is determined that the data communication has not ended normally, the channel for the medium communication is switched to another radio channel among the plurality of radio channels.10-23-2008
20100117832SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING INFORMATION OF LOADING GOODS - Disclosed is an information managing system and method according to goods loading. The information managing system includes a first antenna for identifying a first tag included by transportation means, a second antenna for identifying a second tag included by goods, a reader for generating tag information which is identification results generated by respectively identifying the corresponding tags through the first antenna and the second antenna, and a control device for mapping information of the first tag and information of the second tag based on the tag information.05-13-2010
20100141450APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH RFID TAG - This disclosure discloses an apparatus for communicating with an RFID tag comprising: a radio communication device configured to conduct radio communication with a plurality of RFID tag circuit elements, the RFID circuit element having an IC circuit part and a tag antenna; an information obtaining portion configured to specify identification information of at least one said RFID tag circuit element to be searched and to conduct communication for search through said radio communication device so as to obtain information from said IC circuit part of said RFID tag circuit element thus specified; and a position detection portion configured to conduct communication for position detection through said radio communication device with the specific RFID tag circuit element whose information was obtained by said information obtaining portion and to detect a position of the specified RFID tag circuit element on the basis of a communication result.06-10-2010
20100060454Radio Frequency Module and Methods of Transmitting/Receiving Data - A wireless module is configurable by a user to operate in different modes as a transmitter, receiver, transceiver, and repeater. A method of transmitting and receiving data while substantially reducing or eliminating interference from competing frequency bands, including Wi-Fi systems, as well as a method of transmitting data with a high degree of certainty without requiring an acknowledgement receipt, negotiation, or hand-shaking from a down line transceiver, receiver and/or repeater are disclosed.03-11-2010
20100060452USING A MESH OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS FOR TRACKING ENTITIES AT A SITE - A system for tracking entities at a site comprises a mesh of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Each of the tracked entities, which may move about the site, is associated with and attached to a portable RFID tag. Each RFID tag is at least periodically caused to transmit a signal that includes an identification of the RFID tag. The signal is received by other RFID tags that are within range, which determine a location indicative parameter. Some of the RFID tags receiving the signal are fixed at predefined locations. Specific fixed RFID tags are designated as controller nodes. Data comprising an identification of the RFID tag receiving a signal, the location indicative parameter, and the identification of the portable RFID tag transmitting the signal are communicated to a location engine server, which processes the data to determine at least a relative position of the portable RFID tags on the site.03-11-2010
20100194570APPARATUS FOR CONTAINING AND TRANSPORTING PRECIOUS ITEMS - An apparatus for containing and transporting precious items comprises at least one holding structure (08-05-2010
20110148636DETECTION SYSTEM - A detection system, which detects items present within a radio frequency field generated by the detection system. The detection system may be used at the exits of a facility and assists in detection of items leaving the facility.06-23-2011
20100026492Method for the Traceability of Plants - The invention relates to a method for the traceability of plants after field planting and during the whole productive and commercial cycle, by means of the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Tags technology, comprising: 1) marking of the plants by the grafting of radio-frequency microchips containing information relating to the plant it-self, directly in the trunk or other parts of the plant or by means of external systems; 2) handling and display of the traceability data by means of a suitable software system.02-04-2010
20100026497DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING EQUIPMENT - An equipment inspecting device for inspecting at least one piece of equipment positioned in an office from among a plurality of offices included in the equipment inspection target recognizes office information for indicating a position of an office, and searches office equipment information for indicating a previous state of at least one piece of equipment positioned in the office by using the office information. The equipment inspecting device transmits the searched office equipment information to the equipment information collecting device so that an equipment information collecting device for collecting at least one piece of equipment information corresponding to at least one piece of equipment may generate update information for indicating a state change of at least one piece of equipment. Also, the equipment inspecting device receives the update information from the equipment information collecting device, and updates office equipment information by using the update information.02-04-2010
20100026495SYSTEM FOR, AND METHOD OF, MONITORING THE MOVEMENT OF MOBILE ITEMS - A system monitors parameters (e.g., speed, position, threshold boundaries) of mobile items attached to beacons and produces signals indicating these parameters. The system also monitors non-mobile parameters (e.g., battery life, door locks, windows) in the items. Different technologies (e.g., wireless) are provided for communicating between the beacons and a beacon controller interface. Different technologies are provided for locating and indicating item positions. The beacons and the interface provide for new beacons to be added to the system with different characteristics than the existing beacons for monitoring the operation of new beacons without affecting the operation of existing beacons. The system includes resellers, retailers, users and subscribers in a flexible relationship to enhance the ease in the system operation. Beacons can perform more than one function (e.g. tracking, threshold monitoring) simultaneously. Scenarios for the beacons can be created and monitored. Recovery personnel can intervene to resolve crises.02-04-2010
20100026494Radio frequency data reader - An RFID or NFC reader is associated via a data link with a tag module such that when the reader transmits an interrogation signal the tag module responds with a random, or constrained random, information signal. The information signal masks a signal transmitted by an RFID or NFC tag which the reader is interrogating, making fraudulently obtaining details contained in the tag transmission more difficult.02-04-2010
20100026493METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INVENTORY LOCATION COMPLIANCE - An inventory compliance system includes an RFID reader having an agent configured to periodically read all RF tags within its range and then send the resulting tag information to an inventory application that processes the received information (e.g., tag ID, etc.) to determine the state of inventory at that time—i.e., the number, type, and location of each of the tags. In this way, through automatic updating via mobile and stationary RFID readers, an organization is able to monitor inventory without manual intervention, thereby reducing cost and time associated with conventional inventory compliance methods.02-04-2010
20100019904ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE DEACTIVATOR WITH MULTIPLE LABEL DETECTION AND METHOD THEREOF - A method and system for preventing simultaneous deactivation of multiple electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) tags. An RF pulse is transmitted within an EAS interrogation zone to induce a response from at least one EAS tag placed within the interrogation zone. The response of the at least one EAS tag is received. A presence of more than one EAS tag is determined by evaluating a frequency response curve corresponding to the response.01-28-2010
20100019905System for inventory tracking and theft deterrence - The invention disclosed provides a system for theft deterrence in a retail establishment having an inventory control system, a set of transceiver enabled storage units, and a set of RFID tags placed on stocked items. A stream of system logs and system alarms is compiled by a centralized computer which executes inventory database updates under normal inventory movement through a typical business cycle. The inventory is tracked from reception, to storage areas, to service areas, to point of sales. The system alerts operations management when abnormal inventory removal is detected. As the inventory moves from storage areas to service areas, the items are associated to a person and tracked until the inventory is properly checked in at its intended destination. The items may be associated to employees via a continuously monitoring video surveillance system, smart card identification system, or RFID tags on each person containing identification and credential information.01-28-2010
20090072975TRACKING MODULE WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR CARGO AND GOODS - An integrated radio frequency identification system includes a locking assembly affixed to a shipping container and a tracking module having a RFID device in electrical communication with the locking assembly. The tracking module includes integrated GPS components enabling communication with GPS satellites. A machine readable computer software and terminal assembly is provided and is capable of communication with the RFID device via one of a plurality of communication protocols. The computer software and terminal assembly is capable of generating a transit map of a location and status of the tracking module over a predetermined time period, thus graphically depicting a historical transit path of the tracking module.03-19-2009
20090160652SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE, AND NON-CONTACT TYPE IC CARD AND PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL USING THE SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE - The present invention provides a semiconductor integrated circuit device and a non-contact type IC card and a portable information terminal which uses the semiconductor integrated circuit device. The semiconductor integrated circuit device includes antenna terminals LA, LB which are connected to an antenna L06-25-2009
20090066515Security System for Inventory - A security system for inventory automatically detects removal of inventory items from an area or areas protected with security sensors. A person removing the item then scans an identifying code of the item, such as its bar code or radio-frequency identification (“RFID”) tag, with a device such as a portable shopping assistant device; if the item is not scanned in an appropriate manner, such as within a particular a time period, then theft of the item may be suspected. Information for completing a purchase transaction can be sent from the portable shopping assistant device. In this manner, items can be purchased directly from the protected areas.03-12-2009
20090015408HANDY-TYPE WIRELESS TAG READER/WRITER01-15-2009
20090128333RFID INVENTORY MONITOR - Moving a mobile RFID reader with an area in a systemic manner to do non-inventory tasks, while doing the non-inventory tasks, integrating RFID tags associated with inventory, and updating a database with the inventory information obtained from the RFID tags.05-21-2009
20090243853FINDING AND PACKING TRAVEL ARTICLES - A system and method for locating one or more travel articles for packing, out of a plurality of travel articles. A transponder having a unique locator tag is disposed on each travel article that can be potentially selected for packing. A user or computer selects one or more travel articles for packing using an article tracking unit. Article tracking unit communicates a ping signal to a transponder that is associated with a selected travel article for packing. Upon receipt of the ping signal, a transponder controller activates an indicator, such as an aural or visual cue. The activated indicator assists a user in locating the travel article that is associated with the activated indicator. Once the selected travel article for packing is located and packed in a travel container, the indicator is deactivated.10-01-2009
20090027203SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBJECT LOCALIZATION AND PATH IDENTIFICATION BASED ON RFID SENSING - A networked radio frequency identification system includes a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers, a computer in signal communication with the RFID tag readers over a network, and a software module for storage on and operable by the computer that localizes RFID tags based on information received from the RFID tag readers using a network model having endpoints and oriented links. In an additional example, at least one of the RFID tag readers includes an adjustable configuration setting selected from RF signal strength, antenna gain, antenna polarization, and antenna orientation. In a further aspect, the system localizes RFID tags based on hierarchical threshold limit calculations. In an additional aspect, the system controls a locking device associated with an access point based on localization of an authorized RFID tag at the access point and reception of additional authorizing information from an input device.01-29-2009
20120306651MOBILE PERIMETER ACCESS SECURITY SYSTEM - A mobile security system is provided having a container configured to be moved to a plurality of locations. A walkway extends transversely through the container and provides access to an exit gate when the mobile security system is positioned adjacent an exit gate. The mobile security system includes a RFID detection system for detecting and identifying RFID tags that move through the walkway. If a RFID tag associated with a jobsite item is identified, an alarm system and/or camera devices within the container are actuated. The electronic components of the mobile security system are stored in a primary cabinet in the container so as to be inaccessible from the walkway. The container is configured to prevent damage to the electronic components caused by movement, vibration, or harsh environmental conditions.12-06-2012
