Patent Number: 8,576,048

Title: Method for accessing a locked object

Abstract: A method for accessing a locked object. A first SMS message addressed to a short code and requesting access to the locked object is received by an Approval Authority computer and/or short code from one of a locked object and a requestor's wireless communication device. The Approval Authority computer determines whether to grant the requested access, and sends, back to one of the locked object and the requestor's wireless communication device, one of an access code for the locked object and a SMS reply containing the access code. If the requested access is granted, the Approval Authority also initiates billing the requestor a predetermined fee for the access.

Inventors: Kuenzi; Adam (Salem, OR), Quisling; Brian (Portland, OR), Hodroj; Ali (Beaverton, OR)

Assignee: GE Security, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 7/04 (20060101); H04W 4/00 (20090101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017