JP2001282825A - Method and server for information retrieval and portable remote terminal - Google Patents

Method and server for information retrieval and portable remote terminal

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JP2001282825A
JP2001282825A JP2000091012A JP2000091012A JP2001282825A JP 2001282825 A JP2001282825 A JP 2001282825A JP 2000091012 A JP2000091012 A JP 2000091012A JP 2000091012 A JP2000091012 A JP 2000091012A JP 2001282825 A JP2001282825 A JP 2001282825A
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Abstract

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an information retrieval method with pattern recognition for personal and home usages.
SOLUTION: A mail server 12 stores a mail attached with a retrieval image into a receiving folder 13a when a portable remote terminal 30 sends the image data taken by an enquirer to the mail server 12 using a communication function of the remote terminal 30. A retrieval server 10 separates the image data from the electronic mail, and which becomes an image key. After the retrieval server 10 collates the image key with a standard pattern stored in a recording medium 11b, the server 10 extracts database registration data stored in a recording medium 11a, which are correlated with the standard patterns, and sends back the extracted database registration data to the remote terminal 30.
COPYRIGHT: (C)2001,JPO

Description

【発明の詳細な説明】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

【0001】 [0001]

【発明の属する技術分野】本発明は、携帯端末を使用した情報検索方法に関し、特に、検索サーバーにおいて画像認識による情報検索を行わせ、その検索結果をネットワーク上から携帯端末にて取得することのできる情報検索方法に関するものである。 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to an information retrieval method using a portable terminal, in particular, to perform an information search by image recognition in the search server, that is acquired by the portable terminal the search result from the network can information retrieval method relates.

【0002】 [0002]

【従来の技術】従来、電子データベースの検索には、文字、記号等が検索キーとして用いられているが、近年になり画像を検索キーとすることも行われるようになってきた。 Conventionally, the search of the electronic database, characters, but the symbol or the like is used as a search key, has come to be carried out to the search key image In recent years. このような画像認識による画像データベースは、 Image Database by such image recognition,
各種工業、物流や医療の分野において、大きな成果を上げている。 Various industrial, in the field of logistics and medical care, has made great achievements. また、個人認証や防犯、地図などの分野にも普及しつつある。 In addition, personal authentication and security, is becoming popular in areas such as map. しかしながら、これらの情報検索は大規模なシステムであったり、高額なシステムによって行われるものが殆どであり、個人的または家庭的に、手軽に利用可能なシステムとしては構成されていない。 However, the information retrieval or a large-scale system, are mostly those made by expensive systems, personal or household, as the easily available systems not configured.

【0003】例えば、酒、ワインなどの趣向品を入手または識別する際、現物があれば、文字情報を検索キーとして使用したり、あるいは検索コードを使用する検索よりも、現物を撮影した画像情報から直接そのワインに関する情報を得ることができるので、極めて便利である。 [0003] For example, sake, when you obtain or identify the taste products such as wine, if there is a kind, or to use the character information as a search key, or than the search using the search code, image information obtained by photographing the spot it is possible to obtain information about the wine directly from a very convenient.
特に、ワインは世界中で生産され、ボトルに貼付されているエチケット(ラベル)は、各原産国語で記載されてあるばかりか、各国または各地区の法律や規則による記載方法が採用され、同じ名称で中身の違うものも多数存在するし、年代によって評価の異なることは周知の事実である。 In particular, wine is produced all over the world, etiquette, which is affixed to the bottle (label) is, not only there are described in each native language, country or methods described by each district of the laws and rules are adopted, the same name in it also there are many things with different contents, that different evaluation by age is a well-known fact. 従って、ワインの鑑別には奥深い知識が必要となり、単に、エチケットに表示された文字を検索キーとしても、正確な情報を得ることは難しい。 Accordingly, it requires profound knowledge in the differential of the wine, also simply as a search key displayed character to etiquette, it is difficult to obtain accurate information.

【0004】 [0004]

【発明が解決しようとする課題】本発明は、普及の著しいインターネットと携帯電話に代表される携帯端末を利用することにより、必要とするデータベース情報を簡単かつ手軽に取得することを解決課題とするものであり、 SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention, by using a portable terminal typified by a mobile phone marked Internet spread, and solve problems to get the database information that requires simple and easy It is those,
個人的または家庭的な利用に好適な、画像認識による情報検索方法を提供するものである。 Suitable for personal or household utilization, there is provided an information search method by the image recognition.

