Patents Assigned to VIVINT, INC.
  • Patent number: 10529226
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a security and/or automation system using a aspects of a vehicle. The method may include receiving confirmation of a user's presence in the vehicle, receiving confirmation of vehicle operation, displaying on a display of the vehicle at least one control option for a security and/or automation system of a property monitored by the security and/or automation system, receiving at least one user input on the display related to the at least one control option, and transmitting instructions to control the security and/or automation system based on the at least one user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10527305
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating power from airflow powered smart vents associated with security and automation systems. One method includes monitoring a rate of airflow through an air vent in a centralized heating and cooling system, generating, at a sensor at the air vent, power based at least in part on the rate of airflow through the air vent, storing the generated power in the sensor at the air vent, providing the stored power to one or more motors associated with the sensor at the air vent, and utilizing the stored power to perform communication between the sensor at the air vent and a control panel of the home automation system, wherein the control panel is located at a location different from a location of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongbin Lanny Lin, Brandon Bunker, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10527308
    Abstract: In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may offer a user the comforts of automatically controlling HVAC settings based at least in part on an alarm. The automation system may provide automatically meet desired HVAC conditions at select times and provide a more comfortable living situation. In some embodiments, the increased comfort level may enable or ease household activities. For example, if a person sleeps with a cooler temperature, it may be harder for the person to get out of bed. But an automated HVAC system may adjust the temperature such that when a person desires to wake up, the temperature is comfortable and may ease a transition from day to night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint H. Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James E. Nye, Jefferson H. Lyman
  • Patent number: 10528720
    Abstract: A device may require one or more updates to its software. However, the device may be inaccessible due to a variety of circumstances. Troubleshooting the device may be difficult. Therefore, the device may be configured to automatically run a script after it has been validated to perform one or more functions on the control panel. In one embodiment, a method to automate a script on a device is described. The method may include searching an attached external storage device for a script, identifying a script based at least in part on the searching, validating the authenticity of the identified script, and executing, automatically, the validated script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Matsuura, Ryan Carlson, Johny Bui, John Rigby, Bruce Vernon
  • Patent number: 10522013
    Abstract: Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, methods may include receiving, from a first device at a first location, a request to access data associated with a time period from a second device at a second location, the data comprising at least one of audio data, visual data, or a combination thereof, receiving, from the first device, a category associated with the request, identifying a first set of data associated with the time period, the identified first set of data based at least in part on the request and the category, and automatically transmitting the first set of data to the first device based at least in part on the category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jungtaik Hwang, Alen Peacock, Douglas Barnett, Casey Baugh, Foster Watabe, Bryant Robertson
  • Patent number: 10522012
    Abstract: A method for detecting occupancy of a building is described. In one embodiment, the method includes using a microphone to monitor for sounds at a building, detecting a sound via the microphone, and determining whether the sound is made by a human or made by an animal. In some cases, the microphone is a glass break sensor microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Nye, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10524331
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to illuminate a room is described. At least one person entering the room may be identified. The room may be illuminated based at least in part on the identifying. An occupancy count for the room may be maintained based at least in part on the illuminating, wherein the occupancy count comprises a number of one or more people present in the room. The room may be darkened based at least in part on the occupancy count for the room reaching a pre-determined count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Rein
  • Patent number: 10514714
    Abstract: A method for heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is described. In one embodiment, the method includes measuring a temperature of a first room of a building via a first thermometer placed in the first room and measuring a temperature of a second room of the building via a second thermometer placed in the second room and receiving the temperature of the first room via a first data communication device communicatively coupled to a first HVAC register in the first room and receiving the temperature of the second room via a second data communication device communicatively coupled to a second HVAC register in the second room. In some cases, the first data communication device is configured to communicate data between the first thermometer and a central automation controller and the second data communication device is configured to communicate data between the second thermometer and the central automation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Call, Nicholas Brown, Jason Carter, Darren Noble, Brandon Hatch, Brandon Bunker
  • Patent number: 10507167
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for monitoring medication use with a home automation system. An example medication monitoring system includes a medication storage device, a proximity device, and a dispenser module. The medication storage device is configured to hold a plurality of medications. The proximity device is configured to detect an activity of a user relative to the medication storage device. The dispense module is configured to detect a pattern of the activity based on data received from the proximity device, and generate a notice. The notice may be generated if the pattern is broken. The notice may include a summary report on usage of the medication storage device. The notice may include an alarm if the medication storage device is, for example, tampered with or moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Harrison Taylor Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10505753
