Visual assessment of landmarks

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8548725
APP PUB NO 20120016586A1
SERIAL NO

13244541

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Visual images may be used to detect, or verify the existence of, landmarks. In one example, the landmarks may be used to provide driving or walking directions. A set of records may be examined to identify the street addresses of businesses or other entities. Additionally, street-level images may be captured with a camera, and the locations at which the images were captured may be recorded. The images may be evaluated with an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process to determine what words appear in the images. The words in the image are compared with the names of entities whose addresses are near where the image was captured. If the words match the entity name, then a sign identifying the entity is presumed to be visible along a particular route, and the entity may be used as a landmark in a set of walking or driving directions.

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MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLCREDMOND, WA30532

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Epshtein, Boris Bothel, US 16 165
Ofek, Eyal Redmond, US 141 2064

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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
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VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC. (1)
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D & S Consultants, Inc. (1)
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TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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AISIN AW CO., LTD. (1)
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INTEL CORPORATION (2)
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SRI INTERNATIONAL (1)
7171046 Method and apparatus for portably recognizing text in an image sequence of scene imagery 21 2004
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (5)
2008/0273,795 FLEXIBLE MATCHING WITH COMBINATIONAL SIMILARITY 14 2007
2008/0319,659 LANDMARK-BASED ROUTING 20 2007
2008/0319,660 LANDMARK-BASED ROUTING 30 2007
2009/0285,482 DETECTING TEXT USING STROKE WIDTH BASED TEXT DETECTION 12 2008
* 8060302 Visual assessment of landmarks 6 2009
 
XEROX CORPORATION (2)
7916972 Landmark-based form reading with declarative language 5 2006
2008/0025,608 Landmark-based form reading with declarative language 9 2006
 
GOOGLE INC. (2)
* 7917286 Database assisted OCR for street scenes and other images 12 2005
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