United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)

A smart lock box is described. One version of the lock box system has an locking mechanism that can secure a cover in the compartment. The system of locks comprises a receiver capable of receiving signals from devices used by users. The lock box also includes a processor configured to detect an access message from a signal received and a verification service that can verify that the access request was issued by an authorized entity and causes the locking mechanism to release after confirming that the access request was made by the authorized party. To identify which device that was used to gain access the property at a specific time, the open and closing events are recorded in a distributed ledger. In addition the smart lock box system utilizes the push notification feature that is based on the user’s GPS that informs property owners of the time to leave or return to their property.

A real-estate box is a padlock-shaped box that is placed at the entrance of a home that is up for sale. This box is used to store the keys for a residence and allows buyers and sellers to share it. It also helps keep the home secure.

The real estate lock boxes typically secured with an individual key, a security code, or an electronic swipe card. Some real estate locks boxes let owners know the time their home was entered.

Implementations of the present disclosure are generally directed to a smart lock box and methods for making use of it.

In general, the most innovative aspects of the subject discussed in this specification could be embodied in a lock box which has a locking mechanism that is designed to hold securely the cover over a compartment. The lock box is equipped with the capability to receive signals from devices used by users. A processor is also contained inside the lock box which can identify and verify the authenticity of an access message received from a device of a user.

The implementations may include one or more of the following features. Verifying that an authorized party provided the access message can include checking a digital signature within the access message. The access message is verified by comparing the time stamp to the current date. In a multi-party authentication process is used, the lock box could need two keys or more to be opened.

In general, the other inventive aspects of the subject matter described in this specification can be realized in methods that involve receiving a request to access the smart lock box via the user’s device. The methods also confirm that the user is authorized to gain access to the lockbox. The method consists of recording an entry in distributed ledger technology to indicate that the user has entered the box. The method also involves the process of sending the key to open the smart lockbox to the user.

In addition, the implementation could include any of the following options. Checking that the device has permission to access the lockbox may be done by verifying the appointment that has been made to view the home. The methods can include the decision to notify the owner of the lock box that the owner has the right to depart/return to a residence associated to the lock box and sending an email to the owner. The lock box can require keys that is a combination of two or more devices in order to be opened, as part of the quorum-based security technology.

Other applications of any of the above features include corresponding systems, apparatus and computer programs designed to execute the functions of the procedures, and stored on storage devices for computers. The present disclosure alsoprovides a computer-readable storage medium coupled to one or more processors, and having instructions stored therein that, when executed by the one or more processors trigger the processor to perform operations in accordance withimplementations of the methods provided herein. The present disclosure also offers an apparatus for implementing the techniques described herein. The system is comprised of one or more processors as well as an electronic medium that can be connected to one or more processors. The instructions, when executed by one processor or both processors, cause the processors to to perform operations in accordance with the implementations described in the present.

It is appreciated that aspects and features that are in accordance with the disclosed disclosure may include any combination of the aspects and features discussed herein. This means that features and aspects in conformity with the present disclosure do not limit themselves to combinations of features and aspects specifically described herein, but also comprise any combination of the features and aspects described herein.

The specifics of one or more implementations of the present disclosure are provided in the drawings accompanying them and the description below. Other features and advantages of the disclosed disclosure will be obvious from the description anddrawings, and from the claims.

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