Patents by Inventor Matthew L. Ward

Matthew L. Ward 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: 8138975
    Abstract: A Wide Area Sensor Network (WASN) is disclosed that utilizes wideband software defined radios (SDRs) to monitor RF energy over a wide frequency range, detect when critical frequencies are being jammed or otherwise interfered with, and locate the source of the interference so that the interference can be eliminated. The WASN may use one or more geolocation techniques In addition, the WASN may detect and locate unauthorized transmitters as well as estimate the transmitted power of authorized transmitters to assure they are not transmitting more power than authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20120032854
    Abstract: A Wide Area Sensor Network (WASN) is disclosed that utilizes wideband software defined radios (SDRs) to monitor RF energy over a wide frequency range, detect when critical frequencies are being jammed or otherwise interfered with, and locate the source of the interference so that the interference can be eliminated. The WASN may use one or more geolocation techniques In addition, the WASN may detect and locate unauthorized transmitters as well as estimate the transmitted power of authorized transmitters to assure they are not transmitting more power than authorized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Matthew L. Ward
  • Patent number: 8041367
    Abstract: In an overlay, U-TDOA-based, Wireless Location System, LMUs typically co-located with BTSs, are used to collect radio signaling both in the forward and reverse channels. Techniques are used to compensate for sparse LMU deployments where sections of the U-TDOA service area are uplink demodulation or downlink beacon discovery limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Patent number: 8010079
    Abstract: A wireless location system may include geolocation of a wireless device connected to Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) adapter. The VoIP adapter may include a wireless transceiver or a wireless location determining receiver that facilitates the location of a wireless device connected to the VoIP adapter. The wireless transceiver or the location determining receiver may provide location information to an emergency dispatcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Rashidus S. Mia, Robert J. Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Patent number: 8005456
    Abstract: A method for use in locating a mobile locator device in a wireless communications network (WCN) includes establishing a three-way call involving the locator device, a caretaker, and an emergency services answering point upon initiation of an emergency services call from the locator device, and providing a location record for the locator device from a database to the answering point while conducting the three-way call. Therefore, in cases of an emergency location where a locator is attached to a disabled subject or object, the locator device allows for extended emergency services calling where a third party such as a care giver, guardian, or custodial organization may be involved in real-time with the automatically located call to provide verbal or textual information to responders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: JJCK, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Buehler, James Elwood Nalley, Matthew L. Ward, Bruce A. Woodall
  • Publication number: 20110148699
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption in a user terminal, especially mobile devices, a system and method are introduced that use terrestrial beacons as a location proxy when satellite positioning signals are not available. The geographic locations of the terrestrial beacons need not be known to use the beacons as a proxy for a satellite positioning signals derived location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: TRUEPOSITION, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20110151839
    Abstract: Collection and analysis of network transaction information which includes the mobile device's usage, location, movements coupled with data from non-wireless network sources allow for the automation of analysis for the detection of anti-social behaviors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: TRUEPOSITION, INC.
    Inventors: Brian R. Bolon, Jeffrey F. Bull, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20110086609
    Abstract: A method for use in locating a mobile locator device in a wireless communications network (WCN) includes establishing a three-way call involving the locator device, a caretaker, and an emergency services answering point upon initiation of an emergency services call from the locator device, and providing a location record for the locator device from a database to the answering point while conducting the three-way call. Therefore, in cases of an emergency location where a locator is attached to a disabled subject or object, the locator device allows for extended emergency services calling where a third party such as a care giver, guardian, or custodial organization may be involved in real-time with the automatically located call to provide verbal or textual information to responders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: JJCK, LLC (dba Emfinders)
    Inventors: Christopher D. Buehler, James Elwood Nalley, Matthew L. Ward, Bruce A. Woodall
  • Patent number: 7925274
    Abstract: A method and system for enhancing the accuracy and robustness of locations determined for a mobile wireless transceiver in a cellular telephone communications system integrating location-related information both from an assisted GPS device embedded in the mobile unit and from infrastructure-based facilities that extract signal characteristic data at networked base stations. Available supporting collateral information may be additionally evaluated in the location determinations to provide location estimates of enhanced robustness and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, John E. Maloney, Matthew L. Ward
  • Patent number: 7848733
    Abstract: A wireless location system may include geolocation of a wireless device connected to Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) adapter. The VoIP adapter may include a wireless transceiver or a wireless location determining receiver that facilitates the location of a wireless device connected to the VoIP adapter. The wireless transceiver or the location determining receiver may provide location information to an emergency dispatcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Rashidus S. Mia, Robert J. Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100273504
    Abstract: A Network Autonomous Wireless Location System (NAWLS) is designed to allow for precise location of a mobile device (e.g., a cell phone) without interconnection to, and with minimal disruption of, the local wireless communications network. Using distributed radio network monitors (RNM) and a managed network emulator (NE); mobile devices are sampled, acquired or captured. Once triggered by the RNM or NE, an untethered wireless location system (U-WLS) is used to calculate a precise location. The U-WLS; comprising mobile receiver sites, each capable of self location, exchanging information with other components of the NAWLS, and receiving or exchanging signals from the mobile device; utilizes various network-based and handset-based wireless location techniques dependent on the deployed options. In addition, the NAWLS includes data links interconnecting the U-WLS, NE and RNM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100227628
