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Multi-dimensional data protection and mirroring method for micro level data

The invention discloses a data validation, mirroring and error/erasure correction method for the dispersal and protection of one and two-dimensional data at the micro level for computer, communication and storage systems. Each of 256 possible 8-bit data bytes are mirrored with a unique 8-bit ECC byte. The ECC enables 8-bit burst and 4-bit random error detection plus 2-bit random error correction for each encoded data byte. With the data byte and ECC byte configured into a 4 bit×4 bit codeword array and dispersed in either row, column or both dimensions the method can perform dual 4-bit row and column erasure recovery. It is shown that for each codeword there are 12 possible combinations of row and column elements called couplets capable of mirroring the data byte. These byte level micro-mirrors outperform conventional mirroring in that each byte and its ECC mirror can self-detect and self-correct random errors and can recover all dual erasure combinations over four elements. Encoding at the byte quanta level maximizes application flexibility. Also disclosed are fast encode, decode and reconstruction methods via boolean logic, processor instructions and software table look-up with the intent to run at line and application speeds. The new error control method can augment ARQ algorithms and bring resiliency to system fabrics including routers and links previously limited to the recovery of transient errors. Image storage and storage over arrays of static devices can benefit from the two-dimensional capabilities. Applications with critical data integrity requirements can utilize the method for end-to-end protection and validation. An extra ECC byte per codeword extends both the resiliency and dimensionality.

Apparatus and method for simultaneously managing paper-based documents and digital images of the same

According to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, an apparatus and method for simultaneously managing paper-based documents and digital images of the same are disclosed. When used in conjunction with a digital filing apparatus, such as that disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,192,165, users of the present invention will be able to deploy a comprehensive system to manage both paper-based documents and the corresponding digital images of the paper-based documents in a digital filing operation. In this context, digital filing refers to the efficient management of paper-based information from its receipt at the desktop through an indexing, scanning, image storage and retrieval process, for both the paper-based document and the digital image of the paper-based document. The preferred embodiments of the present invention provide for easy and effective indexing, imaging, storing, retrieving and managing of paper-based documents, transforming them into electronic documents, and then tracking and selectively retrieving either or both the paper-based document and/or a digital image of the paper-based document, based on the information captured prior to the imaging operation. The user may create a single entry in a digital filing system that will provide an electronic link to the digital image of the paper-based document and, simultaneously, information regarding the physical location of the paper-based document in a paper repository allowing for quick and easy retrieval of the paper-based document and/or the digital images of the paper-based documents.

Method and apparatus for accessing multi-dimensional mapping and information

A method and apparatus for providing an interactive mapping and panoramic imaging application for utilization by a computer user is provided. A plurality of panoramic images are stored on a panoramic database, each panoramic image corresponding to a geographical location. A panoramic image is displayed on a screen and is navigable in response to input by the user. The panoramic image has embedded hotspots corresponding to selected panoramic images of geographically adjacent locations. Also displayed on the screen, simultaneously with the panoramic image, is a map image corresponding with the panoramic image. The map image is stored on a map database, and the map is navigable in response to input by the user. The map has embedded hotspots corresponding to the plurality of panoramic images. Also displayed on the screen, simultaneously with the panoramic image and the map image, is a text panel displaying textual information corresponding to the displayed panoramic image. The text panel is capable of receiving textual input from the user for activating a search of a text database having a plurality of text data corresponding to the plurality of panoramic images. The displayed panoramic image, the displayed map image and the displayed textual information are updated in response to the user activating a hotspot, such that the displayed panoramic image, the displayed map image and the displayed textual information correspond to one another.

System and method for acquiring and analyzing commodity display information based on image identification technology

The invention discloses a system and a method for acquiring and analyzing commodity display information based on an image identification technology. The system comprises an image acquisition terminal and an image processing center which is connected with the image acquisition terminal through Internet, wherein the image processing center comprises an image storage server, an image analysis server, a database server, a client and a router/switchboard; and the image storage server, the image analysis server, the database server and the client are respectively connected with the router/switchboard. The method comprises the following steps of: 1) establishing a feature library; 2) acquiring commodity display pictures; 3) reading the commodity display pictures, and analyzing and cutting the pictures; 4) identifying the obtained commodity information and display position information; 5) identifying the positions of price labels and acquiring price label information; and 6) associating the acquired price label information with bar codes for commodities. By the system and the method, the efficiency of entering the commodity display information can be improved substantially, and the cost of information acquisition is reduced.

Method for computerized indexing and retrieval of digital images based on spatial color distribution

In the context of image database systems, a method for indexing and retrieval of images by their color content and the spatial distribution of color is disclosed. The method is implemented as a software tool that runs on a personal computer and enables the computer to find a desired image from an image database. The user interface allows the user to describe the desired image, and the tool searches the repository for any images that satisfy the description. The description of the composite image may include information on shapes, texture, presence or absence of objects, and color. The process of search and retrieval of images makes use of a method that determines whether a specific color, or a combination of colors, is present in an image. Further, the method determines the location where the specific color or color combination can be found. By analyzing the results of comparisons between the features found in the composite image and in the stored images, the tool retrieves those images that satisfy the description of the query, image. Calculation of color-related features makes significant use of the calculations that are made in the process of image compression which is an essential step prior to image storage. The process of search and retrieval on the basis of features relating to color are provided via a library of routines that perform the necessary tasks.

Method and apparatus for face recognition

Methods and apparatus are disclosed which are useful in rapidly verifying a person's identity at a distance, and/or identifying a person with a high degree of certitude, from a pool of other persons, using an innovative technique to compare facial images. Such a person (Candidate) may voluntarily consent or cooperate to have his facial image recorded, or the Candidate's facial image may have been recorded involuntarily. Typically, an image recorded for identification purposes will be a facial image of a Candidate present before a camera or other image procuring device, to be compared with a previously stored Reference facial image, as in a building lobby, for identification purposes. The Candidate's facial image is recorded voluntarily but the Reference image is not in the Candidate's possession. Reference images may be stored as Reference templates in an image storage database (such as developed by a governmental agency), or in an entrance lobby to the Candidate's apartment, or in a camera memory installed in a cockpit door of a transit vehicle to prevent access by hijackers. For verification purposes, the Reference facial image may be a hard copy, for example, a driver license, membership card, or passport in the Candidate's possession. A specially modified digital camera significantly reduces the requirement for a large memory to store templates, and makes it feasible to search for and identify rapidly (at distances up to 500 feet) suspects among a group of persons passing into or through such facilities as terminals, vehicles, customs stations, malls, ramps, etc. It is feasible to combine face recognition technology with other biometrics that express the degree of sameness as a numerical match score.
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