Patents Assigned to Trimble Navigation Limited
  • Patent number: 9185517
    Abstract: A method and system for long-life asset tracking is disclosed. One example utilizes an activation module to provide an activation signal to at least a portion of the long-life asset tracker. A position determiner receives the activation signal and determines a location of the long-life asset tracker with a first level of accuracy or a second level of accuracy, wherein the second level of accuracy is more accurate than the first level of accuracy and wherein a default mode of operation is to utilize a radio locator for position determination instead of a navigation satellite system module to extend the life of a power source of the long-life asset tracker. An information provider module to broadcast the location of the long-life asset tracker is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Mark Kuhl, John F. Cameron
  • Patent number: 9182229
    Abstract: Novel solutions for position measurement, including without limitation tools and techniques that can be used for land surveying and in similar applications. One such tool is a greatly enhanced position measurement system that takes the form of a surveying rod with substantial independent functionality, which can be used with or without a total station or similar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Christian Grässer, Peter Cornelius Kistler, James Greenberg, Rod Johnson, Magnus Westermark
  • Patent number: 9175955
    Abstract: A method of measuring an angle includes orienting a measurement device at a reference position characterized by a reference angle. A first panoramic image defined by a predetermined range of elevation angles is acquired where the first panoramic image includes an object. A first bearing of the object in relation to the reference angle is determined and the measurement device is rotated to a measurement position characterized by a measurement angle. A second panoramic image defined by the predetermined range of elevation angles is acquired where the second panoramic image includes the object. A second bearing of the object in relation to the reference angle is determined. The measurement angle is computed as a function of the first bearing and the second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael Vogel, Omar Soubra, Darin Muncy
  • Patent number: 9177384
    Abstract: A method for estimating position and orientation of an image-capturing device is proposed. The method comprises the step of obtaining a preceding set of frames by using the image-capturing device. Each frame includes a set of image data. The method of the present technology further comprises the step of estimating a previous position and orientation of the image-capturing device by using the set of image data included in at least one preceding frame, and the step of estimating a current position and orientation of the image-capturing device by replacing a set of image data included in at least one preceding frame by a set of image data included in at least one subsequent frame. At least one subsequent frame is obtained by using the image-capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Shawn D. Weisenburger
  • Publication number: 20150312426
    Abstract: Information is collected by acquiring imaging data of a plurality of objects using an imaging tool; creating a three-dimensional representation of the plurality of objects based on the imaging data; and extracting RFID data stored in an RFID tag using an RFID reader. The RFID tag has a reference to a three-dimensional model. The three-dimensional model is created before acquiring the imaging data of the plurality of objects. And the three-dimensional model is a representation of at least one object of the plurality of objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Bernd Schoner, Brian Ahern
  • Patent number: 9170335
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention derive an ionospheric phase bias and an ionospheric differential code bias (DCB) using an absolute ionosphere model, which can be estimated from data obtained from a network of reference stations or obtained from an external source such as WAAS, GAIM, IONEX or other. Fully synthetic reference station data is generated using the ionospheric phase bias and/or the differential code bias together with the phase leveled clock and ionospheric-free code bias and/or MW bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Xiaoming Chen, Ralf Drescher, Rodrigo Leandro
  • Publication number: 20150301190
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are presented for determining a position of a GNSS rover antenna from observations collected at the antenna over multiple epochs from satellite signals of multiple GNSS, wherein the observation data of each GNSS has a distinct data format. The observation data of each GNSS are presented in a generic GNSS data format, which differs from the distinct data format of the GNSS, to obtain a set of generic data. A set of difference data is prepared representing differences between the converted observation data and the generic data. When at least four satellites are tracked, the generic data of the tracked satellites of multiple GNSS are used to compute a standalone antenna position. When at least five satellites are tracked, the generic data of the tracked satellites of multiple GNSS are used to compute a real-time kinematic antenna position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexander Osipov, Ilya Khazanov, Dmitry Kozlov, Gleb Zyryanov
  • Publication number: 20150298731
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for performing steering operations for a tracked vehicle with a dragged implement using a control system that uses a combination of differential steering and rudder steering based on one or more operating conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Joshua W. Shuler
  • Patent number: 9164174
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing of GNSS data derived from multi-frequency code and carrier observations are presented which make available correction data for use by a rover located within the region, the correction data comprising: the ionospheric delay over the region, the tropospher?c delay over the region, the phase-leveled geometric correction per satellite, and the at least one code bias per satellite. In some embodiments the correction data includes an ionospheric phase bias per satellite. Methods and apparatus for determining a precise position of a rover located within a region are presented in which a GNSS receiver is operated to obtain multi-frequency code and carrier observations and correction data, to create rover corrections from the correction data, and to determine a precise rover position using the rover observations and the rover corrections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Xiaoming Chen, Ulrich Vollath, Kendall Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9160979
    Abstract: An image depicting an object has a center that is not on an optical axis of a camera used to capture the image. The image is on an image plane, and the object is in an object space. A method implemented for automatically determining the position of the camera relative to the object includes displaying the image via a user interface, receiving vanishing point information from the user interface, such that the vanishing point data indicates a respective location on the image plane of each of a first vanishing point, a second vanishing point, and a third vanishing point, and automatically determining the position of the camera based on the first vanishing point, the second vanishing point, and the third vanishing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: John E. Ulmer
  • Patent number: 9157737