【0005】 [0005]

【課題を解決するための手段】本発明の情報検索方法は、携帯端末から検索キーとしての画像データを検索サーバーに送信し、該検索サーバーは当該画像データから画像認識により標準パターンを識別し、該標準パターンに予め関連付けられているデータベース登録情報を前記携帯端末に応信することを特徴とするものである。 Information retrieval method of the present invention, in order to solve the problems] transmits from the mobile terminal the image data as a search key to search server, the search server identifies the standard pattern by image recognition from the image data, it is characterized in that 応信 database registration information that has been previously associated with the standard pattern to the mobile terminal. 本発明の情報検索サーバーは、携帯端末から入手した画像データを入力パターンとし、内部に蓄積した標準パターンと比較する画像認識により、該標準パターンに予め関連付けられているデータベース登録情報を抽出し、該登録情報を前記携帯端末に応信することを特徴とするものである。 Information search server of the present invention, an input pattern image data obtained from the portable terminal, the image recognition compared to a standard pattern stored therein, extracts the database registration information that has been previously associated with the reference pattern, the it is characterized in that 応信 the registration information to the portable terminal. 前記情報検索サーバーは、前記データベース登録情報と前記標準パターンを格納する記録媒体を有することが好ましい。 The information retrieval server preferably has a recording medium for storing the standard pattern and the database registration information. また、前記携帯端末から送信される画像データをメールサーバーを介して入手することが好ましい。 Further, it is preferable to obtain the image data transmitted from the mobile terminal via a mail server. 本発明の携帯端末は、電子カメラを備え、該電子カメラにて撮影した画像データを情報検索サーバーに送信する手段と該情報検索サーバーからの電子メールを受信する手段とを有することを特徴とするものである。 Mobile terminal of the present invention, comprises an electronic camera, characterized by having a means for receiving the electronic mail from the means and the information search server that sends the image data captured by the electronic camera to the information retrieval server it is intended.

【0006】 [0006]

【発明の実施の形態】以下、本発明の好適な実施形態を、図面を参照しながら説明する。 DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings. 図1は、本発明による携帯端末を使用した情報検索システムの全体説明図である。 Figure 1 is an overall view of an information retrieval system using a mobile terminal according to the present invention. 同図上段には画像認識による情報検索を行う検索サーバー10と、この検索サーバー10と外部間の電子メール送受信機能を担うメールサーバー12が図示されている。 The search server 10 to perform an information search by image recognition in the drawing the upper part, the mail server 12 is shown carrying e-mail messaging between the search server 10 and the outside. 検索サーバー10の右側には、本情報検索システムの特徴部として検索サーバー10の管理制御対象である、データベース登録情報が格納された記録媒体11 Search the right side of the server 10, a management control target search server 10 as a feature of the present information retrieval system, a recording medium database registration information is stored 11
aと、画像認識における「標準パターン」が格納された記録媒体11bとを取り出して示している。 And a, "standard pattern" indicates removed and a recording medium 11b which has been stored in the image recognition. また、メールサーバー12の左側に取り出して示されている記録媒体13には、外部ネットワークから送信されて来る検索画像添付メールを受け入れるための受信フォルダ13a The recording medium 13 which is shown to be taken out on the left side of the mail server 12, receives the folder 13a for receiving the retrieved image accompanying mail transmitted from the external network
と、標準パターン添付メールを受け入れるための受信フォルダ13bとが設けられている。 When, it is provided a reception folder 13b for receiving the standard pattern attached mail. なお、メールサーバー12は検索サーバー10と一体として設けてもよい。 In addition, the mail server 12 may be provided integrally with the search server 10.

