Mail Processing Patents (Class 382/101)
  • Patent number: 10262290
    Abstract: A device receives delivery information indicating instructions for delivery of an item at a location, wherein the delivery information include an image of the location with a designated point for delivering the item. The device receives information indicating that a user device, associated with a delivery person, is at the location, and processes the delivery information and the information indicating that the user device, associated with the delivery person, is at the location, with a machine learning model, to generate delivery instructions for the item, wherein the delivery instructions include augmented reality information indicating the designated point for delivering the item at the location. The device provides the delivery instructions to the user device, wherein the delivery instructions enable the user device to utilize the augmented reality information to display the designated point for delivering the item within a live image of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mossoba, Abdelkadar M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards
  • Patent number: 10235564
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a delivery handling apparatus includes a recognition portion which performs an image recognition processing to an image imaged by an imaging portion to image a delivery object, to recognize information including an address given to the delivery object and a parameter selecting portion which sequentially selects parameter sets from a plurality of the parameter sets previously stored in a storage portion and a control portion which makes the parameter selecting portion sequentially select parameter sets from a plurality of the parameter sets, and the recognition portion perform an image recognition processing to an image with the parameter sets selected by the parameter selecting portion, and the parameter selecting portion select the parameter set satisfying a prescribed condition, based on a result of the image recognition processing corresponding to the respective parameter sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ying Piao, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Bunpei Irie, Masaya Maeda, Yasuhiro Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 10228532
    Abstract: A camera lens module includes an image sensor and a lens assembly. The image sensor includes a photosensitive chip defining a photosensitive path, wherein the lens assembly is coupled to the image sensor along the photosensitive path of the photosensitive chip. The lens assembly includes at least one optical lens module and an aperture member coupled at the optical lens module, wherein the optical lens module includes a lens barrel and at least an optical lens supported within the lens barrel. A relative position of the lens assembly with respect to the image sensor is adjustable for calibration and the relative position of the optical lens module is permanently fixed after calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Heng Jiang, Feifan Chen, Chunmei Liu, Bojie Zhao, Nan Guo, Liang Ding
  • Patent number: 10205538
    Abstract: Distributed communications systems providing and supporting radio frequency (RF) communication services and digital data services, and related components and methods are disclosed. The RF communication services can be distributed over optical fiber to client devices, such as remote units for example. Power can also be distributed over electrical medium that is provided to distribute digital data services, if desired, to provide power to remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices for operation. In this manner, as an example, the same electrical medium used to transport digital data signals in the distributed antenna system can also be employed to provide power to the remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Igor Berlin, William Patrick Cune, Jason Elliott Greene, Christian Heidler, James Arthur Register, III, Wolfgang Gottfried Tobias Schweiker
  • Patent number: 10168192
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an angular gauge reporting system (“AGRS”) may determine one or more values from an image of an angular gauge. The AGRS may receive one or more images of the gauge and develop an angular map to determine values indicated by the gauge. The AGRS may identify numbers in the image to generate the angular map. The AGRS may determine a center for the angular gauge. The AGRS may determine numerical values by processing capture images of the angular gauge though angular or linear interpolation of values. By generating the angular map prior to later determination of values, the AGRS may provide for determination of numerical values without requiring repetition of actions which may be computationally complex or resource intensive. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita Chattopadhyay, Anne M. Russell, Nikhil Jog, David M. Bayba, Ravindra V. Narkhede
  • Patent number: 10142316
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for managing an email input facility in a networked secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein a secure email input facility for accepting non-secure email from outside the exchange into the secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein the non-secure email is received and the non-secure email and/or the content delivered thereby is stored as secure content in a location of the secure exchange server related to at least one of the sender of the email, the subject line of the non-secure email, the destination address of the email within the exchange, and the content of the email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intralinks, Inc.
