Patents by Inventor Craig E. Trivelpiece

Craig E. Trivelpiece 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: 11295590
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a Unified Security Device (“USD”). The methods comprise: receiving an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) interrogation signal with an antenna of the USD; processing the EAS interrogation signal using a processor unit of the USD; using the processor unit to generate an EAS response signal that emulates a response signal produced by an Acousto-Magnetic (AM) type of EAS security tag, in response to the EAS interrogation signal; and communicating the EAS response signal from the USD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, David Torrecilla, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 11295268
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory. The methods comprise: performing operations by an internal circuit of a light provider to control operations of a light element to produce visible light, where the light provider is coupled to a light fixture installed on a physical structure of a facility; and performing operations by the internal circuit to connect with a network, receive a tag identifier associated with an alert event from at least one external device via the network, read tags, and control the light element to modify at least one characteristic of the visible light produced thereby when information read from one of the tags includes the tag identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Adam S. Bergman, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Eric F. Riggert
  • Patent number: 11235187
    Abstract: A method for detecting an event in or around a building. The method includes recording a baseline signal characteristic that characterizes a wireless signal transmitted between devices in or around the building during a baseline time period and recording a second signal characteristic that characterizes the wireless signal during a second time period after the baseline time period. An event in or around the building is detected in response to a determination that the second signal characteristic is abnormal relative to the baseline signal characteristic, the event degrading the wireless signal during the second time period. An alarm is triggered in response to detecting the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Robert C. Hall, Jr., Timothy C. Gamroth
  • Patent number: 11223491
    Abstract: A wireless infrastructure component for integration with a building fire system includes a first mounting interface and a wireless communications interface. The first mounting interface is configured to physically couple to a mounting surface and includes a first power connector that is configured to receive power from the building fire system. The wireless communications interface is electrically coupled to the first power connector and is configured to use the power from the building fire system in order to conduct wireless communications with one or more wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Joseph Piccolo, III, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Timothy C. Gamroth
  • Patent number: 11176335
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) tag. The methods comprise: monitoring a level of Radio Frequency (“RF”) energy being received by the RFID tag; performing operations by a circuit of the RFID tag to compare the level of RF energy in a given frequency band to a first threshold value; and transitioning an operational mode of the RFID tag from a first operational mode in which a receiver is disabled to a second operational mode in which the receiver is enabled, when the level of RF energy exceeds the first threshold value. The RFID tag is able to communicate with a remote tag reader when the RFID tag is in the second operational mode and not when the RFID tag is in the first operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Eric F. Riggert
  • Patent number: 11125427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a presence of a person, robot or object in a given area using a hybrid Lighting and Inventory (“LI”) system. The methods comprise: maintaining a data store of identifiers for first tags that are readable by an internal circuit of at least one light provider; tracking (a) changes in which of said first tags are read by the at least one light provider's internal circuit during consecutive tag read processes and (b) changes in power levels of tag read signals received at the at least one light provider during the consecutive tag read processes; and using tracked information (a) and (b) to detect the presence of the person, robot or object in the given area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Adam S. Bergman, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Eric F. Riggert, David P. McCullough
  • Publication number: 20210207839
    Abstract: A system for controlling air quality of a building space includes HVAC equipment configured to serve the building space, sensors configured to measure a plurality of parameters relating to the building space, and a control system. The control system is configured to receive data from the sensors, determine a feedforward air quality contribution, determine a feedback air quality contribution based on a measured air quality and an air quality setpoint for the building space, combine the feedforward air quality contribution and the feedback air quality contribution to determine a target amount of ventilation or filtration to be provided to the building space by the HVAC equipment, and control the HVAC equipment to provide the target amount of ventilation or filtration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: KIRK H. DREES, TIMOTHY C. GAMROTH, CRAIG E. TRIVELPIECE, JOSEPH PICCOLO, III
