Patents by Inventor Russel K. Jones

Russel K. Jones 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: 20180184241
    Abstract: In one embodiment, techniques are provided to establish and use semantic associations between location profiles and ambient profiles. One or more location profiles are selected from a location database. A first plurality of ambient profiles is selected for a first area surrounding one or more geographic locations of the location profiles. One or more patterns are extracted from the first plurality of ambient profiles and are used to generate associations between location profiles and ambient profiles in an association database which semantically associates location profiles with ambient profiles independent of geographic location. The associations may be used, among other things, to service requests from mobile devices and/or update ambient profiles or location profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Russel K. Jones, Richard J. Sutton, Javier Velez, Pathum Mudannayake, Arun Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 9936348
    Abstract: In one embodiment, techniques are provided to establish and use semantic associations between location profiles and ambient profiles. One or more location profiles are selected from a location database. A first plurality of ambient profiles is selected for a first area surrounding one or more geographic locations of the location profiles. One or more patterns are extracted from the first plurality of ambient profiles and are used to generate associations between location profiles and ambient profiles in an association database which semantically associates location profiles with ambient profiles independent of geographic location. The associations may be used, among other things, to service requests from mobile devices and/or update ambient profiles or location profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Russel K. Jones, Richard J. Sutton, Javier Velez, Pathum Mudannayake, Arun Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 9918295
    Abstract: In one embodiment, characteristics of signals of a plurality of Wi-Fi access points within a target area are determined at least in part from observing the signals during a traversal of a programmatic route through the target area by a scanning device. A location is calculated for each of the plurality of Wi-Fi access points based on the characteristics of the signals of the Wi-Fi access point, and stored in records of a reference database. A request from an application or service executing on a mobile device is received for a current location of the mobile device. Positioning software obtains characteristics of signals of one or more Wi-Fi access points observed by the mobile device from the current location. The positioning software computes the current location of the mobile device using at least the characteristics of signals observed by the mobile device and the location of Wi-Fi access points stored in the reference database, and provides the computed current location to the application or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean
  • Publication number: 20180067185
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a certified location service enables a mobile device to access a location-based service when a determined location meets a location requirement and an overall confidence score for the determined location exceeds a confidence threshold. A data package is received including identifiers of beacons observed by the mobile device, and a location of the mobile device is determined based on a calculated location of one or more of the beacons. An overall confidence score for the determined location is calculated based on one or more individual confidence scores for the one or more beacons used in determining the location or composite confidence scores for types of the one or more beacons. The determined location and the overall confidence score are provided to one or more provider servers that allow the mobile device to access a location-based service based thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger, Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Andrew Broadstone, Joel Morrin
  • Patent number: 9888345
    Abstract: In one embodiment, Wi-Fi access point data is cached on a mobile client device in response to distances to WPS tile boundaries. The mobile client device identifies one or more Wi-Fi access points in range based on signals received by a Wi-Fi radio, and estimates its location utilizing the identified one or more Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi access point data of one or more Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) tiles in a WPS tile store on the mobile client device. Based on the estimated location, the mobile client device determines it is within a threshold distance of a boundary of the one or more WPS tiles present in the WPS tile store and requests one or more new WPS tiles from a reference database of a remote server. Upon receipt, the one or more new WPS tiles are cached in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Shyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Joel N. Nelson, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9817101
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a Wi-Fi based location determination technique both determines one or more locations of a mobile device, and calculates a confidence score for each determined location. A request is received at a certified location service executing on a server for one or more locations of the mobile device and a data package. The data package may include an indication of a plurality of beacons observed by the mobile device. The certified location service determines one or more locations of the mobile device based on a calculated location of at least some of the plurality of beacons. The certified location service also determines a confidence score for each beacon used in determining each location. An overall confidence score for each determined location may be calculated based on a combination of the confidence scores for each of the beacons used in the determination of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger, Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Andrew Broadstone, Joel Morrin
  • Publication number: 20170318418
    Abstract: In one embodiment, techniques are provided to establish and use semantic associations between location profiles and ambient profiles. One or more location profiles are selected from a location database. A first plurality of ambient profiles is selected for a first area surrounding one or more geographic locations of the location profiles. One or more patterns are extracted from the first plurality of ambient profiles and are used to generate associations between location profiles and ambient profiles in an association database which semantically associates location profiles with ambient profiles independent of geographic location. The associations may be used, among other things, to service requests from mobile devices and/or update ambient profiles or location profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Russel K. Jones, Richard J. Sutton, Javier Velez, Pathum Mudannayake, Arun Ramamurthy
