Patents by Inventor John A. Carlson

John A. Carlson 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: 20130265193
    Abstract: A system and method of determining the location of a mobile device using signals of opportunity, derived time stamps and sharing of signal information with other mobile devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph P. Kennedy, John Carlson
  • Patent number: 8554248
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a location of a wireless device in a wireless communication system having a plurality of nodes and a plurality of location measurement units (“LMUs”). A set of signal samples from a first wireless device and a second wireless device may be collected by one or more LMUs in a search window. A first time of arrival (“TOA”) is determined, and a second search window is estimated as a function of the first TOA. A second TOA may be determined within the second search window at a second node or one of the LMUs from the set of signal samples. A range estimate of the wireless device may then be determined, and an estimated location of the wireless device may be determined as a function of the first uplink TOA, the second uplink TOA, or the range estimate and second TOA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Tariqul Islam, John Carlson, Khalid Al-Mufti, Ariful Hannan
  • Patent number: 8548492
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a location of a subscriber station receiving a first signal from a first base station and receiving a second signal from a second base station where the first and second base stations are nodes in a WiMAX or LTE network. A message may be received from the subscriber station containing first and second information, and a range ring determined from the first base station using the first information. A location hyperbola may be determined using the second information wherein the location hyperbola has the first and second base stations as foci. A location of the subscriber station may be estimated using the range ring and the location hyperbola.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Tariqul Islam, John Carlson
  • Patent number: 8521092
    Abstract: A system and method for testing wireless transceivers in a virtual wireless environment including emulating an RF environment, creating virtual spectrum users having selectable transmission parameters and physical characteristics and evaluating the operation of the wireless transceiver in the virtual wireless environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Echo Ridge LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Kennedy, John Carlson
  • Patent number: 8447319
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a location of a wireless device receiving signals from a plurality of nodes of a communication system. A first value may be determined based on a network timing characteristic for one of the nodes, and a second value may be determined based on a network measurement report characteristic. An observed time difference of arrival (“OTDOA”) hyperbola may then be calculated based on the first and second values, and a location of the wireless device estimated as a function of the OTDOA hyperbola.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: John Carlson, Tariqul Islam, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8428617
    Abstract: A system and method selects secondary base stations to task that provide geo-location information used to geo-locate a mobile station. A network overlay location system may be co-located at base station sites of a wireless communications network. The location measurement units of the network overlay system provide location information of the mobile station, which may be determined via one or more geo-location techniques, for example: time of arrival (TOA), time difference of arrival (TDOA), uplink time difference of arrival (UTDOA), angle of arrival (AOA), signal power, radio fingerprinting etc. Selecting secondary base stations to task using various selection criteria may provide optimum results when geo-locating a mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: George Maher, Ananth Kalenahalli, John Carlson
  • Publication number: 20130095853
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a location of a wireless device in a wireless communication system having a plurality of nodes and a plurality of location measurement units (“LMUs”). A set of signal samples from a first wireless device and a second wireless device may be collected by one or more LMUs in a search window. A first time of arrival (“TOA”) is determined, and a second search window is estimated as a function of the first TOA. A second TOA may be determined within the second search window at a second node or one of the LMUs from the set of signal samples. A range estimate of the wireless device may then be determined, and an estimated location of the wireless device may be determined as a function of the first uplink TOA, the second uplink TOA, or the range estimate and second TOA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Tariqul Islam, John Carlson, Khalid Al-Mufti, Ariful Hannan
  • Publication number: 20130080105
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide enhanced methods of calibrating arbitrary waveform generators using s-parameters, and arbitrary waveform generators calibrated according to those methods. Methods are provided for calibrating a single, non-interleaved channel of an arbitrary waveform generator, calibrating multiple interleaved channels, and calibrating pairs of channels, both interleaved and non-interleaved, to generate differential signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: TEKTRONIX, INC
    Inventor: JOHN A. CARLSON
  • Patent number: 8406753
    Abstract: The location of a wireless mobile device may be estimated using, at least in part, one or more pre-existing Network Measurement Reports (“NMRs”) which include calibration data for a number of locations within a geographic region. The calibration data for these locations is gathered and analyzed so that particular grid points within the geographic region can be determined and associated with a particular set or sets of calibration data from, for example, one or more NMRs. Sets of grid points may be evaluated as a function of parameters of the calibration data, and a set of grid points may be selected as a function of a predetermined criteria. The location of a mobile device in the geographic region may then be determined as a function of the predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8400358
    Abstract: A method of modifying calibration data used to geo-locate a mobile station located in an indoor environment is disclosed. When a mobile station is located indoors, the signal strength of signals received and/or transmitted by the mobile station have the tendency to be lower than the strength of the signals received by a mobile station located outdoors. As a result of these lower signal strengths, geo-location efforts which rely on signal strengths may result in unsatisfactory location accuracy. Modifying pre-existing calibration data obtained outdoors may provide a way to simulate indoor calibration data characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8380220
    Abstract: The location of a wireless mobile device may be estimated using, at least in part, one or more pre-existing Network Measurement Reports (“NMRs”) which include calibration data for a number of locations within a geographic region. The calibration data for these locations is gathered and analyzed so that particular grid points within the geographic region can be determined and associated with a particular set or sets of calibration data from, for example, one or more NMRs. Regions may be defined as a function of any number of parameters and respective predetermined ranges thereof in the NMRs. An intersection of these defined regions may be determined and the location of a mobile device may be estimated as a function of the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8374784
