Zip Code Patents (Class 382/102)
  • Patent number: 10121232
    Abstract: Improving visual quality of a raster image includes detecting connectivity components, detecting defects in each of the connectivity components based on a characteristic line width thereof, detecting segments in each of the connectivity components, detecting joints based on geometry of the connectivity components, creating a structural graph based on the segments and joints, and correcting the raster image according to the structural graph and detected ones of the defects. The joints may correspond to linear joints, T-joints, or X-joints. Detecting types of joints may include determining a configuration of adjacent segments in a proximity of each of the joints. A characteristic line width may be determined by determining co-boundaries on opposite sides of each of the segments and determining average distances between the co-boundaries. The raster image may be a binary black-and-white image of a line drawing obtained from a photograph or a scan of a handwritten document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: EVERNOTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Boris Gorbatov, Eugene Livshitz, Alexander Pashintsev, Ilia Buriak, Natalia Galaktionova
  • Patent number: 9904873
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide computer-implemented techniques for allowing a user computing device to extract financial card information using optical character recognition (“OCR”). Extracting financial card information may be improved by applying various classifiers and other transformations to the image data. For example, applying a linear classifier to the image to determine digit locations before applying the OCR algorithm allows the user computing device to use less processing capacity to extract accurate card data. The OCR application may train a classifier to use the wear patterns of a card to improve OCR algorithm performance. The OCR application may apply a linear classifier and then a nonlinear classifier to improve the performance and the accuracy of the OCR algorithm. The OCR application uses the known digit patterns used by typical credit and debit cards to improve the accuracy of the OCR algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sanjiv Kumar, Henry Allan Rowley, Xiaohang Wang, Jose Jeronimo Moreira Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 9170729
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of controlling a touch-surface control device characterized in that it comprises a step of shape recognition of a control trajectory on a touch surface from among at least two predefined shapes of trajectory, in which in the course of a predetermined duration (dT): the control trajectory is sampled in order to determine a sampled angle (d?) of the control trajectory for each sampling period (Te), a parameter representative of the evolution of at least two sampled angles (d?) is compared with a predetermined threshold, and a predefined trajectory shape is assigned to the control trajectory as a function of the result of the comparison. The invention also relates to a control device comprising a tough surface characterized in that it comprises a processing unit for implementing a control method as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Bruno Cottarel, Florent De Vaux Bidon, Cedric Chartrain
  • Patent number: 9037343
    Abstract: In a case where a light distribution control apparatus judges that there is a possibility that a driver's own vehicle and an animal will contact each other if it is assumed that the animal remains at the present position, then it controls headlight such that the head of the animal is out of the illuminating range of the headlight. In a case where the light distribution control apparatus judges that there is no possibility that the driver's own vehicle and the animal will contact each other if it is assumed that the animal remains at the present position, then it controls the headlight such that the head of the animal is within the illuminating range of the headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Aimura
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8744140
    Abstract: A system, method and program product for providing a reflexive data collection system. A system is provided that includes: a system for defining a set of environmental conditions; a device for automatically implementing the set of environmental conditions; a system for collecting biometric data under the set of environmental conditions; and a system for encoding the biometric data and the set of environmental conditions into a reflexive template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Christian Eggenberger, Peter K. Malkin, Mweene J. Monze
  • Patent number: 8705863
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are described for providing a computer implemented control system for an automated system. The system includes a document receiving component configured for receiving a plurality of design documents and for rendering a plurality of design document views corresponding to the plurality of design documents. The system also includes an input receiving component configured for receiving an indication selecting first and second design document views, a data extraction component configured for automatically extracting design data from the first and second design document views, a matching component configured for determining a relationship between the design data from the first and second design document views, and a data manager component configured for storing the relationship in a data store accessible by a computer implemented control system that controls a plurality of devices in the automated system based on the stored relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Encela Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Trauba
  • Publication number: 20140086447
