EP2078293A1 - Lock box system for depositing and retrieving objects and method for operating such a lock box system - Google Patents

Lock box system for depositing and retrieving objects and method for operating such a lock box system

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EP2078293A1
EP2078293A1 EP20070801652 EP07801652A EP2078293A1 EP 2078293 A1 EP2078293 A1 EP 2078293A1 EP 20070801652 EP20070801652 EP 20070801652 EP 07801652 A EP07801652 A EP 07801652A EP 2078293 A1 EP2078293 A1 EP 2078293A1
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compartment
dimensions
processing unit
data processing
data
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French (fr)
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Martin RÄSS
Steffen Frankenberg
Joachim Kunz
Christian Metzner
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Deutsche Post AG
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Priority to PCT/EP2007/007177 priority patent/WO2008043406A1/en
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/10Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for means for safe-keeping of property, left temporarily, e.g. by fastening the property
    • G07F17/12Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for means for safe-keeping of property, left temporarily, e.g. by fastening the property comprising lockable containers, e.g. for accepting clothes to be cleaned

Abstract

The invention relates to a lock box system (10) and a method for operating such a lock box system. A central reading device (40) of the system is provided for reading the information from RFID transponders (50) placed on the objects (51) to be deposited in the lock box system. This information at least contains data with respect to the dimensions of the respective object (51). A data processing unit (31) determines the boxes of the lock box system which are empty and in which the objects would fit on account of their size, and transmits the box identification to a control unit. The control unit generates control signals and transmits them to the closing means (21) of the respective boxes for opening the doors (22) of said boxes. The boxes open and a user of the lock box system can deposit the objects. The invention is particularly suitable for electronic parcel compartment systems for depositing and retrieving mail parcels.

Description

 Locker system for setting and picking up objects and method for operating the locker system

Description:

The invention relates to a locker system for setting and picking up items in / from compartments of the locker Anläge, each compartment has a closable by a closure means door. The closure means is connected to a control unit, which comprises means for controlling the closure means via control signals. The control unit is in turn connected to a data processing unit, and each compartment is assigned a unique compartment identification. From the data processing unit is retrievable in which subjects an object is, the dimensions of at least two of the subjects are different from each other and these dimensions of the compartments are stored in the data processing unit.

The invention further relates to a method for operating such a locker system.

Locker systems are known from the prior art, which use RFID technologies for various applications, for example, to identify items delivered to the locker system or to identify users of the locker system. Locker systems can be used, in particular, as electronic parcel compartment systems, to which users can have items sent, and then pick them up at a freely selectable time from the parcel compartment system. For example, objects such as Provide parcel shipments with RFID transponders to identify them in a parcel transport and parcel distribution system and track their transport path.

The RFID transponder on an object can also be used to capture specific information about the subject at a locker system. Upon delivery of an item to a locker system by a user, the item may be held, for example, in the area of a reading device via which the data from the

Transponders are read out. The data includes, for example, the owner of the item, the content or dimensions of the item. This data does not have to be manually recorded by the user at the locker system, but can be entered directly into a data processing system

Locker system read and processed in this. In addition, additional information can be generated and additionally stored in the RFID transponder.

For example, Japanese Patent Application Publication

JP 2005263471 A a locker system for the automated acceptance of luggage. Each piece of luggage is provided with an RFID tag which is detected by a locker scanner when the bag is placed in the equipment. The collected information is displayed on a screen of the equipment, and the weight of the item of baggage and the fees for storage are determined. The fees can be paid via a card payment and the additional generated data is written in the RFID transponder.

In addition, RFID transponders on items can be used to determine if an item is in a locked position. specialized system was delivered. For example, patent application US 2005/0068181 A1 discloses a locker system in which an active or passive RFID label is located in the area of each locker. If several subjects are used exclusively by one user, one can

Label assigned to the entire department. A servant delivering items to the locker has a reading device, such as a pocket watch, on his wrist. As soon as the employee places an article in a compartment, the label of the relevant compartment is located in the area of the reading device and the identification of the label is read out by the reading device. The reading device transmits the acquired information to a central data management unit, which can use the information to inform the recipient of the set item that a delivery has been set for him to pick up.

International patent application WO 2006/000016 A1 also discloses a system for monitoring locker systems in which a reading device for detecting RFID labels is located in each compartment. Objects set in the specialized installation are each provided with an RFID transponder, and the removal of an object from a compartment is determined by the fact that an RFID label in the region of a reading device can no longer be detected.

