Patents by Inventor Daniel B. McKenna

Daniel B. McKenna 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).

  • Publication number: 20020037733
    Abstract: The communique system for cellular communication networks that operates with existing cellular communication networks to provide communique communication services to subscribers. The Communique can be unidirectional (broadcast) or bidirectional (interactive) in nature and the extent of the Communique can be network-wide broadcast or narrowcast, where cells and/or cell sectors are grouped to cover a predetermined geographic area or demographic population or subscriber interest group to transmit information to subscribers who populate the target audience for the narrowcast transmissions. The grouping of cells to form the communique coverage area for the narrowcast transmissions need not be contiguous and can comprise dynamic combinations of contiguous and non-contiguous cells as well as combinations of in-building wireless coverage areas, standard terrestrial cells, non-terrestrial cells, orchestrated in a hierarchical manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Applicant: Vesuvius, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, James M. Graziano
  • Publication number: 20020028690
    Abstract: The communique system for cellular communication networks operates with existing cellular communication networks to provide communique communication services to subscribers. The Communique can be unidirectional (broadcast) or bidirectional (interactive) in nature and the extent of the Communique can be network-wide broadcast or narrowcast, where cells and/or cell sectors are grouped to cover a predetermined geographic area or demographic population or subscriber interest group to transmit information to subscribers who populate the target audience for the narrowcast transmissions. The grouping of cells to form the communique coverage area for the narrowcast transmissions need not be contiguous and can comprise dynamic combinations of contiguous and non-contiguous cells. In addition, the Communique transmission to an individual subscriber can be managed using the hand off capability of the cellular communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Applicant: Vesuvius, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, James M. Graziano
  • Publication number: 20020019228
    Abstract: The wireless subscriber device that is operable in a communique system for cellular communication networks operates with existing cellular communication networks to provide communique communication services to subscribers. The Communique can be unidirectional (broadcast) or bi-directional (interactive) in nature and the extent of the Communique can be network-wide broadcast or narrowcast, where cells and/or cell sectors are grouped to cover a predetermined geographic area or demographic population or subscriber interest group to transmit information to subscribers who populate the target audience for the narrowcast transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, James M. Graziano
  • Publication number: 20020018450
    Abstract: The communique system for cellular communication networks operates with existing cellular communication networks to provide communique communication services to subscribers. The communique can be unidirectional (broadcast) or bidirectional (interactive) in nature and the extent of the communique can be network-wide broadcast or narrowcast, where one or more cells and/or cell sectors are grouped to cover a predetermined geographic area or demographic population or subscriber interest group to transmit information to subscribers who populate the target audience for the narrowcast transmissions. The communique system for cellular communication networks can dynamically allocate the available bandwidth to thereby serve subscribers with more control channel(s) and/or control channel bandwidth and/or communication channels and/or communication channels of greater bandwidth as the need presents itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: Vesuvius, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, James M. Graziano
  • Publication number: 20020013150
    Abstract: The virtual private network for cellular communications implements a secure local area voice and data network for use by members of an organization, such as a corporate customer. The virtual private network is implemented in the existing non-terrestrial cellular communications network in the form of software and routing tables that isolate the calls in the virtual private network from the existing cellular communications network infrastructure. This isolation can be effected, for example, by assigning fictitious station identifiers, such as telephone numbers, to the cellular subscriber stations served by the virtual private network. These fictitious numbers are identified by the gateway cellular switch that serves a customer's facility as subscribers served by the virtual private network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Applicant: AirCell, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, Tommy Samuel Kemppainen
  • Patent number: 6108539
    Abstract: The non-terrestrial cellular mobile telecommunication station uses a number of non-interference techniques to extend the usage of existing cellular mobile telecommunication radio frequencies allocated for ground-based communications to the non-terrestrial realm. For example, the polarization of the signals produced by the antenna elements of the non-terrestrial cellular mobile telecommunication station is different than and preferably substantially orthogonal to the polarization of the cellular radio signals produced by the ground-based antennas to thereby minimize the possibility of interference with the ground-based radio signals. Furthermore, the control signals exchanged between the non-terrestrial mobile subscriber stations and the non-terrestrial cell site controller are architected to avoid the possibility of interference with ground-based cell site transmitter-receiver pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: AirCell, Incorporated
