Patents Assigned to Kustom Signals, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10288722
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch
  • Publication number: 20190107618
    Abstract: A traffic radar system comprises a first radar transceiver assembly, a second radar transceiver assembly, a display, and a processing element. The first radar transceiver assembly transmits and receives radar beams and generates a first electronic signal corresponding to the received radar beam. The second radar transceiver assembly transmits and receives radar beams and generates a second electronic signal corresponding to the received radar beam. The display displays a plurality of speeds, each speed being a speed of a target vehicle. The processing element is configured to receive the first and second electronic signals, process the first electronic signal to determine speeds of target vehicles in the front zone, process the second electronic signal to determine speeds of target vehicles in the rear zone, and control the display to display the speeds of target vehicles in the front zone or target vehicles in the rear zone based on predetermined parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Shelton, Mike Bietsch, Michael Paulson
  • Publication number: 20190107619
    Abstract: A traffic radar system comprises a first radar transceiver, a second radar transceiver, a speed determining element, and a processing element. The first radar transceiver transmits and receives radar beams and generates a first electronic signal corresponding to the received radar beam. The second radar transceiver transmits and receives radar beams and generates a second electronic signal corresponding to the received radar beam. The speed determining element determines and outputs a speed of the patrol vehicle. The processing element is configured to receive a plurality of digital data samples derived from the first or second electronic signals, receive the speed of the patrol vehicle, process the digital data samples to determine a relative speed of at least one target vehicle in the front zone or the rear zone, and convert the relative speed of the target vehicle to an absolute speed using the speed of the patrol vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice Shelton
  • Publication number: 20190107603
    Abstract: A mobile test unit for verifying an accuracy of vehicle speeds determined by a traffic radar system comprises a test signal generator and a signal mixer. The test signal generator is configured to generate an electronic test signal having a first frequency. The signal mixer is configured to receive the test signal and a radar beam having a second frequency, wherein the radar beam is transmitted from a radar transceiver of a traffic radar system. The signal mixer is further configured to mix the electronic test signal and the radar beam and to generate a mixed signal having frequency components that include the first frequency and the second frequency, wherein the mixed signal is received by the radar transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Shelton, Roger Adwell
  • Publication number: 20190098198
    Abstract: A body-worn surveillance system is associated with the ICV system via a docking mechanism that is connected to the ICV system via a cable, or other means. The ICV system recognizes the specific body-worn system(s). In order to reduce power draw on the mobile battery powered BWV device and thus extend record time(s), the BWV wireless radio is left in a suspended or sleep state and the lower power draw Bluetooth radio is enabled. When the body-worn system is within a specified proximity (RSSI) of the ICV system's wireless Bluetooth transceiver and there are recorded files available for transfer, the BWV device's wireless Ethernet connection will be enabled to transfer AV files to the ICV system, which will then store those files on the ICV system's internal media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Page, Michael Paulson, Dave Teeter
  • Patent number: 10162051
    Abstract: A traffic radar system utilizes a standard USB interface of power and communication to a host USB device. Modules of the radar system communicate over a wireless network to reduce hard-wire cabling in the patrol vehicle or radar platform. Digital signal processing (DSP) is utilized in a distributed processing architecture to increase processing functionality and target detection capabilities. The system modules incorporate electrical and mechanical interfaces which allow modules to be connected together to form unique radar systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20180313936
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch
  • Publication number: 20180032820
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for capturing a video image and speed of a target vehicle. A ranging device detects a distance to a target vehicle. The focal distance or zoom of a video camera is set and adjusted based on the distance. The speed of travel of the vehicle is detected, displayed, and/or stored in association with a video image captured of the vehicle by the video camera. A range of distances within which to capture the video image and speed of the vehicle may be set by detecting distances between a pair of landmarks or using GPS and compass heading data. An inclinometer is provided to aid initiation of a power-conservation mode. A target tracking time may be determined and compared to a minimum tracking time period. A device certification period can be stored and displayed and the device deactivated upon expiration thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes, Michael Paulson, Maurice E. Shelton, Milos Kovacevic, Zoran Kovacevic
  • Publication number: 20170343651
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. SHELTON, Michael J. BIETSCH
  • Publication number: 20150260840
    Abstract: A traffic radar system utilizes a standard USB interface of power and communication to a host USB device. Modules of the radar system communicate over a wireless network to reduce hard-wire cabling in the patrol vehicle or radar platform. Digital signal processing (DSP) is utilized in a distributed processing architecture to increase processing functionality and target detection capabilities. The system modules incorporate electrical and mechanical interfaces which allow modules to be connected together to form unique radar systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: KUSTOM SIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20140362231
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for capturing a video image and speed of a target vehicle. A ranging device detects a distance to a target vehicle. The focal distance or zoom of a video camera is set and adjusted based on the distance. The speed of travel of the vehicle is detected, displayed, and/or stored in association with a video image captured of the vehicle by the video camera. A range of distances within which to capture the video image and speed of the vehicle may be set by detecting distances between a pair of landmarks or using GPS and compass heading data. An inclinometer is provided to aid initiation of a power-conservation mode. A target tracking time may be determined and compared to a minimum tracking time period. A device certification period can be stored and displayed and the device deactivated upon expiration thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: KUSTOM SIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes, Michael Paulson, Maurice E. Shelton, Milos Kovacevic, Zoran Kovacevic
