Door-operated Patents (Class 232/37)
  • Patent number: 10971903
    Abstract: A utility distribution enclosure disclosed herein includes a container that defines an interior space that is interior of the container, a detent formed about inner surfaces of the container, and a partition positionably releaseably engageable with the detent to subdivide the interior space into a first subspace and a second subspace selectingly sized to accommodate a first utility interface and a second utility interface by positioning of the partition, in various aspects. The partition blocks interactions between the first utility interface and the second utility interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Alabama Power Company
    Inventor: Joshua A. Cobb
  • Patent number: 10593140
    Abstract: A system of lockers includes at least two groups of lockers, a control unit, a user interface, a communication unit. Each group of lockers has lockers designated for a respective parcel type. The control unit communicates with the lockers and is configured to control an opening of each locker. The user interface is configured to receive from a delivery person input indicative an identification of the delivery person. The communication unit is configured to communicate the input from the user interface to a data center. The data center is configured to store a plurality of identifications of a plurality of delivery persons associated with one or more of the lockers, for comparing the input with the plurality of identifications, and for transmitting to the control unit a command to open one or more of the lockers associated with the identification input by the delivery person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Robert Razzoli, Donna Sara Razzoli
  • Patent number: 8665092
    Abstract: A manipulation detection system for removable insertable cash cartridges in automated banking machines is described, wherein the cash cartridge has a lockable cash dispensing/deposit opening for disbursing money and/or depositing money in the operating position of the cash cartridge, wherein the cash dispensing/deposit opening is opened automatically when the cash cartridge is inserted into the automated banking machine even before said cassette reaches its operating position, wherein when the cash dispensing/deposit opening is opened, a manipulation alert is generated at the cash cartridge by means of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Dietz, Sascha Ringel
  • Patent number: 7843340
    Abstract: A mail delivery alert system includes a mailbox housing that encloses an interior space that defines an open front. A door is pivotally coupled to the housing and is movable between open and closed configurations relative to the open front. A first sensor is positioned in the housing so as to detect an opening of the door and a second sensor is positioned so as to detect the presence of an article, such as mail, in the open space of the housing. The system includes a transmitter and a processor. The processor includes programming for actuating the transmitter to transmit an alert signal through the air upon the first sensor detecting an opening of the door and the second sensor detecting the presence of an article in the open space of the housing. The system includes a receiver remote from the housing for receiving the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Willis Noland Davis
  • Patent number: 6788203
    Abstract: A mailbox and counter combination device for determining a number of times a mailbox has been opened includes a mailbox having an opening extending therein. A door is hingedly coupled to the mailbox such that the door may be selectively positioned in an open position or a closed position with respect to the opening. A sensor is adapted for detecting when the door is moved from the closed position to the open position. A processor is operationally coupled to the sensor and is adapted for recording a number of times the door is moved to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Brian A. Roxbury, Cerrie Roxbury
  • Patent number: 6766605
    Abstract: A normal four sided drop box 10 is provided with with new panels 12 which are made from translucent material replacing the standard solid metal or aluminum side, front and rear panels currently employed. The panels are placed on the sides, rear and front of the drop box or receptacle. At least one internal light source 20 (LED, Incandescent, etc.) is placed inside the box to be visible through the translucent material applied in place of the solid metal covering. A consumer thus sees the illuminated panels from the outside of the drop box or receptacle. But the internal components 30 are unseen and hidden from view. In one embodiment the companies or individuals message, logo, script, 22 is backlit by the internal light source 20 makes the message visible at night. A power source battery 50 is preferably powered by solar panel 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: David Scot Emert
  • Patent number: 6028517
    Abstract: The status of deposits or withdrawals of items in a receptacle is indicated to one or more users having access to the receptacle. A receptacle is accessible by at least one user and is capable of containing an item. A deposit/withdrawal sensor for sensing a deposit or withdrawal of an item in the receptacle is also provided. A user identifier for identifying a user having access to the receptacle during the deposit or withdrawal of the item sensed by the deposit/withdrawal sensor is employed by the system. One or more indicators that are responsive to the deposit/withdrawal sensor and the user identifier are provided to indicate a deposit or withdrawal of the item in the receptacle by the identified user. The indicators may be placed on the receptacle or may be located remote from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Richard A. Bernard, Fran E. Blackman, Denis J. Stemmle, Daniel F. Dlugos, Edilberto I. Salazar, Karin A Russo, John N. D. Moody
  • Patent number: 5818336
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling and monitoring pickup of packages deposited in a system of drop boxes, wherein each such drop box is adapted to receive a plurality of packages through a door, includes a drop sensor which is adapted to sense the deposit of a package through the door, means for communicating a plurality of signals indicative of the deposit of such package through the door, and a power supply which is operatively coupled to the drop sensor and communicating means for providing a source of power thereto. The drop sensor generally comprises means for passively detecting the passage of packages, and means for generating the plurality of signals indicative of the deposit of such packages through the door. Such plurality of signals include a signal to indicate that the drop box is approaching a "full box" condition, a signal to indicate that the drop box is at such "full box" condition, and a "pickup" signal to indicate that the courier has completed his daily rounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Skywire, LLP
    Inventors: Steve Varga, Thomas H. Jones, Robert M. Cowling
  • Patent number: 5520326