    Abstract: A nontransitory computer readable medium having stored thereon software instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform operations. The operations can include intercepting a request for manual processing of a mail piece image. The request can be transmitted by an originating MPE having failed to resolve the mail piece image. The request can be ignored and the mail piece scan image can be forwarded to an automated mail recognition system (AMRS). If the AMRS successfully resolved the image, a response, including a plurality of addressing data corresponding to the mail piece scan image, can be received from the AMRS. If the AMRS successfully resolved the image, at least a portion of the plurality of addressing data can be transmitted to the originating MPE. If the AMRS did not successfully resolve the image, the request can be forwarded to a manual mail recognition processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: EDWARD OVANDO
  • Patent number: 8631922
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for detecting overlapped items in a sequence of items moving along a conveying path based on rigidity and thickness contour measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sick, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Stone, Mohammed T. Islam, Omid Athari
  • Patent number: 8542252
    Abstract: Techniques may comprise identifying surfaces, textures, and object dimensions from unorganized point clouds derived from a capture device, such as a depth sensing device. Employing target digitization may comprise surface extraction, identifying points in a point cloud, labeling surfaces, computing object properties, tracking changes in object properties over time, and increasing confidence in the object boundaries and identity as additional frames are captured. If the point cloud data includes an object, a model of the object may be generated. Feedback of the model associated with a particular object may be generated and provided real time to the user. Further, the model of the object may be tracked in response to any movement of the object in the physical space such that the model may be adjusted to mimic changes or movement of the object, or increase the fidelity of the target's characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn Stone Perez, Alex Kipman, Nicholas Burton, Andrew Wilson, Diego Fernandes Nehab
  • Publication number: 20130182889
    Abstract: A computerized method for retrofitting a legacy manual mail recognition processing system (MRPS) with an automated MRPS without substantial changes to the configuration of the legacy manual MRPS includes detecting a request by a keyer desk software component to display a mail piece scan image on a computer display connected to the keyer desk computer. The image can at least temporarily be prevented from being displayed on the computer display and the image can be read from memory. Automated recognition processing can be performed on the image to resolve the image and create an automated recognition processing results data. If said automated recognition processing was successful the automated recognition processing results data can be sent to the keyer desk software component and the image can be permanently prevented from being displayed on the computer display. Otherwise, the image can be displayed to the human user for manual processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Ovando
  • Publication number: 20130182888
    Abstract: A nontransitory computer readable medium having stored thereon software instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform operations. The operations can include intercepting a request for manual processing of a mail piece image. The request can be transmitted by an originating MPE having failed to resolve the mail piece image. The request can be ignored and the mail piece scan image can be forwarded to an automated mail recognition system (AMRS). If the AMRS successfully resolved the image, a response, including a plurality of addressing data corresponding to the mail piece scan image, can be received from the AMRS. If the AMRS successfully resolved the image, at least a portion of the plurality of addressing data can be transmitted to the originating MPE. If the AMRS did not successfully resolve the image, the request can be forwarded to a manual mail recognition processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Ovando
  • Patent number: 8466962
    Abstract: An apparatus for integrating sensors with a traffic signal. A camera is operably disposed within a housing. The housing is attached to an object such that the camera can observe traffic flowing past a traffic signal. A visor is attached to the housing such that an optical aperture of the camera is covered by the visor, wherein the visor comprises a roof having an angle that slopes, relative to the housing, towards the optical aperture, wherein the visor further comprises a floor connected to the roof, and wherein the floor extends outwardly from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: M&K Hutchison Investments, LP
    Inventor: Michael Cole Hutchison
  • Patent number: 8423121
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking a guidewire in a fluoroscopic image sequence is disclosed. In order to track a guidewire in a fluoroscopic image sequence, guidewire segments are detected in each frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence. The guidewire in each frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence is then detected by rigidly tracking the guidewire from a previous frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence based on the detected guidewire segments in the current frame. The guidewire is then non-rigidly deformed in each frame based on the guidewire position in the previous frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peng Wang, Ying Zhu, Wei Zhang, Terrence Chen, Peter Durlak, Ulrich Bill, Dorin Comaniciu
  • Patent number: 8391609
