Patents Assigned to Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Patent number: 11455839
    Abstract: A system for predicting an outage for a commercial passenger vehicle is described. The system includes a storage configured to store flight information of the commercial passenger vehicle that includes an antenna configured to assist a network connectivity for devices in the commercial passenger vehicle to remote devices, the flight information including travel information of the commercial passenger vehicle and antenna-related information of the antenna; and a server configured to apply a machine learning algorithm that (1) processes the flight information and (2) generate an output indicative of a probability of an antenna-related outage of the network connectivity that is caused due to a failure of the antenna based on processed flight information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samir Lad, Hanbin Liu, Alan Campbell, Dennis Rilea, Paul Sarraffe
  • Patent number: 11451586
    Abstract: A network security attack misdirection line-replaceable unit for installation on an aircraft and connected to an onboard data network include a local network interface to the onboard data network. A local simulation server accepts incoming access requests accompanied by an access credential from an attacker client device, and is responsive thereto with either a simulated access denial response or a simulated access grant response. Delays between receipt of the access request and to the access denial response is progressively increased with each presentation of the access credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 11445231
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a transportation vehicle. One method includes linking, by a processor of an electronic device of a user, a frequent flyer (“FF”) account credential with a streaming service account credential of a streaming service; storing, by an aircraft, an FF token with user data; pre-fetching, by an aircraft, media content from the streaming service based on user viewing history; receiving, by a seat device of the aircraft, the FF token from the electronic device for authentication during a first flight to access the media content, the seat device paired with the electronic device; authenticating, by the seat device, the FF token using the stored user data; presenting, by the seat device, the media content; and updating, by the seat device, the FF token with user viewing history of the media content indicating when presentation of the media content on the seat device was stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip S. Watson, Steven Bates, Sanjiv Pimple
  • Patent number: 11418956
    Abstract: Techniques are described to detect and/or prevent malicious wireless attacks and/or suspicious wireless activity related to a wireless network in a commercial passenger vehicle. For example, an access point located in the commercial passenger vehicle receives a set of wireless beacon frames from a first wireless device, makes a first determination of a first beacon frame rate of the set of wireless beacon frames, receives a second beacon frame after a first beacon frame, makes a second determination of a second beacon frame rate of the second beacon frame relative to the first beacon frame, makes a third determination that a second wireless device is impersonating the first wireless device upon comparing the first beacon frame rate to the second beacon frame rate, and sends, upon making the third determination, a security alert message to an external input/output (I/O) device in the commercial passenger vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel Jester, Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 11409649
    Abstract: A data storage interconnect system has a network controller with a first expansion bus switch connected to a central processor over an expansion bus interface thereof, and a first transceiver connected to the first expansion bus switch. A directly attachable storage host with a second transceiver is communicatively linked to the first transceiver of the network controller. A second expansion bus switch is connected to the second transceiver, and is connectable to a removable storage device over an expansion bus interface. The removable storage device communicates with the second expansion bus switch over an expansion bus protocol. A data transmission link interconnects the first transceiver and the second transceiver, with expansion bus protocol data traffic between the first expansion bus switch and the second expansion bus switch being carried thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Braun, Melvin Lahip
  • Patent number: 11395022
    Abstract: Vehicle entertainment systems can determine an entertainment preference of a passenger based on the interactions of the passenger with media devices on board the vehicle. The interactions can include how the passenger rates content, whether the passenger views the entirety of the content, or information regarding the passenger such as frequent flier data. The analysis to determine the preferences of the passenger are done without placing cookies on the passenger's devices and by components on board the vehicle. The analysis can include machine learning techniques that build trained models of passenger preferences. Additionally, the trained models can develop profiles for each passenger. At the end of the travel experience, the preferences of a passenger can be deleted such that a new passenger does not see content that was based on the prior passenger's preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahul Chachare, Victor Salov, Rita Chen
  • Patent number: 11374752
