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NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS ENABLING A RESPONSE TO CAUSE CONNECTION BETWEEN A NOTIFIED PCD AND A DELIVERY OR PICKUP REPRESENTATIVE

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Inventor:

Scott A. Horstemeyer, Atlanta, GA (US)

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Assignee:

LegalView Assets, Limited, Tortola (VG)

EP

References Cited

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Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.c. 154(b) by 867 days.

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Appl. No.: 10/858,964

 

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Filed:

Jun. 2,2004

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Prior Publication Data

 

US 2004/0243430 Al

Dec. 2, 2004

 
 

Related U.S. Application Data

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Continuation of application No. 101706,591, filed on Nov. 12,2003, now Pat. No. 7,119,716.

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Provisional application No. 60/498,819, filed on Aug. 29, 2003, provisional application No. 60/486,768, filed on luI. 11, 2003, provisional application No. 60/473,949, filed on May 28,2003, provisional appli- cation No. 60/473,742, filed on May 28, 2003, provi- sional application No. 60/473,738, filed on May 28,

2003.

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Int. Cl.

G08G 11123

(2006.01)

 

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U.S. Cl.

340/994; 340/992; 340/928; 340/502; 340/504; 340/506; 340/539.11; 7011201; 701/204; 705/8; 705/9; 705/10

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Field of Classification Search

340/994,

340/992,928,502,504,506,539.11; 7011201, 7011204; 705/8,9, 10 See application file for complete search history.

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Primary Examiner-Tai T Nguyen (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP

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ABSTRACT

Systems and methods are disclosed for automated notifica- tion systems. A representative method, among others, can be summarized by the following steps: monitoring travel data in connection with a mobile thing that is destined to pickup or deliver an item at a stop location; causing initiation of a notification communication to a personal communications device based upon the travel data; and during the notification communication, enabling a party associated with the personal communications device to select whether or not to commu- nicate with a party having access to particulars of the pickup or delivery of items or services. A representative system, among others, comprises a computer or other automated sys- tem that is programmed or designed to perform the foregoing steps.

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223

V

+

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personal communications device so that the delivery or pickup task can be accomplished at least one
personal communications device so that the delivery or pickup task can be accomplished at least one
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to the dropoff location for ~ dropoff, based upon the identity of the pickup location, the
to the dropoff location for ~ dropoff, based upon the identity of the pickup location, the

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pickup or delivery based upon the
determined location
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plurality to travel to the location or a
different location for a pickup or
delivery at the location
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session between the system and the
personal communications device when
one or more user preferences criteria
relating to travel status of the selected
mobile thing have been satisfied.
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with a ) mobile thing in relation to a location or region Monitoring travel data associated
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with a ) mobile thing in relation to a location or region Monitoring travel data associated
with a ) mobile thing in relation to a location or region Monitoring travel data associated
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communications device in relation to the location or region Causing a notification communication to be initiated
communications device in relation to the location or region Causing a notification communication to be initiated
Causing a notification communication to be initiated to the personal communications device when the device

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to the personal communications device when the device is at or within a predetermined proximity of

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report indicating a proximity of the first
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10 RECIPIENTS OF NOTIFICATION MESSAGES 75h " BASE STATION CONTROL UNIT/S VEHICLE NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH
10
RECIPIENTS OF NOTIFICATION
MESSAGES
75h "
BASE STATION CONTROL
UNIT/S
VEHICLE NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH
NOTIFICATION MESSAGING
75a
40a
PERSON'S
75
TELEVISION
9 ~RSON'S
MOBILE PHONE
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PERSONAL OR
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75d
PERSON'
"
NETWORKED
COMPUTER
VEHICLE WITH ROUTE
OR STOP LIST
DEVICE
"THE JONES FAMILY,
PARTY OF 4 IS ARRIVING
IN 20 MINUTES, PLEASE
CONFIRM A RESERVATION
IF AVAILABLE BETWEEN
20 - 45 MINUTES FROM
THIS TIME?
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75
FIG. 21
40
75
COMMUNICATION OPTIONS COMMUNICATION THROUGH BSCU 40 COMMUNICATION DIRECT (NO BSCU) 405
COMMUNICATION OPTIONS
COMMUNICATION THROUGH BSCU
40
COMMUNICATION DIRECT (NO BSCU)
405
BOB JONES IS ARRIVING IN 20 MINUTES AT THE XYZ Italian Restaurant WILL YOU JOIN
BOB JONES IS ARRIVING IN 20 MINUTES
AT THE XYZ Italian Restaurant
WILL YOU JOIN THEM? PLEAS
RESPOND

