Shipping Patents (Class 705/330)
  • Patent number: 10685319
    Abstract: A simulator is configured to simulate the fulfillment of orders by nodes. Each node has an inventory of products and is capable of shipping the products to destinations in response to receipt of a corresponding order. The simulator divides the nodes into groups and assigns a different priority to each group based on input provided by a user to the simulator to generate an ordered sequence of priorities. The simulator maintains safety stock data corresponding to each node that indicates minimum quantities of the products required to be present at the corresponding node. The simulator selects a current priority of the sequence and next simulates a first group among the groups having the current priority fulfilling the orders for a given product among the products while a quantity of the given product at each of the nodes in the first group is below the minimum quantity in the corresponding safety stock data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: JoAnn Piersa Brereton, Ajay Ashok Deshpande, Arun Hampapur, Miao He, Alan Jonathan King, Xuan Liu, Christopher Scott Milite, Jae-Eun Park, Joline Ann Villaranda Uichanco, Songhua Xing, Steve Igrejas, Hongliang Fei, Vadiraja Ramamurthy, Yingjie Li, Kimberly D. Hendrix, Xiao Bo Zheng
  • Patent number: 10679178
    Abstract: A simulator is configured to simulate the fulfillment of orders by nodes. Each node has an inventory of products and is capable of shipping the products to destinations in response to receipt of a corresponding order. The simulator divides the nodes into groups and assigns a different priority to each group based on input provided by a user to the simulator to generate an ordered sequence of priorities. The simulator maintains safety stock data corresponding to each node that indicates minimum quantities of the products required to be present at the corresponding node. The simulator selects a current priority of the sequence and next simulates a first group among the groups having the current priority fulfilling the orders for a given product among the products while a quantity of the given product at each of the nodes in the first group is below the minimum quantity in the corresponding safety stock data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: JoAnn Piersa Brereton, Ajay Ashok Deshpande, Arun Hampapur, Miao He, Alan Jonathan King, Xuan Liu, Christopher Scott Milite, Jae-Eun Park, Joline Ann Villaranda Uichanco, Songhua Xing, Steve Igrejas, Hongliang Fei, Vadiraja Ramamurthy, Yingjie Li, Kimberly D. Hendrix, Xiao Bo Zheng
  • Patent number: 10681498
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for standardizing addresses and providing information associated with geographic areas/points of interest. For example, location data can be collected for serviceable points. From the collected location data, addresses can be standardized, location-based searches can be performed, correct locations of serviceable points can be confirmed, and geographic representations can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Marc David Siris, Christopher T. Schenken
  • Patent number: 10664770
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for routing vehicles in a vehicle fleet includes a location assignment module comprising computer hardware and a routing module. The location assignment module can be configured to iteratively: determine whether quotas are met for a plurality of territories based at least on locations assigned to individual territories of the plurality of territories, and in response to determining that the quota is unmet for one or more individual territories, assign one or more additional locations to the one or more individual territories having unmet quotas based at least on a proximity of the one or more additional locations to a different reference location associated with each of the one or more individual territories having unmet quotas. The routing module can be configured to generate routes including the locations assigned to the individual territories for vehicles in a vehicle fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: William George Looman, Jefferson Ray Tan Hidayat, Katherine Winnie Kok, Mark Robert Dunlop
  • Patent number: 10666571
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing access to content resources are provided. The method comprises: in response to receiving a first request for accessing first content resources in a content server, obtaining from the content server metadata associated with a first Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) of the first content resources, the first request including the first URI, the metadata at least indicating a mapping between the first URI of the first content resources and a second URI of the first content resources, the first URI being a shortened version of the second URI; obtaining the second URI by parsing the metadata; and responding to the first request with the second URI of the first content resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Wei William Zhou, Jason Muhua Chen, Wei Ruan, Chen Wang, Zed Minhong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10621539
    Abstract: The delivery of goods to a customer comprises a substantial portion of human activity. To correct address errors and/or to more precisely locate delivery locations, systems are provided to assist human, human operated vehicle, or autonomous vehicles to locate a delivery point. Often the location of a delivery point is inaccurate or imprecise. GPS and other coordinate systems often fail or are imprecise without an unobstructed view of the sky. Even with coordinates available, the delivery point may be different from the coordinates or, more commonly, coordinates that are different from some standard point within a postal address associated with the coordinates. Providing a delivery system that utilizes a broadcasted identifier, such as an identifier associated with the order of the item, the delivery of the item may be made proximate to the source of the broadcasted identifier or further refined using the broadcasted identifier as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Valentine C. Matula, David Skiba, George Erhart
