Patents by Inventor Scott C. Swanson

Scott C. Swanson 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: 5874731
    Abstract: An ambient light filter includes light emitting circuitry and optical detection circuitry. The detection circuitry is positioned to detect light from the emitting circuitry. A microprocessor is provided to separately control the light emitting circuitry and the optical detection circuitry. The microprocessor determines whether light from the emitting circuitry has been detected by removing a measured component equivalent to the ambient light present at the optical detection circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5750983
    Abstract: A meter sensor light tamper detector includes at least one light emitter and one or more sensors. The sensors have some parameter, i.e., conductivity in the case of phototransistor sensors, to provide an indication that they are in the presence of light. The system also includes a microprocessor which is capable of independent control of the light emitter and the sensors, and can determine the state of the electrical parameter, i.e., conductivity or nonconductivity, of the sensors. The microprocessor determines whether the sensors are being tampered with by checking the state of the sensors when a particular light condition is known to be present or absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5523559
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for indication and prevention of tampering with an electricity meter having control circuitry for automatic remote reading. The control circuitry, provided externally of the meter in a base or base extension, to which the meter is connected, is also used for tamper detection. Embodiments of the invention include use of optical sensing, voltage detection and proximity detection. Ambient light sensing may be performed to detect separation of the meter from the external receptacle. Reflected light to a reflective surface of the meter is sensed to determine if the meter is properly engaged. Presence of a meter connection plug element may be sensed either optically or by position responsive switch. Voltage of the utility supply and meter user output may be monitored to determine tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5422939
    Abstract: A secondary communications device, such as a modem, a facsimile machine, an automatic meter reader or an answering machine, shares a telephone line with a subscriber's telephone and must grant the telephone primary access to the line. The present invention prevents the secondary device from seizing the line when the telephone is already off-hook and will terminate a line seizure by the secondary device if the subscriber picks up the telephone handset during use of the line by the secondary device. An average interval for charging a capacitor to a threshold voltage in response to an on-hook voltage appearing across the telephone line is determined. When the secondary communications device is ready to use the line, circuitry measures an interval for charging the capacitor in response to the current voltage appearing across the telephone line. The secondary communication device seizes the line only if the measured interval does not exceed the average interval by more than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Kramer, Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5422565
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for indication and prevention of tampering with an electricity meter having control circuitry for automatic remote reading. The control circuitry, provided externally of the meter in a base or base extension, to which the meter is connected, is also used for tamper detection. Embodiments of the invention include use of optical sensing, voltage detection and proximity detection. Ambient light sensing may be performed to detect separation of the meter from the external receptacle. Reflected light to a reflective surface of the meter is sensed to determine if the meter is properly engaged. Presence of a meter connection plug element may be sensed either optically or by position responsive switch. Voltage of the utility supply and meter user output may be monitored to determine tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5293115
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for indication and prevention of tampering with an electricity meter having control circuitry for automatic remote reading. The control circuitry, provided externally of the meter in a base or base extension, to which the meter is connected, is also used for tamper detection. Embodiments of the invention include use of optical sensing, voltage detection and proximity detection. Ambient light sensing may be performed to detect separation of the meter from the external receptacle. Reflected light to a reflective surface of the meter is sensed to determine if the meter is properly engaged. Presence of a meter connection plug element may be sensed either optically or by position responsive switch. Voltage of the utility supply and meter user output may be monitored to determine tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5241306
    Abstract: A method and system for accurate remote reading of an electricity meter including an optical detection arrangement, including a light emitter and sensor, have positioned in the light path therebetween a cutout portion of the meter shaft. Rotation of the shaft affects the amount of light passed to the sensor. Registration errors which may occur in a linear transition operating range are avoided by provision of detector threshold hysteresis. A microprocessor sets timing pulses for emitter energization, establishes a detection period of uniform length of time for each energizing pulse and produces, during each detection period, a digital signal having a logic level indicative of the presence or absence of light transmitted to said sensor, whereby a correlation between light transitions and power usage can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5218683
