Patents Examined by Bhavin M Patel
  • Patent number: 9274509
    Abstract: A biometric identity confirmation system is based on both pulse wave data and spirometric data for the subject. During an initial enrollment mode, pulse wave and spirometric data for a known subject are used to generate subject characterization data for the known subject. During a subsequent identity authentication mode, pulse wave and spirometric data for a test subject are analyzed using the subject characterization data to confirm whether the identity of the test subject matches the known subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Integrated Monitoring Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Phillips, Geoffrey A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9223298
    Abstract: A biometric identity confirmation system is based on pulse waveform data for the subject. During an initial enrollment mode, pulse waveform data for a known subject are used to generate subject characterization data for the known subject. The subject characterization data includes an exemplar created by synchronous averaging of pulse waveform data over multiple pulse cycles. A number of trigger candidate are identified for the start point of each pulse cycle. The time delay between trigger candidates is analyzed to discard false trigger candidate and identify true candidates, which are then used as the start points for each pulse cycle in synchronous averaging of the pulse waveform data. During a subsequent identity authentication mode, pulse waveform data for a test subject are analyzed using the subject characterization data to confirm whether the identity of the test subject matches the known subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Integrated Monitoring Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Phillips, Geoffrey A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9224296
    Abstract: A system for tracking school buses and schoolchildren to enhance the security and safety of schoolchildren and provide real-time information about the location of students and buses to teachers and administrators and parents by utilizing GPS components and fingerprint scanning technology. In some embodiments, the system is comprised of the following parts: a client software component, hosted on a data storage unit and executed by a client microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Tian Wu, Li Jiang
  • Patent number: 9217754
    Abstract: Devices to aid in finding items, along with methods of operation of the devices. The resultant movement of an item during use, and lack of movement of an item during non-use, are exploited to alert a user to the whereabouts of the item through adaptive techniques. A device is associated with an item (e.g., attached to an item) and is configured to sense motion events corresponding to movement of the device and to track corresponding times of occurrence of the motion events. The device may adaptively determine a time interval of motion inactivity or an alert time at which to provide an indication of a current location of the device based on one or more of the motion events and the times of occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Crucs Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Crucs
  • Patent number: 9098990
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (700) for operating a security tag of an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) system. The methods involve: executing on a mobile Point Of Sale (“POS”) device (104) an application operative to control operations of a peripheral device (190) attached to the mobile POS device for facilitating performance of a purchase transaction; receiving, by the mobile POS device a request to detach the security tag from an article; and communicating a message from the mobile POS device to the peripheral device via a first short range communication. The message is configured to cause the peripheral device to perform operations to facilitate a detachment of the security tag from the article. Next, a signal is communicated from the peripheral device to the security tag. The signal causes an actuation of a detachment mechanism of the security tag or a heating of an adhesive disposed on the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Paul B. Rasband, Melwyn Sequeira, Hubert A. Patterson, Ronald B. Easter
  • Patent number: 9088862
    Abstract: A computer implemented method including: maintaining, in a storage, information about one or more sets of tags, wherein each set of tags comprises two or more tags, receiving, from a user device, a request for content relating to a certain tag, wherein the request comprises an identifier, identifying, on the basis of the identifier and the information maintained in the storage, a set of tags that comprises said certain tag, and returning, to the user device, information about content relating to said certain tag and information about content relating to at least one other tag belonging to said identified set of tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: THINGLINK OY
    Inventors: Janne Jalkanen, Palash Mukhopadhyay
  • Patent number: 9064163
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled crate (50) includes: a plurality of sides (52); an RFID inlay (54) supported on a first one of the plurality of sides; and an antenna (56) coupled to the RFID inlay (54). Suitably, the antenna (56) extends at least partially across at least a second one of the plurality of sides (52), the second one of the sides being different from the first one where the RFID inlay (54) is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. Phaneuf, Michael J. Isabell
  • Patent number: 9035750
    Abstract: A system comprising at least one piece of equipment; a plurality of sensors adapted to measure one or more operating parameters of the equipment; and a signature generator adapted to encode a plurality of data streams from the sensors into an operating signature for the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: James Po Kong
  • Patent number: 9030327
    Abstract: A method includes receiving radiation sensor data from two radiation sensors that are positioned separately from each other about a path. Position information identifying a source of radiation as it passes by the two radiation sensors is received. The sensor data from the two radiation sensors is time shifted to correlate the sensor data to the identified source of radiation. The time shifted sensor signals are summed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Edward L. Cochran, Kwong Wing Au
  • Patent number: 9007191
    Abstract: A tactile sensor includes a plurality of first sensing elements that are arranged in a plurality of rows on a first layer and a plurality of second sensing elements that are vertically aligned in a plurality of columns on the first layer. The second sensing elements in each column are electrically connected together and each of the plurality of columns are separate conductors from one another. The plurality of second sensing elements include a plurality of vertical elements that form an interlocking pattern with the plurality of first sensing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Dominic Tenuta
  • Patent number: 9007192
    Abstract: A tactile sensor includes a plurality of first sensing elements that are arranged in a plurality of rows on a first layer and a plurality of second sensing elements that are vertically aligned in a plurality of columns on the first layer. The second sensing elements in each column are electrically connected together and each of the plurality of columns are separate conductors from one another. The plurality of second sensing elements include a plurality of vertical elements that form an interlocking pattern with the plurality of first sensing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Dominic Tenuta
