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Mail Processing

Mail Processing patent applications listed include Date, Patent Application Number, Patent Title, Patent Abstract summary and are linked to the corresponding patent application page.

09/18/14 - 20140270341 - Document fingerprinting
An automated document processing machine may comprise an electro-mechanical transport subsystem configured to convey a document through the machine, and a camera arranged adjacent the transport and configured to capture an image of a front side of the document. A fingerprinting software component may be configured for processing the captured...

09/04/14 - 20140247962 - Method and device for marking value labels
The invention relates to a method for the automatic verification of the authenticity of a postage indicium that has a value indication and that has a luminescent area, whereby the postage indicium has been applied onto the surface of a mailpiece, and whereby the surface of the mailpiece is illuminated...

08/28/14 - 20140241569 - Automatic examination of value labels
The invention relates to a method for the automatic verification of the authenticity of a postage indicium that has a value indication and that has a luminescent area, whereby the postage indicium has been applied onto the surface of a mailpiece, and whereby the surface of the mailpiece is illuminated...

07/31/14 - 20140211981 - Image acquisition system for processing and tracking mail pieces
An image acquisition system for processing and tracking mail pieces in a mailing system (2) of the type comprising at least one mail piece processing machine (4, 6, 8) comprising at least one accumulation device (14, 16) for producing mail pieces and generating electronic processing and tracking details for these...

07/31/14 - 20140211982 - Enrollment apparatus, system, and method
An apparatus for enrolling a package is disclosed including: a receiving surface for receiving the package; at least one weight sensor in communication with the receiving surface which generates a weight signal indicative of the weight of the package; at least one video camera which generates a video signal indicative...

07/03/14 - 20140185863 - Device and method for detecting a region of interest on a delivery object
A device and method for detecting a region of interest on a delivery object. In the method cluster identification data is stored. An item of the cluster identification data represents a cluster of image data items in a training set of image data items. A group of heat maps is...

06/19/14 - 20140169619 - Mail run balancing using video capture
A method and system for mail run balancing of critical documents on a sorter machine that comingles both critical and non-critical documents. A plan identifying a set of critical documents to be processed as part of a mail run is received at the sorter. The plan includes an individual identifier...

06/19/14 - 20140169620 - Apparatus and methods for identifying and processing mail using an identification code
Apparatus and methods consistent with the present invention provide for identifying and processing mail using an identification code on a mailpiece as a redundant source of identification information in a mail sorting system. In one embodiment, this information is stored in a temporary database and used for the identification and...

05/22/14 - 20140140571 - Document fingerprinting
An automated document processing machine may comprise an electro-mechanical transport subsystem configured to convey a document through the machine, and a camera arranged adjacent the transport and configured to capture an image of a front side of the document. A fingerprinting software component may be configured for processing the captured...

05/15/14 - 20140133696 - Methods and system for classifying, processing, and/or generating automatic responses to mail items
A computerized method of classifying a received mail item in real time. The computerized method comprises identifying a unique identifier (ID) by analyzing a new mail item from a certain sender, identifying, according to the unique ID, a matching correspondence session which is held with the certain sender, the matching...

04/17/14 - 20140105452 - Sorting / scanning system camera upgrade apparatus with backwards compatibility
A scanning camera upgrade adaptor system provides backwards compatibility when an existing scanning camera subsystem is replaced or upgraded in automated sorting equipment with a newer camera having a different data format. The adaptor system allows sorting equipment such as mail sorting equipment to be upgraded or repaired with a...

04/03/14 - 20140093124 - Mailboxes and mailbox systems enabling enhanced security and logistics, and/or associated methods
A system is presented that enhances mail security and logistics. The system in certain example embodiments provides image capturing units to capture images of both the user and the items being mailed and tracks the items while maintaining some identity of the individual mailing the item. The system can in...

03/13/14 - 20140072167 - Method of sorting mailpieces with recipient sorting
controlling the sorting machine so that it performs the additional sorting of said mailpieces on the basis of said unique mailpiece identifiers as reorganized into said classification established by the recipient....

02/20/14 - 20140050351 - Apparatus and method for receiving unmanned mail
Provided is an apparatus for receiving an unmanned mail capable of automatically acquiring the address information even though the user does not directly input the address information. The apparatus acquires address information of an addressee by automatically recognizing the address of the mail when the address is written on the...

11/21/13 - 20130308819 - System and method of detecting a blocked aperture in letter or flat mail image sensor
Embodiments include systems and methods of detecting a blocked aperture in an image device. In certain embodiments, the system and method is used in mail processing of letters and flats. In certain embodiments, the image sensor captures an image of the front of an item. If the aperture of the...

10/03/13 - 20130259296 - Address recognition device and address recognition system
An address recognition device includes a recognition information acquisition unit for acquiring information from deliverable pieces, a search unit for searching the positional information of the pieces received from the server, a correction coefficient storing unit for storing the positional information and a correction coefficient based on information acquired from...

