* Fast, reduced cost home deliveries in the internet shopping age
Internet shopping is booming.
The appeal is convenience; you order your goods over the internet and get them
delivered to your door.
In principle, the problem can be solved by having a secure box or locked porch
that the delivery team have access to.
1792 Technology solves all of these problems.
Fig. 1. The 1792 cardboard key is designed to operate a range of locks. The essential design features would be agreed by by major lock manufactories in a pre-competitive collaboration. The options illustrated are only suggestions.
The action of opening any 1792 compatible lock would destroy the key, leaving half of it inside the lock.
Fig. 2. The "signed" stub provides the delivery company with proof of delivery. Punched holes and printed signature codes are just two of the options lock manufacturers could agree on.
Once a common key design has been agreed, the rest is up to the market. Here's
three examples of market segments:
* Technophobe living in a house with an external porch door.
* Regular computer user who is at ease with modern technology.
1792 Technology - Fraudulent Keys
Simple mechanical versions of the lock could be set to open once only, before the customer removes their goods. So, if a thief breaks into the storage container using a copied key, they will find it empty.
versions of the lock, linked to home computers would be immune to the forgery
problem, because the operating software could be designed to generate a fresh
security number for each home delivery at the same address.
Why is it called "1792 Technology"?
1792 locks include a Guillotine to chop the keys in two. The Guillotine was invented during the French Revolution in 1792 by Dr. Guillotine.
1792 Lock & Key Technology is a joint Bill Courtney/Richard Klee invention.
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