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for performing secure transactions in an aircraft are disclosed. Embodiments of the disclosed technology enable low cost carriers to provide payment verification for on-board purchases via the in-flight entertainment system. An exemplary method for performing secure transactions in an aircraft includes transmitting, by a user device in the aircraft using a wireless protocol, a first authentication factor and a request for one or more on-board services; receiving, from an on-board transceiver using the wireless protocol, an authentication token (a) comprising a one-time code and (b) encrypted using an asymmetric cryptographic algorithm; transmitting, using the asymmetric cryptographic algorithm, a second authentication factor comprising (a) the authentication token and (b) a text message transmitted from the user device; and receiving a confirmation of a delivery of the one or more on-board services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo Nakano
  • Patent number: 11365007
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a transportation vehicle. One method includes enabling by a processor, a night mode for a seat device of an in-flight entertainment system (IFE) on an aircraft based on a night mode trigger; displaying by the processor, during the night mode, a wake-up user interface on the seat device for a passenger, when a seat device monitor backlight has turned on after the backlight was turned off, or a seat device backlight timer has triggered, where a brightness of the wake-up user interface is lower than a brightness of a default user interface of the seat device; and enabling by the processor a first set of functions of the seat device accessible from the wake-up user interface, the first set of functions being less than a second set of functions accessible from the default user-interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: Eric H. Wu
  • Patent number: 11310568
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing preview samples of media content, such as early window movies, which is secure against unauthorized copying of the media content. The system includes a media receiving server configured to receive secure media content, such as early window movies, from a movie provider. The media receiving server generates a preview sample including a video sample including a series of still digital images from the video file, each separated by a time interval in the video file from the other still digital images in the series of still digital images; and an audio sample including a series of audio clips from the video file, each separated by a time interval in the video file from the other audio clips in the series of audio clips. A customer of the media content can review the sample preview on a customer portal, but cannot access the original media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Valdez, Ivan Jo
  • Patent number: 11297461
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for geofencing in commercial transport vehicles are disclosed. An exemplary method includes establishing, based on a heat map of signal strength at frequencies used by a first wireless protocol in the commercial transport vehicle, a geofence for communication by a user, and controlling, based on the geofence, an availability or a level of one or more services to the user, wherein the geofence comprises one or more boundaries within the commercial transport vehicle, and wherein the one or more services are deactivated if a location of the user is outside the one or more boundaries of the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Publication number: 20220104289
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a transportation vehicle. One method includes assigning, by a processor, a host name for a portable computing device, configured to operate as an application server on an aircraft; providing a security certificate to the portable computing device; requesting, by the portable computing device, a secured, first network connection from an in-flight entertainment (IFE) system that interfaces with a plurality of devices on the aircraft via a second network connection; validating, by the IFE system the security certificate, and the host name; assigning, by the IFE system, a network access address to the portable computing device; mapping, by the IFE system, the network access address to the host name; and establishing the secured first network connection between the portable computing device and the IFE system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Bates, Sanjiv Pimple, Philip S. Watson
  • Patent number: 11290258
    Abstract: A hybrid encryption method for securely transferring an electronic data package from a sender to a plurality of clients. The method comprises storing a shared symmetric key on each of the clients. The sender encrypts a private key of an asymmetric key pair using the shared symmetric key. The sender encrypts the data package with a temporary symmetric key to generate an encrypted data package. The sender encrypts the temporary symmetric key with the public key of the asymmetric key pair to generate an encrypted temporary symmetric key. The sender transmits the encrypted data package, the encrypted temporary symmetric key, and the encrypted private key to the clients. Each client decrypts the encrypted data package by: using the shared symmetric key to decrypt the encrypted private key; using the decrypted private key to decrypt the encrypted temporary symmetric key, and using the decrypted temporary symmetric key to decrypt the encrypted data package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Philip Watson
  • Patent number: 11259193
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining data for Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) events caused by interfering signals, such as radar signals, in mobile WiFi wireless communication networks on airplanes. The systems and methods utilize wireless access points (WAPs) on in-flight entertainment systems on airplanes to detect DFS events, and obtain DFS event data. The DFS event data is transmitted to a ground system which is configured to utilize the DFS event data to generate DFS messages which allow a WAP on another airplane to avoid the interfering signals that caused the DFS event. The ground system transmits the DFS messages to other airplanes which use the information in the DFS message to configure a WAP to avoid DFS events. The ground system may also be configured to analyze and generate a 3D DFS map which can be used to generate radio channel plans to avoid DFS events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 11233325