【0007】符号30、30、・・・は、カメラ31を具備した携帯端末であり、電波42を介して、携帯端末30、30、・・・の信号をインターネット信号に変換する接続サーバー41に接続されている。 [0007] code 30, 30, ... is a mobile terminal provided with the camera 31, via radio waves 42, the mobile terminal 30, 30, the connection server 41 for converting a signal ... to the Internet signal It is connected. 勿論、カメラ31は携帯端末30と一体でなくとも差し支えない。 Of course, the camera 31 is no problem without a integral with the mobile terminal 30. 固定端末50は、標準パターンをネットワーク上から検索サーバー10の記録媒体11bに登録する目的で使用されるパソコン等であり、画像入力機器であるカメラ51 Fixed terminal 50 is a personal computer that is used for the purpose of registering reference patterns from the network to the recording medium 11b of the search server 10, a camera 51 as an image input device
を備えている。 It is equipped with a. そして、上記検索サーバー10、メールサーバー12、接続サーバー41、固定端末50は、インターネット等のネットワーク網60により接続されている。 Then, the search server 10, mail server 12, connection server 41, the fixed terminal 50 are connected by a network system 60 such as the Internet.

【0008】本発明では、携帯端末30の利用者(以下、照会者という。)が接続サーバー41経由で検索サーバー10内に蓄積されたデータベース登録情報を入手することができるものである。 [0008] In the present invention, the user of the portable terminal 30 (hereinafter, referred to as the inquirer.) In which it is possible to obtain the stored database registration information to the search server 10 in via connection server 41. 図2は、入力パターンとしての画像キーの作成方法を示す説明図であり、同図には、調査の対象物20とそれに貼られている識別用ラベル21、カメラ31付きの携帯端末30、画像キー(入力パターン)として送信されるデータのイメージ図23 Figure 2 is an explanatory view showing a method of creating an image key as an input pattern, in the figure, the identification label 21 is affixed to it and the object 20 investigation, the portable terminal 30 with a camera 31, an image key image view of data to be transmitted as an (input pattern) 23
が描かれている。 It is drawn.

【0009】先ず、照会者はカメラ31により対象物2 [0009] First of all, the inquirer is an object by the camera 31 2
0の点線22の範囲を撮影し、対象物20の正面図20 Shooting range of point 22 of 0, a front view of an object 20 20
aと識別用ラベル21の正面図21aとから構成されるイメージデータ23を得る。 a and obtain an image consists data 23 from a front view 21a of the identification label 21. このイメージデータ23 The image data 23
は、携帯端末30の送信機能によって添付ファイルとしてメールサーバー12に送信され、検索画像添付メール用の受信フォルダ13aに格納される。 It is sent to the mail server 12 as an attachment by the transmission function of the portable terminal 30, is stored in the reception folder 13a for searching image attachment mail. この画像データは、後述する検索サーバー10の機能によって電子メールより分離され、画像キーとなる。 The image data is separated from the e-mail by the function of the search server 10 to be described later, the image key. この画像キーは、記録媒体11b内に格納された標準パターンと照合された後、標準パターンと関連付けられた記録媒体11a内に格納されたデータベース登録情報が抽出され、当該抽出情報が携帯端末30に返信される。 This image key, after being checked against a standard pattern stored in the recording medium 11b, database registration information stored in the recording medium 11a associated with standard pattern is extracted, the extracted information to the mobile terminal 30 It is returned.

【0010】また、画像認識において標準パターンとなる画像データは、通常、検索サーバー10内において作成・蓄積されるが、補助的には、外部からネットワーク60を介して検索サーバー10内に蓄積されてもよい。 Further, the image data comprising a standard pattern in the image recognition is normally created and accumulated in the search server 10, the auxiliary, stored externally to the network 60 a search server 10 in the via it may be.
この場合、カメラ51を備える固定端末50によって作成された標準パターン添付メールは、ネットワーク60 In this case, standard patterns accompanying mail created by the fixed terminal 50 with a camera 51, network 60
を介してメールサーバー12の受信フォルダ13bに格納され、当該画像データは、後述する検索サーバー10 Via stored in the reception folder 13b of the mail server 12, search server 10 the image data, to be described later
の機能によって電子メールから分離され、標準パターン格納用の記録媒体11b内に格納される。 Is separated from the e-mail by the function is stored in the recording medium 11b for storing standard patterns. 上記外部からの標準パターンの蓄積作業は、検索サーバー10における蓄積作業だけでは標準パターンの収集に限界がある場合に、特に有益である。 Accumulation working standard pattern from the outside, only the accumulation operation in the search server 10 in the case where there is a limit to the collection of the standard pattern, is particularly beneficial.

