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System and method for detection of errors in accounting for postal charges in controlled acceptance environment

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CA2267571A1
CA2267571A1 CA 2267571 CA2267571A CA2267571A1 CA 2267571 A1 CA2267571 A1 CA 2267571A1 CA 2267571 CA2267571 CA 2267571 CA 2267571 A CA2267571 A CA 2267571A CA 2267571 A1 CA2267571 A1 CA 2267571A1
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mail
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Leon A. Pintsov
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Pitney-Bowes Inc
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Abstract

A mail generation system and method includes means for processing data to generate mail piece information and first secure processing means for securely storing and encrypting mail piece information generated by the data processing means. Means are coupled to the data processing means for physically preparing mail pieces related to the generated mail piece information and for generating information related to the physical preparation of the mail. Second secure processing means securely store and encrypted information generated by the mail preparing means. Means sort the mail pieces and generate information related to the sorting and packaging of the mail pieces. Third secure processing means securely store and encrypt information generated by the mail sorting and packaging means. A part of the software program used to generate the mail piece information can be securely stored. Mail piece information to verify that the software program was employed to generate the mail piece information is encrypted.
CA 2267571 1998-03-31 1999-03-29 System and method for detection of errors in accounting for postal charges in controlled acceptance environment Active CA2267571C (en)

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