    Abstract: A status word modification device. A serial communications device (11) contains two universal asynchronous receiver transmitters (UARTs) (14, 15). Each UART contains a first in, first out (FIFO) buffer (14a), two status buffers (14b, 14c), and a FIFO control register (14d). If the applications program in the host (10) is an enhanced application program which supports the use of the FIFO buffer (14a), then the program will cause FIFO enablement instructions to be written into the control register (14d). In this case, the interface circuit (22) allows the status words to pass unaltered whenever the host (10) reads the status buffers (14b, 14c). However, if the applications program is a standard applications program which does not support the use of the FIFO buffer (14a), then the program will not write to the control register (14d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Jerrim, Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5179661
    Abstract: A data flow controller (150) for monitoring and automatically controlling the flow of serial data from a remote transmitter to a host device. A serial communications card (11) provides an interface between a remote transmitter connected to a serial port connector (20) and a host device (10). The card (11) contains a UART (14) which has a buffer. A counter (151) counts the number of bytes received by the UART (14) since the last time that the host (10) read all the data in the buffer. If the number exceeds a predetermined portion of the buffer capacity the counter output (Q11) will go high, thereby disabling the counter and sending a control signal (DTR, RTS) to the remote transmitter to stop sending data. Once the host (10) has read all the data in the buffer the UART (14) provides a signal (-RXREADY) which resets the counter (151), thereby causing the output (Q11) to go low, thereby allowing the remote transmitter to resume sending data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Copeland, III, John W. Jerrim, Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5179706
    Abstract: A bus access controller. An interface circuit (22) controls the access of a host computer (10) and a microprocessor (23) to one or more UARTs (14, 15). The microprocessor (23), which has no provision for waiting for a data transfer, is required to provide a signal of its intent to perform a data transfer prior to beginning the actual data transfer. The signal is identical to the actual data transfer operation. If the host (10) attempts a data transfer operation while the microprocessor (23) is conducting a data transfer operation, or if the host data transfer cannot be completed prior to the time that the microprocessor data transfer will commence, then the interface circuit (22) signals the host (10) that the data transfer will take additional time by deasserting the I/O READY line (12a). Once the microprocessor data transfer is completed then the I/O READY signal is reasserted and the host data transfer is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Swanson, Jeffrey P. Murray
  • Patent number: 4906995
    Abstract: A data compression method and apparatus particularly suitable for use in electrical power line fault data recorders. The system performs both gain compression and frequency compression. For gain compression, a predetermined number of samples are analyzed to determine a gain setting common to each sample in the set of samples. A reduced data string consisting of a gain code and data words having fewer bits than the input words are transmitted as a compressed data string. For frequency compression, a sample set representing the input signal is decimated until there remain only a sufficient number of data samples to satisfy the Nyquist criterion for the highest frequency component of interest. The frequency compressed output data string comprises a frequency code representing the highest frequency of interest followed by the set of decimated data samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4879558
    Abstract: A data compression method and appartus particularly suitable for use in electrical power line fault data recorders. The system performs both gain compression and frequency compression. For gain compression, a predetermined number of samples are analyzed to determine a gain setting common to each sample in the set of samples. A reduced data string consisting of a gain code and data words having fewer bits than the input words are transmitted as a compressed data string. For frequency compression, a sample set representing the input signal is decimated until there remain only a sufficient number of data samples to satisfy the Nyquist criterion for the highest frequency component of interest. Also included is a circuit for reproducing the waveform envelope. Positive and negative peak detectors provide signals representative of the peaks of the waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4875783
    Abstract: An improved temperature transducer for use with a KYZ pulse data recorder. A temperature sensor provides a temperature signal proportional to ambient temperature. An integrator circuit and comparator circuit responsive to the temperature signal provides pulses at a frequency which is proportional to temperature. The pulses are provided over the standard three-wire KYZ pulse cable to the input of the data recorder. The circuit is extremely low power, highly accurate, and requires only the three-wire KYZ connection. No external power supply or cable is required, since the circuit draws its power from the pull up resistors in the KYZ data recorder input. Also disclosed are techniques for improving accuracy and minimizing power consumption in the circuit, and an improved integrator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4697180
