Multi-functional lockback with a global positioning system receiver and other features. Using an app that is operating on a mobile device a user may locate and access the lock box. The lock box is able to make use of geo-fencing in order to detect if the lock box that is being stolen.
Imagine that you’ve returned to your lounge chair and shade umbrella after strolling along the beach with your kids collecting sea shells. Your spouse isn’t at the bar yet, so you sit down to review your messages for a bit. Your bag is empty. The bag is empty. You dig deeper to retrieve your wallet and phone. You believe that you have them with your spouse, so you sit back and wait. Your spouse eventually approaches you, sat on her stomach and a look of anger on her face. Your little trip to the beach begins to unravel as your spouse approaches you with arms full of beverages and a look that smacks of anger on her face.
Similar situations occur everywhere in the world, on beaches or in parks, concerts, sporting events, theme parks, etc. The locations usually contain lockers that are able to be rented or used publicly or are accessible by pay-per-use. However, usually, these locker box banks are not easily accessible to the place where the person will be (i.e. In order to get items back the person has to go back and forth from the locker box to the current location. to look at his or her phone to check for messages, or to get an ID or cash to buy a drink and so on.). The place of the locker box is known by thieves, making them more attractive potential targets. A lock box or safe that can be moved, self-serviced and is open to the public is required.
The present invention focuses on an integrated lock back that incorporates a global position system receiver to monitor location as well as other features. A mobile application allows users to register and select an access pin. It also allows users to search for empty lock boxes, navigate or locate vacant locks, and then enable the use of the lockbox by pairing their mobile with the lockbox. Once the app is connected and activated, it is synced with the lockbox that is paired. The selected PIN is stored in a lock box that can be used in opening (and sometimes locking) the box. The user is able to enter the PIN to open the lock box, then place items within the lock box, and then shut and secure the box. Once the user is finished with the lock box, the user is able to open the lock box using the PIN, remove items from the box then close the box and unpair with the mobile device of the user. The following description and illustrations will provide additional information about the lock box and its mechanism.
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