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A Computerized, Secure, Shared Automated Parcel Machine and Delivery System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014697D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Automated Parcel Machine and Delivery System Disclosed is a computerized, secure, shared Automated Parcel Machine Delivery System (APMDS) for unattended retrieval of Internet and mail ordered parcels. Traditionally, consumers have relied on several methods for retrieving mail ordered goods. The most common way is to have the parcel delivered straight to a residential or business doorstep. Alternately, a parcel can be held at a centralized facility and retrieved by visiting an attendant at the site. In certain circumstances, the parcel can be retrieved without an attendant, but only if the customer has either rented a dedicated secure box of sufficient size at a centralized facility such as the United States Postal Service (USPS), or the customer’s neighborhood is equipped with a central USPS mailbox containing a sufficiently large, shared secure box. As the purchase of products via the Internet increases, the distribution model of goods will change. In order to facilitate the change, a centralized, automated, shared, secure method of retrieving mail ordered parcels is needed. The computerized APMDS provides such a mechanism. APM Design Description The following table lists the major functions and associated acronyms used in describing the design of the APMDS.