  • Publication number: 20170127376
    Abstract: In one embodiment, characteristics of signals of a plurality of Wi-Fi access points within a target area are determined at least in part from observing the signals during a traversal of a programmatic route through the target area by a scanning device. A location is calculated for each of the plurality of Wi-Fi access points based on the characteristics of the signals of the Wi-Fi access point, and stored in records of a reference database. A request from an application or service executing on a mobile device is received for a current location of the mobile device. Positioning software obtains characteristics of signals of one or more Wi-Fi access points observed by the mobile device from the current location. The positioning software computes the current location of the mobile device using at least the characteristics of signals observed by the mobile device and the location of Wi-Fi access points stored in the reference database, and provides the computed current location to the application or service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean
  • Patent number: 9612315
    Abstract: A method of and system for estimating at least one of a human development level and a human activity level. A method of estimating at least one of a human development level and a human activity level includes estimating positions of radio broadcast beacons. The positions of the radio broadcast beacons are stored in an electronically readable catalog. Each of the positions is grouped into sets of positions. Each set of positions includes positions of one or more geographically-related radio broadcast beacons. For each of the sets, at least one of a human development level and a human activity level is estimated for an area encompassing the positions of the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Sutton, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9554247
    Abstract: In one embodiment, scanning data is received for wireless access points whose wireless signals were observed by the one or more scanning devices in a target area. For each group of scanning data that shares a common identifier of a Wi-Fi access point, a centroid of the scanning data is determined, a set of scanning data of the group that exceeds a threshold distance from the centroid is designated as having potential error, and a location of the Wi-Fi access point is calculated. The calculated location of the Wi-Fi access point for each group of scanning data is stored in a reference database. Upon receiving a request for a location of a mobile device, an identity of one or more Wi-Fi access points in range of the mobile device is determined, and the location of the mobile device is computed using calculated locations from the reference database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean
  • Patent number: 9521512
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system determines a designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location, and uses the determination that the designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location to improve location estimates. The system determines one or more neighboring wireless devices have relationships with the designated wireless device, wherein a relationship is established when wireless signals from a neighboring wireless device and the designated wireless device are detected by a same receiver. A measure of likelihood is calculated that the designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location based at least in part on a number of the relationships or a duration of the relationships. Based on the measure of likelihood, the designated wireless device is excluded from being used in the wireless positioning system as a beacon for estimating the location of a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Nicolas Brachet, Gerald Cavanaugh, Andrei Dancus, Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger
  • Publication number: 20160323704
    Abstract: In one embodiment, Wi-Fi access point data is cached on a mobile client device in response to distances to WPS tile boundaries. The mobile client device identifies one or more Wi-Fi access points in range based on signals received by a Wi-Fi radio, and estimates its location utilizing the identified one or more Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi access point data of one or more Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) tiles in a WPS tile store on the mobile client device. Based on the estimated location, the mobile client device determines it is within a threshold distance of a boundary of the one or more WPS tiles present in the WPS tile store and requests one or more new WPS tiles from a reference database of a remote server. Upon receipt, the one or more new WPS tiles are cached in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Joel N. Nelson, Russel K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20160295360
    Abstract: In one embodiment, scanning data is received for wireless access points whose wireless signals were observed by the one or more scanning devices in a target area. For each group of scanning data that shares a common identifier of a Wi-Fi access point, a centroid of the scanning data is determined, a set of scanning data of the group that exceeds a threshold distance from the centroid is designated as having potential error, and a location of the Wi-Fi access point is calculated. The calculated location of the Wi-Fi access point for each group of scanning data is stored in a reference database. Upon receiving a request for a location of a mobile device, an identity of one or more Wi-Fi access points in range of the mobile device is determined, and the location of the mobile device is computed using calculated locations from the reference database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean
  • Patent number: 9392407
