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1. (WO2017095799) SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF TRACKING ITEM CONTAINERS AT A SHOPPING FACILITY
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Pub. No.: WO/2017/095799 International Application No.: PCT/US2016/063974
Publication Date: 08.06.2017 International Filing Date: 29.11.2016
IPC:
A47F 10/02 (2006.01) ,A47F 10/04 (2006.01) ,G01C 21/00 (2006.01) ,G06Q 30/00 (2012.01) ,G07F 7/06 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
47
FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
F
SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
10
Furniture or installations specially adapted to particular types of service systems, not otherwise provided for
02
for self-service type systems, e.g. supermarkets
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
47
FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
F
SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
10
Furniture or installations specially adapted to particular types of service systems, not otherwise provided for
02
for self-service type systems, e.g. supermarkets
04
for storing or handling self-service hand-carts or baskets
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
C
MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
21
Navigation; Navigational instruments not provided for in groups G01C1/-G01C19/104
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
Q
DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
30
Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
G PHYSICS
07
CHECKING-DEVICES
F
COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
7
Mechanisms actuated by objects other than coins to free or to actuate vending, hiring, coin or paper currency dispensing or refunding apparatus
06
by returnable containers, e.g. bottles
Applicants:
WALMART APOLLO, LLC [US/US]; 702 Southwest 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716, US
Inventors:
JONES, Nicholaus A.; US
JONES, Matthew A.; US
TAYLOR, Robert J.; US
Agent:
KRATZ, Rudy; US
MENGHINI, Scott; US
FREELAND, Steven; US
Priority Data:
62/261,98802.12.2015US
Title (EN) SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF TRACKING ITEM CONTAINERS AT A SHOPPING FACILITY
(FR) SYSTÈMES ET PROCÉDÉS DE SUIVI DE RÉCEPTACLES D'ARTICLES AU NIVEAU D'UNE INSTALLATION COMMERCIALE
Abstract:
(EN) In some embodiments, provide apparatuses and methods to track item containers. Some of these embodiments include systems to track item containers, comprising: an audio detector positioned relative to a parking lot associated with a shopping facility and configured to capture audio signals generated at one or more predefined locations; an audio evaluation circuit to: receive the audio signals; and identify when one or more audio signatures correspond to one or more distinct predefined audio signatures that correspond to movements of a first item container relative to the one or more predefined locations; and a control circuit configured to estimate a quantity of item containers at the one or more predefined locations as a function of identifying that one or more of the audio signals include the one or more audio signatures corresponding to the one or more predefined audio signatures.
(FR) Dans certains modes de réalisation, l'invention concerne des appareils et des procédés pour suivre des réceptacles d'articles. Certains de ces modes de réalisation comprennent des systèmes de suivi de réceptacles d'articles, comprenant : un détecteur audio positionné par rapport à un parking associé à une installation commerciale et configuré pour acquérir des signaux audio générés au niveau d'un ou plusieurs emplacements prédéfinis; un circuit d'évaluation audio pour : recevoir les signaux audio; et déterminer si une ou plusieurs des signatures audio correspondent à une ou plusieurs signatures audio prédéfinies distinctes qui correspondent à des mouvements d'un premier réceptacle d'articles par rapport à l'emplacement ou aux emplacements prédéfinis; et un circuit de commande configuré pour estimer une quantité de réceptacles d'articles au niveau du ou des emplacements prédéfinis en fonction de la détermination qu'un ou plusieurs des signaux audio comprennent la ou les signatures audio correspondant à la ou aux signatures audio prédéfinies.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, NA, RW, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
CA3006060