In particular, the international patent application WO 01/52199 A2 further discloses a locker system and a method for operating the system, in which a user not only by the input of alphanumeric characters, magnetic cards, bar codes or biometric data, but also by a Identify transponder chip on the system to set or pick up a shipment.

The use of RFID technologies in the area of locker systems thus simplifies delivery and pick-up processes and also makes it easy to collect data on a system. If mail items such as letters or parcels are provided with RFID transponders within a mailing system in order to be able to track their transport path, it is expedient to use the transponder even when such items are delivered to an electronic parcel box system. In the operation of electronic parcel compartment systems, the introduction of the items into the individual compartments of the system and the registration of the data belonging to each item by a deliverer represent a considerable time factor. This is especially the case when different parcels of different sizes and with or without COD to be delivered.

The object of the invention is therefore to provide a locker system with multiple subjects are set in the items and picked up again, the time required for the delivery of the items should be reduced. Furthermore, the error-free acquisition of data associated with the individual items should be improved upon delivery.

According to the invention this object is achieved by a locker system with the features of independent claim 1. Advantageous developments of the device will become apparent from the dependent claims 2-5. The object is further achieved by a method for operating the locker system according to claim 6 solved. Advantageous embodiments of the method will become apparent from the dependent claims 7-14.

The locker according to the invention is used for setting and picking up objects in or out of compartments of the locker system, each compartment has a closable by a closure means door. The closure means is connected to a control unit, which comprises means for controlling the closure means via control signals. The control unit in turn is connected to a data processing unit, each compartment being assigned a unique compartment identification. Furthermore, it can be called up by the data processing unit in which compartments an object is located, wherein the dimensions of at least two of the compartments are different from one another and these dimensions of the compartments are stored in the data processing unit.

According to the invention, the locker system comprises a central system reading device, which is connected to the data processing unit. The central system reading device has means for detecting at least one RFID transponder located in a defined environment of this reading device and means for reading out data from the RFID transponder. In this case, the data read out from the transponder contain at least the dimensions of the object to which the respective RFID transponder is assigned. The data processing unit also has means for receiving and processing the data read from the RFID transponder, wherein these means are designed such that based on the dimensions of an object determined from the RFID data and a query of the document states of the compartments of the locker system a free compartment can be determined, the dimensions of which are greater than the dimensions of the object. That one- processing unit comprises means for transmitting the compartment identification of the determined free compartment to the control unit, wherein the control unit comprises means for generating a control signal to the closure means for opening the door of the respective free compartment with the transmitted compartment identification.

In a preferred exemplary embodiment of the invention, the central system reading device comprises means for the simultaneous detection of a plurality of RFID transponders in a defined environment of this system reading device. The control unit in this case also comprises means for the simultaneous generation and / or transmission of a plurality of control signals to the closure means for opening the doors of the respective free compartments with the transmitted compartment identifications.

In a further embodiment of the invention, the control unit comprises means for sequentially generating and / or transmitting a plurality of control signals to the closing means for opening the doors of the respective free compartments with the transmitted compartment identifications.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, a specialist reading device is further arranged in at least one compartment of the locker system, comprising means for detecting an RFID transponder located in the compartment and for reading out data from the RFID transponder. The specialist reading device has means for transmitting the data read from the RFID transponder to the data processing unit, wherein the data processing unit comprises storage means for storing the data for the subject identification of the respective subject. The invention further comprises a method for operating a locker system in which objects are set in compartments of the locker system, wherein a control unit for opening the door of a compartment transmits a control signal to a closure means of the compartment. In a data processing unit, the dimensions of the respective compartment are also stored for subject identifications of the subjects.

According to the invention, at least one RFID transponder is detected in a defined environment of a system reading device, and data is read from the RFID transponder. The data read from the RFID transponder contain at least the dimensions of the object on which the RFID transponder is located. The data read from the RFID transponder are transmitted to the data processing unit. The data processing unit then determines the compartments of the locker system, in which there is no object and performs a comparison of the dimensions of the determined free compartments of the locker system with the read-out of the RFID transponder dimensions of the object. From this a free compartment of the locker system is determined with dimensions that are larger than the dimensions of the object.

