Patents by Inventor Mark Moeglein

Mark Moeglein 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: 9736649
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for determining a location of an antenna supporting structure. Crowdsourced data associated with antennas that are installed on a same antenna supporting structure but are used for different air interface types and/or data from aerial images can be used, alone or in combination, to more accurately and more efficiently determine the location of the antenna supporting structure and therefore the locations of the antennas on the antenna supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Do, Mark Moeglein, Weihua Gao, Gengsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9335419
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for position determination and other operations. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mobile station uses wireless signals from a plurality of wireless networks (e.g., with different air interfaces and/or operated by different service providers) for position determination (e.g., for data communication, for obtaining time and/or frequency information, for range measurement, for sector or altitude estimation). In one embodiment of the present invention, mobile stations are used to harvest statistical data about wireless access points (e.g., the locations of mobile stations that have received signals from the wireless access points, such as from cellular base stations, wireless local area network access points, repeaters for positioning signals or other wireless communication transmitters) and to derive location information (e.g., position and coverage area of the wireless access points) for the wireless networks from the collected statistical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Douglas Rowitch, Wyatt Riley, James Douglass DeLoach, Jr., Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 8971913
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for position determination and other operations. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mobile station uses wireless signals from a plurality of wireless networks (e.g., with different air interfaces and/or operated by different service providers) for position determination (e.g., for data communication, for obtaining time and/or frequency information, for range measurement, for sector or altitude estimation). In one embodiment of the present invention, mobile stations are used to harvest statistical data about wireless access points (e.g., the locations of mobile stations that have received signals from the wireless access points, such as from cellular base stations, wireless local area network access points, repeaters for positioning signals, or other wireless communication transmitters) and to derive location information (e.g., position and coverage area of the wireless access points) for the wireless networks from the collected statistical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Douglas Rowitch, Wyatt Riley, James Douglass DeLoach, Jr., Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 8532567
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and using a base station almanac for position determination is described. The base station almanac includes a number of records, where each record can describe a sector or a transmitter (e.g., a base station or a repeater) in a wireless communication network. Each record includes a protocol type field that indicates the one or more protocols supported by the record (e.g., IS-801, J-STD-36, GSM, W-CDMA, and so on). Each record also includes a unique sector identifier for the sector/transmitter for each supported protocol, where each identifier is defined based on the associated protocol. A record may also include multiple maximum antenna ranges (MARs), where each MAR is associated with a respective reference power level. One of the multiple MARs can be selected for use for position determination depending on received signal strength. The base station almanac further includes other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Publication number: 20120115508
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for position determination and other operations. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mobile station uses wireless signals from a plurality of wireless networks (e.g., with different air interfaces and/or operated by different service providers) for position determination (e.g., for data communication, for obtaining time and/or frequency information, for range measurement, for sector or altitude estimation). In one embodiment of the present invention, mobile stations are used to harvest statistical data about wireless access points (e.g., the locations of mobile stations that have received signals from the wireless access points, such as from cellular base stations, wireless local area network access points, repeaters for positioning signals or other wireless communication transmitters) and to derive location information (e.g., position and coverage area of the wireless access points) for the wireless networks from the collected statistical data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Douglas Rowitch, Wyatt Riley, James Douglass DeLoach, JR., Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 7522588
    Abstract: A system and method of preprocessing reference data in a reference assisted location technology are disclosed. A plurality of reference stations each provides reference data over a network to a preprocessing. The preprocessor analyzes the data from the multiple reference stations and eliminates multiples sets of redundant data. In addition, the preprocessor can perform quality assurance checks on the data as well as the status of the reference stations themselves. Non-redundant data may also be preprocessed to perform differential GPS calculations. The preprocessed data is transmitted to one or more position servers for additional processing and position determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Zoltan Biacs, Mark Moeglein, Justin McGloin
  • Patent number: 7460870
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for location determination in wireless assisted positioning systems. In one aspect of the disclosed method and apparatus, a method to determine a position of a mobile device in a positioning system includes: computing a second estimated position of a mobile device using a first assumed geometric relationship for a location of the mobile device in relation to a navigational transmitter (e.g., a basestation, a pseudolite, or a Satellite Positioning System (SPS) satellite). The first geometric relationship is linearly independent from the altitude of the mobile device (e.g., obtained from an altitude aiding) and a second geometric relationship based on range information (e.g., a range from the mobile device to the navigational transmitter, a pseudorange, an arrival time, or a round trip time) measured with respect to the navigational transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Patent number: 7383049
