Patents Assigned to FLIR Belgium BVBA
  • Patent number: 10444349
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide waypoint sharing with respect to sonar imagery for mobile structures. A waypoint sharing system includes a portable electronic device with a display, a communications module, and a logic device configured to receive a waypoint database from a sonar system user interface or a waypoint server over a wireless communication link, receive user input to adjust at least a portion of the waypoint database, and provide the adjusted waypoint database to the sonar system user interface or the waypoint server over the wireless communication link. The sonar system user interface is configured to provide a waypoint database to the portable electronic device or the waypoint server over the wireless communication ink, receive the adjusted waypoint database from the device or the server over the wireless communication link, and render at least a portion of the adjusted waypoint database on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10431099
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to generate image data based on avoidance areas for mobile targets and/or mobile structures. A collision avoidance system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a ranging sensor and/or a speed, position, and/or orientation sensor (SPOS) mounted to a mobile structure. The logic device may be configured to determine a projected course for a mobile target detected by the ranging sensor. The system may determine one or more avoidance areas based, at least in part, on the projected course for the mobile target and a speed, position, and/or orientation of the mobile structure detected by the SPOS. The system may generate image data based, at least in part, on the projected course, the one or more avoidance areas, and the detected orientation and/or position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Peter A. Stewart, John Wellbelove, Mark Rivers
  • Patent number: 10338800
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to generate navigational imagery to help users pilot and/or otherwise operate mobile structures. A pilot display system includes one or more logic devices configured to communicate with various sensors, such as a ranging sensor and a speed, position, and/or orientation sensor (SPOS) mounted to a mobile structure, and one or more user interfaces, which may include one or more displays. At least one user interface is in proximity to a mobile structure and/or a user of a mobile structure and is configured to receive user input and provide user feedback with respect to a mobile structure. The logic devices are configured to render a reference icon on a display substantially statically relative to the display, to receive user selection of a target icon, and to render a target dialog substantially statically relative to the selected target icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Rivers, Mark Garland
  • Patent number: 10338195
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide networkable sonar systems for mobile structures. A networkable sonar system includes a transducer module and associated sonar electronics and optionally orientation and/or position sensors and/or other sensors disposed substantially within the housing of a sonar transducer assembly, which is coupled to one or more user interfaces and/or other sonar systems over an Ethernet connection. The sonar transducer assembly may be configured to support and protect the transducer module and the sonar electronics and sensors, to physically and/or adjustably couple to a mobile structure, and/or to provide a simplified interface to other systems coupled to the mobile structure. Resulting sonar data and/or imagery may be transmitted over the Ethernet connection and displayed to a user and/or used to adjust various operational systems of the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Stokes, Matthieu Maindrou, Paul S. Chittenden
  • Patent number: 10192540
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide coordinated route distribution for one or more mobile structures. A coordinated route distribution system includes a route generator and/or distribution server and various route retrievers, each of which are used in conjunction with operation of corresponding coordinated mobile structures to retrieve routes from the route generator and/or distribution server. The route retriever includes and/or is configured to communicate with a logic device, a memory, one or more sensors, one or more actuators/controllers, and modules to interface with users, sensors, actuators, and/or other modules of a mobile structure. The logic device is adapted to receive the routes and/or directional data corresponding to the mobile structure and adjust a directional control signal provided to an actuator of the mobile structure accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Samuel B. Clarke, Thomas A. Green, Steve Crane
  • Patent number: 10175043
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide automatic and substantially continuous calibration for compasses mounted to moving structures. A compass calibration system may include a logic device configured to receive one or more sensor signals and determine a corrected magnetic field based, at least in part, on a measured local magnetic field. The logic device may be configured to receive the measured local magnetic field comprising a series of magnetic measurements associated with a mobile structure; determine a valid portion of a toroidal shape of the series of magnetic measurements that is available for further processing; and determine the corrected magnetic field based, at least in part, on calibration parameters derived from at least the valid portion of the toroidal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Christopher Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10156290
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to maintain drive belts at substantially constant tension over a wide range of conditions. In one embodiment, a system includes a housing, a bracket secured to the housing, first and second pulleys, and a belt engaged in tension with the first and second pulleys. The first and second pulleys are suspended from the housing through the bracket to reduce effects of thermal expansion of the housing on the belt tension. Other systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Samuel S. Chapple, Michael Kent
  • Patent number: 9907105
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to securely pair devices using default connection information. In one example, a method includes storing, on a first device, a connection list comprising a plurality of connection entries. The first device selects a default connection entry in the connection list. A secure default connection is established between the first device and a second device using the default connection entry. Defined connection information is received at the first device from the second device over the secure default connection. The defined connection information is stored in a defined connection entry of the connection list. A secure defined connection between the first device and the second device is established using the defined connection entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Richard Jales, Stephen Tostevin, Edward Hull, Andrew Mallion
  • Patent number: 9645229
    Abstract: A radar or sonar system amplifies the signal received by an antenna of the radar system or a transducer of the sonar system is amplified and then subject to linear demodulation by a linear receiver. There may be an anti-aliasing filter and an analog-to-digital converter between the amplifier and the linear receiver. The system may also have a digital signal processor with a network stack running in the processor. That processor may also have a network interface media access controller, where the system operates at different ranges, the modulator may produce pulses of two pulse patterns differing in pulse duration and inter-pulse spacing, those pulse patterns are introduced and used to form two radar images with the two images being derived from data acquired in a duration not more than twenty times larger than the larger inter-pulse spacing, or for a radar system, larger than one half of the antenna resolution time. One or more look-up tables may be used to control the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Richard Jales, Andrew Lawrence, Matthieu Maindrou