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LANYARD FOR AN ALARM UNIT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238522D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-02

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Abstract

In one embodiment, a system for securing an article of merchandise from theft is provided. The system includes a lanyard comprising a connector at one end, wherein the connector comprises at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material. The system also includes a sensor operably engaged with the lanyard at an opposite end of the connector, the sensor configured to be attached to an article of merchandise, wherein the sensor further comprises at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material configured to align with the at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material of the connector for removably supporting the sensor on the connector. In addition, the system includes an alarm unit operably engaged with the connector, wherein the connector is removably secured to the alarm unit. The alarm unit is configured to generate a security signal in the event that the connector is removed from the alarm unit, the sensor is removed from the article of merchandise, and/or in the event that the lanyard is cut.

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LANYARD FOR AN ALARM UNIT

ABSTRACT


[0001] In one embodiment, a system for securing an article of merchandise from theft is provided. The system includes a lanyard comprising a connector at one end, wherein the connector comprises at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material. The system also includes a sensor operably engaged with the lanyard at an opposite end of the connector, the sensor configured to be attached to an article of merchandise, wherein the sensor further comprises at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material configured to align with the at least one magnet or magnetically attractable material of the connector for removably supporting the sensor on the connector. In addition, the system includes an alarm unit operably engaged with the connector, wherein the connector is removably secured to the alarm unit. The alarm unit is configured to generate a security signal in the event that the connector is removed from the alarm unit, the sensor is removed from the article of merchandise, and/or in the event that the lanyard is cut.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION


[0002] Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to alarm units and lanyards for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise from theft.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


[0003] Retailers routinely display handheld electronic merchandise, such as mobile (e.g. cellular) telephones, iPods, game consoles, personal data assistants (PDAs), and the like, for customers to examine before making a purchase. Retailers often desire the handheld electronic merchandise to be powered as well so that a potential purchaser can test the operation and functions of the merchandise. At the same time, the retailer does not want the article of merchandise to be stolen or removed from the display area by an unauthorized person. Accordingly, the article of merchandise being displayed is attached to a merchandise display security device that monitors and protects the article of

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merchandise from removal or theft. Such a merchandise display security device typically includes a sensor housing to which the article of merchandise is attached that houses a sensor for monitoring whether the article of merchandise remains attached to the sensor housing. In the event that the article of merchandise is detached from the sensor housing, an audible or visible alarm is activated to alert store personnel to the situation.


[0004] Oftentimes it is desirable for a retailer to allow the sensor to be removably supported on a display stand. Thus, a consumer can remove the article of merchandise from the stand with the sensor attached for inspection. Typically the stand includes means for supporting and aligning the article of merchandise thereon, which can be expensive or unnecessary in some instances.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION


[0005] Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to systems, alarm units, and lanyards for prot...