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to antenna assemblies and systems and methods for steering an antenna to one or more satellites. An embodiment herein provides for an assembly comprising a rotatable plate rotatable about a first axis to steer the antenna in azimuth; a first panel affixed to the rotatable plate and comprising a first plurality of phased array antenna elements to steer a first beam of radio waves in elevation; and a second panel comprising a second plurality of phased array antenna elements configured to steer a second beam of radio waves in azimuth, wherein rotation of the distal end about the second axis steers the second beam of radio waves in elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin W. Greenwood, Jignesh M. Sutaria, Rudy Concepcion, Jr., Amir Ali Mirmirani
  • Patent number: 11228789
    Abstract: This patent document describes techniques are related to providing an entertainment to passengers on a commercial passenger vehicle. In one aspect, a method for providing an entertainment to passengers on a commercial passenger vehicle comprises: receiving a request, from a first passenger on the commercial passenger vehicle, to allow the first passenger to provide a live video, the live video obtained by capturing, in real time, an activity associated with the first passenger on the commercial passenger vehicle; receiving one or more requests, from one or more additional passengers on the commercial passenger vehicle, to view the live video; receiving the live video from the first passenger; and distributing the live video to the additional passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates, Sarvamangala Hendi
  • Patent number: 11222333
    Abstract: A system for offline transaction processing has a payment terminal capturing payment credentials and a payment amount as a transaction data set. A first blockchain server has a first copy of a transaction ledger to which the transaction data set is committed as a ledger entry in response to a validation against one or more rules stored in an offline database. A second blockchain server has a second copy of the transaction ledger, and is in sporadic communication with the first blockchain server over a temporary data transfer link. The transaction data set previously committed to the first copy of the transaction ledger is propagated to the second copy of the transaction ledger over the temporary data transfer link. A payment gateway retrieves the transaction data set in the second copy of the transaction ledger and translates the same to a settlement request transmitted to the remote payment processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: FaizalSheriff Kalifullah Sheriff
  • Patent number: 11217936
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to strain relief devices for communication connectors. The strain relief devices are configured to couple to the communication connectors via existing fastener components (e.g., screw receivers), and support optic fiber and/or other cables that extend from the communication connectors at a desired position. The strain relief devices prevent the cables from being damaged by a lack of sufficient support during installation, removal, use, repair, and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald Earl Irwin, Michael Keith Hertstein
  • Patent number: 11210592
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for communicating an announcement to passengers on a transportation vehicle. One method includes receiving by a first device, an input from a passenger of a transportation vehicle, the input reporting a problem at the transportation vehicle; transmitting the input by the first device to a second device; evaluating by the second device whether the problem identified by the input is to be resolved at the transportation vehicle; generating a response by the second device to address the problem, when the evaluation indicates that the problem can be resolved at the transportation vehicle; and updating a data structure by the second device for addressing the problem after the transportation vehicle has reached a destination, when the evaluation indicates that the problem cannot be resolved at the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 11211643
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an electronic device. One method includes storing a data structure at a memory device by a processor, where the data structure is configured to store a plurality of parameters used for determining a discharge ratio of a first battery pack and a second battery pack of a charging system of a device, the discharge ratio indicating a relative rate of discharge of the first battery pack and the second battery pack; detecting by the processor, a discharge condition associated with at least one of the first battery pack and the second battery pack; utilizing by the processor, the data structure for determining the discharge ratio; and controlling by the processor, based on the determined discharge ratio, a discharge rate of the first battery pack using a first voltage controller and a discharge rate of the second battery pack using a second voltage controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Maeda
  • Patent number: 11202233
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a transportation vehicle. One method includes determining current available bandwidth rate based on network traffic generated by a plurality of devices and a plurality of traffic types on a transportation vehicle; utilizing a hierarchical tree structure to modify quality of service (QoS) that is indicated by a specific bandwidth rate associated with different priority levels, where each priority level is associated with one of the plurality of devices and the plurality of traffic types; and storing the modified QoS for the different priority levels at the hierarchical tree structure for a next update of the QoS when the current available bandwidth rate changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Changhwa Lin, Prasanna Padmanaban Mohanasundaram