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Object position and identification method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000228251D
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

The object of the current article, is to propose a method and system to identify and detect the position of any person (or any object) walking (or moving) on a guide or a path, and in case provide information and/or direction to reach a desired destination (or a location). The capability to manage the person (or object) identity, allows to manage more moving person (or Objects) simultaneously.

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Object position and identification method

The present disclosure applies to any situation where a person or an object need to be identified and localized on a predefined path or guide. There are many situations where a person or object needs intructions when moving along a guide or a path. This is the case for objects moving on a conveyer or for blind persons walking on 'reserved path': it appears desirable to provide information on actions to be taken or direction to these objects or persons.

The object of the current disclosure, is to propose a method and system to identify and detect the position of any person (or any object) walking (or moving) on a guide or a path, and to provide them information and/or direction to help them reaching a desired destination (or a location). More particularly the method and system allows managing more than one moving person (or object) simultaneously.

The system comprises a series of sensors, disposed in a longitudinal matrix, are positioned under the guide (or along a predefined path) and are connected to a control unit. A person (or an object) moving on the guide (or along the path) is equipped with a transmitting device. The device is equipped with for instance an RFID, to transmit an identification (ID). For instance, the electromagnetic field generated by the transmitting device is captured by the sensors that generate a "differential" signal, read by the control unit wired connected to the sensor matrix. The control unit receives the signal and stores both the information regarding the ID and its position. The position is identified by detecting what signal has been activated in the matrix. Depending on the object position, different actions could be taken from the control unit in order to drive the object to a specific direction or to alert someone about a possible danger or simply to send information to the transmitter.

The main elements of the system are the transmitting device, the sensors and the control unit; also, a small piece of software is needed to elaborate the information. The transmitting device: Can be any small (micro) device installed in the object moving on the path, capable to transmit an identifier (like RFID does). In the embodiment for blind people It will be a sma...