20110304461RFID Tag And Method For Receiving Signal Thereof - Provided are a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and a method for receiving a signal of the RFID tag. The RFID tag includes a voltage generator configured to generate a voltage signal from a received signal, a common gate circuit configured to convert the voltage signal into a current signal, a current/voltage converter configured to the current signal into a voltage signal by using a resistance value, a low-pass filter configured to perform low-pass filtering on the converted voltage signal, a buffer configured to buffer the low-pass-filtered voltage signal within an operation range, and a peak detector configured to detect a peak value from the buffered signal to demodulate information data. The current/voltage converter controls the resistance value to convert the current signal into a voltage signal included within the operation range of the buffer.12-15-2011
20110304460SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING GOLF CLUB INVENTORY - A system for monitoring an inventory of golf clubs includes a plurality of golf clubs with wireless transceivers and a monitor that transmits a first interrogation signal to the plurality of wireless transceivers, the first interrogation signal being an invitation for each of the plurality of wireless transceivers to respond with a signal that indicates each transceiver's unique identification code. The monitor interprets each of the response signals received to determine the unique identification code within each signal, compares the set of expected identification codes stored in memory to each unique identification code received at the receiver, determines an absence of reception of at least one unique identification code within the set of expected identification codes, causes the transmitter to transmit a second interrogation signal to at least a one of the plurality of transceivers having the at least one determined absent unique identification code, the second interrogation signal being an invitation for the transceiver having the determined absent unique identification code to respond with a signal that indicates the at least one determined absent unique identification code, determines a continued absence at the receiver of the at least one determined absent unique identification code, and activates a missing club indicator if an amount of time between the determining the absence and the determining the continued absence exceeds a predetermined amount.12-15-2011
20110304463DATA CENTER SERVER LOCATION AND MONITORING SYSTEM - A data center server location system includes both hardware and software to provide for location and identification of servers and other equipment in equipment racks. The system provides a wired alternative to the wireless RFID tag system by using electronic ID tags connected to each piece of equipment, each electronic ID tag connected directly by wires to a equipment rack controller on the equipment rack. The equipment rack controllers then link over a local area network to a central control computer. The central control computer provides an operator interface, and runs a software application program that communicates with the equipment rack controllers and stores relationship information to enable locating servers associated with each of the ID tags.12-15-2011
20110304462Reusable 3D glasses embedded with RFID and RF-EAS tags for use at 3D movie theatres12-15-2011
20100019906ARTICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ARTICLE - An article management system includes an article location specifying means which outputs a location information of an article by relating an object location information with an article identification information. Radio tag information including the article identification information is output from a radio tag reading means which executes through a leaky transmission path a communication with a radio tag affixed on the article on a table section and the object location information is output from an object detection means when detecting the object approaching the table section.01-28-2010
20110025505Structure including an electronic device, in particular for fabricating a security document or a document of value - A structure for use in fabricating a security document or a document of value is provided. The structure includes an electronic device, an inset layer made at least in part out of fiber, a window within which the electronic device extends, at least in part, and an adhesive layer in contact with the inset layer.02-03-2011
20100148966SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REAL TIME THEFT DETECTION - A method for tracking one or more portable devices in real time to detect theft of the one or more portable devices is provided. The method enables, firstly, interrogating a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag via a RFID reader during successive sweep intervals. The sweep interval represents active state of the RFID reader. Secondly, the method enables receiving one or more pairing information from the RFID tag. Further, the method enables comparing the one or more pairing information with corresponding one or more pairing information stored in the RFID reader. Finally, the method enables generating an alert signal via the wearable-band or the one or more portable devices when the one or more pairing information does not match with the corresponding one or more pairing information stored in the RFID reader.06-17-2010
20120098665THEFT DETERRENT DEVICE - A theft deterrent device includes a carrier having a pivotally mounted pin and an alarm tag for receiving the pin to secure the carrier and alarm tag together when secured on an item of merchandise by an adhesive pad on the carrier. Spaced electrical contacts within the alarm tag receive the pin therebetween to complete an electrical path to close an electrical circuit which turns the device on. The security device is configured to sound an onboard alarm in response to prying of the carrier from the alarm tag or cutting of the pin of the carrier, or if an EAS tag receives a wireless signal from a security gate. The carrier remains on the purchased merchandise for subsequent disposal after removal of the alarm tag from the carrier by the use of a magnetic key to unlock a locking mechanism which engages the pin.04-26-2012
20120146794RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION FOR COLLECTING STAGE-BY-STAGE MANUFACTURING AND/OR POST-MANUFACTURING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CIRCUIT BOARD - A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is coupled to a circuit board to track the specific operating and environmental conditions of each stage as the circuit board passes through one or more manufacturing and/or post-manufacturing stages. An RFID reader and data collector are used at each stage to read the RFID tag and store its identifying information along with processing information, operating conditions, and results for each stage. This permits to quickly and accurately collect manufacturing and post-manufacturing information for each circuit board at various stages as well as the operating conditions for each stage at a particular time. Such manufacturing and/or post-manufacturing metrics can then be retrieved on a stage-by-stage basis for a particular circuit board by an identifier associated with the circuit board.06-14-2012
20110050426RFID label readable on surfaces which interferes with RF waves and method of manufacturing the same - A RFID tag (03-03-2011
20110050425ALL-IN-ONE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEM FOR SALE AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - This is an all-in-one radio frequency identification system for goods inventory and sale management, comprising at least one tag, an antenna unit and a multi-port reader comprising a micro control unit, a reader and a multiplexer. The tag is attached on each article. The antenna unit is RF coupled to the tag. The multiplexer built-in the multi-port reader is electrically coupled to the antenna unit. The reader built-in the multi-port reader is capable of transmitting RF signals, accessing commands and receiving tag signals from the multiplexer. The micro control unit is electrically coupled to the multiplexer and the reader to receive and process the reading signal and provide inventory and sale management functions and applications. Therefore, the all-in-one radio frequency identification system provides not only inventory and anti-theft functions but also information for consumer behavior research, and capable of doing stand alone operations.03-03-2011
20110050424ASSET TRACKING USING ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF POSITION FIX DATA - Techniques for tracking physical assets are disclosed. In one aspect, input indicating that an asset has been loaded on a conveyance is received. When a tag attached to the asset is unable to transmit position fix data describing a location of the asset to a server, alternative position fix data (e.g., from the conveyance or another tag coupled to another asset on the conveyance) is used to indicate the position of the asset and tag. In another aspect, a relay component is used to receive the tag position fix data from the tag and forward it to the server.03-03-2011
20110050423ASSET MONITORING AND TRACKING SYSTEM - Techniques for monitoring and tracking assets and providing notifications to users are disclosed. In one aspect, a request to track an asset and enterprise data describing the asset are received, a tag is selected to associate with the asset, an event notification is received from the tag, and a user notification is generated from the event notification and the enterprise data. In another aspect, a request for a tag is received, a tag is selected in response to the request, a tag is routed to the origin location for the tag, a notification is received that the tag has arrived at a destination location, and the tag is routed from the destination location to a tag pool.03-03-2011
20110050422System and Method for Identifying Location of an Information Handling System - Systems and methods for identifying the location of an information handling system are disclosed. A method may include placing a slot passive tag proximate to a corresponding slot, wherein the corresponding slot is configured to mechanically couple a corresponding information handling system to the slot and wherein the slot passive tag is configured to indicate its presence to a device placed substantially proximate to the slot passive tag. The method may also include placing an information handling system passive tag on a corresponding information handling system, such that when the corresponding information handling system is mechanically coupled to the slots, the information handling system passive tag is substantially proximate to the slot passive tag to which the information handling system is mechanically coupled, wherein the information handling system passive tag is configured to indicate its presence to the device placed substantially proximate to the information handling system passive tag.03-03-2011
20110050421SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DIRECTION OF MOTION OF A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG - The present disclosure describes a system, methods and apparatus for determining a direction of motion of an RFID tag. An RFID reader is provided that includes an antenna that is tilted at a tilt angle with respect to a detection path. Response signals from the RFID tag are received at the antenna at different times, and an RSSI sample of each response signal is measured. Based on the RSSI samples, an RSSI/time data point is generated for each of the RSSI samples. Each RSSI/time data point defines a measured RSSI value for a particular RSSI sample versus a time that particular RSSI sample was measured. Based on the plurality of RSSI/time data points, the direction of motion of the RFID tag can be determined.03-03-2011
20100097223PRODUCT SECURITY SYSTEM - The present system provides a tag having one or more components comprising a physically rugged structure which can be attached to a product in a manner that renders the product inoperable, defaced, or that otherwise denies access to the intended use or value of the product until it is “unlocked” by means of a wireless communication, such as by a radio frequency transmission. The tag comprises a latching mechanism comprising in part an “actuator” and a “gripper”.04-22-2010
20100097219ARTICLE WITH THEFT-DETERRING FEATURE - An article formed to receive a security marker in a manner that reduces the likelihood of the security marker from being removed, either intentionally (such as to remove the article from a restricted area without authorization to do so) or inadvertently (such as by getting caught on another article). The security marker may additionally be concealed from view to further deter intentional removal of the security marker. Moreover, the security marker may be associated with the article such that it does not impact the appearance of the article to an observer, yet removal of the security marker would damage the article in a manner that is undesirable to a user of the article and/or readily noticeable by the establishment from which the article is being improperly removed.04-22-2010
20100097220WIRELESS INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS - A wireless information system for wind turbine components is disclosed. The wireless information system includes radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that are attached to wind turbine components. The RFID tags contain component information such as identification, commissioning date, and maintenance information. The system allows the components to be identified and/or verified by a technician. The technician may use a handheld device, which permits the RFID tag to be read at various locations.04-22-2010
20100097222Insuring personal mail delivery with automatic acknowledgement - An intelligent mailbox and a method for authorizing a user to pickup a parcel with acknowledgement of receipt in a mailbox. Exemplary embodiments include a method to insure personal mail delivery in a mailbox, the method including determining a first biometric data as required by an RFID tag enclosed in a parcel having been previously introduced in the mailbox, determining an insertion of a second key including a second biometric data into a biometric reader, determining if the second biometric data is granted a procurement to pickup the parcel, opening a biometric lock if the second user is granted a procurement, opening a traditional lock if the biometric lock has been opened, displaying one of an indication to a user of the presence of the parcel and an indication to a postman and recording a pickup of the parcel.04-22-2010
20100097218Communications in an Item Tracking System - System and methods for communicating tracking information about tagged items. A tagged item is a tangible item that carries a self-identifying tag. The tracking information can be stored in the tag or in a document that is accessible through an item tracking system. The tracking information can be accessible by multiple consumers having different levels of access. The methods include methods for masking redundancies in the tracking information, filtering the tracking information, and controlling access to the tracking information.04-22-2010