    Abstract: A system for alerting mail distributors to a potential message (such as that all the current mail has been forwarded) when attempting to deliver mail to a mail receptacle. A device is provided which may be entirely located within such mail receptacle, which device permits the positioning of both alerting means and message means in a position demanding attention by such mail distributor. Alerting is accomplished by an enhanced sort of "miniature stop sign" and messaging is provided by a slotted holder for holding a replaceable message viewable through a transparent face of the message holder. Appropriate positioning of the alerting system within the mail receptacle is accomplished by a pair of spring-loaded extendible rods which may be retracted by the user to place the whole alerting system within the mail receptacle and then releasing the rods for compression contact with the inner walls of the mail receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Kathy K. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5440294
    Abstract: A system for remotely sensing the delivery of mail to a mailbox uses a transmitter mounted on the mailbox. The transmitter generates a prescribed signal when the door of the mailbox is opened. The system also uses a receiver adapted for placement at a location remote from the transmitter. The receiver has two receiving circuits. The first receiver circuit generates a mail arrival output in response to receipt of the prescribed signal from the transmitter. The first receiver circuit maintains the generation of the mail arrival output regardless of continued receipt of the prescribed signal, until receipt of a prescribed termination command entered by the user. This way, the user knows when the mailbox door has been opened. The second receiver circuit generates a receiver locator output separate from the mail arrival output in response to receipt of the prescribed signal from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventors: Ellen L. Mercier, Carl E. Mercier
  • Patent number: 5060854
    Abstract: A remote indicator system for determining at a remote location when incoming mail is present in a mailbox. A light port in the mailbox admits outside ambient light onto a first photodetector on the bottom of the mailbox. When no mail is present, the first photodetector produces a first signal indicating that no mail is present. When incoming mail is present, the light to the first photodetector is interrupted, causing the first photodetector to produce a second signal, indicating that mail is present. A second photodetector positioned outside of the mailbox disables the first signal when the outside ambient light is below a given intensity, and a switching means associated with the manually operable flag disables the first signal to distinguish between incoming and outgoing mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Inventor: Hugh Armstrong
  • Patent number: 5023595
    Abstract: A remote solar powered radio frequency transmitter assembly and radio receiving and signalling system to indicate delivery of mail. The transmitter means is powered by a rechargeable battery system which is normally recharged by solar cells located on the transmitter means housing. The transmitter means comprises an FM radio transmitter operating in the 49 Mhz band, with a signal strength sufficient for providing an alarm signal to receive at least 4,200 feet distant over unbroken terrain. Upon opening of the mailbox door approximately 30 degrees (30.degree.), a switch initiates a six (6) second operation of the transmitter means. A receiver is provided to detect the radiated signal, and to energize visual and audible signals in response thereto. Ten position DIP switches are provided at both transmitter means and receiver to vary the frequency of operation so as to minimize or eliminate interfering signals. The transmitter means is secured to the mailbox by a single attachment post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Inventor: Charles S. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4794377
    Abstract: A signal to indicate deposit of mail in a box remote from a residence employs an optical reflective detector which senses presence of mail in the box. The transmission may be r. f. if the box is relatively isolated from other boxes. In apartments, condominiums, and the like where multiple boxes are centrally located, transmission may be by special wiring or by imposing a coded signal on house electrical wiring. Means is provided for the detector distinguishing between outgoing mail deposited in the box and new incoming mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Alexander Benages
  • Patent number: 4633236
    Abstract: A mailbox including an indicator indicating the presence of mail, if any, and including a detector having a transmitting and receiving ultrasonic transducer. The transducer transmits ultrasonic waves into the mailbox and based on the received ultrasonic waves indicates alterations in the reflected energy. In this manner mail in the mailbox is detected even if the mail does not take up much room. The detector detects alterations in the frequency as a consequence of movements in the mailbox or detects alterations in the pattern of reflection as mail in the mailbox is disturbing the propagation paths of ultrasound in the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Buhl Automatic, V/Holger Buhl
    Inventor: Holger Buhl
  • Patent number: 4520350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mail box alarm system arranged to notify the owner of a rural mail box when mail has been received. A transmitter positioned in the mail box radiates a coded signal each time the door of the box is opened or closed. A receiver, positioned in the associated residence or business, operates a visual and audible alarm. When mail is delivered, both the visual and audible alarm are energized during the time the door is open for the delivery of mail. When the door is closed, only the visual alarm remains energized. When the mail is picked up, the visual alarm is automatically deenergized and the mechanism re-positioned for a new cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Inventor: Henry C. Huang
  • Patent number: 3968928
    Abstract: A signal for a rural mail box which is automatically moved from one signalling position to another when the door of the mail box is opened, thus indicating to an observer located at a distance that the box has been opened and that mail has been deposited therein. The mechanism for operating the signal includes a pull rod attached to the door of the mail box and having a lost motion connection with a spindle carrying the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1976
    Inventor: Victor L. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 3951446
    Abstract: A receptacle built into a trunk compartment of an automobile; the receptacle being accessible by passengers in the car interior by means of a trap door behind the rear seat, so to conveniently allow disposal of litter while traveling instead of tossing it out on the highway and be subject to a fine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1976
    Inventors: Fred. W. Zehnder, George Spector