Patents Assigned to Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190114845
    Abstract: A system and method for mobile devices that do not have hardware interfaces to be able to control shipping peripheral devices that are not connected directly thereto are provided. Intermediary hardware devices are utilized that are connected to a local area network. A first device communicates with the user's mobile device using very-short range communication protocols. A second device has the peripheral devices directly coupled thereto, and includes preinstalled drivers and application software for the peripheral devices. The devices allow the mobile device and peripheral devices to communicate with each other over the local area network. Thus, the mobile device can be used to control the peripheral devices even though the peripheral devices are not directly connected to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Basant Ashok Mudalgi, Kiran Harichandra Bhangale, Manish Sharma, Shaishav Saraswat
  • Patent number: 10119825
    Abstract: An automated computer geocoding system and method is described having a plurality of geographic datasets stored in a computer memory. The geographic datasets include at least one point level dataset, street level dataset, and geographic level dataset. As output, geocoded data is provided with positional accuracy indicators. In a first step, an address to be geocoded is received by the system. The system determines whether corresponding geocode data exists in one or more of the geographic datasets. A geographic dataset is selected that provides a highest level of resolution and that also includes corresponding geocode data for the address. A geocoded coordinate for the address is output, as found in the geographic dataset that was selected. An offset value for the geocoded coordinate is calculated and output with the coordinates. The offset value is determined as a function of geographic characteristics of the geographic dataset that was selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Nishant Sinha, Jeffrey Reuger, Ossama Essa, Neena Priyanka, Berkley R Charlton
  • Patent number: 10003946
    Abstract: An improved method is provided for determining whether a sample point is within a defined geographic area. Indexes for the geographic area of interest are generated in advance. Such indexes complement the traditional spatial indexing techniques such as quad tree and r-tree. The geographic area, as defined by an outer boundary, is subdivided into some regular geometric shape, preferably a rectangle, encoded into a suitable form, and indexed. Then, a simplified comparison of the sample point to the indexed regular shapes is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Kannan, Andrew Kane
  • Publication number: 20180104978
    Abstract: An optimized system and method for application of liquid for moistening adhesive on envelope flaps as part of an automated mail production process. Envelopes with open envelope flaps are transported beneath a moistening brush so that an interior side of the flaps, having adhesive thereon, come into contact with a lower end of the moistening brush. A flow of liquid is provided from a liquid supply coupled to the moistening brush to keep the moistening brush wet as moisture is transferred to the envelope flaps. The rate at which liquid is regulated such that moisture is maintained on the brush and a selected quantity of liquid (a dose) is provided for each envelope flap that it moistened. The dose is automatically determined as a function of physical dimensions of the envelope flap, and to optimize sealing of the envelope without excess dripping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: CRAIG D. RICHARD
  • Publication number: 20180104979
    Abstract: An improved moistening brush assembly is provided for moistening opened envelope flaps that are transported below it. Bristles of the brush are enclosed in a housing at an upper end of the brush. The bristles are supported at an inclined angle such that liquid flows from the top to the bottom. The housing further includes an opening that receives a flow of moistening liquid from a liquid supply tube and fitting. At the location where the liquid enters the housing, there is a horizontal channel extending across a majority of a width of the bristles of the moistening brush. As a result of this channel, liquid from the liquid supply opening is distributed evenly across the width of the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Craig D. Richard
  • Publication number: 20180103259
    Abstract: An improved method and system are provided for constructing square multi-resolution tiles for use with spatial multi-resolution raster data. This improvement permits more efficient storage, processing and display of raster tiles at different resolutions. A base level cell size is defined for a highest required resolution. Lower resolution cell sizes are defined for lower resolution tiles. The lower resolution cell sizes are integer multiples of the base level cell size. A base level tile size is defined such that the integer multiples, as used in the step of defining lower resolution cell sizes, are all integer factors of a number of cells on a side of the base level tile. Using this technique, tile boundaries for the base level tile and the multi-resolution tiles are coextensive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steve T. Mann, Samuel S. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20180089610
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing evidence of payment for delivery of a mail piece that does not require the user to have a printer readily available to print a label that includes the evidence of payment for delivery is provided. The mail piece sender utilizes a software application operating on a mobile electronic device to determine the cost for delivery of a mail piece. An indicium that evidences payment for the delivery of the mail piece is generated, and the mobile electronic device is utilized to program a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag that is adhered to the mail piece. When the mail piece is received by a carrier, the carrier can read the information stored in the NFC tag to process and deliver the mail piece. Optionally, the carrier can print a label based on the information obtained from the NFC tag for adhering to the mail piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse G. Greco, Andrea Greggo