20080284597Security Using EPCIS Data And A Virtual Private Database - An RFID event tracking and management system provides a standardized approach that can be utilized by various industry verticals. Loss of captured event data, such as RFID generated through an RFID event, can be prevented through a series of guarantee semantics. Approaches also provide for role-based data visibility. Queries received from a user or entity can be dynamically modified based on the role of the user/entity using a virtual private database (VPD). The modified query can result in a virtual private database automatically hiding or restricting access to event data at row, column, and/or cell levels, so that an authorized user/entity is only able to access data to which that user/entity should have access.11-20-2008
20090091451SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND INVENTORY CONTROL - Systems for encoding and reading RFID tags on a collection of items are shown. One embodiment of the invention includes a plurality of items, where each item possesses an item identifier string, and a plurality of RFID tags, where an RFID tag is affixed to each of the items and each RFID tag is encoded with a code word element generated using at least all of the item identifier strings. In many embodiments, the collection is a plurality of goods contained within a case, pallet, container or storage area.04-09-2009
20120044074ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS - Embodiments include methods and apparatus for detecting proximity of an electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag. A proximity detection system (e.g., a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader) detects a presence of an object within a first area. In response to detecting the proximity of the object, an EAS tag reader alters characteristics of an EAS tag detection signal that is produced by the EAS tag reader in order to detect an EAS tag within range of the EAS tag reader.02-23-2012
20110095889Active antenna - An EAS system comprises a central circuit for sequentially generating signal bursts. At least one local transmitting antenna is positioned remote from the central circuit for receiving and propagating the signal bursts into an interrogation zone. A receiver is associated with the local transmitting antenna for detecting the presence of an electronic tag in the interrogation zone by means of a response tag signal from the electronic tag and transmitting the response tag signal to the central circuit. A synchronization device is provided for detecting the signal burst propagated from the local transmitting antenna, and controls the activation of the receiver for the purpose of receiving the response tag signal based on the timing of the signal burst.04-28-2011
20110095890INTERACTIVE RADIO FREQUENCY TAGS - Interactive radio frequency tags that are responsive to external stimuli to change state are disclosed. The tags preferably include a passive radio frequency transponder, having an antenna, an interface for receiving an external stimulus, and one or more integrated circuits responsive to the external stimulus received at the interface to change the state of the transponder. Also disclosed is a “sensor tag” which changes state in response to a particular environmental stimulus. In addition, either of these “button” or “sensor” features may be combined with an output feature which visually, audibly, tactilely or otherwise signals the state or change of state of an RF tag, or the tag may be designed to produce an output in response to the external stimulus of the RF signal received at the tag's antenna.04-28-2011
20120007739System, Control Station, And Method For Controlling Circulation Of Media Materials - A system for controlling circulation of media materials from a library includes a control system and a circulation control station having a housing defining a receptacle which is configured to receive a packaged unit of securable media therein. The circulation control station includes an electronic security control mechanism and a mechanical security control mechanism, each mounted to the housing. The electronic security control mechanism may include an RFID reader/writer, and the mechanical security control mechanism may include a magnet and an actuator. The control system is configured to release a packaged unit of securable media to circulation by disabling an electronic security device and a magnetic security device of a packaged unit of securable media resident within the receptacle and executing a media checkout procedure.01-12-2012
20080316032Method and apparatus for associating RFID tags with participants in sporting events - An embodiment of the present invention is a technique for timing participants in sporting events with RFID tags. RFID tags have read and writable memory that is loaded with race numbers or an encoding of it. RFID tags are distributed to participants by attaching them to race bibs that display the race numbers. RFID tags may be left on the race bibs, or removed from the bibs and attached to shoes, clothing, or other apparatus used in the race. A plurality of RFID tags may be used by each participant for pre-race, during-race and post-race tracking and locating applications. This invention also includes methods for constructing RFID enabled race bibs.12-25-2008
20090322535CAR SECURITY SYSTEM - The present invention in several embodiments is a device that can be utilized by car owners to prevent their vehicle from being stolen from the vicinity of their home. This product is linked to a security system found in a home. The main component of this product is a motion detector, which may look similar to a traditional garage door opener. This device is set within the vehicle, under a seat, on the dashboard or in another area of the vehicle. If a car is being stolen from a person's driveway, when it is a predetermined distance from the alarm system of the home, the motion detector will activate the alarm to the home alarm system. This will allow consumers to know their car is being tampered with.12-31-2009
20120056744MONITORING APPARATUS - An apparatus and method for bi-directional communication with an external transceiver; the apparatus comprising a transmitter for transmitting an engagement request message from a tag to said external transceiver when said tag is in a non-engaged mode and for transmitting a directed message from said tag to an engaged external transceiver when said tag is in an engaged mode; a processor for bi-directional communication and for changing said engaged mode of said tag to the non-engaged mode, following a lost connection with said engaged external transceiver; and a receiver for receiving a response for said engagement request message from said external transceiver and for receiving an acknowledgement message to said directed message from said engaged external transceiver.03-08-2012
20120013468WIRELESS OBJECT LOCALIZATION AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for the accurate determination of the position of an article and the location of lost articles through wireless ranging. Provision is made for positional exception monitoring, as well as the centralized tracking of the whereabouts of articles.01-19-2012
20080303670Audible Anti-theft Tag - An audible anti-theft tag that has a multiple ways to activate an audible alarm under predetermined conditions. When the pin assembly is forcibly detached from an EAS tag, a high decibel alarm is automatically activated. The audible alarm in the anti-theft tag uses a thyristor control circuit which does not use power while the anti-theft tag alarm is inactive. Once activated, the alarm cannot be turned off. An optional multi-wire lanyard is available which is not susceptible to defeat by a shunt, and also activates the audible alarm when severed.12-11-2008
20120154151DESICCANT CANISTER AND EAS RF TAG - An electronic article surveillance system is disclosed. The system of the present invention has a moisture-sensitive article placed within a canister having a non-static desiccant material and an activated electronic article surveillance radio frequency (EAS RF) device. The EAS RF device is placed between a Generally Regarded as Safe qualified label and a release liner which is applied to the canister. The system also has an EAS RF detector which monitors an associated interrogation zone for a signal from the activated EAS RF device thereby activating an alarm.06-21-2012
20120025987TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A security system for monitoring at least one shipping container being transported by at least one cargo transport vehicle has a Container Security Device (CSD) configured to be removably coupled to the at least one freight shipping container wall thereby utilizing for monitoring a cargo inside the container and detection of intrusion violations accompanied with partial destruction of the container wall when in a coupled condition. The CSD including at least one anti-tamper sensor, a microcontroller and a communication device; where the microcontroller generates an alarm signal based on a signal from at least one anti-tamper sensor is subjected to an individual sensor processing procedure and then to an integrated sensor processing procedure, the integrated sensor processing procedure make determination of the overall container alert status based on the alarm signal from at least one sensor. The system also has a Network Operations Center (NOC), the NOC including a NOC communications facility configured to communicate with at least one telecommunication network, the NOC being configured to receive data from each of the plurality of the CSDs and including a data storage medium configured to store sensor data and contained an archive of the container events.02-02-2012
20120025988WIRELESS TAG COLLECTIVE READING DEVICE, AND NETWORK ARTICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A wireless tag collective reading device of this invention comprises a rack to store the wireless-tag-equipped articles which are mounted on the wireless-tag-equipped article by printing a chip portion and an antenna portion connected to the chip portion, the chip portion emitting tag information in response to electromagnetic waves, and an antenna unit which applies, to the wireless-tag-equipped articles stored in the rack, electromagnetic waves for the emission of the tag information, and receives electromagnetic waves for the tag information emitted from the wireless tag, wherein the device controls the directivity, intensity, and phase of the electromagnetic waves emitted from the antenna unit to apply the electromagnetic waves to the wireless-tag-equipped article at a given position stored in the rack, controls the relative positions of the antenna unit and the rack, and reads the tag information from a signal received by the antenna unit.02-02-2012
20120025986WORK DIRECTION DETERMINING METHOD AND DEVICE, AND WORK PROVIDED WITH DIRECTION DETERMINING FUNCTION - A work direction determining device includes a passive tag type IC tag secured at a predetermined position on the front surface thereof. The IC tag includes a substrate, an IC module and an antenna coil disposed on the substrate in an offset manner. The device includes an antenna communicating with the IC tag, and a determination circuit. Where the work and the direction determining device are located at respective predetermined communication positions, communication is done between the antenna of the direction determining device and the antenna coil of the IC tag, and the magnitude of communication intensity during the communication is determined by the determination circuit to thereby determine a direction of the work.02-02-2012
20120025985RFID tracking of patient specimen samples - Miniature RFID tags are used in a system for identifying, locating, tracking and inventorying patient specimens pursuant to medical testing. The RFID tags are attached to specimen vessels, and at a point of collection for patient specimens each RFID tag of a vessel is associated with patient and test data, in a collection site database. When a series of vessels are to go to a laboratory, a hand-held device receives all data on the specimens via download from the collection site PC/database. A courier picks up a container with the specimen vessels and delivers it to the laboratory, along with the hand-held device. At the lab a reader reads all specimen tags, and the data stored in the hand-held device is downloaded to a lab processor/database to verify all specimens are present. Location of specimens can be done by reading or powering up different zones, and the hand-held device can have a power node for selectively powering one or several specimen tags for identification or location of specific specimens.02-02-2012
20120062381MOTION TRACKING TECHNIQUES FOR RFID TAGS - Techniques for tracking the motion of an RFID tag using signal strength information. A single antenna of an RFID reader may be used to take a sequence of readings from an RFID tag in motion. A signal strength indicator (e.g., received signal strength indicator (RSSI)) is determined for each reading. The sequence of RSSIs is then used to estimate a path of motion of the RFID tag and the direction of motion of the RFID tag along the path.03-15-2012
20110068924Pallet with pallet RFID reader/writer for conducting on-demand pallet inventory - A material handling apparatus has a communications device associated therewith. The device includes a reader/writer for communicating with RF tags located on products supported upon the apparatus and with RF tags located within distribution networks. A further aspect of the present invention provides a RF tag attached to the apparatus and the device. In still another aspect of the present invention, a wireless local area network communications device is incorporated with the read/writer.03-24-2011
20100289647Detection of Changes in Fasteners or Fastened Joints - This invention relates to the use of a tag device 11-18-2010
20100289645SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAFEGUARDING WAFERS AND PHOTOMASKS - A system and a method for safeguarding wafers and photomasks. The system includes a container for storing an article, the article being a wafer or a photomask; a flashing unit for flashing light with a pre-determined light pattern; an anti-theft unit capable of performing an anti-theft function, the anti-theft unit being attached to the container; and a trigger unit electrically connected to the anti-theft unit for triggering the anti-theft function of the anti-theft unit, in response to detecting the pre-determined light pattern of the flashing unit. The method includes providing a container having an anti-theft unit capable of performing an anti-theft function; storing an article in the container, the article being a wafer or a photomask; providing a flashing light with a pre-determined light pattern; detecting the pre-determined light pattern; and performing the anti-theft function by the anti-theft unit, in response to detecting the pre-determined light pattern.11-18-2010
20120126982ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL (ESL) APPARATUS USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE ESL APPARATUS - Provided are an electronic shelf label (ESL) apparatus using radio frequency identification (RFID) and an operation method of the ESL apparatus. The ESL apparatus may include an ESL tag to be attached to a shelf and a radio tag reader to store, in the ESL tag, details that is received from an ESL server, in response to an article information update request from the ESL server.05-24-2012
