Patents Assigned to Versus Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20180182190
    Abstract: A context-aware method and system for facilitating the delivery of healthcare to patients within a clinical environment monitored by real-time locating apparatus including auto-ID patient tags where patients having tags are located within the environment in real time by the apparatus are provided. The system includes a plurality of self-service units where one or more of the units is configured to store a plurality of auto-ID patient tags and where the one or more of the units includes a dispensing mechanism to dispense stored tags. The system further includes a control computer subsystem coupled to the at least one of the units and including at least one user interface. The subsystem still further includes a processor operable to execute software instructions and a memory operable to store software instructions accessible by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, Hall T. Snowday, III, Gary Gaisser
  • Patent number: 9922167
    Abstract: A context-aware method and system for facilitating the delivery of healthcare to patients within a clinical environment monitored by real-time locating apparatus including auto-ID patient tags where patients having tags are located within the environment in real time by the apparatus are provided. The system includes a plurality of self-service units where one or more of the units is configured to store a plurality of auto-ID patient tags and where the one or more of the units includes a dispensing mechanism to dispense stored tags. The system further includes a control computer subsystem coupled to the at least one of the units and including at least one user interface. The subsystem still further includes a processor operable to execute software instructions and a memory operable to store software instructions accessible by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, Hall T. Snowday, Gary Gaisser
  • Patent number: 9922534
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and improving hygiene compliance in a caregiver setting is provided. The system includes a plurality of hand cleansing dispensers with sensors coupled thereto to detect usage of the dispenser and the identity of the personnel using the dispenser. Usage of the dispenser affects the personnel's hygiene compliance. Indicators are coupled to or integral with the dispensers to output a real-time indication of the hygiene compliance of the personnel. As time progresses since the last detected handwashing event, the indicators can reflect the real-time degradation of hygiene compliance to keep the personnel well-informed of their compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Gary T. Gaisser, Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Patent number: 9497428
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and improving hygiene compliance in a caregiver setting is provided. The system includes a plurality of hand cleansing dispensers with sensors coupled thereto to detect usage of the dispenser and the identity of the personnel using the dispenser. Usage of the dispenser affects the personnel's hygiene compliance. Indicators are coupled to or integral with the dispensers to output a real-time indication of the hygiene compliance of the personnel. As time progresses since the last detected handwashing event, the indicators can reflect the real-time degradation of hygiene compliance to keep the personnel well-informed of their compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Gaisser, Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Publication number: 20140180713
    Abstract: A real-time method and system are provided for monitoring hygiene compliance within a tracking environment. Auto-ID personnel tags are associated with personnel whose hygiene compliance is desired to track locations of the personnel within the environment. A first transceiver is associated with a handwashing dispenser unit. A second transceiver is associated with an entrance/exit of a patient location area. The method includes associating a first timer with the first transceiver that starts in response to activation of the dispenser. A second timer is associated with the second transceiver and starts in response to detection of personnel entering/exiting the patient location area. Hygiene-compliance is monitored based on these transceivers monitoring handwashing activity and entering/exiting the patient location area by the personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. TENARVITZ, Robert WISER
  • Patent number: 8514071
    Abstract: A real-time method and system for locating a mobile object or person in a tracking environment. The method includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of data to obtain a modulated first signal and transmitting the first signal. The first signal contains the first packet and has a first precision and a first range within the environment. The steps of modulating and transmitting are repeated until a modulated second signal is received within a time period after the step of transmitting. The second signal contains a second packet including a second set of data and has a second precision and a second range within the environment. The second signal is demodulated to obtain the second packet. Location is determined within the environment based on the second packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Versus Technology, Inc., Fleetwood Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry G. Derks, William S. Buehler, Ann Elizabeth Hall
  • Publication number: 20130122807
    Abstract: A networked system and method for improving hygiene practices includes an interactive communication system of user devices and an information engine. Wired and wireless data transmission methods are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Versus Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8416072
    Abstract: A real-time method and system for locating a mobile object or person in a tracking environment while conserving electrical energy in a battery-operated tracking tag associated with the object or person are provided. The method includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of identification data having a first length to obtain a first modulated signal. The first set of data identifies the tag associated with the object or person. The method also includes transmitting the first modulated signal containing the first packet. Transmission of the first modulated signal consumes a first amount of electrical energy. The first modulated signal has a first precision and a first range within the environment. The method further includes modulating a second carrier signal with a second packet including a second set of identification data reduced in length from and based on the first set of identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Patent number: 8310364
