Patents Assigned to United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10332064
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for detecting duplicate travel. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect a travel path of a vehicle based in part on received items of location data. The processor is also configured to determine whether the travel path is associated with a defined street segment including a plurality of location points corresponding to a street. The processor is further configured to determine whether the vehicle travels the street multiple times in a predefined time period. The processor is further configured to superimpose visible indicia on the defined street segment in response to detecting that the vehicle traveled the street multiple times during the predefined time period. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10325239
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a shipping request system for dynamically identifying one or more restricted items within shipping requests. The system comprises: one or more memory storage areas containing data and one or more computer processors. The computer processors are configured to: receive input content data comprising one or more terms descriptive of one or more items for which shipment is requested, and retrieve trigger data from the one or more memory storage areas, the trigger data being associated with one or more terms related to one or more restrictions placed upon shipment of an item. The input content data is then dynamically compared against the trigger data to identify one or more correlations indicative of the presence of one or more restricted items. If correlations are identified, further shipment request processing is prevented; otherwise processing may continue. Associated computer program products and computer implemented methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence Gittleman
  • Patent number: 10325300
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention generally relate to systems and methods for identifying suspicious orders for controlled substances based on performing checks on a received order using historical information on previous orders. According to various embodiments, these checks may include: (1) comparing the order quantity for the received order with the order quantity history for the customer who placed the order for the controlled substance; (2) comparing the order quantity and the days since the last order was shipped to the customer for the same controlled substance with the order quantity history and the days between orders for the particular customer and controlled substance; (3) comparing the order quantity with order quantity history for orders received by customers of the same type for the controlled substance; and (4) comparing the order quantity with order quantity history for any customer for the particular controlled substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Eastman Hearnes, II, Lester Robert Lamb
  • Patent number: 10323955
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating, modifying, and viewing geographic areas and their corresponding routes and items of work. For example, an interface can be provided with a map display area and a route display area. The map display area and the route display area can be synchronized to create new routes, modify existing routes, and/or view information about various routes and/or items of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Santilli, Steve Snyder, Elisabeth Defronzo, Svetlana Inskeep, Joel Tantzer, Karen Levin
  • Patent number: 10315855
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an improved conveyor belt comprising: a visible surface having a primary axis oriented in a machine direction; a plurality of first stripes having a first visible appearance, each of the plurality of first stripes at least in part defining the visible surface and being oriented perpendicular to the primary axis; and a plurality of second stripes having a second visible appearance, each of the plurality of second stripes at least in part defining the visible surface and being oriented perpendicular to the primary axis, wherein: the second visible appearance provides a contrasting appearance relative to the first visible appearance; and each of the plurality of second stripes are located intermediate two of the plurality of first stripes such that the plurality of first and second stripes collectively define an alternating contrasting pattern on the visible surface of the improved conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Piotr Janicki
  • Patent number: 10318912
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for the autonomous wireless communication between a service provider device and a customer device. The customer device may notify the service provider device whether the customer has work to be performed by the service provider. The service provider device may provide information to the customer about work to be performed by the service provider. In one embodiment, a shipping service is notified autonomously about items that a customer has for pick up and shipment. The shipping service is also capable of wirelessly transferring information to a customer device about items to be delivered to that customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Olsen, III, David L. Bradley, Rhesa M. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10311504
    Abstract: A computer system configured to integrate a plurality of websites is provided. The computer system includes a memory, a display, and at least one processor coupled to the memory and the display. In one example, the system comprises a monitoring component executed by the at least one processor and configured to analyze web content generated by a website provider and detect one or more identified elements within the web content. The system may also comprise a converting component executed by the at least one processor and configured to, responsive to detection of the one or more identified elements by the monitoring component, convert at least one portion of the web content into converted content, wherein the at least one processor is configured to display, in the display, the converted content and at least one other portion of the web content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Carl Sager
  • Patent number: 10309788
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, systems, computer program products, and apparatuses for determining whether a street segment is a one-way street segment or a bi-directional segment, validating map data, and/or updating map data. In one embodiment, a method for determining whether a street segment is a one-way street segment or a bi-directional segment is provided. The method comprises receiving vehicle telematics data associated with one or more vehicles during one or more time periods, the vehicle telematics data indicating a street segment traveled by the one or more vehicles during the one or more time periods; and based at least in part on the vehicle telematics, determining whether the street segment is a one-way street segment or a bi-directional segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10311396
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for arranging for shipping a package without the customer needing to generate or apply a shipping label, or any other information, to the package. In one embodiment, a system may comprise a carrier server and a carrier device. The carrier server may receive and store a smart code and shipping information associated with the package, which it may link together. The carrier device may capture the smart code from the package and send a request, including the smart code, to the carrier server for related shipping information. The carrier server may receive the request from the carrier device, retrieve the shipping information based on the smart code, and send the shipping information to the carrier device. The carrier device may receive the shipping information and generate a shipping label for the package based on the shipping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Gillen, Mark S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10304028