20120161967RFID-BASED INVENTORY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH SELF-ADJUSTING OPERATIONAL PARAMETERS - An inventory monitoring controller maintains information reflecting a current inventory of articles based on radio frequency identification (RFID) tag identifying information received from one or more RFID tag readers in the context of inventory polling operations. In an embodiment, the controller also adjusts an operational parameter (e.g., a missing article detection threshold or a variable polling parameter) based on an analysis of the RFID tag identifying information. For example, a variable polling parameter may be adjusted in response to an occurrence of a triggering event (e.g., an inventory change indicated by the RFID tag identifying information or an occurrence of a temporal event), and a missing article detection threshold may be adjusted based on historical information relating to the detection of (or failure to detect) a particular RFID tag.06-28-2012
20120161968Systems and methods to detect cross reads in RFID tags - Systems and methods to detect cross reads in RFID tags are disclosed. Existing RFID reading mechanisms do not have the provision of detecting cross reads and eliminating the cross reads while performing inventory of an area. As a result, the user will have to manually determine the cross reads from the data and eliminate them. The disclosed method employs a RFID reader that is equipped with a plurality of engines for performing scan on the inventories. The scanned data is processed by a processing unit. In the processing unit, normalization is performed on the scanned data, neighboring assets and spatial location maps are created. The data from the above processes is employed for detecting cross reads during the scan. The identified cross reads are eliminated based on various other parameters obtained by analyzing scanned data.06-28-2012
20100207765METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING PASSIVE INTEGRATED TRANSPONDER TAGS - An apparatus for locating an embedded passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag is provided. An embodiment of the locating apparatus includes a resonator capable of electromagnetically coupling to the PIT tag, and a feedback circuit connected to the resonator and configured to monitor a load conductance of the resonator. A distance between the resonator and the PIT tag is indicated by a change in the monitored load conductance when the resonator and the PIT tag are electromagnetically coupled. Another embodiment includes a resonator capable of stimulating a response signal from a PIT tag, and a processing circuit capable of calculating the distance between the resonator and the PIT tag based on the amplitude of the response signal.08-19-2010
20120133512Interrogator and interrogation system employing the same - The present invention is directed to an interrogator, method of discerning metal and radio frequency identification (RFID) objects, and an interrogation system employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogator includes a metal sensing subsystem configured to provide a first signal having a signature representing a presence of a metal object, and a RFID sensing subsystem configured to provide a second signal having a signature representing a presence of a RFID object. The interrogator also includes a control and processing subsystem configured to discern a presence of at least one of the metal and RFID objects from one of the first and second signals.05-31-2012
20090058655Method and Apparatus for Monitoring a Drum with an RFID Tag - A drum has a body, a lid, and fastening structure cooperable with portions of the body and lid to effect a releasable coupling therebetween. A sensor is disposed between the two portions. According to a different aspect, a support member has a flange with a hole, and a pressure sensor on the flange. A tag on the support member has circuitry responsive to the sensor for transmitting wireless signals. According to yet another aspect, a drum has a body, a lid, and fastening structure to effect a releasable coupling between the lid and the body. A method involves monitoring with a pressure sensor a force produced by the fastening structure.03-05-2009
20090058654RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE HAVING NONVOLATILE FERROELECTRIC MEMORY - A RFID device having an analog block, a digital block, and a memory block having a nonvolatile ferroelectric memory is presented. The analog block is configured to receive a radio frequency signal so as to output an operating command signal. The digital block is configured to generate and output an address and an operation adjusting signal in response to the operating command signal. The digital block is also configured to output a response signal to the analog block and to generate a flag data corresponding to a data processing state and value. The memory block is configured to read and write a data in a nonvolatile ferroelectric capacitor in response to the operation adjusting signal. The memory block includes a memory unit configured to store the flag data so as to output the flag data to the digital block.03-05-2009
20090058652Synchronized Relayed Transmissions in RFID Networks - Some embodiments of the invention relate to a circuit for allowing an RFID transponder to relay transmissions. According to some embodiments of the invention, a circuit for allowing a first RFID transponder to relay transmissions may include a logic module and a synchronization module. The logic module may be configured to operate in a relay mode. While in the relay mode, the logic module may be adapted to cause the first RFID transponder to relay a communication received at the transponder. The synchronization module may be adapted to synchronize the first RFID transponder with at least a second RFID transponder, such that the relay communication is synchronized with a communication relayed by the second RFID transponder.03-05-2009
20090058651Methods, Computer Program Products, Terminals and Systems for Providing Location Reporting of RFID Enabled Moveable Objects - A method of providing location information associated with moveable objects can include periodically receiving identification (ID) information at a first terminal from a moveable object via a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) signal. Location information associated with the ID information can be updated to provide updated location information for the moveable object. The ID information relative to the first terminal may be evaluated to determine if the moveable object is associated with the first terminal. The location information may be sent to a second terminal, if the moveable object is associated with the second terminal.03-05-2009
20090058649SELECTIVELY COUPLING TO FEED POINTS OF AN ANTENNA SYSTEM - Selectively coupling to feed points of an antenna system. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are systems comprising an antenna system, an antenna communication circuit, a first diode coupled between the antenna communication circuit and a first feed point of the antenna system, and a second diode coupled between the antenna communication circuit and a second feed point of the antenna system. The antenna communication circuit is configured to couple the antenna communication circuit to the first and second feed points by forward biasing the diodes.03-05-2009
20090058648METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF USING RFID TAGS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS - Methods and systems of using RFID tags in emergency situations. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising writing emergency information to a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, and enabling a first responder to read the emergency information in an emergency situation.03-05-2009
20090058646Networked RF tag for tracking baggage - The invention disclosed provides a method, system, and associated tag for detection and tracking of inanimate and animate objects. The novel method broadly comprises the steps of: a) attaching a low radio frequency detection tag to each of the objects, each tag comprising a tag antenna operable at a low radio frequency not exceeding 1 megahertz (preferably not exceeding 300 kilohertz), a transceiver operatively connected to the tag's antenna, the transceiver being operable to transmit and receive data signals at the low radio frequency, a data storage device operable to store data comprising identification data for identifying said detection tag, a programmed data processor operable to process data received from the transceiver and the data storage device and to send data to cause the transceiver to emit an identification signal based upon the identification data stored in said data storage device, and an energy source for activating the tag's transceiver and data processor; b) storing, in the data storage device of each tag, shipping data selected from object description data, address-of-origin data, destination address data, object vulnerability data, and object status data; c) comingling the objects in a repository selected from a warehouse and a truck, the repository being provided with at least one large loop field antenna operable at said low radio frequency; the field antenna being disposed at a distance from each object that permits effective communication therewith at the low radio frequency, d) reading the identification data and shipping data from the transceiver of each tag by interrogating all tags comingled in said repository with data signals, such as specific IP addresses or other identification codes, via said field antenna; and e) transmitting the identification data and shipping data from each tag to a central data processor to provide a tally of the objects in said repository.03-05-2009
20090058647SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RFID DYNAMIC CONTENT PRESENTATION - A system and method for providing RFID dynamic content presentation using wireless devices and RFID technologies. The method comprises providing a wireless capable device which is configured to receive RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval. The system is an infrastructure which comprises at least one RFID tag which stores RFID information; and a wireless capable device which is configured to receive the RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval.03-05-2009
20120169500RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD USED TO PERFORM ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE - A radio frequency identification (RFID) system used to perform electronic article surveillance comprises a RFID tag and a RFID reader. The RFID tag is affixed to an object, and the RFID reader, having a plurality of antennas, is in radio frequency (RF) communication with the RFID tag. The plurality of antennas are arranged to have a spatial relationship with one another to monitor and communicate with the RFID tag such that a likelihood of a security breach of the RFID tag is determined. Determining the likelihood of the security breach is based, at least in part, on a signal strength of a read of the RFID tag at each antenna relative to the plurality of antennas.07-05-2012
20120075102PORTABLE LAP COUNTER AND SYSTEM - A highly portable, vertically-standing RFID tag reader, referred to as a “bollard,” is presented. The bollard includes a vertical element supporting an internal RFID tuner component above the surface on which the bollard rests. Additionally, each bollard includes a base element that provides vertical stability to the vertical element and a plurality of internal components. The internal components include the following: a power system, a processor, a tuner component, and a wireless interface. The power system provides power to the powered components of the bollard. The processor directs and/or executes the functions of the bollard with regard to an event in which the bollard is configured to participate. The tuner component is configured to read RFID tags that come within RFID communication range of the bollard. The wireless interface component is configured to provide wireless communications between the bollard and an operator console.03-29-2012
20120075101RFID Reader With Motion Detection - A technique for operating a Radio Frequency Identification, RFID, reader with motion detection includes detecting a motion in proximity to the RFID reader, and triggering the RFID reader to read any tags in proximity to the RFID reader in response to detecting a motion in proximity to the RFID reader. Detecting a motion can also generate a change in digital signage, or communicate information about read tags to a local area network. Operating this system only when motion is detected saves battery life.03-29-2012
20100271209Weighted Saw Reflector Gratings for Orthogonal Frequency Coded Saw IdTags and Sensors - Weighted surface acoustic wave reflector gratings for coding identification tags and sensors to enable unique sensor operation and identification for a multi-sensor environment. In an embodiment, the weighted reflectors are variable while in another embodiment the reflector gratings are apodized. The weighting technique allows the designer to decrease reflectively and allows for more chips to be implemented in a device and, consequently, more coding diversity. As a result, more tags and sensors can be implemented using a given bandwidth when compared with uniform reflectors. Use of weighted reflector gratings with OFC makes various phase shifting schemes possible, such as in-phase and quadrature implementations of coded waveforms resulting in reduced device size and increased coding.10-28-2010
20100271208Wireless Network-Based Action-Oriented System For Remote Wireless Alerting And Action - The present invention provides a wireless network-based action-oriented system comprising one or more mobile devices, which may be worn on or carried by a user, and which may be activated by the user to wirelessly communicate, via a wireless network, a signal to a base station to execute an action initiation command, such as a stoppage of nearby associated machinery or vehicles, activation of heating, cooling and lighting systems, etc. Alternatively, sensors and/or detectors disposed on or in communication with the mobile device may be activated by a user to transmit sensed/detected data to the base station, or to autonomously transmit sensed/detected data, which the base station may then act upon. The system further includes a computer software program product, which links the mobile device, access points, base stations and associated units (such as machinery, vehicles, electronics, etc.), and which allows the base station to communicate with associated units to order an execution of an action thereby. The system may further have a barcode scanner or identification code reader in communication with the base station, and each mobile device may further contain a barcode or unique identification number, such that mobile device data may be entered into the base station server with ease and active controls set on the mobile device. Thus, the mobile device, in conjunction with the system and corresponding computer program product, allows a user to have the ability to immediately initiate a remote action, such as the halting of operation of industrial equipment, electronics, heating and cooling systems, lighting, vehicles, etc. in communication with the system of the present invention operating over a wireless network, and allows system managers to easily set controls associated with each mobile device.10-28-2010