In a next method step, the compartment identification of the determined free compartment is determined, and this is transmitted to the control unit. The control unit receives the tray identification and then generates a control signal. The control signal is transmitted to the closure means of the compartment with the received compartment identification, wherein the control signal triggers the opening of the compartment door. In a preferred embodiment, the central system reading device simultaneously detects several RFID transponders in a defined environment of this reading device and reads them out. The control unit also preferably simultaneously generates a plurality of control signals and / or simultaneously transmits these to the closure means for opening the doors of the relevant free compartments with the transmitted compartment identifications.

If the comparison of the dimensions of the article with the dimensions of the free compartments shows that no free compartment has dimensions larger than the dimensions of the object, the data processing unit preferably generates a signal which is transmitted from the data processing unit to a control unit of the locker system becomes. The signal can be converted, for example, by the operating unit on a display means into an optical and / or acoustic message.

In a further embodiment of the invention, the control unit preferably generates a plurality of control signals one after the other and / or transmits them successively to the closure means for opening the doors of the relevant free compartments with the transmitted compartment identifications. The order of the transmitted control signals is preferably dependent on the dimensions of the compartments. For example, a control signal is communicated to a compartment of smaller dimensions before a control signal is transmitted to a compartment having proportionally larger dimensions.

In a preferred embodiment, the method according to the invention further provides for a specialist reading device to be stored in at least one compartment of the locker system. ge detects an RFID transponder located in the compartment and reads out data from the RFID transponder. The specialized reading device transmits the data read from the RFID transponder to the data processing unit, wherein the data processing unit stores the data in a storage means for the compartment identification of the relevant compartment.

The invention has the advantage that information relating to objects can be detected quickly and without errors at a locker system. In particular, the stored in an RFID transponder dimensions of an object to be set in a locker system can be used to determine free subjects in which the respective object fits into it. If the transponders of the objects are detected at the same time, a user of the system can quickly open all the compartments required for the setting.

If an embodiment of a locker system is selected in which there is a further reading device for reading in RFID data in each compartment, this has the advantage that the document state of the compartments can be called up at any time. Furthermore, data from RFID transponders of objects that have already been assigned to a compartment and set in it can be selectively read out via the specialist reading devices.

Another advantage of the invention is that business customers can insert multiple shipments in a tray, this being recognized by the system and the input is omitted by the deliverer. Thus, one also ensures that upon delivery by the customer a proof of delivery can be generated on all shipments from a compartment. Furthermore, together belonging programs (so-called Kolli broadcasts) can be set by the automatic detection in the subject together, and also spent on collection together.

Further advantages, features and expedient developments of the invention will become apparent from the dependent claims and the following description of preferred embodiments with reference to the drawings.

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Fig. 1 shows an embodiment of an inventive

Locker system for setting and picking up objects;

2 shows an embodiment of an operating unit of a locker system according to the invention; and

Fig. 3 is a schematic representation of an embodiment of the method according to the invention for operating a locker system.

The locker system shown in FIG. 1 represents a preferred embodiment of the locker system according to the invention, on which the essential features of the invention and further possible embodiments are explained.

The locker system 10 comprises a plurality of compartments 20, each of which can be closed with a door 22. The doors may be, for example, conventional flaps that can be manually swiveled by an operator. Furthermore, these may be doors in which a normally electro- Ronic control of a mechanism that automatically opens and closes the compartment door without requiring an operator to operate manually.

A compartment door 22 usually has a closure means 21 with which the compartment can be closed against unauthorized access. In Fig. 1, these closure means 21 are arranged on the doors for ease of illustration. However, the essential part of the closure means may also be located on the compartment body itself, so that a door, for example, only engages in a closure means of the compartment or is released from this again. The closure means may, for example, have springs which allow a compartment door to swing open automatically as soon as the closure means receives the signal for opening a compartment from a control unit. The compartment door can then be pressed against the spring force again, for example by an operator.

Preferably, the locker system 10 includes several compartments of different sizes. In FIG. 1, three different compartment sizes are shown by way of example, however, other size variants may also be provided. The dimensions of the compartments can vary as desired, so that not only the width or height, but also the depth of a compartment can be designed differently.

The locker system also has an operating unit 60, are handled with the delivery and pickup operations on the system. The operating unit preferably comprises a display means such as a screen and means for acquiring information at the locker system. The screen is used to communicate with users of the locker system. For example, to capture information, keyboards, Touchscreens, barcode scanners or other readers are used. Further, an operator can be displayed on the screen, for example, document states of individual subjects and / or messages.

