Patents by Inventor Mark Sehmer

Mark Sehmer 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: 20160232386
    Abstract: According to certain inventive techniques, a system includes a plurality of shelves in an interior chamber of a cold-storage apparatus, an RFID antenna assembly in the cold-storage apparatus, and a controller. Each of the shelves can support items that are connected a corresponding RFID tag. The RFID antenna assembly includes a plurality of RFID antenna elements that direct a transmission of radio frequenc(ies) towards the plurality of shelves. The controller is in communication with the RFID antenna assembly and can individually and separately control each of the RFID antenna elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, Brian George, Joe Pleshek, Travis Phillips
  • Publication number: 20160055447
    Abstract: A wire cart has a plurality of shelving assemblies, each of which has an RFID antenna. The wire cart also has a controller that controls the RFID antennas and an actuator to activate the controller. The wire cart has an open side. The RFID antennas and control component are configured to limit the field of detection such that an RFID tag located substantially outside of the open side is excluded from detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
  • Publication number: 20160034729
    Abstract: An RFID system includes at least one host controller and at least one antenna module coupled to the host controller. The antenna module may include a plurality of antenna elements, at least one multiplexer (MUX) module integrated in the antenna module, and an RFID reader integrated in the antenna module. The outputs of the MUX module may be coupled to the plurality of antenna elements, respectively, for selecting at least one active antenna element at a given time from among the plurality of antenna elements during a scanning operation. The RFID reader may be coupled to an input of the MUX module, and may be operable to conduct, based on control information received from the host controller, RFID scans via the plurality of antenna elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, Travis Phillips, Brian George
  • Publication number: 20150028997
    Abstract: A mobile RFID container, such as a case, cargo container, vehicle, etc., includes an RFID detector configured to conduct an RFID scan to generate scan data concerning the items carried in the mobile RFID container, and location determining circuitry for generating location data concerning the location of the mobile RFID container. A method for distributing RFID-tagged items using the mobile RFID container includes placing a plurality of RFID-tagged items in the mobile RFID container, conducting one or more RFID scans to generate scan data concerning the contents of the RFID container, and processing the scan data and location data to determine the location of the mobile RFID container at times when the contents of the RFID container have changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Travis Phillips, Mark Sehmer
  • Publication number: 20150029001
    Abstract: A transportable container is enabled with radio frequency identification (“RFID”) technologies to maintain automated inventory levels of those items that are inside the container. The inventory data is communicated via wireless methods, such as cellular or Wi-Fi, to a remote device such as enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system. The ERP system may use the inventory data received from the remote device to automatically update appropriately and generate appropriate records (e.g., container inventory, restocking, invoicing, etc.). In some embodiments, automated RFID scans are triggered when the container is opened and subsequently closed. The container may include RF containment/screening to prevent inadvertent scanning of RFID tags outside of the container. The container may also include a location device to allow the location of the container to be readily determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Pleshek, Brian George, Travis Phillips, Mark Sehmer
  • Publication number: 20140266613
    Abstract: A multi-tenant, RFID system that may be Cloud based or run on a local area network (LAN) for distributed RFID devices and RFID applications. The RFID system a central abstraction and translation layer between RFID devices installed in geographically diverse locations and applications. RFID devices initiate communication to a Cloud or LAN network over to send events and receive commands. RFID applications can receive RFID tag data, device health, and requested and derived events from the RFID system to automatically run processes based on the provided data. Applications manage RFID devices and settings in the RFID system using command and configuration interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Sehmer, Mike Lohmeier, Travis Phillips