20100007498Rotatable Tags for Automated Location and Monitoring of Moveable Objects and Related Systems - A rotatable tag is provided that is configured to be affixed to a moveable object, the tag includes a housing configured to provide an increased volume and occupy a relatively small amount of surface area on the object to which the tag is affixed. The rotatable tag is configured to transmit information related to the tag and/or an environment surrounding the tag. Related systems are also provided herein.01-14-2010
20100007499UNIVERSAL TRACKING ASSEMBLY - A universal tracking assembly that is capable of supporting more than one protocol used in electronic article surveillance (EAS) labels. The universal tracking assembly includes an acousto-magnetic (AM) EAS portion with a Radio Frequency (RF) EAS portion. The intrinsic characteristics and properties of the components of these individual labels are utilized to enhance the overall performance and utility of the combined EAS universal tracking assembly.01-14-2010
20100007497ANTITHEFT SYSTEM - In an antitheft system for preventing an equipment comprising moving objects such as electric vehicles or operating machine such as lawnmower from theft, an electronic key is prepared to be carried by an operator of the equipment and stores authenticating data for identifying the operator who carries the electronic key. An authenticator is installed at the equipment and performs authentication check as to whether the electronic key is an authorized key using stored key-checking data, when the authenticating data is outputted from the electronic key, whereas an electronic key copier is provided separately from the equipment and copies the electronic key, thereby enabling to make a copy of the electronic key without activating equipment, while ensuring to prevent the equipment from theft.01-14-2010
20100007495System and Method for Monitoring a Location of a Mobile RFID Reader - A system and a method for monitoring a location of a mobile RFID reader are provided. The system includes an active RFID tag disposed on the mobile RFID reader configured to transmit a first RF signal. The system further includes a first stationary RFID reader configured to receive the first RF signal. The first stationary RFID reader is further configured to send a first message having data associated with the first RF signal to a computer. The computer is configured to determine a first location of the mobile RFID reader at a first time based on the data associated with the first RF signal. The computer is further configured to store first location data indicating the first location of the mobile RFID reader in a memory device.01-14-2010
20090309731Method and system for tracking objects using Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver built in the Active Radio Frequency ID (RFID) receiver - A method and system for tracking objects using Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver built in the Active Radio Frequency ID (RFID) receiver. The method comprises the steps of determining the position of the object using GPS receiver, detecting the object in a small range using an active RFID, sending the location data using Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) to a database which stores the location data, and using a Geographical Information System (GIS) application to plot the location data onto a map, to track the exact location of the object. The system comprises one or more active RFID tags wherein said tags send out a hard coded ID on predefined intervals to be received and interpreted by a GPS and Active RFID receiver; a GPS; an Active RFID receiver; and a fixed IP remote server receives the output message generated by the Active RFID receiver.12-17-2009
20090021377Tamperproof tag - A tag including a substrate bordered by an outer edge and an inner circular edge. The substrate has a face side and a reverse side. An arrangement includes an antenna and an integrated circuit on a chip on the reverse side of the substrate. The integrated circuit on the chip is electrically connected to the antenna. An adhesive on the reverse side of the substrate covers the arrangement. A part of the arrangement has a greater adhesion to the adhesive than to the substrate. First cuts extend radially from the inner circular edge. Second cuts extend parallel to the first cuts from the outer edge. A region without cuts between the first cuts and the second cuts.01-22-2009
20090021376Identifying RFID Tag Moving Coherently with Reader - A system and method to distinguish an RFID tag which is moving synchronously with an RFID reader from other RFID tags which are not moving synchronously with the reader. In one embodiment, the reader emits read signals at a fixed frequency with a corresponding period. A determination is made by the RFID reader as to the signal strengths received from an RFID tag at time intervals which are integer multiples of the half-period of the signal. Signal strengths from the tag which are the same or substantially the same at these prescribed measurement intervals are taken as an indication that the tag is moving synchronously with the RFID reader. In an alternative embodiment, the frequency of the read signals may vary over time. Correlations between received tag signal strengths with particular frequencies are an indication that the RFID tag is moving synchronously with the RFID reader.01-22-2009
20120229280RFD Method for Protecting Personal Assets - A device for personal or business assets (electronics, eyeglasses, handbags, cell phones or keys), which involves a receiver (placed in one's pocket or purse) and transponder that can be attached to assets, such as electronics, eyeglasses, handbags, cell phones or keys. This device will emit a signal to alert the user that the transponder attached asset is too far away and must be returned to the individual with receiver. This system will prevent the loss of valuable personal assets, which in the past have gone unnoticed. The user can correct this potential loss immediately “on the spot” and thus avoid spending additional time and resources to replace transponder attached assets.09-13-2012
20080297352AUTONOMOUS INTERROGATING TRANSPONDER FOR DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS WITH OTHER TRANSPONDERS - A group of associated transponders are respectively attached to a plurality of objects, such as sensors or containers. Each transponder includes a memory, a transmitter, a receiver and a controller. The memory stores group data, which includes data related to the respective attached objects. The controller causes the transmitter to autonomously transmit a group interrogation signal and to transmit a response signal in response to receipt of a group interrogation signal from another transponder of the group. The response signal includes at least some of the stored group data. The receiver receives both the group interrogation signals and the response signals from the other transponders of the group. The controller controls the transmitter and receiver and causes the memory to store data related to the respective object to which the transponder is attached and to store the group data included in the received response signals.12-04-2008
20080297350Rfid Tag - To provide an RFID tag including therein a lightweight, thin, reusable by charging, and foldable power source. In an RFID tag including an IC module 12-04-2008
20080297349ELECTRONIC EAS TAG DETECTION AND METHOD - An electronic circuit, apparatus and method for detecting and deactivating electronic article surveillance (“EAS”) tags, in which a coil induces a current when subject to an electromagnetic field and also is used to transmit an electromagnetic tag signal. A tuning capacitor is in electrical communication with the coil. The tuning capacitor and the coil establish a resonance for the transmission of the electromagnetic tag signal. A storage capacitor is in electrical communication with the coil. The storage capacitor receives the induced current from the coil. The electronic circuit, apparatus and method can also include a first diode for rectifying the induced current from the coil and a processor for determining an EAS tag status.12-04-2008
20080297348RFID System for Lifting Devices - A lifting device equipped with an RFID scanning system having an article receiving area configured for receipt of a stack of articles having RFID tags associated therewith. A first scanning antenna is provided at a first height relative to the article receiving area, and a second scanning antenna is provided at a second height relative to the article receiving area that is above the first height. A computer control system is in communication with the first and second scanning antennas and applies a verification parameter to RFID signals received by the second scanning antenna to determine whether RFID tagged articles detected by the second scanning antenna are within the stack of articles carried by the lifting device.12-04-2008
20080297347Automatic Configuration of New or Replacement Eas Network Devices - A system and an analogous method which automatically configures electronic article surveillance (EAS) devices coupled to a network, includes a server coupled to the network. The server may include software or hardware which (1) listens on a specified port for connection requests from at least one coupled EAS network device; (2) accepts the connection request from at least one coupled EAS network device; (3) queries at least one coupled EAS network device for information relating to at least one EAS network device; and (4) configures at least one coupled EAS network device based upon the information received from at least one EAS network device.12-04-2008
20080297346MINI PALLET-BOX MOVING CONTAINER - Smart, rollable, mini-pallet cargo container system comprising robust, auditable, secure, sealable, lockable, trackable and pollable, universal, half/quarter-sized boxes particularly useful for moving highly valuable or sensitive, personal, political, military or commercial materials, embodiments include truly verifiable ballot boxes, verifiably secure moving containers. Blast attenuation inserts are disclosed. The boxes include electronic locks containing event memory, sensors and alarms, and RF communications and GPS locator module(s) that radio to a base station the time, location and status of the inventive box, and anomalous events as they occur, including unauthorized attempts to open or break into the container, or potential damage events. In addition, both the locks and comm modules are programmable, and provide extensive, and selectably pollable and down-loadable, printable event, access and transport history and audit trails. The comm system permits remote tracking and real time status check via the Internet, LAN or WAN wireless networks.12-04-2008
20110215928METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING EFFECT OF INTERFERENCE IN INTEGRATED METAL DETECTION/ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS - An integrated electronic article surveillance (“EAS”)/metal detection system. The system includes a transmitter operable to transmit an EAS interrogation signal, where the EAS interrogation signal establishes an interrogation zone and is used to detect EAS markers and metal objects within the interrogation zone. The EAS interrogation signal is transmitted at a first frequency during an EAS detection cycle and at a second frequency during a metal detection cycle. The system includes a receiver operable to detect a signal received from an EAS marker, and a metal detector module operable to detect a metal object in proximity to the integrated EAS/metal detection system, where the metal detector module includes a filter tuned to substantially filter out the first transmission frequency.09-08-2011
20120081228Copper Tracking Method - Tapes for marking valuable components and their housings and supporting posts are described along with a process for utilizing the tapes including the steps of sequentially marking the copper and the equipment with a MR marking (e.g. barcodes, Q-R codes and/or EF transmitters). EF or related broadcasting transmitters or their equivalent would be thin enough and responsive to a signal; machine reading a MR sequence on copper that is brought; marking the copper sold before, after or at the point of sale; identifying the location and coding the copper as stolen at the point of theft, utilizing a nationwide system of copper marking tied to the buyer's information; visually marking the copper in a non-sequential way, potentially by region or state in order to minimize the amount of overlap and would also include the concepts of mandatory scanning of copper products at installation or recycling.04-05-2012
20120081227METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT IN AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT - A method and apparatus for asset management in an open environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method correlates a person's RFID tag with an RFID of an asset and uses this information to determine whether an asset is allowed to pass an access point.04-05-2012
20120326871SECURITY SYSTEM TAG MAGNETIC CLUTCH AND METHOD - A tag having a magnetic clamp for use in securing an item in order to prevent the unauthorized removal of the item from, for example, a retail store. The magnetic tag includes an attachment element that secures the item to the tag. A clamp having a locking region secures the attachment element such that the item cannot be separated from the tag. A keyed magnetic element on the clamp includes one or more hard magnets, where each hard magnet has either an outward-facing north or south polarity. By applying a magnetic force to the magnets, the locking region moves away from the attachment element thus allowing the item to be removed from the tag. The arrangement of magnets operates as a “key” and only a detacher unit with an identical magnetic pattern can apply the requisite magnetic force to the magnets to disengage the clamp from the attachment element to allow removal of the tag from the item.12-27-2012
20120092166SYNCHRONIZATION OF ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS HAVING METAL DETECTION - A method and system are provided for minimizing metal detection signal interference by dividing a standard EAS system metal detection burst timeslot into a plurality of timeslots per burst in order to minimize triggering metal detection false alarm signals between adjacent metal detection systems. The method and system include synchronizing a plurality of metal detection systems by generating a signal having a predefined time duration and segmenting the signal into multiple timeslots per signal. A selected timeslot that is assigned to each of the plurality of metal detection systems is stored and the system performs metal detection using the assigned timeslot.04-19-2012
