System and method for accessing remotely located ZIP+4 zipcode database

  • US 5,341,505 A
  • Filed: 10/30/1990
  • Issued: 08/23/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A distributed computer system:

  • comprising;

    a plurality of end-user computers; and

    a first computer including a modem for receiving calls from said plurality of end-user computers, and a ZIP+4 database with query response means coupled to said modem for transmitting to said plurality of end-user computers ZIP+4 zipcode values retrieved from said ZIP+4 database in response to address information transmitted to said first computer via said modem;

    each of said plurality of end-user computers including;

    a modem for communicating with said first computer;

    address input means for receiving address information input by a user of each of said plurality of end-user computers and for storing said user input address information;

    remote zipcode retrieval means for transmitting said stored address information to said first computer via said modem, receiving ZIP+4 zipcode values from said first computer via said modem, and for storing and inserting said received ZIP+4 zipcode values into said stored address information;

    a printer;

    envelope printing means for directing said printer to print barcodes on envelopes, each said barcode representing one of said ZIP+4 zipcode values received from said first computer; and

    a keyboard with a multiplicity of keys for entering said address information;

    said address input means including means for displaying said stored address information in a predefined screen format and means for responding to a predefined single user command when said address input means is displaying said stored address information in said predefined screen format by invoking said remote zipcode retrieval means to call said first computer, to transmit said displayed address to said first computer, to receive in said each of said plurality of end-user computers a corresponding ZIP+4 zipcode value from said first computer, and to insert the received ZIP+4 zipcode value into said displayed address.

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