    Abstract: A real-time method and system of determining and validating location of a relocated mobile object or person in a tracking environment in which a plurality of sensors are located are provided. The method includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of data to obtain a modulated first signal. The first signal contains the first packet and has a first precision and a first range within the environment. A modulated second signal is received from at least one of the sensors including the nearest sensor. The second signal contains a second packet including a second set of data and has a second precision and a second range within the environment. The method further includes determining and validating current location of the relocated tag within the environment based on a plurality of second packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Versus Technology, Inc., Fleetwood Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry G. Derks, William S. Buehler, Michael B. Hall, Ann Elizabeth Hall, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120025980
    Abstract: A real-time method and system of determining and validating location of a relocated mobile object or person in a tracking environment in which a plurality of sensors are located are provided. The method includes providing a tracking tag having storage and wearable by the person or attachable to the object. The method further includes storing a set of data related to a prior location of a relocated tag in the tracking environment in the storage. The method still further includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of data to obtain a modulated first signal. The method further includes transmitting from the tag to a sensor nearest the relocated tag the first signal. The first signal contains the first packet and has a first precision and a first range within the environment. The method still further includes receiving a modulated second signal at the tag from at least one of the sensors including the nearest sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicants: FLEETWOOD GROUP, INC., VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Harry G. Derks, William S. Buehler, Michael B. Hall, Ann Elizabeth Hall
  • Publication number: 20120025973
    Abstract: A real-time method and system for locating a mobile object or person in a tracking environment in which a plurality of sensors are located are provided. The method includes providing a tracking tag wearable by the person or attachable to the object. The method further includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of data to obtain a modulated first signal. The method still further includes transmitting from the tag to a sensor nearest the tag the first signal, the first signal containing the first packet and having a first precision and a first range within the environment. The method further includes repeating the steps of modulating and transmitting until a modulated second signal is received at the tag from the nearest sensor within a time period after the step of transmitting. The second signal contains a second packet including a second set of data and has a second precision and a second range within the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicants: Fleetwood Group, Inc., VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Harry G. Derks, William S. Buehler, Michael B. Hall (Deceased), Ann Elizabeth Hall
  • Publication number: 20110121974
    Abstract: A real-time method and system are provided for monitoring hygiene compliance within a tracking environment provided by real-time tracking apparatus. Auto-ID personnel tags are associated with personnel whose hygiene compliance is desired to track locations of the personnel within the environment. Each of the personnel tags is capable of transmitting a wireless signal including ID information unique to its associated personnel tag. Personnel location information is generated based on the locations of the personnel tags within the environment. The method includes associating an auto-ID dispenser tag with each cleaning agent dispenser located within the tracking environment. Each of the dispenser tags is capable of transmitting a wireless signal including ID information. The method further includes sensing a state change which indicates activation of a particular dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, Robert Wiser
  • Publication number: 20110125524
    Abstract: A context-aware method and system for facilitating the delivery of healthcare to patients within a clinical environment monitored by real-time locating apparatus including auto-ID patient tags where patients having tags are located within the environment in real time by the apparatus are provided. The system includes a plurality of self-service units where one or more of the units is configured to store a plurality of auto-ID patient tags and where the one or more of the units includes a dispensing mechanism to dispense stored tags. The system further includes a control computer subsystem coupled to the at least one of the units and including at least one user interface. The subsystem still further includes a processor operable to execute software instructions and a memory operable to store software instructions accessible by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, H.T. Snowday, Gary Gaisser
  • Publication number: 20110125513
    Abstract: A real-time method and system for controlling healthcare delivery processes within a clinical environment is provided. The clinical environment is monitored by real-time locating apparatus including auto-ID tags. The method includes providing a set of rules which are predefined so as to be representative of a combination of event data and subject data values occurring when the healthcare delivery processes are performing optimally. The method further includes collecting real-time event data which represents the locations of mobile tag-wearing subjects within the environment and events which occur within the facility. The method still further includes collecting subject data which is directly or indirectly related to the tag-wearing subjects and evaluating in real-time the event data and subject data based on the set of predefined rules to measure performance of the processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: VERSUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Henry J. Tenarvitz, H.T. Snowday, Seth Tabberer