  • Patent number: 11017648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a pedestal of an Electronic Article Surveillance (“EAS”) system. The methods comprise: capturing at least one first image or video by a camera coupled to the pedestal; analyzing the at least one first image or video to detect a person's presence and determine the person's location relative to the camera; determining a first beam pointing direction for the pedestal based on results of the analysis of the at least one first image or video; and steering a read beam of the pedestal in accordance with the first beam pointing direction so that a main lobe of the pedestal's antenna field pattern covers a first area of an interrogation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Neil M. Reyes, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 10984379
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a tag reader. The methods comprise: performing tag read operations by the tag reader to read tags; processing first information received from the read tags to identify which tags are newly detected tags; adding entries for the newly detected tags in a local list stored in a local memory of the tag reader; communicating second information at least identifying the newly detected tags from the tag reader to a remote computing device; receiving, by the tag reader, feedback information generated by the remote computing device which specifies at least a count of entries added to a remote list stored in a remote datastore based on the second information; and selectively outputting a notification from the tag reader based on the value of the count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 10949723
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a tag. The method comprising: causing motion of a spherical permanent magnet which is disposed and freely movable in a three dimensional internal space of a non-magnetic hollow sphere located within the tag; using the spherical permanent magnet's motion to cause a change in a magnetic flux in a wire wrapped around at least a portion of the non-magnetic hollow sphere, where the change in the magnetic flux induces a current in the wire; and supplying the current to at least one device of the tag's internal electronic devices that is configured to facilitate at least one of an inventory count and an inventory security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece
  • Patent number: 10943228
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-checkout using an RFID tag. The methods include: detecting motion of the RFID tag using a motion sensor local to the RFID tag; enabling at least one communication operation of the RFID tag in response to the detection of the RFID tag's motion; performing operations by the RFID tag to communicate first information to an enterprise system; using the first information by the enterprise system to associate the RFID tag with an individual of a plurality of individuals present in a given facility; and dynamically changing displayed content of a display device to include information about an object to which the RFID tag is coupled, the display device being in proximity to the individual, in the possession of the individual or being worn by the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Declan Tarrant, Brian Wicks
  • Publication number: 20210065155
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes devices and methods for an anonymized tracking service. In particular, devices and methods are described for a third party system that allows a user to selectively opt-in to wireless location tracking at specific stores. The anonymized tracking service may include a third party, a third party server system, a mobile device, and one or more store computing systems. In one aspect, a third-party (e.g., not associated with a store) mobile application may be downloaded onto a mobile device of a user. The mobile application provides a central control unit that allows the user to select which stores have permission to track the location of the user within a building associated with the store. In some embodiments, the central control unit may also allow a user to select which type or how much additional information the store may collect and save.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Timothy C. Gamroth, Michael Paolella
  • Patent number: 10928089
    Abstract: A system for controlling temperature of a building space includes HVAC equipment configured to serve the building space, a plurality of sensors configured to measure a plurality of parameters relating to the building space, and a control system. The control system is configured to receive data from the plurality of sensors, generate a plurality of disturbance heat flow estimates for the building space based on the data from the plurality of sensors, determine a feedforward heat flow contribution based on the disturbance heat flow estimates, determine a feedback heat flow contribution based on a measured temperature of the building space and a temperature setpoint for the building space, combine the feedforward heat flow contribution and the feedback heat flow contribution to determine a rate of heat flow to be provided to the building space by the HVAC equipment, and control the HVAC equipment to provide the rate of heat flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Timothy C. Gamroth, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Joseph Piccolo, III, Kirk H. Drees
  • Publication number: 20200279215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a tag reader. The methods comprise: performing tag read operations by the tag reader to read tags; processing first information received from the read tags to identify which tags are newly detected tags; adding entries for the newly detected tags in a local list stored in a local memory of the tag reader; communicating second information at least identifying the newly detected tags from the tag reader to a remote computing device; receiving, by the tag reader, feedback information generated by the remote computing device which specifies at least a count of entries added to a remote list stored in a remote datastore based on the second information; and selectively outputting a notification from the tag reader based on the value of the count.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Craig E. TRIVELPIECE, Steven E. TRIVELPIECE
