Patents Assigned to Thales Avionics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8400009
    Abstract: An interface for a bulkhead monitor in an in-flight entertainment system, and a method for using the same. More specifically, a one-wire interface use to electrically couple a tapping unit and its associated monitor in an in-flight entertainment system. The wire has a first end for coupling to an input of a comparator in the tapping unit, and a second end for coupling to an input of a comparator in the monitor, to couple the tapping unit to the monitor. The interface further includes a second wire for coupling the wire to a load, such as an indicator which indicates an on or off condition of at least the video monitor. The wire of the interface can also carry a signal indicating a indicating at least one of transmitting state and a receiving state of a microcontroller of the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lili Hong, Ton Do, Brian Humphrey
  • Patent number: 8382516
    Abstract: A multimedia delivery system of a vehicle is provided comprising a passive configuration plug designed as a line-replaceable unit that permits quick and easy reconfiguration based on changing needs of the vehicle owner. The system comprises a plurality of multimedia servers comprising multimedia data files, a plurality of end user display devices that display information from the multimedia servers, and a configuration plug designed as a line-replaceable unit comprising: a frame, one or more covers connected to the frame, a plug mount comprising an end-user device plug and a server plug, wherein both the device plug and the server plug each contain a plurality of cable connectors, a plurality of cables, each connecting to a connector of the device plug on one end, and a connector of the server plug on an other end, the connections defining a cable mapping between the devices and the servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary E. Vanyek
  • Patent number: 8345663
    Abstract: In one aspect, cabin interphone handsets and passenger announcement speakers in the cabin of a vehicle communicate over an internet protocol data network. Each handset of the system has an internet protocol presence and each passenger announcement speaker of the system has an internet protocol presence. Each handset includes announcement and call management functions so that each handset can communicate with one or more handsets over the network as well as make passenger announcements via one or more passenger announcement speakers. The call setup function and PA function may utilize voice over internet protocol. In another aspect, methods are provided for making interphone calls and passenger announcements using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Gary Vanyek
  • Publication number: 20120310584
    Abstract: A method and associated system are provided for testing components of a vehicle entertainment system, comprising: interconnecting, via a network, a server computer comprising media content, and a plurality of user computers comprising software and hardware via which the user can interact with the media content; loading a test agent component onto a first of the user computers; loading a first scenario file comprising a series of user entry events that emulate user entry actions via a user interface device of the first user computer; executing the user entry events of the first scenario file by the test agent to generate system events that would normally be generated by a user operating the first user computer to interact with media server; and responding to the first user computer, by the server computer, to the system events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edouard Oliveira, David H. Close, Jason Kyong-min Yi, Raghunath Narasimha Murthy Gunti, David Franciosi
  • Publication number: 20120310585
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for testing a vehicle entertainment (IFE) system, comprising: functionally replicating each of a plurality of IFE components selected from the group consisting of an aircraft interface unit, a content server unit, a network distribution unit, and a seat unit with a corresponding simulator unit model that simulates functions of the respective IFE component; providing each simulator unit model on a simulator server having a processor, the simulator server connecting to an IFE network that also connects at least one of actual or simulated seat units to at least one of actual or simulated content servers; providing a test controller that controls each simulator unit model; transmitting scenario information containing operation instructions to the simulator unit model; and executing the scenario information by the simulator unit model to perform operations corresponding to the operation instructions that cause the simulator unit model to communicate over the IFE network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Edouard Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20120298737
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and articles of manufacture to provide passenger preference data to in-flight entertainment systems are disclosed. A disclosed example airline passenger seat includes an optical device to optically scan a barcode presented by a passenger associated with the airline passenger seat, the barcode generated by the passenger and including a representation of passenger preference data, a display device to enable the passenger to review the passenger preference data, and a communication module to provide the passenger preference data to an in-flight entertainment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Yogendra Thakar, Christopher K. Mondragon, Kenneth A. Brady, JR.
