TODAY’S PATENT – NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS ENABLING SELECTION OF ARRIVAL OR DEPARTURE TIMES OF TRACKED MOBILE THINGS IN RELATION TO LOCATIONS
The invention pertains to data communications, information, and messaging systems, specifically those that notify parties of travel status associated with one or more mobile things (MTs). The patent was filed by Scott A. Horstemeyer and granted by the USPTO on July 31st, 2012, with the serial number US8232899B2. This invention has significant applications in logistics and transportation, where the timely arrival or departure of mobile things is essential for efficient operations.
The disclosed method includes engaging in a communication session with a personal communications device, providing a selection of arrival or departure times in relation to a specific location during the session, and causing the mobile thing to arrive or depart from the location at the selected time. The system disclosed can be a computer system that is programmed to execute the method steps mentioned.
This technology can be implemented in a variety of settings, such as courier services, public transport, or supply chain management. The ability to monitor the travel status of mobile things and communicate that information to interested parties allows for better planning and coordination, leading to improved efficiency and reduced costs.