  • Patent number: 8994501
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively reading radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags by an RFID reader includes the RFID reader transmitting an interrogation signal at each of a plurality of power levels beginning with a lowest power level and sequentially increasing power of the transmitted interrogation signal to a highest power level. The RFID reader receives, in response to transmitting the interrogation for at least one of the power levels, at least one data signal from each RFID tag within a read zone of the RFID reader, wherein each of the data signals contains stored data corresponding to the RFID tag responding to the transmission of the interrogation signal. The RFID reader selectively reads the stored data contained in the data signals received from the responding RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael O'Haire
  • Patent number: 8981959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for prioritizing the processing of messages sent between site transceivers (12, 15) at utility meter data origination sites (10) and gateway transceivers (20, 30, 40) in a fixed meter data collection network. To reduce message processing time, priorities are assigned for processing messages destined for mobile gateways, messages sent to assigned gateways, and messages sent to any gateway after not receiving an acknowledge signal from an assigned gateway. The gateway transceiver also has four receivers for processing four respective messages on four different frequency channels to further reduce processing time and to conserve power usage at the site transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Beverung, Kelly Laughlin-Parker, John A. Olson, Mark Lazar, Christopher D. Hielsberg
  • Patent number: 8976025
    Abstract: A system may include a set-top box configured to receive a television signal and provide the television signal to a media playing device, and a home monitoring device configured to obtain a video recording using a security camera, provide the video recording to a media manager device across a network, and provide information about the video recording to the set-top box. The set-top box may be further configured to provide the information about the video recording upon activation of the set-top box by a customer, receive a request to view the video recording from the customer, retrieve the video recording from the media manager device, and provide the video recording to a media playing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Poothabalan Somasundaram, Krishnakumar Sundaram, Ganesh Ramasamy, Thamilenthi Palanivelu, Arunkumar Surulinathan, Pradeep Felix, Sundar Sivaraman
  • Patent number: 8976024
    Abstract: An electronic control device for interfering with locomotion by a human or animal target includes a processor and stimulus signal generator. Upon engagement of a trigger by an operator, a stimulus signal is provided to electrodes for a time period to interfere with the skeletal muscles of the target. An indication is provided to the operator corresponding to the time period to alert the operator before deactivation of the stimulus signal. In response to the alert, the operator may reengage the trigger to continue or resume the stimulus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Brave, Michael E. Gish, Patrick W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8947231
    Abstract: A method and system (10) are provided for monitoring a restricted area (12) below a temporarily elevated worker (14) working on an elevated power transmission line (16). The method and system (10) utilize a wireless sensor system (30) that is temporarily elevated to a location (32) adjacent the worker (14) and that is configured to detect the presence of personnel (34) who enter the restricted area (12). The system (30) is configured to automatically alert personnel (34) at the worksite (17) who enter the restricted area (12) in response to detection of the personnel (34) by the wireless sensor system (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Adishesha CS, Antonio Vitucci, Michael D. Berg
  • Patent number: 8922332
    Abstract: Electronic equipment, including a GPS dongle and a PC, compares an acquired current location position of the electronic equipment with an acquired planned installation position of a machine tool to determine whether or not the current location position is within a predetermined range from the planned installation position. Further, the electronic equipment determines, if it is determined that the current location position is within the predetermined range from the planned installation position, whether or not a predetermined condition has been satisfied. The electronic equipment also performs, if it is determined that the predetermined condition has been satisfied, information input processing on the machine tool to remove activation restriction on the machine tool. In this manner, the electronic equipment can prevent illegal removal of activation restriction on the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: DMG Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Nakamachi, Katsuhiko Ono, Akira Kimura, Norio Sato, Kimiyuki Nishimura, Hideki Takedomi, Kingo Maeda
  • Patent number: 8922348
    Abstract: A device, such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) device, includes a receiver to receive interrogation signals transmitted over a first frequency band from an RFID reader device. The device includes a transmitter to transmit a notification signal over a second frequency band to a computing device (e.g., a mobile phone) in response to receiving a particular interrogation signal at the receiver. The computing device is distinct from the RFID reader device and the second frequency band is distinct from the first frequency band. The notification signal includes data indicating that the particular interrogation signal was received at the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James V. Leonard, Aaron L. Eggemeyer, Terrence Halbert, Michael L. Goodall
  • Patent number: 8922349
    Abstract: A control circuit and system for controlling operation of a device is provided. The control circuit includes a storage means for storing a group identifier associated with a group of devices to be controlled. The control circuit further includes a control communication interface circuit for communicating with at least one other control circuit thereby enabling one or more the control circuits to be programmed as belonging to the group. The system comprises a master control circuit for transmitting a control command, and a slave control circuit for receiving the control command. The slave control circuit is coupled to the device for controlling the device in accordance with the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Phiips N.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Beij
  • Patent number: 8878677
    Abstract: Medical vital signs (110) are captured, recorded, processed, and a signal quality assessment (160) is computed based on signal waveform components such as slope, amplitude, time to rise, time at peak, and degree to which signal peaks (420) and valleys (430). The signal assessment (160) may be used as a basis for rating the quality (130) of the underlying vital signal, to increase the quality of the signal by removing noisy segments and physiologically impossible peaks (42) and valleys (434), to detect a parameter value (120), to label a waveform (140), or to prompt an alarm (550) to indicate the signal has reached a critical level and issue a warning to the user of the vital data. The signal and the assessment are stored in an indexed, searchable data storage memory (590) from which the signals may be retrieved and displayed (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Larry Nielsen, Gregory H. Raber, Brian D. Gross, Wei Zong, Mohammed Saeed