  • Patent number: 10607177
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a delivery location is provided. The method includes enabling a UAV delivery application specifying a delivery location for delivery of a package. A street address defining the delivery location is received and an eyewear based video device is enabled and directed towards a geographical area associated with the delivery of the package. GPS data associated with the geographical area is retrieved from the eyewear based video device and first GPS coordinates identifying a location of an embedded computing device are retrieved from a GPS system. A distance between the first GPS coordinates and the geographical area is calculated. Additionally, second GPS coordinates identifying the geographical area are calculated based on the GPS data, the distance, and the first GPS coordinates and it is determined if the second GPS coordinates are located within a specified perimeter surrounding the street address defining the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahamed Jalaldeen, Chivukula Venkata L. Narayana
  • Patent number: 10586273
    Abstract: In some examples, a service provider may receive a plurality of communications indicating buyer accesses to respective item-ordering applications on respective buyer devices. The service provider may determine that the buyer accesses occurred at respective buyer locations outside of a current delivery region. The service provider may determine a cluster of the respective buyer locations, and may further determine, based on the cluster, a recommended courier location for extending the delivery region to include a new area including the cluster. Additionally, in some cases, the service provider may determine a recommended courier location based on a plurality of past delivery locations. Further, in response to receiving an indication of a delivery location from a buyer device, the service provider may determine that a courier is within a threshold delivery travel time to the delivery location prior to providing item information to the buyer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DOORDASH, INC.
    Inventor: Avlok Kohli
  • Patent number: 10556254
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention provides an exemplary system that includes a mechanism configured to create by a digital mailing services provider, DMSP, a recipient-specific handling information indicia and provide said recipient-specific handling information indicia to a recipient; a mechanism configured to allow the recipient to provide said handling information indicia in delivery address C/O line, on a mail item, thereby indicating to said service provider their desired handling route for the mail item so that a paper mail recipient to receive improved transmission of correspondence from said service provider via both paper and electronic channels solely via including said handling information indicia contained in the delivery address C/O line of the recipient's delivery address on the mail item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Broadridge Output Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank W. Delfer, Navdeep S. Dhillon
  • Patent number: 10552785
    Abstract: A method and system for determining implementing a bidding based product delivery determination process is provided. The method includes presenting a product for purchase via a bidding process. Packages including the product are pre-loaded on delivery vehicles for delivery within geographical zones including maximum travel distances. Monetary bids for the product are received from users with respect to the delivery vehicles and a user submitting a highest monetary bid is identified. In response, a first delivery vehicle is directed to a location of the user. A profit sharing process with respect to the users and an entity providing the product is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sasikanth Eda, Deepak R. Ghuge, Sandeep R. Patil, Gandhi Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 10540621
    Abstract: A method of determining an inventory mirroring plan for a set of distinct items in a fulfillment network. The fulfillment network can include a plurality of distribution centers. The method can include determining, for each distinct item of the set of distinct items and for each demand zone of a set of demand zones, a location-specific demand. The method also can include determining, for each of a number of clusters ranging from 1 to a predetermined maximum number of clusters, a k-cluster profile that partitions the plurality of distribution centers in the fulfillment network into k distribution center clusters. The method further can include determining, for each of the number of clusters and for each demand zone of the set of demand zones, a closest distribution center cluster of the k distribution center clusters that is nearest to the demand zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Zhiwei Qin, Jagtej Bewli, Mohan Akella
  • Patent number: 10528062
    Abstract: A computerized vehicle control system for fleet routing includes a fleet of vehicles where each vehicle in the fleet of vehicles is configured to travel over streets and including an engine and wheels. Each vehicle further includes an in-vehicle electronic device comprising digital logic circuitry and a port configured to couple with a vehicle computer installed in the vehicle and in communication with a plurality of sensors disposed about the vehicle. The in-vehicle electronic device further comprises a display. The computerized vehicle control system further includes a vehicle management system comprising memory and computer hardware and configured to communicate over a network with each in-vehicle electronic device in the fleet of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: William George Looman, Jefferson Ray Tan Hidayat, Katherine Winnie Kok, Mark Robert Dunlop
