Patents by Inventor Brett B. Stewart

Brett B. Stewart 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: 10332090
    Abstract: System and method for providing secure connections between a point of sale (POS) system and a datacenter. Upon initiation of a support event associated with the POS system, a gateway device may determine an available block of internet protocol (IP) addresses for the merchant location, e.g., by accessing information stored in a shared storage location. The gateway device may determine a local IP address of the POS system and establish an apparent IP address of the POS system, selected from the available block of IP addresses. The gateway device may initiate a virtual private network (VPN) tunnel to the datacenter using at least a subset of the available block of IP addresses. The gateway device may securely store a descriptive document in the shared storage location identifying the available block of IP addresses for the merchant location. The gateway device may performing IP address translation during the support event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Acumera, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20190036790
    Abstract: Automatically updating electronic devices using a push model. A set of electronic devices may be selected for an update. A first plurality of devices of the set of devices for which the update is valid may be determined in accordance with a set of rules, e.g., safety check rules or business rules, where the determining is based on stored configuration information for each of the devices. Current configuration information and accessibility information may be received for each of the first plurality of devices, and based on the received current configuration information and accessibility information and the stored configuration information, a second plurality of devices of the set of devices for which the update is valid may be determined, where the second plurality is a subset of the first plurality. The update may be applied automatically to at least some of the second plurality of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy F. Lloyd, Mindy C. Preston, Margo A. Baxter, Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10187494
    Abstract: Configuring and managing gateway devices. A gateway device may be installed at a location, such as a merchant location or home. The gateway device may manage (e.g., monitor and/or control) one or more devices at the location. For example, the gateway device may manage various fuel tank devices, point of sale devices, refrigeration devices, liquid dispensing devices, etc., at a convenience store. The gateway device may provide reported information to and receive commands from a cloud server, which may be in communication with other devices which may be used to view reported information of or control the managed devices. The cloud server may also be configured to install applications, e.g., for execution by the cloud server, the gateway device, and/or other devices. For example, the gateway device may install applications provided by the cloud server to manage the devices coupled to the gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Acumera, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett B. Stewart, Dirk D. Heinen, Margo A. Baxter
  • Publication number: 20170213299
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: CHEMTRON RESEARCH LLC
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20170141968
    Abstract: Automatically updating electronic devices using a push model. A set of electronic devices may be selected for an update. A first plurality of devices of the set of devices for which the update is valid may be determined in accordance with a set of rules, e.g., safety check rules or business rules, where the determining is based on stored configuration information for each of the devices. Current configuration information and accessibility information may be received for each of the first plurality of devices, and based on the received current configuration information and accessibility information and the stored configuration information, a second plurality of devices of the set of devices for which the update is valid may be determined, where the second plurality is a subset of the first plurality. The update may be applied automatically to at least some of the second plurality of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Timothy F. Lloyd, Mindy C. Preston, Margo A. Baxter, Brett B. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20170061415
    Abstract: System and method for providing secure connections between a point of sale (POS) system and a datacenter. Upon initiation of a support event associated with the POS system, a gateway device may determine an available block of internet protocol (IP) addresses for the merchant location, e.g., by accessing information stored in a shared storage location. The gateway device may determine a local IP address of the POS system and establish an apparent IP address of the POS system, selected from the available block of IP addresses. The gateway device may initiate a virtual private network (VPN) tunnel to the datacenter using at least a subset of the available block of IP addresses. The gateway device may securely store a descriptive document in the shared storage location identifying the available block of IP addresses for the merchant location. The gateway device may performing IP address translation during the support event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9563922
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: CHEMTRON RESEARCH LLC
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9503332
    Abstract: A method comprising storing identification information in a memory medium of a portable computing device, communicating with a network access point to gain access to a network, sending the identification information from the portable computing device to the network access point, and receiving at the portable computing device access to the network through the network access point based on the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett B. Stewart, James Thompson, Kathleen E. McClelland
  • Patent number: 9189817
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: BEHEMOTH DEVELOPMENT CO. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9092827
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: BEHEMOTH DEVELOPMENT CO. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8990287
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a network device, data indicating a geographic location associated with a mobile communication device. The method also includes selecting promotion information based on the geographic location associated with the mobile communication device. The method further includes transmitting the promotion information to the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8929915
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a beacon from a mobile device at an access point associated with a transportation station. The beacon includes identification information that identifies the mobile device. The method includes receiving, at the access point via a network, information from at least one service provider based on a location of the access point and the identification information. The method also includes sending the information to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8892736
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at an information provider, identification information of a portable computing device from a wireless access point. The method includes determining, at the information provider, a service, a product, or both, to be potentially used by a user of the portable computing device. The service, the product, or both, is determined based on a prior user preference of the user. The prior user preference is obtained from a user profile identified based on the identification information. The method includes selecting, at the information provider, an advertisement associated with a business. The advertisement is selected based on the service, the product, or both, to be potentially used by the user and based on a geographic location of the wireless access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8787960
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Behemoth Development Co. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140067440
    Abstract: A system has a device connected to a network and an access point. The access point is configured to communicate with the portable computing device using a wireless communication protocol. The access point is further configured to receive from the portable computing device identification information of the portable computing device. The access point is further configured to transmit a location of the access point and the identification information to the device. The device determines a service provider based on the location and based on a prior user transaction, the prior user transaction determined based on the identification information, and automatically transmits a request to the service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140019251
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a network device, data indicating a geographic location associated with a mobile communication device. The method also includes selecting promotion information based on the geographic location associated with the mobile communication device. The method further includes transmitting the promotion information to the mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8631128
    Abstract: An apparatus includes memory and a processor. The processor is operable to receive identification information of a user from a portable computing device. The processor is also operable to access the memory to identify a previous trip record based on the identification information of the user and to identify a user preference based on the previous trip record. The processor is further operable to generate reservation information based on the user preference, where the reservation information is associated with a requested trip of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8606851
    Abstract: A geographic-based communications service system has a mobile unit for transmitting/receiving information, and access points connected to a network. The access points are arranged in a known geographic locations and transmit and receive information from the mobile unit. When one of the access points detects the presence of the mobile unit, it sends a signal to the network indicating the location of the mobile unit and the content information requested by the mobile unit. Based on the signal received from the access point, the network communicates with information providers connected to the network and provides data to the mobile unit through the access point corresponding to the location of the mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8594715
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus and software have been discovered for use by individual users to monitor the geographic location of other people or assets with some relationship to the user. Once some manner of location information is determined, users have the ability to describe that location in various ways and control how that information is shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Behemoth Development Co. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brett B. Stewart
  • Patent number: RE45131
    Abstract: A network communication service with an improved subscriber model. In one embodiment, a mobile user (MU), also referred to as a subscriber, may access the network service through a portable computing device (PCD) using a wireless (or wired) network interface card. Access points (APs) for the network may be widely distributed in various facilities. In one embodiment, the APs are arranged at known geographic locations and may provide geographic location information regarding the geographic location of the mobile user (MU). A digital certificate may be stored on the mobile user's PCD in order to allow access to the network. The digital certificate may store sponsorship information, including information regarding programs or entities in which the mobile user is a member or is affiliated. Each mobile user (subscriber) to the network service may have a “value bucket” which determines the amount of network access or service available to the user. Billing for access to the network communication service, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wayport, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett B. Stewart, James Thompson