Patents by Inventor Stephen William Edge

Stephen William Edge 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: 10405145
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide location services for user equipment (UE) devices in a radio access network (RAN) such as a Fifth Generation (5G) RAN. An example method of locating a user equipment (UE) at a location server includes exchanging one or more first signaling messages with the UE, and exchanging one or more second signaling messages with a location server associated with a core network. In the example method, the location server is integrated with a base station or a success point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen William Edge
  • Publication number: 20190268725
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed herein for efficiently supporting broadcast of location assistance data (AD) in a wireless network to assist in locating a user equipment (UE). A location server (LS) may send some location AD, which may be optionally ciphered, to base stations for broadcast in cells supported by the base stations. Capability information provided by a UE to the LS indicating a level of support by the UE for receiving broadcast AD and supporting ciphering may enable the LS to determine whether, and what type of, additional AD needs to be sent to the UE by point to point means. An LS may use capability information received from a large number of UEs to assist in determining the types of location assistance data to be broadcast and usage of ciphering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen William EDGE, Sven FISCHER
  • Patent number: 10396883
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for positioning a user equipment (UE). In an aspect, a location server receives a first propagation time measurement and a first plurality of OTDOA RSTD measurements from a first UE at a first time, receives a second propagation time measurement and a second plurality of OTDOA RSTD measurements from a second UE at a second time, determines at least one real-time difference between a pair of base stations based on the first and second propagation time measurements and the first and second pluralities of OTDOA RSTD measurements, wherein the pair of base stations is associated with the first and second pluralities of OTDOA RSTD measurements, receives a third plurality of OTDOA RSTD measurements from a third UE at a third time, and determines a position of the third UE based at least in part on the at least one real-time difference between the pair of base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andrei Dragos Radulescu, Hem Agnihotri, Stephen William Edge, Sven Fischer, Bapineedu Chowdary Gummadi, Venkata A Naidu Babbadi
  • Publication number: 20190261368
    Abstract: A reference signal may provide for enhanced bandwidth utilization to enable highly accurate position determination with relatively low bandwidth. For a given allocated bandwidth, a reference signal may use of only a portion of the allocated bandwidth by using plurality of sub-bands. In some cases, the sub-bands may be near the edges of the allocated band to maximize Gabor bandwidth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Guttorm Ringstad OPSHAUG, Stephen William EDGE, Jie WU, Rayman Wai PON, Naga BHUSHAN, Sven FISCHER
  • Patent number: 10383081
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for broadcasting positioning assistance data (PAD) to subscriber devices in a wireless network. In one aspect, a location server may encode and optionally cipher PAD and transfer the encoded and optionally ciphered PAD to a base station for broadcast in a system information block (SIB) in at least one cell. In an aspect, the PAD may be segmented by the location server or by the base station with each PAD segment broadcast in a separate SIB. Cipher key information for ciphered PAD may be transferred by the location server to a network node and provided to a subscriber device using a mobility management procedure. A subscriber device may receive, optionally decipher and decode PAD in SIBs broadcast by a base station and may use the PAD to assist location of the subscriber device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Sven Fischer
  • Patent number: 10383166
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting location services for a base station such as a home Node B (HNB) and its user equipments (UEs) are disclosed. In an aspect, location services may be supported for a UE by having an HNB inter-work between user plane and control plane location solutions. In another aspect, a location server may be used to support assisted GNSS (A-GNSS) for HNBs and UEs. In one design, a location server receives a positioning request including an identification value from a base station, determines a positioning method based on the identification value, sends a positioning response to the base station based on the positioning method, receives positioning information from the base station, determines the position of the base station based on the positioning information, and stores the position of the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Luis F. B. Lopes
  • Publication number: 20190246260
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed herein for efficiently providing wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to a mobile device. The techniques include broadcasting a warning message from a base station in a wireless network within a cell for the base station and including an interior cell or exterior cell indication and a geographic area description for an external cell. A receiving mobile device may then display the warning message to a user either unconditionally when an interior cell is indicated or after verifying the mobile device is located within the geographic area for an exterior cell. The wireless network may determine interior versus exterior cell status by determining interior cells to be wholly within the geographic area and exterior cells to be partly within the geographic area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen William EDGE, Farrokh KHATIBI, Kirk Allan BURROUGHS, James DELOACH