  • Patent number: 10521754
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide shipping management system shipping documentation generation operation which spawns intelligent generation subprocesses are described. The intelligent generation subprocesses of embodiments facilitate autonomous shipping documentation generation functionality of a concatenated shipping documentation generation process. A user may initiate a shipping documentation generation process, whereby an intelligent generation subprocess is spawned, and thereafter the user may be freed to perform one or more independent operation and/or interaction with the shipping management system. One or more verifications, checks, warnings, and/or the like are suspended and one or more parameter, input, selection, and/or the like are defaulted for operation of an intelligent generation subprocess of embodiments. Embodiments implement a documentation queue to provide historical information with respect to intelligent generation subprocess operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Auctane, LLC
    Inventor: Byron J. Wier
  • Patent number: 10515335
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful for receiving and storing delivered items. In some embodiments, a secured delivery locker is described herein that can communicate with delivery vehicles and/or users. In several embodiments, an autonomous delivery vehicle can communicate with a secured delivery locker to authenticate itself. The secured delivery locker can then grant access to the delivery vehicle, such as by opening a door to an interior thereof, so that the delivery vehicle can deposit a package therein. The locker can then confirm receipt of the package and close the door. Thereafter, the locker and/or the delivery vehicle can update a system to indicate that the package was delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Winkle, Robert C. Taylor, Todd D. Mattingly, Michael D. Atchley, Robert L. Cantrell, John J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10387822
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide systems and methods for facilitating synchronized delivery of shipments/items scheduled to be delivered to multiple serviceable points located nearby one another. Various embodiments identify nearby serviceable points based on a determination of distance between serviceable points and/or time required to travel between serviceable points. Accordingly, shipping data for a first shipment is initially received, and a determination is made whether a second shipment is available for synchronized delivery with the first shipment. To make such a determination, a previous distance is identified between a first serviceable point and a second serviceable point, a time elapsed is identified between the first serviceable point and the second serviceable point, and the distance and the time elapsed are compared with respective thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Bolton, Steven D. Brill, Matthew Collins, Anthony Creasy, Andrew Dotterweich, Joseph Guerrisi, Daniel Kettleson, Michael Mullholland, Robert J. Gillen, Greg Loppatto, John Hernandez, Butch Butler, Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 10373102
    Abstract: A method and system for evaluating node fulfillment capacity in node order assignment. The method includes receiving a current order for node order assignment. The method also includes retrieving data of each node from a plurality of nodes, the retrieved data comprising current capacity utilization, capacity of a current day and capacity of a future day. The method then includes determining a probability of backlog on an expected ship date of each node, the probability of backlog being based on the retrieved current capacity utilization. Further, the method includes automatically converting the probability of backlog, backlog cost, and labor cost of each node into a capacity utilization cost of the each node using a capacity utilization cost model defining a set of predetermined capacity utilization threshold values. Then, the method includes automatically calculating a fulfillment cost of each node of the current order by adding a plurality of costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Saurabh Gupta, Arun Hampapur, Alan J. King, Ali Koc, Yingjie Li, Xuan Liu, Christopher S. Milite, Brian L. Quanz, Chek Keong Tan, Dahai Xing, Xiaobo Zheng
  • Patent number: 10373113
    Abstract: A computer system for dynamically managing the transport vector of items receives a client identification and handling parameters from an input device. The system identifies, within a client database, different transport vectors associated with the client identification. The system then accesses one or more item-specific variables associated with the particular item. The system also filters the different transport vectors by the item-specific variables and the handling parameters such that a remaining subset of the different transport vectors all conform with the item-specific variables and the handling parameters. The system selects a specific transport vector from the remaining subset of the different transport vectors based upon a ranking of a user specified attribute. The system then generates a physical digital encoding that conforms with a particular template associated with the specific transport vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Fulfillment Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Devin C. Johnson, Ben Whitesides
  • Patent number: 10332064
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for detecting duplicate travel. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect a travel path of a vehicle based in part on received items of location data. The processor is also configured to determine whether the travel path is associated with a defined street segment including a plurality of location points corresponding to a street. The processor is further configured to determine whether the vehicle travels the street multiple times in a predefined time period. The processor is further configured to superimpose visible indicia on the defined street segment in response to detecting that the vehicle traveled the street multiple times during the predefined time period. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10315763
    Abstract: Various methods for performing package deliveries by a robotic vehicle may include determining whether an individual at a package delivery location is a requester or an authorized recipient of a package to be delivered by the robotic vehicle at the package delivery location, sending a notification to the requester of the package in response to determining that the individual at the package delivery location is not the requester or an authorized recipient, and delivering the package to the individual at the package delivery location in response to receiving authorization from the requester to deliver the package to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shankar Anand, Ashutosh Gupta, Ankit Banaudha, Amandeep Singh Bedi, Michael Franco Taveira
  • Patent number: 10287047
    Abstract: An apparatus for optimizing automated packaging of a shipment set, said shipment set comprising one or more items arranged in an arrangement for being automatically packaged, the apparatus comprising at least one image obtaining device for obtaining three-dimensional image data of said arrangement and at least one computer system and a signaling device, the computer system adapted for processing said image data to obtain information on the dimensions of individual items present in said arrangement and on the orientation and position of said items in said arrangement, performing an analysis of said information with respect to at least one optimization criterion and depending on said analysis, generating signals indicating to either proceed with automated packaging of said arrangement or to modify or to divert said arrangement, and the signaling device adapted for receiving the signals generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Joost Zeilstra
  • Patent number: 10262410
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a system for inspecting goods. The method includes the steps of: obtaining a transmission image and a HSCODE of inspected goods; processing the transmission image to obtain a region of interest; retrieving from a model library a model created based on the HSCODE, in accordance with the HSCODE of the inspected goods; and determining whether there are any goods not registered in a customs declaration that are contained in the region of interest based on the model. With the above solution, it is possible to inspect goods in a container efficiently, so as to find out whether there are goods not indicated in the customs declaration that are concealed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Li Zhang, Ziran Zhao, Yaohong Liu, Cun Cheng, Qiang Li, Jianping Gu, Jian Zhang, Gang Fu
  • Patent number: 10248120
    Abstract: Navigable path networks herein are defined based on attributes of tasks to be performed by autonomous vehicles traveling thereon, based on attributes of such vehicles, or attributes of the environments in which such networks are provided. The networks include traditional and non-traditional transportation features, and are defined based on prior travel within the environments, including information gathered by such vehicles during such prior travel. The autonomous vehicles are robotic, self-powered units having storage compartments for carrying objects between points of the networks. An optimal route within a navigable path network is selected based on attributes of an autonomous vehicle, a task to be performed by the autonomous vehicle, or the various paths within the network. A navigable path network is updated based on information subsequently learned regarding the environment, including information captured by autonomous vehicles traveling on paths of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10127517
    Abstract: Techniques for allowing a store to provide same day delivery to customers are disclosed. The techniques include receiving a delivery location for delivery of the item with a customer order, providing the delivery location to a delivery server, the delivery server comparing the delivery location to existing delivery locations for a same day delivery route, and providing potential delivery times to the store server. The techniques also include the store server correlating the possible delivery times with predetermined delivery windows, presenting to the customer potential delivery windows for the order, and receiving from the customer a selection of a delivery window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 10114597
    Abstract: An information processing device extracts a partial area corresponding to a newly placed printed product, from a captured image as a result of capturing an image of a predetermined image capturing area in which a printed product generated based on an order is placed, acquires from the table, slip information corresponding to image data obtained by searching the table for image data representing an image that matches or is similar to an image in the partial area, and generates print data of a slip corresponding to the newly placed printed product based on the acquired slip information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kimio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10096060
    Abstract: Information about participants in an auction are received and analyzed along with information about products to be auctioned and other information to generate an interest gauge. The interest gauge may reflect the interest of a buyer, a seller, an auction house or any other entity in the auctioning event. Based on the interest gauge, the operations of the auction can be augmented and/or modified to be optimal in view of revenue generation, products moved, and a balance between the two. For instance, the buyer interest gauge could be used to create packages of items to be auctioned in a combinatorial auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: XCIRA, INC