  • Publication number: 20110121962
    Abstract: A real-time method and system for locating a mobile object or person in a tracking environment while conserving electrical energy in a battery-operated tracking tag associated with the object or person are provided. The method includes modulating a first carrier signal with a first packet including a first set of identification data having a first length to obtain a first modulated signal. The first set of data identifies the tag associated with the object or person. The method also includes transmitting the first modulated signal containing the first packet. Transmission of the first modulated signal consumes a first amount of electrical energy. The first modulated signal has a first precision and a first range within the environment. The method further includes modulating a second carrier signal with a second packet including a second set of identification data reduced in length from and based on the first set of identification data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Patent number: 6838992
    Abstract: A method, system and a badge utilized therein utilize both the radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to locate subjects (i.e. objects and persons) within a tracking environment. The system includes a battery-operated, microprocessor-based badge for each subject to be located. Each badge automatically transmits: (1) shorter interval, digitized, infrared light signals to identify a delimited area zone of its subject's location; (2) shorter interval, digitized, lower power RF signals to provide a local area zone of its subject's location; and (3) longer interval, digitized, higher power RF signals to provide a wide area zone of its subject's location. Each badge transmits uniquely identifiable IR and higher power RF signals upon actuation of one or more push button switches integrated on the badge or a change of state of one or more external switch connections. Each higher power, longer interval, RF signal is a “supervisory” pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Publication number: 20040183682
    Abstract: A method, system and a badge utilized therein utilize both the radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to locate subjects (i.e. objects and persons) within a tracking environment. The system includes a battery-operated, microprocessor-based badge for each subject to be located. Each badge automatically transmits: (1) shorter interval, digitized, infrared light signals to identify a delimited area zone of its subject's location; (2) shorter interval, digitized, lower power RF signals to provide a local area zone of its subject's location; and (3) longer interval, digitized, higher power RF signals to provide a wide area zone of its subject's location. Each badge transmits uniquely identifiable IR and higher power RF signals upon actuation of one or more push button switches integrated on the badge or a change of state of one or more external switch connections. Each higher power, longer interval, RF signal is a “supervisory” pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Applicant: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Patent number: 6104295
    Abstract: An electronic band tag includes a plurality of conductive wires supported within a band of material wherein each of the wires provide either an open circuit or a closed circuit to form a coded pattern of open and closed circuits. After an electrical discontinuity has been formed in at least one of the wires, the coded pattern of the wires is converted into a unique tag ID. The band tag utilizes both the radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to enable a system including multiple tags to locate subjects (i.e. objects and persons) within a tracking environment. Each band tag includes a battery-operated, microprocessor-based electronic circuit for each subject to be located. Each band tag automatically transmits digitized infrared light signals to provide a fine determination of its subject's location. Each band tag transmits RF and IR signals upon actuation of a page request/alert push button switch on its electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Versus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Gaisser, Edward T. Schmitt, Hall T. Snowday, III, Henry J. Tenarvitz
  • Patent number: 5131019
    Abstract: A system for interfacing an alarm reporting unit with a cellular radio transceiver so that the data which is produced by the alarm reporting unit is effectively matched to the radio transceiver, irrespective of its initial format, includes circuitry for matching the format of the alarm reporting unit to that of the cellular radio transceiver, and circuitry for matching the format of the cellular radio transceiver to that of the alarm reporting unit, to permit interactive communications which assure the reliable transmission of data while allowing suitable acknowledgement signals to be returned to the alarm reporting unit to regulate the effective transmission of data within the system, and isolation circuitry to effectively separate the alarm reporting unit from the cellular radio transceiver so that the alarm reporting unit can communicate with a monitoring facility via the cellular radio transceiver, as well as the wired telephone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: VerSuS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliezer A. Sheffer, Ronald J. Chebra, Richard W. Haff
  • Patent number: 5027383
    Abstract: An alarm reporting system includes a control unit which services a supervised derived channel communicator, and a one-way radio communicator (preferably via the cellular telephone network), to provide for interactive operation of the derived channel unit and the radio transmitter according to alarm conditions which may arise at the premises, and the existing condition of the equipment comprising the system. The system is capable of communicating with a central monitoring facility, or mobile units (patrol vehicles or service vehicles) associated with the central monitoring facility, for enhanced security of the monitored premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: VerSuS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eliezer A. Sheffer