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Secure Drone Package Delivery Port

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246083D
Publication Date: 2016-May-03
Document File: 5 page(s) / 139K

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Abstract

Disclosed is the Secure Turnstile Delivery Port for drone package delivery. The core idea is to use a turnstile design for a portal through which a drone can deliver packages to a building. Because the drone leaves the package in the interior of a structure, the turnstile design provides secure and weatherproof delivery of packages.

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Secure Drone Package Delivery Port

Most demonstrations of drone delivery of products show the drone dropping the product on the sidewalk in front of the delivery residence. While this is a functional approach, it is not secure. The package is susceptible to theft and damage.

The novel contribution is the Secure Turnstile Delivery Port. The core idea is to use a turnstile design, with a cylindrical apparatus, for a portal through which a drone can deliver packages to a particular address or building. Because the drone leaves the package in the interior of a structure, the turnstile design provides secure and

weatherproof delivery of packages.

The turnstile apparatus has upper and lower compartments. When the turnstile is mounted, it rotates freely around a central axis. A drone with a package delivery enters the top compartment of the turnstile. The package is delivered to the lower compartment inside the building. The drone is isolated from the inside of the building

while it delivers the package.

The following figures illustrate the components and process for implementing the Secure Turnstile Delivery Port (herein called the turnstile) in a preferred embodiment.

Figure 1: Side view of Turnstile Delivery Port

Figure 2a show the top view of the top compartment of the turnstile. The turnstile remains in this orientation until a delivery drone approaches. In this orientation, the unit is sealed to both the outside and inside of the structure. As a drone approaches, it signals the turnstile to rotate into delivery position. The turnstile rotates to the orientation shown in figure 2b.

Figure 2: Top view of drone layer of secure delivery port
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Figure 3 shows a drone with a package has landed in the drop compartment. Once the drone has landed, the turnstile begins to rotate.

Figure 3: Top view showing a drone landing with a package

The turnstile has rotated 90 degrees (Fig. 4), and when the 90-degree rotation is complete, the drone drops the package. The package falls the short distance to the bottom delivery compartment. The delivery area of the bottom compartment is padded

with soft material to ensure no damage to the contents of the package.

Figure 4: Top view showing turnstile rotation of 90 degrees, package dropped to Level 1

Figure 5: Alternative view of figure 4, showing the dropped package now...