    Inventors: J. C. Ray, Robert L. George, Daniel B. McKenna
  • Patent number: 5884166
    Abstract: The multidimensional cellular mobile telecommunication system extends the usage of existing cellular mobile telecommunication radio frequencies allocated for ground-based communications to non-terrestrial mobile subscriber stations by adding an overlay of non-terrestrial cells of predetermined geometry and locus in space to the existing ground-based cellular cell site network. The polarization of the signals produced by the non-terrestrial antenna elements is a polarization that is different than and preferably substantially orthogonal to the polarization of the cellular radio signals produced by the ground-based antennas, such as a horizontal polarization, to thereby minimize the possibility of interference with the vertically polarized ground-based radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Aircell, Incorporated
    Inventors: J. C. Ray, Robert L. George, Geoffrey A. Hoppe, Stephen S. Jones, Daniel B. McKenna
  • Patent number: 5878345
    Abstract: The multidimensional cellular mobile telecommunication system extends the usage of existing cellular mobile telecommunication radio frequencies allocated for ground-based communications to non-terrestrial mobile subscriber stations by adding an overlay of non-terrestrial cells of predetermined geometry and locus in space to the existing ground-based cellular cell site network. The polarization of the signals produced by the non-terrestrial antenna elements is a polarization that is different than and preferably substantially orthogonal to the polarization of the cellular radio signals produced by the ground-based antennas, such as a horizontal polarization, to thereby minimize the possibility of interference with the vertically polarized ground-based radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Aircell, Incorporated
    Inventors: J. C. Ray, Robert L. George, Daniel B. McKenna
  • Patent number: 5878346
    Abstract: The multidimensional cellular mobile telecommunication system extends the usage of existing cellular mobile telecommunication radio frequencies allocated for ground-based communications to non-terrestrial mobile subscriber stations by adding an overlay of non-terrestrial cells of predetermined geometry and locus in space to the existing ground-based cellular cell site network. The polarization of the signals produced by the non-terrestrial antenna elements is a polarization that is different than and preferably substantially orthogonal to the polarization of the cellular radio signals produced by the ground-based antennas, such as a horizontal polarization, to thereby minimize the possibility of interference with the vertically polarized ground-based radio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Aircell Incorporated
    Inventors: J. C. Ray, Robert L. George, Geoffrey A. Hoppe, Stephen S. Jones, Daniel B. McKenna
  • Patent number: 5473602
    Abstract: The method and apparatus of the present invention converts a geographically dispersed collection of transceivers into an organized packet switched network with greater utilization of each transceiver and a significant reduction in the number of central control sites as well as the elimination of a substantial number of the ground-based communication links between central control sites and their hierarchically senior data collection elements. This is accomplished by the implementation of virtual waveguides that represent deterministic data communication highways through the plurality of radio transceivers to transmit data from various sources to identified destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Nova-Net Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, Kenneth J. Jochim, Donald N. Shepard, Kevin B. Bradway
  • Patent number: 4853704
    Abstract: The subject invention provides an improved conformal antenna array assembly having a strip conductor, a ground plane separated from and lying parallel to said strip conductor, said ground plane having a slot therein, said slot extending transverse to said strip conductor, a conductive planar element positioned across said slot and orthogonal to said ground plane, said conductive planar element having curved surfaces extending upwardly and outwardly from said slot. The strip conductor or microstrip and the slot-containing ground plane are separated by a dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Leopoldo J. Diaz, Daniel B. McKenna, Todd A. Pett
  • Patent number: 4835538
    Abstract: A three resonator capacitively coupled microstrip antenna structure includes an inverted stacked array of elements with a lowermost driven element directly connected to a transmission line connector, and passive elements stacked above the driven element and separated from the driven element and from one another by dielectric layers. The dimensions, spacings and quality factors of the elements are chosen so that at least one, and possibly two elements are resonant at any given frequency within a desired frequency operating range. The resulting antenna structure offers very broad bandwidth at relatively low VSWR in a compact, rugged package. The manner in which parameters of the stacked antenna structure are specified to achieve desired VSWR bandwidth and radiation efficiency is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, Todd A. Pett