Patents by Inventor Alan Henry Jones

Alan Henry Jones has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8271196
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Cotares Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 8249810
    Abstract: A method is provided of generating a plurality of diverse routes from a source to a destination in a weighted directed graph. Such a method may be used for route planning or navigation with the weighted directed graph representing a road network, but may also be used in other applications. A source routing tree is generated from the source to a first set of points of the graph, which may comprise some or all of the points. A destination routing tree is generated from some or all of the points of the graph to the destination. The trees are then combined to form the routes. For example, the sub-routes common to and transverses in the same direction by the source and destination trees may be selected. The sub routes may then be formed into the routes by extending each sub-route as necessary to the source and destination along the source and destination trees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Cotares Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20120191347
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 8165800
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Cotares Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20120022783
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 8000889
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cotares Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 7788027
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for predicting the future behavior of an object such as a vehicle. A location and time determining system, such as a GPS receiver (6), determines the geographical location of the vehicle and the current time and supplies this to a processor, such as a computer (1) with a program memory (2). The processor periodically records the location and time to form a record of sightings of the vehicle. The processor (1, 2) compares a sequence of recent sightings with earlier recorded sightings from the record to find matching sequences which represent journey segments which match over a predetermined minimum distance. The processor (1, 2) retrieves some of the sightings which follow the matching sequences and derives from these a prediction of the future behavior, for example possible future routes and destinations of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Cotares Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20100036606
    Abstract: A method is provided of generating a plurality of diverse routes from a source to a destination in a weighted directed graph. Such a method may be used for route planning or navigation with the weighted directed graph representing a road network, but may also be used in other applications. A source routing tree is generated from the source to a first set of points of the graph, which may comprise some or all of the points. A destination routing tree is generated from some or all of the points of the graph to the destination. The trees are then combined to form the routes. For example, the sub-routes common to and transverses in the same direction by the source and destination trees may be selected. The sub routes may then be formed into the routes by extending each sub-route as necessary to the source and destination along the source and destination trees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20090088962
    Abstract: A method of providing data to an external application is provided. The location and time of an object are periodically recorded to form a record of sightings. The record of sightings is then analysed in accordance with at least one criterion specified by the external application to which the data is to be provided. Lists of sightings from the record meeting the at least one criterion are supplied for use by the external application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 7450974
    Abstract: A mobile radio network comprises a plurality of communication points, each of which are capable of communicating with any other communication point. Each communication point has a proximity sensor, a transmitter/receiver (14), which is able to send signals to and receive signals from the other communication points. Elements for controlling the transmitter/receiver and elements for storing data to identify the communication points is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Laboratories Cambridge Limited
    Inventors: Frazer David Bennett, David Julian Clarke, Alan Henry Jones, Matthew David Leask, Anthony Paul Osborn, Douglas Terence Todd
  • Patent number: 7174171
    Abstract: In a vehicle occupant response system, a vehicle navigation system supplies a vehicle location information to a computer which formulates messages for SMS transmission by a cellular telephone device. The messages are relayed by a GSM network to an Internet server. The server identifies a user account, for example from the telephone number of the device embedded in each message. The server then runs an application which is specific to a user which may comprise sending messages containing desired information to the vehicle and making available the current location of the vehicle to a user of a personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 6710719
    Abstract: A system which enables the orientation of a device in a specified environment to be determined in relation to a plurality of sensing receivers positioned at known points in or around the specified environment. A directional transmission from a directional transmitter which forms part of a known face of the device is initiated by a trigger signal from a timing transmitter located so as to cause transmitted bursts of energy to enter the environment. Associated with the directional transmitter having is a timing receiver adapted to respond to any such trigger signals, to thereby initiate the directional transmission. At the beginning of a timeslot, the sensing receivers are reset, and the trigger signal is transmitted, to render the receivers ready to receive the directional transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Alan Henry Jones, Andrew Martin Robert Ward
  • Patent number: 6708108