    Abstract: A method of pattern and image recognition and identification includes building a data store of known patterns or images having known attributes and comparing those patterns to unknown patterns. The data store and comparison processing may be distributed across processors. A digital pattern recognition engine on each of the processors has the ability to compare a known pattern from the data store and an unknown pattern and compare the two patterns to determine whether the patterns constitute a match based on match criteria. If the comparison indicates a match, the match may be communicated to the data store and added as a known pattern with detected attributes to the data store. If the comparison does not indicate a match, the pattern may be flagged, transmitted to manual recognition, or further processed using character thresholding or cutting or slicing the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen G. Huntington, Bevan Rowley, E Derek Rowley
  • Patent number: 8379914
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for capturing and processing images of remittance coupons using a mobile device and obtaining data from the captured image which is used to set up or carry out payment of a bill that corresponds to the remittance coupon. Optimization and enhancement of image capture and image processing are provided on the mobile device to improve the initial quality of the captured image and provide a user with real time feedback. The image is then sent from the mobile device to a remote server, where additional image processing is performed to improve the quality of the image and then extract data from the image that is relevant to paying the bill. The extracted data may be verified through comparisons with databases which store information on billers, bill formats and other relevant content that will appear on the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mitek Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Josh Roach
  • Publication number: 20130022231
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for capturing and processing images of remittance coupons using a mobile device and obtaining data from the captured image which is used to set up or carry out payment of a bill that corresponds to the remittance coupon. Optimization and enhancement of image capture and image processing are provided on the mobile device to improve the initial quality of the captured image and provide a user with real time feedback. The image is then sent from the mobile device to a remote server, where additional image processing is performed to improve the quality of the image and then extract data from the image that is relevant to paying the bill. The extracted data may be verified through comparisons with databases which store information on billers, bill formats and other relevant content that will appear on the bill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: MITEK SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Josh Roach
  • Patent number: 8335400
    Abstract: Markers are laid out to express a predetermined code string by a plurality of continuous markers. The markers which form a marker string include at least two types of markers having different features which can be identified by image processing. Markers detected in the captured image are converted into numerical information, and are collated based on the numerical information and the predetermined code string. Using information associated with the markers, the coordinate information of each collated marker is calculated. The position and orientation of an image capturing device are calculated using the coordinate information. With a simple arrangement, the position and orientation of an image capturing device can be calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8305440
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method 1201 of processing a video stream, the method comprising the steps of determining 1230 a representative age measure from a model for a visual element from the video stream, determining 1250 a representative activity count measure from the model, establishing a functional relationship between the representative activity count measure and the representative age measure, comparing 1240 the functional relationship to a threshold value, and determining 1260 if the visual element is stationary, based on the result of the comparing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: David Grant McLeish, Jarrad Michael Springett
  • Patent number: 8295540
    Abstract: A method of processing uniform mailpieces referred to as a “run” of mailpieces, during which method OCR is performed for recognizing certain information in a zone of interest of an image of each mailpiece, and during which method the following steps are performed: a) initializing a matrix accumulator associated with said run and including unitary accumulation elements that correspond to the pixels of the image; b) consolidating said matrix accumulator by incrementing certain unitary accumulation elements by deriving an indication of the spatial position of a block of pixels in which said certain information has been recognized unambiguously, or by using construction and local graphical correlation of blocks of image pixels to derive an optical flow map indicating local graphical movements; and c) defining, in the OCR processing, said zone of interest on the basis of the unitary accumulation elements of the consolidated matrix accumulator that present extreme accumulation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Belkacem Benyoub, Emmanuel Piegay, Mathieu Letombe
  • Patent number: 8284063
    Abstract: An apparent motion detector is provided with multiple response levels at differing degrees of sensitivity. The motion detector is based on use of a pyroelectric infrared sensor and conventional circuitry which generates an output signal the strength of which reflects transient temperature changes occurring within a field of view and distinguishable from background heat levels. The detector's response varies with the strength of the signal using a plurality of LED's which emit different colors or are driven at different intensities. The system generally will have a field of view defined by a lens system which is translucent to visible light and transparent to infrared. The lens system doubles as a back screen projection system for display of the indicator light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Bradford B. Jensen, Kim I. McCavit