【0011】図3は、検索サーバー10の構成を示すブロック図である。 [0011] Figure 3 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the search server 10. 検索サーバー10は、各種データに対する処理、入出力、送受信を行うために通常備えるべき構成部として、検索サーバー10全体の動作を制御する制御部320と、データ処理を行う処理部330と、各種入出力装置及びネットワーク60等に接続される入出力インターフェース310と、該入出力インターフェース310からデータを受け取る入力部350と、データを出力する出力部360と、データ処理の際に一時的にデータを記憶する記憶部340と、各種データを受信する受信部370と、各種データを送信する送信部380 Search server 10, the processing for various data, input and output, as a normal component to be provided for transmitting and receiving, a control unit 320 for controlling the search server 10 overall operation, a processing unit 330 for performing data processing, various types of input storing output interface 310 connected to the output device and the network 60 or the like, an input unit 350 that receives data from said input output interface 310, an output unit 360 for outputting data, the data temporarily in the data processing a storage unit 340 that includes a receiving unit 370 that receives various data, transmission section 380 for transmitting various data
とを備えている。 It is equipped with a door.

【0012】検索サーバー10は、前記通常備えるべき構成部に加えて更に、電子メールの送受信・転送機能を有するメーラー部3000と、メールサーバー12の受信フォルダ13aへの着信を常時監視する13aファイル監視部3001と、画像添付メールを画像データとその他のデータとに分離する入力データ分離部3002 [0012] Search server 10, in addition to the components to be provided the normal, and the mailer unit 3000 having a receiving and transfer functions of the electronic mail, 13a file monitoring which constantly monitors the incoming call to the reception folder 13a of the mail server 12 a Department 3001, input data separation unit 3002 separates the image attached email image data and other data
と、携帯端末の固有識別IDやメールアドレスに関する登録データを蓄積したID蓄積部3003と、該登録データを基にして検索サーバー10自身の応答可否を判断するID判断部3004と、検索キーとして入力された画像データに対して補正処理を行う入力パターン補正部3005と、補正後の画像データから特徴パラメータあるいは特徴ベクトルを抽出する特徴抽出部3006と、 When an ID storage unit 3003 stores the registration data regarding the unique identification ID and mail address of the mobile terminal, an ID determination section 3004 that determines the response whether the search server 10 itself based on the registration data, input as a search key an input pattern correction unit 3005 that performs been a correction process on the image data, a feature extraction unit 3006 for extracting a feature parameter or feature vector from the corrected image data,
画像認識のための標準パターンを蓄積しておく標準パターン蓄積部3007と、前記抽出された特徴量を標準パターンと対比した後、データベース情報蓄積部3012 A standard pattern storage section 3007 to be stored standard patterns for image recognition, after comparison with the standard pattern feature amounts the extracted, database information storage unit 3012
から、選定した標準パターンと関連付けられたデータベース情報を抽出する識別部3008と、照会に対する応答情報を生成する応答情報生成部3009と、前記応答情報の作成を通知する電子メールを生成するメール生成部3011と、メールサーバー12の受信フォルダ13 From an identification unit 3008 for extracting a selected database information associated with the standard patterns, and the response information generator 3009 generates the response information in response to queries, the mail generating unit which generates an e-mail to notify the creation of the response information and 3011, receiving folder 13 of the mail server 12
bへの着信を常時監視する13bファイル監視部301 13b file monitoring unit 301 constantly monitors the incoming call to b
3と、リンク情報生成部3015とを備えている。 3, and a link information generating unit 3015.

【0013】続いて、検索サーバー10の作用を説明する。 [0013] Next, a description will be given of the operation of the search server 10. 携帯端末30から発信された画像添付メールは、メールサーバー12の受信フォルダ13aに受信され、当該受信は受信フォルダ13aへの着信を常時監視する1 Originated images attached mail from the mobile terminal 30 is received in the reception folder 13a of the mail server 12, the reception monitors incoming call to the reception folder 13a always 1
3aファイル監視部3001により検知されて、制御部320に報告される。 Is detected by 3a file monitoring unit 3001, it is reported to the control unit 320. 報告を受けた制御部320は、処理部330に指示し、画像添付メールをメーラー部30 Control unit 320 having received the report, instructs the processing unit 330, image attachment mail mailer 30
00を使用して、メールサーバー12の受信フォルダ1 Use the 00, reception folder 1 of the mail server 12
3aから入出力インターフェース310を経由して入力部350に入力させ、更に処理部330の指示により記憶部340に転送させる。 3a from via the input-output interface 310 is input to the input unit 350, it is further transferred to the storage unit 340 by the instruction of the processor 330.