    Inventors: William Huang, Liviu Rozin, James Andrew Fieweger
  • Patent number: 10102583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using a mobile device to submit an application for an insurance policy using images of documents captured by the mobile device are provided herein. The information is then used by an insurance company to generate a quote which is then displayed to the user on the mobile device. A user captures images of one or more documents containing information needed to complete an insurance application, after which the information on the documents is extracted and sent to the insurance company where a quote for the insurance policy can be developed. The quote can then be transmitted back to the user. Applications on the mobile device are configured to capture images of the documents needed for an insurance application, such as a driver's license, insurance information card or a vehicle identification number (VIN). The images are then processed to extract the information needed for the insurance application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mike Strange
  • Patent number: 10026008
    Abstract: Inspection and classification system have a customs data repository for automatic customs inspection of parcels comprising a data acquisition module configured to acquire information about parcels by input devices, wherein the information indicates customs classification criterias, the acquisition module further configured to communicate the information to the customs data repository; wherein the data repository stores the following data: information about parcels; parameters; attributes and big-data; a processor coupled with memory configured to map the information according with the parameters and attributes, wherein the mapped information of the parcel is a cluster; the processor is further configured for predicting customs classification of the parcel based upon comparison between parameters/attributes of the cluster and parameters/attributes of clusters stored in the big-data, wherein clusters stored in the big-data are were previously inspected, and wherein the cluster assumes a customs classification o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Ronen Simgi
  • Patent number: 10009530
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to controlling optical chains (OCs) of a camera device to scan a scene area of interest, thereby capturing images of the scene area, in a synchronized manner are described. In various embodiments a synchronized rolling shutter read out of two or more image sensors included in two or more corresponding OCs is implemented controlling the sensors to read out rows of pixel values corresponding to a portion of the scene at the same time, e.g., concurrently. While two or more of the OCs are controlled to read out at the same time, some other OCs in the camera maybe controlled not to read out pixel values while other image sensors are reading out. In various embodiments the read out rate of the two or more sensors corresponding to two or more optical chains is controlled as a function of the focal lengths of the corresponding OCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9978034
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for processing information related to a terminal operating system. In one exemplary implantation, there is provided a method for providing information of terminal operating system management. The method may include processing information related to an input to manage the terminal operating system management. Other exemplary implementations may include processing to generate a result such that an output of a result of the managed terminal operating system management functionality is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ports America Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Irina Sheykh-Zade, Teresa Duffy, Geeta Desai, Sophie Miron, Chung Daniel Song, Nathan Johnson, Theresa Hill, Eldar Sheykh-Zade
  • Patent number: 9969179
    Abstract: Assemblies, systems, and methods for applying postage indicia to one or more sequential mailpiece on a high speed mail sorter are disclosed. In some aspects, a system for franking one or more sequential mailpiece using a postal security device (PSD) hub assembly on a high speed mail sorter includes a plurality of PSDs configured to generate a coded digital signature for the one or more sequential mailpiece during a latency period, a plurality of photo sensors configured to define the latency period, a PSD host configured to receive the generated coded digital signature, wherein the generated coded digital signature is encoded in a data matrix, and an indicia printer configured to receive printer control data and to print the printer control data on the one or more sequential mailpiece in an order in which the plurality of PSDs are tasked during the latency period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Fluence Automation LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bowers, Richard A. Yankloski
  • Patent number: 9961065
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for managing an email input facility in a networked secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein a secure email input facility for accepting non-secure email from outside the exchange into the secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein the non-secure email is received and the non-secure email and/or the content delivered thereby is stored as secure content in a location of the secure exchange server related to at least one of the sender of the email, the subject line of the non-secure email, the destination address of the email within the exchange, and the content of the email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Huang, Liviu Rozin, James Andrew Fieweger
  • Patent number: 9932126
    Abstract: System and method of integrity checking digitally displayed data in a display system having a display comprising a pixel array with a viewable area, including rendering a known value into a QR code graphic, generating an image onto the display including drawing the QR code graphic in the viewable area of the pixel array, monitoring the generated image for the drawn QR code graphic and determining the integrity of the drawn graphical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Lewis William Catton
  • Patent number: 9919346
