Patents Assigned to UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11080974
    Abstract: A selective intrusion detection system includes a Doppler transceiver configured and adapted to receive Doppler return signals indicative of moving targets present in a surveillance space. A processor is operatively connected to the Doppler transceiver to convert Doppler return signals into spectrograms and to determine whether any given spectrogram is indicative of presence of a human or another moving target, like a domestic pet. An alarm is operatively connected to the processor, wherein the processor and alarm are configured to provide an alert in the event the processor determines any given spectrogram is indicative of a human, and to forego providing an alert in the event the processor determines any given spectrogram is indicative of another moving target only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathias Pantus, Jeroen te Paske, Pascal van de Mortel, Leon Mintjens, Sorin Costiner, Michael Giering, Robert Labarre, Mark Vogel, Vijaya R. Lakamraju
  • Patent number: 10181261
    Abstract: A remote control for a monitoring system of a building is provided including a mobile device having a plurality of communication channels and a media storage area. An application is stored in the media storage area of the mobile device. The application is configured to communicate with a control panel of the monitoring system. The application dynamically selects a communication channel to establish a communication link with the control panel based on a predetermined hierarchy. The application operates in one of a plurality of modes based on the communication channel selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Prashantha Talanjeri Krishna, Michael Ramoutar, Darin Eames, Sunil Kumar Neckaraje, Phani Pavan Kumar Mangaiahgari, Anantha Krishnan N
  • Patent number: 10114938
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to simulating an operation of a mechanical lock in an electronic context, comprising: applying a contactless wireless credential to a lock, authenticating the credential, unlocking the lock to provide access to a resource protected by the lock based on having authenticated the credential, determining a security level associated with the lock, and conditionally capturing the credential based on the security level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: UTC FIRE AND SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Marchiori, Ulf J. Jonsson, Vijaya Ramaraju Lakamraju, Nicholas Charles Soldner, Ritesh Khire, Joseph Zacchio, Adam Kuenzi, Ron Chapin
  • Patent number: 10014730
    Abstract: A device for harvesting radio frequency (RF) energy to generate power includes a first spiral antenna having a first spiral direction, the first spiral antenna having a spiral cross-section shape along a first flat plane. The device includes a second spiral antenna having a second spiral direction opposite the first spiral direction, the second spiral antenna having a spiral cross-section shape along a second plane parallel to the first plane. The device further includes a ground layer between the first and second spiral antennae, the first spiral antenna electrically connected to the second spiral antenna at a center of the first and second spiral antennae by a conductive element passing through the ground layer without contacting the ground layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Jagannath Nayak
  • Patent number: 9970912
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for detecting smoke in an area. The apparatus may include a first detector module comprising a sensor configured to detect smoke in a volume of air received from the area, and a display module configured to receive input from the first detector module and provide output to a detection management device. The apparatus may also include a first backplane electrically coupled to the first detector module, and a second backplane electrically coupled to the display module and to the first backplane so as to transmit power, signals, or both between the display module and the first detector module. The first and second backplanes may be interchangeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Perez Gandara, David Gimenez
  • Patent number: 9922512
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a security panel configured to interface with virtual sensors. The security panel includes a sensor subsystem configured to receive sensor input from a plurality of physical sensors. A virtual sensor subsystem is configured to receive a virtual sensor input from an enrolled virtual sensor source as a virtual sensor and provide the virtual sensor input to the sensor subsystem. A monitoring subsystem is configured to provide an alert based on detection of an alert condition associated with at least one of the physical sensors and to provide the alert based on detection of a virtual alert condition associated with the virtual sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: UTC FIRE AND SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Prashanth Giri
  • Patent number: 9828790
    Abstract: A lock assembly including a plurality of button assemblies having a plurality of indicator elements. A position of the indicator elements sets a lock combination. A code blocker is configured to cover and prevent access to the plurality of button assemblies when the lock assembly is in a first position, for example in an unlocked position, and to allow access to the plurality of button assemblies when the lock assembly is in a second position, for example in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew S. Hill
  • Patent number: 9747737
    Abstract: A locking device employs improved lock management techniques based on time delay polices that use a random period of time. The locking device receives a first credential of a custodian, validates the first credential and determines a random period of time based upon a time-delay policy when the first credential is validated. The locking device executes a lock release protocol upon expiration of the random period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Adam Kuenzi
  • Patent number: 9670694
    Abstract: A lockbox includes a housing, a key storage area and a lockbox circuit. The key storage area is shaped to receive a stored key and is attached to or positioned within the housing. The key storage area is secured with a lock mechanism to prevent unauthorized access to the stored key. The lockbox circuit comprises a transceiver operable by a magnetically induced current generated by a closely positioned radio access device that can send and receive signals. The circuit is configured to unlock the key storage area upon determining that an access request is authorized to providing access to the stored key. Methods of operation are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, Adam Kuenzi, Jeff Antrican, Teri Lynné Briskey
  • Patent number: 9673529
    Abstract: An antenna (10) is provided including a generally rectangular ground element (20) having a first end and a second end. The ground element (20) includes at least one hole (30, 30?) for mounting the antenna to a support structure. A generally rectangular radiating element (12) having a third end and a fourth end if parallel to the ground element (20) and separated from the ground element (20) by a space. A bend connects the first end of the ground element (20) to the third end of the radiating element (12). A coaxial cable includes a center conductor coupled to the radiating element (12) at a feed point and an outer conductor coupled to the ground element (20). The coaxial cable acts as a feed line that couples the antenna (10) to an external transmitter or receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC
    Inventors: Dongmei Han, Rene Christian
  • Patent number: 9651217
    Abstract: A lens for forming a predetermined pattern from a light source includes a first region of an inner surface configured to receive light from the light source and to bend the light into a first line segment. The lens includes a second region of the inner surface configured to receive the light from the light source and to bend the light into a second line segment perpendicular to the first line segment, the first line segment forming a cross of a “T” and the second line segment forming the stem of the “T”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Greenwood, Martin Paul Robotham
  • Patent number: 9593826
    Abstract: A modular reflector assembly includes two portions arranged symmetrically at a common plane. Each portion includes a first surface defined by a first parabola rotated to a first angle relative to the plane and a second surface abutting the first surface defined by a second parabola rotated to a second angle greater than the first angle. A third surface abuts the second surface and is defined by a third parabola rotated to a third greater than the second angle. A fourth surface abuts the third surface and is defined by a fourth parabola rotated to a fourth angle greater than the third angle. A fifth surface abuts the first surface and is defined by a fifth parabola rotated in the common plane to a fifth angle relative to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Greenwood, Martin Paul Robotham
  • Patent number: 9471300
    Abstract: A panel is described including stored data that is associated with the operation of the panel, and a server configured to provide a notification that an update to the data is available, the notification provided over a first communication network, and provide an update to the data via a wireless communication with the panel over a second communication network different than the first communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE AND SECURITY AMERICA CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Phani Pavan Kumar Mangaiahgari
  • Patent number: 9471048
    Abstract: A system for managing accessing to a locking device is disclosed. A group of users can register with a social networking service and an access management application hosted by the social networking service. A first user can grant, to a second user connected to the first user, access to the locking device and contents thereof. The access management application can notify the second user of the access, and the second user can initialize a mobile application on a mobile device. The mobile application can synchronize with the access management application to verify credentials of the second user. The second user can use the mobile device to connect, via a short-range communication connection, to the locking device and open the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Adam L Kuenzi, Jonah J Harkema
  • Publication number: 20160260274
    Abstract: A locking device employs improved lock management techniques based on time delay polices that use a random period of time. The locking device receives a first credential of a custodian, validates the first credential and determines a random period of time based upon a time-delay policy when the first credential is validated. The locking device executes a lock release protocol upon expiration of the random period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Adam KUENZI
  • Patent number: 9306417
    Abstract: A power system includes one or more notification circuits for powering notification devices, a backup power source, and a plurality of primary power supplies. The primary power supplies are configured to provide a combined current to the notification circuits. Each primary power supply regulates its output current to equal a highest output current provided by one of the primary power supplies so that each contributes approximately the same current to the load. The primary power supplies also include boost regulator circuits for boosting the voltage of the backup power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: William Edwards, Richard P. Tucker, Donald Becker
  • Patent number: 9253450
    Abstract: A synchronized video monitoring system may include a plurality of separate sensor modules that each include a lens assembly, an image sensor, and a sensor controller. Each sensor module may be connected to a data bus. A collection module that includes a digital image compressor engine may also be connected to the data bus. Each sensor module may capture an image of a field of view of a monitored area. Each sensor module may insert its image data onto the data bus within a different allotment of time within a frame capture cycle. The collection module may compress and encode the image data received from each sensor module, and may generate a composite video image frame. Each region of the composite video image frame may depict image data captured by a different sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Jon McCammon
  • Publication number: 20150308589
    Abstract: An exemplary flexible conduit (26) for use in a fire suppression system (20) includes a core layer (30) that establishes interior surface (32) of the flexible conduit that is configured to contact fire suppression fluid. A jacket layer (36) surrounds the core layer. The jacket layer establishes an exterior surface (38) of the flexible conduit. A reinforcing layer (34) is situated between the interior surface and the exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth KRAGER, Bryan Robert SIEWERT, Michael R. CAREY, Enrico MANES, Richard J. PAHOLSKY, Patrick PACKARD
  • Patent number: 9169685
    Abstract: An improved lockable container, which is configured to resist being pried open or being otherwise successfully attacked within predetermined time and tool set limits. Also, methods for manufacturing and/or assembling embodiments of the lockable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 9142103
    Abstract: A mass notification system including one or more alarms for notification of two or more emergency classes. Each alarm can include a lens, a strobe for illuminating the lens with a first light color during activation of the strobe, and a light source such as a light emitting diode for illuminating the lens with a second light color different from the first light color during activation of the light source. During activation of the lens with the light source, the lens appears to be the color emitted by the light source. The alarm can be configured to notify occupants of a first emergency class by activating only the strobe and to notify occupants of a second emergency class by activating both the strobe and the light source. An alarm configured to provide notification of two or more emergency classes can thus use a single lens and a single strobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Paul Robotham, Thomas Greenwood, Morris Stoops