20100214100Proximity Locator System - A Proximity Locator System for individuals includes a credit card size card which is carried in an individual's wallet. The card is provided with a wireless communication device which is used in conjunction with a locating device to locate an individual. This may be utilized to locate individuals lost at sea, in an avalanche, or under the debris of a fallen building. The communication device on the card may be solar powered or activated by a RF signal from the locator device. The card does not require a battery to power the communication device. Therefore it may be carried by and individual and activated at any time. In this manner it is fully operational when someone is attempting to locate the card. The card also contains a smart chip with vital information about the individual which can be accessed by individuals with different authority levels.08-26-2010
20080218348Visibility radio cap and network - A pedigree tag for tracking and validating authenticity of contents in a container includes: a radio frequency modem operable at a low radio frequency, not exceeding one megahertz, and including a full duplex transmitter and receiver; an antenna operatively coupled with the radio frequency modem; a programmable microprocessor operatively coupled with the radio frequency modem; a memory operatively coupled with the programmable microprocessor; a clock; and a connector for connecting a power source for providing power to the microprocessor; wherein the pedigree tag is in a form factor conformable to the container to which it is affixed.09-11-2008
20110156905TWO-PART SECURITY TAG - Disclosed is a security tag that contains two parts. The contact (or lack thereof) of the two parts defines the operational state of the security tag. In one state, the security tag responds when a central control station runs a wireless security scan. In the other state, the tag does not respond. Thus the wireless security scan reveals the tag's operational state. If, for example, one part of the tag is affixed to a window, and the other part affixed to a frame of the window, then the two parts can be arranged so that they are in contact when the window is closed but not in contact when the window is open. A wireless scan of the tag thus reveals whether or not the window is open. In one embodiment, one part of the security tag includes an RFID circuit, and the other part includes an antenna.06-30-2011
20110156909GATEWAY RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAG SYSTEM - A system and method are disclosed for transporting deterministic traffic in a gigabit passive optical network. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Optical Line Termination (OLT) for exchanging data traffic in a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) having a controller programmed to generate a timeslot schedule for transport of a desired bandwidth of constant bit rate (CBR) data traffic by selecting one or more timeslots from periodic frame clusters operating according to a GPON Transmission Convergence (GTC) protocol. Additional embodiments are disclosed.06-30-2011
20110156908OPERATION STATE DETECTION DEVICE - An operation state detection device comprises data communication devices and a detection device. The data communication devices are respectively attached to an operator, and a person or an object as an operation target. The data communication devices mutually perform data communication when the operator contacts the person or the object and thereby a path is formed through the operator, and the person or the object. The detection device detects the data communication performed between the data communication devices.06-30-2011
20110156907APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH RFID TAG AND SYSTEM FOR ARTICLE MANAGEMENT - This disclosure discloses an apparatus for communicating with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising: an apparatus antenna device configured to perform radio communication with a plurality of RFID tag circuit elements including a first RFID tag circuit element and a second RFID tag circuit element; a power control portion; an information obtaining portion configured to obtain information from the first RFID tag circuit element and the second RFID tag circuit element, based on the power controlled by the power control portion; and an association processing portion configured to perform the association processing of tag identification information of the second RFID tag circuit element with tag identification information of the first RFID tag circuit element.06-30-2011
20110156906Near-Field Communication Apparatus and Associated Method - A near-field communication apparatus comprises an antenna, a signal processing circuit, a storage unit and a signal transmission interface. The antenna receives and transmits a wireless signal transmitted from and to a reader. The signal processing circuit, comprising a first port, a second port and a third port, generate a mapping data, wherein the first port is coupled to the antenna. The storage unit, coupled to the second port, comprises a predetermined memory area for storing the mapping data by the signal processing circuit. And the signal transmission interface, coupled or directly connected to the third port, for receiving an external signal and mapping the external signal to the mapping data by the signal processing circuit.06-30-2011
20080252459METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF A MULTIPLE RADIO FREQUENCY NETWORK NODE RFID TAG - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag that contains multiple Radio Frequency (RF) network nodes that may include memory storage for the RFID tag, the memory storage may include one time programmable (OTP) memory and many time programmable (MTP) memory and the storage of the information may be within the OTP and MTP memory.10-16-2008
20080252458ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device including an electronic device body, a remote unit, an identification unit and a tag is provided. The remote unit has a first switch. The identification unit is disposed in the electronic device body, and the tag is disposed in the remote unit. When the remote unit is close to the electronic device body and the first switch is turned on, the identification unit is capable of identifying the tag to activate the electronic device body. Because the electronic device body is activated after the tag is identified by the identification unit, the invention is able to reduce the theft rate of the electronic device body by separately storing the electronic device body and the remote unit.10-16-2008
20080252457Electronic vehicle tag - The present invention consists of an electronic vehicle tag (EVT), which is preferably 12×6 inches. It consists of an encasement mountable by 4 screws to a motor vehicle. The front face is comprised of an electronic paper display technology, which requires no power consumption to maintain its image. The electronic paper display will hold a high resolution full color graphic design relating to the vehicle tag selected and tag information depending on the state of issuances requirements. The display is reflective and can be easily read in sunlight or dimly lit environments and at virtually any angle. The plate has an electronic paper technology for display, wireless communication transmitter/receiver, logic board for electronic paper manipulation, high impact encasement, and a battery pack. The battery pack is used to change the display when required. The electronic vehicle tag is independent of the vehicle in which it is attached.10-16-2008
20080252456METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMICALLY AUTHENTICATED IDENTIFICATION - Methods and apparatus for visually authenticating an entity which displays a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a locator that determines when a radio frequency (RF) receiver is present within a vicinity. The apparatus also includes a server configured to identify a security element and configured to obtain an information element associated with the RF receiver when the RF receiver is present within the vicinity, as well as a transmitter. The transmitter transmits a first representation of the security element to a display arrangement, a second representation of the security element to the RF receiver, and the information element to the RF receiver. The second representation of the security element is arranged to overlay the information element when the second representation of the security element and the information element are displayed.10-16-2008
20080238677TRANSPONDER HOUSING AND DEVICE TO MARK IMPLEMENTS, SUCH AS SURGICAL IMPLEMENTS, AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A transponder device and/or housing to mark a surgical implement, such as a metallic surgical instrument, is provided that comprises a non-elastic, preferably non-metallic, rigid transponder housing attachable to a portion of the surgical implement. The housing includes a transponder receiving cavity spaced at least 1 millimeter, and preferably at least 2 millimeters, from any portion of the surgical implement when the housing is attached to the surgical implement. The housing may be removably attached to the surgical implement or permanently attached. In use, a transponder is installed in the transponder receiving cavity. A method of detecting a transponder indicating the possible presence of a surgical implement is also provided.10-02-2008
20080231451METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS MANAGEMENT OF ARTICLES - The present invention is directed to method and apparatus for wireless management of articles. The method is implemented by a master RFID tag. The method includes transmitting at least one first RFID read signal to a plurality of RFID tags local to the master RFID tag and receiving a first RFID response signal from each of the plurality of RFID tags in response to the at least one first RFID read signal. Each of the first RFID response signals comprises an identifier associated with an article. The method further includes maintaining an article record indicating at least one expected article that is to be managed by the master RFID tag and comparing each of the identifiers with the article record in an attempt to compile contextual information associated with the article record. Finally, the method further includes transmitting a master signal comprising the contextual information associated with the article record. Embodiments of the present invention are also directed to a master RFID tag comprising a first communication unit, a memory unit, a processing unit and a second communication unit.09-25-2008
20080231449Method and apparatus for power management for a radio frequency identification system - A method and device of power management for a networked radio frequency identification (“RFID”) system are disclosed. The described power management methods reduce the power consumption of battery-operated RFID readers and RFID tags. These power conservation methods increase the RFID system's hours of operation and decrease the cost by allowing the RFID readers and tags to function for a longer period of time before requiring charging or replacement of their batteries.09-25-2008
20080231446TRACKING AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES IN A DEALER LOT - Automotive vehicles in dealer inventory are tracked using a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, so that a vehicle can be located in real-time on a dealer lot. A centralized inventory tracking service can remotely monitor the vehicles at a number of dealerships, and dealer personnel can remotely access the tracking computer system via a Web-based user interface. Conventional vehicle inventory information can be periodically downloaded from a dealer inventory database to the tracking computer system. Various features of the invention take advantage of such integration of dealer inventory information with tracking information.09-25-2008
20080224872Circulation management system and circulation management apparatus - A circulation management system is provided that includes an object identification tag attached to an object for identifying the object; multiple interrogator antennas for detecting the object identification tag, the interrogator antennas being provided for corresponding destinations to which the object is circulated; and a management apparatus to which the interrogator antennas are connected. The management apparatus is configured to determine by which one of the interrogator antennas the object identification tag is detected, thereby determining that the object having the object identification tag attached thereto belongs to one of the destinations for which the one of the interrogator antennas is provided. A table is provided in which the correspondence between the object identification tag and the object is recorded, and the object whose circulation status is managed by attaching the object identification tag thereto is identified by referring to the table.09-18-2008
20080224871Radio Frequency Identification System - A radio frequency identification system includes: supplying a radio frequency identification tag including providing a radio frequency identification transponder and writing transponder content to the radio frequency identification transponder; and feeding the radio frequency identification tag for an assembly line.09-18-2008
20080224870APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING POWER OF RFID TAG - An apparatus and method for managing power of a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag are provided. It is possible for the apparatus for managing the power of the RFID tag to effectively reduce power consumption of the RFID tag by measuring the power strength of a radio frequency (RF) signal received from an RFID reader and adjusting a level of transmission power based on the measured power strength of the signal.09-18-2008
20080224869Rfid-Uwb System Connected to Wlan Infrastructure - A system including a radio frequency identification (RFID) network and a wireless local area network (WLAN). The RFID network transfers ultra-wide band signals between a reader and a tag. In the wireless local area network (WLAN) an access point communicates with a WLAN transceiver using WLAN signals. The reader is operatively attached to either the wireless access point or the WLAN transceiver and the WLAN is a back haul network of the RFID network. Co-existence of the two networks is provided either by time division between the ultra-wide band signals and WLAN signals; and/or receiver isolation of said RFID network from said WLAN signals.09-18-2008
20080224868Property anti-theft apparatus - A property anti-theft apparatus includes a transmitting unit and a receiving unit. The transmitting unit is installed on a property, and the transmitting unit includes a sensing device and a radio transmitting circuit. The sensing device is used for sensing a movement of the property. When the sensing device senses that the movement of the property exceeds a predetermined distance, it triggers the radio transmitting circuit to transmit a radio signal. The receiving unit is used for receiving the radio signal, so as to alert the movement of the property.09-18-2008