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in merging postal articles with a stack of mailpieces that have already been sorted into a certain sequence, said apparatus comprising a merge table suitable for storing the stack of mailpieces on edge, a first camera suitable for forming a digital image of a current postal article to be merged with the stack of mailpieces, a second camera that observes the stack of mailpieces in the manner of an operator placed at one end of the merge table, and a monitoring and control unit with a display screen that is placed at the end of the merge table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Miette, Bruno Volta
  • Patent number: 9883064
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a document reading section; a character detection section detecting, based on image data of a document obtained through reading by the document reading section, characters included in an image formed on the document; a character concentration detection section detecting concentration of the characters detected by the character detection section; a character direction detection section detecting a direction of the characters whose concentration detected by the character concentration detection section is in a preset specified concentration range; and a document direction determination section determining, based on the direction of the characters detected by the character direction detection section, a direction of the image formed on the document as a document direction, wherein the character direction detection section, upon determination that the image on the document is a monochromatic image, defines, as the specified concentration range, a concentration range higher tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9767375
    Abstract: A delivery processing apparatus has a recognition unit and a determination unit. The recognition unit executes recognition processing for recognizing information that is provided on a delivery target item based on an image obtained by shooting an image of the delivery target item. The determination unit determines whether or not to extend the recognition processing performed by the recognition unit, based on a degree of progress of the recognition processing that has been performed by the recognition unit in a period from when the information recognition processing was started by the recognition unit until a predetermined time has elapsed, and an extension rate, which indicates a ratio of the number of times that the recognition unit has extended the recognition processing to the number of times that the recognition unit has performed the recognition processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohkawa, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Bunpei Irie
  • Patent number: 9641715
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including: a specifying unit that specifies a plurality of parts where a character string is described in image data; a layout information acquiring unit that acquires, for each of the plurality of specified parts, layout information including the position of the part in the image data and the size of described characters; and an estimating unit that calculates, for each of the plurality of parts, a likelihood as a character string having a predetermined attribute that can be included in the image data based on a positional relationship with other parts and on a size relationship with other parts, and estimates a part where a character string having the predetermined attribute is described based on the likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Katsuhito Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 9609973
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for providing electronic notifications of physical delivery of mail. Realtime geolocation services are leveraged to trigger one or more automated notifications. The notifications are delivered via a modern delivery means such as email, SMS text or pre-recorded voice message. No extra equipment is needed to implement the system from the perspective of postal workers since many postal workers already carry a GPS-enabled device. Instead of people passively waiting around for an imprecise time of delivery, people can go about their lives and can respond to actual delivery of paper-based mail via a notification and notification type of their choosing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Anthem Andrew Pleasant
  • Patent number: 9547821
    Abstract: Automated feature construction for algorithm portfolios in machine learning is provided. A gray scale image is generated from a text representing a problem instance. The gray scale image is rescaled or reshaped to a predefined size that is smaller than an initial size of the gray scale image. The rescaled gray scale image represents features of the problem instance. The rescaled gray scale image is input as features to a machine learning-based convolutional neural network. Based on the rescaled gray scale image, the machine learning-based convolutional neural network is automatically trained to learn to automatically determine one or more problem solvers from a portfolio of problem solvers suited for solving the problem instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Loreggia, Yuri Malitsky, Horst C. Samulowitz, Vijay A. Saraswat
  • Patent number: 9541505
    Abstract: The advantageous embodiments provide an apparatus for identifying anomalies on an object comprising a sensor system and an analysis process. The sensor system is configured to detect a presence of the object, identify a speed of travel for the object, and determine a scan rate for the object using the speed of travel to generate scan results. The analysis process is configured to analyze the scan results and determine whether a number of maintenance anomalies are detected on the object using the scan results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Allen Kesler, Robert Daniel Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9536142
    Abstract: A method for automated user information provision using an image includes requesting at least one user information image in response to receiving a user information form from a requesting entity over a network. The at least one user information image is received from a camera. The at least one user information image is analyzed using a processor to determine that the at least one user information image includes requested user information in at least one request section of the user information form. The requested user information is automatically provided into the at least one request section of the user information form. The user information form including the requested user information in the at least one request section is displayed on a display. The user information form may then be sent over the network to provide the requested user information to the requesting entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl B. Stone
