Patents by Inventor Anthony J Sumcad

Anthony J Sumcad 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: 8868030
    Abstract: A method of identifying abnormal activity within a communication system between one or more vehicles and a wireless carrier system. The method may include receiving a first record from a wireless carrier system or a call center. It may further include automatically receiving a second record from a data logger via a vehicle telematics unit. The second record may be a data upload record and includes information pertaining to a wireless connection that includes an event type (mode) and a call type (mode). The event type may indicate whether the wireless connection was SMS, circuit switched, or packet switched. The call type may indicate a transaction during the wireless connection. The method may include determining the occurrence of an abnormal activity based on the first record and the second record. And the method may also include providing a report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Matthew R. Waldner, James Doherty
  • Patent number: 8787949
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mobile communications device while located in a mobile vehicle involves pairing the mobile communications device with a telematics unit via short range wireless communication. The method further involves, receiving an incoming text message at the mobile device while the mobile device is paired with the telematics unit. Upon receiving the text message, a text messaging management strategy is implemented via the telematics unit and/or the mobile device, where the text messaging management strategy is executable via an application that is resident on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Shawn F. Granda, Lawrence D. Cepuran, Steven Swanson
  • Publication number: 20140031005
    Abstract: A method of identifying abnormal activity within a communication system between one or more vehicles and a wireless carrier system. The method may include receiving a first record from a wireless carrier system or a call center. It may further include automatically receiving a second record from a data logger via a vehicle telematics unit. The second record may be a data upload record and includes information pertaining to a wireless connection that includes an event type (mode) and a call type (mode). The event type may indicate whether the wireless connection was SMS, circuit switched, or packet switched. The call type may indicate a transaction during the wireless connection. The method may include determining the occurrence of an abnormal activity based on the first record and the second record. And the method may also include providing a report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Matthew R. Waldner, James Doherty
  • Patent number: 8639234
    Abstract: A system and a method for improving wireless communications between a call center and a vehicle. The system and method can reduce the number of wireless connections needed between a call center and a vehicle by using multimedia messaging service (MMS) messages to convey information therebetween. This obviates the need for the call center to make an initial wireless connection simply to alert the vehicle that it wishes to communicate. Instead, the system and method can convey information or push down content to the vehicle on a very first connection, which can reduce wireless connections and improve reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Navjot Sidhu, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 8582499
    Abstract: A timing control method for use with wireless communications involving telematics-equipped vehicles. The timing control method generally determines a temporally-distributed sequence of message response times for a group of telematics-equipped vehicles, and then includes these different response times in wireless messages that are sent to the vehicles. In reply, the vehicles use the various message response times to respond in an apportioned or distributed fashion that generally correlates with the temporally-distributed sequence; instead of all at once. In another disclosed method, the response times are determined at each vehicle itself. The methods can be used for requesting data from vehicles via SMS messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Elizabeth Chesnutt, Kevin R. Krause, Ki Hak Yi
  • Patent number: 8422407
    Abstract: A method for managing data transmissions in a subscriber pool involves receiving a telematics unit call at a call center on a channel other than a packet data channel, and from the call and at the call center, recognizing that the packet data channel is unavailable in a predetermined coverage region. A notification is transmitted to the telematics unit and/or to a plurality of telematics units in the predetermined coverage region indicating that the packet data channel is unavailable for a predetermined time. In response to the notification, a vehicle data upload setting is reset in the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units to an alternate channel such that primary connection attempts made by the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units are via the alternate channel during the predetermined time. A system for managing such data transmissions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Navjot Sidhu, Kevin R. Krause
  • Publication number: 20120172012
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mobile communications device while located in a mobile vehicle involves pairing the mobile communications device with a telematics unit via short range wireless communication. The method further involves, receiving an incoming text message at the mobile device while the mobile device is paired with the telematics unit. Upon receiving the text message, a text messaging management strategy is implemented via the telematics unit and/or the mobile device, where the text messaging management strategy is executable via an application that is resident on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Shawn F. Granda, Lawrence D. Cepuran, Steven Swanson
  • Patent number: 8195129
    Abstract: A vehicle telematics unit or other electronic hardware in a vehicle authenticates an incoming SMS message and provides additional security features above and beyond those inherent to the SMS protocol. A call center uses a mathematical function to derive a security code, and then sends an SMS message to the vehicle. The telematics unit can utilize the transmitted information to authenticate the sender of the SMS message and/or its contents. One group of suitable mathematical functions utilizes keyed-hash message authentication codes (HMACs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Chesnutt, Ki Hak Yi, Anthony J. Sumcad, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 8195428
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for providing automated vehicle diagnostic function within a mobile vehicle communication system. The method includes configuring a primary diagnostic script for a telematics equipped mobile vehicle, providing the primary diagnostic script to the mobile vehicle, executing the primary diagnostic script, and collecting diagnostic data based on the executed primary diagnostic script. The primary diagnostic script may recreate known problem sequences when executed or may trigger data capture when specific conditions exist. The step of configuring the primary diagnostic script may include determining at least one diagnostic script based on diagnostic options and retrieving the at least one determined diagnostic script. One or more diagnostic scripts may be combined into the primary diagnostic script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim Veliu, Brad T. Reeser
