Patents by Inventor Stephen Scott Trundle

Stephen Scott Trundle 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: 10845255
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system performs proactive performance tests for an appliance before a time for an operational change in usage of the appliance. Usage data for an appliance associated with a property may be obtained. The obtained usage data indicates past activity of the appliance and present operational status of the appliance. Weather forecast data associated with a location of the property can be obtained. A time for an operational change in usage of the appliance can be predicted based at least on the obtained usage data for the appliance and the obtained weather forecast data. An operation directed to conducting one or more performance tests on the appliance can be performed before the predicted time for the operational change in usage of the appliance. One or more communications related to the one or more performance tests of the appliance can be provided to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10836309
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a distracted driver detection and alert system. In one aspect, a system includes a sensor that is located at the property and that is configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property, and a monitor control unit that is configured to receive, from a traffic monitoring device, traffic monitoring data that reflects movement of a vehicle, classify, a driver of a vehicle as a distracted driver, determine that the vehicle is associated with the property and in response, determine, based on the sensor data and the traffic monitoring data, a likely identity of the driver, based on determining the likely identity of the driver, determine a classification of the driver, based on the classification of the driver, generate an alert, and provide, for output, the alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Allison Beach, Donald Madden
  • Patent number: 10826814
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can be used to selectively transmit bandwidth-intensive data over a cellular network based on dynamically determining resource availability over the cellular network. Monitoring system data to be transmitted to a remote server can initially be obtained by a component of a monitoring system. One or more network performance tests may be performed on a carrier network associated with the monitoring system. One or more network performance parameters can be computed based on results of the one or more network performance tests. The one or more network performance parameters can then be evaluated in relation to transmission requirements associated with the monitoring system data. A particular transmission strategy to use in transmitting the monitoring system data to the remote server can then be selected from among multiple transmission strategies. The monitoring system data is then transmitted to the server in accordance with the particular transmission strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10826646
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for triggering an alarm during a sensor jamming attack. In one aspect, a monitoring system sensor unit is disclosed that includes a sensor, a communication unit configured to communicate with a monitoring system using a range of frequencies, and a jamming detection unit. The jamming detection unit may include a processor and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations include detecting a sensor jamming event, selecting a different form of communication other than the range of radio frequencies for the communication unit to communicate with the monitoring system, and providing, to the communication unit, an instruction to communicate with the monitoring system using the form of communication, wherein the communication unit may communicate, to the monitoring system using the form of communication, the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alexander Lawrence Reeder, Charles Richard Alpert, Noah Robert Weingart
  • Publication number: 20200342700
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for accommodating unattended services at a property. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a processor and a storage device storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations can include receiving a request to enter the property to perform the unattended service, configuring the monitoring system to allow access to a first portion of the property associated with the unattended service without triggering an alarm event, obtaining image data of the property after the monitoring system is configured to allow access to the first portion of the property, determining, based on the obtained image data, that an unattended service provider has entered into a second, different portion of the property, and triggering an alarm event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Aaron Lee Roberts
  • Publication number: 20200320838
    Abstract: Image surveillance and reporting technology, in which an event that is indicative of potential physical activity within an area corresponding to a location of a camera unit is detected. In response to detection of the event, the camera unit is controlled to capture one or more images of the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images captured by the camera unit are analyzed to determine whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images are handled based on the determination of whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Robert J. McCarthy, JR., Jean-Paul Martin, Alison Jane Slavin, David James Hutz
  • Publication number: 20200311378
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to pre-surveil a portion of a property. In one aspect, a system may include a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining data that is indicative of one or more acts of an occupant of the property, applying the obtained data that is indicative of one or more acts of the occupant of the property to a pre-surveillance rule, determining that the pre-surveillance rule is satisfied, determining a drone navigation path that is associated with the pre-surveillance rule, transmitting, to a drone, an instruction to perform pre-surveillance of the portion of the one or more properties using the drone navigation path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10771576
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using sensor data derived from a monitoring system to drive personalized content. Sensor data captured by a monitoring system may be used to determine attributes of users of the monitoring system and/or attributes of a property monitored by the monitoring system. The determined attributes may be used to select content to present to users of the monitoring system. Content presentation may be made through the monitoring system and may be triggered based on events detected by the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Jean-Paul Martin, Alison Jane Slavin
  • Patent number: 10755443
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a reference image of an outdoor area, identifying that a portion of the outdoor area shown in the reference image corresponds to living vegetation, determining, from multiple images of the outdoor area, a reference color that corresponds to a dry condition in the portion of the outdoor area, receiving a sample image of the portion of the outdoor area, determining that a sample color of the portion of the outdoor area shown in the sample image corresponds to the reference color, and based on a determination that the sample color of the portion of the outdoor area shown in the sample image corresponds to the reference color, triggering a watering device to provide water to the portion of the outdoor area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin
  • Patent number: 10755730
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for beep detection and interpretation is disclosed. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a processor and a storage device storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining sound data of audio sounds detected by a microphone that is located at the property, determining whether the sound data includes data representing one or more audio tones generated by a device, based on determining that the obtained sound data includes one or more audio tones generated by a device, generating an audio fingerprint of the sound data, determining, using the generated audio fingerprint, a state of the device that generated the one or more audio tones, and performing an operation based on the state of the device that generated the one or more audio tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin Maurer, Alison Jane Slavin, Innocent Djiofack, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10756919