    Abstract: Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, these may include detecting a presence of a person at a location; determine a first identification datum associated with the person; calculating a first probability of identification based at least in part on the first identification datum; determining an identity of the person based at least in part on the first probability; and initiating an action based at least in part on the determined identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Aaron Davis, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10504346
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems, comprising determining a presence of a first occupant in a first room at a predefined location, the first room communicatively coupled to a first electronic device capable of receiving input; receiving a request for communication with the first occupant by a remote computer system; sending a response to the request for communication with the first occupant; and establishing a communications link between the first electronic device and the remote computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy B. Warren, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10504042
    Abstract: A control panel is used to control and/or monitor an automation system. The automation system may also be used in connection with one or more enhanced services, such as a remote access service. The remote access service may allow a user to control or monitor some or all aspects of the automation system through a remote computing device. To use the remote access service, or other enhanced services, the user may register to associate the user with the control panel of the automation system. If it is determined that the user has not registered, the service provider may send a message to the control panel. The message may prompt the user to register for the enhanced service. Optionally, contact information may be requested to allow a message to be sent to a personal device of the user to facilitate registration or use of the enhanced service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex J. Dunn, James E. Nye, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10497245
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for tracking location using a home automation system. One method includes receiving sensor data indicating presence of a wearable tracking device in a predetermined area of a property monitored by the home automation system, confirming an identity of the tracking device, and generating a notice indicating a location of the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 10490003
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for security and/or automation systems. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving a reservation request for a reservation at a building from a guest. The method may further include approving the reservation request. The method may further include automatically communicating a temporary guest code to the guest based at least in part on the approving, the temporary guest code granting access to the building and access to operate at least one component of the security and/or automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy Bruce Warren
  • Patent number: 10490042
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for monitoring activity at a location, provides receiving a first data signal and a second data signal, wherein the first and second data signals are related to activities detected at a location, and reproducing the first and second data signals in a chronology that indicates relative timing of receipt of the first and second data signals via a user interface. This may accelerate review and inspection of multiple data signals recorded over time, including data signals of various types. The coincidence of patterns in the data signals may be detected and brought to the user's attention for closer review, such as via transmission of a message or transmission of a segment of recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10481561
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling settings of an automation system, such as a home and/or business automation system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for controlling settings of an 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 continuously detect user patterns of behavior with a home automation system, and adaptively update one or more settings of the home automation system based on the detected patterns of behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefferson Lyman
  • Patent number: 10482758
    Abstract: A control panel is used to monitor events within a security system or other automation system. In the event an intruder enters a physical location, the intruder may attempt to damage the control panel to disrupt its operation. One or more sensors of the control panel may detect disruption in the operation of the control panel. Example sensors may detect an impact force, sudden acceleration, removal from a mounted location, or disruption of communication with an input/output element, such as a display device. When an event is detected at the control panel itself, the control panel can send a signal to a remote service provider, and the remote service provider can follow-up with the customer. The control panel and/or remote service provider may also determine when the control panel loses partial or complete power loss to identify the disruption as a potential crash-and-smash entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Nye, Jungtaik Hwang
  • Patent number: 10482751
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving social media data via a signal, analyzing the social media data based at least in part on a first parameter, identifying occupancy information based at least in part on the analyzing, and assessing a structure occupancy based at least in part on the identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Davis, Brandon Bunker, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10484196
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for installing a component within a system is described. In one embodiment, component information is identified via a component code on a component. User input is received that includes additional component information. A component associated with the component code is activated in a system based on the component information and the additional component information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Jeffrey G. Thomas, Michael D. Child
  • Patent number: 10484806
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for managing audio output through an intermediary. In some embodiments, an audio controller emulates a direct connection between an audio source device and an audio output device. In other embodiments, audio content local to an audio controller is combined with other audio content passing through the audio controller on its way from an audio source device to an audio output device. In additional embodiments, an audio output device is locked to an audio controller. The lock survives power cycling and soft resets of the audio output device. A special hard reset can be used to release the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Bruce Warren, Jeffrey Glenn Thomas