CA2634951A1 - Centralized barcode reader - Google Patents

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CA2634951A1
CA2634951A1 CA 2634951 CA2634951A CA2634951A1 CA 2634951 A1 CA2634951 A1 CA 2634951A1 CA 2634951 CA2634951 CA 2634951 CA 2634951 A CA2634951 A CA 2634951A CA 2634951 A1 CA2634951 A1 CA 2634951A1
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Abstract

The centralized barcode reader is a technology allowing any camera phone to photograph quick response (QR) codes and send the photograph via multimedia messaging service (MMS) to a central server. The server translates the barcode image and finds a match in its database of registered codes.
If a match is made, the server responds to the end user with a predetermined simple message service (SMS) text message. If no match is found, an error message is returned to the user via SMS.
The user experience of this technology is to convert consumer-level camera phones in North America to handheld barcode readers with no software requirements on the client side. The administrative benefit of this technology is to centralize recognition for tracking purposes and allow real-time content changes. Quick Response codes are two-dimensional barcodes encoded with machine-readable data such as a URL, text string or binary information.

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Stitcn Media Title: Centralized Barcode Reader This technology is based on a combination of disciplines: cellular phone messaging, centralized servers and barcode recognition. It allows a cellular phone containing a built-in camera to photograph a Quick Response Code (QR Code) and send this photograph via multimedia messaging service (MMS) to a centralized server. The server decodes the information in the image and matches it to a database contained on the server. It then responds to the user via Simple Messaging Service (SMS) with a predetermined text message or dynamically-generated text message.

Quick Response Codes and other similar barcode technology are prolific in the shipping industry and becoming ubiquitous in many Asian markets on consumer products. They have the ability to encode many different forms of data (binary, text, URL, etc) which can be retrieved by optical recognition. QR Codes were developed in 1994, patented and owned by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave initially for car parts management and is now public domain. They can encode Japanese Kanji and Kana characters, music, images, URLs, emails.

There have been some attempts to introduce the technology at a mainstream level in North America with projects like Semapedia. Each attempt finds the process difficult because the technology requires a QR Code reader software to be installed on the client cameraphone.
Since many cellphone carriers do not allow custom software to be installed this eliminates a large portion of the population from accessing this technology. Even with the ability to install applications on the end user phone, the process is complicated and troublesome for many mainstream users. At the current stage QR code recognition or any related barcode reader remains solely in the hands of early-adopters who install it on their consumer cellphones or proprietary readers used by specific businesses.

This technology, the centralized barcode reader, relocates the barcode recognition software to a centralized server and connects it to the end user via MMS and SMS technology.
Since nearly all North American carriers and cameraphones feature the ability to send photographs via MMS and receive text messages via SMS, this closes the technology gap for North American consumers and allows them to recognize QR codes with a vast number of consumer-level cameraphones.

The supplementary diagram provided details the process that this technology uses, and is outlined in the following description:

The first step of this technology is to create a new QR code (Fig. 1) using one of the many free code generators online today. This code may be used in print, web or broadcast media - anywhere it can be easily photographed.

The technology then moves to the consumer level with a user who owns a cellular telephone with a camera included (Fig.2). The user enables the camera on the phone to take a photograph of a QR
code. Nearly all cameraphones come equipped with a method to send a photo via MMS to another telephone.

The centralized server is connected in two ways - to the web via a high-speed internet connection (Fig 13.) and to the cellular phone network (Fig.3) via SIM card (Fig.5) inserted into a PC card modem (Fig.6). When a user sends their photo to the server's cellular phone number (encoded in the SIM card) it is received by MMS gateway software (Fig.7) installed on the server.

The MMS gateway software receives the message with the contained photograph and transfers the image to the QR code recognition software (Fig.8). This third-party software receives the image and returns the data inside the code if the photograph was recognized.

The QR code recognition software then sends the data from the decoded QR code to proprietary matching software (Fig.9) linked to the server's code database (Fig.10). If the decoded information finds a match within the database, it calls the SMS gateway (Fig.7) with a response through the Dynamic Message Generating software (Fig. 12). If no match is found, it calls the SMS gateway with an error response message. Either event is logged by the server in a user database (Fig. 11).

The server then has the option to notify remote web servers(Fig. 15) to input this information in external databases (Fig.16) - the user's incoming phone number, timestamp and if successful the code which was captured in the photograph.

Once the SMS gateway (Fig.7) is sent a message by the Dynamic Message Generating software (Fig.12) it uses the same SIM card (Fig.5) connected to the cellular network (Fig.3) to 'text message' the same user's cellphone (Fig.2).

Here is an example of the intended use of this technology:

In December 2007 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned a contest with Stitch Media for a television series called'The Border'. The Border Mobile Contest is a nationwide scavenger hunt for QR codes distributed in all it's advertising for the series. The CBC has placed a unique QR code on every poster advertising The Border, every television commercial and banner advertisements on ww-w.cbc.ca. Each of these codes is different so that audience members can find them all to win prizes. The object of this application is for fans of the television series to find a poster/banner ad/etc with a QR code and take a photograph with their cameraphone. Sending this photo to 'The Border hotline' (647-886-2633) will trigger the centralized server to recognize the code and text message a congratulations to the user with a link to the contest.

The benefits of this contest will be a database at the conclusion of fans cellular phone numbers along with deep marketing data corresponding to each media buy - each poster has a unique code which allows data mining to reveal which posters were most effective in drawing audience members.

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1. A method of decoding two-dimensional bar codes on a cellular phone enabled with a camera by communicating with a server via multimedia messaging service (MMS) and simple messaging service (SMS).
2. The method of claim 1 wherein the user photographs a two dimensional bar code with his/her camera-enabled cellular phone and sends it to a phone number connected to the server via MMS. This server decodes the bar code and responds to the user via SMS.
3. The method of claims 1 and 2 wherein the data within the bar code is matched to a database of accepted codes.
4. The method of claims 1 and 2 wherein the user data including phone number, timestamp and bar code information are stored in a database or sent to a third-party server
5. The method of claims 1 and 2 wherein a positive match triggers a message to be dynamically generated before being sent back to the user.
6. The method of claims 1 and 2 wherein the two dimensional bar code is a quick response code patented by Denso Wave.
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