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1. (WO2018226470) RFID DIRECTED VIDEO SNAPSHOTS CAPTURING TARGETS OF INTEREST
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We claim:

1. A target sensing station for locating and tracking a target in a venue, and for communicating with an external host, comprising:

a controller;

a video system operatively connected to the controller, the video system including a camera configured to capture a first video stream in a first field of view (FOV); and

a plurality of sensing units operatively connected to the controller, each of the plurality of sensing units configured to sense a transmitter associated with the target and to provide sensed data associated with the sensed transmitter,

wherein, based at least in part on the sensed data, the controller is configured to filter the first video stream to output a second video stream that is different from the first video stream, and

wherein the controller is further configured to transmit the second video stream to the external host.

2. The target sensing station of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of sensing units is a radio frequency (RF) identification (RFID) transceiver including an antenna characterized by a beamwidth, and wherein the filtering of the first video stream to output the second video stream is based at least in part on at least one of the respective beamwidths.

3. The target sensing station of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of sensing units is a radio frequency (RF) identification (RFID) transceiver including an antenna characterized by a beamwidth, and wherein the controller is further configured to filter the first video stream to output the second video stream based at least in part on the respective beamwidth of the antenna of at least one of the RFID transceivers that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

4. The target sensing station of claim 3, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is different from the first FOV, and wherein the second FOV correlates with the respective beamwidth of the antenna of the at least one of the RFID transceivers that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

5. The target sensing station of claim 1, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is narrower than the first FOV.

6. The target sensing station of claim 1, wherein the controller is further configured to filter the first video stream to output the second video stream in response to a first triggering event occurring within the venue.

7. The target sensing station of claim 6, wherein the controller is further configured to transmit the second video stream to the external host in response to the first triggering event occurring within the venue.

8. The target sensing station of claim 6, wherein the controller is further configured to track the target via the second video stream from an initial position to a final position, the initial position being associated with the first triggering event and the final position being associated with a second triggering event.

9. The target sensing station of claim 8, wherein the controller is further configured to generate an alert signal and communicate the alert signal to a security system communicatively coupled to the controller in response to the second triggering event being an alert even.

10. The target sensing station of claim 1, wherein the controller is further configured to filter the first video stream to output the second video stream by performing at least one of a zoom in procedure, a zoom out procedure, a focusing procedure, an image tilting procedure, and an image panning procedure.

11. A system for locating and tracking a target in a venue, comprising:

a host computer; and

a plurality of target sensing stations, each of the plurality of target sensing stations including:

a controller;

a video system operatively connected to the controller, the video system including a camera configured to capture a first video stream in a first field of view (FOV); and

a plurality of sensing units operatively connected to the controller, each of the plurality of sensing units configured to sense a transmitter associated with the target and to provide sensed data associated with the sensed transmitter,

wherein, based at least in part on the sensed data, the controller is configured to filter the first video stream to output a second video stream that is different from the first video stream, and

wherein the controller is further configured to transmit the second video stream to the host computer.

12. The system of claim 11, wherein the host computer is configured to sequence the respective second video stream from each of the plurality of target sensing station to produce a third video stream.

13. The system of claim 12, further comprising a security system, wherein the host computer is configured to transmit the third video stream to the security system.

14. The system of claim 11, wherein each of the plurality of sensing units is a radio frequency ( F) identification (RFID) transceiver including an antenna characterized by a beamwidth, and wherein the filtering of the first video stream to output the second video stream is based at least in part on at least one of the respective beamwidths.

15. The system of claim 11, wherein each of the plurality of sensing units is a radio frequency (RF) identification (RFID) transceiver including an antenna characterized by a beamwidth, and wherein the controller is further configured to filter the first video stream to output the second video stream based at least in part on the respective beamwidth of the antenna of at least one of the RFID transceivers that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

16. The system of claim 15, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is different from the first FOV, and wherein the second FOV correlates with the respective beamwidth of the antenna of the at least one of the RFID transceivers that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

17. The system of claim 11, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is narrower than the first FOV.

18. The system of claim 11, wherein the controller is further configured to filter the first video stream to output the second video stream in response to a first triggering event occurring within the venue.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein the controller is further configu red to transmit the second video stream to the host computer in response to the first triggering event occurring within the venue.

20. The system of claim 18, wherein the controller is further configured to track the target via the second video stream from an initial position to a final position,

the initial position being associated with at least one of the first triggering event, a target position tracked by the controller of at least one target sensing station of the plurality of target sensing stations, and the target coming into the first FOV, the final position being associated with at least one of a second triggering event, a target position tracked by the controller of at least one target sensing station of the plurality of target sensing stations, and the target leaving the first FOV.

21. The system of claim 20, wherein the host computer is configured to sequence the respective second video stream from each of the plurality of target sensing station to produce a third video stream, the third video stream tracking the target.

22. A method of locating and tracking a target in a venue, the method comprising the steps of:

providing a host computer;

providing a plurality of target sensing stations, each of the plurality of target sensing stations being communicatively coupled to the host computer; and

for each of the plurality of target sensing stations,

capturing, by a video system operatively connected to a controller, a first video stream in a first field of view (FOV);

sensing, by a plurality of sensing units operatively connected to the controller, a transmitter associated with the target and providing sensed data associated with the sensed transmitter;

filtering, by the controller, the first video stream to output a second video stream that is different from the first video stream, the filtering being based at least in part on the sensed data; and

transmitting, by the controller, the second video stream to the host computer.

23. The method of claim 22, further comprising the step of sequencing, by the host computer, the respective second video stream from each of the plurality of target sensing station to produce a third video stream.

24. The method of claim 23, further comprising the steps of:

providing a security system; and

transmitting, by the host computer, the third video stream to the security system.

25. The method of claim 22,

wherein the sensing includes emitting, by each of the plurality of sensing units having a respective antenna characterized by a beamwidth, radio frequency energy, and

wherein the filtering includes basing the second video stream at least in part on the respective beamwidth of the antenna of at least one of the plurality of sensing units that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is different from the first FOV, and wherein the filtering includes correlating the second FOV with the respective beamwidth of the antenna of the at least one of the plurality of sensing units that senses the transmitter associated with the target.

27. The method of claim 22, wherein the second video stream has a second FOV that is narrower than the first FOV.

28. The method of claim 22, wherein the filtering is performed in response to a first triggering event occurring within the venue.

29. The method of claim 28, wherein the transmitting is performed in response to the first triggering event occurring within the venue.

30. The method of claim 28, wherein for each of the plurality of target sensing stations the steps further include:

tracking, by the controller, the target via the second video stream from an initial position to a final position

the initial position being associated with at least one of the first triggering event, a target position tracked by the controller of at least one target sensing station of the plurality of target sensing stations, and the target coming into the first FOV,

the final position being associated with at least one of a second triggering event, a target position tracked by the controller of at least one target sensing station of the plurality of target sensing stations, and the target leaving the first FOV.

31. The method of claim 30, further comprising the step of sequencing, by the host computer, the respective second video stream from each of the plurality of target sensing station to produce a third video stream, the third video stream tracking the target.