    Abstract: A solid state electricity demand recorder (10) is controlled by a programmable microprocessor (38) to obtain energy demand survey and billing data. The accumulated count of pulses during a record interval is compared with an encoded register reading obtained from an electricity meter (30) at the end of the record. If there is acceptable correlation between the accumulated count and encoded meter reading, the interval pulse counts associated with that record are deemed verified. The recorder then downloads the recorded demand data to a central computer at a preselected time over a communications line. The recorder is receptive to communications and commands from the central computer at times other than the normal preprogrammed data downloading time by detecting a particular number of rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4697181
    Abstract: A solid state electricity demand recorder (10) is controlled by a programmable microprocessor (38) to obtain energy demand survey and billing data. The accumulated count of pulses during a record interval is compared with an encoded register reading obtained from an electricity meter (30) at the end of the record. If there is acceptable correlation between the accumulated count and encoded meter reading, the interval pulse counts associated with that record are deemed verified. The recorder is programmably configurable for operation over a wide range of customer demand by scaling the KYZ pulse input frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4697182
    Abstract: A solid state electricity demand recorder (10) is controlled by a programmable microprocessor (38) to obtain energy demand survey and billing data. The accumulated count of pulses during a record interval is compared with an encoded register reading obtained from an electricity meter (30) at the end of the reord. If there is acceptable correlation between the accumulated count and encoded meter reading, the interval pulse counts associated with that record are deemed verified. Power for the recorder (10) is obtained from the power line, except during power outages in which case a battery (28) provides back-up power. Error conditions such as power outages, meter failure, and low battery condition are automatically detected and communicated to the central computer for remedial action by the electrical utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4682169
    Abstract: A solid state electricity demand recorder (10) is controlled by a programmable microprocessor (38) to obtain energy demand survey and billing data. The accumulated count of pulses during a record interval is compared with an encoded register reading obtained from an electricity meter (30) at the end of the record. If there is acceptable correlation between the accumulated count and encoded meter reading, the interval pulse counts associated with that record are deemed verified. Power for the recorder (10) is obtained from the power line, except during power outages in which case a battery (28) provides back-up power. The time of day and date of detection of a low battery condition is stored and used to assess data reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4639728
    Abstract: Pulses generated by the pulse initiator of an electricity meter (30) are counted during successive measurement intervals. The pulse count for each interval is stored in the solid state memory (42) of a recorder (10), to be thereafter transmitted to a central computer and printed and/or displayed to obtain energy demand survey and billing data. The operation of the recorder is controlled by a programmable microprocessor (38). To verify the accuracy of the pulses counted during each interval, the counts are accumulated over a predetermined number of successive intervals constituting a record. The accumulated count is compared with an encoded register reading obtained from the meter (30) at the end of the record. If there is acceptable correlation between the accumulated count and encoded meter reading, the interval pulse counts associated with that record are deemed verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4433387
    Abstract: System and apparatus for treating data derived in serial pulse fashion from a source such as a meter. Data words are recorded upon a magnetic bubble memory which is portable and which includes real time and identification data in addition to pulse source data. The portable storage device incorporating the magnetic bubble memory is inserted into reader apparatus for transmission by telecommunication to a translator station which may be located remotely from the reader station. Cyclical redundancy check verification of the transmission is made between the stations to assure proper transmission. Further, the translation station carries out data verification checks. Erase apparatus is provided in the vicinity of the reader apparatus to carry out a memory check for the magnetic bubble memory and an erasure thereof through the insertion of zeroes therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1984
    Assignee: Sangamo Weston, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Dyer, Scott C. Swanson, Robert A. Hicks
  • Patent number: 4166095
    Abstract: In an automatic chemical testing apparatus in which different chemical tests are performed selectively on one or more aliquots of each of a number of samples, samples are placed in successive ordinal positions for sequential aspiration into the apparatus for testing. Selection means in a selection panel are actuated to enable a position, i.e. to enable storage of instructions for tests to be performed on a sample in a particular ordinal position after it is aspirated into the apparatus. Test selection means are operated to program tests to be performed for the sample in the enabled position. Indicator means, e.g. lamps, are energized to indicate which position is enabled and which positions have been programmed. A further display indicates which tests have been programmed for an enabled channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Hycel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Kling, Scott C. Swanson