Method of matching a digital camera image to a database using a timestamp device

  • US 7,215,833 B1
  • Filed: 02/21/2003
  • Issued: 05/08/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/21/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of generating and matching digital photographic image data generated by a digital camera to a file loaded in a database, where the file has a unique identifier (UID) for a subject or an item, said method comprising:

  • a) providing a digital camera that records an image timestamp with every digital photographic image with a camera bar code, at least one digital memory medium with a media bar code, and an identifying bar code for each subject or item;

    b) providing a portable bar code scanner that records the bar code and a scanner timestamp with each scan;

    c) scanning the camera bar code, therein recording the camera bar code and the camera timestamp;

    d) scanning the media bar code, therein recording the media bar code and a media timestamp;

    e) taking a time synchronizing picture;

    f) scanning the identifying bar code, therein recording the identifying bar code and an identifying timestamp;

    g) shooting the digital photographic image that is to be assigned to the subject or the item;

    h) repeating step g until sufficient number of images for the subject are collected, or if memory medium is full, going to step j;

    i) repeating steps f through i until all digital photographic images of all subjects are taken, then proceeding to step j;

    j) transferring data recorded by the bar code scanner and the memory medium to database files creating a bar code timestamp timeline and a memory media timestamp timeline; and

    k) correlating data from the bar code timestamp timeline to the memory media timestamp timeline, and assigning appropriate digital photographic image to the file for the subject having the matching UID.

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