  • Patent number: 7705772
    Abstract: A traffic radar utilizes digital signal processing (DSP) to determine targets based on signal strength histories. From these histories, a target vehicle having the strongest Doppler return signal is identified and its speed is displayed, and a target vehicle having the highest frequency return signal is identified and its speed is displayed. The traffic radar may also display the relative strength of the strongest return signal and the relative strength of the highest frequency return signal, thereby showing a comparison of the strengths of the return signals from the target vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice E. Shelton
  • Patent number: 7091901
    Abstract: A traffic radar captures the patrol vehicle return signal by saving the patrol return when the radar system is placed in a standby state. If the radar is in standby for more than a predetermined period of time before reentering a transmitting mode, the system searches for a new patrol signal within a speed window around the saved patrol signal speed. If the radar is in standby for less than the predetermined period of time, the system initially searches for a new patrol signal over a range that excludes an interval around the saved patrol signal speed. If the new patrol signal is not found, then in a subsequent search the interval is included in the searched spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Steven F. Hocker
  • Patent number: 6809656
    Abstract: A speed display device for focusing a motorist's attention on the vehicle's speed, includes a screen which will digitally display thereon the vehicle's radar measured speed in either a first steady state at one color or in a flashing state at a second color. An internal microprocessor compares a preset threshold speed with the vehicle's measured speed. If the measured vehicle's speed is not greater than the threshold speed, the measured speed is screen displayed by energization of a first set of amber lights in a pattern according to the measured speed. If the measured speed is above the threshold speed, a second set of red flashing lights is energized in an accentuated pattern according to the measured speed. The device focuses the motorist's attention on the vehicle speed per se, particularly when above the threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Mitchell, William Lee Roberts
  • Patent number: 6046686
    Abstract: A speed display device for focusing a motorist's attention on the vehicle's speed, includes a screen which will digitally display thereon the vehicle's radar measured speed in either a first steady state at one color or in a flashing state at a second color. An internal microprocessor compares a preset threshold speed with the vehicle's measured speed. If the measured vehicle's speed is not greater than the threshold speed, the measured speed is screen displayed by energization of a first set of amber lights in a pattern according to the measured speed. If the measured speed is above the threshold speed, a second set of red flashing lights is energized in an accentuated pattern according to the measured speed. The device focuses the motorist's attention on the vehicle speed per se, particularly when above the threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Mitchell, William Lee Roberts
  • Patent number: 6023236
    Abstract: A digital signal processor (DSP) traffic radar utilizing pulses from the patrol vehicle's electronic speedometer to steer the DSP's search of Doppler return information for the patrol vehicle's radar return signal, to improve target identification and minimize inaccuracies. In moving mode, when the patrol vehicle comes to a stop, no pulses are received by the DSP and therefore the patrol speed is set to zero, eliminating false association with other moving targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice E. Shelton
  • Patent number: 5777575
    Abstract: An improved switching system for controlling a radar control unit includes a radar hold switch and lock release switch on a remote control. Depression of the hold switch places the radar in a hold or standby mode. Upon depression and holding of the lock switch tracking of the target vehicle occurs. Upon release of the lock switch the displayed vehicle speed will be locked on the lock window of the radar with the radar unit being placed in a standby mode. A subsequent depression and release of the lock/release switch clears the locked target speed and maintains the unit in a standby mode. Underlying logic utilized by the signal processor analyzes signals corresponding to the positions of the hold and lock switches so as to direct the radar into the appropriate mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Thomas E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5528246
    Abstract: A traffic radar processes Doppler return information by analysis of the received frequency spectrum in order to improve target identification and minimize interference and unwanted harmonics. Digital signal processing including transformation of the return information into the frequency domain is employed to provide multiple modes of operation including a stationary mode where either the strongest or the fastest Doppler return signal may be selectively recognized, and moving modes for monitoring traffic moving in both the opposite direction and the same direction as the patrol vehicle. In the moving modes either strongest or fastest signal processing may be elected, and operation when the patrol and target vehicles are moving in the same direction is provided irrespective of whether the patrol vehicle is moving faster or slower than the target vehicle. The speed of the patrol car is determined by recognizing a signature that exhibits an asymmetry due to the cosine effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Henderson, John M. Kusek, Donald R. Bradrick
  • Patent number: 5504488
    Abstract: A traffic radar processes Doppler return information by analysis of the received frequency spectrum in order to improve target identification and minimize interference and unwanted harmonics. Digital signal processing including transformation of the return information into the frequency domain is employed to provide multiple modes of operation including a stationary mode where either the strongest or the fastest Doppler return signal may be selectively recognized, and moving modes for monitoring traffic moving in both the opposite direction and the same direction as the patrol vehicle. In the moving modes either strongest or fastest signal processing may be elected, and operation when the patrol and target vehicles are moving in the same direction is provided irrespective of whether the patrol vehicle is moving faster or slower than the target vehicle. The speed of the patrol car is determined by recognizing a signature that exhibits an asymmetry due to the cosine effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Henderson, John M. Kusek, Donald R. Bradrick
  • Patent number: D489044
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Bremenkamp, Mark B. Emge