Patents Assigned to VIVINT, INC.
  • Patent number: 10728329
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for secure data storage is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving data at a receiver. The method may further include integrating a storage device with the receiver, and storing the received data on the integrated storage device. The method may further include communicating the received data from the integrated storage device to be stored on a remote distributed storage network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Alen Lynn Peacock, Spencer Nugent, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll
  • Patent number: 10715677
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for security and/or automation systems are described. In some embodiments, the methods may include detecting an input at a doorbell, and communicating the detected input to a doorbell signal generating component associated with the doorbell based at least in part on the detecting. The methods may further include generating a first alert at the doorbell signal generating component associated with the doorbell. In some embodiments, the methods may further include communicating the detected input to one or more alert components associated with the security and/or automation system based at least in part on the detecting, and generating a second alert at the one or more alert components associated with the security and/or automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10713873
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for security and/or automation systems. In some embodiments, the method may include retrieving a predefined list of user preferences associated with a guest. The method may further include updating a status of one or more devices associated with the security and/or automation systems at a home based at least in part on the predefined list of user preferences, and determining a change in the status of the one or more devices associated with the security and/or automation systems at the home. The method may further include updating the predefined list of user preferences based at least in part on the determined change. The method may further include communicating, to the guest, a request for a feedback associated with the determined change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Colby Winegar, Harrison T. Jenkins, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10708632
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for storing and accessing video content collected by a home automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for accessing video content collected by a home automation system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to receive metadata about a recorded event from a cloud storage, request video content of the recorded event based on the metadata, and receive at least some of the video content from a controller of the home automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10701421
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include streaming a first view of a camera in a video stream, embedding a second view of the camera in the video stream, and transmitting the video stream to at least one of a first display device and a second display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Frisby, Kyle Redfearn, Craig Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10687025
    Abstract: In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation system, may provide deterrents to the illicit acquisition of a device unique to the automation system. The system may enable a device to self-detect when the device is either stolen and/or the potential victim of hacking. The automation system may implement several solutions to help prevent tampering with its devices. The solutions may help prevent the physical acquisition of a device or may aid in the recovery of the device. The solutions may additionally include programming the device to automatically detect when the device is being hacked and/or misappropriated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, JonPaul Vega, Craig Matsuura, Dean Brederson
  • Patent number: 10687214
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods relating to operating a security system are described. In one embodiment a method may include receiving at a receiving unit a protected signal sent from a portable transmitter, the receiving unit in communication with a security system panel, assessing at least one characteristic of the protected signal, modifying at least one characteristic of the protected signal based at least in part on the assessing, and comparing the protected signal to a stored signal after the modifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Call, Craig DeVries, Jeremy B. Warren, Michael D. Child
  • Patent number: 10677486
    Abstract: A method for HVAC workload and cost logic is described. In one embodiment, the method includes detecting a thermostat of an HVAC system being set to a target temperature and upon detecting the thermostat being set to the target temperature, detecting a current indoor condition and a current outdoor condition. In some embodiments, the method includes calculating an estimated runtime of an HVAC heating or cooling cycle for the target temperature. The estimated runtime is based on the target temperature, the current indoor and outdoor conditions, and on a result of querying a correlation database. The correlation database includes data points for a plurality of previous HVAC heating and cooling cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: JonPaul Vega
  • Patent number: 10674379
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for channel switching in a mesh network is described. In one embodiment, a beacon is sent. The beacon includes a channel change request in both proprietary and standard formats. The channel change request includes an instruction to change to a particular channel and a geo-timing synchronization function identifying when the change to the particular channel should occur. The geo-timing synchronization function is used to determine that the time has arrived to change to the particular channel. The particular channel is changed to synchronously with all other access points in the mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Venkat Kalkunte
  • Patent number: 10672242
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method to monitor a proximity of an item within the confines of an automation system is described. The method may comprise setting one or more monitoring thresholds for an item. The monitoring threshold factors are communicating by a sensor proximate the item. The method may receive one or more notifications via the sensor that the item has exceeded at least one monitoring threshold and activating a monitoring aspect of the sensors based at least in part on the receiving. The method may monitor the item for one or more alarm thresholds based at least in part on the receiving. One or more alarms may be activated based at least in part on the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Harrison Taylor Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10671107
