Patent Number: 8,794,524

Title: Smart scanning system

Abstract: The present invention provides a smart scanning system comprising an integrated scanning and image capture system in which one or more image capture device(s) (e.g., still camera, video camera, etc.) and a barcode scanner are positioned within a common enclosure that is a component of a checkout station. The barcode of item is scanned and an image of the item is recorded. The identity of the item as determined based on the barcode is compared to its appearance as determined based on its image. If the identity is inconsistent with its appearance, a discrepancy is registered. It is then determined whether the discrepancy is due to fraud (e.g., theft) or device error. In the case of the latter, the system can be updated to prevent a repeat of the error.

Inventors: Connell, II; Jonathan H. (Cortlandt-Manor, NY), Flickner; Myron D. (San Jose, CA), Haas; Norman (Mount Kisco, NY), Hammershoy; Thomas J. (Bethel, CT), Hampapur; Arun (Norwalk, CT), Pankanti; Sharathchandra U. (Manhasset, NY)

Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation

International Classification: G06K 7/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018