Patents by Inventor James J. Crow

James J. Crow 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: 10438184
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Publication number: 20170364886
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 9760878
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Publication number: 20170206482
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a method executed by at least one processor comprising: determining inventories for first and second times for a first vending machine (VM); determining inventories for first and second times for a second VM; determining inventories for first and second times for a third VM; and determining a service route to visit the first and second VMs on a specific date, and to specifically avoid visiting the third VM on the specific date, in response to determining the inventories for the second times for the first, second, and third VMs. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño
  • Publication number: 20170109719
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a system of automated workflow management and active checkpoint validation that streamlines and standardizes the vending machine provisioning process. The embodiment not only normalizes the installation and deployment process across geographic and personnel differences, it also greatly optimizes the process allowing for increased installations per technician per day. The monitored assets are added to online applications in real time and remote monitoring commences immediately upon the end of technician visit. Other embodiments are addressed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 9613346
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a method executed by at least one processor comprising: determining inventories for first and second times for a first vending machine (VM); determining inventories for first and second times for a second VM; determining inventories for first and second times for a third VM; and determining a service route to visit the first and second VMs on a specific date, and to specifically avoid visiting the third VM on the specific date, in response to determining the inventories for the second times for the first, second, and third VMs. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño
  • Publication number: 20160162865
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a method executed by at least one processor comprising: determining inventories for first and second times for a first vending machine (VM); determining inventories for first and second times for a second VM; determining inventories for first and second times for a third VM; and determining a service route to visit the first and second VMs on a specific date, and to specifically avoid visiting the third VM on the specific date, in response to determining the inventories for the second times for the first, second, and third VMs. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño
  • Publication number: 20160078421
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 9240007
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Publication number: 20150100152
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 8140640
    Abstract: An information management system within a client/server based computer system is disclosed. The information management system manages information as to the dynamic locations and continuous changes relating to services offered within the computer system. The information management system utilizes a service point map (SPM) that monitors such changes. The SPM tracks changes relating to services, sphere, location, port, and epoch value. The SPM may be hierarchical in nature. Parallel or duplicate services may also exist within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Dennis L. Parker
  • Patent number: 8041782
    Abstract: The invention relates to a new system and method for process automation system that allows the conversion of a narrowband consumer Internet user into a broadband (e.g., DSL, ISDN, or Data over Cable) Internet user. In an alternative embodiment, the new system and method is used to configure an original broadband connection. The system includes automation agent software residing on the personal computer that is being configured for broadband communication, and an automation server associated with the manager of the broadband network. The automation agent software guides the user through the steps of testing and ordering the service, automates the configuring of the personal computer for broadband communication, and communicates with the automation server to complete the registration, billing and other administrative processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: James J. Crow, James Kelton, Arabinda Bose, Jeremy D. Remington, Casey Schmit, Amarjit Singh
  • Patent number: 7765281
    Abstract: A method, system, computer system and computer program product to distribute data to arbitrarily large subsets of a very large client base, with each client computer system running client software referred to as an agent. The data distribution system uses minimal server resources and a large-scale network such as the Internet. The data to be distributed may include, for example, agent software configuration data; agent software programs, plug-ins, and associated data; announcements; and other data that is centrally managed by an administrator. Using this invention, millions of client computer systems, such as computer systems for subscribers to a broadband service, can be configured and managed centrally, while allowing data to be distributed to all or a subset of subscribers efficiently and using minimal bandwidth. Agents assist in determining whether particular data are to be distributed to them, enabling much larger-scale applications to be supported with limited server-side resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Motive, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, James F. Kelton, Arabinda Bose, Jeremy D. Remington, Casey P. Schmit, Amarjit Singh
  • Publication number: 20100125872
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for programming media content on an aggregated media on-demand network are provided which models the MoD network by identifying a plurality of distribution channels that provide media content to a plurality of targeted consumers associated with a specified passion area and generating consumer profile information for the plurality of targeted consumers. As distribution rights over the MoD distribution channels are established and performance parameters for the MoD network are measured, the MoD network may be programmed with media content based on the consumer profile information for the plurality of targeted consumers, the performance parameters for the aggregated media on-demand network, and content profile information for the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Kip R. McClanahan
  • Publication number: 20090198834
    Abstract: An information management system within a client/server based computer system is disclosed. The information management system manages information as to the dynamic locations and continuous changes relating to services offered within the computer system. The information management system utilizes a service point map (SPM) that monitors such changes. The SPM tracks changes relating to services, sphere, location, port, and epoch value. The SPM may be hierarchical in nature. Parallel or duplicate services may also exist within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: BroadJump, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Dennis L. Parker
  • Patent number: 7353295
    Abstract: An information management system within a client/server based computer system is disclosed. The information management system manages information as to the dynamic locations and continuous changes relating to services offered within the computer system. The information management system utilizes a service point map (SPM) that monitors such changes. The SPM tracks changes relating to services, sphere, location, port, and epoch value. The SPM may be hierarchical in nature. Parallel or duplicate services may also exist within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Motive, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Dennis L. Parker
  • Patent number: 7334038
    Abstract: Services are provided in an architecture utilizing a framework of standardized interconnection mechanisms that allow for the dynamic addition of new services that meet rules for the distributed services network. Likewise, new agents may readily be added to the network. The network architecture is composed of agent software at the broadband subscriber endpoint in conversation with server software at the service provider location. Under the present architecture, certain minimum service functionality is provided to any subscriber by way of a registration service for new subscribers, a login service for existing subscribers, subscriber profile services, connection services and plug-in management services. Through this network, a subscriber can access these services as well as additional services that are dynamically added to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Motive, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Dennis L. Parker
  • Patent number: 6944672
    Abstract: A set of packetized fragments in which only a portion of the fragments carry translation information for the set of fragments is translated by storing in a memory fragments received before the translation information. In response to receiving the translation information, the fragments stored in the memory are translated based on the translation information. After receipt of the translation information, fragments are translated as they are received based on the translation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Kip R. McClanahan, Satyanarayana B. Rao
  • Patent number: 6871345
    Abstract: A system and method is described for managing plugin program components through encapsulation in a self managing agent that supports introspection for installation. An agent evaluator engine at the host machine interrogates the introspective interface for the agent to determine what resources are required by the plugin. In addition, the engine determines what effect the plugin will have on the host system, and invokes the installation logic which may be contained in the agent. Using the introspective mechanism and installation logic, any changes in the plugin (such as revisions) and the associated dependency changes can be readily accommodated since only a single base of information and installation logic, that which is contained within the enclosing agent, requires modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Motive, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Dennis L. Parker
  • Publication number: 20020161915
    Abstract: A set of packetized fragments in which only a portion of the fragments carry translation information for the set of fragments is translated by storing in a memory fragments received before the translation information. In response to receiving the translation information, the fragments stored in the memory are translated based on the translation information. After receipt of the translation information, fragments are translated as they are received based on the translation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Applicant: Cisco Technology, Inc. a California Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Crow, Kip R. McClanahan, Satyanarayana B. Rao