【0014】転送された画像添付メールは、入力データ分離部3002によってメールアドレス、携帯端末の持つ固有の識別ID、画像データとその他のデータとに分離される。 The image accompanying mail transferred, the mail address by the input data separation unit 3002, a unique identification ID with the mobile terminal, is separated into image data and other data. 次に、分離された各データの中、携帯端末の持つ固有の識別IDを基に、検索サーバー10が応答しても良いかどうか判断する。 Then, in each data separated on the basis of the unique identification ID with the mobile terminal, it determines whether or not the search server 10 may respond. 即ち、前記固有の識別ID In other words, the unique identification ID
が、予めID蓄積部3003に蓄積された登録データと一致するか否かがID判断部3004により照合され、 But whether it matches the stored registration data in advance in ID storage unit 3003 is collated by the ID determination unit 3004,
その結果が処理部330に報告される。 The results are reported to the processing unit 330.

【0015】処理部330に応答許可の報告がなされると、前記分離された画像データは処理部330の指示を受けた入力パターン補正部3005による補正処理を受ける。 [0015] Report of the response permission to the processing unit 330 is performed, the separation image data is subjected to correction processing by the input pattern correction unit 3005 receives the instruction of the processor 330. これは、入力パターンを標準パターンと照合する前に、入力パターンとしての画像データに含まれる情報の中で、識別に不必要な情報をできる限り取り除く作業であり、画像認識における認識精度と処理速度を向上させるための工程である。 This is prior to matching the input pattern and the standard patterns, among the information included in the image data as an input pattern, an operation of removing as much as possible unnecessary information for identification, and the processing speed recognition accuracy in the image recognition it is a process for improving the. 入力パターン補正部3005によって補正された画像データは処理部330の指示を受けた特徴抽出部3006によって特徴パラメータあるいは特徴ベクトルを求められる。 Image data corrected by the input pattern correction unit 3005 is obtained characteristic parameters or feature vectors by a feature extraction unit 3006 having received the instruction of the processor 330. 特徴パラメータおよび特徴ベクトルとは、識別を行うのに有効なパターンの性質として、入力パターンから取り出されたデータである。 The feature parameters and feature vectors, as the nature of the active pattern to make the identification, the data retrieved from the input pattern.

【0016】このようにして抽出された特徴量は、次に識別部3008によって標準パターン蓄積部3007 The feature quantity extracted in this way, then standard pattern storing unit by the identification unit 3008 3007
(前出検索サーバー10の記録媒体11bに相当する。)の標準パターン(画像データ)を基に、どの標準パターンと合致するか、または、最も近いかが識別され、この標準パターンと関連付けられたデータベース情報蓄積部3012(前出検索サーバー10の記録媒体1 (Corresponding to the recording medium 11b of the preceding search server 10.) Based on a standard pattern (image data) of which the standard pattern and either matches or is closest is identified, a database associated with this standard pattern recording medium of the information storage section 3012 (supra search server 10 1
1aに相当する。 It corresponds to 1a. )のデータが処理部330に報告される。 Data) is reported to the processor 330.

【0017】上記報告を受けた処理部330は、応答情報生成部3009に指示し、応答用のデータを生成させる一方、応答データが作成されたことを照会者に知らせる電子メールを作成するため、メール生成部3011に指示し、予め用意されたメッセージと生成された応答用のデータファイルの場所を記したURLを合成した電子メールを作成し、送信部380に転送する。 The processing unit 330 having received the report, instructs the response information generation unit 3009, while to produce the data for the response, in order to create an e-mail informing the inquirer that the response data has been created, It instructs the mail generation unit 3011 creates a prepared message to the electronic mail the URL that describes the location of the data file were synthesized for the generated response, and transfers to the transmitter 380. 転送されたメールデータは、電子メールとして入出力インターフェース310を経由してメールサーバー12へ送られ、メールサーバー12は、当該電子メールを照会した携帯端末30に送信する。 Forwarded e-mail data via the output interface 310 as an e-mail sent to the mail server 12, mail server 12 sends to the mobile terminal 30 that queries the email.