  • Patent number: 10375669
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to position determination of a user equipment (UE) in an asynchronous wireless network, such as a 4G or 5G network. In one embodiment, a base station measures real time differences (RTDs) to neighboring base stations and a Round Trip signal propagation Time (RTT) to the UE and receives Reference Signal Time Difference (RSTD) measurements from the UE, whereby a location of the UE is determined using the RTD measurements, RTT measurement and RSTD measurements. In other embodiments, the UE may obtain the RTT and RSTD measurements and may receive RTD measurements from a base station, whereby a location of the UE is determined by the UE or by a location server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen William Edge
  • Publication number: 20190230475
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed in which generic position methods in a wireless network allow positioning of a target user equipment (UE) that is served by any one (or more) of a number of different Radio Access Technologies (RATs) and that allow measurements by the UE of access nodes belonging to different RATs and/or measurements of the UE by access nodes for different RATs. With a generic position method, a common set of procedures, messages, and parameters may be defined that are applicable to multiple RATs and that do not require a location server to know in advance the serving RAT for a target UE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen William EDGE, Luis Fernando Brisson LOPES, Sven FISCHER
  • Publication number: 20190222993
    Abstract: A method of supporting emergency services at a server includes: detecting an emergency condition; sending a first notification of the emergency condition to at least one mobile device; determining information for the at least one mobile device; determining a requirement to notify an emergency service provider based, at least in part, on the information for the at least one mobile device; and sending a second notification of the emergency condition to the emergency service provider in response to the requirement to notify the emergency service provider being determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Ankit MAHESHWARI, Stephen William EDGE, Atul SONI, Rimal PATEL
  • Patent number: 10341853
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatuses, or articles of manufacture are disclosed herein that may be utilized, in whole or in part, to facilitate or support one or more operations or techniques for enabling control of privacy for crowdsourcing, such as for use in or with a mobile communication device within an indoor or like environment. In certain embodiments, control of privacy may be enabled by designating by a server certain sources of crowdsourcing such as WiFi or Bluetooth® APs as being tentative. A mobile device that encounters a source designated as tentative may query a server for information concerning permitted and/or not permitted types of crowdsourcing for the source. The server may return an indication of the permitted level of crowdsourcing for the source which the mobile device may then use to perform, or refrain from performing, crowdsourcing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen William Edge
  • Publication number: 20190190806
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for determining round-trip times (RTTs) between a user equipment (UE) and multiple base stations. In an aspect, the UE transmits an RTT measurement signal whose arrival time is measured by each of the base stations, and each of the base stations returns an RTT response signal whose arrival times are measured by the UE. In another aspect, the base stations each transmit an RTT measurement signal and the UE returns an RTT response signal. The receiver of the RTT measurement signal may include the measured arrival time in a payload of the RTT Response signal. Alternatively, the measured arrival time(s) of the RTT Measurement signal(s) and the transmission time(s) of the RTT Response signal(s) are sent in a separate message. The RTT signals can be wideband signals using low reuse resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Naga Bhushan, Rayman Wai Pon, Stephen William Edge, Sven Fischer, Guttorm Ringstad Opshaug, Jie Wu
  • Patent number: 10327109
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for location determination at a mobile device comprising sending positioning capabilities of the mobile device to a location server, where the positioning capabilities comprise an identification of a partial Radio Frequency (RF) band that is contained within a complete RF band. The positioning capabilities indicate that the mobile device can measure the partial RF band but cannot measure the complete RF band. The mobile device may subsequently receive location assistance data from the location server, where the location assistance data comprises configuration information for at least one reference signal (RS) in the partial RF band. The mobile device may then obtain at least one location measurement from the at least one RS based on the configuration information, and sends location information to the location server, where the location information is based on the at least one location measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ankit Maheshwari, Stephen William Edge, Shruti Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20190182665