    Abstract: An altitude dead reckoning system using measurements of forward speed, a yaw angle rate and external altitude information in order to estimate an error in the acceleration due to an accelerometer bias; and an output converter configured to use the forward speed, yaw angel rate, acceleration and estimated accelerometer bias to calculate a change in altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Peter Van Wyck Loomis
  • Patent number: 9157999
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for processing a set of GNSS signal data derived from code observations and carrier-phase observations at multiple receivers of GNSS signals of multiple satellites over multiple epochs, the GNSS signals having at least two carrier frequencies and a navigation message containing orbit information, comprising: obtaining precise orbit information for each satellite, determining at least one set of ambiguities per receiver, each ambiguity corresponding to one of a receiver-satellite link and a satellite-receiver-satellite link, and using at least the precise orbit information, the ambiguities and the GNSS signal data to estimate a phase-leveled clock per satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Rodrigo Leandro, Markus Glocker, Stephan Seeger
  • Patent number: 9156167
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a lifting device is disclosed. The method receives location information from a position determiner module coupled with a point of interest associated with the lifting device and determines an autonomous position of the point of interest based on the location information. The method further includes monitoring the lifting device based on the autonomous position of the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: John F. Cameron
  • Patent number: 9157993
    Abstract: In a method of detecting an underground object which is at least partially under a surface of ground, a first view of the object determined by transmitting a first radar signal from a first known geolocation. A second view of the object is determined by transmitting a second radar signal from a second known geolocation. The respective first and second trajectories of the first and second radar signals are oblique with respect to the surface of the ground and the respective first and second trajectories are at a first angle with respect to each other. A position of the object is estimated by maximizing a correlation between the first view and the second view by adjusting an estimated dielectric constant associated with medium between the object and the surface of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Bruce Peetz
  • Publication number: 20150287305
    Abstract: An intelligent container apparatus is provided. The intelligent container apparatus comprises a container further comprising a plurality of 3-D cells and an external electronic lock. Each 3-D cell is assigned to store at least one asset including an Asset/ID tag, and at least one asset position sensor. The external electronic lock further comprises: a reader gate; a timing device; a tech/ID authentication system; and a processor. The reader gate is configured to read an Asset/ID tag, configured to read a technician tech/ID tag, configured to assign a checked_in/checked_out status to at least one asset having an Asset/ID tag, and configured to associate the tech/ID of the latest technician who checked_in/checked_out the asset having the Asset/ID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Prakash Iyer
  • Publication number: 20150278719
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting and managing data during an agricultural manual operation is provided. The agricultural manual operation includes harvesting, planting roots, cutting flowers, and pruning and thinning fruit trees or vegetables. The apparatus comprises: an intelligent tool configured to log an event including an agricultural manual operation when a picker succeeds in picking at least one harvested product by using the intelligent tool, or planting event when a worker succeeds in planting at least one product, or cutting flowers event when a worker succeeds in cutting at least one flower product, or pruning and thinning event when a worker succeeds in thinning fruit trees. The apparatus further comprises a means for collecting a set of data relevant to at least one manually picking event, or manually planting event, or manually cutting event, or manual pruning or thinning event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: John Kenneth Schueller, Arthur Francis Lange, Uriel Aparecido Rosa
  • Publication number: 20150274157
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for determining a blended position solution for a vehicle, using data from multiple positioning devices, some of which can be external to the vehicle. Some techniques allow a control system of a vehicle to transition from receiving position data from one positioning device to receiving data from another device without ceasing operation and/or while limiting any resulting discontinuity the position solution (and any resulting work performed by the vehicle) to within acceptable tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Alan Sharp
  • Patent number: 9146319
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for processing a set of GNSS signal data derived from signals of a set of satellites having carriers observed at a rover antenna, wherein the GNSS signal data includes a carrier observation and a code observation of each carrier of each satellite, comprising: obtaining for each satellite clock corrections comprising at least two of: (i) a code-leveled satellite clock, (ii) a phase-leveled satellite clock, and (iii) a satellite clock bias representing a difference between a code-leveled satellite clock and a phase-leveled satellite clock, running a first filter which uses at least the GNSS signal data and the clock corrections to estimate values for parameters comprising at least one carrier ambiguity for each satellite, and a covariance matrix of the carrier ambiguities, determining from each carrier ambiguity an integer-nature carrier ambiguity comprising one of: an integer value, and a combination of integer candidates, inserting the integer-nature carrier ambiguities as
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Rodrigo Leandro
  • Patent number: 9147176
    Abstract: A system for identifying different types of products on a display hanger and determining a quantity of each of the different types of products includes a plurality of electrically conductive segments coupled to the display hanger, an electrically conductive rail coupled to the display hanger, and a sensor device electrically coupled to each of the plurality of electrically conductive segments and to the electrically conductive rail. The sensor device is configured to identify the different types of products on the display hanger and to determine the quantity of each of the different types of products based on a unique electrical signature associated with each of the different types of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Satyan P. Shah, Harry F. Tsai
  • Patent number: 9146660
    Abstract: A computer-aided design system and method facilitates the editing of an object in a workspace of a computer aided design system. A user input indicating selection of an affine tool is received, and a user input indicating selection of the object is received. It is determined whether an additional user input is received. If it is determined that the additional user input is not received, a first set of user-activatable affine functions for manipulating the object is enabled. The first set of user-activatable affine functions includes a move function to move the object in the workspace and a resize function to resize the object. If it is determined that the additional user input is received, a second set of user-activatable functions for manipulating the object is enabled. The second set of user-activatable affine functions includes a skew function to skew the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Preston Jackson, Patrick Lacz, Paul McLean, Brian G. Brown, John M. Bacus, Jeffrey Hauswirth