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system comprises a processor connected to a wireless message receiver, such as a cellular telephone. The system includes an application which checks each message received by the telephone. If the message is recognised as being intended for navigation, the application identifies the action which the message requires and an associated location in the message. The application then performs the appropriate action, for example to plan a route passing through the location. A messaging device sends messages via a network to the receiver. The network provides a messaging service having a message store which stores messages when the receiver is inactive and sends stored messages when the receiver becomes active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20030078721
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system comprises a processor connected to a wireless message receiver, such as a cellular telephone. The system includes an application which checks each message received by the telephone. If the message is recognised as being intended for navigation, the application identifies the action which the message requires and an associated location in the message. The application then performs the appropriate action, for example to plan a route passing through the location. A messaging device sends messages via a network to the receiver. The network provides a messaging service having a message store which stores messages when the receiver is inactive and sends stored messages when the receiver becomes active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Publication number: 20030079135
    Abstract: In a vehicle occupant response system, a vehicle navigation system supplies a vehicle location information to a computer which formulates messages for SMS transmission by a cellular telephone device. The messages are relayed by a GSM network to an internet server. The server identifies a user account, for example from the telephone number of the device embedded in each message. The server then runs an application which is specific to a user which may comprise sending messages containing desired information to the vehicle and making available the current location of the vehicle to a user of a personal computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones
  • Patent number: 6553013
    Abstract: A system which enables the position of each plurality of mobile labelled objects in a specified environment to be determined from the transit times to fixed receivers of ultrasound energy transmitted by object mounted transponders which are triggered by radio energy, wherein the specified environment is divided into cells each have a radio transmitter transmitting the radio triggered signals, these radio transmissions being multiplexed in accordance with identifying characteristics of the respective cells, no two cells with the same identifying characteristics overlapping one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: AT&T Laboratories, Cambridge Limited
    Inventors: Alan Henry Jones, Andrew Martin Robert Ward
  • Patent number: 6493649
    Abstract: A system for determining the position of each of a plurality of objects in a specified environment by determining the transit times of slowly propagating measurement energy transmitted from a measurement energy transmitter on each object to a plurality of fixed measurement energy receivers in the specified environment, the transmission of the measurement energy being triggered by a burst of high speed propagating trigger energy into the specified environment from a trigger energy transmitter, the measurement energy transmitter on each object being triggered by an object-mounted trigger energy receiver, each burst of trigger energy being encoded so as to trigger one only of the measurement energy transmitters, wherein a coordinating control system determines the order in which the measurement energy transmitters are triggered, in response to updatable information relating to service demands of the trigger energy transmitter and/or objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: AT&T Laboratories - Cambridge Limited
    Inventors: Alan Henry Jones, Andrew Martin Robert Ward
  • Patent number: 6470002
    Abstract: A system which enables the position of each of a plurality of movable labelled objects to be determined in an environment having two or more isolated zones, wherein the objects carry transponders which, in response to encoded radio signals, transmit ultrasonic signals of which the transit times to a plurality of fixed receivers are determined, the transponders in the different zones being triggered in a common timeslot but in staggered relationship for one zone as compared to another, and an algorithm is applied to verify the consistency of the transit times having regard to the possible movements of objects from one zone to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: AT&T Laboratories-Cambridge Limited
    Inventors: Alan Henry Jones, Andrew Martin Robert Ward
  • Patent number: 6348856
    Abstract: A system for determining the position of a labelled object within an environment containing a plurality of detectors sensitive to energy of a first type and located at known positions therearound, wherein the object has a transmitter for transmitting energy of the first type, and each object is labelled by means of a receiver forming part of a communication link with a remote controlling transmitter for triggering the object-mounted transmitter. The transit time between the transmitter and each detector is used to determine the straight line distances between the object and the receivers, to enable the position of the object relative to the receivers to be determined. The arrival and departure of an object into and from the environment is determined by a second communication link from a second transmitter on each object, to a remote receiver. The two communication links may be combined in a bi-directional radio communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: AT&T Laboratories - Cambridge Limited
    Inventors: Alan Henry Jones, Andrew Martin Robert Ward
  • Patent number: 6055246
    Abstract: A method of adding time information to a data stream is provided. First and second timing sequences are linked with the data stream. The first timing sequence provides a permanent time record of when the data in the stream first originated. The second timing sequence is re-writable when the data stream is altered, for example by editing, so as to ensure an internally consistent time track is provided each time the data stream is changed. The timing sequences are derived from absolute references such as Global Positioning System (GPS) Time. The first and second timing sequences may be stored separately to the data stream. Two or more sets of second timing sequences may be provided, corresponding to different presentations of common sets of data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Olivetti Research Limited
    Inventor: Alan Henry Jones