    Abstract: Uplink high efficiency location of a user equipment (UE) includes initiating periodic or triggered location in the UE by a location server (LS) in a wireless network. The UE enters an idle state and monitors for triggering events. After detecting an event, the UE transmits an uplink positioning signal (UPS) to a base station, where the UPS encodes UPS data comprising a UE ID, an ID for the LS, an authentication code (AC) and location measurements. UPS transmission occurs in an uplink positioning occasion shared with other UEs. The location measurements may be ciphered but other UPS data is unciphered. The base station obtains additional location measurements and transfers the UPS data and the location measurements to the LS. The LS authenticates the UE ID using the AC, determines the UE location using the location measurements and transfers the location to an external client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen William EDGE
  • Patent number: 10313487
    Abstract: Protocols for location services are disclosed. For example, a method for a positioning protocol for first and second devices may comprise, at the first device: creating a message for the protocol at the first device, where the message comprises a set of included parameters from a plurality of allowed parameters, encoding the message by embedding each of the included parameters in an encoded string, and transmitting the encoded message to the second device. Similarly, a method for such a positioning protocol may comprise, at a second device receiving a message for the protocol transmitted by the first device, where the message comprises the included parameters, with each included parameter embedded in an encoded string, and decoding the message by decoding a subset of the plurality of included parameters and omitting decoding of included parameters that are not in the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen William Edge, Andreas Klaus Wachter
  • Patent number: 10313825
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed toward an enhanced LTE positioning protocol for multiple location reporting (with non-final and final fixes) that can be utilized by a user equipment (UE) to help prevent a disruption of the communication of information for a final location fix from the UE to a location server. In particular, techniques help ensure that the location server will not acknowledge receipt of the information provided by the UE in communication for a non-final fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yongjin Jiang, Stephen William Edge, Ie-Hong Lin, Srigouri Kamarsu, Amit Jain
  • Publication number: 20190166453
    Abstract: Angle of arrival (AOA) and differential AOA (DAOA) positioning for a user equipment (UE) is enhanced by using the UE's inertial sensors to track UE motion and change in angular UE orientation. UE location may be computed, by the UE or a location server, using triangulation for AOA measurements relative to a global reference frame or using multilateration for DAOA measurements. The computed UE location may remain accurate even when the UE is moving while obtaining measurements. The UE can also use AOA and DAOA measurements using 3D angles to increase accuracy when the UE and measured base stations are not in the same horizontal plane. 3D angles can also be used to identify whether the UE is close to a serving base station to improve accuracy further. Various non-AOA measurements may also be used to supplement AOA and DAOA measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen William EDGE, Rayman Wai PON, Sven FISCHER
  • Publication number: 20190141482
    Abstract: Methods and techniques are described for supporting different location solutions in a wireless network (e.g. a 5G network) in which two different location solutions coexist in the same wireless network, and where a network operator may migrate network support from one location solution to the other. For location support of emergency calls, handover of an emergency call can be supported from a network node (e.g. an AMF) that supports one location solution to a network node (e.g. another AMF) that supports the other location solution. The handover may be supported by transferring indications of the handover between network nodes (e.g. including a GMLC, AMF and/or an LMF) to enable reconfiguration of location support for the emergency call at an LRF and GMLC from one location solution to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen William EDGE
  • Patent number: 10285016
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for supporting positioning operations in a cellular communication network including locating a mobile device in response to an emergency event. In one particular implementation, a first position fix may be provided quickly by a mobile device and may be followed by a second, more accurate, position fix at a later time. In particular implementations, the first and second position fixes may be provided using the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) Positioning Protocol (LPP) as part of a single LPP transaction and may further be provided using a user plane or control plane location solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yongjin Jiang, Stephen William Edge, Kirk Allan Burroughs, Sven Fischer, Ie-Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 10278016
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented using various methods and/or apparatuses for locating a User Equipment (UE) using one or more proximity devices (PDs) nearby to the UE. One of the provided exemplary techniques includes initiating, by the UE, a request for a location of the UE; sending, by the UE to a location server, a first message comprising a first information for at least one PD in communication with the UE; receiving, by the UE from the location server, a second message comprising a second information for the at least one PD; sending, by the UE to the at least one PD, the second information; receiving, by the UE from the at least one PD, a third information; and obtaining, by the UE, the location of the UE based on the third information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Suresh Kumar Bitra, Ashwin Kumar Donthula, Stephen William Edge, Arun Kumar Sharma Tandra