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a robotic device to manipulate a manual control of a device. In one aspect, the system includes a robotic device, a first device that is located at a property and that has a manual control, and a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include determining an operating state of the first device, determining the state of the monitoring system, determining whether one or more of the manual controls associated with the first device should be manipulated to alter the operating state of the first device, and transmitting one or more instruction to the robotic device that instruct the robotic device to manipulate one or more manual controls that are associated the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10748362
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for accommodating unattended services at a property. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a processor and a storage device storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations can include receiving a request to enter the property to perform the unattended service, configuring the monitoring system to allow access to a first portion of the property associated with the unattended service without triggering an alarm event, obtaining image data of the property after the monitoring system is configured to allow access to the first portion of the property, determining, based on the obtained image data, that an unattended service provider has entered into a second, different portion of the property, and triggering an alarm event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Aaron Lee Roberts
  • Publication number: 20200258375
    Abstract: A system and method provide for the immediate transmission of a potential alarm to a remote alarm signal escrow site and from the escrow site to a host station in the event where a control panel or an alarm signaling device is tampered with or destroyed by a disablement tactic, e.g., a “crash and smash intrusion.” A system and method may also send an alarm signal during such an attack by using predictive analysis of real-time events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Publication number: 20200240662
    Abstract: A monitoring system is configured to monitor a property. The system includes a sensor that is configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property. The system further includes an HVAC system that is configured to generate and provide conditioned air to the property and that is configured to generate HVAC system data that reflects an attribute of the HVAC system. The system includes a monitor control unit that is configured to determine that the HVAC system is likely malfunctioning. The control unit is configured to receive the sensor data. The control unit is configured to determine that the HVAC system is likely operating correctly. The control unit is configured to determine a cause of the HVAC system transitioning from likely malfunctioning to likely operating correctly. The control unit is configured to update a model that is configured to identify causes of HVAC system malfunctions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Nathan Picardi, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Publication number: 20200234563
    Abstract: Techniques are described for establishing a two-way voice communication session with an alarm system. The alarm system may establish a two-way voice communication session with an operator associated with a monitoring service that provides monitoring services for alarm events detected by the alarm system. The alarm system also may establish a two-way voice communication session with a notification recipient that is interested in receiving notifications associated with events detected by the alarm system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Martin, Stephen Scott Trundle, David Saul Goldfarb, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10706712
    Abstract: Methods and systems, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for reducing the likelihood of signaling failover in an alarm system, the method including identifying alarm events detected at monitored properties by monitoring systems that are located at the monitored properties; tracking the ability of a primary application infrastructure to transmit, to a central monitoring station server, the alarm events; detecting disruption in the ability of the primary application infrastructure to transmit the alarm events to the central monitoring station server; based on the detected disruption, enabling a signal transmission switch that switches a path for alarm events from the primary application infrastructure to a secondary application infrastructure, the secondary application infrastructure being an infrastructure operated by a cloud service provider; and based on enablement of the transmission switch, transmitting, by the secondary application infrastructure, at least one alarm event to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10693982
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can monitor Internet activity, internet connectivity, and nearby Wi-Fi and local network presence associated with a local network. Internet activity data of a network of a property over a particular period of time is initially obtained. Occupancy data from one or more devices associated with the property is then obtained. The occupancy data indicates a physical presence of people within the property over the particular period of time. An abnormality associated with the network of the property is then identified based on the obtained Internet activity data and the obtained occupancy data. An indication of the abnormality associated with the network of the property is then provided in response to identifying the abnormality associated with the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Richard Alpert, Roy Franklin Perry, Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin
  • Patent number: 10692342
    Abstract: Image surveillance and reporting technology, in which an event that is indicative of potential physical activity within an area corresponding to a location of a camera unit is detected. In response to detection of the event, the camera unit is controlled to capture one or more images of the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images captured by the camera unit are analyzed to determine whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images are handled based on the determination of whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Robert J. McCarthy, Jr., Jean-Paul Martin, Alison Jane Slavin, David James Hutz
  • Publication number: 20200195367
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for triggering an alarm during a sensor jamming attack. In one aspect, a monitoring system sensor unit is disclosed that includes a sensor, a communication unit configured to communicate with a monitoring system using a range of frequencies, and a jamming detection unit. The jamming detection unit may include a processor and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations include detecting a sensor jamming event, selecting a different form of communication other than the range of radio frequencies for the communication unit to communicate with the monitoring system, and providing, to the communication unit, an instruction to communicate with the monitoring system using the form of communication, wherein the communication unit may communicate, to the monitoring system using the form of communication, the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alexander Lawrence Reeder, Charles Richard Alpert, Noah Robert Weingart
  • Patent number: 10685558
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for monitoring a property using drone beacons. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a drone, a drone beacon, a component, a processor, and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining drone beacon data generated by the drone beacon, determining a location of the drone beacon based on the drone beacon data, after determining the location of the drone beacon, transmitting, to the drone, a first instruction to navigate towards the location of the drone beacon, after deploying the drone, obtaining component data generated by the component, and after obtaining the component data, transmitting, to the drone, a second instruction to navigate towards a different location than the location of the drone beacon based on the component data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Roberts, Stephen Scott Trundle