Patents by Inventor Daniel Todd Kerzner

Daniel Todd Kerzner 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: 10904397
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a service administrator to respond to a detected doorbell press at a property when an authorized user is unavailable to respond. In some implementations, a determination that a doorbell press has been detected at a property is made. Video data collected by a doorbell device of the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of a monitoring system located within the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. A present security risk for the property is determined based at least on the obtained sensor data and the obtained video data. A communication session between the doorbell device and a server system associated with the monitoring system of the property is established in response to determining the present security risk for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Publication number: 20200404221
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for preserving privacy in surveillance. The methods, systems, and apparatus include actions of determining a state of a monitoring system, determining an exclusion zone that is shown in a video, determining whether to obfuscate at least a portion of the video based on the exclusion zone and the state of the monitoring system, and obfuscating at least the portion of the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Donald Gerard Madden, Benjamin Asher Berg
  • Patent number: 10847005
    Abstract: Techniques are described for replacing a keypad of an existing security system within a property with a communication-enabled keypad device with dual functioning capabilities as a communicator device and a keypad device. In some implementations, data is received from a security panel of a property. A keypad bus protocol of the security panel is determined based on the data received from the security panel. Sensor data is received from one or more sensors located within the property. A monitoring system command that is not specified within a keypad bus of the security panel is determined based on based on the obtained sensor data. The monitoring system command is converted to a panel command using the keypad bus protocol. The panel command is transmitted on the keypad bus of the security panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam T. Barth, Zackary Watson, Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Publication number: 20200311378
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to pre-surveil a portion of a property. In one aspect, a system may include a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining data that is indicative of one or more acts of an occupant of the property, applying the obtained data that is indicative of one or more acts of the occupant of the property to a pre-surveillance rule, determining that the pre-surveillance rule is satisfied, determining a drone navigation path that is associated with the pre-surveillance rule, transmitting, to a drone, an instruction to perform pre-surveillance of the portion of the one or more properties using the drone navigation path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10756919
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a robotic device to manipulate a manual control of a device. In one aspect, the system includes a robotic device, a first device that is located at a property and that has a manual control, and a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include determining an operating state of the first device, determining the state of the monitoring system, determining whether one or more of the manual controls associated with the first device should be manipulated to alter the operating state of the first device, and transmitting one or more instruction to the robotic device that instruct the robotic device to manipulate one or more manual controls that are associated the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Publication number: 20200228665
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a service administrator to respond to a detected doorbell press at a property when an authorized user is unavailable to respond. In some implementations, a determination that a doorbell press has been detected at a property is made. Video data collected by a doorbell device of the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of a monitoring system located within the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. A present security risk for the property is determined based at least on the obtained sensor data and the obtained video data. A communication session between the doorbell device and a server system associated with the monitoring system of the property is established in response to determining the present security risk for the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Publication number: 20200226918
    Abstract: Techniques are described for detecting and handling unauthenticated commands in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may include sensors located throughout a property, a monitoring control unit, and an input device. The monitoring control unit may be configured to receive data collected by the sensors, as well as an input command detected by the input device. For an input command that does not include authentication information, the monitoring control unit may generate property state information based on the sensor data, then analyze the property state data and the input command against one or more rules that relate to authorization of unauthenticated commands. Based on the analysis, the monitoring control unit may determine whether to perform the action corresponding to the input command or whether to perform another action, for example, generating and providing a notification or authorization request to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10706699
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a sample image of an area of a property, identifying a moving object from the sample image, determining a site in the property based on the identified moving object, determining an optical pattern to project at the site based on the identified moving object, and transmitting an instruction to a projector to project the determined optical pattern at the determined site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Gary Franklin Bart, Donald Madden, Dean Constantine
  • Patent number: 10692353
    Abstract: Techniques are described for trash monitoring using video analytics. In some implementations, a schedule for placing trash for collection is obtained, video of a scene that includes trash when trash is placed for collection is obtained, whether the trash has been placed for collection according to the schedule is determined from the video, and in response to determining that the trash is not placed for collection according to the schedule, a notification that the trash has not been placed for collection is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Donald Madden, Stephanie Hinderks, Allison Beach
  • Patent number: 10685227
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to pre-surveil a portion of a property. In one aspect, a system may include a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining data that is indicative of one or more acts of an occupant of the property, applying the obtained data that is indicative of one or more acts of the occupant of the property to a pre-surveillance rule, determining that the pre-surveillance rule is satisfied, determining a drone navigation path that is associated with the pre-surveillance rule, transmitting, to a drone, an instruction to perform pre-surveillance of the portion of the one or more properties using the drone navigation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10657742
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property and from a visitor to the property, a personally identifying code and a biometric identifier, determining that the personally identifying code corresponds to a stored personally identifying code, receiving, by the monitoring system, location information that corresponds to locations of the visitor during a time period before visiting the property, comparing the biometric identifier to a stored biometric identifier, based on determining that the personally identifying code corresponds to a stored personally identifying code, comparing the biometric identifier to the stored biometric identifier, and the location information, determining a confidence score that reflects a likelihood that the visitor is authorized to access the property, based on the confidence score that reflects the likelihood that the visitor is authorized to access the property, selecting, from among multiple monitoring system actions, a monitoring sy
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Patent number: 10643079