The operating unit is connected to a data processing unit 31, as shown schematically in FIG. 2. The data processing unit processes the information received from the operating unit and also provides information that is to be forwarded via the operating unit to a user of the locker system. By way of example, the access rights of users who enter an access code on the operating unit or insert an ID card are checked by the data processing unit.

Preferably in the region of the operating unit 60, a central system reading device 40 is arranged, which comprises means for detecting and reading RFID transponders in a defined environment of the system reading device 40. The

System reading device for this purpose comprises at least one antenna and a circuit for transmitting and receiving data. If the locker system is used, for example, as a parcel compartment system for setting and picking up parcels, RFID transponders 50 are present on the parcel consignments 51, which are delivered via the parcel compartment system.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a method of reading and storing data on a transponder contactlessly and without visual contact. An RFID system includes as a component a transponder, which may also be referred to as an RFID tag, chip, tag or label. It can be both active as also passive transponders are used. Another necessary component is a transceiver unit, which is also referred to as a reader or reader. The data transmission between transponder and read-receive unit takes place by means of electromagnetic waves.

A transponder basically has at least one antenna, a microchip and a memory. The memory can be a rewriteable memory, in which information can be repeatedly stored. A reader also has at least one antenna and a circuit for receiving and transmitting data. In RFID communication, the reader generates an electromagnetic field which receives the antenna of the transponder. In the vicinity of the electromagnetic field, an induction current is generated in the antenna coil of the transponder, which activates the microchip of the RFID transponder. When the microchip is activated, it receives commands and can transmit its identification number or other data requested by the reader.

The use of RFID transponders for characterizing parcels has the advantage that the parcel can be assigned various data and stored in the transponder without having to appear in plain text or, for example, as a barcode on the parcel. The information can be read out at various stations on the transport and distribution path of a parcel shipment, wherein data can also be deleted and / or supplemented. In the area of the marking of parcels, preferably passive transponders without their own energy supply are used. The RFID transponder may be integrated into the package of the parcel shipment or may be in a label that is applied to the parcel. A label with. RFID transponder can also be purchased and printed at the parcel compartment system. The data of the registered customer will automatically be taken over as sender data. Data can be stored in the transponder by the sender of the parcel shipment itself or by a transport and delivery company which delivers the parcel shipment to a parcel deposit box facility.

In an RFID transponder of a parcel shipment, for example, the sender and the recipient of a shipment can be deposited. Furthermore, it is expedient to deposit an identification with which the consignment can be uniquely identified in the package transport and parcel distribution system. The identification results in particular possibilities for tracking the parcel shipment from the sender to the recipient.

Preferably, the approximate dimensions of the shipment are also stored in the RFID transponder 50. The dimensions of parcels vary widely depending on the type of packaging the consignor chooses. However, in order to be able to assign the shipment to a shipping fee, the dimensions can usually be classified into certain size ranges, according to which the shipping fee is based. In addition to the dimensions, the weight of the consignment also flows into the calculation so that the weight can also be stored in the RFID transponder. However, the weight is usually not crucial for the selection of a suitable compartment of a locker system. The system reading device 40 is arranged such that a plurality of transponders of a plurality of parcels, which are positioned by a deliverer in the vicinity of a parcel compartment system 10, can be detected and read out at the same time, preferably by a pulse detection. The system reading device 40 thus does not have to be located directly on or in the operating unit 60, if it is arranged so that it has disadvantages in the transponder detection. The system reading device 40 should expediently be positioned so that reliable detection of transponders is ensured.

If a delivery person usually drives a parcel compartment system with a hand cart on which all the parcels provided for the parcel compartment system are located, the system reading device is expediently arranged such that all parcel shipments can be detected at the height of the loading area of the hand car. In another embodiment of the invention, the items can be parked by the deliverer on a specially designated area, on which the system reading device is aligned. For example, a kind of drawer or tray can be pulled out of the operating unit 60, on which the items can be placed.

In a further embodiment of the invention, the delivery service vehicle drives the parcel compartment system with its delivery vehicle, and the parcel compartment system recognizes by an RFID tag mounted on or in the delivery vehicle that it is a delivery service and activates the reading device. Without the deliverer having to remove the consignments from the vehicle, the RFID reading device reads out the number and size of the consignments and prepares the loading process. After one- If the PIN were given by the delivery agent, the loading process is started directly, ie the number of compartments in the required size for the parcel compartment system is opened.

