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Tue Dec 29 2020 21:15:06

Amazon Alliterates Problem of Parcel Pilferage in Patent

By: Ina Steiner

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In a patent filing, Amazon said "parcel pilferage is a pernicious and persistent problem," but it isn't fooling around. It proceeded to outline techniques to detect unauthorized removal of a parcel from a person's front step and potentially sound the alarm.

In the patent filing, Amazon wrote:

"Parcel carriers frequently leave parcels near the front door of a home when no one answers the door at the time of delivery. These parcels are vulnerable to theft, as they are often clearly visible from the street. This problem has only gotten worse with the proliferation of online commerce, and is particularly common around major holidays when many consumers do their holiday shopping online. 

"It would be advantageous, therefore, if the functionality of wireless A/V recording and communication devices could be leveraged to deter parcel theft and/or to identify and apprehend parcel thieves. It would also be advantageous if the functionality of wireless A/V recording and communication devices could be enhanced in one or more ways to deter parcel theft and/or to identify and apprehend parcel thieves."

Amazon is uniquely qualified to understand the problem of package theft: in a single transaction, Amazon can be the merchant (and payment processor), the shipping carrier, and the operator of the recipient's security system, such as a Ring doorbell.

Here's one way it conceived of determining whether the removal of a package from a drop-off position is authorized (assuming the homeowner has security cameras): determining whether a package is moving toward or away from the home once it's picked up:

"For example, when a parcel is left outside the front entrance of a home, the homeowner (or other occupant) will typically pick up the parcel and bring it inside the home. A parcel thief, by contrast, will typically pick up the parcel and carry it away from the home."

Have you ever had a package stolen? Are you skeptical when buyers complain of package theft?

And, can Amazon technology geeks crack the problem?

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 29 23:59:09 2020

What if the neighbor's dog comes by, pees on my porch and then proceed to snatch the package and carry it away from the home?  Can the geniuses at Amazon detect that?

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 30 06:43:31 2020

Yeah... no.. I would say 20% of actual theft reports are real.. the rest are scammers trying to get free stuff.

It's become common knowledge now to buyers.. make a false claim of missing package.. get free stuff.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Dec 30 21:39:17 2020

Technology already exists for this. RFID chips, like little eDye packs that can be geophysically tracked could be embedded in packaging or product. They have variable range, accuracy and duration parameters along with attendant cost factors to consider, but with an investment n infrastructure, the location of a given ‘item’ which can today be technologically determined with accuracy, could soon be done cheap enough to be feasible.

Coupled with what they seem to revealing as a likely approach to patent networking their recent ‘ringing’ acquisition for the same reported purpose, one can see them using that as their backbone with some minor mods to integrate RFID, perhaps making it all a ‘product’ in and of itself eventually? Why does the term ‘Orwellian’ come to mind though? Imagine all the marketable demographic data accompanying at the very least.

So, if AMZ (or whoever) wants to innovate theft (and fraud) deterrence for shipping, they will have to determine when R&D + Infrastructure + in-recoupable operations costs will be cheaper to bear than blanket claims fulfillment. Are they there yet?

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Thu Dec 31 01:54:28 2020

It is difficult to convince Amazon drivers to read and act on instructions to place packages inside on a porch or other covered area out of view and out of the rain.

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by: felyne This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 31 06:10:57 2020

They never ring the doorbell when they drop a pkg. I would never get a camera as they can be used w/o ur knowledge by police and Amazon itself, Go to the store and buy what u can. Support store owners. Amazon is part of the Great Reset, and is promoting forever masking and lockdowns via te World Economic Forum. It's on their website, go look it up. https://www.bitchute.com/video/ABnaEDv64IRH/

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Thu Dec 31 06:44:22 2020

@felyne
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by: Evenger This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 31 08:05:29 2020

Amazon is now going to police everyone?  LMFAO  In their dreams.  Technocrats trying so hard to take over under the guise of helping the little people.

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by: rfm This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 31 09:27:25 2020

What a joke, an alarm that tells us our package was stolen.  



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