Patents by Inventor Michael D. Nalepka

Michael D. Nalepka 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: 10204159
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 10166920
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Patent number: 10161746
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20170054948
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: James W. Angel, David Dew, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20170053555
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for receiving, at a central office, data and a video clip associated with a predetermined vehicle event produced by a plurality of commercial vehicles each operated by a driver. Driver behavior scoring is generated at the central office based on the received data and on manual evaluation of the video clip, wherein the driver behavior scoring is consistent with driver behavior scoring conducted by a governmental inspection authority. Driver violation data, collected from and scored by the governmental inspection authority, is acquired at the central office. An output is produced comprising at least the driver behavior scoring and the driver violation scoring for each of the drivers of the plurality of commercial vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: James W. Angel, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20170053554
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for receiving, at a central office, data and video clips produced by a plurality of commercial vehicles each operated by a driver. The data and video clips are associated with predetermined vehicle events. An event packet is assembled at the central office and comprises data and a video clip associated with a predetermined vehicle event involving a particular vehicle and a particular driver. The event packet is transmitted from the central office to a device accessible by the particular driver. A notification is transmitted to the particular driver's device, the notification indicating availability of the event packet for review.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel
  • Publication number: 20160052453
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Publication number: 20160050356
    Abstract: A system for use on a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer comprises a communications device that effects communications between the system and a remote system. The communications device is configured to receive data from the remote system. An event detector is configured to generate a trigger signal in response to detecting occurrence of predetermined events. An onboard computer is coupled to the communications device, the event detector, a media recorder, and a computer of the vehicle. One or more image capture devices at the vehicle are communicatively coupled to one or both of the onboard computer and the media recorder. The onboard computer is configured to adjust one or more parameters of the image capture devices and/or modify one or more parameters of the event detector based at least in part on the data received from the remote system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Publication number: 20160047646
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 5449202
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for color coding library books and/or shelved media system that utilizes a plurality of color coded labels. Each label has a number of bands of horizontally disposed colors and each color in the color band is assigned to a unique letter, or number, forming part of the alpha-numeric library code and/or shelved media system. Each label further includes a removable spacing tab along its lower edge which, when the label is mounted to the designated book, the bottom edge of the removable spacing tab is aligned with the bottom edge of the spine of the book. Upon affixing the label to the book or the media case, the removable spacing tab is separated from the label by a horizontal separation joint, thereby aligning the bottom edge of the remaining portion of the label at a fixed position relative to the bottom of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, William H. Gunn
  • Patent number: D374892
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, William H. Gunn