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System and Method to Ensure Proper Inventory with Expiration Date Disclosure Number: IPCOM000257028D
Publication Date: 2019-Jan-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 77K

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System and Method to Ensure Proper Rotation of Inventory with Expiration Date Food items have use-by dates that range from very short to very long periods. Those dates are only the starting point in determining when an item should be used or discarded, because the date changes once an item has been opened. While some items with long range dates that are used frequently are not as sensitive to rotation, other items are sensitive. Selecting an item from an inventory that has a longer shelf life than an identical item with a very close use-by date can cause an individual to unnecessarily discard an item that was consumable. The novel contribution is a method for communicating improper selection of a package/item with a sensitive expiration date determined based on analyzing data supplied by Internet of Things (IoT) devices/systems. The method includes determining whether the package has been opened by comparing the current package to product information. The novel system uses cameras and other sensors to control the inventory by identifying duplicate items with different use-by dates. When the system detects that an item is opened, it tracks that individual package, by location, with a new use-by date (e.g., use within one week of opening the package). If the non-optimal package is selected, then the system recommends that the user select a different package and communicates the location of the preferred item. If the item has an expiration date that is not in the near term and is frequently used, then the user can opt-in or opt-out of receiving use-by information. The method is to capture the use-by date from video analysis of food items that are placed in a home or restaurant. When an item is removed from inventory, the system determines the use-by date by looking at the date on the package or calculating the date the package was opened. The determination of open/close can be based on weight and/or change in look/physicality of the package. If the user selects the wrong item, then the system generates a warning to the user. The warning can show the correct item in inventory on a screen by changing lighting or giving a description via text or audio communications. If the item is used frequently and does not have to be used in any order, warnings can be disabled. This computer enabled system and method issues a warning to an individual who is not selecting the food item with the shortest shelf life. The method comprises the following:

1. Identifying the use-by date for all food items as each is stored, further comprising:

A. Scanning the item B. Using optical character recognition (OCR) to capture the date or radio

frequency identification (RFID) to link the package to the date



C. Storing and comparing by processor the volume of a product that is used 2. Modifying a use-by date based on product information from the manufacturer for

a food item as it is opened 3. Identifying the use rate of an item to determine if proper rotation i...