Patents by Inventor Thomas Hammel

Thomas Hammel 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: 8249042
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a wireless mesh network and network node are described. More particularly, a network having network node neighborhoods is described. A node comprises a multi-sectored antenna and a transceiver controller. Nodes are configured for installation without antenna pointing and without pre-coordination with the network. Software architecture for the node is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Trilliant Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Sparr, William G. Olsen, Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich, Michael R. Franceschini, Joseph T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 7616600
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a wireless mesh network and network node are described. More particularly, a network having network node neighborhoods is described. A node comprises a multi-sectored antenna and a transceiver controller. Nodes are configured for installation without antenna pointing and without pre-coordination with the network. Software architecture for the node is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Trilliant Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Sparr, William G. Olsen, Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich, Michael R. Franceschini, Joseph T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 7356043
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Skypilot Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Patent number: 7339947
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Skypilot Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Patent number: 7283494
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Skypilot Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Publication number: 20060280201
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Publication date: December 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Bradley, Mark Rich
  • Patent number: 7149183
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: SkyPilot Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Patent number: 7113519
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Skypilot Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Publication number: 20020181427
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a wireless mesh network and network node are described. More particularly, a network having network node neighborhoods is described. A node comprises a multi-sectored antenna and a transceiver controller. Nodes are configured for installation without antenna pointing and without pre-coordination with the network. Software architecture for the node is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Sparr, William G. Olsen, Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich, Michael R. Franceschini, Joseph T. Merenda
  • Publication number: 20020176381
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Publication number: 20020176390
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a wireless mesh network and network node are described. More particularly, a network having network node neighborhoods is described. A node comprises a multi-sectored antenna and a transceiver controller. Nodes are configured for installation without antenna pointing and without pre-coordination with the network. Software architecture for the node is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Sparr, William G. Olsen, Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich, Michael R. Franceschini, Joseph T. Merenda
  • Publication number: 20020176396
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Publication number: 20020176440
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich
  • Publication number: 20020154622
    Abstract: Network channel access protocol is disclosed. More particularly, a distributed, locally determined, channel access protocol that adapts to load, avoids interference and controls access by a group of nodes to a set of shared channels is disclosed. Shared channel space is divided into a number of communication slots that are repeated at a predetermined interval. Permission to use a slot to communicate between any two nodes is dynamically adjusted by the channel access protocol, which locally: (i) estimates load to neighboring nodes; (ii) allocates or deallocates slot usage to adapt to load and avoid interference; and (iii) asserts and advertises slot usage within an interference area about itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: SkyPilot Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Hammel, Kirk Alton Bradley, Mark J. Rich