System and method for tracking authenticated items

  • US 9,082,124 B2
  • Filed: 11/25/2014
  • Issued: 07/14/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/04/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system configured to maintain authentication information associated with an item, the system comprising:

  • a system including a radio frequency device reader and a bar code reader;

    a master control unit that is operably coupled to the radio frequency device reader and the bar code reader, said master control unit configured to receive product identification data from the radio frequency device reader and the bar code reader;

    a database system communicatively coupled to the master control unit, the database system configured to store authentication information associated with a plurality of items, the authentication information including information relating to a chain of custody of the items and, for each item, at least two of i) a location and date of origin, ii) a person associated with the item at the origin of the item, and iii) a previous owner;

    a display unit operably coupled to the master control unit and disposed proximate to the support structure, said display unit configured to receive and display said authentication information to a user; and

    an alert system operably connected to the master control unit that is configured to notify the user if the chain of custody information is incomplete, and to display a notification if the chain of custody is incomplete wherein, in response to the movement of the item proximate the radio frequency reader reader or the bar code reader, the master controller submits a query to the database system, receives the authentication information, and causes the display unit to display at least a portion of the authentication information to the user.

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