The essential steps of the method according to the invention are shown in the flowchart in FIG. Before commissioning the parcel compartment system, the dimensions of the individual compartments must be assigned to the compartment identifications of the compartments. Advantageously, the width, height and depth of a compartment are taken into account and stored in the data processing unit 31.

If a delivery person brings parcel dispatches close to a parcel compartment system, the system reading device 40 recognizes one or more RFID transponders in a defined environment of the reading device and reads out the data stored in the transponders. The data read out include at least the dimensions of the individual parcel consignments. For a further acquisition and processing of transponder data, for example, the identification of the respective

Transponder or object. The system reading device transmits this data to a data processing unit 31, as shown schematically in FIG. 2. The data processing unit then determines the free compartments of the locker system in which each individual parcel shipment fits in due to their dimensions.

The free compartments of the locker system 10 can be determined by the data processing unit 31 in various ways. For example, the current document states of all subjects can be stored in the data processing unit. If a package is set in a tray, the tray is noted as busy. If the shipment is withdrawn, is the subject's status has been changed accordingly and the subject is considered free. The document states of the individual compartments can be stored in the data processing unit 31 of the parcel compartment system 10 or in a remote central data processing unit and queried there.

In a further embodiment of the invention, in each compartment of the parcel compartment system there is in each case a further compartment reading device 23, which consists of at least one antenna. Each antenna is connected to a reader. Another reader is located for example in a control cabinet of the locker system. Between the antennas of the compartments and the central reader in the control cabinet, a selection switching network is connected, which can also be referred to as a multiplexer. By the switching arrangement can be determined from which compartment signals from transponders come. The switching network makes it possible to read several compartments with a central reader.

The bin reading devices 23 can be used to actively determine the current document states of the compartments of the locker system at any time by sending radio waves from the antenna of a compartment. Thus, information can be read on command, if there is a parcel shipment with a corresponding transponder in a compartment. The transponder receives the signal and in return sends the information stored in the transponder to the antenna of the compartment and thus to the central reader.

Once the dimensions of several parcels to be set in a parcel deposit box have been determined by the data processing unit 31, thus an active Querying the document states of the subjects on the individual subject reading devices done.

There is also the possibility that the document status of a compartment is detected when changes occur in the specialized state. This occurs, for example, when a tray is opened and closed again. Preferably, when closing a compartment, the antenna of the compartment sends out a signal, and if a transponder can be detected and read in the compartment, the compartment is noted as occupied. Can not

Transponder are recorded, the subject is considered free. The document status can be stored in the data processing unit and queried there.

Furthermore, cyclical queries of the document statuses are possible. There are thus various possibilities for determining the document states of the subjects of a locker system. In any case, the document statuses can be used by the data processing unit 31 to determine free bins of a size into which the parcels to be adjusted fit in due to their dimensions.

Each compartment preferably has a unique compartment identification and the identification of the dimensions of the subject are assigned. The assignments of the compartment identification to the dimensions are stored in the data processing unit 31. By means of a comparison of the dimensions of the parcels with the dimensions of the free compartments, the data processing unit determines the necessary compartments for setting the parcels. In this case, an algorithm stored in the data processing unit preferably always determines the smallest possible compartment into which a transmission can be set. Lies for a parcel shipment If there is no free compartment of suitable dimensions, this will be indicated on the screen to the deliverer.

The compartment identifications of the free compartments, into which the parcel shipments can be set, are transmitted from the data processing unit 31 to a control unit 30, as shown schematically in FIG. Together with the identifications, a command for opening compartments is expediently transmitted to the control unit. The control unit is designed such that it controls the closure means of the compartments by control signals and thus activates the opening and closing of locks.

Once the control unit from the data processing unit one or more subject identifications and the command to

Opening these trays, it generates and sends the necessary control signals to the trays with these tray identifications. The generation or transmission of the control signals can take place simultaneously or sequentially.

With a simultaneous transmission of the control signals, all controlled subjects open at the same time and the deliverer can sequentially stop all programs. In a successive transmission of control signals to the closure means of the compartment doors, the subjects open one after the other and the deliverer can also set all programs one after the other. The deliverer must recognize which subjects are sufficiently large and stops the programs according to his assessment. It can also be provided that certain subjects have already been assigned to the programs by the data processing unit and the delivery person is notified of this assignment, so that he can set the programs in a targeted manner. However, this is necessary lent that the delivery person an identification of each shipment is displayed, which he can take the shipment.

