WO2016178639A1 - System for monitoring due dates especially using nfc data transmission technique - Google Patents

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WO2016178639A1
WO2016178639A1 PCT/TR2015/000188 TR2015000188W WO2016178639A1 WO 2016178639 A1 WO2016178639 A1 WO 2016178639A1 TR 2015000188 W TR2015000188 W TR 2015000188W WO 2016178639 A1 WO2016178639 A1 WO 2016178639A1
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Abstract

Means for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium comprising: providing an electronic device adapted to scan and read machine readable medium; reading a machine readable medium of an object, and obtaining an identifier using said electronic device; obtaining system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and storing a data record comprising at least a content based on system clock data from said system clock.

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SYSTEM FOR MONITORING DUE DATES ESPECIALLY USING NFC DATA TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE FIELD OF INVENTION

Current invention relates to an electronic device and a method to monitor due dates related to objects using a machine readable medium and a data transmission technique, especially using an nfc device and nfc data transmission technique.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

Electronic calendar applications are known for automatically creating an event entry in an electronic calendar by scanning an event barcode to the application. The date of the event may be retrieved from an information server and entered to the electronic calendar. The event barcode may be read by a barcode reader.

In telecommunications and computing a machine-readable medium (automated data medium) is a medium capable of storing data in a format readable by a mechanical device (rather than human readable). Common machine-readable technologies include magnetic recording, processing waveforms, and barcodes. Optical character recognition (OCR) can be used to enable machines to read information available to humans. Any information retrievable by any form of energy can be machine-readable. A machine readable medium may be a barcode (including and not limited to ID, 2D, QR barcodes) or a near field communication means such as RFID or NFC means using a short range identification technology. Scanners and interpretive software became available on devices including desktop printers and smartphones to read barcodes and nfc codes. Typically, a smartphone is used as a barcode or nfc scanner, displaying the code and converting it to some useful form (such as a standard URL for a website, thereby obviating the need for a user to type it into a web browser).

However, events with variable due dates may exist, such as expiration date of a product after the product has been opened or used for the first time, which is calculated based on a time period, defined as PAO: Period After Opening).

Known systems for automatically creating an event entry in an electronic calendar cannot handle events with variable expiry dates. Further, the known systems cannot monitor expiry dates of multiple unique objects with the same generic product code. Further, users of known electronic calendars have difficulties to interrelate expiry information with the associated objects.

An advanced system for monitoring expiry dates is needed, which doesn't comprise the drawbacks explained above.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the current invention aims to provide an improved system for monitoring non- prefixed due dates. An object of the current invention is to improve the relation of a unique object with a machine readable medium to an expiry date.

Current invention is defined by the appended claims, the content of which is included here by reference.

Current invention provides a method for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium comprising:

- providing an electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium;

- providing an object comprising a machine readable medium;

- reading the machine readable medium using the electronic device;

- obtaining system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and

- storing a data record comprising at least a content based on the system clock data.

According to an aspect of the invention, the system clock data is retrieved, when the machine readable medium has been read, and especially if a record comprising a date value may not be detected, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object. The identifier of the object may be obtained from the machine readable medium.

According to a further aspect of the invention, the data record comprising at least a content based on the system clock data is stored, when the machine readable medium has been read, and especially if a record comprising a date value may not be detected, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.

Therefore, the method may comprise searching for the data record and determining an absence of an existing data record based on system clock data or a date value, preferably expiry date value, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.

Current invention provides also an electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium configured to: read a machine readable medium of an object; obtain system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and store a data record comprising at least a content based on the system clock data.

Current invention provides also a computer program or a computer readable memory with a computer program for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium, when executed by an electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium, configured to: read a machine readable medium of an object; obtain system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and store a data record comprising at least a content based on the system clock data.

In addition, the method may comprise obtaining an identifier by reading the machine readable medium and storing the identifier in the data record; and/or providing and storing a client identifier, thereby enabling identification of objects related to a specific user in a multi-user system.

The machine readable medium may be a barcode or an nfc device, preferably an nfc target device wherein the method comprises reading the barcode or the nfc device. The nfc device may be an nfc tag, preferably a passive nfc tag. The electronic device may be configured as an nfc initiator device.

The method according to the invention may comprise storing the data record in the nfc device by the electronic device.

The method according to the invention may comprise storing the data record in an expiry database, preferably of an electronic calendar, preferably via internet.

The data record may be embedded to an expiry tag, preferably encoded to an expiry barcode. Accordingly, the method according to the invention may comprise producing the expiry tag, preferably the expiry barcode. The expiry tag or the expiry barcode may comprise human readable content comprising at least the data record. Accordingly, storing the data record comprises transmission of said data record to the nfc device and/or to the expiry database; therefore, the electronic device comprises appropriate transmission means.

The method may comprise advantageously making or marking the data record or the nfc device as read-only.

The method may comprise determining, whether an existing data record comprising an existing content based on the system clock data has been stored and sending expiry information based on the existing data record to an output device, preferably to a display device of the electronic device. The method may comprise advantageously determination of the data record or the nfc device if it is read-only.

Reading a machine readable medium may comprise scanning, detecting and decoding the machine readable medium.

The machine readable medium may be applied or attached to the object or to a tag arranged on the object.

The electronic device may comprise the computer. Alternatively, the computer may be a trusted digital time-stamping computer, preferably accessible by the electronic device via internet.

The method according to the invention may further comprise obtaining a picture from a digital camera or from an image source via internet, advantageously when the machine readable medium has been scanned by the electronic device to read the machine readable medium, preferably automatically. The electronic device may comprise the digital camera. The picture may comprise an image at least part of the object or of the machine readable medium. The electronic device may read the barcode in the image data. Accordingly, the method according to the invention may comprise storing the picture in association with the data record, preferably in the expiry database, preferably automatically.

The method according to the invention may further comprise obtaining time period information, preferably based on the identifier, preferably from a time period information database via internet. The content based on the system clock data may further be based on the time period information. The content may comprise an instantaneous date value of the system clock or an expiry date value based on the instantaneous date value of the system clock and the time period information. Alternatively, time period information may be obtained from a time period code, preferably being a barcode, on the object. The electronic device may comprise or may have access to a printer to print the picture, preferably together with the data record and/or to print the expiry tag onto the object or onto a carrying medium to be attached to the object

The term "computer" should be understood as a device having at least a processor for implementing statements including commands. The electronic device may be a mobile computer, a smart phone or a pda.

These and further advantages of the current invention are disclosed in the appended claims. SHORT EXPLANATION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above disclosed and further features of the current invention will be better understood with the following detailed description and drawings of the preferred embodiments of the invention.

Figure 1 shows a first embodiment according to the invention;

Figure 2 shows a second embodiment according to the invention; and

Figure 3 shows a third embodiment according to the invention.

DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE INVENTION

Preferred embodiments of the current invention will be described with references to the appended drawings. The dashed lines in the drawings show optional features of the preferred embodiments.

Figure 1 shows the first embodiment comprising an electronic device 30, such as a smartphone. The electronic device 30 comprises a computer having a system clock 40. The electronic device 30 is configured to scan and read a machine readable medium embedded in an nfc tag 20 attached to an object 10 to decode the machine readable medium and thereby to obtain an identifier. Therefore, the electronic device 30 is equipped with the necessary hardware and software. The electronic device 30 is configured to query a time interval database 60 with the identifier via internet to retrieve period after opening information related to the object 10. Period after opening information may be alternatively obtained from a file stored within the electronic device 20. The electronic device 30 is configured to retrieve an instantaneous date value from the system clock 40; however the instantaneous date may be alternatively retrieved from a system clock 40 of an internet time server via internet. The electronic device 30 is configured to calculate an expiry date value based on die instantaneous date value and the period after opening information and then to store a data record comprising the expiry date in the nfc tag 20. Alternatively, the electronic device 30 may directly store the data record comprising the instantaneous date value in the nfc tag without querying the time interval database 60 and without calculating the expiry date value. In this case, the time interval database 60 may be queried and the expiry date value may be calculated next time, when the nfc tag 20 is rescanned. The electronic device 30 may be further configured to determine, whether the data record comprising the expiry date value or the instantaneous date value has been stored in the nfc tag 20 and to show the respective value in a display thereof. If the existence of the expiry date value or the instantaneous date value may not be determined, the electronic device 30 is configured to retrieve an instantaneous date value from the system clock 40 to be stored in the nfc tag 20.

Figure 2 shows the second embodiment of the invention, whereby only differences to the first embodiment will be described here: the object 10 comprises a barcode 25 instead of the nfc tag 20. The electronic device 30 is configured to scan and read a barcode 25 and to decode the barcode and thereby to obtain an identifier. Therefore, the electronic device 30 is equipped with the necessary hardware and software. The electronic device 30 is configured to store a data record comprising the instantaneous date value from the system clock 40 in an expiry database SO in association with the identifier. The electronic device 30 may comprise a digital camera 70. The electronic device 30 may capture a picture of the object 10 and store in the expiry database 50 in association with the data record. The electronic device 30 may scan the barcode 25 using the digital camera 70. Alternatively, a picture of the object 10 may be retrieved from an image source provided on internet and stored in the expiry database 50 in association with the data record. The electronic device 30 may comprise or may have access to a printer to print the picture, preferably together with the data record.

Figure 3 shows the third embodiment of the invention, whereby only differences to the second embodiment will be described here: the electronic device 30 is configured to store the data record comprising the instantaneous date value from the system clock 40 in an expiry tag 80 including an expiry barcode and a human readable information related to expiry of the object 10. The electronic device 30 is configured to produce the expiry tag 80 including the expiry barcode and the human readable information. The electronic device 30 may comprise or may have access to a printer to print the expiry tag 80 onto the object 10 or onto a carrying medium, such as sticker, to be attached to the object 10. The data record may comprise the identifier and/or a client identifier in all of the embodiments in order to locate the correct expiry information, when the machine readable medium is rescanned.

In use, a user scans the machine readable medium 20, 25 on the object 10 using the electronic device. The electronic device 30 obtains the scanning date, which is the instantaneous date, or the date of expiry based on the scanning date and marks it in a data record. Depending on the embodiment, the data record is stored in the nfc tag 20, in the expiry database SO or in the expiry tag 80. If it should be stored in the expiry tag, then the expiry tag 80 is printed-out, e.g. to onto a sticker or onto the object 10 using a printer. Then the data record or the nfc -tag 20 may be put in a read-only state, which makes a change in the data record impossible. Accordingly, the electronic device 30 is equipped with means adapted to nfc reading-writing and/or barcode reading writing and/or internet accessing for transmission of the data record. When the machine readable medium is rescanned by a user, the electronic device 30 determines that the object 10 was processed already and therefore the electronic deice 30 won't retrieve an instantaneous date, instead the electronic device 30 will show the expiry date or the date of processing (scanning date) to the user. The electronic device 30 may therefore check the existence of the expiry date information in the machine readable medium 20, 25 or check whether the record or the nfc-tag 20 is write-protected at the beginning, e.g. before obtaining the scanning date or during or after scanning the machine readable medium 20, 25.

The above description is not limiting. Many other embodiments or adaptations of the above embodiments/modifications without departing from the scope of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art upon reviewing the above description. For example, instead of the period after opening information, another time interval may be retrieved and a due date of another event may be calculated instead of the expiry date. Each of the following claims is incorporated herein to the specification by reference as a separate exemplary embodiment

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1. Method for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium comprising:
- providing an electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium;
- providing an object comprising a machine readable medium;
- reading said machine readable medium using said electronic device;
- obtaining system clock data from a system clock of a computer, and
- storing a data record comprising at least a content based on system clock data from said system clock.
2. Method according to claim 1, further comprising obtaining an identifier by reading said machine readable medium and storing said identifier in said data record and/or providing a client identifier and storing said client identifier in said data record.
3. Method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said machine readable medium is a barcode or an nfc device arranged at said object and wherein said method comprises reading said barcode or said nfc device using said electronic device, preferably wherein storing said data record comprises transmission of said data record to said nfc device.
4. Method according to one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising storing said data record in said nfc device by said electronic device, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
5. Method according to one of claims 1 to 4, further comprising storing said data record in an expiry database, preferably via internet, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object
6. Method according to one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising storing said data record in an expiry tag, preferably by encoding said data record in an expiry barcode; and producing said expiry tag, preferably including said expiry barcode, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
7. Method according to one of claims 1 to 6, further comprising determining, existence of an existing data record comprising an existing content based on system clock data in said machine readable medium and sending expiry information based on said existing data record to an output device, preferably to a display device of said electronic device.
8. Method according to one of claims 1 to 7, wherein said electronic device comprises said computer or wherein said computer is a trusted digital time-stamping computer.
9. Method according to one of claims 1 to 8, further comprising obtaining a picture from a digital camera or from an image source via internet, preferably wherein said picture comprises an image at least part of said object or of said machine readable medium.
10. Method according to claim 9, wherein said electronic device comprises said digital camera.
11. Method according to claim 9 or 10, further comprising storing said picture in association with said data record, preferably in said expiry database; and/or printing said picture, preferably together with said data record.
12. Method according to one of claims 1 to 11, further comprising obtaining time period information, preferably based on said identifier, preferably from a time period information database via internet or from a time period code; and wherein said content based on said system clock data is based further on time period information.
13. Electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium configured to:
- read a machine readable medium of an object;
- obtain system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and
- store a data record comprising at least a content based on system clock data from said system clock.
14. Electronic device according to claim 13, wherein said machine readable medium is embedded to a barcode or an nfc device arranged at said object and wherein said electronic device is configured to read said barcode or said nfc device, preferably wherein storing said data record comprises transmission of said data record to said nfc device.
IS. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 or 14, further configured to store said data record in said nfc device, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object
16. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 to IS, further configured to store said data record in an expiry database, preferably via internet, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
17. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 to 16, further configured to encode said data record to an expiry barcode and to produce said expiry barcode, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
18. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 to 17, further comprising a display and configured to determine existence of an existing data record comprising an existing content based on system clock data in said machine readable medium and sending expiry information based on said existing data record to said display device.
19. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 to 18, further comprising said computer.
20. Electronic device according to one of claims 13 to 19, further comprising a digital camera and configured to obtain a picture from said digital camera; and to store said picture in association with said data record.
21. Computer program for monitoring an expiry date of an object with a machine readable medium, when executed by an electronic device adapted to read machine readable medium, configured to:
- read a machine readable medium of an object;
- obtain system clock data from a system clock of a computer; and
- store a data record comprising at least a content based on system clock data from said system clock.
22. Computer program according to claim 21, wherein said machine readable medium is embedded to a barcode or an nfc device and said computer program is configured to store said data record in said nfc device, preferably when an absence of said data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
23. Computer program according to one of claims 21 or 22, further configured to store said data record in an expiry database, preferably via internet, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
24. Computer program according to one of claims 21 to 23, further configured to encode said data record to an expiry barcode and to produce said expiry barcode, preferably when an absence of the data record has been determined, especially in the machine readable medium or in an expiry database, preferably in association with an identifier of the object.
25. Computer program according to one of claims 21 to 24, configured to determine existence of an existing data record comprising an existing content based on system clock data in said machine readable medium and sending expiry information based on said existing data record to a display device of said electronic device.
26. Computer program according to one of claims 21 to 25, wherein said electronic device comprises said computer or wherein said computer is a trusted digital time-stamping computer.
27. Computer program according to one of claims 21 to 26, further configured to obtain a picture from a digital camera of said electronic device or from an image source via internet and to store said picture in association with said data record.
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