  • Patent number: 8253801
    Abstract: To correct an angle error, acceleration data is received corresponding to a tracked object in a reference frame of the tracked object. Positional data of the tracked object is received from a positional sensor, and positional sensor acceleration data is computed from the received positional data. The acceleration data is transformed into a positional sensor reference frame using a rotation estimate. An amount of error between the transformed acceleration data and the positional sensor acceleration data is determined. The rotation estimate is updated responsive to the determined amount of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 8233200
    Abstract: A system and process for reading forms using a curvature distortion correction scheme is disclosed. A model image of a known form is partitioned into sectors defined by at least three alignment marks, and a transfer or correction function for each sector is generated by comparing the locations of alignment marks on a captured unread image of a form to those on a model image. The transfer function is then applied to the other marks within the sector to calculate a correct location of the marks. Each sector is sized to reasonably ensure curvature distortions are handled such that all the marks on a form are properly found and interpreted. Errors may be checked and, if they persist, smaller sectors may be defined and employed, if available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: GTech Corporation
    Inventors: Frank J. Metayer, Carlos Cervantes Toral, Duncan D. Xue
  • Publication number: 20120182588
    Abstract: Mail processing methods and systems. A method includes receiving a mailpiece at a local system and scanning the mailpiece by the local system to produce an image. The method can include receiving payment information from the customer by the local system for mailing the mailpiece. The method includes applying an identification code to the mailpiece by the local system, and after the mailpiece is delivered to a central processing facility, processing the mailpiece, using the image, by a central server system at the central processing facility. Related apparatuses and systems are discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: John J. Mampe, Stanley W. Sipe
  • Patent number: 8132728
    Abstract: A parcel dimension measurement system includes image sensors oriented to image a parcel, an imaging subsystem configured to stitch together outputs of the image sensors to produce at least one two-dimensional image comprised of a plurality of pixels, and a general dimension subsystem including general parcel dimension information. A fine dimensioning subsystem is configured to determine dimension measurements of the parcel using the at least one two-dimensional image and the general parcel dimension information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sick, Inc.
    Inventors: John Dwinell, Long Xiang Bian
  • Patent number: 8005260
    Abstract: A method for sorting mail includes performing an automatic address recognition process on a digitized image of a mail piece and generating a plurality of conditional address recognition results and a plurality of confirmation values each associated with one of the plurality of conditional address recognition results. The method can include sending the digitized image, the plurality of conditional address recognition results and the plurality of confirmation values to a video coding system. The method can include detecting a possible error in a first video coding result, the possible error detected using error correction information including information from the automatic address recognition process. The method may include indicating the possible error to a video coding operator, and performing a video coding operation to obtain a second video coding result and arbitrating or selecting one of the results as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company L.P.
    Inventor: Alfred T. Rundle
  • Patent number: 7970169
    Abstract: Secure stamping of multimedia document collections is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises adding an image to a collection of media objects, and producing a visual representation of the collection that includes the image, where the visual representation has an identifier to identify the collection and graphical content representing the media objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kurt Piersol, Stephen Savitzky
  • Patent number: 7917544
    Abstract: A method for retrieving a desired postal address from a plurality of postal addresses. The invention can feature receiving input data having input terms for finding the desired postal address from a first database of postal addresses where each postal address is formed of a plurality of postal address elements, searching a dictionary for entries in the dictionary corresponding to the input terms, determining that each entry in the dictionary that corresponds to the input terms corresponds to postal address elements of one or more postal addresses in the first database, and outputting data representing the desired postal address. The desired postal address is found in the first database if an address in that database has postal address elements that correspond with each of the entries of the dictionary that corresponds to one or more of the input terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: David John Bellamy, David Richard Ranson
  • Patent number: 7835540
    Abstract: A method of detecting bunched-together overlapping postal items includes the steps of moving the postal items on edge above a camera, forming grayscale images including the bottom sides of the postal items, and analyzing the image for the purpose of detecting the presence of any overlapping postal items. The method further includes the steps of transforming each grayscale image into a binary image that causes a boundary defined by a “pale” zone to appear that represents the bottom side of at least one postal item and that extends between two “dark” zones, the boundary having a “right” first profile and a “left” second profile, and the method further includes the step of analyzing the right and left profiles for the purpose of detecting any profile discontinuity that is indicative of the presence of overlapping postal items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Agnès Philippe, Hicham El Bernoussi, Claude Mitte