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for estimating a location of a device. For each of a plurality of locations of a device, a set of positional data is determined from signals received from a plurality of satellites. The positional data is filtered and compared with data from a road network database. This comparison may be a function of a distance from at least one point defined by a set of the filtered positional data to a road in the road network database and an angle between a line representing a best fit for plural points defined by corresponding plural sets of the filtered positional data to a line defined by a road in the road network database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Selcuk Mazlum, John Carlson, Martin Alles, George Maher
  • Publication number: 20130012230
    Abstract: A system and method of determining calibration data at non-calibrated location points is disclosed. A mobile station may be geo-located at most locations, if not all locations, within communication range of one or more serving and/or neighboring base stations of a mobile network. Calibration data may be collected and stored in memory via a data collection procedure. Known calibration data for locations proximate to the mobile station may be necessary when attempting to geo-locate the mobile station. A geographical region may be calibrated via a standard calibration data collection procedure, however, various obstacles, such as, buildings, mountains, ponds etc. may inevitably create deficiencies in the calibration data for one or more areas of the region. Certain techniques may be applied to estimate the calibration data of areas that have not been properly calibrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Andrew, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8331956
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a location of a wireless device in a wireless communication system having a plurality of nodes and a plurality of location measurement units (“LMUs”). A set of signal samples from a first wireless device and a second wireless device may be collected by one or more LMUs in a search window. A first time of arrival (“TOA”) is determined, and a second search window is estimated as a function of the first TOA. A second TOA may be determined within the second search window at a second node or one of the LMUs from the set of signal samples. A range estimate of the wireless device may then be determined, and an estimated location of the wireless device may be determined as a function of the first uplink TOA, the second uplink TOA, or the range estimate and second TOA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Tariqul Islam, John Carlson, Khalid Al-Mufti, Ariful Hannan
  • Patent number: 8331953
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating the location of a mobile station that receives signals from a plurality of base stations. The base station timing offsets may be estimated utilizing an observed time difference of arrival value at the mobile between a first signal received from a first base station and a second signal received from a second base station. An initial location for the mobile is randomly selected and an estimated location is determined using the selected initial location, the observed time difference of arrival value, and an iterative search algorithm. The estimated location may be stored if the estimated location is within a predetermined area. In addition, for each such estimated location, the applicable base station time offsets that relate to this location may be updated to generate a current best estimate. A calculated location for the mobile may be determined from stored estimated locations and the current base station time offset estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: John Carlson, Martin Alles
  • Patent number: 8326317
    Abstract: A system and method of determining calibration data at non-calibrated location points is disclosed. A mobile station may be geo-located at most locations, if not all locations, within communication range of one or more serving and/or neighboring base stations of a mobile network. Calibration data may be collected and stored in memory via a data collection procedure. Known calibration data for locations proximate to the mobile station may be necessary when attempting to geo-locate the mobile station. A geographical region may be calibrated via a standard calibration data collection procedure, however, various obstacles, such as, buildings, mountains, ponds etc. may inevitably create deficiencies in the calibration data for one or more areas of the region. Certain techniques may be applied to estimate the calibration data of areas that have not been properly calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Publication number: 20120302252
    Abstract: The location of a wireless mobile device may be estimated using, at least in part, one or more pre-existing Network Measurement Reports (“NMRs”) which include calibration data for a number of locations within a geographic region. The calibration data for these locations is gathered and analyzed so that particular grid points within the geographic region can be determined and associated with a particular set or sets of calibration data from, for example, one or more NMRs. Regions may be defined as a function of any number of parameters and respective predetermined ranges thereof in the NMRs. An intersection of these defined regions may be determined and the location of a mobile device may be estimated as a function of the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Andrew, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8315648
    Abstract: A method and system for determining an approximate range from a location measurement unit to a mobile device. An uplink signal from the mobile device is received by the location measurement unit, and an uplink frame marker is determined from the uplink signal. A downlink signal is received at the location measurement unit from a base station serving the mobile device, and a downlink slot marker is determined from the downlink signal. A round trip propagation delay is determined based upon the uplink frame marker and the downlink slot marker, and an approximate range from the location measurement unit to the mobile device is determined as a function of the round trip propagation delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: John Carlson, Tariqul Islam
  • Publication number: 20120290107
    Abstract: A method for displaying state data of an industrial plant by a server communicating with a client over a network includes, in a first mode, receiving live state data from a data source and sending a portion of the live state data to the client for display into a graphical user interface. The method also includes, in a replay mode, reading stored state data from a data storage, the stored state data being stored at a storage rate, and sending a portion of the stored state data to the client for display into the same or a different graphical user interface at a replay rate, which can be different than the storage rate. The data source can include a programmable logic controller (PLC) and the live state data and the stored state data may represent any combination of sensor data, data derived from sensor data, control output data, control input data, and program state data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: John Carlson, Philip M. Sherwood
  • Patent number: 8311018
    Abstract: The location of a wireless mobile device may be estimated using, at least in part, one or more pre-existing Network Measurement Reports (“NMRs”) which include calibration data for a number of locations within a geographic region. The calibration data for these locations is gathered and analyzed so that particular grid points within the geographic region can be determined and associated with a particular set or sets of calibration data from, for example, one or more NMRs. Embodiments of the present subject matter also provide a method of improving a location estimate of a mobile device. Received signal level measurements reported by a mobile device for which a location estimate is to be determined may be evaluated and/or compared with the characteristics associated with the various grid points to estimate the location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: John Carlson, Martin Alles, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum