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Unique Access for Bag Event Identification and Analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222760D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a device and method for rapidly displaying the use and access history of a container or bag based on the following: 1) integrated biometrics designed to identify unique individuals who access a bag, 2) an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) device for providing geographic coordinates of where access to a bag occurred, and 3) a low power communication device for relaying this information to mapping software on a companion reading device.

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Unique Access for Bag Event Identification and Analysis

The problem of monitoring who has had access to the contents of a container, and specifically baggage brought aboard aircraft, is complex and yet crucial to maintaining security. Typically, the problem is solved by interrogating the owner of the baggage to be sure they have been in possession of the baggage in the recent past.

Current solutions in the area of baggage and cargo access monitoring through biometrics typically makes use of security tokens, derived from the biometric, and associated with the baggage or cargo in a database (e.g., http://www.google.com/patents/US20090183008)

These solutions are not combined in the space of baggage identification and control with geographic location information about where the bag was accessed.

The use of combined biometrics and geographic location tagging provides critical novelty to the disclosed invention, which solves the problem of remote monitoring of baggage access events.

The disclosed solution is comprised of:


• A smart bag, comprising a biometric scanning component, a geographic positioning component, a database for associating outputs of each, and a bag that activates these three components upon opening


• A remote computing facility capable of receiving data from the smart bag and analyzing the data to map bag access events


• A remote computing facility capable of receiving data from a plurality of smart bags and analyzing the data to determine likely co-ownership of bags.

The disclosed invention makes use of biometrics embedded in a container or bag and used to analyze an individual who is accessing the container or bag. The analysis performed may make use of (but is not limited to):


• Fingerprint scanners embedded in handles or zippers


• Force analyzers on opening apparatus

• Tiny cameras


The analysis aims to identify when a unique individual is accessing the bag by comparing the scan against all previous scans and determining if a newly scanned feature is sufficiently different or absent in previous scans to reliably determine that the individual accessing the bag is new.

Note that this task may be simpler than positively identifying all individuals accessing the bag. For example, if a user's scan has been found to contain features A, B, and C...