20080224867Real-Time and Offline Location Tracking Using Passive RFID Technologies - A system for location tracking using passive tags includes a reader and a location tracker. The reader receives an identifier associated with a first passive tag. The location tracker receives the location of the passive tag, and maps the location of the first passive tag to the identifier associated with the first passive tag. The location tracker determines the location of an object based on the location of the first passive tag. The location tracker may receive the location of a second passive tag, and map the location of the second passive tag to an identifier associated with the second passive tag. The location tracker may update the location of the object using the location of the second passive tag in response to the reader receiving the identifier associated with the second passive tag.09-18-2008
20080224866Virtualization and Quality of Sensor Data - A method for generating information related to a first object based on sensor data associated with a second object includes determining a containment hierarchy between the first object and the second object. Sensor data associated with the second object is determined using the containment hierarchy. A quality of data index is determined for the sensor data associated with the second object using the containment hierarchy. Information related to the first object is generated based on the sensor data associated with the second object and the quality of data index.09-18-2008
20110260868TAG READER - A tag is attached to each piece of a set of goods mounted on a palette, and a tag storing the quantity of goods that should be mounted on the palette is also attached. A reader/writer counts the number of tags attached to all of the goods, reads quantity information of the tags attached to the palette, and determines whether the two are equal or not.10-27-2011
20110273295PIN ALARM TAG - An alarm tag comprising a first input unit for generating signals for setting (to ON) or resetting (to OFF) an alarm system of the alarm tag. The alarm tag further includes a second input unit for generating signals for arming the alarm tag and triggering an alarm, and an independent auxiliary input unit that generates independent signals that arm the alarm tag and trigger an alarm. When both the second and the auxiliary input units generate a first signal, the alarm system of the alarm tag is armed and set to ON, and when any of the second and third auxiliary input units generate a second signal while the alarm tag is armed and ON, the alarm system of the alarm tag triggers an alarm, thereby preventing tampering and bypassing of one of the second and auxiliary input units to disarm the alarm.11-10-2011
20110273294SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RFID SURVEILLANCE - A RFID monitoring system, which can be used to track and identify RFID tags and tag readers as they are used, can include a computing device including an RFID tag database for storing a list of authorized RFID tags that have been licensed by an intellectual property owner or licensee. The monitoring system may be configured to receive transmitted RFID tag data relating to the location, date, and/or time of detection of tags and other devices. Based on a statistical analysis of this data, the system can determine whether RFID tags and devices are authorized by a rights holder. Other features and embodiments are also disclosed.11-10-2011
20110273297METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING MISSING ITEMS - A system for identifying a lost or stolen device includes a transmitter, a receiver and a computer. The transmitter is coupled to the device and transmits identification information. The receiver receives the identification information transmitted by the transmitter when the transmitter is within a defined distance from the receiver. The computer is coupled to the receiver so as to receive the information from the receiver. The computer has a first secure database which stores data associated with lost or stolen devices and which prevents unauthorized access to the data stored therein. The computer compares the information with the stored data, and generates an alarm if the information matches at least some of the stored data.11-10-2011
20110273296HIGH LEVEL RFID SOLUTION FOR RENTAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT - A system for monitoring use of a tool. The system may include an RFID tag coupled to the tool. A collar may be removably coupled to the tool and configured to be de-coupled from the tool prior to the tool being used. An RFID reader may be coupled to the collar and configured to transmit a first alert signal when the RFID reader is out of transmission range from the RFID tag.11-10-2011
20130141241RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION BOOK MANAGEMENT SECURITY GATE - At least one omni-directional antenna and at least one directional antenna are both disposed inside the RFID book management security gate, in which the omni-directional antenna can broaden a detection angle and reduce leaky wave of an electromagnetic wave in the library; and the directional antenna strengthens the detection of the case that a book or reference material is grasped, carried under the arm or attached to the body, so as to achieve an objective of effective and security management for the book or reference material. When a user carries the reserved book or reference material through the security gate, an RFID tag on the book or reference material can be effectively detected, which can avoid that the book or reference material without a borrowing procedure is furtively taken away.06-06-2013
20090045955RFID THEFT PREVENTION SYSTEM - Systems, apparatuses and methods for deterring product theft and preventing the fraudulent return or exchange of products. Products are associated with a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. Tag readers located at store access points can detect the presence of the RFID tag and can be used to help determine a direction of travel of the RFID tag. When a product is determined to be leaving the store, the transaction history of the product can be accessed, as well as the supply chain history of the product, to confirm the product has been validly purchased and therefore authorized for removal from the store. When a product is determined to be entering a store, the supply chain history and transaction history of the product can be consulted to determine if the product can be validly exchanged or returned.02-19-2009
20080218349RFID system and RFID tag - In an RFID system comprising a detection unit for detecting an RFID tag and a control unit for exercising the control concerning the RFID tag, a determination unit determines whether to access a second area of an RFID tag comprising storage area, comprising of a first area for storing ID information and the second area for storing command information. An extraction unit extracts command information from the second area when it is determined to access the second area. An execution unit performs a process corresponding to the command information extracted by the extraction unit.09-11-2008
20080218347SECURING METHOD AND MOBILE DEVICE THUS SECURED - A method and apparatus are provided for securing a mobile digital processing device. The method includes: a protective step that is self-activated when the mobile device measures an evolutionary value approaching a threshold value and wherein the mobile device executes a protective action; and includes a step of self-setting the evolutionary value when the mobile device and a holder associated therewith are detected in a common vicinity. The evolutionary value is positioned at a value remote from the threshold value, so as to allow the evolutionary value to approach the threshold value naturally, when the mobile device and the holder are no longer detected in a common vicinity.09-11-2008
20080218346IDENTIFIER DEVICE AND METHOD OF IDENTIFYING - An identifier device, which may be part of a tracking or similar transponder device, which can be removably coupled to an article to be identified or tracked. Data representing the identity of the article is encoded in the form of a pattern, and can be read by the identifier device when correctly engaged to the article, by sampling the pattern so as to extract the data encoded therein for transmission. The pattern may be a relief pattern, for example in the form of bumps and pits such as a Braille pattern, or magnetic domains, or the like.09-11-2008
20080218345Intermediate Attachment Mechanism and Use Thereof in Rfid Transponder - The present invention provides an intermediate attachment mechanism, called a powerposer (09-11-2008
20080218344Dual frequency RFID circuit - A radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder (FIGS. 09-11-2008
20130135104RADIO-FREQUENCY TRANSPONDER COMPRISING A TAMPER LOOP FUNCTIONALITY - The application discloses a radio-frequency transponder having a tamper loop functionality the state of which is readable. The radio-frequency transponder comprises attaching means comprising at least one pin and a counterpart for the pin. The attaching means is configured to attach said radio-frequency transponder to an item by means of the pin and the counterpart. The attaching means is configured to create the tamper loop for the radio-frequency transponder when the pin is in contact with the counterpart. The application also discloses a method for monitoring such a radio-frequency transponder.05-30-2013
20130093591METHOD OF ASSIGNING AND DEDUCING THE LOCATION OF ARTICLES DETECTED BY MULTIPLE RFID ANTENNAE - In accordance with preferred embodiments of the invention, a method (and corresponding apparatus) is provided for deducing the location of one or more items or objects to be monitored. In exemplary embodiments, the method (and corresponding apparatus) is implemented in RFID (radio frequency identification) applications (e.g., reading RFID tags at 13.56 MHz and approximately 900 MHz) by deducing the location of an item associated with a unique RFID tag in one or more areas of detection covered by multiple RFID reader antennae.04-18-2013
20090021374METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RADIATED POWER CONTROL FOR SHORT RANGE RFID TAG READING - A method and system for power control for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag reading is provided. The system includes a power amplifier for providing an RF transmit signal for the RFID tag reading. The RF transmit signal is provided to an antenna for radiating the transmit signal. The power of the radiated transmit signal defining a read range for the RFID tag reading. The system includes an attenuator provided between the power amplifier and the antenna for controlling the power of the radiated transmit signal to adjust the read range. A handheld RFID reader may include the system. The method includes calibrating the output power of a reader having a power amplifier and an attenuator provided between the power amplifier and an antenna. The step of calibrating includes at least one of controlling power of the power amplifier in its linear region, and controlling attenuation level of the attenuator.01-22-2009
20130099927ASSETS AND PERSONNEL TRACKING USING RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION - A system for updating a location of a target with an RFID device in response to detected motion of the target includes a server and tracking modules. The server stores identifying information for RFID devices and locations associated with the devices. The tracking modules are positioned in predetermined locations and communicate with the server. Each tracking module includes a motion processing module and an RFID reader. In response to motion detected by a motion processing module, the RFID reader detects identifying information for an RFID device neighboring an RFID reader and transmits the information to the server.04-25-2013
20130141242SECURITY TAG HAVING MAGNETICALLY RELEASABLE LATCH - A security system including a security tag is provided. The security tag includes a housing and a pin in which the pin is removably insertable into the housing. The security tag further includes a latching element disposed within the housing and positionable in a lock position and in an unlock position. The latching element includes a pivot axis. The latching element has a substantially balanced rotational response about the pivot axis when exposed to an external physical mechanical impulse. The security tag further includes a bias element that releasably positions the latching element in the lock position. The latching element releasably engages the inserted pin when in the lock position.06-06-2013
20080238675RFID TAG SYSTEM - The present invention provides an applied RFID tag system with the RFID tag assembled between the first and second portions of an object. When the first and second portions are separated or misaligned, the RFID tag will be deformed and damaged, making it impossible to be identified with a predefined radio frequency, namely, it cannot be identified by card reader. According to the damage information, the operator could learn the unsealing or loosening state of the products, thus ensuring quick and accurate quality control and improved fault detection.10-02-2008
20080211673SYSTEM AND METHOD TO TRACK INVENTORY USING RFID TAGS - System and method for tracking inventory of a multiplicity of products. First RFID tags are associated with respective products or groups of products. Second Active RFID tags are associated with respective first containers for the multiplicity products. A third Active RFID tag is associated with a second container for the first containers. First RFID tags broadcast their respective identifications. Second Active RFID tags hash the identities of the first RFID tags within their respective first containers and broad their hashed values. Third Active RFID tag hash the hashed values broadcast by the second Active RFID tags. An expected value is compared to a result of the third Active RFID tag hashing the hashed values broadcast by the second Active RFID tags.09-04-2008
20080211671SMART RFID CHECKOUT KIOSK - The invention relates to a self-checkout kiosk that utilizes RFID tags and a distance and direction RFID reader to detect sales merchandise. The kiosk includes POS software, which automatically detects items selected by a patron that have previously been received into inventory and tagged, which facilitates the completion of the sale by detecting the distance and direction of the RFID tag. The kiosk incorporates a communication system and means for the patron to communicate with a store employee located distant from the kiosk. The POS software utilizes multiple payment methods and has the capability to display advertisements based on product being detected.09-04-2008
20090051534Eas System Providing Synchronized Transmission - A system and method for providing synchronized transmission in an electronic article surveillance (EAS) system is provided. The method includes determining a transmission timing difference between a plurality of units of the EAS system using a communication link of the EAS system and synchronizing transmissions for each of the plurality of units based on the transmission timing difference.02-26-2009