For example, it may be provided that a clear identification is attached to a transponder label, which identifies the shipment for the deliverer. These can be numbers or letters that can be read by the deliverer. The identification is likewise stored in the RFID transponder of the object and is read out by the system reading device. If the data processing unit 31 has determined a free tray of sufficient size for a shipment, the label is assigned to the tray and can be displayed to the deliverer.

For example, the label may be displayed to the deliverer on the selected tray on a display. It is also possible to display on the screen of the control unit 60 a graphical representation of all compartments of the Paketfachan- plant and to display each tray the label of the parcel shipment, which fits into the relevant compartment and thus should be set there.

In the successive opening of compartments, it may further be provided that the compartments open in the order of their size, so that the deliverer can also select and set the parcels in the order of their size. For example, it is expedient to open the smallest compartments first, so that the adjuster sets the smallest parcel shipments in order. Thereafter, each of the compartments of the next size are opened. This order of opening is particularly useful when parcel shipments are received from a delivery agent. already stacked to be transported to a parcel compartment facility and the stack usually provides for smaller parcels to be stacked on larger parcels.

In a further embodiment of the invention, although a simultaneous detection of the RFID transponder of several parcels is carried out, the deliverer must then again detect identifications or identifications of the individual transmissions. For example, the identifications of the transmissions are assigned by the data processing unit 31 free compartments, in which the broadcasts fit in due to their dimensions. However, the subjects are not opened immediately. The deliverer must re-record the parcels, for example via the RFID transponder or a supplementary barcode, and only then does the compartment assigned to the parcel open.

In a further exemplary embodiment of the invention, the system reading device 40 detects only one RFID transponder of a parcel shipment, and the delivery service then opens the appropriate compartment for the parcel. The data read from the transponder can be stored directly to the compartment, and the deliverer only has to stop the program.

In order to ensure that only really set programs are noted as discontinued, it has proved expedient that the setting is confirmed. This can be done for example by the re-detection of the transponder of the shipment by a tray reading device 23 or by pressing a confirmation button by the deliverer. In one embodiment of the invention not only objects with an RFID transponder can be set at a locker system, but the setting of broadcasts with other markings is also possible. If a locker system, for example, of several

Transport and delivery companies, the different companies may provide different markings for their consignments. In order to be able to set any type of consignment, the locker system can be provided, for example, with a barcode scanner, via which data of consignments can be detected if a consignment has a barcode but no RFID transponder.

Additional barcode scanners can also be used to record and set shipments in case of a technical defect of a transponder or a reader.

Furthermore, the RFID technology can be combined with a consignment note, in which data has already been notified about items to be set to the parcel compartment system. At the parcel compartment system, these data are assigned to the shipments equipped with RFID tags and the shipments are subsequently set.

List of reference numbers:

10 locker system, parcel compartment system

20 compartment 21 locking means, lock

22 compartment door

23 reading device

30 control unit

31 Data processing unit 32 Memory means, memory

40 system reading device

50 RFID tag, transponder

51 Item, Mailing, Package 60 Operating unit

Claims

Claims:
1. Locker system for setting and picking up items in / from compartments of the locker system (10), each compartment having a closable by a closure means door, and this closure means is connected to a control unit (30), the means for controlling the closure means via control signals and the control unit (30) is connected to a data processing unit (31), each compartment being assigned a unique compartment identification and being retrievable by the data processing unit (31) in which there is an object, the dimensions being at least two the compartments are different from one another and these dimensions of the compartments are stored in the data processing unit (31), characterized in that the locker system (10) comprises a central system reading device (40),
 which is connected to the data processing unit (31), wherein the central system reading device (40) comprises means for detecting at least one RFID transponder (50) located in a defined environment of this reading device (40) and for reading out data from the RFID Transponder (50), and the data read from an RFID transponder (50) contain at least the dimensions of the object (51) to which the respective RFID transponder (50) is associated, and in that the data processing unit (31) comprises means for receiving and processing the data read from the RFID transponder (50), wherein these means are designed such that based on the dimensions of an object (51) determined from the RFID data and a query of the document states of the compartments of the locker system (10) a free compartment can be determined
 the dimensions of which are greater than the dimensions of the object (51), and in that the data processing unit (31) comprises means for communicating the compartment identification of the detected free compartment to the control unit (30), the control unit (30) comprising means for generating a control signal to the closure means (21) for opening the door (22) of the respective free compartment (20) with the transmitted compartment identification.
2. Locker system according to claim 1, characterized in that the central system reading device (40) comprises means for simultaneously detecting a plurality of RFID transponders in a defined environment of this system reading device (40).
3. Locker system according to claim 2, characterized in that the control unit (30) comprises means for the simultaneous generation and / or transmission of a plurality of control signals to the closure means for opening the doors of the respective free subjects with the transmitted FachIdentifikationen.
4. Locker system according to claim 2, characterized in that the control unit (30) comprises means for successively generating and / or transmitting a plurality of control signals to the closure means for opening the doors of the respective free compartments with the transmitted specialist identifications.
5. Locker according to one or more of the preceding claims 1 to 4, dadur ch gekenn zeic hne t, that in at least one compartment (20) of the locker system (10) a shelf reading device (23) is arranged, the means for detecting a in comprising the compartment (20) RFID transponder and for reading data from the RFID transponder, and that the subject reading device (23) comprises means for transmitting the data read from the RFID transponder data to the data processing unit (31), wherein the data processing unit (31) memory means (32) for storing the data for the subject identification of the subject concerned (20).
6. A method for operating a locker system (10), are set in the subjects in the locker system (10), wherein a control unit (20) for opening the door (22) of a compartment (20) a control signal to a closure means (21) of the compartment (20), and in which the dimensions of the respective compartment are stored in a data processing unit (31) for compartment identifications of the compartments, can be identified by the following steps: detecting at least one RFID transponder (50) in a defined environment System reading device (40) and reading out data from the RFID transponder (40), wherein the data read from the RFID transponder (40) contain at least the dimensions of the object (51) on which the RFID transponder (40 ) is located;
Transmitting the data read from the RFID transponder (50) to the data processing unit (31); Determining the subjects of the safe deposit box system (10), in which there is no object, by the data processing unit (31);
Carrying out a comparison of the dimensions of the determined free compartments of the locker system (10) with the dimensions of the object (51) read from the RFID transponder (50), and determining a free compartment (20) of the locker system (10) with dimensions which are greater are calculated as the dimensions of the object (51), by the data processing unit (30);
Determining the compartment identification of the identified free compartment (20) and transmitting this compartment identification to the control unit (30); Receiving the compartment identification by the control unit (30);
Generation of a control signal and transmission of the control signal to the closure means (21) of the compartment (20) with the received compartment identification by the control unit (30), wherein the control signal triggers the opening of the compartment door (22).
7. Method according to Claim 6, characterized in that the central system reading device (40) simultaneously detects and / or reads a plurality of RFID transponders in a defined environment of this reading device (40).
8. The method according to claim 7, characterized in that the control unit (30) simultaneously generates a plurality of control signals and / or transmits them to the closure means for opening the doors of the relevant free compartments with the transmitted compartment identifications.
9. The method according to claim 7, characterized in that the control unit (30) successively generates a plurality of control signals and / or transmits them to the closure means for opening the doors of the relevant free compartments with the transmitted specialist identifications.
10. The method according to claim 9, wherein the control unit transmits control signals to free compartments, the sequence of the transmitted control signals being dependent on the dimensions of the compartments.
11. The method of claim 10, further comprising: transmitting a control signal to a smaller sized compartment prior to transmitting a control signal to a compartment having relatively larger dimensions.
12. Method according to one or more of the preceding claims 6 to 11, characterized in that a specialist reading device (23) in at least one compartment (20) of the locker system (10) has an RFID located in the compartment (20) Recognizes transponder and reads data from the RFID transponder, and that the subject reading device (23) the data read from the RFID transponder data to the data processing unit (31), wherein the data processing unit (31) the data in a memory means (32 ) stores the subject identification of the relevant subject (20).
13. The method according to one or more of the preceding claims 6 to 12, characterized in that the data processing unit (31) generates a signal if the comparison of the dimensions of the object (51) with the dimensions of the free compartments shows that no free compartment has dimensions that are larger than the dimensions of the object (51), and that the signal from the data processing unit (31) to a control unit (60) of the safe deposit box (10) is transmitted.
14. The method according to claim 13, characterized in that the signal is converted by the operating unit (60) on a display means into an optical and / or acoustic message.
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