Patents by Inventor Omar ZAKARIA

Omar ZAKARIA 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: 10420151
    Abstract: A system and method are described for collecting data from an out of range Internet of Things (IoT) device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: collecting data at an internet of things (IoT) device which does not have a permanent, reliable network connection with an IoT hub or a service; storing the collected data in a storage of the IoT device; detecting the presence of a mobile device and responsively establishing a local wireless communication channel with the mobile device; transferring the collected data to a temporary storage on the mobile device; establishing a communication channel between the mobile device and the IoT hub or service; forwarding the collected data from the mobile device to the IoT hub or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventor: Omar Zakaria
  • Patent number: 10375044
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for secure communication between IoT devices and an IoT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Scott Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10260765
    Abstract: A smart register is described. For example, one embodiment of the smart register apparatus comprises: a set of dampers which enable or restrict airflow from an heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system when opened and closed, respectively; a motor to control the opening and closing of the dampers; a battery to provide power to the motor; and register control logic to determine a threshold temperature based on a desired temperature set by a user and to read a current temperature from a temperature sensor, the control logic to automatically open or close the dampers to enable or restrict airflow from the HVAC system based on differences between the threshold temperature and the current temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventor: Omar Zakaria
  • Publication number: 20190075424
    Abstract: A system and method are described for accurately detecting a location of a wireless device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: collecting signal strength data indicating signal strength between a wireless device and a plurality of IoT devices and/or IoT hubs in a user's home; associating the signal strength data with locations in the user's home and storing the association in a location database; and determining a current location of the wireless device by comparing the signal strength data in the database with current signal strength data indicating current signal strength between the wireless device and the plurality of IoT devices and/or IoT hubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventor: Omar ZAKARIA
  • Patent number: 10178530
    Abstract: A system and method are described for performing asset and user tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Houman Forood, Joe Britt, Omar Zakaria, Justin Lee, Gilbert Gallardo
  • Publication number: 20180338280
    Abstract: An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with an appliance and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 10111070
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for an IoT interface slot for an IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 10045150
    Abstract: A system and method are described for accurately detecting a location of a wireless device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: collecting signal strength data indicating signal strength between a wireless device and a plurality of IoT devices and/or IoT hubs in a user's home; associating the signal strength data with locations in the user's home and storing the association in a location database; and determining a current location of the wireless device by comparing the signal strength data in the database with current signal strength data indicating current signal strength between the wireless device and the plurality of IoT devices and/or IoT hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventor: Omar Zakaria
  • Patent number: 10004183
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for a moisture sensor. For example, one embodiment of an IoT device comprises: An Internet of Things (IoT) device comprising: a moisture sensor to detect a moisture level; an IoT communication interface and/or radio to wirelessly connect the IoT device to a network; a set of pins, pads, and/or probes to electrically couple the moisture sensor to conductive elements of one or more moisture sensor attachments; and an enclosure surrounding the moisture sensor and IoT communication interface and/or radio, the enclosure having one or more connection elements formed thereon to fixedly couple one or more moisture sensor attachments to the enclosure, thereby electrically coupling the set of pins, pads, and/or probes of the moisture sensor to the conductive elements of the moisture sensor attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Omar Zakaria, Alec Storrie-Lombardi
  • Patent number: 10008086
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for an IoT security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Shin Matsumura, Houman Forood, Omar Zakaria
  • Publication number: 20180167392
    Abstract: A system and method are described for connecting an IoT device to a wireless router and/or access point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Omar ZAKARIA
  • Patent number: 9974015
    Abstract: An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with an appliance and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Publication number: 20180108973
    Abstract: An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with modular antennae and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus includes: an embedded IoT hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on the interface component of the modular antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 9942837
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for adjusting a scan interval or scan width of a BTLE device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: placing a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) device of an IoT device into a low power or sleep state; waking the BTLE device from the low power or sleep state in response to a specified schedule or set of conditions; attempting to establish a connection between the BTLE device and a BTLE device of an IoT hub using a first scan width and/or scan interval; dynamically adjusting the first scan width and/or scan interval to a second scan width and/or scan interval, respectively, based on a randomly-selected value if a connection is not established after a specified time period; and reattempting to establish a connection between the BTLE device of the IoT device and the BTLE device of the IoT hub using the second scan width and/or scan interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AFERO, INC.
    Inventor: Omar Zakaria
  • Publication number: 20180053391
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for an IoT security system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: JOE BRITT, SHIN MATSUMURA, HOUMAN FOROOD, OMAR ZAKARIA
  • Patent number: 9847569
    Abstract: An modular antenna for integration with an Internet of Things (IoT) hub and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: a modular antenna to be used with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub having a plurality of wireless communication interfaces, the modular antenna comprising an interface component and an antenna component; the interface component comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to electrically couple the module antenna to the embedded IoT hub; and the antenna component comprising a plurality of antennas to be electrically coupled to the first plurality of pins or pads, thereby electrically coupling each of the plurality of antennas to one of the plurality of wireless communication interfaces of the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 9838390
    Abstract: A system and method are described for connecting an IoT device to a wireless router and/or access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AFERO, INC.
    Inventor: Omar Zakaria
  • Patent number: 9839006
    Abstract: An electronic device has a first and second radio, each being compatible with at least two wireless local area network (LAN) standards and one or both being compatible with at least one wireless personal area network (WPAN) standard. The electronic device includes a radio control arrangement that establishes mutually non-interfering communication links between (i) one or both of the first and second radio and (ii) at least two remote devices within a wireless LAN that includes the electronic device and the at least two remote devices. The at least two remote devices include at least one network access point and at least a second electronic device; the mutually non-interfering communication links including a network communication link between the first or second radio and the access point, and a peer-to-peer communication link between the first radio or the second radio and the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Sam Bowen, Varada Gopalakrishnan, Shih-Chun Chang, In Chul Hyun, Subram Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20170339120
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for secure communication between IoT devices and an IoT service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Scott Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9806971
    Abstract: In order to maintain performance during wireless communication via a channel in a restricted band of frequencies, a transmitting electronic device may monitor for unknown wireless signals in the restricted band of frequencies. If unknown wireless signals are detected by a radio in the transmitting electronic device, the transmitting electronic device may transfer the communication to another channel (which may have poorer performance) in a band of frequencies outside of the restricted band of frequencies. Moreover, a separate radio in the transmitting electronic device may concurrently receive the unknown wireless signals in the channel and may analyze the unknown wireless signals based on a target signature. If the unknown wireless signals do not match the target signature, the transmitting electronic device may transfer the communication back to the channel to restore the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EVA Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylord Yu, Omar Zakaria