  • Patent number: 9514219
    Abstract: A system and method for classifying documents via propagation are provided. Text highlighted by a user within at least one document is identified. The document is associated with a classification code based on the highlighted text. At least a portion of the highlighted text is compared with one or more unclassified documents. Those unclassified documents with text that is the same as the compared portion of the highlighted text in the document are identified. The classification code of the document is automatically assigned to the identified unclassified documents with text that is the same. Further, those unclassified documents with text that is similar to the compared portion of the highlighted text in the document are identified. The unclassified documents with similar text are provided to the user for review and classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: FTI CONSULTING, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Robinson, Manfred J Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9501791
    Abstract: An online marketplace system generates an online marketplace for seller-financed transactions. The system includes a plurality of listings of transaction offerings that are available. The transaction offerings are listed by a plurality of users and are from a plurality of different categories of products and services. The transaction offerings include a plurality of transaction terms, including payment and seller-financing terms. A transaction engine facilitates the negotiation of transaction terms between users and the formation of agreement between users. Transaction coins are awarded during the successful performance of a transaction according to the agreed upon transaction terms. A reputation engine generates trust profiles and trust scores for users. The trust profiles and trust scores are used by parties to evaluate the trustworthiness of the other party. A user interface engine generates a user interface that includes listings from users and trust scores of those users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Mark V. Dziuk
  • Patent number: 9490913
    Abstract: Distributed communications systems providing and supporting radio frequency (RF) communication services and digital data services, and related components and methods are disclosed. The RF communication services can be distributed over optical fiber to client devices, such as remote units for example. Power can also be distributed over electrical medium that is provided to distribute digital data services, if desired, to provide power to remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices for operation. In this manner, as an example, the same electrical medium used to transport digital data signals in the distributed antenna system can also be employed to provide power to the remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Igor Berlin, William Patrick Cune, Jason Elliott Greene, Christian Heidler, James Arthur Register, III, Wolfgang Gottfried Tobias Schweiker
  • Patent number: 9350552
    Abstract: An automated document processing machine may comprise an electro-mechanical transport subsystem configured to convey a document through the machine, and a camera arranged adjacent the transport and configured to capture an image of a front side of the document. A fingerprinting software component may be configured for processing the captured image of the document to create a unique digital fingerprint of the document based on the front side image, and a software interface may be configured for storing the digital fingerprint in a database of document identifiers in association with a unique alphanumeric identifier so that the document may be subsequently identified in a second processing machine that has access to the database. The digital fingerprint may be responsive to indicia that otherwise appears on the front side of the document, and may comprise data that identifies a document as being unique based on the front side indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Authentect, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Elmenhurst, David Justin Ross
  • Patent number: 9342547
    Abstract: An approach for managing memory usage in cloud and traditional environments using usage analytics is disclosed. The approach may be implemented in a computer infrastructure including a combination of hardware and software. The approach includes determining that space is available within one or more tables which have schema definitions with string fields having a predefined length. The approach further includes creating a virtual table and mapping the available space to the virtual table for population by one or more records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Avinesh Kumar, Sandeep R. Patil, Gandhi Sivakumar, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9327406
    Abstract: One or more images of a physical environment may be received, where the one or more images may include one or more objects. A type of surface feature predicted to be contained on a portion of one or more surfaces of a single object may be determined. Surface features of the type within regions of the one or more images may then be identified. The regions may then be associated to corresponding objects in the physical environment based on the identified surface features. Based at least in part on the regions associated to the corresponding objects, a virtual representation of the physical environment may be determined, the representation including at least one distinct object segmented from a remaining portion of the physical environment so as to virtually distinguish a boundary of the at least one distinct object from boundaries of objects present in the remaining portion of the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Hinterstoisser, Kurt Konolige
  • Patent number: 9323998