    Inventors: Nancy J Rabenold, James A Simmons
  • Patent number: 10074066
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing an order in an Omni-channel order fulfillment system is disclosed. A stock-keeping unit (SKU) node level cost is predicted for a plurality of SKUs. The order is received containing one or more SKUs. A candidate list of fulfillment nodes is determined for fulfilling each of the one or more SKUs in the order using the predicted SKU node level cost and a fulfillment node-destination shipping distance. One or more fulfillment nodes are selected from the candidate list, and the order is fulfilled using the selected one or more fulfillment nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Saurabh Gupta, Arun Hampapur, Alan J. King, Ali Koc, Pradyumnha G. Kowlani, Yingjie Li, Ding Ding Lin, Xuan Liu, Christopher Milite, Brian L. Quanz, Chek Keong Tan, Dahai Xing, Xiao Bo Zheng
  • Patent number: 9800564
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating cross-platform authentication. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect that a visual token includes data indicating one or more authentication credentials for accessing a communication device in response to scanning the visual token. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to communicate the authentication credentials of the detected visual token to the communication device to request the communication device to determine whether the authentication credentials are valid for a user. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to enable access to the communication device in response to receiving an indication from the communication device that the authentication credentials of the detected visual token are valid. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Weiqun Jack Zheng, Robert Frederick Myrick
  • Patent number: 9741010
    Abstract: A delivery system and method for delivering packages to multiple recipients uses a mobile robot having a delivery package space suitable for accommodating at least two packages, at least one package sensor configured to output first data reflective of the presence or absence of packages within with package space, at least one processing component configured to receive and process the package sensor's first data and at least one communication component configured to at least send and receive second data. The mobile robot travels to a first delivery location, permits a first recipient to access the package space, and identifies the first recipient's package to the first recipient. The system and method use data from the package sensor to verify that the first recipient removed only his or her package, if other package(s) are also present. The mobile robot then travels to a second delivery location associated with a second recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Starship Technologies OÜ
    Inventor: Ahti Heinla
  • Patent number: 9710776
    Abstract: An overlay bag tag is configured to cover an old bag tag that is attached to a bag of a passenger, with the overlay bag tag including an original bag tag number of the old bag tag and an updated bag route. The overlay bag tag is used to reroute the bag according to the updated bag route when there is a change in a passenger route of the passenger after the bag is checked in with the airlines so that the bag travels with the passenger. If the bag cannot travel with the passenger, the system reroutes the bags to the final destination of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventor: James Clair Lewandowski
  • Patent number: 9639821
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media. A method includes receiving virtual mail piece data and receiving a mail piece, the mail piece having machine-readable indicia on an exterior surface. The method includes decoding the indicia to produce a mail piece identifier and identifying a recipient of the mail piece using the mail piece identifier. The method includes retrieving subscription preferences from a recipient database according to the identified recipient. The method includes electronically sending a virtual mail piece to the recipient, the virtual mail piece corresponding to the mail piece, the virtual mail piece data, and the subscription preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Stanley Wayne Sipe, Michael O. Norris
  • Patent number: 9514429
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for global enterprise workflow management are disclosed. The system may include a communications module, memory, and processor for executing a method of managing job information. The system receives job information and uses a model to identify a desirable resource to execute the job. Then the system sends the job information to the identified resource for execution. The resource may send back information associated with the running and/or completion of the job. Various models may be used in identifying a desirable approach, including a cost model, a staffing model, and other models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Kern, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brock, Pramod C. Madala
  • Patent number: 9325632
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for enabling collaboration across tenants in a multi-tenant environment using single sign-on (SSO) authentication/authorization. Various examples provide for creating a user account and provisioning a subscription to a user (e.g., to enable single sign-on authentication/authorization). The user is allowed to access services (e.g., collaborative services) in a multi-tenant environment by utilizing a subscription authorization of the user without prompting the user to authenticate by logging-in again (that is, without prompting the user to log-in again after the user has already logged-in and been authenticated for a given session). Other examples provide for mapping webspaces through URL hosts where each organization (that is, tenant) has its own set of namespace(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mustansir Banatwala, David Andrew Brooks, Patrick Y. Lin, Thomas Schaeck, Robert Leslie Yates