    Abstract: In a wireless telecommunication network, hybrid (GPS and AFLT) mobile stations provide redundant position information, which is used for time base calibration and/or correction of position measurements. Every mobile station (i.e., handset or cellular phone) can be used as a test instrument, and data from regular wireless phone calls can be supplemented by data from drive-around field test units. The time base and/or position offsets are stored in a base station almanac data base along with other information used for obtaining the most reliable position fixes under a variety of conditions. An automatic system is provided for creating, updating, and maintaining the base station almanac data base. The automatic system not only characterizes the performance of the wireless network but also characterizes the performance of the position determination system. The automatic system provides performance feedback to system operators and customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: James D. Deloach, Jr., Alkinoos H. Vayanos, Bruce Wilson, Richard John Girerd, Grant Marshall, Mark Moeglein, Roland Rick, Scott Smith, Sunil Patel, Wyatt Riley, Zoltan Biacs
  • Publication number: 20070216540
    Abstract: Different types of position solutions may be used to determine the position of a mobile station (104) in a wireless communication system (101). The position solutions include terrestrial, or network (102, 103), based techniques and non-network, such as satellite (160), based techniques. An apparatus and method whereby different position solutions are selected based on a figure of merit of the different solutions in determining a position of a mobile remote unit (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventors: Wyatt Riley, Mark Moeglein, Zoltan Biacs
  • Publication number: 20060276202
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and using a base station almanac for position determination is described. The base station almanac includes a number of records, where each record can describe a sector or a transmitter (e.g., a base station or a repeater) in a wireless communication network. Each record includes a protocol type field that indicates the one or more protocols supported by the record (e.g., IS-801, J-GSM, STD-36, GSM, W-CDMA, and so on). Each record also includes a unique sector identifier for the sector/transmitter for each supported protocol, where each identifier is defined based on the associated protocol. A record may also include multiple maximum antenna ranges (MARs), where each MAR is associated with a respective reference power level. One of the multiple MARs can be selected for use for position determination depending on received signal strength. The base station almanac further includes other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Patent number: 7123928
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and using a base station almanac for position determination is described. The base station almanac includes a number of records, where each record can describe a sector or a transmitter (e.g., a base station or a repeater) in a wireless communication network. Each record includes a protocol type field that indicates the one or more protocols supported by the record (e.g., IS-801, J-STD-36, GSM, W-CDMA, and so on). Each record also includes a unique sector identifier for the sector/transmitter for each supported protocol, where each identifier is defined based on the associated protocol. A record may also include multiple maximum antenna ranges (MARs), where each MAR is associated with a respective reference power level. One of the multiple MARs can be selected for use for position determination depending on received signal strength. The base station almanac further includes other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Patent number: 7065351
    Abstract: A method of obtaining data useful for one or more network applications is described. The method is performed responsive to a triggering event, such as a dropped call, a position fix, or even expiration of a timer. A position estimate for a subscriber station is obtained responsive to the event. A record is then formed associating the position estimate for the subscriber station with an identifier of the triggering event and/or data measured or obtained responsive to the event, such as the strength of one or more pilots visible to the subscriber station. The record is either stored locally or transmitted to a remote location. In one implementation, the record is transmitted to a remote location, and stored in a database holding like records relating to other subscriber stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Carter, Mark Moeglein, James D. DeLoach, Jr., Wyatt T. Riley, Daniel H. Agre, Leonid Sheynblat
  • Publication number: 20060103575
    Abstract: A system and method examines the quality of a positioning signal acquisition assistance window of an assisted position location system. The fit of acquisition assistance windows is examined using a posteriori knowledge of specific, or hypothetical, position measurements from a mobile station. A base station almanac manager compares mobile station measurement data to acquisition assistance window data, records an outcome based upon the comparison including a window quality value (WQ), or range of window quality values. Source data used in the generation of acquisition assistance windows is adjusted according to the window quality value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Publication number: 20050037775
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for position determination and other operations. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mobile station uses wireless signals from a plurality of wireless networks (e.g., with different air interfaces and/or operated by different service providers) for position determination (e.g., for data communication, for obtaining time and/or frequency information, for range measurement, for sector or altitude estimation). In one embodiment of the present invention, mobile stations are used to harvest statistical data about wireless access points (e.g., the locations of mobile stations that have received signals from the wireless access points, such as from cellular base stations, wireless local area network access points, repeaters for positioning signals, or other wireless communication transmitters) and to derive location information (e.g., position and coverage area of the wireless access points) for the wireless networks from the collected statistical data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: February 17, 2005