  • Publication number: 20100100233
    Abstract: A universal postal code system in which mail piece delivery address information is associated with a universal postal code affixed to a mail piece. As part of the association process, the delivery address information can be verified and formatted according to postal authority standards to help ensure reliable and efficient delivery. The universal postal codes are reusable after completion of delivery by reassigning a universal postal code to a new recipient. The universal postal codes permit mailing of a mail piece without having any human readable delivery or return address information visible on the mail piece. Universal postal codes can be used for military mail systems and systems requiring anonymous mailing. Universal postal codes can also be used for automatic tabulation of votes while maintaining voter anonymity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Binh T. Lu
  • Patent number: 7646885
    Abstract: The inventive method is characterized in that the prepaid postage indicia are checked to see if they contain a predefined security feature. If they do not, at least one selected read area of the mail is checked to determine whether it contains a predefined graphic representation of a prepaid postage indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Rudi Denzer, Carsten Vullriede, Jörg Diefenbach
  • Patent number: 7574015
    Abstract: A method of handling mail items includes, during a first sorting pass, taking a digital picture of each mail item, directing the mail item towards a sorting outlet bin, and deriving from the picture a digital fingerprint, and, during a second sorting pass, taking a digital picture of a current mail item to derive a fingerprint, performing automatic address recognition, and searching recorded address data for a match with the address data of the current mail item to identify a current bin to which the current mail item corresponds, so that, in order to search for a match between fingerprints, the search for matching fingerprints is conducted in an exploration space formed by the digital fingerprints that correspond to the current sorting outlet bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Olivier Desprez, Christophe Caillon, Emmanuel Miette
  • Publication number: 20090141934
    Abstract: The method of processing postal items comprises the following steps: causing the postal items to advance in series past a camera (120) for the purpose of generating an image (1) of one face of each postal item, which face bears postal address information; filtering the image of a current postal item for the purpose of isolating, in the image, at least one region of interest (ROI) containing the address information; and sending the filtered image to an automatic recognition unit (130) for automatically recognizing postal addresses by means of OCR so as to extract the postal address from said filtered image and so as to direct the current postal item to a sorting outlet. In order to construct a filter mask, the method further comprises causing a card (20) of the “separator” type to advance past the camera (120), which card has a face on which said region of interest (ROI) is represented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Christophe Caillon, Jacques Petit
  • Patent number: 7529386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring postage indicia on mail items. According to the invention, graphic information is captured in at least one selected read area of the mail, whereupon the stored graphic information is compared to the graphic representation of the postage indicia. If the graphic information does not match one of the stored images, said mail is subjected to another monitoring step. The invention also relates to a device which is suitable for carrying out the inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Rudi Denzer, Carsten Vullriede, Jörg Diefenbach
  • Patent number: 7529716
    Abstract: A universal cost minimizing mail arbitrator (UCMA) selects an optimum zip code result from a plurality of zip code results received from a plurality of mail processing directory match modules (DMM). The UCMA primarily has a cost tuner and an arbitration controller. The cost tuner receives truthed input for truthed mail, and user-defined cost profile parameters. The cost tuner determines an average weighted cost (AWC) for each DMM based upon the truthed input, to form a cost profile. The AWC is sorted in the cost profile based upon the Level of Sort (LOS) for the zip code result. The cost tuner gathers the cost profiles for each DMM together to form a cost profile array for all the DMMs. The arbitration controller receives the zip code results from the DMMs for each LOS code, and determines the lowest cost zip code result from amongst the various LOS codes based upon the AWC in the cost profile array. The arbitration controller selects the optimum zip code result based upon the lowest cost zip code result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas M. Welsh
  • Publication number: 20080110810
    Abstract: Improvements are disclosed for further processing of a mail piece initially rejected from an automatic sorting machine. Supplemental automated processes are applied to read a bar code from the front of the piece, or read an ID Tag from the back of the piece. New labels can be applied to the front and or back sides of the piece automatically. Newly resolved address information can be applied the piece, following which it preferably is returned into the main sorting stream so that manual sorting is reduced, resulting in cost savings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Brandt
  • Patent number: 7296004
