Patents Assigned to IPS Group Inc.
  • Patent number: 11100824
    Abstract: Disclosed are parking pay stations, media display caps for parking pay stations, parking pay station advertising platforms including a housing, wherein at least one side of the housing comprises at least one transparent window and at least one media display screen visible through the window, wherein the media display screen is configured to display media to parking users and others, including pedestrians. Also disclosed are methods of retrofitting existing parking pay stations to upgrade them to include media display capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 11074612
    Abstract: A payment system for parking locations communicates with a plurality of parking meters, each of which is associated with a predetermined geographic location corresponding to a parking location. The system receives user identifying information via a communication related to payment for a parking session at a parking location identified by the communication, and determines a user credit/debit card data for payment of the parking session based on the user identifying information. Data related to the parking session at the geographic location of the parking meter is stored in a database associated with a parking history of the user, and determines one or more advertisements to communicate to the user based on the geographic location of the parking meter and previously stored data related to the parking history of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 10741064
    Abstract: A parking meter detects an object in proximity, based on a change in a proximity measurement at the meter, activates a directional sensor in response to detecting the object, receives sensor data at a meter processor from the directional sensor, wherein the received sensor data indicates a predetermined direction to the detected object relative to the meter. The parking meter determines a presence of the object, or lack thereof, in the predetermined direction based on the sensor data, and upon a positive determination of the presence of the object, stores an indication of the presence of the object along with a time of the positive determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter
  • Patent number: 10691904
    Abstract: Disclosed are computer-implemented handicapped parking placards as well as methods and platforms for operating handicapped parking placard systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Chad P. Randall, David William King, Alexander Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10674236
    Abstract: Devices and meters comprising: a housing configured to mount to a pole supporting an existing meter, the housing defining an interior; a sensor within the interior of the housing, the sensor configured to collect environmental information pertaining to the local external environment of the existing meter; a wireless radio within the interior of the housing, the wireless radio configured to transmit the environmental information to the existing meter or to a remote server in communication with the existing meter; a power unit within the interior of the housing, the power unit supplying power to the sensor and the wireless radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 10664880
    Abstract: A parking meter receives data indicative of a remote payment being completed and displays an amount of time purchased by the remote payment for a parking session. The parking meter determines an amount of time remaining in the parking session and powers down at least a portion of a meter communication subsystem subsequent to receiving the data indicative of the remote payment being completed. The parking meter wakes up the powered down portion of the communication subsystem upon determining that the amount of time remaining is below a threshold time, and can receive an indication of additional time being paid for remotely, and can update the displayed time remaining to reflect the additional time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Chad Randall
  • Patent number: 10574085
    Abstract: A power supply unit for supplying power to a device has a rechargeable, main battery; a charging arrangement for charging the main battery; a non-rechargeable back-up battery; load terminals for connection to a load; and a control unit for controlling supply of power to the load primarily from the main battery and secondarily from the back-up battery. The device is, in particular, a single bay, stand alone parking meter. In the event that the main battery runs low, the control unit is configured to supply power to the load from both the main battery and the back-up battery or only from the back-up battery. The back-up battery is easily replaceable, and the power supply unit has a bay, with connectors for receiving the back-up battery. The main battery is charged from solar panels. A communication device is provided to communicate status messages wirelessly to a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Stephen John Hunter, Andre Malan Joubert
  • Patent number: 10491972
    Abstract: Devices and meters comprising: a housing configured to mount to a pole supporting an existing meter, the housing defining an interior; a sensor within the interior of the housing, the sensor configured to collect environmental information pertaining to the local external environment of the existing meter; a wireless radio within the interior of the housing, the wireless radio configured to transmit the environmental information to the existing meter or to a remote server in communication with the existing meter; a power unit within the interior of the housing, the power unit supplying power to the sensor and the wireless radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 10423980
    Abstract: A payment system for parking locations communicates with a plurality of parking meters, each of which is associated with a predetermined geographic location corresponding to a parking location. The system receives user identifying information via a communication related to payment for a parking session at a parking location identified by the communication, and determines a user credit/debit card data for payment of the parking session based on the user identifying information. Data related to the parking session at the geographic location of the parking meter is stored in a database associated with a parking history of the user, and determines one or more advertisements to communicate to the user based on the geographic location of the parking meter and previously stored data related to the parking history of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 10366546
    Abstract: A meter apparatus and method of operating a removable meter apparatus are described. The meter apparatus includes a tag associated with unique tag identification information and configured to be permanently affixed to a location housing at a unique physical location, and includes a removable meter unit configured to mate with the location housing and receive the tag identification from the tag and report the tag identification to a data manager configured to associate an identifier of the removable meter unit with the tag identification and unique physical location, and associate configuration information for the physical location with the removable meter unit and the tag identification. The unique physical location can comprise a single-space parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter
  • Patent number: 10299018
    Abstract: Devices and meters comprising: a housing configured to mount to a pole supporting an existing meter, the housing defining an interior; a sensor within the interior of the housing, the sensor configured to collect environmental information pertaining to the local external environment of the existing meter; a wireless radio within the interior of the housing, the wireless radio configured to transmit the environmental information to the existing meter or to a remote server in communication with the existing meter; a power unit within the interior of the housing, the power unit supplying power to the sensor and the wireless radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 10297150
    Abstract: A parking meter detects an object in proximity, based on a change in a proximity measurement at the meter, activates a directional sensor in response to detecting the object, receives sensor data at a meter processor from the directional sensor, wherein the received sensor data indicates a predetermined direction to the detected object relative to the meter. The parking meter determines a presence of the object, or lack thereof, in the predetermined direction based on the sensor data, and upon a positive determination of the presence of the object, stores an indication of the presence of the object along with a time of the positive determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter
  • Patent number: 10262345
    Abstract: A parking meter receives data indicative of a remote payment being completed and displays an amount of time purchased by the remote payment for a parking session. The parking meter determines an amount of time remaining in the parking session and powers down at least a portion of a meter communication subsystem subsequent to receiving the data indicative of the remote payment being completed. The parking meter wakes up the powered down portion of the communication subsystem upon determining that the amount of time remaining is below a threshold time, and can receive an indication of additional time being paid for remotely, and can update the displayed time remaining to reflect the additional time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: D852454
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D853079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D853678
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D853679
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D865315
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D872600
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, David Andrew Jones, Choor Hong Tan
  • Patent number: D911857
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Andre Malan Joubert, David Andrew Jones, Choor-Hong Tan, Abigail Maude Thomas