Patents by Inventor Kevin R. Ferguson

Kevin R. Ferguson 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: 10677823
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for detecting a specific voltage phase, from a multiphase voltage source, and a specific outlet of an intelligent power strip, that is associated with a residual current flow. The method accomplishes this by using a system that employs a statistical time series analysis using a Pearson's correlation coefficient calculation to measure the linear dependence between the discretely sampled residual current waveform and each phase and outlet's discretely sampled current waveforms, in turn. A residual current as low as 1 mA can be accurately measured and its associated voltage phase source, as well as which outlet of an intelligent power strip it flows out of, can be reliably determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Vertiv Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20200117249
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for at least one of identifying or verifying which specific data center device, from a plurality of data center devices, is being powered from an AC outlet of a power distribution unit. The system includes a message encoding algorithm module, a message decoding algorithm module and an input signal monitoring subsystem. The input signal monitoring subsystem monitors an AC power signal being supplied to the data center devices, wherein one of the data center devices includes an AC powered target device. A power distribution unit (PDU) supplies the AC power signal to the AC powered target device. The PDU has a controller which uses the message encoding algorithm to create a modulated AC power signal that includes an encoded message in accordance with a predetermined power cycle profile (PCP) event. The target device analyzes the PCP event as the modulated AC power signal is received and creates a decoded message therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin R. FERGUSON, Steven GEFFIN
  • Publication number: 20200059088
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power distribution unit (PDU) having at least one power receptacle for enabling attachment of an AC power cord of an external device thereto. A branch receptacle controller (BRC) has at least one bistable relay and is associated with the one power receptacle for supplying AC power thereto from an AC power source. The BRC monitors a voltage of an external power source and uses it to detect when AC power is lost, and then toggles the bistable relay, if the relay is in a closed position, to an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10250032
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power distribution unit (PDU) having at least one power receptacle for enabling attachment of an AC power cord of an external device thereto. A branch receptacle controller (BRC) has at least one bistable relay and is associated with the one power receptacle for supplying AC power thereto from an AC power source. The BRC monitors a parameter of a line voltage and uses it to detect when AC power is lost, and then toggles the bistable relay, if the relay is in a closed position, to an open position. A rack power distribution unit controller (RPDUC) monitors the bistable relay and commands the BRC to close the bistable relay after AC power is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Vertiv Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20180196098
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for detecting a specific voltage phase, from a multiphase voltage source, and a specific outlet of an intelligent power strip, that is associated with a residual current flow. The method accomplishes this by using a system that employs a statistical time series analysis using a Pearson's correlation coefficient calculation to measure the linear dependence between the discretely sampled residual current waveform and each phase and outlet's discretely sampled current waveforms, in turn. A residual current as low as 1 mA can be accurately measured and its associated voltage phase source, as well as which outlet of an intelligent power strip it flows out of, can be reliably determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin R. FERGUSON
  • Publication number: 20180196091
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for detecting a specific voltage phase, from a multiphase voltage source, and a specific outlet of an intelligent power strip, that is associated with a residual current flow. The method accomplishes this by using a system that employs a statistical time series analysis using a Pearson's correlation coefficient calculation to measure the linear dependence between the discretely sampled residual current waveform and each phase and outlet's discretely sampled current waveforms, in turn. A residual current as low as 1 mA can be accurately measured and its associated voltage phase source, as well as which outlet of an intelligent power strip it flows out of, can be reliably determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin R. FERGUSON
  • Publication number: 20160315465
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power distribution unit (PDU) having at least one power receptacle for enabling attachment of an AC power cord of an external device thereto. A branch receptacle controller (BRC) has at least one bistable relay and is associated with the one power receptacle for supplying AC power thereto from an AC power source. The BRC monitors a parameter of a line voltage and uses it to detect when AC power is lost, and then toggles the bistable relay, if the relay is in a closed position, to an open position. A rack power distribution unit controller (RPDUC) monitors the bistable relay and commands the BRC to close the bistable relay after AC power is restored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin R. FERGUSON
  • Patent number: 8861091
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8503086
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8264099
    Abstract: A portable display module for a power strip. The power strip having a power rail having a power bus and a communications bus. The power entry module and one or more receptacle modules mounted on the power rail. The portable display module includes a plurality of selectable views for displaying information on the display screen that the portable display modules receives from the power entry module and the one or more receptacle modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Kevin R. Ferguson, Michael Wassermann
  • Patent number: 8207627
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distributes power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail to the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Kevin R. Ferguson, Michael Wassermann
  • Publication number: 20110244715
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distribute power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail tot the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Michael Wassermann, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20110237097
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distribute power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail tot the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Michael Wassermann, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7982335
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distribute power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail tot the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Michael Wassermann, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20100302142
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7791808
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20090236909
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distribute power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail tot the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Michael Wassermann, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20090046893
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7359121
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7038855
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson