Secure notification messaging with user option to communicate with delivery or pickup representative

  • US 9,373,261 B2
  • Filed: 03/02/2015
  • Issued: 06/21/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/28/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for an automated notification system, the method enabling secure communications, the method comprising:

  • enabling a first party associated with a personal communication device (PCD) to input or select authentication information for use in connection with a subsequent notification communication session involving advance notice of a delivery or pickup of a good or service at a stop location by a mobile thing (MT);

    storing the authentication information;

    monitoring location or travel information in connection with the MT;

    causing initiation of the notification communication session to the PCD, in advance of arrival of the MT at the stop location, based at least in part upon the location or travel information associated with the MT;

    during the notification communication session, providing the authentication information to the PCD that indicates to the first party that the notification communication session was initiated by an authorized source; and

    during the notification communication session, enabling the first party to select whether or not to communicate with a second party having access to particulars of the pickup or delivery.

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