Patents Assigned to VIVINT, INC.
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10467875
    Abstract: Methods and systems for security and/or automation systems are described. In some embodiments, the methods may include identifying an area of a premises associated with an occupant, identifying a wake up time associated with the occupant, identifying a location associated with the occupant, and initiating one or more automated actions based at least in part on the wake up time and the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10469657
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for back-end failure redundancy in security and automation systems. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for back-end failure redundancy includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by a processor to detect an alarm event, and attempt to establish a connection between a control panel and a backend system. If no connection between control panel and backend system is made, the instructions may initiate a two-way cellular call between the control panel and a central station, and deliver a caller ID from the control panel to the central station via the two-way cellular call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy Bruce Warren, James Ellis Nye
  • Patent number: 10469280
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In some embodiments, the method may include detecting departure data relating to at least one of an occupant and a premises, identifying a likelihood of an absence in relation to the premises based at least in part on the departure data, and sending a confirmation request based at least in part on the identifying for the occupant associated with the premises to confirm the absence. In some cases, the absence may include the premises being unoccupied for at least a portion of a predetermined time period. The predetermined time period may include at least one night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10464206
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for robot transportation of objects into or out of a home automation system. One example may include determining, by a mobile robotic device, that an object is available to cross a boundary of the home automation system. The method may include deactivating at least a portion of the home automation system. The method also include retrieving, by the mobile robotic device, the object and transporting, by the mobile robotic device, the object across the boundary. The method further includes leaving, by the mobile robotic device, the object at a drop-off location. The method may also include reactivating at least the portion of the home automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Frisby, Craig Matsuura, Aaron Davis
  • Patent number: 10460540
    Abstract: An automation system may include a smart doorman. The system may observe one or more guests to a residence, predict a user profile associated with the guest, and invite an administrator of the automation system to create the suggested profile of the guest. The system may store one or more biometric identifiers with a visitation pattern to determine if the guest requires a profile. In one embodiment, a method for security and/or automation systems may be described. The method may include detecting the presence of one or more guests at an entrance to a residence and comparing the presence of a guest to one or more profile parameters. A guest profile associated with the guest may be predicted based at least in part on the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman
  • Patent number: 10453328
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for crowdsourcing detected events is described. In one embodiment, an event is detected via one or more sensors located at a first location within a predetermined geographic area. Data from the one or more sensors is analyzed to determine a scope of the event. Upon determining the scope of the event affects a second location within the predetermined geographic area, a notification is sent to a user associated with a location within the predetermined geographic area that does not include a sensor of a type that detects the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Ricks
  • Patent number: 10455564
    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 timing synchronization function identifying when the change to the particular channel should occur. The 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 a mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Venkat Kalkunte
  • Patent number: 10455271
    Abstract: A method for voice control component installation is described. In one embodiment, a speech recognizable input spoken by an installer is identified, the speech recognizable input relating to installation of a system component. The system component is in communication with a control panel. An installation task for the system component is performed according to the speech recognizable input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10448434
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for establishing two wireless networks at a premises, a dedicated network configured to be used by devices of an automation and security system of the premises and a user network configured to be used by devices associated with users. The dedicated network may be more rigorously secured than the user network. The dedicated network may be secured in such a way that computing devices associated with users are not permitted to access the dedicated network. In this manner, the dedicated network may be prevented from becoming compromised. In some examples, a contention management entity may mediate network traffic scheduling between the dedicated network and the user network. The dedicated network may be configured to give deference to traffic being communicated across the user network to maintain a quality of service for end users of the user network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10440320
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to manage incoming communications is described. An incoming call may be received on a landline. One or more devices may be located within a predetermined area based at least in part on the receipt of the incoming call. The incoming call may be forwarded to the one or more devices based at least in part on the locating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Rein
  • Patent number: 10432419
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling an automation and security system. According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for voice control of an automation and security system includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by a processor to detect a trigger word spoken by a user at a location remote from a control panel of the automation and security system, detect a command spoken by the user at the remote location which follows the trigger word, deliver at least one audio response to the user at the remote location in response to the command, and perform an action in response to the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy Bruce Warren, James Ellis Nye
  • Patent number: 10433122
    Abstract: Apparatuses, techniques, and methods for a security and/or automation system are described. In some cases, these may include a first user recording a message and the message being broadcast or conveyed to a second user based on the second user's identity and/or location and/or a relevant time of recording or broadcasting, among other things. The methods may include receiving a first communication from a first user, storing the first communication in memory, identifying a second user at a first location, retrieving the first communication from memory, the retrieving based at least in part on the identification of the second user, and conveying the first communication to the second user at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, Matthew Mahar, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 10431073
    Abstract: Techniques are described for reducing false alarms related to security and automation systems. One method includes receiving a request to activate a security function associated with a automation system, initiating a first security duration after a predetermined time associated with the received request, detecting an occurrence of an event associated with the automation system during the first security duration, initiating a second security duration based on the detecting, and broadcasting a message requesting authentication credentials at a location of the automation system during the second security duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Simon
  • Patent number: 10425479
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for storing 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 video content associated with an event, determine a priority level of the video content based on at least one predetermined criteria, and store the video content for a period of time based on the priority level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney David Smith
  • Patent number: 10417883
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying image data from a signal, analyzing the image data based at least in part on a first parameter, identifying a presence of an object based at least in part on the analyzing, and detecting an object event based at least in part on the identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Aaron Davis, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10419235
    Abstract: A method for a home automation system is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving input regarding a list of predetermined activities. The method may further include receiving monitored activity data of at least one authorized user. The method may further include comparing the received monitored activity data with the received input regarding the list of predetermined activities, and operating at least one aspect of the home automation system based, at least in part, on the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongbin Lanny Lin, Brandon Bunker, Aaron Davis, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10412738
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems relating to narrow beam communications and wireless networking are disclosed. Exemplary methods for wireless networking and communications may include identifying a geographic area, receiving topography data related to the geographic area, analyzing the topography data, identifying a first line of sight path related to a first access point location and one or more customer premises device locations based at least in part on the analyzing, and identifying a second line of sight path based at least in part on a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Ross, Venkat Kalkunte
  • Patent number: 10412342
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, the method including identifying a presence of a first person at a first location, capturing a first video related to the first person at the first location, and initiating an adjustment of a display of the first video based at least in part on identifying the presence of the first person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, Michelle Zundel