Patents Assigned to Arbitron Inc.
  • Publication number: 20150039321
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for reading ancillary code embedded into digital audio, where a processing device executes a decoder application that includes a decoder application interface that is communicatively coupled to a media player application within one or more frameworks of the processing device. As digital audio is received and sampled, the decoder application is configured to transform the digital audio from a time domain to a frequency domain and to process frequency characteristics to determine the presence of ancillary audio codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Neuhauser, John Stavropoulos, William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20140187268
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system, apparatus and method for monitoring media exposure data and correlating media exposure data to locations. Location data may be generated utilizing measurements of radio waves from WiFi and/or Bluetooth. Identification may also be transmitted when WiFi and/or Bluetooth transmission are received. As media is reproduced or received on/near a portable device, media exposure data is generated. Subsequent location data is monitored and processed to determine specific locations that may include commercial establishments. The locations are then correlated to the media exposure data to determine user actions related to media exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Jason Browne, Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendall Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsoz, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Publication number: 20140180674
    Abstract: System, apparatus and method for determining semantic information from audio, where incoming audio is sampled and processed to extract audio features, including temporal, spectral, harmonic and rhythmic features. The extracted audio features are compared to stored audio templates that include ranges and/or values for certain features and are tagged for specific ranges and/or values. The semantic information may be associated with audio signature data Extracted audio features that are most similar to one or more templates from the comparison are identified according to the tagged information. The tags are used to determine the semantic audio data that includes genre, instrumentation, style, acoustical dynamics, and emotive descriptor for the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Alan Neuhauser, John Stavropoulos
  • Publication number: 20140180673
    Abstract: System, apparatus and method for determining semantic information from audio, where incoming audio is sampled and processed to extract audio features, including temporal, spectral, harmonic and rhythmic features. The extracted audio features are compared to stored audio templates that include ranges and/or values for certain features and are tagged for specific ranges and/or values. Extracted audio features that are most similar to one or more templates from the comparison are identified according to the tagged information. The tags are used to determine the semantic audio data that includes genre, instrumentation, style, acoustical dynamics, and emotive descriptor for the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Alan Neuhauser, John Stavropoulos
  • Publication number: 20140180675
    Abstract: System, apparatus and method for determining semantic information from audio, where incoming audio is sampled and processed to extract audio features, including temporal, spectral, harmonic and rhythmic features. The extracted audio features are compared to stored audio templates that include ranges and/or values for certain features and are tagged for specific ranges and/or values. The semantic information may be associated with audio codes to determine changing characteristics of identified media during a time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Alan Neuhauser, John Stavropoulos
  • Patent number: 8731906
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for gathering research data that includes information pertaining to audio signals received on a portable device, such as a cell phone. Frequency domain data is received or produced, a signature is extracted from the frequency domain data and an ancillary code is read from the frequency domain data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventor: Alan R Neuhauser
  • Publication number: 20140111698
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for modifying operation of a media terminal device using characteristics of audio, wherein the characteristics may include ancillary code embedded in audio and/or audio signatures. When audio codes are read and/or signatures are extracted, they are processed to determine if they correspond to a predetermined characteristic that has a linked command. If correspondence is found, the command is executed to affect one or more operational layers of the media terminal device to modify at least one operational parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Publication number: 20140113557
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for modifying operation of a portable processing device configured to scan for wireless signals under a first scan rate. As wireless signals are received in the portable processing device, characteristics of the wireless signals are analyzed, and if the characteristics match one or more characteristics, the operation of the portable processing device is modified. Under one exemplary embodiment, the first scan rate is modified to a second scan rate, where the second scan rate being different from the first. Under another exemplary embodiment, monitoring capabilities in the portable processing device are activated or modified to collect research data on media data. The characteristics may include identification information or messages/commands that are transmitted wirelessly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Publication number: 20140114456
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for synchronizing devices that produce identifiable characteristics from audio media. A device receives audio and produces initial time data. Subsequent time data is received at a coupling interface from a portable device that has access to accurate time sources. The subsequent time data is processed to determine if it is more accurate than the initial time data. If so, the clock of the device is updated to reflect the second time data. The device then processes the audio media to generate at least one identifiable characteristic relating to the audio, which may include ancillary codes and/or audio signatures. The identifiable characteristics are then transmitted together with the subsequent time data for detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: John Stavropoulos, Anand Jain, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish, Alan Neuhauser
  • Publication number: 20130346149
    Abstract: Methods and systems for initiating participation of a user of a portable device (PUA) in a research operation using a respective one of a plurality of PUA's providing communication services pursuant to a single agreement with a communication service provider. Data identifying the PUA user is associated with data identifying a group of persons receiving communication services pursuant to the single agreement, and demographic data of the PUA user is associated with the data identifying the PUA user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventors: Alan R. Neuhauser, Vijoy K. Gopalakrishnan, Jack C. Crystal, Jack K. Zhang, Eugene L. Flanagan, III