【0018】携帯端末30により上記メールを受信した照会者は、受信メール中で指定されたURLに応答用のデータを読みに行くことにより、例えば、図4の左半部に示す携帯端末30の表示画面401に、図4の右半部に示すようなワイン情報402を入手することができる。 [0018] Query who receives the mail, the portable terminal 30, by going to read the data for the response to the specified in the received mail URL, for example, the mobile terminal 30 shown in the left half of FIG. 4 on the display screen 401, it is possible to obtain wine information 402 as shown in the right half of FIG. 4. なお、上記の説明では、メールサーバー12は、応答データに関するURLを電子メールとして送信したが、データベース中の応答データを添付した電子メールを照会者宛に直接返信することも可能である。 It should be noted that, in the above description, the mail server 12, but sent the URL about the response data as e-mail, it is also possible to directly reply addressed to the inquirer an e-mail attached with response data in the database.

【0019】前記したように、標準パターンとなる画像データは、通常方法に従い、検索サーバー10内において作成・蓄積されるが、補助的作業としての外部からの標準パターンの蓄積作業について説明する。 [0019] As described above, the image data comprising a standard pattern, in accordance with conventional methods, but is created and accumulated in the search server 10 will be described accumulation working standard pattern from the outside of the auxiliary work. 検索サーバー10に標準パターンを登録しようとする者(以下、登録者)は、固定端末50の画面上から、指定のURL画面に入り、指定されたパスワードチェックを経て、リンク情報生成部3015による指示画面に、送信したい標準パターン情報を入力した後、標準パターンのファイル名の発行を受ける。 Search person who intends to register a standard pattern to the server 10 (hereinafter, the registrant) is, from the screen of the fixed terminal 50, enters the specified URL screen, through the specified password check, instruction by the link information generating unit 3015 on the screen, after you enter the standard pattern information you want to send, receive the issuance of the file name of the standard pattern.

【0020】次に、登録者は、前記発行されたファイル名を付した画像データを予め指定されたメールアドレスに送信する。 [0020] Next, the registrant, and transmits the image data marked with the issued file name to a pre-specified e-mail address. この画像添付電子メールは、メールサーバー12の標準パターン添付メール用の受信フォルダ13 This image attached e-mail, receive folder 13 for the standard pattern attached mail of the mail server 12
bに格納される。 It is stored in b. 該画像添付電子メールの受信は、受信フォルダ13bへの着信を常時監視する13bファイル監視部3013により検知されて、制御部320に報告される。 Reception of the image attached email is detected by 13b file monitoring unit 3013 for constantly monitoring the incoming call to the reception folder 13b, it is reported to the control unit 320. 報告を受けた制御部320は、処理部330に指示し、画像添付メールをメーラー部3000を使って、該電子メールをメールサーバー12の受信フォルダ13bから入出力インターフェース310を経由して入力部350に入力させ、さらに処理部330の指示により、これを記憶部340に転送させる。 Control unit 320 having received the report, instructs the processing unit 330, image attachment mail using the mailer unit 3000, an input unit 350 from the reception folder 13b via the output interface 310 of the mail server 12 to the e-mail It is input to further an instruction processing section 330, to transfer it in the storage unit 340.

【0021】転送された画像添付メールは、入力データ分離部3002によってメールアドレス、画像データとその他のデータに分離される。 The transferred image attached email, email address by the input data separation unit 3002 is separated into image data and other data. 次に、分離された各データの中、メールアドレスについて、検索サーバー10が受諾しても良いかどうか判断する。 Then, in each data separated, for the e-mail address, the search server 10 to determine whether it may be accepted. 即ち、前記メールアドレスが、予めID蓄積部3003に蓄積された登録データと一致するか否かがID判断部3004により照合され、処理部330に報告される。 That is, the mail address, whether it matches the stored registration data in advance in ID storage unit 3003 is collated by the ID determination unit 3004, is reported to the processing unit 330. 処理部330に受諾の報告がなされた場合のみ、前記分離された画像データは処理部330の指示を受け、標準パターン蓄積部30 If reporting acceptance to the processing unit 330 has been performed only the separated image data is subjected to instruction processing unit 330, the standard pattern storage section 30
07に蓄積される。 07 is stored in.