    Abstract: A method for identifying postal mailings includes registering the mailings by means of at least one recognizable pictorial feature and at least one external information item, or both. Further, the method includes carrying out recognition of the pictorial feature to identify a mailing, and if identification is incomplete, performing identification using the external information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Gisbert Berger, Katja Worm, Wolf-Stephan Wilke
  • Patent number: 9291559
    Abstract: A method of illuminating an item is disclosed. The method includes applying adhesive to the item, interspersing a taggant in the adhesive, illuminating the item with an excitation signal, sensing luminescence emitted by the taggant in response to illumination by the excitation signal, and determining the authenticity of the item based on the sensed emitted luminescence. The item can include any item benefited by authentication, and can include a postage stamp. A method of customizing an item is disclosed. This can include the steps of preparing a substrate, applying a security feature to the substrate, printing non-customized information on the substrate, receiving image information, and printing the image information on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Khalid Hussain, Marie Therese Dominguez, David E. Failor, William G. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 9280855
    Abstract: A computerized method for intelligently distributing computer processing of mail piece scan images across a plurality of mail piece scan image processors. The method can include receiving a mail piece scan image from a mail piece scan image job requestor and selecting one of a plurality of scan mail piece scan image processors to process said mail piece scan image. The mail piece scan image can be transmitted to said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors and a mail piece scan image processing result can be received from said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors. Post-processing operations can be performed based on said mail piece scan image processing result. The mail piece scan image processing result can be transmitted to said mail piece scan image processing requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Coleman, Keith Quinn, Edward Ovando
  • Patent number: 9226095
    Abstract: A method for machine-type communication between a mobile communication network and a machine-type communication device includes: determining, by the machine-type communication device, a waiting time interval based on identity information and time interval information stored in the machine-type communication type and based on application of a hash function operation applied to the identity information; and requesting, by the machine-type communication device, access to a random access resource of the mobile communication network after the determined waiting time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM (UK) LIMITED
    Inventor: Moyeen Mufti
  • Patent number: 9208550
    Abstract: A method for providing real-time feedback of an estimated quality of a captured final image, the method including obtaining a preliminary image, calculating a quality score of the preliminary image, and in response to the quality score of the preliminary image exceeding a threshold quality value, taking a first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Francine Chen, Scott Carter, Laurent Denoue, Jayant Kumar
  • Patent number: 9134301
    Abstract: Adherent cells bearing characteristics that are detectable only in the adherent state can be sorted on the basis of these characteristics independently of their adherent state, by applying a transformable label to the entire population of cells, both those bearing the characteristics of interest and those not, in their adherent state and identifying the locations of the cells of interest on the adherent surface. The cells of interest, or all cells other than those of interest, are then selectively treated to transform the labels and achieve differentiation between the cells of interest and the remaining cells. All cells are then released from the adherent state and sorted in the same manner as non-adherent cells but on the basis of whether the labels are transformed or not transformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Archer, Frank Hsiung, Paul Patt
  • Patent number: 9098777
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for evaluating digital images of handwritten documents comprising handwritten symbols are disclosed. A set of symbols from the digital image is determined by applying a first predefined technique. If the set of symbols determined by applying the first predefined technique does not match with a predefined set of symbols, a second predefined technique is applied to determine the set of symbols from the digital image. Thereafter, an evaluation report is created based on the determining by applying the first predefined technique or the determining by applying the second predefined technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger A Newell, Dennis L Venable
  • Patent number: 9058544
    Abstract: A device and method for detecting a region of interest on a delivery object. In the method cluster identification data is stored. An item of the cluster identification data represents a cluster of image data items in a training set of image data items. A group of heat maps is stored. A heat map is associated with a cluster represented by the cluster identification data, and provides for cells of a grid a probability distribution for a probability of the cell belonging to a defined region of interest given the number of blobs in the cell. When a new image data item of the delivery object is received, the cluster identification data may be used to associate the input image data item with at least one cluster, and the heat map of the associated cluster to determine at least one region of interest in the image data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SYSLORE OY
    Inventor: Juha Makkonen
  • Patent number: 9053350
    Abstract: OCR errors are identified and corrected through learning. An error probability estimator is trained using ground truths to learn error probability estimation. Multiple OCR engines process a text image, and convert it into texts. The error probability estimator compares the outcomes of the multiple OCR engines for mismatches, and determines an error probability for each of the mismatches. If the error probability of a mismatch exceeds an error probability threshold, a suspect is generated and grouped together with similar suspects in a cluster. A question for the cluster is generated and rendered to a human operator for answering. The answer from the human operator is then applied to all suspects in the cluster to correct OCR errors in the resulting text. The answer is also used to further train the error probability estimator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad E. Abdulkader, Matthew R. Casey
