Patents by Inventor James W. Angel

James W. Angel 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: 10204159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10166920
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Publication number: 20170054948
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20170053554
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for receiving, at a central office, data and video clips produced by a plurality of commercial vehicles each operated by a driver. The data and video clips are associated with predetermined vehicle events. An event packet is assembled at the central office and comprises data and a video clip associated with a predetermined vehicle event involving a particular vehicle and a particular driver. The event packet is transmitted from the central office to a device accessible by the particular driver. A notification is transmitted to the particular driver's device, the notification indicating availability of the event packet for review.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel
  • Publication number: 20170053555
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for receiving, at a central office, data and a video clip associated with a predetermined vehicle event produced by a plurality of commercial vehicles each operated by a driver. Driver behavior scoring is generated at the central office based on the received data and on manual evaluation of the video clip, wherein the driver behavior scoring is consistent with driver behavior scoring conducted by a governmental inspection authority. Driver violation data, collected from and scored by the governmental inspection authority, is acquired at the central office. An output is produced comprising at least the driver behavior scoring and the driver violation scoring for each of the drivers of the plurality of commercial vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: James W. Angel, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20160052453
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf