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Title:
SYSTEM, METHOD AND A COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT BY A WEARABLE DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/116801
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention provides a wearable technology implemented supply chain management wherein the life cycle of an item can be tracked from the warehouse till it reaches the end user including the retail environment. The wearable device is enabled to scan a code of an item and transmits it to the enterprise server wherein the enterprise server transmits the scan information to the database server to extract the required information.

Inventors:
KRISHNAMURTHY NARASIMHAN (IN)
Application Number:
IB2016/000013
Publication Date:
July 28, 2016
Filing Date:
January 14, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KRISHNAMURTHY NARASIMHAN (IN)
International Classes:
G06Q10/00; G06F21/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2007098472A22007-08-30
Foreign References:
US20140249943A12014-09-04
Other References:
"Access Control, Authentication,and Public Key Infrastructure;", BANKS BALLAD KIM;, 2010, pages 20 - 300, ISBN: 9780763791285
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PISUPATI, Sundari, R. (Ravi Chambers Plot No. 100/1,Durgam Cheruvu Road ,Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills Post, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 3 Telangana, IN)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A system of performing supply chain management with a wearable device, the system comprises:

a) At least one wearable device, wherein a camera of at least one wearable device is enabled to scan a code of at least one item upon receiving at least one user's input request, wherein an encryption module of at least one wearable device is enabled to encrypt the scan data using a first key and a decryption module of at least one wearable device is enabled to decrypt the receiving data;

b) An enterprise server, wherein the enterprise server is enabled to receive the encrypted scan data of at least one item from at least one wearable device by a wireless network; and

c) A database server, wherein the database server is enabled to receive the encrypted scan data of at least one item from the enterprise server by the wireless network and is further enabled to decrypt the received encrypted scan data using the first key, wherein the database server is enabled to locate a corresponding information with respect to the decrypted scan data of at least one item and is further enabled to encrypt the corresponding information using a second key, wherein the database server is enabled to transmit the encrypted corresponding information to the enterprise server by the wireless network, wherein the enterprise server transmits the encrypted corresponding information to the wearable device by the wireless network.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the user input request is at least one of voice input, gesture input, tapping the wearable device, using touch pad of the wearable device, waving the wearable device and any combination thereof.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the wearable device is at least one of smart watch, electronic eye glass, smart cloth, head-mounted display, a ring, a bangle, a bracelet and any combinations thereof.

4. The system of claim 1 , wherein the code is at least one of bar-code, QR code, image embedded code and any combinations thereof.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the first key is a private key.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the wireless network is at least one of WiFi, Bluetooth, IRDA, zigbee or any network under IEEE 802.1 1 communication protocol.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the corresponding information is at least one of location of the item, shipping information of the item, count of remaining item, pricing information, expiry date, configuration of the item, contents of the item, item history, manufacturing date, manufacturer and any combinations thereof.

8. The system of claim 1 , wherein the second key is a private key.

9. A method of performing supply chain management, the method comprises:

a) Receiving user's input to scan a code of at least one item by using a camera of at least one wearable device;

b) Encrypting the scan data using a first private key by an encryption module of at least one wearable device;

c) Transmitting the encrypted scan data from at least one wearable device to the enterprise server by using a wireless network;

d) Transmitting the encrypted scan data from the enterprise server to a database server using the wireless network;

e) Decrypting the encrypted scan data received from the enterprise server by the database server using the first private key;

f) Locating a corresponding information with respect to decrypted scan data by the database server and further encrypting the corresponding information using a second private key;

g) Transmitting the encrypted corresponding information to the enterprise server using the wireless network; and h) Transmitting the encrypted corresponding information to the wearable device, wherein the wearable device decrypts the corresponding information using the second private key and outputs the corresponding information on display unit of the wearable device.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the user input request is at least one of voice input, gesture input and combination thereof.

1 1. The method of claim 9, wherein the wearable device is at least one of smart watch, electronic eye glass, smart cloth, head-mounted display, a ring, a bangle, a bracelet and any combinations thereof.

12. The method of claim 9, wherein the code is at least one of bar-code, QR code, image embedded code and any combinations thereof.