  • Patent number: 8572640
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying and/or measuring usage of media data gathered at a user location using remote decoding and/or pattern matching techniques. A data set is formed based on the media data, which includes some, but not all, of the information represented by the media data. The data set is communicated to a remotely located processing system for detecting a code based on the data set and/or conducting a pattern matching process based on the data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Kolessar
  • Publication number: 20130262184
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system, apparatus and method for monitoring media exposure data and correlating media exposure data to locations. Location data may be generated utilizing measurements of radio waves from WiFi and/or Bluetooth. Identification may also be transmitted when WiFi and/or Bluetooth transmission are received. As media is reproduced or received on/near a portable device, media exposure data is generated. Subsequent location data is monitored and processed to determine specific locations that may include commercial establishments. The locations are then correlated to the media exposure data to determine user actions related to media exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 8538333
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for establishing media data exposure for a computer processing device, where media data received in the computer processing device. The computer processing device pairs itself with a plurality of portable computing devices using a Bluetooth connection when media data is received. A signal strength characteristic of the Bluetooth connection is established in the computer processing device for each of the paired plurality of portable computing devices. Each signal strength characteristic with the received media data is then established to determine which signal strength characteristic is the strongest when the media data was received in the computer processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, Wendell Lynch
  • Publication number: 20130232198
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an anonymous peer-to-peer (“P2P”) privacy panel for audience measurement is disclosed. A plurality of processing devices are configured to record and process research data pursuant to a research operation. Each of the users associated with each processing devices provide user data to a central site, where the user data includes demographic information, previous media exposure data, and other data. In accordance with user data, a customized P2P network is created where media exposure data including audio codes, signatures and data objects is obfuscated and communicate among portable devices in the network. By utilizing a P2P network, together with obfuscation techniques, panelist privacy is greatly increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventor: Michael Tenbrock
  • Patent number: 8527320
    Abstract: Methods and systems for initiating participation of a user of a portable device (PUA) in a research operation using a respective one of a plurality of PUA's providing communication services pursuant to a single agreement with a communication service provider. Data identifying the PUA user is associated with data identifying a group of persons receiving communication services pursuant to the single agreement; and demographic data of the PUA user is associated with the data identifying the PUA user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Arbitron, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan R. Neuhauser, Jack C. Crystal, Jack K. Zhang
  • Patent number: 8516500
    Abstract: An audience measurement system for gathering data reflecting usage of media data by a user by means of a user system. The user system preprocesses the gathered data into micro-level report objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Hebeler, Jr., Prasad V. Kunchakarra, Thomas L. Dietz, III
  • Publication number: 20130202128
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing portable device presence utilizing environmental ambient audio fingerprints. Portable devices provide media exposure data and environmental ambient fingerprints to a processing device, where the environmental ambient signatures provide at least one characteristic of the ambient audio surrounding each portable device. The environmental ambient signatures are then processed to determine if they match. Portable devices associated with matching signatures are identified. Ambient fingerprints may also be used to establish a logical location where media exposure took place. The ambient signatures are alternately combined with monitored data to provide more robust data sets for contextual processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON INC.
    Inventor: ARBITRON INC.
  • Publication number: 20130174231
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for securely transferring research data relating to media exposure data, such as radio, television, streaming media and the Internet. A plurality of portable computing devices seek and bond to a collector via Bluetooth in a specific area, such as a household. The collector authenticates itself with each of the portable computing devices and vice versa where the collector arranges a secure research data transfer session with each respective device using exchanged authentication files. As each secure session is made, each portable computing device transmits stored research data during the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON, INC.
    Inventors: John Stavropoulos, Anand Jain, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, Jason Bolles, William John McKenna, David Gish, Mark Richardson, Alan Neuhauser
  • Publication number: 20130157568
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for establishing media data exposure for a computer processing device, where media data received in the computer processing device. The computer processing device pairs itself with a plurality of portable computing devices using a Bluetooth connection when media data is received. A signal strength characteristic of the Bluetooth connection is established in the computer processing device for each of the paired plurality of portable computing devices. Each signal strength characteristic with the received media data is then established to determine which signal strength characteristic is the strongest when the media data was received in the computer processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Vladimir Kuznetso, Jack Crystal, Wendell Lynch
  • Publication number: 20130157563
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for establishing media data exposure, where a media device, such as a computer, radio, television and the like, receive media data and produces research data from it. The research data may be based on computer-based or computer network-based characteristics, ancillary codes or audio signatures. As the research data is being produced, an inductive coupling is sought for nearby portable computer devices. Once a portable computing device inductively couples to the media device, information is transferred, allowing a system to determine and/or verify that specific users were exposed to particular media data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ARBITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, Wendell Lynch