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Method and System for Detecting False Scans in a Grocery Store by Collaborating Transaction-Log (TLOG) Information with a Video Analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200436D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

A method and system for detecting false scans in a store by collaborating Transaction-Log (TLOG) information with a video analysis is disclosed.

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Method and System for Detecting False Scans in a Grocery Store by Collaborating Transaction-Log (TLOG) Information with a Video Analysis

A method and system is disclosed for detecting false scans in a store by collaborating Transaction-Log (TLOG) information with a video analysis. In a false scan, a self-checkout customer pretends scanning items and may leave the grocery store with unpaid items. Alternately, a cashier may not scan each of the items selected by a customer. To monitor such activities, retailers employ various surveillance techniques. The surveillance techniques may include human surveillance, video analysis and item tracking.

The method as disclosed enables detecting false scans in a store by collaborating TLOG information with video analysis. Usually, in a store, a cashier performs similar activities for each customer in order to complete a transaction. The cashier activities include, picking up an item (PICKUP) from a leading in-belt, presenting the item to the scanner for registration (SCAN), and depositing the item onto the take-away belt (DROP). Therefore, whenever a customer approaches a cashier, the cashier performs PICKUP, SCAN and DROP activities to complete a transaction for the customer. In the method as disclosed herein, when a cashier performs SCAN for an item, TLOG information regarding the item is registered in a billing system. In an instance, the TLOG information may include, an item name, a price of item, a cashier name, a time o...