【0022】 [0022]

【発明の効果】本発明によれば、携帯電話に代表される携帯端末を利用することにより、必要とするデータベース情報を簡単かつ手軽に取得することができる。 According to the present invention, by utilizing a portable terminal typified by a mobile phone, it is possible to obtain the database information that requires simple and easy. 従って、酒、ワインなどの趣向品以外にも、動植物、鉱物、 Therefore, sake, in addition to taste products such as wine, flora and fauna, minerals,
電機器械部品、日用品のパーツ、土木構造物、建築物、 Electromechanical parts, daily necessities of parts, civil engineering structures, buildings,
星座、その他、凡そ形のある物についての様々な情報の検索に幅広く適用することができる。 Constellation other, can be widely applied to the search of the various information about the objects with approximately form. また、本発明によれば、どの様な時間帯であっても、また、どの様な場所であっても、手元の携帯端末から検索サーバーにアクセスすることにより、直ちに欲する情報を入手することができるという優れた効果を有する。 In addition, according to the present invention, even what kind of time zone, also, even what kind of place, by accessing the search server from the hand of the mobile terminal, it is possible to obtain information that want immediately It has an excellent effect that it can be.

【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

【図1】本発明に係る携帯端末を使用した情報検索システムの全体説明図である。 1 is an overall view of an information retrieval system using a mobile terminal according to the present invention.

【図2】入力パターンとしての画像キーの作成方法を示す説明図である。 FIG. 2 is an explanatory diagram showing a method of creating an image key as an input pattern.

【図3】検索サーバー10の構成を示すブロック図である。 FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the search server 10.

【図4】携帯端末30の表示画面に示されるワイン情報の一例を示す。 Figure 4 shows an example of a wine information shown on the display screen of the portable terminal 30.

【符号の説明】 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS

10 情報検索サーバー 11a データベース登録情報が格納された記録媒体 11b 標準パターンが格納された記録媒体 12 メールサーバー 13 メールサーバーの記録媒体 30 携帯端末 31 電子カメラ 60 ネットワーク 10 information search server 11a database registration information to the stored recording medium 11b recording medium a standard pattern is stored 12 mail server 13 recording medium 30 the mobile terminal 31 an electronic camera 60 network mail server

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  1. 【請求項1】 携帯端末から検索キーとしての画像データを検索サーバーに送信し、該検索サーバーは当該画像データから画像認識により標準パターンを識別し、該標準パターンに予め関連付けられているデータベース登録情報を前記携帯端末に応信することからなる情報検索方法。 1. A transmit image data as a search key from the portable terminal to the search server, the search server identifies the standard pattern by image recognition from the image data, the database registration information that has been previously associated with the standard patterns information retrieval process comprising 応信 to the portable terminal.
  2. 【請求項2】 携帯端末から入手した画像データを入力パターンとし、内部に蓄積した標準パターンと比較する画像認識により、該標準パターンに予め関連付けられているデータベース登録情報を抽出し、該登録情報を前記携帯端末に応信する情報検索サーバー。 Wherein an input pattern image data obtained from the portable terminal, the image recognition compared to a standard pattern stored therein, it extracts the database registration information that has been previously associated with the standard patterns, the registration information information retrieval server to 応信 to the mobile terminal.
  3. 【請求項3】 前記データベース登録情報と前記標準パターンを格納する記録媒体を有する請求項2記載の情報検索サーバー。 Wherein information search server according to claim 2, further comprising a recording medium for storing the standard pattern and the database registration information.
  4. 【請求項4】 前記携帯端末から送信される画像データをメールサーバーを介して入手する請求項2または請求項3記載の情報検索サーバー。 Wherein said claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the information search server to obtain image data to be transmitted via the mail server from the portable terminal.
  5. 【請求項5】 電子カメラを備えた携帯端末であって、 5. A mobile terminal having an electronic camera,
    該電子カメラにて撮影した画像データを情報検索サーバーに送信する手段と該情報検索サーバーからの電子メールを受信する手段とを有する携帯端末。 Mobile terminal having means for receiving the electronic mail from the means and the information search server that sends the image data captured by the electronic camera to the information retrieval server.
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