13. The method of claim 9, wherein the first key is a private key.

14. The method of claim 9, wherein the wireless network is at least one of WiFi, Bluetooth, IRDA, zigbee or any network under IEEE 802.1 1 communication protocol.

15. The method of claim 9, wherein the corresponding information is at least one of location of the item, shipping information of the item, count of remaining item, pricing information, expiry date, configuration of the item, contents of the item, item history, manufacturing date, manufacturer and any combinations thereof.

16. The method of claim 9, wherein the second key is a private key.

Description:
SYSTEM, METHOD AND A COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT BY A WEARABLE DEVICE

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is related to a supply chain management by using a wearable device. The supply chain management is at least one of sales transactions, monitoring & tracking items from manufacturing unit to a retail unit. More particularly the present invention is related to a system, method and a computer readable medium for a wearable device to perform a supply chain management.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Current warehouse management or retail systems utilize various types of bar-code readers, tablets, register stations and Point-of-Sale (POS) devices. For example, most of the logistics/ warehouse operators or even a large departmental store resort to a radio frequency gun to perform stock verification/ performing pick, ship or put-away operations for an item and other supply chain management. Other commonly used devices can be found at various kiosks wherein a customer can scan an item for a price-check, however these kiosk barcode reading devices do not process the sale, and only provide the ability to view the price of the item scanned.

Moreover, the customer stands in a queue at the checkout counter bringing with them all the items to be purchased. They often have to wait to checkout via either self-checkout at a kiosk or counter or at a typical check-out counter operated by an employee. However, these arrangements are cumbersome for the customer and results in wastage of their time and money.

Another type of scanning device is a mobile handheld scanner, which is used by store and warehouse associates to manage inventory tasks such as physical inventory, cycle counting, inventory receiving, store-to-store transfers, return to vendor and item ticketing. However, these devices are only used for inventory management and have no ability to process sales. The Radio Frequency (RF) gun apart from being bulky will limit the usage of hands, as on hand, typically the most used hand will take care of the gun leaving the other hand to pick the item and point it to the RF device to capture the bar code, one can imagine the wearable technology will make him hands free which will dramatically increase the efficiency of the person. One can imagine how clumsy it will be to handle items with odd shape/ figure and that too with not so commonly used hand. The wearable device not only improves the efficiency but also adds to speed in performing the operations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The system, method and a computer readable medium of the present invention provides a wearable technology implemented supply chain management wherein the life cycle of an item can be tracked from the warehouse till it reaches the end user including the retail environment. In turn, the system is capable of linking the user of the wearable device to a central enterprise server and its database. In other words, the present invention discloses an application interface for the wearable technology such as a smart watch or any wearable technology wherein the wearable technology is at least one of smart watch, electronic eye glass, smart cloth, head-mounted display, a ring, a bangle, a bracelet and any combinations thereof with which the supply chain of the item can be managed efficiently. The present system provides the ability to carry out daily store level inventory management functions for tasks such as stock counting, cycle counting, inventory receiving, store-to-store transfers, item put-away, item pick and ship, identifying item with bar code, promotions by coupons, reward points so on and so forth. The main advantage of this approach is that it provides a hands free operation for the user when compared to the RF gun which needs to be held on one hand and the counting needs to happen with other hand making it inconvenient to the user.

The present system comprises of a wearable device, an enterprise server, a computer readable medium, a database server which is connected through the wireless network. An item to be picked or selected is scanned by the camera of the wearable technology. This scanned information is sent wirelessly to the database server to obtain associated item information concerning its details such as price, location, inventory and other description. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be more fully understood and further advantages will become apparent when reference is made to the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the invention and the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 illustrates a flow chart of the present invention;

Figure 2 illustrates an embodiment of the present invention in which the wearable device is in communication with the ERP server and database server;

Figure 3 illustrates various components of the software application wherein the software application is installed in the wearable device;

Figure 4a illustrates the usage touch screen as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 4b illustrates the usage of gesture as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 4c illustrates the usage of keypad as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 5a illustrates the waving of wearable device as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 5b illustrates the usage of voice as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 6 illustrates the synthesis of scanned codes to an item number and storing the item number in a database server; Figure 7 illustrates the usage of tapping of wearable device against another surface as an input to activate the application of a wearable device;

Figure 8a illustrates the speech recognition module of the wearable device application; and

Figure 8b illustrates the user's preference on display of associated information retrieved from the database.

