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Got-It: Automatic Notification of Mailbox contents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127584D
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Behram DaCosta: INVENTOR

Abstract

Letters and magazines may include RFID labels (either printed on the paper or layered between sheets of paper). When the mail is delivered into a recipient's mailbox, an RFID reader in the mailbox interrogates the RFID labels of all the items in the mailbox to determine the nature of the delivered items (e.g. "Sports Illustrated Magazine", "replacement credit card"). This information is then relayed (e.g. wirelessly) to the recipient's house where it can be displayed on the user's television for example, so that the recipient can then decide if/when they would like to collect their mail from their mailbox. In addition, RFID readers (interrogators) at the post-office can automatically notify recipients via email/web regarding an upcoming delivery of particular mail.

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                                                                                                                                                                Sony Corporation

                                                                                                                                                                Sony Electronics Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                IPD Case #50U8041.00

Title:

Got-It: Automatic Notification of Mailbox contents

Description of the Invention:

Letters and magazines may include RFID labels (either printed on the paper or layered between sheets of paper).  When the mail is delivered into a recipient's mailbox, an RFID reader in the mailbox interrogates the RFID labels of all the items in the mailbox to determine the nature of the delivered items (e.g. "Sports Illustrated Magazine", "replacement credit card").  This information is then relayed (e.g. wirelessly) to the recipient's house where it can be displayed on the user's television for example, so that the recipient can then decide if/when they would like to collect their mail from their mailbox.  In addition, RFID readers (interrogators) at the post-office can automatically notify recipients via email/web regarding an upcoming delivery of particular mail.

Inventor:

Behram DaCosta

Invention Disclosure:

Presently, homes and mailboxes are often spatially separated from each other.  This is particularly true in countries such as the

USA

.  In single-family (detached) homes, the mailbox for mail delivery to the house is usually curbside.  For apartment buildings, all mailboxes are often located in a central location within the building.  While these locations are efficient from the view of the mail carrier, they are inconvenient for the mail recipient.  At most, a mail recipient can tell if they’ve received mail if the curbside mailbox "flag" is raised.  However, even in this case the recipient cannot differentiate whether the received mail is a hot magazine or simply junk mail without having to walk...