08/22/13 - 20130216091 - System and method for automated address directory updating
A system and method for automated address directory updating. A method includes determining address information corresponding to a destination address for a parcel, the address information including a digitized address. The method includes determining if a previous address entry proposal, corresponding to the address information and having a counter, exists...

07/18/13 - 20130182886 - Remote recognition processing system and method
A computerized method for intelligently distributing computer processing of mail piece scan images across a plurality of mail piece scan image processors. The method can include receiving a mail piece scan image from a mail piece scan image job requestor and selecting one of a plurality of scan mail piece...

07/18/13 - 20130182887 - Electronic lockbox transaction processing
Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for electronically sorting and managing mail within an electronic lockbox are described. Mail may be routed from a mail delivery service to a first location. The mail may be scanned at the first location and information may be extracted from the envelopes and items...

04/18/13 - 20130094693 - Systems, methods, and computer program products for processing a package for shipping with a common carrier on a wireless computing device
Various embodiments of present invention provide systems, methods, and computer-program products containing executable code for processing a package for shipping with a common carrier. Various embodiments include a wireless computing device that may be one of several types of devices such as smartphones, mobile telephones, mobile computers, portable digital assistants,...

09/27/12 - 20120243728 - Bulk region of interest learning
A system and method for mail processing. A method includes receiving an image of a mail piece, and identifying multiple regions of interest of the image. The method includes determining a classification key for the image based on a plurality of relationships between the multiple regions of interest and identifying...

08/09/12 - 20120201416 - Method and apparatus for processing mail to obtain image data of contents
A method and apparatus for processing mail is provided. Mail is placed into an input bin having a conveyor that conveys the mail towards a feeder. The feeder serially feeds the envelopes by engaging the lead envelope in the stack of mail and displacing the lead envelope transverse the stack...

06/07/12 - 20120140979 - Word recognition apparatus, word recognition method, non-transitory computer readable medium storing word recognition program, and delivery item sorting apparatus
To improve the recognition accuracy even when a plurality of words including a matched portion are selected as candidates for recognition. A word recognition apparatus according to the present invention includes input means for inputting a word image representing a plurality of characters; word candidate selection means for recognizing the...

06/07/12 - 20120140980 - Image processing device, image processing method, sorter, and program
An image processing device of the present invention is an image processing device that reads an address of a piece of mail, comprising: a storage section that correlatively stores image data of the piece of mail containing an address region in which the address of said piece of mail is...

03/29/12 - 20120076352 - Method and system for dynamic speed control on a mail processing system
The present application relates to a mail processing system and related method containing dynamic speed control which uses real time and historical system parameters to dynamically control the cycle speed of an inserting or wrapping system to optimize system efficiency, and maximize throughput and performance. A document processing system with...

03/08/12 - 20120057744 - Article-processing device having a system for monitoring the quality of images of the articles in real time, a sorting machine, and a method
The invention also relates to a sorting machine including such a device, and to an inspection/monitoring method....

03/01/12 - 20120051587 - Mail exchange tracking and analysis
A system, method, and computer readable medium for mail analysis. A method includes receiving in a data processing system an image of a first mailpiece and associated machine-recognized data. The method includes comparing the machine-recognized data with a target list to determine a match with a target individual. The method...

01/12/12 - 20120008824 - Method of processing images, with the results of the processing being overlaid in the images
A method of processing digital images, in which method a digital image is taken of a mailpiece, which image includes certain information, and certain OCR processing is applied to said image for the purpose of recognizing said information using OCR, the method is characterized in that it further includes a...

12/08/11 - 20110299726 - Method and apparatus for inspecting whether a surface of an article is provided with a valuable document
A method and an apparatus inspect whether a surface of an article has a valuable document, in particular whether a piece of mail is provided with a franking mark. A computer-available image of the surface region to be examined is generated. An inspection determines whether the image contains an object...

12/01/11 - 20110293135 - Document processing system and method
A software tool referred to as a “mailman” monitors certain folders on a network for new scanned documents. A user places a stamp on a document, then uses a digital copier to store the scanned document to one of the monitored folders on the network. When the mailman sees a...

11/24/11 - 20110286626 - Virtual remote encoding system
Mail processing methods and systems. A method performed at a local delivery unit includes receiving an image of a mail item at the local delivery unit from an imaging and virtualization facility (IVF) that is geographically separated from the local delivery unit. The image and the mail item are associated...

10/27/11 - 20110262000 - Method, system and data structure for processing documents and kit for finding and reading markings on a document
A method for processing a document, including performing one or more processing steps with the document, such as printing, franking, assembling mail pieces, or opening received mail pieces. The method further includes defining a first possible location of a marking on a document; and searching a first part of a...

10/20/11 - 20110255737 - System for determining sorting information for mail
There is provided a system for determining sorting information for a mailpiece. An exemplary system comprises a control unit that is located in a first mail center. The control unit is configured to send reading requests based on received mailpiece images to a reading unit in which the sorting information...

09/29/11 - 20110235854 - Method and apparatus for transporting an article to be printed
A method and an apparatus transport an article of mail. During a first decision-making process, an image of the article is generated and evaluated to generate a first vector. Further, a transport attribute is measured and stored together with the first vector. The transport of the article is continued on...