    Abstract: An assembly, method, apparatus, and system for supplying power to security, life safety, information technology, and/or automation system components is disclosed. Some embodiments may include a power supply with a projecting terminal and a cable having a first end with an electrical contact surface for contacting a power transmitting surface of the projecting terminal to establish an electrical connection, so that a first end housing portion surrounds the electrical contact surface and at least partially covers the projecting terminal. The electrical contact surface may be adjustable using a spring, which may also assist in maintaining contact with the power transmitting surface located at the projecting terminal distal end. A cable second end may connect with an electronic device, and may be customizable according to the electronic device. Embodiments may also include keying features for ensuring connection with appropriate power supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Lee Hansen, Stephen Edward Boynton, Matthew Mahar
  • Patent number: 10657749
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for automatic system access using facial recognition. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for automatic system access using facial recognition includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to identify faces of a plurality of persons relative to a premises, and determine, based at least in part on the identifying, a first person from the plurality of persons satisfies a frequent occupant threshold. The instructions are executable recognize the first person at the premises after determining the first person from the plurality of persons satisfies the frequent occupant threshold and initiate a change of state of a security and/or automation system based at least in part on the recognizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10657483
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for enabling secure delivery of a package to a designated delivery area of a premises is described. In one embodiment, information regarding a delivery of a package to a premises may be received, a delivery person arriving at the premises may be detected, and instructions may be provided to the delivery person regarding how to deliver the package to the designated delivery area within the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson Lyman, Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 10650656
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving occupancy data, identifying characteristics of the occupancy data, determining an occupant's location relative to the premises at a predetermined time, and generating a notification based at least in part on the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10645772
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for security and/or automation systems, for adjusting a home environment. Some method embodiments involving a lighting system may include receiving data relating to an occupant of a home from a sensor, analyzing the data, identifying the occupant based at least in part on the analyzing, and initiating an adjustment of the lighting system based at least in part on the identifying. One such embodiment may also include searching a catalog of occupant profiles, and comparing the data with the catalog of occupant profiles. Some other method embodiments may initiate adjustments to an environment based on an occupant's preferences (whether those preferences are already included in a profile, or determined by analysis) such as for example the occupant's lighting preferences (in an embodiment involving a lighting system). One method embodiment may also include correlating data relating to the occupant with the occupant's profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 10635907
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enhanced interactions for a security automation system using a doorbell camera. One method includes detecting, by the doorbell camera, that a person is located within a distance threshold to an entry of a structure based on received sensor data; identifying, by the doorbell camera, a suggested security action for the security and automation system to perform based on the detecting; transmitting the suggested action to the security and automation system based on the identifying; and broadcasting, via the doorbell camera, in response to the transmitting a message to the person located within the distance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, Jeremy B. Warren, Alen L. Peacock, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 10624280
    Abstract: A method for managing an irrigation schedule is described. Data related to soil at a location may be received from a first sensor by way of a first wireless communication. Data related to weather at the location may be received from a second sensor by way of a second wireless communication. At least one video frame of the location may be received from a camera located within a predetermined distance from the location by way of a third wireless communication. An amount of liquid to discharge at the location may be determined based at least in part on the received data and the received video frame. A discharge of the determined amount of liquid at the location may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy B. Warren, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10630943
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the security and/or automation system, collectively referred to herein as automation system, may include a system for remotely monitoring a residence while respecting the privacy of occupants of the residence and the need for safety and security concerns. When a user is actively monitoring a residence, the system may provide a notification to occupants that remote monitoring is active. The remote monitoring may comprise video feed viewing of the residence, review of still images, audio review, and the like. The remote monitoring may allow review of multiple areas or rooms of a residence, the outside of a residence, and the like. The notifications may alert an occupant when a user is remotely viewing an audio feed, a video feed, images, or the like. However, the user may be disable the notifications if so desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman
  • Patent number: 10616090
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enhancing wireless communication using millimeter wave (mmW) communication and mesh network topology. One method includes transmitting data to a first wireless device via a first mmW communication beam from a base station, determining that a performance level of the first mmW communication beam is below a threshold value based on transmitting the data, and communicating with the first wireless device over a transmission route based on a performance level of a second mmW communication beam. In some examples, the transmission route includes a first segment that includes the second mmW communication beam and a second segment that includes a wireless mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Ross, Muhammad Ahsan Naim
  • Patent number: 10616376
    Abstract: The disclosure may relate to a communications protocol between a mobile device and a control panel, or a mobile device and a server associated with the automation system. The communication protocol may reduce a size of data transferred between the mobile device and control panel ensuring the user does not experience latency on their mobile device, a large bill from their wireless broadband provider, and also does not miss important update or the like from the automation system. In some embodiments, a method for a security and/or automation is described. The method may comprise generating a communication to a user, coding the communication using a pre-established user-specific code index, and transmitting the coded communication to a device associated with the user. Coding the communication may further comprise reducing a size of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Stricker, Ryan Carlson