Patents by Inventor Maurice E. Shelton

Maurice E. Shelton 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: 10288722
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch
  • Patent number: 10162051
    Abstract: A traffic radar system utilizes a standard USB interface of power and communication to a host USB device. Modules of the radar system communicate over a wireless network to reduce hard-wire cabling in the patrol vehicle or radar platform. Digital signal processing (DSP) is utilized in a distributed processing architecture to increase processing functionality and target detection capabilities. The system modules incorporate electrical and mechanical interfaces which allow modules to be connected together to form unique radar systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20180313936
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch
  • Publication number: 20180032820
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for capturing a video image and speed of a target vehicle. A ranging device detects a distance to a target vehicle. The focal distance or zoom of a video camera is set and adjusted based on the distance. The speed of travel of the vehicle is detected, displayed, and/or stored in association with a video image captured of the vehicle by the video camera. A range of distances within which to capture the video image and speed of the vehicle may be set by detecting distances between a pair of landmarks or using GPS and compass heading data. An inclinometer is provided to aid initiation of a power-conservation mode. A target tracking time may be determined and compared to a minimum tracking time period. A device certification period can be stored and displayed and the device deactivated upon expiration thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes, Michael Paulson, Maurice E. Shelton, Milos Kovacevic, Zoran Kovacevic
  • Publication number: 20170343651
    Abstract: A traffic radar system (TRS) utilizing an automated test process which aids the operator in quickly conducting comprehensive system tuning fork tests that includes front and rear antennas and stationary, moving opposite, and moving same-lane operations. The automated process has the ability to select the proper radar antenna and proper mode of operation for each step of the test. The process will measure the input fork signals and report if the signals are within the specified tolerance. Optionally, the process can be set to not allow the radar system to enter the normal operating mode if the tuning fork tests have not been successfully completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. SHELTON, Michael J. BIETSCH
  • Publication number: 20150260840
    Abstract: A traffic radar system utilizes a standard USB interface of power and communication to a host USB device. Modules of the radar system communicate over a wireless network to reduce hard-wire cabling in the patrol vehicle or radar platform. Digital signal processing (DSP) is utilized in a distributed processing architecture to increase processing functionality and target detection capabilities. The system modules incorporate electrical and mechanical interfaces which allow modules to be connected together to form unique radar systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: KUSTOM SIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Michael J. Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20140362231
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for capturing a video image and speed of a target vehicle. A ranging device detects a distance to a target vehicle. The focal distance or zoom of a video camera is set and adjusted based on the distance. The speed of travel of the vehicle is detected, displayed, and/or stored in association with a video image captured of the vehicle by the video camera. A range of distances within which to capture the video image and speed of the vehicle may be set by detecting distances between a pair of landmarks or using GPS and compass heading data. An inclinometer is provided to aid initiation of a power-conservation mode. A target tracking time may be determined and compared to a minimum tracking time period. A device certification period can be stored and displayed and the device deactivated upon expiration thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: KUSTOM SIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Bietsch, Kent F. Hayes, Michael Paulson, Maurice E. Shelton, Milos Kovacevic, Zoran Kovacevic
  • Patent number: 7705772
    Abstract: A traffic radar utilizes digital signal processing (DSP) to determine targets based on signal strength histories. From these histories, a target vehicle having the strongest Doppler return signal is identified and its speed is displayed, and a target vehicle having the highest frequency return signal is identified and its speed is displayed. The traffic radar may also display the relative strength of the strongest return signal and the relative strength of the highest frequency return signal, thereby showing a comparison of the strengths of the return signals from the target vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice E. Shelton
  • Patent number: 7091901
    Abstract: A traffic radar captures the patrol vehicle return signal by saving the patrol return when the radar system is placed in a standby state. If the radar is in standby for more than a predetermined period of time before reentering a transmitting mode, the system searches for a new patrol signal within a speed window around the saved patrol signal speed. If the radar is in standby for less than the predetermined period of time, the system initially searches for a new patrol signal over a range that excludes an interval around the saved patrol signal speed. If the new patrol signal is not found, then in a subsequent search the interval is included in the searched spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Steven F. Hocker
  • Patent number: 6023236
    Abstract: A digital signal processor (DSP) traffic radar utilizing pulses from the patrol vehicle's electronic speedometer to steer the DSP's search of Doppler return information for the patrol vehicle's radar return signal, to improve target identification and minimize inaccuracies. In moving mode, when the patrol vehicle comes to a stop, no pulses are received by the DSP and therefore the patrol speed is set to zero, eliminating false association with other moving targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice E. Shelton
  • Patent number: 5777575
    Abstract: An improved switching system for controlling a radar control unit includes a radar hold switch and lock release switch on a remote control. Depression of the hold switch places the radar in a hold or standby mode. Upon depression and holding of the lock switch tracking of the target vehicle occurs. Upon release of the lock switch the displayed vehicle speed will be locked on the lock window of the radar with the radar unit being placed in a standby mode. A subsequent depression and release of the lock/release switch clears the locked target speed and maintains the unit in a standby mode. Underlying logic utilized by the signal processor analyzes signals corresponding to the positions of the hold and lock switches so as to direct the radar into the appropriate mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Kustom Signals, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice E. Shelton, Thomas E. Mitchell