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method for payment remittance receives a payor's payment information, processes this payment information, other than a received zip code, to identify an eleven digit zip code for a payee. The system and method then accesses a database of payee records to locate a payee record corresponding to the eleven digit zip code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Checkfree Corporation
    Inventors: David Lee Garrison, Patricia A. Kight, Brad Perkins, Cheryl Lynn Ward, Mary Elizabeth Lawson, Amy Lynn Kerin
  • Patent number: 7171022
    Abstract: A method for providing a common framework for area of interest (AOI) specification and access. The method includes providing a first set of instructions which generates an area of interest (AOI) defined by a first geometric shape and defining the first geometric shape by one or more coordinates. The one or more coordinates are then converted to a second set of coordinates for use with a second set of instructions. The second set of coordinates is defined by a new AOI which includes information associated with the first set of instructions and which is interpreted by the second set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Richard C. Van Hall
  • Patent number: 7121458
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods consistent with the present invention provide for identifying and processing mail using an identification code on a mailpiece as a redundant source of identification information in a mail sorting system. In one embodiment, this information is stored in a temporary database and used for the identification and processing of mail in a Remote Bar Code System (RBCS). In this embodiment, the identification code enables the automation of mail sorting and other processing tasks, reducing costs and delays in mail delivery services. In another embodiment, the identification and processing of mail occurs in an Identification Code Sorting (ICS) system. In this embodiment, a long-term database allows for mail sorting and other processing tasks on a national or global level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: United States Postal Services
    Inventors: Oscar Lee Avant, Ralph William Boldt, Jr., Bruce A. Brandt, Jay David Fadely, Michael Ray Little, Simon Franklin Reidel
  • Patent number: 7105135
    Abstract: A system and method that enables early detection of hazardous materials, such as explosives and biological materials, in the early phases of mail handling or processing, is disclosed. The early detection of such hazardous material utilizing the system and method of this invention can be performed while the mail is being processed. The system includes at least two primary elements: an activation sub-system and a sense and analyze sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Terry, John Thaddeus Beckert, David L. Ii
  • Patent number: 7085432
    Abstract: A method identifies edges of an object in an image by analyzing an accumulator array produced via a Hough transformation of the image. The method includes the step of identifying a first cell in a first row of the array associated with a first edge of the object. The first is then searched for a second cell in the array associated with a second edge of the object, the second edge being parallel to the first edge. A second row shifted ninety degrees from the first row is then searched for a third cell in the array associated with a third edge of the object, the third edge being perpendicular to the first edge. The second row is then searched for a fourth cell in the array associated with a fourth edge in the image, the fourth edge being parallel to the third edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel R. Paquette
  • Patent number: 7031519
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses a self-orthogonal character recognition engine for executing an iterative method employing a database of predetermined character strings. The method receives a digital representation of a character string. It then generates a proposed result string by applying to the captured digital image a predetermined recognition routine including one or more recognition subroutines. Each recognition subroutine employs an initial parameter setting. Next, if the proposed result string does not match any of the predetermined character strings in the database, the initial parameter setting of a recognition subroutine is changed to a next setting. The recognition process is then repeated using the next parameter setting to generate and test a next result string. The process can be repeated iteratively until a result string is verified or the process times out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Elmenhurst
  • Patent number: 6993155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reading document entries and addresses. In this context, automatic reading is effected using the intermediate steps of layout analysis, classification of the segmented regions and interpretation of the results in a reader, and if necessary video coding. According to the invention, during the reading mode, when information has been clearly read automatically, the image data and the associated reading results and intermediate results, and/or, when information has been clearly ascertained using video coding, the image data and the reading results and intermediate results clearly ascertained in a second automatic reading process including the video coding results are stored for a current random sample. This current random sample is used to readapt the automatic reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventors: Hartmut Schäfer, Thomas Bayer
  • Patent number: 6988107
    Abstract: A technique for reducing a model database for use with handwriting recognizers. The model database is processed with a tuning set to identify a set of models that would result in the greatest character recognition accuracy. If further model database reduction is desired, the technique iteratively identifies smaller models that have the least adverse effect on the error rate. The technique continues identifying smaller models until a desired model database size has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Meek, Bo Thiesson, John R. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6970877