  • Patent number: 9199282
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Miette
  • Patent number: 9191394
    Abstract: Protecting user credentials from a computing device includes establishing a secure session between a computing device and an identity provider (e.g., a Web service). Parameters of the secure session are communicated to a credential service, which renegotiates or resumes the secure session to establish a new secure session between the credential service and the identity provider. User credentials are passed from the credential service to the identity provider via the new secure session, but the computing device does not have the parameters of the new secure session and thus does not have access to the passed user credentials. The credential service then renegotiates or resumes the secure session again to establish an additional secure session between the credential service and the identity provider. Parameters of the additional secure session are communicated to the computing device to allow the computing device to continue communicating securely with the identity provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mark F. Novak, Andrew J. Layman
  • Patent number: 9043241
    Abstract: Information from a package is read. An encryption key is generated from the information read from the package. A text unit is encrypted using the encryption key. The encrypted text unit is affixed to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Geoff Lyon, Salil Pradhan, Vinay Deolalikar, Alipio Caban, Lester Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150142692
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, a connection between an electronic door hanger and a customer computing entity can be established at a customer's location. With a connection established, information about an attempted (e.g., successful/unsuccessful) pick-up or delivery can be automatically provided to the customer computing entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: ROBERT J. GILLEN, KENNETH BRADLEY GUBLER
  • Publication number: 20150142690
    Abstract: A method for providing a storage device with content files for exhibition commences by identifying, from a work order, a needed set of content files. Thereafter, a storage device, whose previously written content files most closely match the needed set of content files identified from the work order, is selected from an inventory of storage devices. The set of content files on the selected storage device undergo adjustment so that the storage device stores at least the needed set of content files. For example, if one or more of the needed set of content files are missing from the selected storage device, these files are replicated onto the selected storage device as part of the content file adjustment process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan John Sorensen, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Publication number: 20150142691
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, a connection between an electronic door hanger and a customer computing entity can be established at a customer's location. With a connection established, information about an attempted (e.g., successful/unsuccessful) pick-up or delivery can be automatically provided to the customer computing entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: ROBERT J. GILLEN, KENNETH BRADLEY GUBLER
  • Publication number: 20150120596
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Publication number: 20150120534
    Abstract: A wireless tracking device may have a unique identifier that identifies the item to which it is attached, distinguishing that item from the other items in a secured location. A database may contain information regarding the item attached to the wireless tracking device. A store may be a secured location, and an item may be authorized to leave the store when it is sold. A checkout process may include scanning a machine-readable code associated with the wireless tracking device. Once the checkout is complete and the customer has paid for the item, the database may be updated to disable the alarm for the wireless tracking device. Based on the information in the database, a wireless tracking device detector may determine whether or not to generate an alarm when the wireless tracking device is detected leaving the secured location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Aimee Cardwell, Scott Gruby, David Geisinger, Mark Hill, Francisco Duarte Barbosa Teixeira e Melo
  • Publication number: 20150120529
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for receiving a package identification code at a first location, the code corresponding to a delivery package. The package identification code may then be analyzed and a recipient authentication (e.g., a signature, a PIN code, etc.) may be requested from a user. Access to a portal may be granted based on receiving an acceptable recipient authentication code. The portal may be one of a plurality of portals, and may be selected based on the package identification code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Faaborg
  • Patent number: 9020860
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing mail packages to be sent to recipients includes a carrier envelope with a front address window and a back window. A content document having a style code printed on it is positioned at the back of the carrier envelope. The content style code is positioned to be visible through the back window of the carrier envelope. A reply envelope is enclosed with an address area aligned with the front window of the carrier envelope. Mail packages are prepared by storing a corresponding content style for the recipient. While transported, the content style code is scanned. From the style code, a recipient having the corresponding content style is selected from the stored list. That recipients name and address are printed onto the address area of the reply envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Valentino Guyett, William Greenway, Marc Grimm, Roger B. Hosler
  • Publication number: 20150112885
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9014354
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to updating routing patterns in an enterprise network. In some implementations, a method for routing sessions includes identifying information associated with call sessions in an enterprise network. The information includes costs to an enterprise for using carrier services during the call sessions. Routing patterns for call sessions are dynamically updated through at least a portion of the enterprise network based, at least in part, on the costs associated with the call sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Service Bureau Intetel S.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Marcelo Lopez
  • Publication number: 20150095254
    Abstract: The invention relates to a baggage drop system for depositing and checking of baggage into airline flights. The system comprises a conveyor (1), equipped with a static or dynamic weighing scale (17), comprising multiple, spaced apart load cells (18), and computing means adapted to compare the output of the weighing scale (17) with allowable baggage weights, and a substantially horizontal frame member (2?), mounted above the first conveyor (1) at a distance from the upper surface of the first conveyor (1) equal to the maximum allowable height of baggage, thereby forming a physical barrier for oversized baggage. The system allows to check for the presence of living creatures on the conveyor belt, and for conformity with baggage handling system requirements. The system may further comprise a baggage check-in apparatus (3) to allow automatic baggage check-in by a passenger, including means for payment (12) of excess and/or overweight baggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jorick Naber, Leander Henricus Albertus Ross, Reinout Vander Meülen, Bart René Yvonne Houlleberghs, Roel Reijnen
  • Publication number: 20150088779
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an integrated real-time, customer-company process that materially improves the end-to-end customer experience for delivery of products and services. The invention enables more efficient management of a company's supply-demand relationship, unit costs, and return on investment. Example embodiments are directed to an inter-related, customer-company management process for a food delivery business. A process on an intelligent, processor-based platform provides an improved end-to-end customer experience, for example, by reducing wait times and using convenient payment options so that customer does not need to handle money. The process further enables a food truck operator to more efficiently manage the business, both at a single site and across multiple sites. There is a substantial, real-time interdependency between the customers and the food truck operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Falcone, John J. Viola, Dennis J. Reinhold
  • Publication number: 20150081582
    Abstract: An exemplary nonlimiting ernbodirnent of the present invention provides a system that includes a loading/unloading facility, a user apparatus having a user interface configured to communicate with a driver of a delivery/pick-up vehicle, and an administrator apparatus configured to communicate with the user apparatus and the loading/unloading facility. The user apparatus is located remotely from the loading/unloading facility. The driver checks into the user apparatus and the administrator apparatus coordinates arrival of the delivery/pick-up vehicle at the loading/unloading facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald H. Mains, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150081581
    Abstract: Delivering packages among a community of participants is carried out using a computer. Software stores information pertaining to senders, couriers, and receivers, including their images. Information is additionally stored pertaining to the package, including a description, an image of the contents, and geographic locations where the package is to be picked up and delivered. A picture of the courier is taken when she is physically in the presence of the sender, and the computer compares this image to the stored image to confirm the identity of the courier. An image of the receiver is similarly compared, and the images of the contents are compared. The GPS coordinates of the pickup and delivery are compared with previously agreed upon locations. Participants are notified if images or coordinates do not match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Zzzoom, LLC
    Inventor: Kayle Gishen
  • Publication number: 20150081580
    Abstract: A system is provided to generate a video receipt for purposes of creating evidence of shipment of a package to an intended recipient. The kiosk includes a secure drop box into which packages may be placed for later pick up by a shipping service, a computer system having a user interface and means for communicating wired or wirelessly via a public or private network; an electronic communication application installed on the computer system permitting the electronic transfer of a video receipt and text, and a video camera secured to the kiosk and actuatable by the person desiring to ship one or more packaged items via the user interface of the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: JAMES BRIAN FRY
  • Publication number: 20150066794
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing the supply of liquid color to a process machine utilizes an electronic memory device connected permanently to a container of liquid color and an electronic memory controller that interacts with the electronic memory device, preferably wirelessly over the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Sherwood MAGUIRE