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are described for supervising and monitoring the delivery of a package to a property. In some implementations, shipment data indicating a package to be delivered at the property and identification information for a first person is obtained. A request for a second person to access the property and deliver the package that includes identification information for the second person is received. Identification information for the first person is compared to the identification information for the second person. Access to the property is provided to the second person. Sensor data generated by one or more sensors that are located throughout the property and while providing access to the property is obtained and analyzed. A determination of whether the second person delivered the package to the property is made based on analyzing the sensor data. Data indicating the determination is provided for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Li, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Allison Beach, Abraham Joseph Kinney, Donald Madden, Jeffrey A. Bedell
  • Patent number: 10546486
    Abstract: Techniques are described for detecting and handling unauthenticated commands in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may include sensors located throughout a property, a monitoring control unit, and an input device. The monitoring control unit may be configured to receive data collected by the sensors, as well as an input command detected by the input device. For an input command that does not include authentication information, the monitoring control unit may generate property state information based on the sensor data, then analyze the property state data and the input command against one or more rules that relate to authorization of unauthenticated commands. Based on the analysis, the monitoring control unit may determine whether to perform the action corresponding to the input command or whether to perform another action, for example, generating and providing a notification or authorization request to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, David James Hutz
  • Publication number: 20200005615
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer programs, for tracking objects are disclosed. In one aspect, a method is disclosed that includes actions of obtaining an image, determining that a user of a first monitoring system has opted-in for object tracking by a second monitoring system that is remote from the first monitoring system, and based on a determination that the user of the first monitoring system has opted-in for object tracking: determining whether the obtained image satisfies a predetermined level of similarity to a stored tracking object image model stored on a first device of the first monitoring system, and based on a determination that the obtained image satisfies a predetermined level of similarity to the stored tracking object image model, generating a tracking update notification, and transmitting the tracking update notification to the second monitoring system that is remote from the first monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Donald Madden, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephanie Sun Kinney
  • Patent number: 10511719
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a service administrator to respond to a detected doorbell press at a property when an authorized user is unavailable to respond. In some implementations, a determination that a doorbell press has been detected at a property is made. Video data collected by a doorbell device of the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of a monitoring system located within the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. A present security risk for the property is determined based at least on the obtained sensor data and the obtained video data. A communication session between the doorbell device and a server system associated with the monitoring system of the property is established in response to determining the present security risk for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Patent number: 10469283
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using information from a knob sensor of an appliance in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may be configured to receive sensor information from a knob, receive monitoring device information from a monitoring device and, based on the sensor information from the knob, identify a knob event. The monitoring system may integrate the knob event with the monitoring device information and analyze the integrated knob event and monitoring device information against one or more rules related to usage of the appliance in view of the state of the property. Based on analyzing the integrated knob event and monitoring device information, the monitoring system may determine whether to perform an action, such as notifying a user or activating an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Jeffrey A. Bedell, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10410490
    Abstract: Techniques are described for replacing a keypad of an existing security system within a property with a communication-enabled keypad device with dual functioning capabilities as a communicator device and a keypad device. In some implementations, data is received from a security panel of a property. A keypad bus protocol of the security panel is determined based on the data received from the security panel. Sensor data is received from one or more sensors located within the property. A monitoring system command that is not specified within a keypad bus of the security panel is determined based on based on the obtained sensor data. The monitoring system command is converted to a panel command using the keypad bus protocol. The panel command is transmitted on the keypad bus of the security panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam T. Barth, Zackary Watson, Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Publication number: 20190236342
    Abstract: A monitoring system is configured to monitor a property. The monitoring system includes a camera, a sensor, and a monitor control unit. The monitor control unit is configured to receive image data and sensor data. The monitor control unit is configured to determine that the image data includes a representation of a person. The monitor control unit is configured to determine an orientation of a representation of a head of the person. The monitor control unit is configured to determine that the representation of the head of the person likely includes a representation of a face of the person. The monitor control unit is configured to determine that the face of the person is likely concealed. The monitor control unit is configured to determine a malicious intent score that reflects a likelihood that the person has a malicious intent. The monitor control unit is configured to perform an action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Donald Madden, Achyut Boggaram, Gang Qian, Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Patent number: 10360744
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property and from a visitor to the property, a personally identifying code and a biometric identifier, determining that the personally identifying code corresponds to a stored personally identifying code, receiving, by the monitoring system, location information that corresponds to locations of the visitor during a time period before visiting the property, comparing the biometric identifier to a stored biometric identifier, based on determining that the personally identifying code corresponds to a stored personally identifying code, comparing the biometric identifier to the stored biometric identifier, and the location information, determining a confidence score that reflects a likelihood that the visitor is authorized to access the property, based on the confidence score that reflects the likelihood that the visitor is authorized to access the property, selecting, from among multiple monitoring system actions, a monitoring sy
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner
  • Publication number: 20190191033
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling a service administrator to respond to a detected doorbell press at a property when an authorized user is unavailable to respond. In some implementations, a determination that a doorbell press has been detected at a property is made. Video data collected by a doorbell device of the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of a monitoring system located within the property is obtained in response to determining that the doorbell press has been detected at the property. A present security risk for the property is determined based at least on the obtained sensor data and the obtained video data. A communication session between the doorbell device and a server system associated with the monitoring system of the property is established in response to determining the present security risk for the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Todd Kerzner