    Abstract: A technique for reducing a prototype database for use with handwriting recognizers. The prototype database is divided into multiple spaces and the effect on the error rate for removing each prototype is identified. All prototypes that contribute to the error rate are removed. If further prototype database reduction is desired, the technique identifies and removes one or more prototypes that have the least adverse effect on the error rate across all spaces. The technique continues removing prototypes in this manner until a desired prototype database size has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Rowley, John Bennett, Ahmad Abdulkader, Petr Slavik
  • Patent number: 6961456
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for reading and decoding information extracted from a form. In the system of the present invention, packages are randomly placed on a conveyor belt, with their labels facing a two-camera subassembly. As the conveyor belt moves, the two-camera subassembly continuously takes images of the belt underneath the overhead camera. The design of the camera permits it to take a high resolution image of a non-singulated, unjustified package flow. A digital image of the packages within the field of view of the camera is then transferred to the processing system for analysis. The processing system identifies individual packages in the image, extracts them and then analyzes the information written on the package labels. The analysis process utilizes conventional Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) techniques to evaluate the information written on the package label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Andris Jankevics
  • Patent number: 6954543
    Abstract: An automated metadata discovery, assignment, and submission system is disclosed. The system includes a photosharing service coupled to a network through a server, where the server stores metadata fields. The system also includes at least one client computer capable of communicating with the server over the network, where the client computer stores a plurality digital files and an automation application. When executed, the automation application establishes communication with the photosharing service and downloads the metadata fields. The content of a first file is then automatically analyzed and one or metadata values are assigned to the downloaded metadata fields based on the analysis. In addition, the automation application automatically discovers any pre-existing metadata values associated with the file and uses the metadata values to populate corresponding downloaded metadata fields. Both the pre-existing and automatically assigned metadata values are then displayed to the user for viewing and editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: IPAC Acquisition Subsidiary I, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Patricia Scardino
  • Patent number: 6947574
    Abstract: A method and system for automated sorting machines is provided in which a feedback between OCR and ABL takes place. According to a first aspect of the present invention, a loose coupling between ABL and OCR is proposed in which the ABL system is asked for a further address block potentially present on the letter's surface when the first one being passed from ABL to OCR yielded that no destination ZIP code could be extracted from it. The confidence of the actual OCR and the ABL result, the address block contents supplemented with some additional criteria based on general knowledge, further, the sort plan actually loaded on the concerned sorting machine and the postmark information found in the stamps of the postmark can advantageously be used to make the ABL restart decision. Further, the ABL system can continue to search further address blocks while the OCR system processes one or a plurality of address blocks being passed to it from ABL in a preceding procedure related to the same letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Graulich, Joerg Wuertz
  • Patent number: 6754366
    Abstract: A method that enables the carrier of letters, flats and/or packages (mail) that are addressed to a recipient to determine if the mail contains life harming materials, before the mail is delivered to the recipient. The invention accomplishes the foregoing by receiving mail that is addressed to a recipient which contains material that may or may not be life harming; capturing an image of the face of the mail, which includes the name and physical address of the recipient; processing the image on the face of the mail to determine if characteristics of the image match characteristics of known mail that may contain life harming materials; testing the mail if the image contains characteristics of life harming material; and delivering the mail to the recipient if the image does not contain life harming characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 6647385
    Abstract: The present invention is directed, in a general aspect, to a method of updating an addressee database in an incoming mail sorting apparatus comprising the steps of: a) providing the addressee database stored in memory associated with the mail sorting apparatus; b) providing a mailpiece to be read and sorted by the mail sorting apparatus; c) reading the mailpiece to determine whether the mailpiece is an update form; d) reading update information from the mailpiece if the mailpiece is an update form; e) updating addressee information as required by the update information on the update form. The method can be initiated by each individual employee using a readily available form and providing information manually or by using a software program resident on the employee's personal computer to generate the update form information. The method provides an easily accessible method of updating an addressee database that reduces database maintenance costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Seestrom, Lyle W. Shaw, John H. Winkelman