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Method for Information Retrieval and Secure Shopping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099046D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 93K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

In a shopping mall, the customer in most cases needs assistance of a salesperson to receive the details of the product in question and also needs a cashier to pay for it. In the following, a method is proposed that renders this unnecessary. The solution consists of three parts: mobile equipment (ME) with an embedded camera, Wireless Access Point (WAP) and a server for managing WAP array and transactions initiated by the ME. WAP can either be IrDa, Bluetooth or any other wireless communication protocol that is already implemented on the ME. It is assumed that every object to be identified is equipped with a barcode or RFID (Radio Frequency ID). Firstly, the ME takes a photo of the barcode of the product or it reads the product's ID via RFID. An application on the ME decodes the ID, contacts the server database using wireless access protocols and elicits the available services and information associated with the product. For example, if the product is a DVD or a music CD, samples from songs or a trailer of the DVD can be downloaded to the ME. If the information provided is not sufficient, the customer has the alternative to contact the content provider or service provider related to the relevant product. The server then contacts the internet to retrieve additional data. When the purchase is made, the ME initiates the transaction. The payment is carried out via Mobile Wallet application.

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Method for Information Retrieval and Secure Shopping

Idea: Mehmet Ali Meram, DE-Munich

In a shopping mall, the customer in most cases needs assistance of a salesperson to receive the details of the product in question and also needs a cashier to pay for it. In the following, a method is proposed that renders this unnecessary. The solution consists of three parts: mobile equipment (ME) with an embedded camera, Wireless Access Point (WAP) and a server for managing WAP array and transactions initiated by the ME. WAP can either be IrDa, Bluetooth or any other wireless communication protocol that is already implemented on the ME. It is assumed that every object to be identified is equipped with a barcode or RFID (Radio Frequency ID).

Firstly, the ME takes a photo of the barcode of the product or it reads the product's ID via RFID. An application on the ME decodes the ID, contacts the server database using wireless access protocols and elicits the available services and information associated with the product. For example, if the product is a DVD or a music CD, samples from songs or a trailer of the DVD can be downloaded to the ME. If the information provided is not sufficient, the customer has the alternative to contact the content provider or service provider related to the relevant product. The server then contacts the internet to retrieve additional data. When the purchase is made, the ME initiates the transaction. The payment is carried out via Mobile Wallet app...