  • Patent number: 9914600
    Abstract: An automated mail tray filling apparatus for taking envelopes from a vertical stacker output of an inserter machine and placing them in mail trays. A vertical stack of envelopes rests on a long stacker table. The mail tray filling apparatus has a track positioned next the vertical stacker table parallel to the length of the vertical stacker table. A mail tray transport is positioned beneath the track and arranged to transport mail trays beneath the track in a direction parallel to the vertical stacker table. A movable mail tray filler is movably mounted on the track to travel in parallel next to the vertical stacker table and above the mail tray transport, and is arranged to withdraw envelopes from the end of the vertical stack in a sideways direction. Envelopes are then redirected into a downward direction and fed into a mail tray positioned beneath the movable mail tray filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J Keane, Donato C Farole, Glenn A Nester
  • Publication number: 20180054479
    Abstract: Systems and methods that allow only a single PSD to be used for a customer regardless of the number of servers in the system are provided. This is accomplished by allowing each server to communicate with the other servers in the system, such that each server can determine which customer PSDs are coupled to each of the other servers. As requests are routed to a first server by the load balancer, if the first server does not have the specific customer's PSD installed, it can determine which server has that customer's PSD and forward the request to that second server. Once the request has been processed by the second server, the response is sent back to the first server that received the request for return to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: George T. Monroe
  • Patent number: 9898874
    Abstract: A method of controlling the use of a custom image by a user in a value dispensing system, such as a mail processing system, that enables the system provider to account and charge for the use of the custom image without ever actually receiving the data representing custom image. The method includes steps of receiving a hash generated from at least the custom image at a provider location, such as a data center, generating a digital signature from data including at least the received hash, and transmitting the digital signature and data used to generate the digital signature to the user at a user location. The method may further include additional steps of determining whether the digital signature can be successfully verified, and allowing the custom image to be printed by the user only if it is determined that the digital signature can be successfully verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Obrea, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9877031
    Abstract: An improved method and system are provided for constructing square multi-resolution tiles for use with spatial multi-resolution raster data. This improvement permits more efficient storage, processing and display of raster tiles at different resolutions. A base level cell size is defined for a highest required resolution. Lower resolution cell sizes are defined for lower resolution tiles. The lower resolution cell sizes are integer multiples of the base level cell size. A base level tile size is defined such that the integer multiples, as used in the step of defining lower resolution cell sizes, are all integer factors of a number of cells on a side of the base level tile. Using this technique, the boundaries for the base level tile and the multi-resolution tiles are coextensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steve T Mann, Samuel S Roberts
  • Publication number: 20170313540
    Abstract: A collation folding device comprising one or more fold rollers mounted in fixed positions. Below and adjacent to the fold rollers are adjustable nip rollers to form nip spacing between the rollers. The adjustable nip roller is mounted on a nip axis shaft. An adjustment mechanism is used for moving the nip axis shaft to adjust the nip spacing. The nip adjustment mechanism includes a bearing block cam follower on which the nip axis shaft is fixedly mounted and supported. An eccentric cam in operative contact with the bearing block cam follower. Rotation of the eccentric cam on the eccentric cam axis drives the bearing block cam follower in its linear motion to adjust the nip spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Allen, Michael R. lfkovits, Boris Rozenfeld, George Cruz, Edward M. lfkovits
  • Publication number: 20170303106
    Abstract: An improved method is provided for determining whether a sample point is within a defined geographic area. Indexes for the geographic area of interest are generated in advance. Such indexes complement the traditional spatial indexing techniques such as quad tree and r-tree. The geographic area, as defined by an outer boundary, is subdivided into some regular geometric shape, preferably a rectangle, encoded into a suitable form, and indexed. Then, a simplified comparison of the sample point to the indexed regular shapes is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Kannan, Andy Kane
  • Patent number: 9713936
