Object delivery authentication

  • US 8,103,874 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2005
  • Issued: 01/24/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An object delivery authentication method comprising:

  • receiving by an object receiver comprising a hardware processor an object delivery information package from an object deliverer comprising a hardware processor over a call network during a communication between the object receiver and the object deliverer, wherein the object delivery information package comprises object information and object deliverer identity information associated with an object to be received by the object receiver;

    later, receiving by the object receiver, the object from the object deliverer;

    sending an authentication request of the object and/or the received object delivery information package from the object receiver to an authentication module, comprising a hardware processor, over at least one of the call network and an additional network; and

    authenticating, by the hardware processor of the authentication module, the object and/or the received object delivery information package received by the object receiver using the object information and object deliverer identity information, wherein the authentication comprises;

    comparing one or more entries in an authentication datastore in communication with the authentication module with at least one of (i) the object deliverer identity information and (ii) the object information;

    associating a secret with the object delivery information by the authentication module, the secret comprising a plurality of secret questions and a corresponding plurality of secret answers;

    sending the secret questions to the object deliverer by the authentication module;

    receiving answers to the secret questions by the authentication module from the object deliverer;

    determining whether the object and/or the object delivery information package is or is not authentic, based on whether the answers from the object deliverer match the secret answers and whether the number of matching secret answers provided are equal to or greater than a pre-selected minimum number, andwherein the authentication module provides an object key associated with the object and/or the object delivery information package to the object receiver after determining that the object is delivered by an authentic object deliverer.

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