  • Publication number: 20200263863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a presence of a person, robot or object in a given area using a hybrid Lighting and Inventory (“LI”) system. The methods comprise: maintaining a data store of identifiers for first tags that are readable by an internal circuit of at least one light provider; tracking (a) changes in which of said first tags are read by the at least one light provider's internal circuit during consecutive tag read processes and (b) changes in power levels of tag read signals received at the at least one light provider during the consecutive tag read processes; and using tracked information (a) and (b) to detect the presence of the person, robot or object in the given area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Adam S. Bergman, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Eric F. Riggert, David P. McCullough
  • Publication number: 20200265374
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory. The methods comprise: performing operations by an internal circuit of a light provider to control operations of a light element to produce visible light, where the light provider is coupled to a light fixture installed on a physical structure of a facility; and performing operations by the internal circuit to connect with a network, receive a tag identifier associated with an alert event from at least one external device via the network, read tags, and control the light element to modify at least one characteristic of the visible light produced thereby when information read from one of the tags includes the tag identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Adam S. Bergman, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Eric F. Riggert
  • Publication number: 20200240666
    Abstract: A system for controlling temperature of a building space includes HVAC equipment configured to serve the building space, a plurality of sensors configured to measure a plurality of parameters relating to the building space, and a control system. The control system is configured to receive data from the plurality of sensors, generate a plurality of disturbance heat flow estimates for the building space based on the data from the plurality of sensors, determine a feedforward heat flow contribution based on the disturbance heat flow estimates, determine a feedback heat flow contribution based on a measured temperature of the building space and a temperature setpoint for the building space, combine the feedforward heat flow contribution and the feedback heat flow contribution to determine a rate of heat flow to be provided to the building space by the HVAC equipment, and control the HVAC equipment to provide the rate of heat flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy C. GAMROTH, Craig E. TRIVELPIECE, Joseph PICCOLO, III, Kirk H. DREES
  • Patent number: 10706386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for machine learning inventory management. The methods comprise: capturing images by a plurality of image capture devices of different types (e.g., visual camera, 3D camera and/or thermal camera); reading item identification codes for items represented in the images; and using at least a first portion of the images and known physical appearances of a plurality of items by a machine learning algorithm to learn relationships between the items represented in the images and the item identification codes. At least a second portion of the images are used to learn various types of information that is useful for inventory management (e.g., changes in inventory amounts for display equipment, changes in equipment cleanliness, changes in inventory packaging, item misplacements, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Matt Marchesano, Declan Tarrant, Brian Wicks
  • Publication number: 20200188718
    Abstract: A method for detecting an event in or around a building. The method includes recording a baseline signal characteristic that characterizes a wireless signal transmitted between devices in or around the building during a baseline time period and recording a second signal characteristic that characterizes the wireless signal during a second time period after the baseline time period. An event in or around the building is detected in response to a determination that the second signal characteristic is abnormal relative to the baseline signal characteristic, the event degrading the wireless signal during the second time period. An alarm is triggered in response to detecting the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Robert C. Hall, Jr., Timothy C. Gamroth
  • Publication number: 20200193365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory. The methods comprise: placing an RFID tag in a first operational mode in which at least one communication operation or device of the RFID tag is disabled or bypassed; performing first operations by the RFID tag to determine when it is time to begin communications in accordance with the time slotted communications scheme; transitioning an operational mode of the RFID tag from the first operational mode to a second operational mode in which the communication operation(s) or device of the RFID tag is enabled or no longer bypassed, in response to a determination that it is time for the RFID tag to begin communications; and transitioning the operational mode of the RFID tag back into the first operational mode when the RFID tag's communications with a remote tag reader for inventory determination purposes are complete or a time slot has expired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Craig E. Trivelpiece, Steve E. Trivelpiece