    Abstract: In one embodiment, when it is determined that one or more Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) tiles that are necessary to estimate a location of a mobile client device are not present in a WPS tile store on the mobile client device, or are present in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device but out of date, one or more new WPS tiles are requested from a remote server. Each WPS tile is a set of Wi-Fi access point data for Wi-Fi access points within a bounded geographical region. The one or more new WPS tiles are received from the remote server, and are cached in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device. Subsequent to the caching, one or more further locations of the mobile client device are estimated autonomously from the remote server, utilizing Wi-Fi access point data in the WPS tile store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Joel N. Nelson, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9369884
    Abstract: In one embodiment, characteristics of signals received from Wi-Fi access points during a traversal of a number of drivable streets within a geographic area having a radius of one or more miles are determined, the characteristics of a given signal including a unique identifier of a Wi-Fi access point that transmitted the signal, a location where the signal was observed, and an observed signal strength at the location where the signal was observed. Using the characteristics, a reference database is built including records descriptive of Wi-Fi access points in the geographic area. To determine a current location of a mobile device, an observed signal strength of one or more Wi-Fi access points observed by the mobile device from the current location is determined and a current location of the mobile device is computed using at least the observed signal strength of the one or more Wi-Fi access points observed by the mobile device in comparison to information in the reference database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean
  • Publication number: 20150241548
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a Wi-Fi based location determination technique both determines one or more locations of a mobile device, and calculates a confidence score for each determined location. A request is received at a certified location service executing on a server for one or more locations of the mobile device and a data package. The data package may include an indication of a plurality of beacons observed by the mobile device. The certified location service determines one or more locations of the mobile device based on a calculated location of at least some of the plurality of beacons. The certified location service also determines a confidence score for each beacon used in determining each location. An overall confidence score for each determined location may be calculated based on a combination of the confidence scores for each of the beacons used in the determination of the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger, Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Andrew Broadstone, Joel Morrin
  • Publication number: 20150181378
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system determines a designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location, and uses the determination that the designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location to improve location estimates. The system determines one or more neighboring wireless devices have relationships with the designated wireless device, wherein a relationship is established when wireless signals from a neighboring wireless device and the designated wireless device are detected by a same receiver. A measure of likelihood is calculated that the designated wireless device lacks a fixed geographic location based at least in part on a number of the relationships or a duration of the relationships. Based on the measure of likelihood, the designated wireless device is excluded from being used in the wireless positioning system as a beacon for estimating the location of a client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Nicolas Brachet, Gerald Cavanaugh, Andrei Dancus, Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger
  • Publication number: 20150172863
    Abstract: In one embodiment, when it is determined that one or more Wi-Fi positioning system (WPS) tiles that are necessary to estimate a location of a mobile client device are not present in a WPS tile store on the mobile client device, or are present in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device but out of date, one or more new WPS tiles are requested from a remote server. Each WPS tile is a set of Wi-Fi access point data for Wi-Fi access points within a bounded geographical region. The one or more new WPS tiles are received from the remote server, and are cached in the WPS tile store on the mobile client device. Subsequent to the caching, one or more further locations of the mobile client device are estimated autonomously from the remote server, utilizing Wi-Fi access point data in the WPS tile store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Joel N. Nelson, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9037162
    Abstract: Methods and systems of continuously optimizing data in WiFi positioning systems. A location-based services system uses WiFi-enabled devices to monitor WiFi access points in a target area to indicate whether a WiFi access point is newly-observed. A WiFi-enabled device communicates with WiFi access points within range of the WiFi-enabled device so that observed WiFi access points identify themselves. A reference database is accessed to obtain information specifying a recorded location for each observed WiFi access point in the target area. Observed WiFi access points for which the reference database has no information specifying a corresponding recorded location are identified. The recorded location information for each of the observed WiFi access points is used to calculate the position of the WiFi-enabled device. The reference database is informed of the WiFi access points (for which there was no information in the database) and is provided the calculated position in conjunction therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Morgan, Michael G. Shean, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Russel K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9014715
    Abstract: Systems for and methods of determining likelihood of atypical transmission characteristics of reference points in a positioning system are disclosed. A method of determining a measure of likelihood that a designated wireless device exhibits signal transmission characteristics atypical of a wireless device of a type matching the designated device includes determining reference points associated with the designated device, which are a geographic position at which signals from the designated device were detected and/or another wireless device from which signals were also detected by a receiver within a selected period of time during which the signals from the designated device were detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Nicolas Brachet, Gerald Cavanaugh, Andrei Dancus, Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger