Honeywell Gets Patent for Access Control System

Patent will be used for developing video surveillance systems.
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Honeywell International, of Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent developed by two Canadians for an "access control system with symbol recognition" that is used with video surveillance systems, says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition to Honeywell, Canadians Jeremy Craig Wilson and David Black, of Delta, British Columbia are also listed in the patent document.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office abstract says, "A video camera is located at a secure access point and is connected to a computer network. The camera is used as a conventional security camera and also provides automated assistance with access control.

���When an identity badge is presented to the camera by a person requesting access to the facility, a computer that is monitoring the camera recognizes a bar code or other symbols on the badge and accesses a database to locate information associated with that identity badge. This information is then used to determine if the person should be granted access."

The patent application was filed on March 8, 2002 (10/092,883), and the full-text of the patent is available at United States Patent, Wilson, et al.