    Abstract: The disclosed systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer programs embodied on computer-readable media may enable a shipping carrier to determine the utilization of a trailer in a delivery network by receiving and aggregating disparate types and sources of shipping information, including, for example, package billing data from a customer order, scan data from the loading and unloading of packages transported by the trailer, dimensional data received from dimensional scans of packages at carrier shipping hubs, and/or trailer data including the volume of the trailer. Utilization may be determined for each trailer in a carrier delivery network or for a subset of trailers in the network. The determined utilizations may be used to determine the parameters for an optimized delivery network, which may include the addition, elimination, and/or modification of the delivery schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Marc Siris
  • Patent number: 10296968
    Abstract: A computer system configured to integrate a plurality of websites is provided. The computer system includes a memory, a display, and at least one processor coupled to the memory and the display. In one example, the system comprises a monitoring component executed by the at least one processor and configured to analyze web content generated by a website provider and detect one or more identified elements within the web content. The system may also comprise a converting component executed by the at least one processor and configured to, responsive to detection of the one or more identified elements by the monitoring component, convert at least one portion of the web content into converted content, wherein the at least one processor is configured to display, in the display, the converted content and at least one other portion of the web content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Carl Sager
  • Patent number: 10288445
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating, modifying, and viewing geographic areas and their corresponding routes and items of work. For example, an interface can be provided with a map display area and a route display area. The map display area and the route display area can be synchronized to create new routes, modify existing routes, and/or view information about various routes and/or items of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Santilli, Steve Snyder, Elisabeth Defronzo, Svetlana Inskeep, Joel Tantzer, Karen Levin
  • Patent number: 10282183
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for building an application. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to generate a build of an application in a C Object-Oriented Programming Language. The processor is also configured to generate a unity file including a plurality of source files having references to one or more header files. At least two of the source files include references to a same header file. The processor is also configured to compile the unity file including the plurality of source files to obtain an object file. The processor is also configured to link the object file to generate an executable of the application. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Liberant
  • Patent number: 10279960
    Abstract: A portable bag is provided, comprising: a plurality of surfaces; at least two handling openings, the at least two handling openings being integrally defined on at least one of the plurality of surfaces; and an interior liner further defining the interior compartment of the portable bag, the interior liner being positioned intermediate the interior compartment and the plurality of surfaces, at least two portions of the interior liner being inset relative to the plurality of surfaces to define respective cavities substantially aligned with the at least two handling openings. An associated assembly is also provided, including the portable bag further comprising a set of eyelets positioned on each of the front and rear surfaces of the plurality of surfaces and the assembly further comprising a portable bag dispenser comprising at least two portions configured to slidably extend through the set of eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10281555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating the sorting of assets to sort locations. In various embodiments, a sort employee scans an asset indicia using a user device, which stores asset data corresponding to the stored asset. As the sort employee nears a sort location (e.g., a delivery vehicle) with the asset and the user device, the user device automatically communicates wirelessly with a sort location receiver to associate the asset data with data indicative of the sort location where the user deposits the asset. In various embodiments, a device may determine whether the user device is proximate the appropriate sort location for the item, and may generate an alert upon a determination that the user device is proximate an incorrect sort location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Alan Loverich, Ted Abebe, Lawrence A. Lagrosa, Richard Allen Kerslake, Jonathan C. Gray, Carl M. Skonberg
  • Patent number: 10277536
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, the location of computing entities can be monitored to determine whether they are within a configurable distance from each other. In another embodiment, direct communications with each other can be monitored. The locations or communications can be used to initiate specific actions/steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10275824
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for transacting e-commerce. In one embodiment, item information is stored for a plurality of items available for purchase from respective sellers. The item information that is displayed for each item can depend on the delivery zone of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Erik E. Peterson, Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 10267642
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a fleet management computer system for assessing vehicle efficiency. According to various embodiments, the fleet management computer system is configured for receiving and assessing vehicle telematics data in order to determine an idle percentage of engine run time value representing the percentage of the vehicle's engine run time during which the vehicle's engine was idling during the one or more time periods. In addition, the fleet management computer system may be configured for assessing vehicle telematics data in order to identify segment of engine idle time and generate a graphical display indicating various attributes of the identified idle time segments. The idle time percentage and idle time segments generated by the system can be used to assess the efficiency of vehicles and/or vehicle operators in an associated fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10263974
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating cross-platform authentication. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect that a visual token includes data indicating one or more authentication credentials for accessing a communication device in response to scanning the visual token. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to communicate the authentication credentials of the detected visual token to the communication device to request the communication device to determine whether the authentication credentials are valid for a user. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to enable access to the communication device in response to receiving an indication from the communication device that the authentication credentials of the detected visual token are valid. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Weiqun Jack Zheng, Robert Frederick Myrick
  • Patent number: 10252093
    Abstract: Various concepts are provided for suppressing a fire condition in an aircraft. In one embodiment, the presence of a fire condition in an aircraft is detected. After such a detection, extinguishing agents can be dispensed and/or certain areas of the aircraft can be depressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Ransom