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1. (WO2018164674) AUTOMATED POSTAL DELIVERY NOTIFICATION BASED ON GEOLOCATION
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CLAIMS

I claim:

1. An electronic notification system for mail delivery, the system comprising:

a set of geo-location data associated with a physical mailbox, stored in a first database operative on a first computing device, the set of geo-location data including:

a first mail-delivery boundary associated with the physical mailbox, the first mail- delivery boundary received from a user selection provided by an owner of the physical mailbox; and

a threshold dwell time associated with the physical mailbox;

an electronic account credential associated with the physical mailbox, stored in the first database, the electronic account credential including an electronic address of an electronic messaging service;

a GPS-enabled device for carrying by a postal worker delivering pieces of mail to the physical mailbox, and wherein the GPS-enabled device is configured with instructions to communicate its current location to the electronic notification system; and

a notification component, operating in a memory of the first computing device, in electronic communication with the GPS-enabled device, the notification component configured with instructions to:

detect a first transition across the first mail-delivery boundary by comparing the current location of the GPS-enabled device with the first mail-delivery boundary;

determine an actual dwell time of the postal worker device remaining geographically proximate to the first mail-delivery boundary;

compare the actual dwell time to the threshold dwell time;

generate an electronic delivery notification; and

send the electronic delivery notification to the electronic account based on the detected first transition and dwell time comparison.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the electronic delivery notification includes a pre-stored text-based message that includes a mail delivery address of the physical mailbox, and wherein the notification component is configured to send the electronic delivery notification upon the GPS-enabled device exiting a second mail-delivery boundary associated with the physical mailbox, the notification component further configured to:

activate an audible alert by the GPS-enabled device upon the GPS-enabled device exiting the second mail-delivery boundary associated with the physical mailbox.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the system includes a second set of geo-location data for a second physical mailbox, wherein a second mail-delivery boundary is associated in the first database with the second set of geo-location data of the second physical mailbox, and wherein the electronic delivery notification is sent in response to the current location of the GPS-enabled device crossing the second mail-delivery boundary associated with the second physical mailbox.

4. The system of claim 1, and wherein the system includes a pre-recorded audio-based message associated with the physical mailbox, wherein generating an electronic delivery notification includes appending a computer-generated audio representation of a current time to the pre-recorded audio-based message, and wherein sending the electronic delivery notification includes sending the appended audio-based message to the electronic account.

5. The system of claim 1, and wherein the system further comprises:

an image capturing component that is configured with instructions to:

capture electronic images of pieces of mail addressed to the physical mailbox;

perform optical character recognition (OCR) on the captured electronic images, via an electronic device having a camera, a processor and a memory configured within computer-executable instructions to perform the OCR; and

store text-based information based on the optical character recognition;

and wherein the notification component is further configured with instructions to match delivery information derived from the OCR with a delivery address of the physical mailbox;

and wherein generating the electronic delivery notification includes adding, to the electronic delivery notification, information derived from the captured electronic images of the pieces of mail addressed to the physical mailbox.

6. The system of claim 5, wherein the information derived from the captured electronic images includes a portion of the image captured corresponding to the physical pieces of mail delivered to the physical mailbox, and wherein the notification component is further configured with instructions to:

store a proof of residency associated with the physical mailbox; and

before sending the electronic delivery notification to the electronic account, confirm an appropriate delivery of mail by comparing the proof of residency with the information derived from the captured electronic images of the pieces of mail addressed to the physical mailbox.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the notification component is further configured to activate a visible, symbol-based alert by the device worn by the second postal worker.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the set of geo-location data includes a second mail-delivery boundary associated with the physical mailbox, the second mail-delivery boundary received from a user selection provided by a postal worker, and wherein the notification component is further configured with instructions to compare the current location of the GPS-enabled device with the second mail-delivery boundary, and wherein generating the electronic delivery notification is also based on the comparison of the currently location of the GPS-enabled device with the second mail-delivery boundary.

9. A method for providing an electronic notification associated with delivery of a physical piece of mail to a physical mailbox, the method comprising:

storing, in a server, an electronic account address associated with the physical mailbox;

storing a first numerical geo-based representation of a first boundary associated with the physical mailbox based on a received input from an owner of the physical mailbox;

storing a threshold dwell time associated with the physical mailbox;

determining a previous -in-time geo-location and a current geo-location of a device of a postal worker; determining whether the current geo-location of the device of the postal worker has crossed the first boundary and whether the device of the postal worker has dwelled more than the threshold dwell time proximate to the first numerical geo-based representation of the first boundary;

generating, by the server, the electronic notification; and

sending, by the server, the electronic notification to the electronic account address based on the said determining of the current geo-location having crossed the first boundary and the device dwelling more than the threshold dwell time proximate to the first numerical geo-based representation of the first boundary.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising storing a second numerical geo-based representation of a second boundary associated with the physical mailbox based on a received input from a first postal worker, and wherein the electronic notification is generated by the server after a successful determination that the device has crossed the first boundary, and crossed the second numerical geo-based representation of the second boundary associated with the physical mailbox within a predetermined time duration.

11. The method of claim 9, and wherein the method further comprises:

capturing images of pieces of physical mail addressed to the mailbox;

performing optical character recognition on the captured electronic images;

storing text-based information based on the optical character recognition;

matching delivery information derived from the character recognition with a delivery address of the mailbox; and

adding, to the electronic notification, information derived from the captured electronic images.

12. The method of claim 9, and wherein the method further comprises:

determining an average daily delivery time at which the physical piece of mail is delivered to the physical mailbox;

determining a current estimated time before crossing the first boundary, and wherein the electronic delivery notification is sent to the electronic account when the current estimated time is less than a pre-determined amount of time selected by the owner of the physical mailbox, and wherein the pre-determined amount of time is stored in the first database.