  • Patent number: 8315762
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle includes a server that includes a real time operating system, at least one cabin function application that runs on the real time operating system, and at least one in-flight entertainment application that runs on another operating system on top of the real time operating system. Thus, an in-operation entertainment system is capable of providing audio and/or visual content to a large number of locations in a cabin of the vehicle, and a cabin function system is capable of providing various cabin applications, e.g., lighting level control, attendant calling, air conditioning control, etc. at different locations in the vehicle cabin in a manner that is isolated and prioritized over the entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paulo Correa, Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8147080
    Abstract: A personal control unit (PCU) for a transportation-based entertainment system comprises a number of buttons. Illumination is provided for the buttons by illuminating a border region that is rounded containing some of the keys, and is provided for some of the buttons themselves. A light diffusion mechanism is provided between the illumination source and the illuminated regions related to the keys so that the illumination appears even across the entire PCU. A controller may adjust the illumination level and color of the illumination source. A system may be provided for matching at least one of color and brightness of the PCU lighting with cabin lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Foreman, Hagop Sakadjian, Derek Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120039048
    Abstract: A module carrier unit comprises a plurality of passenger interface modules that perform different functions, the functions including at least one of inputting and outputting information, the modules having a common size, shape, and interface; an outer case portion comprising a plurality of receptacles, each having a common size, shape, and interface designed to receive one of the modules, the plurality of receptacles being such that a first module having a first function is operable in a first receptacle, and a second module having a second function is operable in the first receptacle, the modules being removably connected to the receptacles; and a communications interface that performs at least one of transmitting and receiving data to and from a processor located near a seat of a passenger in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicants: Phitek Systems, Ltd., Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Nigel Greig, Edward Scholten, Roy Moody, Paul Simmonds, Elaine Clarke, Thomas Allen Darbonne
  • Patent number: 8116797
    Abstract: A system and method for wirelessly transferring content to and from a vehicle, in particular, an aircraft. The content includes, for example, data, voice, video and multimedia, that can be wirelessly exchanged over a wireless communication link between an aircraft and a ground station while the aircraft is at or near a parking gate, or between aircraft. In an example, the system employs long distance metropolitan area technology, such as IEEE Standard 802.16 wireless technology, to increase transfer range. The parameter of the wireless communication link can be adjusted based on, for example, the location of the link. The content can further be provided between the vehicle and ground station based on priorities, such as the available link speed, importance of the information, and/or anticipated connection time between the vehicle and ground station. A media creation center can be networked to a plurality of base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignees: Thales Avionics, Inc., Proximetry, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Dan Reed, Bradley Foreman, Wladyslaw Jan Buga, Tracy Raymond Trent
  • Patent number: 8082569
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment system with hand-out terminals is described. An embodiment of the invention comprises a server having digital content, which is communicatively linked to a communications network, a connector located proximate to each passenger seat of an aircraft, each connector being communicatively linked to the network, and hand-out terminals. Each hand-out terminal is configured to be coupled to one of the connectors to permit a passenger at the seat to which the connector is proximate to access the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Dan Reed, Mark Thompson, Bradley Foreman
  • Patent number: 8059043
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for installation in a vehicle, such as an aircraft, and a method for using the same. The antenna assembly includes at least one window mounted antenna for an aircraft for enabling the aircraft to communicate wirelessly with a network, such as a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). The window mounted antenna includes a panel that is transparent to visible light and has at least one antenna element, which can be etched onto the panel. The panel can attach to the interior window of the aircraft, or to an inner surface of the inner pressure window of the aircraft, or can replace the interior window, so as to position the antenna element in a side-looking direction with respect to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., George Treneer
  • Patent number: 8027560
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a digital In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system in a vehicle, such as an aircraft, that is capable of presenting a video program and associated audio in a synchronized manner to a large number of individual video monitors and speakers. The system and method employ processing operations in at least one decoder of the IFE system, to perform operations such as adjusting a local clock based on a master clock, setting a delay time in relation to a master clock, and adjusting video and audio playback based on the delay, to substantially synchronize playback of the audio and video data by the audio and video players, to thus eliminate or at least minimize the negative effects of source and load based jitter, network delays, clock drifts, network errors and decoder buffering differences, on synchronizing video and audio playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Lyle K. Norton, George Treneer
  • Publication number: 20110189863
    Abstract: A break-away electrical connection for a passenger audio, audio/video, or data interface in an in-flight entertainment system comprises a magnetic retainer in either or both of a plug and receptacle and an asymmetric mechanical guide for proper alignment of signal polarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Sare, Kenneth A. Brady, JR.