DETAILED DESCRIPTON OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention is directed towards an application of a wearable device which is enabled to perform a supply chain management. The present invention proposes a system, method and a software application of a wearable device that enables real-time as well off-time supply chain management. The system comprises a wearable device, an enterprise server and a database server wherein each of them is interconnected by a wireless network. The wearable device includes without limitation, a head mounted display, a smart watch, an electronic eye glass, smart cloth, a ring, a bangle, a bracelet or any combination thereof and a wireless network is at least one of WIFI, Bluetooth, IRDA, Zigbee or any network under IEEE 802.1 1 communication protocol. The user can operate in at least one of retailer location, manufacturing unit, wholesaler unit, inventory unit, transporting unit, retailer location, dispensing unit or any combinations thereof.

Figure 1 represents the flow chart of the present invention and the preferred embodiment of the present invention. The application is installed in the wearable device and is activated as soon as it receives the user's input. The input of the user to activate the application is at least one of voice input, gesture-based, tapping the wearable device, waving the wearable device, using the touch pad of the wearable device, using the keypad of the wearable device or a combination thereof. Once the application is activated, the camera unit of wearable device captures the code of the item. The application synthesizes the captured code to an item number and the encryption module of the application encrypts the item number using a first private key. The first private key is either pre-set in the application or is dynamically provided by the user. The user has the option to transmit the code information synchronously or asynchronously to the ERP server. The application is enabled to collect the code information of each item and stores in the memory of wearable device. Thereby, the user can transmit all code information to the ERP server as per his convenient time. Alternatively the user is enabled to transmit the item number information to the ERP server using a wireless network wherein the ERP server identifies the request received from the wearable device and transmits the request further to the database server. The database server decrypts the item number information using first private key and extracts the relevant information. The database server locates all necessary information associated with the item number information and encrypts the associated information using second private key. The associated information is at least one of location of the item, shipping information of the item, count of remaining item, pricing information, expiry date, configuration of the item, contents of the item, item history, manufacturing date, manufacturer and any combinations thereof. The associated information is encrypted using the second private key by the database server and transmits it to the ERP server. The user further transmits the preference information on how the associated data should be represented on the wearable device to the ERP server. The ERP server receives the associated information from the database server and preference information from the wearable device. The ERP server transmits the encrypted information to the wearable device wherein the wearable device decrypts the associated information using the second private key and outputs the associated information according to the user's preference. The user's preference is at least one of making a live card in accordance with the associated information, voice output of the associated information and customizable display of the associated information or any combinations thereof. The present invention enables the user to perform multiple tasks keeping his hands free from the device. The present invention uncovers the immense potential of wearable device in the supply chain management industry by connecting it with the database server using a wireless network.

Figure 2 represents the wearable device 201 interconnected with the enterprise server 202 via wireless network 204 wherein the ERP management software of enterprise server 202 trans- receives the information to and from the wearable device 201. The wearable device could be at least one of electronic glass 201a, smart watch 201b, wrist band 201c and phone 20 Id. The ERP management software receives the encrypted information associated with a code of an item and further transmits the encrypted information to the database server 203. The database server 203 is enabled to receive the encrypted information of the item from the ERP server 202 via wireless network 204 and is further enabled to decrypt the received encrypted information using first private key. Thereby, the database server 203 extracts the relevant information associated with that specific item. The relevant information is at least one of location of the item, shipping information of the item, count of remaining item, pricing information, an expiry date, configurations of the item, content of the item, item history, manufacturing date, manufacturer name and any combinations thereof. The database server 203 encrypts the associated information using the second private key and transmits it to the ERP server 202 using a wireless network 204. The ERP management software of ERP server 202 receives the encrypted associated information from the database server 203 and transmits it to the wearable device 201. The application of the wearable device 201 receives the encrypted associated information and decrypts it using the second private key. The decrypted associated information is displayed on the display screen of the wearable device 201.

Figure 3 represents various modules of supply chain management software application of wearable device. The supply chain management software application comprises user interactive multi-lingual GUI 301 and multi-language speech recognition module 302 thereby making the user's experience convenient and comfortable in using the device and further escalates the purpose to reach to large and diverse population. The application includes multi-lingual speech recognition module 302 which enables the user to use the application in his native language thereby, making the user comfortable and providing a joyful experience to him. The application includes a code reading module 303 which is enabled to read the code of the item. The code is usually printed on the body or housing of the item and the camera of the wearable device is enabled to capture the code of the item and the code reading module 303 of application is enabled to capture and read that code. The imprinted code on the item is at least one of Barcode, QR code, number code, alphabetic code or a combination thereof. The application also includes speech integration module 305 which is enabled to receive voice commands from the user and gives output as voice to the user. The application further includes workflow integration module 306 which is enabled to define the specific workflow and timelines of various tasks of the application. The application includes, notification system module 304 which is enabled to notify the user upon receiving any updates on the item of the product. For example, the user receives a notification upon receiving the association information from the database server, self-established reminder notifications, order updates of the item, present location of the item, task to be completed and so on and so forth. The application is enabled to transfer the captured code information synchronously or asynchronously to the ERP server. The user is enabled to capture code of multiple items in a given time and then collectively transmits all the information related to codes to ERP server using a wireless network. In another embodiment, the user is enabled to capture the code of one item and simultaneously transmits it to the ERP server. Hence the application provides flexible mode of operation to the user. The application further provides encryption module 309 wherein the application encrypts the transmitting data with a first private key and decrypts the receiving data with a second private key. The encryption methodology could be PS , WPA2-PSK or any combination thereof. The first and second encryption keys are provided by the user and hence can be changed from time to time. The software application is enabled to customize the display output of the associated information retrieved from the database wherein the user can opt for either live card service 308 or voice output to display on the wearable device. The application is developed on REST or SOAP 310 based software architecture in order to provide scalable software architecture. The protocol enables the application to offer web services to the user as well.

Figure 4a, 4b, 4c, FIG. 5a, 5b and FIG. 6 represent the various mode of activation adopted by the user to activate the application of the user. FIG 4a represents the user 400 to use the touch screen of the wearable device to activate the application of the user whereas FIG. 4B represents the user 402 to use gesture as an input to activate the application of the wearable device. Moreover, FIG. 4C represents the user 404 to use the keypad of the wearable device to activate the application and FIG. 5A represents the user 500 to use waving of the wearable device as an input to activate the application. Further, FIG 5b represents the user 502 to use voice as an input to activate the application and FIG. 6 represents the user 600 to use tapping of the wearable device with a surface to activate the application.

Figure 7 represents the synthesis operation on the captured code information. The user 704 uses the camera of the wearable device to capture the code 700, 702 of an item. The captured code is synthesized 706 and converted to an item number information 708 and it is further stored in the database server 710.

Figure 8a represents the speech recognition unit of the application. The user's voice input is received by the microphone 800a of the wearable device and sound localization module 800b identifies the native language associated with the user's voice input. Voice input is synthesized by audio fusion module 800c and thereafter the voice input is broken into small segments by the filtering and segmentation module 800d. The small segments are analyzed to interpret the user's instructions thereby enabling the wearable device or the entire system to execute the user's instructions 800e. Optionally, the small segments are further analyzed by the fuzzy control module 800f to interpret the user's instructions and accordingly the associated information is represented as voice output on the wearable device 800g.

Figure 8b represents the alternative ways 802 of representing the associated information 803 retrieved from the database server 801. The user optionally chooses to create a live card 803a or voice output 805a with respect to the associated information. The live card 803c is displayed on the display screen of the wearable device 803d to present it to the user for further use and voice output is spoken by the speaker unit 805b of the wearable device.

Having thus described the invention in rather full detail, it will be understood that such detail need not be strictly adhered to, but that additional changes and modifications may suggest themselves to one skilled in the art, all falling within the scope of the invention as defined by the subjoined claims.