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Portable Device Locator Using Bar Code Scanner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031469D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

With the use of portable computing devices in the retail store, it is becoming desirable to know where the unit is in the store. This information can be used to initiate location dependent advertising, detailed directions a desired location and for data mining to understand customer behavior in the store. Disclosed here is a method that uses the bar code scanner already in the portable device to determine the location of the device. This method does not require additional equipment or expensive installation.