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Automating Paper Mail Sorting and Delivery Route Determination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106067D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, G: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a method of automating the sorting process of paper mail and determining optimum delivery route.

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Automating Paper Mail Sorting and Delivery Route Determination

      Described is a method of automating the sorting process of
paper mail and determining optimum delivery route.

      The sorting of paper mail, for example in the United States
Mail offices, is largely manual due in part to the fact that
handwriting recognition technology is not advanced enough to be able
to recognize the handwriting which can occur in literally infinite
styles.

      The invention proposes a novel method of solving the sorting
problem by imaginatively utilizing the Global Positioning System
(GPS).  It proposes a COMBINATION of GPS stamp and regular human
handwriting in exactly identifying the addressee.  Each piece of the
address is used for the different purpose.

      The basic labor intensive component of the mail delivery system
remains mostly hand-sorting of the billions of pieces of the mail
delivered each week.  This handsorting also contributes significantly
to the cost of the mail distribution in the country and in the world.

      The postal service has been exploring ways of automating the
sorting which is directly related to the automatic address
recognition.

      The Global Positioning System can uniquely provide the exact
location of each spot on the earth (in all three dimensions).  This
'GPS Stamp' can be used to identify each spot on the earth.  Each
addressee can, with a fairly simple device, determine the GPS stamp
for its address.  In fact, determination of this needs to be done
only once.  Now, just as the zip code identifies a large section of a
city to which the mail is destined, the GPS stamp helps identify the
exact location with a granularity of a few meters.

      Each addressee would provide (to the entities wanting to send
mail) the GPS Stamp (which is essentially a string of numbers) in
addition to its regular street address.

      The street address will still be written in any manner the
sender chooses - handwritten or typewritten.  How...