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Face-Image Capturing Method for Unattended Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114590D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ando, F: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a control method that enables an unattended terminal, such as Auto Teller Machine (ATM) to capture a frontal image of a user's face automatically and store the electrical image data with a transaction data issued by the user. Our method utilizes the fact that users normally gaze at the input device of computer terminals while they are operating them. Systems based on our method can capture and store a frontal image of a user's face by: 1. Placing the lens of the image-capturing mechanism, such as a still camera or a digital video recorder, near the input device, such as a keyboard or a touch-screen 2.

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Face-Image Capturing Method for Unattended Terminal

      Disclosed is a control method that enables an unattended
terminal, such as Auto Teller Machine (ATM) to capture a frontal
image of a user's face automatically and store the electrical image
data with a transaction data issued by the user.  Our method utilizes
the fact that users normally gaze at the input device of computer
terminals while they are operating them.  Systems based on our method
can capture and store a frontal image of a user's face by:
  1.  Placing the lens of the image-capturing mechanism, such as a
       still camera or a digital video recorder, near the input
device,
       such as a keyboard or a touch-screen
  2.  Linking user's operations on an input device, such as pressing
a
       keyboard or touching a screen, to the recording controller of
the
       image capturing mechanism, such as the shutter of a camera or
the
       recording switch of a video camera
  3.  Storing the captured image data with a transaction ID issued by
a
       user's operations.

      Fig. 1 shows examples of terminals.  In both configurations,
lenses are placed near an input device such as a keyboard or a
touch-screen.

      Fig. 2 shows an example of the module configuration of ATM
applied with our method.  Each component sends data to the data
manipulation module that links related data with a time stamp and
stores them to a database.