    Abstract: An improved mailpiece fabrication system assembles finished mailpieces from content materials and from wrapping materials. The wrapping materials include printed cut quality marks at predetermined positions relative to cut lines. Content materials are placed on the continuous web. The continuous web is then folded and sealed around the content materials to form a continuous tube enclosing the content materials. A cutter downstream of the conveyance deck cuts individual envelopes from the continuous tube of folded wrapping material. A downstream imaging device captures image data indicative of a cut quality mark on the individual envelopes. A controller receives the captured image data from the imaging device and compares an actual dimension of an imaged cut quality mark with an expected dimension of a cut quality mark. An error signal is produced if the difference is not within a predetermined tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Xavier Padros
  • Patent number: 9714102
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamically adjusting the placement of internal content material to optimally position the content material relative to a wrapped enclosure, and obviate the requirement to out-sort the assembled envelope. Upon assembly, a detection system visually images each envelope in predetermined regions of interest (ROIs). A controller captures the image data for comparison with a set of predefined position data and issues a feedback signal indicative of a directional change which drives an error signal to zero. The correction signal is used by the phase nip roller assembly to adaptively adjust the position of the content material by incrementally adjusting, advancing or retarding, the phase-nip roller assembly, i.e., forward or aft. A predefined number of envelopes is selected to acquire a running average of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Padros, John W. Sussmeier
  • Patent number: 9690530
    Abstract: A computer method and system to allow reconciliation of documents that were originally part of a first mail production job, but that may have been produced as part of a different second mail production job. A database stores a first record that identifies documents in the first mail production job. The record includes one or more fields indicating a production status of the documents in the first mail production job. At some point in the production process, a document is separated from what was originally defined as the first mail production job, to be instead produced as part of a second mail production job. The database further stores a second record identifying documents in the second mail production job. These records are updated to include a pointer indicating the relationship between the document and the first mail production job and the second mail production job. During mail production the production status of a document is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L Chapin, Eugene Pritchard, Bruce J Barrows, Srikanth V Dasamandam
  • Publication number: 20170169454
    Abstract: Methods and systems for better identifying a business's online social presence using name and address as provided. Geocoding technology is used to enhance business location information with geographic coordinates. A scanning engine is provided that can search a wide range of social media spaces, including, for example and without limitation, FaceBook, Twitter, Yelp, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Blog, etc. to identify the social presence of a business. The search is performed using the business's name and a defined spatial boundary based on the geographic coordinates and inferred contextual information, thereby reducing the ambiguity caused by information incompleteness and variation in social profiles. Utilizing the spatial filters results in an improved match rate and match accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Qiuju Gu, Hongping Liang, Michael P. Swenson, Yuling Wu, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170168868
    Abstract: A mail processing device whose operation can be accomplished remotely and support multiple users simultaneously is provided. The present invention utilizes secure simultaneous multiple user/application access over a network. This supports software configuration, date access, control of a postal security device (PSD), indicium creation, and control of a print engine. The invention is realized by binding core embedded software to a web server within the device and using a web technology stack that allows many users to access the software.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Elaine B. Cristiani, Wesley A. Kirschner, Christopher Reilly, Gerald K. Tsui
  • Patent number: 9672258
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying graphical database query results on a map by dynamically selecting graphical query result display modes are described. In one example, the system includes a distributed database query system having a remote server and a local client computer. The remote server receives a query request from the client and obtains a threshold number of results for display. If a particular query provides less than the threshold number of results, the system uses a first interactive graphical query result mode utilizing client rendering. If the query provides the threshold number of results or more, the system uses a second non-interactive graphical query result mode utilizing server rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Temho Nee, Deborah Lynn Purcell
  • Patent number: 9652898
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a printer and a buffer coupled to the printer for temporarily storing sheets fed out from the printer. The apparatus further includes a control mechanism for monitoring the buffer to determine a number of sheets currently stored in the buffer. The apparatus also includes a data source device that is separate from the printer and is coupled to the printer for selectively providing pages of print data to the printer. The data source device is coupled to the control mechanism and is operative to provide the pages of print data to the printer in response to control signals from the control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Ramadei, David R. Welch, James A. Fairweather, Wesley A. Kirschner, David J. Eaton