20080204246SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FOOD - Systems and methods for monitoring conditions that affect the quality of food being served. Conditions such as temperature and elapsed time affect the quality of food and the safety of food consumers. Various embodiments of monitoring systems can be incorporated with different types of food containers. Sensors such as temperature probes can provide temperature information about the container and/or the food being served. The monitoring system can use such information in conjunction with elapsed time information in various ways. The monitored information can be displayed generally “real-time,” or it can be stored for subsequent analysis. The monitored information can also be used to trigger an alarm or similar indicator when a condition detrimental to food-serving is present. Various embodiments of the monitoring system having such features can be packaged in various embodiments, including a self-contained unit and an assembly of modular components linked by wire and/or wireless connections.08-28-2008
20080204237RFID tag with security features - The apparatus is applicable for stock-taking or for controlling items such as vehicles located in a garage. The device is provided with tags having transponders carrying RFID codes individually which may be activated by secure key, in the form of a card, to recognize an authorized access to the items. Auxiliary RFID transponders may be activated by a primary RFID transponder through induced voltage. A receiver upon receiving a signal of electronic code from the secure key will compare it with legitimate electronic codes in the transponder memory. If the code coincides with a legitimate electronic code, a transponder recognition device creates a signal to operate the primary transponder to transmit an information signal carrying the RFID codes.08-28-2008
20080266098RFID READERS CO-EXISTING WITH OTHER ISM-BAND DEVICES - Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) reader system, software, and methods are provided, such that an operational processing block for the RFID reader to communicate with an RFID tag uses a RF spectrum portion subdivided into a set of channels. The communication takes place in the presence of a foreign device that uses a subset of first channels of the RF spectrum and does not use a subset of second channels of the spectrum. The methods cause a radiating power directed towards the tag to be reduced and a radiating dwell time to be changed. This is to assure that co-existing systems can operate without compromising their functionality and operational quality. In some embodiments, the radiating power is reduced to zero.10-30-2008
20080198014METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING, BY MODULES IN A SHIPPING FACILITY, MECHANISMS FOR CERTIFYING PROVENANCE OF AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE - A system for providing mechanisms for certifying provenance of an alcoholic beverage includes a packing module, a shipping module, and a storage element. The packing module associates a bottle tag number stored by a first radio-frequency identification tag attached to a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage with a tag identification number of a second radio-frequency identification tag attached to a case storing the bottle containing the alcoholic beverage. The shipping module validates the association between the bottle tag number and the tag identification number and activates the second radio-frequency identification tag and activates the second radio-frequency identification tag. The storage element stores the association between the bottle tag number and the tag identification number of the second radio-frequency identification tag.08-21-2008
20080198013METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING MECHANISMS FOR AUTHENTICATING CONTENTS OF A BOTTLE DURING ITS PROGRESS THROUGH A DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL - A system for providing mechanisms for authenticating contents of a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage includes a neck seal applicator module, a bottle tag attachment module, and a storage element. The neck seal applicator module attaches, to the bottle containing an alcoholic beverage, a neck seal including a neck seal identification number and an invisible security taggant. The bottle tag attachment module attaches, to the bottle containing the alcoholic beverage, a radio-frequency identification tag storing a bottle tag number. The storage element stores an association between the bottle tag number and the neck seal identification number.08-21-2008
20080198012Device and Method for Food Management - A medical device is disclosed. The medical device includes an RFID reader for receiving information from at least one RFID transponder. The medical device also includes a memory for storing a database and at least one processor for processing information. Also, a remote controller for a medical device is disclosed. The remote controller includes an information receiver for receiving information related to food. The infusion device also includes a memory for storing a database and at least one processor for processing information. A method for use in a medical device is also disclosed. The method includes receiving information from an RFID transponder related to food. Also, the processing the information by comparing the information to a database is included in the method. The method also includes determining the acceptability of the food and providing information related to acceptability to the user.08-21-2008
20080198011RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS FOR PREVENTING AND DETECTING TAMPERING - The current invention discloses a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag based system that is capable of detecting tampering of a genuine goods. The system comprises an RFID tag, an end node, and a tentacle that electrically connects the RFID tag with the end node. An attempt to remove the RFID tag would cause the tentacle to break so that the electrical/electronic communication between the RFID tag and the end node is disrupted, therefore indicating that the goods has been tampered with.08-21-2008
20110248852METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING TARGET INFORMATION - In a method and a system (10-13-2011
20080272914MOBILE RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION READER - A mobile radio frequency identification (RFID) system is described that includes a wheeled cart, a RFID reader mounted to the wheeled cart, a computer mounted to the wheeled cart and communicatively coupled to the RFID reader, and a directional antenna capable of being communicatively coupled to the RFID reader and movably mounted to the wheeled cart. The system also includes at least one omni-directional antenna mounted to the wheeled cart and capable of being communicatively coupled to the RFID reader. The computer is configured to process data received from the RFID tags and further configured to allow a user to selectively couple one or both of the at least one omni-directional antenna and the directional antenna to the RFID reader.11-06-2008
20100283613Information Sharing in a Smart Space - Disclosed is an apparatus including a near field communication unit configured to read usage information pertaining to one or more devices within a certain space; and a processing unit configured to forward at least part of said usage information to one or more devices of another space, such as a personal space comprising devices personally held by a certain user. The certain space may be a smart space. Also related other devices, methods and computer programs are disclosed.11-11-2010
20100289646SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERMITTING MOVEMENT OF AN OBJECT OUTSIDE A PREDETERMINED PROXIMITY DISTANCE THRESHOLD - Systems and methods for permitting movement of an object not detected within a predetermined proximity distance threshold, the systems and methods comprising registering at least one object with a device; tracking the at least one object with the device; allowing at least one object not detected within a predetermined proximity distance threshold; and reregistering the at least one object with the device once the object has returned inside the predetermined proximity distance threshold.11-18-2010
20120256748Disc media securement - An optical media case having a top portion with an aperture and a bottom portion also having a aperture positioned therein. A hinged portion, said hinged portion connected between said top portion and said bottom portion to form an enclosure. An EAS device comprising a first portion, a second portion and a connector, wherein the first portion and second portion are attached to each other via the connector. An optical media having a central opening placed between the first portion and the second portion to fully enclose the optical media so that the first aperture, second aperture and central opening are aligned and wherein the EAS device first portion is located external and adjacent the top portion, and the EAS device second portion is located external and adjacent the bottom portion and the connector is positioned within the central opening of the optical media.10-11-2012
20130154836LOCALIZATION METHOD AND SYSTEM USING NON-REGENERATIVE UWB RELAYS - The present invention relates to a method and a system for determining the position of an object which can be a passive or an active tag (06-20-2013
20130181838SECURITY-ENHANCED RADIO FREQUENCY OBJECT LOCATOR SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM STORAGE DEVICE - Disclosed are an object locator system, a method and a program storage device. In the embodiments, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are on objects within a defined area and each RFID tag can be activated by an RF activation signal. When a request (e.g., a verbal or keyed-in request) to locate a specific object is received from a specific user, the required permission to locate the object is verified and, optionally, the identity of the specific user is authenticated. Once the required permission is verified and the identity of the specific user is authenticated, one of three RFID readers transmits an RF activation signal. RF response signals received back at the three RFID readers from the specific object's RFID tag are used to triangulate the position of the specific object. Once determined, the position is communicated (e.g., by map display, verbal message, or text message) to the specific user.07-18-2013
20130181839Method and Apparatus for Energy Efficient and Low Maintenance Cost Wireless Monitoring of Physical Items and Animals from the Internet - Method and an apparatus for giving notifications such as sound, ring-tone, vibration, e-mails, text messages, or phone calls to users when a physical item such as doors, gates, windows, cars, or household items have been moved from its original location, or has its orientation changed, comprising a tag manager connected to the Internet, and one or more sensor tags coupled to the tag manager through wireless connection. Notifications may also be given when the physical item has returned to its original orientation. Notifications may also be given when communication link is disrupted. Methods are provided to reduce power consumption of each sensor tag sufficiently to allow powered solely from an energy harvesting unit, such as one comprising a solar panel, without requiring need of battery maintenance. The users may configure and control the tag manager and each sensor tag, and issue commands to each sensor tag, from the Internet.07-18-2013
20110309935WORKPLACE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The present invention relates to the field of managing tasks undertaken by employees or contractors in the work-place. In one form, the invention has application to a construction site in which vehicles moving onto and/or exiting the site need to be tracked. In one particular aspect the present invention is suitable for use when trucks and loader loads need to be accounted for and tracked to ascertain a basis for remuneration.12-22-2011
20130187778ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE - Methods and apparatuses for activating an electronic tag with an identifier via an access to a storage area of the electronic tag without database or authentication operations are described. The storage area may be accessed as a scratch pad memory. The identifier can identify an inventory including a plurality of articles. One of the articles is attached with the electronic tag. The electronic tag is active if the identifier is stored in the storage area. When the electronic tag is located within a proximity of the electronic gate device, the electronic tag may be inspected wirelessly from the electronic gate device. An alarm may be activated or caused via the electronic gate device if the inspection indicates the electronic tag is active.07-25-2013
20120019384SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDICATING A QUALITY OF GROUPED ITEMS - Systems and methods for determining a relative quantity of recyclable items with respect to a total number of items are disclosed. In one embodiment of the present invention, a computer-implemented method includes reading an identifier respectively associated with at least some of a total number of items. The computer determines a number of identifiers associated with the recyclable items. The computer also receives the total number of items, and computes the relative quantity of recyclable items by dividing the number of identifiers associated with the recyclable items by the total number of items.01-26-2012
20130194097Security tag with display and price changing system - A system for merchandise tagging is described that includes a plurality of programmable RFID security tags, a controller, and a plurality of RFID readers. The attributes associated with the RFID security tags are assigned and changed remotely by an authorized request from the system. Any unauthenticated request to access or change the data associated with the RFID is ignored by the system.08-01-2013
20130194098Radio Frequency Identification Transponder For Communicating Condition Of A Component - There is provided a passive RFID transponder assembly that includes a condition responsive device adapted to read a condition relating to the component that is associated with the RFID transponder assembly. The condition that is read by the condition responsive device relates to physical contact with a field technician or a mating component, relates to electrical connection between an integrated circuit chip and an antenna, relates to one or more environmental conditions, or the like. The components with which the RFID transponder assemblies are associated include components of telecommunications equipment, such as fiber optic connectors, fiber optic adapters, fiber optic patch panels, copper connectors, and copper adapters to list some non-limiting examples.08-01-2013

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