    Abstract: Methods and systems are employed by a wireless location system (WLS) for locating a wireless device operating in a geographic area served by a wireless communications system. An exemplary method includes monitoring a set of signaling links of the wireless communications system, and detecting at least one predefined signaling transaction occurring on at least one of the predefined signaling links. Then, in response to the detection of the at least one predefined network transaction, at least one predefined location service is triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: TRUEPOSITION, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, Jeffrey F. Bull, Paul Matthew Czarnecki, Thomas Stephen Ginter, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100222081
    Abstract: A mobile wireless device is configured to provide a location quality of service indicator (QoSI) indicative of the quality of a calculated location estimation for use by a location-based service. The QoSI may be calculated by the device itself or by a server, such as a location enabling server (LES). The QoSI may be used to represent the predicted location accuracy, availability, latency, precision, and/or yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Ward, Frederic Beckley
  • Patent number: 7783299
    Abstract: Method and systems are employed by a wireless location system (WLS) for locating a wireless device operating in a geographic area served by a wireless communications system. An exemplary method includes monitoring a set of signaling links of the wireless communications system, and detecting at least one predefined signaling transaction occurring on at least one of the predefined signaling links. Then, in response to the detection of the at least one predefined network transaction, at least one predefined location service is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, Jeffrey F. Bull, Paul Czarnecki, Thomas Stephan Ginter, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100120394
    Abstract: Location of small, consumer deployed femto-cells cannot be determined by the usual site survey methods. Location of attached mobiles allows for a proxy location of the femto-cell that can then be used for wireless network planning including the provisioning of a calculated default emergency services location for the femto-cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: TRUEPOSITION, INC.
    Inventors: Rashidus S. Mia, Robert J. Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100120447
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of the inventive subject matter described herein include, but are not limited to, the following: a femto-cell device, methods for use by a wireless location system (WLS) in locating a femto-cell device, and a wireless location system having certain features relating to the location of femto-cell devices. A femto-cell device used in a wireless communications system (WCS) includes a location subsystem configured to acquire information identifying the geographic location of the femto-cell device. The device also includes an antenna subsystem, a radio frequency (RF) block coupled to the antenna subsystem, a baseband block coupled to the RF block, and a communications block coupled to the baseband block. In addition, the device is configured to communicate with the WCS, including communicating at least some of the location information to the WCS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: TRUEPOSITION, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, Rashidus S. Mia, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20090170528
    Abstract: A method for use in controlling a mobile device's access to one or more wireless communications networks (WCNs) with an overlaid wireless location system (WLS) includes monitoring a set of one or more predefined signaling links of at least one WCN, and detecting an event associated with the mobile device. Next, using a low-accuracy location function of the WLS, the system determines that the mobile device is within a defined area of interest and is potentially within a defined quiet zone. Next, using a high-accuracy location function of the WLS, the system determines a precise geographic location of the mobile device and based thereon confirms that the mobile device is within the quiet zone or at least within an area of ambiguity around the quiet zone. Finally, the mobile device's access to the wireless communications network is limited, e.g., according to a pre-defined rule established by the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Matthew L. Ward
  • Publication number: 20090005061
    Abstract: A mobile wireless device is configured to provide a location quality of service indicator (QoSI) indicative of the quality of a calculated location estimation for use by a location-based service. The QoSI may be calculated by the device itself or by a server, such as a location enabling server (LES). The QoSI may be used to represent the predicted location accuracy, availability, latency, precision, and/or yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Ward, Frederic Beckley
  • Publication number: 20080261613
    Abstract: In an overlay, U-TDOA-based, Wireless Location System, LMUs typically co-located with BTSs, are used to collect radio signaling both in the forward and reverse channels. Techniques are used to compensate for sparse LMU deployments where sections of the U-TDOA service area are uplink demodulation or downlink beacon discovery limited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Robert J. Anderson, Matthew L. Ward
  • Patent number: 7427952
    Abstract: Mobile LMUs can be used in a Wireless Location System to provide detection coverage in areas lacking adequate receiver coverage. The mobile LMUs can be used to detect the radio frequency (RF) transmissions from wireless handsets and devices over a period of time to permit determination of their location. The mobile LMU's time, position, and velocity is calculated and transmitted to a SMLC along with any transmissions received from wireless devices. The SMLC analyzes and resolves the Doppler component of the wireless device while compensating for the Doppler component of the mobile LMU. The position and velocity of the wireless device can be compared with real-time imagery taken by the mobile LMU platform to accurately determine the location of the wireless device. To enhance the mobile LMU's ability to detect a signal of interest, which may be very weak and/or corrupted by noise, a process may be employed whereby the low power mobile terminals' signals are received at receiving sites and stored in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bull, Robert J. Anderson, Thomas Stephan Ginter, Matthew L. Ward