09/22/11 - 20110228974 - Object ocr and location tagging systems
A handheld device is disclosed generating a tagged image of an indicator on an object. The tagged image may include an image of the indicator and a location associated with the object. A processor receives the tagged image and responds by performing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the image to...

08/25/11 - 20110206235 - Method and apparatus for processing envelopes containing documents to obtain images of the documents
A method and apparatus for processing mail is provided. Mail is placed into an input been having a conveyor that conveys the mail towards a feeder. The feeder serially feeds the envelopes to a cutter that severs the top edge of the envelopes. A transport conveys the envelopes from the...

07/28/11 - 20110182468 - Verification system and method in a document processing environment
A feeder control system and method are disclosed. The system includes a feeder information detector, and a feeder information leverager to provide integrity verification, system control and/or reporting. The method includes the steps of detecting feeder information, and leveraging the feeder information to provide integrity verification, system control and/or reporting....

06/23/11 - 20110150270 - Postal processing including voice training
System, methods, and apparatuses. A method includes receiving a voice input from a user, the voice input corresponding to printed information on a mail piece. The method includes performing a voice recognition process on the voice input to produce a voice address result, the voice recognition process using voice attributes...

04/21/11 - 20110091067 - Postal indicium detection method and postal indicium detection apparatus
According to one embodiment, a postal indicium detection method includes detecting whether or not one of a first face and a second face of a sheet corresponds to a picture card specific face, detecting a postal indicium candidate from the second face based on a first detection result indicating that...

02/10/11 - 20110033083 - System and method for automated address directory updating
A system and method for automated address directory updating. A method includes receiving a parcel having a destination address and determining address information from the destination address. The address information includes a digitized address and an address image. The method includes determining if a previous address entry proposal exists in...

11/25/10 - 20100296696 - Paper sheet processing apparatus and paper sheet processing method
In a sorting apparatus, an image on the paper sheet is read by a scanner, and from the read image on the paper sheet, characters of the destination information are recognized by a character recognition unit. If the address information included in the destination information as a character recognition result...

09/16/10 - 20100232642 - method of processing mailpieces, the method including graphically classifying signatures associated with the mailpieces
In a method of processing mailpieces, signatures are derived from images of the mailpieces and serve as identifiers for the mailpieces in the sorting process. The signatures are grouped together into signature categories or graphical classes on the basis of a certain criterion of graphical similitude so as to compute...

08/12/10 - 20100202655 - Method and apparatus for preparing mail pieces
For preparing a series of mail pieces using a mail preparation apparatus, a scanner (63) scans at least a portion of a first postal item (20, 25) and generates signals in accordance with scanned patterns. A control system (31) processes the signals from the scanner into image data representing an...

06/17/10 - 20100150398 - Multilingual acceptance information processing method and system based on image recognition
Provided is an image recognition-based multilingual acceptance information processing method and system. In the case of processing incoming mail, when a domestic address is written in a foreign language, it is converted into a correct native address written in a native language that is then mapped on an attached barcode...

05/06/10 - 20100111356 - Device and method for identifying mail items
A device for identifying mail items includes a memory for storing mail item information of a mail item and characteristic image features of the mail item. A control unit assigns the mail item information to image features that are recorded again. In order that the mail items can still be...

05/06/10 - 20100111357 - Method and system for tracking and processing items in personal mailbox
The present invention discloses a method and system to track and process the received postal items in their personal mailbox. The present invention resides inside the personal mailbox of a user. When mail item arrives in the mailbox, controller initiates the tiny robot arm to pick up the item and...

04/22/10 - 20100098291 - Methods and systems for object type identification
Method and system for identifying object type. In one embodiment, the method and systems of these teachings utilize a group of object measures and a decision algorithm in order to identify object type....

04/15/10 - 20100092029 - Linear image lift array for transported material
The subject matter presented herein relates to a method, system and program product for performing image capture of items. In particular the image capture occurs during transport of the items by a high-speed transport device. The image is captured by a linear array imaging sensor as a face of the...

04/08/10 - 20100086173 - Method and device for identifying objects
In a method and a device for identifying objects, a signature is generated for each object in a first step, including characteristic features of the object and the objects are collected into object groups. In a subsequent step, after the completion of the first step, a distinguishing condition is derived...

03/04/10 - 20100054532 - Apparatus for acquiring images of mailpieces bearing both fluorescent marks and marks in contrast
Image acquisition apparatus (1) for acquiring images of mailpieces (P), the apparatus comprising a housing (3) inside which the following are placed: a first camera (4) co-operating with a first lighting system (8) emitting light radiation at a certain wavelength suitable for exciting a fluorescent mark to acquire an image...

02/18/10 - 20100040256 - Mail piece identification using bin independent attributes
An attribute-based system and method for mail piece identification includes generating and storing, during a first mail sorting operation, a first set of attribute information that can include an image fingerprint derived from a portion of an image of the mail piece. Then, in a subsequent mail sorting operation, a...