75j

RESPONSE MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 4 MINUTES & 57 SECONDS
RESPONSE MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN
4 MINUTES & 57 SECONDS

75i

FIG. 22

RECIPIENTS OF NOTIFICATION MESSAGES 75h " PERSON'S 75g ~SON'S MOBILE PHONE 75e ~SON'S WIRELESS
RECIPIENTS OF
NOTIFICATION MESSAGES
75h "
PERSON'S
75g ~SON'S
MOBILE PHONE
75e
~SON'S
WIRELESS VIEWER
75d
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PERSON'S
NETWORKED COMPUTER
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PARTY OF 41S ARRIVING
IN 20 MINUTES, PLEASE
CONFIRM A RESERVATION
IF AVAILABLE BETWEEN
20 - 45 MINUTES FROM
THIS TIME?
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75

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PERSON'S 75d NETWORKED COMPUTER HAS RESPONSE OCCURRED? I------~, YES NOTIFICATION WAS RECEIVED AND YOU HAVE
PERSON'S
75d
NETWORKED COMPUTER
HAS RESPONSE OCCURRED? I------~,
YES
NOTIFICATION WAS
RECEIVED AND YOU HAVE
A CONFIRMED
RESERVATION AT 6:40PM
UNDER WHITE
PLEASE CHECK-IN UPON
NO
RESPONSE FAILURE
STATE BEEN
YES
NO
REACHED?
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454
453
AN ARRIVAL NOTIFICATION
WAS SELECTED FOR THE
XYZ ITALIAN RESTAURANT
PERSON'S
75k
IN·VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM
455
456
NO
457
NO
WHAT IS THE
RESPONSE
FAILURE
STATE?
448
XYZ Italian Restaurant "NotiHcatlon Was Received
And You Have A CONFIRMED RESERVATION AT 6:40PM
Under White, Please Check·ln Upon Arrival. Thank You.

FIG. 24

461

IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM UTILIZING TIME BEFORE/AFTER MESSAGE WAS SENT AS THE DEFAULT FOR RECIPIENTS TO RESPOND TO NOTIFICATION MESSAGES

Roclplentl 0' Notlflcatlon Messagos Must Respond Within (5 Minutes) Or Systom Will Not Except?
Roclplentl 0' Notlflcatlon Messagos Must Respond
Within (5 Minutes) Or Systom Will Not Except?

FIG.25A

463

IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM UTILIZING LOCATION AFTER MESSAGE WAS SENT AS THE DEFAULT FOR RECIPIENTS TO RESPOND TO NOTIFICATION MESSAGES

Roclplents of Notification Muuges Must Respond Boloro This Vehlclo Arrives At The Preset Location, Displayed
Roclplents of Notification Muuges Must Respond
Boloro This Vehlclo Arrives At The Preset Location,
Displayed On-Seraen?

FIG.25C

462

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IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM UTILIZING DISTANCE AFTER MESSAGE WAS SENT AS THE DEFAULT FOR RECIPIENTS TO RESPOND TO NOTIFICATION MESSAGES

Recipients of Notlflcallon Messages Must Respond Within (6 Miles) Or System Will Prompt For Acceptance?
Recipients of Notlflcallon Messages Must Respond
Within (6 Miles) Or System Will Prompt For
Acceptance?

FIG. 258

464

IN-VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM UTILIZING FIRST RESPONSE AFTER MESSAGE WAS SENT AS THE DEFAULT FOR RECIPIENTS TO RESPOND TO NOTIFICATION MESSAGES

The First Recipient To The NoUflcation Messages Will Be Excepted?
The First Recipient To The NoUflcation Messages
Will Be Excepted?

FIG. 250

15 RESPONSE NEEDED FOR (OS) TYPE STOPS? I 75c 478 OETERMINE IF RESPONSE HAS OCCURRED
15 RESPONSE NEEDED
FOR (OS) TYPE STOPS?
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75c
478
OETERMINE IF RESPONSE
HAS OCCURRED
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