  • Patent number: 8082095
    Abstract: A system is provided for facilitating passenger pickup via telematic routing. The system includes a call center for receiving a plurality of data feeds indicative of passenger arrival time and location, a vehicle telematics unit for receiving vehicle routing instructions from the call center based at least in part on the passenger arrival time and location, the vehicle routing instructions directed to guiding a vehicle to a passenger meeting location. The system further includes a mobile device associated with the passenger, the mobile device in communication with the call center via one or more wireless networks for receiving an indicator of the passenger meeting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20110255481
    Abstract: A method for managing data transmissions in a subscriber pool involves receiving a telematics unit call at a call center on a channel other than a packet data channel, and from the call and at the call center, recognizing that the packet data channel is unavailable in a predetermined coverage region. A notification is transmitted to the telematics unit and/or to a plurality of telematics units in the predetermined coverage region indicating that the packet data channel is unavailable for a predetermined time. In response to the notification, a vehicle data upload setting is reset in the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units to an alternate channel such that primary connection attempts made by the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units are via the alternate channel during the predetermined time. A system for managing such data transmissions is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Navjot Sidhu, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 7996235
    Abstract: A method for acquiring marketing information from a marketing call center. The method involves a setting of a marketing information trigger based on a pre-determined event corresponding to at least one of a vehicle and an in-vehicle telematics unit, and an initiation of a call to the marketing call center to acquire the marketing information in response to an occurrence of the pre-determined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Fahd Z. Laghrari, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Publication number: 20110159868
    Abstract: The described method and system provide a connectivity problem resolution mechanism that uses a data mode call in order to diagnose a connection problem while avoiding audible ringing and or inadvertent user pick-up during error diagnosis and correction. The system includes three primary functions and elements including cellular error message recognition, error response handling configured to update and/or maintain processes, and new error message capture. This system is usable both online and offline. Error recognition may be based on error message matching or keyword matching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Shawn F. Granda, Anthony J. Sumcad, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 7970381
    Abstract: An authentication method that can be used by a telematics-equipped vehicle to authenticate an SMS message and provide additional security features above and beyond those inherent to the SMS protocol. Generally speaking, a call center uses a mathematical function to derive a security code, and then sends an SMS message to a telematics-equipped vehicle that includes information related to the derived security code. The telematics-equipped vehicle can utilize the transmitted information to authenticate the sender of the SMS message and/or its contents. One group of suitable mathematical functions utilizes keyed-hash message authentication codes (HMACs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Chesnutt, Ki Hak Yi, Anthony J. Sumcad, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 7894982
    Abstract: A method of navigating a plurality of vehicles includes receiving vehicle identifications from the plurality of vehicles at a central location. A travel group is formed based on the received vehicle identifications. Global positioning information is received from at least one vehicle associated with the travel group at the central location. The received global positioning information is transmitted from the central location to at least one vehicle associated with the travel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Brad T. Reeser, Russell A. Patenaude, Shpetim S. Veliu, Anthony J. Sumcad
  • Patent number: 7890259
    Abstract: A method of demonstrating navigation in a vehicle includes receiving a navigation demonstration mode request and global positioning information at a call center. A destination prompt is transmitted from the call center to the vehicle. A point-of-interest category is received at a call center. A point-of-interest destination is determined based on the point-of-interest category. A route is determined based on the received global positioning information and the point-of-interest destination. The route is transmitted from the call center to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude, Shpetim S. Veliu
  • Publication number: 20100082559
    Abstract: A method of managing the updating of a vehicle software configuration includes establishing a temporal period, identifying a software package, determining if that vehicle does not have the identified software package, wirelessly sending the software package from a central facility to the vehicle during the temporal period, and storing the software package at the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7689423
    Abstract: A method of repeating a computer recognized string in a telematics unit in a vehicle, including receiving a user utterance at the telematics unit from a user, the user utterance including a plurality of words and a plurality of user pauses between the words, parsing the user utterance into a plurality of phonemes, forming a data string in which each user pause is associated with a phoneme adjacent to the user pause, and playing back the data string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: James E. Bicego, Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Publication number: 20100070168
    Abstract: A system is provided for facilitating passenger pickup via telematic routing. The system includes a call center for receiving a plurality of data feeds indicative of passenger arrival time and location, a vehicle telematics unit for receiving vehicle routing instructions from the call center based at least in part on the passenger arrival time and location, the vehicle routing instructions directed to guiding a vehicle to a passenger meeting location. The system further includes a mobile device associated with the passenger, the mobile device in communication with the call center via one or more wireless networks for receiving an indicator of the passenger meeting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7599690
    Abstract: A pre-connection readiness system employs a telematics unit and a telematics call center. The telematics unit receives and stores pre-connection user information prior to a connection between the telematics unit and the telematics call center. The telematics unit and the telematics call center exchange the pre-connection user information subsequent to the connection between the telematics unit and the telematics call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Russell A. Patenaude, Anthony J. Sumcad, Shpetim S. Veliu, Brad T. Reeser