Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd. (Grand Cayman, KY)

The present specification describes self-service payments devices as well as the control method for it. One example method includes determining that the removable cover plate is in a first state and that the removable cover plate and a payment box form an enclosed space when the removable cover plate is in its first state and the top of the payment box opens when the cover plate is in a second state; reading, using at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna fastened to the outer wall of the payment box, at least one RFID tag, where each RFID tag is connected to the item that is to be paid for inside the payment box; and providing information about the payment in accordance with at most one RFID tag.

Shoppers are more frequent because of the growth of the social economy which has led to an increase in living standards. For instance, people visit the grocery stores or convenience stores to buy groceries, clothing stores for clothes and cosmetics stores for makeup.

Cashiers are responsible for making payments to shops. This work is tedious and makes it easy for cashiers to make mistakes. The labor cost is also extremely expensive. Customers often have to wait in long lines to get in line to pay for their items. Although vending machines have enabled self-service in a certain degree, they have limited sales and payment options. They sometimes cannot meet demands of customers to purchase items at a variety of times and choose different payment options. Therefore, better methods are required so that shoppers in a store can conveniently and quickly purchase products.

The specification describes a self service payment device that is able to quickly and efficiently obtain payment information for merchandise. It does this by creating an electromagnetic shielding by closing a removable cover on a box for payment.

A self-service device for payment is described in a first aspect. The device comprises the following the following: A box for payment that can hold a merchandise to payfor, along with an adjustable coverplate placed on the. When the removable cover plate is in its first state, the top of the box is open, and when the coverplate is in its second condition the coverplate is closed. Because the metal cover plateand the box are made from metal, the closed space creates an electromagnetic shielding space. The box is an RFID reader unit in which the RFID reader and an antenna are fixed to the interior wall of the box. The RFID tag is read by the tag.

In a possible design, the device further comprises an input unit. In this case, the input unit is linked to the controller. The controller is set up to control the movement of the removable covers plate in accordance with an operating instruction.

In a potential design, the device further includes the following features: a product detection unit. The merchandise detection unit is connected to the controller. The device is set up to detect whether a merchandise tobe paid exists in the box for payment, and the controller is able to control movement of the cover plate that is removable upon a result of a detection.

In a design that is possible, a lift table is situated at the lower part of the box. It also includes a driving mechanism, and the controller is configured to manage the driving mechanism so that it can enable the lift table to be able to move vertically inside thepayment box.

The second part provides a method to apply the self-service payment system in accordance to the first. The method consists of: determining that the cover plate removable is in a second-state in which the RFID reader is controlled to read an RFID tag on the item to be paid by making use of the RFID antenna, and then getting payment information based on the reading result; obtaining the payment information that corresponds to the information about payment of a user; anddetermining that the cover plate removable is in a first state.

In a feasible implementation, the device is further comprised of the input unit and the process of determining if the cover plate that is removable is in a second state is as follows: receiving an operation command that is entered by the user using the inputunit; and controlling the removable cover plate to move into the second state in response to the operation instruction.

The device could also incorporate the merchandise detection unit. In this instance it will determine if the removable plate is in the second state.

The self-service device for payment and the method are provided in the current specification The cover plate that is removable closes so that the electromagnetic shielding space is created within the payment box and an RFID antenna is placed on the inner wallof the box that is used for payment, so the controller is able regulate the RFID reader to completely efficiently, swiftly, and accurately read the RFID tag of the product to be paid for in the payment box by using the RFID antenna and provide the payment information based on the readingresult.

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