Western Union has patented a method to enhance security for mobile device operations during funds transfer. The method involves capturing an image of currency, determining its value and country of origin, locating a currency exchange, locking in an exchange rate, and generating a barcode for easy retrieval of the rate. GlobalData’s report on Western Union gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Enhancing security for mobile currency exchange operations

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Western Union Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11847638B2) outlines a method and system for enhancing security in mobile device operations. The method involves capturing an image of a currency using the device's camera, performing image recognition to determine the country and value of the currency, and then identifying a nearby currency exchange location based on the device's current location. The system then encodes this information into a barcode for easy retrieval of the exchange rate after scanning. Additionally, the method includes processing data from a global positioning system to determine the device's location and identifying preferred physical locations for enhanced security measures.

Furthermore, the patent details a mobile device equipped with a camera, display screen, and processing device to implement the security-enhancing method. The device captures currency images, determines exchange rates based on location and currency value, and encodes this information into a barcode for convenient access. By utilizing data from a global positioning system, the device can accurately determine its location and identify nearby currency exchange locations. The system also allows for the locking of currency values during a specified period, enhancing security measures for mobile transactions. Overall, the patented technology aims to provide a secure and efficient method for conducting currency exchange operations on mobile devices, ensuring user safety and convenience.

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