  • Patent number: 7942459
    Abstract: A mounting device for a line replaceable unit in an aircraft, and a method for using the same. The mounting device provides for easy installation and removal of a line replaceable unit from overhead mounting apparatus or mounting rails in an aircraft, in particular, an Airbus. The mounting device includes a fixing block having a least one opening, and at least one assembly including a shaft portion passing through the opening, a clamping element and a visual position element whose orientation indicates an orientation of the clamping element. The assembly is operable such that the clamping element secures the device to a component of the vehicle when positioned in a first position, and releases the device when positioned in a second position, and the visual position element provides an indication of whether the clamping element is in the first or second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald E. Lester, Terry Lo, Tomson Tseng, Ton Do, Randall Welch
  • Publication number: 20110028178
    Abstract: A system and method for wirelessly transferring content to and from a vehicle, in particular, an aircraft. The content includes, for example, data, voice, video and multimedia, that can be wirelessly exchanged over a wireless communication link between an aircraft and a ground station while the aircraft is at or near a parking gate, or between aircraft. In an example, the system employs long distance metropolitan area technology, such as IEEE Standard 802.16 wireless technology, to increase transfer range. The parameter of the wireless communication link can be adjusted based on, for example, the location of the link. The content can further be provided between the vehicle and ground station based on priorities, such as the available link speed, importance of the information, and/or anticipated connection time between the vehicle and ground station. A media creation center can be networked to a plurality of base stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, JR., Dan Reed, Bradley Foreman
  • Publication number: 20110004832
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for displaying a graphic on a crew user interface. The system comprises a crew user interface comprising an input and an output, a server accessed by the crew user interface comprising a display application program that retrieves screen configuration data stored in a non-volatile memory of a database connected to the server and an aircraft entertainment system connected to the crew user interface. The output comprises the graphic that is produced during run-time by the application program interpreting the screen configuration data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Canal, Carla Ree Arnold, Pennie Walley
  • Patent number: 7836472
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment system is shown wherein digital content servers are interconnected with network servers such that the content servers can communicate with one another and with a portable data loader. The loader stores digital content files that are to be downloaded to the content servers. A script downloaded to each content server is executed by the server to download some of the files from the portable data loader and cross-load other files from other content servers. Alternatively, a content inventory list is downloaded to each content server that indicates which content server is to download each content file and which content servers are to receive the content file. Each content server parses the list to identify files for which it is the download server, request download of those files, identify other files that it should have and request cross-load of those files from other content servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Andrew W. Weimholt, Jason Kyong-min Yi
  • Publication number: 20100262748
    Abstract: A USB repeater assembly is provided for connecting a vehicle passenger entertainment system to a seat electronics box that may be at some distance from the entertainment system. The assembly comprises a host connector that connects with the seat electronics box and a device connector that connects with the passenger entertainment system. The passenger entertainment system comprises a USB personal control unit. The repeater assembly is housed within a shell, preferably a hardened one, enclosing a portion of the connectors as well as USB repeater circuitry and through-connects for connections associated with other components of the passenger entertainment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Stumpf, Bradford B. Billings, Bradley Foreman
  • Publication number: 20100253230
    Abstract: A personal control unit (PCU) for a transportation-based entertainment system comprises a number of buttons. Illumination is provided for the buttons by illuminating a border region that is rounded containing some of the keys, and is provided for some of the buttons themselves. A light diffusion mechanism is provided between the illumination source and the illuminated regions related to the keys so that the illumination appears even across the entire PCU. A controller may adjust the illumination level and color of the illumination source. A system may be provided for matching at least one of color and brightness of the PCU lighting with cabin lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Foreman, Hagop Sakadjian, Derek Nguyen