  • Patent number: 9044784
    Abstract: A computerized method for intelligently distributing computer processing of mail piece scan images across a plurality of mail piece scan image processors. The method can include receiving a mail piece scan image from a mail piece scan image job requestor and selecting one of a plurality of scan mail piece scan image processors to process said mail piece scan image. The mail piece scan image can be transmitted to said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors and a mail piece scan image processing result can be received from said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors. Post-processing operations can be performed based on said mail piece scan image processing result. The mail piece scan image processing result can be transmitted to said mail piece scan image processing requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Coleman, Keith Quinn, Edward Ovando
  • Publication number: 20150117702
    Abstract: A method of sorting mailpieces into a sorting frame having sorting slots where, in a sorting pass, and in a memory of a monitoring/control unit with a display screen, recording digital images of mailpieces to be sorted, each image including a delivery address; on the basis of each digital image of a mailpiece, generating a sorting code identifying a sorting slot of the sorting frame, and, in the memory, organizing the mailpieces into virtual stacks of images, each virtual stack of images corresponding to a stack of mailpieces placed in a stack in a sorting slot of the sorting frame and the images in each virtual stack of images being sequenced in the same order as the mailpieces in said stack of mailpieces; and in a subsequent sorting pass, displaying on the screen the images and a sorting code of said mailpieces organized in a virtual stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno Volta, Emmanuel Miette
  • Patent number: 9020265
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for automatically recognizing building numbers in street level images. In one aspect, a processor selects a street level image that is likely to be near an address of interest. The processor identifies those portions of the image that are visually similar to street numbers, and then extracts the numeric values of the characters displayed in such portions. If an extracted value corresponds with the building number of the address of interest such as being substantially equal to the address of interest, the extracted value and the image portion are displayed to a human operator. The human operator confirms, by looking at the image portion, whether the image portion appears to be a building number that matches the extracted value. If so, the processor stores a value that associates that building number with the street level image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Alessandro Bissacco, Raymond W. Smith, Kong Man Cheung, Andrea Frome, Shlomo Urbach
  • Publication number: 20150110343
    Abstract: Methods for sorting mail pieces and corresponding systems and computer-readable mediums. A method includes determining that a camera of a wearable device is directed at a mail piece and capturing an image of the mail piece by the camera of the wearable device. The method includes transmitting the image from the wearable device to a mail processing system and notifying a user wearing the wearable device of a sort location of the mail processing system that corresponds to the mail piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Worth, II
  • Publication number: 20150108048
    Abstract: A method of tracking mail in a postal sorting system comprising first and second networks of sorting machines with first and second unique identification protocols for uniquely identifying the mailpieces, the first and second networks producing first and second dated tracking data as a mailpiece is passing through the sorting machines, this first and second dated data being associated with first and second unique mailpiece identifiers generated using the first and second protocols, said dated data associated with said first and second unique mailpiece identifiers is retrieved in a data-processing unit for the purpose of measuring a time characteristic of the journey of the mailpiece through the first and second networks, and a match is established between the unique identifiers via digital images of the mailpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: SOLYSTIC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Miette
  • Patent number: 9002051
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for mail analysis. A method includes receiving in a data processing system an image of a first mailpiece and associated machine-recognized data. The method includes comparing the machine-recognized data with a target list to determine a match with a target individual. The method includes performing a writer identification process on the image of the first mailpiece when a match is determined between the machine-recognized data and the target individual. The writer identification process produces writer identification data associated with the first mailpiece. The method includes storing the image of the first mailpiece and associated machine-recognized data and writer identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20150016665
    Abstract: A system for indicating a contents change and transmitting a related wireless signal, the signal including a movement detecting and signal transmitting member for mounting on or proximate to the object whose movement is to be detected, a signal receiving and alarm generating member for receiving a signal from the movement detecting and signal transmitting member and producing a response, a remote control for actuating and deactuating the signal receiving and transmission generating member, an environmental monitoring member for sensing an environmental condition inside the mailbox and providing a signal to the signal receiving member, a visual information gathering member for gathering visual information and location identifying data and providing a signal to the receiving and signal interpreting member, an output member for receiving a signal from the signal receiving and generating member and generating a selected output, and components for delivering an object movement data notification to remote recipient
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jerri Tanner
  • Patent number: 8908995
    Abstract: A method of operating a dimensioning system to determine dimensional information for objects is disclosed. A number of images are acquired. Objects in at least one of the acquired images are computationally identified. One object represented in the at least one of the acquired images is computationally initially selected as a candidate for processing. An indication of the initially selected object is provided to a user. At least one user input indicative of an object selected for processing is received. Dimensional data for the object indicated by the received user input is computationally determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Virginie Benos, Vincent Bessettes, Franck Laffargue
  • Patent number: 8891145
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for processing scanned documents by digitizing the scanned documents, converting the digitized documents to a JPEG2000 file, encoding content information corresponding to the digitized documents using spatial capabilities of JPEG2000's Region of Interest feature, and creating an image file having the digitized documents and the region of interest information for forwarding to a computing device, such as a handheld computing device, for display. The system and method are especially useful in Digital Mail applications which entail digitizing and delivering mail documents to recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: William K. Stumbo
  • Patent number: 8879785
    Abstract: A number of approaches for using a camera or other device to capture an image of an arbitrary signature, drawing and/or other scribble rendered on a package and utilizing the captured image as electronic postage for shipping the package to the recipient destination. A sender wishing to send a package handwrites a signature or other scribble directly onto the package that is to be shipped. A mobile device (e.g., smartphone) can be used to capture an image of the scribble and perform image recognition to determine whether the captured image contains sufficient features to be distinct from other images stored in a database. If the image is sufficiently distinct, the image can be accepted as electronic postage for the package. When the package is picked up, the delivery person scans the scribble and matches it to the image on file to determine the recipient address and other shipping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Warren Amacker
  • Publication number: 20140317024
    Abstract: A paperless postage method includes receiving sender electronic mail piece images and storing them, receiving a mail piece, taking an image of the mail piece, comparing the image with the stored sender electronic mail piece images to determine a match, retrieving sender service selections for the mail piece, and processing the mail piece according to the sender service selections. A paperless postage system includes an information reception and storage module configured to receive and store sender electronic mail piece images, an image capture module configured to take an image of a mail piece, an image matching module configured to compare the image with the stored sender electronic mail piece images to determine a match, a service selection module configured to retrieve sender service selections for the mail piece, and a mail piece processing module configured to process the mail piece according to the sender service selections for the mail piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH CORP
    Inventor: Robert Dana LUNDAHL
  • Patent number: 8867816
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a system are provided for assessing at a security checkpoint the threat status of a liquid product, where the liquid product is comprised of a bottle at least partially filled with liquid. In accordance with a broad aspect, the level of fill is used as a factor in the determination of the threat status of the liquid product. In accordance with another broad aspect, an X-ray image of the liquid product is obtained and processed to derive a level of fill of the bottle and the threat status of the liquid product is determined at least in part based on the level of fill of the bottle. In accordance with yet another broad aspect, an X-ray image of the liquid product is processed to derive location information associated with a meniscus formed by the liquid in the bottle. An estimated length of a path followed by X-rays through the liquid held in the bottle is derived in part based on the location information and is used to determine the threat status of the liquid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Optosecurity Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Bouchard, Dan Gudmundson, Eric Bourbeau
  • Patent number: 8867783
    Abstract: Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for electronically sorting and managing mail within an electronic lockbox are described. Mail may be routed from a mail delivery service to a first location. The mail may be scanned at the first location and information may be extracted from the envelopes and items within the envelopes. The information may be verified and grouped into electronic transactions. The electronic transactions may be classified and sorted into batches based on identifiers contained within the information extracted from the mail. The batches of electronic transactions may be processed and information relating to the transactions may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Neinast, Tera L. Howe, Gordon F. Miller, Jr., Judith A. Waldal, Louis A. Hawkins, Gerald Whitney Wilson, III, Clement Mazgelis
  • Patent number: 8842877
    Abstract: System, methods, and computer-readable media. A method includes receiving a voice input, from an operator, corresponding to a mail item. The method includes performing a voice recognition process on the voice input to produce spoken data, and producing a system result corresponding to the spoken data. The method includes analyzing the system result to produce feedback information, and audibly sounding the feedback information to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley W. Sipe