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Douglas Rowitch, Wyatt Riley, James DeLoach, Leonid Sheynblat
  • Publication number: 20050020309
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and using a base station almanac for position determination is described. The base station almanac includes a number of records, where each record can describe a sector or a transmitter (e.g., a base station or a repeater) in a wireless communication network. Each record includes a protocol type field that indicates the one or more protocols supported by the record (e.g., IS-801, J-STD-36, GSM, W-CDMA, and so on). Each record also includes a unique sector identifier for the sector/transmitter for each supported protocol, where each identifier is defined based on the associated protocol. A record may also include multiple maximum antenna ranges (MARs), where each MAR is associated with a respective reference power level. One of the multiple MARs can be selected for use for position determination depending on received signal strength. The base station almanac further includes other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Publication date: January 27, 2005
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Publication number: 20040152362
    Abstract: A method of obtaining data useful for one or more network applications is described. The method is performed responsive to a triggering event, such as a dropped call, a position fix, or even expiration of a timer. A position estimate for a subscriber station is obtained responsive to the event. A record is then formed associating the position estimate for the subscriber station with an identifier of the triggering event and/or data measured or obtained responsive to the event, such as the strength of one or more pilots visible to the subscriber station. The record is either stored locally or transmitted to a remote location. In one implementation, the record is transmitted to a remote location, and stored in a database holding like records relating to other subscriber stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen Carter, Mark Moeglein, James D. DeLoach, Wyatt T. Riley, Daniel H. Agre, Leonid Sheynblat
  • Publication number: 20040002344
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for location determination in wireless assisted positioning systems. In one aspect of the disclosed method and apparatus, a method to determine a position of a mobile device in a positioning system includes: computing a second estimated position of a mobile device using a first assumed geometric relationship for a location of the mobile device in relation to a navigational transmitter (e.g., a basestation, a pseudolite, or a Satellite Positioning System (SPS) satellite). The first geometric relationship is linearly independent from the altitude of the mobile device (e.g., obtained from an altitude aiding) and a second geometric relationship based on range information (e.g., a range from the mobile device to the navigational transmitter, a pseudorange, an arrival time, or a round trip time) measured with respect to the navigational transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventors: Mark Moeglein, Wyatt Riley
  • Publication number: 20030210656
    Abstract: A system and method of preprocessing reference data in a reference assisted location technology are disclosed. A plurality of reference stations each provides reference data over a network to a preprocessing. The preprocessor analyzes the data from the multiple reference stations and eliminates multiples sets of redundant data. In addition, the preprocessor can perform quality assurance checks on the data as well as the status of the reference stations themselves. Non-redundant data may also be preprocessed to perform differential GPS calculations. The preprocessed data is transmitted to one or more position servers for additional processing and position determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventors: Zoltan Biacs, Mark Moeglein, Justin McGloin
  • Publication number: 20030125044
    Abstract: In a wireless telecommunication network, hybrid (GPS and AFLT) mobile stations provide redundant position information, which is used for time base calibration and/or correction of position measurements. Every mobile station (i.e., handset or cellular phone) can be used as a test instrument, and data from regular wireless phone calls can be supplemented by data from drive-around field test units. The time base and/or position offsets are stored in a base station almanac data base along with other information used for obtaining the most reliable position fixes under a variety of conditions. An automatic system is provided for creating, updating, and maintaining the base station almanac data base. The automatic system not only characterizes the performance of the wireless network but also characterizes the performance of the position determination system. The automatic system provides performance feedback to system operators and customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: James D. Deloach, Alkinoos H. Vayanos, Bruce Wilson, Richard John Girerd, Grant Marshall, Mark Moeglein, Roland Rick, Scott Smith, Sunil Patel, Wyatt Riley, Zoltan Biacs
  • Publication number: 20030125045
    Abstract: In a wireless mobile communication system having a position determination service, base station information is stored in a base station almanac. In addition to the position of the base station antenna, forward link delay calibration, and base station identification information, a base station almanac record includes the center location of the base station sector coverage area, the maximum range of the base station antenna, the terrain average height over the sector coverage area, the terrain height standard deviation over the sector coverage area, round-trip delay (RTD) calibration information, repeater information, pseudo-random noise (PN) increments, uncertainty in the base station antenna position, uncertainty in the forward-link delay calibration, and uncertainty in the round-trip delay calibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Wyatt Thomas Riley, Mark Moeglein