This week's featured invention patented by Arkansas inventors is within CPC Section G: Physics.
Inventor(s): Nicholaus Adam Jones, Fayetteville; Jarrod Lee Bourlon, Centerton; Thomas Edward Stiefel, Bentonville
Assignee(s): Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville
Abstract: According to an embodiment, a computer-implemented method of managing inventory includes receiving, at an antenna operatively coupled to a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, product identification information encoded in an RF signal transmitted by a plurality of RFID tags. Each of the RFID tags is associated with a respective one of a plurality of products. The method further includes processing, by a processor and using the product identification information, information contained in a portion of the encoded RF signal to compare apparent location information associated with the RFID reader with prior location information associated with at least one of the products, and updating, by the processor, the apparent location information to match the prior location information where the apparent location information is different than the prior location information.