Patents by Inventor Thomas Kauppert

Thomas Kauppert 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: 10972147
    Abstract: A method selects frequency channels in a communication system using a frequency hopping method, in which data are transmitted between a transmitter and a receiver. The data are transmitted as data packets having a plurality of bits in a frequency/time block. A respective data packet is coded before transmission by the transmitter and is decoded after reception by the receiver. The transmission quality of the frequency channels is evaluated and, a decision is made for a selection of the frequency channel which is used for the transmission of the data. A likelihood ratio for the likelihood of a successful transmission is determined before the decoding by the receiver, the likelihood ratio is used as a metric for determining the interference state of the respective data packet, and the transmission quality of the respective frequency channel is evaluated on the basis of the interference state of the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Kauppert
  • Patent number: 10962977
    Abstract: A method provides communication between a meter and a flying device. The meter records consumption data. The flying device performs flight movements to a prescribed target position of the meter. Radio signals are received by a reception device and information is ascertained, relating to the transmission quality of a radio channel, based on the received signals. A poor transmission quality, satisfaction of which is dependent on the quality of the information, results in the reception of received signals and the ascertainment of the information being repeated after a communication protocol for communication with the meter has been changed, a position of the flying device being altered and/or a directivity of the reception device is altered until the transmission quality or a termination condition is satisfied. Upon having a satisfactory quality condition, meter information is captured and a message for controlling the operation of the meter is sent to the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH, Diehl Metering GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk, Raphael Mzyk, Philip Roehrle, Michael Traenkler
  • Patent number: 10883853
    Abstract: A method improves the transmission quality between a data collector and a plurality of metering units. A first communication module is assigned to the data collector and a second communication module is assigned in each case to a metering unit. The second communication module transmits data via radio signals to the first communication module. The first communication module has a first frequency reference device and the second communication module has a second frequency reference device. The radio signals transmitted are dependent on the second frequency reference device. The measurement of a parameter of the radio signal is performed by the first communication module. An estimation of an error of the second frequency reference device on the basis of the parameter measured values is determined. An adjustment of the frequency of the first frequency reference device is performed such that the error is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk
  • Publication number: 20200389197
    Abstract: A software defined radio type radio receiver is used in an environment that is self-sufficient in energy. The radio receiver has a receiving device, which receives the data in the form of a data packet or a portion thereof or a data stream at a certain data rate, and provides the data for further data processing. Wherein in an operating mode, the data is diverted at the receiving device and supplied to a microcontroller at a sampling rate which preferably can be defined. The microcontroller decimates the data by selecting a subset from the set of samples, and the microcontroller buffers in a memory and provides for further processing the decimated data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas KAUPPERT, Klaus GOTTSCHALK, Hristo PETKOV, Raphael MZYK
  • Patent number: 10863253
    Abstract: A method operates a mobile readout system having at least one stationary consumption meter and a mobile readout receiver for reading out the consumption meter as the readout receiver moves past the consumption meter. A two-way communication takes place between the consumption meter and the readout receiver by using the consumption meter to transmit status information stored in the consumption meter, using the readout receiver to receive the status information, using the readout receiver to request additional information from the consumption meter by using a request command, and transmitting encrypted additional information from the consumption meter to the readout receiver. A readout receiver having a receiver for acquiring data from a plurality of spatially distributed consumption meters by using radio transmission according to the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Guy Bach, Bernard Dockwiller, Eric Perrin, Thomas Blank, Petra Joppich-Dohlus, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk, Stefan Herr
  • Patent number: 10826675
    Abstract: A method operates a radio transmission system with a radio transmitter and a radio receiver. The radio transmitter has a transmitter timer and transmits a packet and/or a subpacket and/or a plurality of packets in succession for the transmission of data. A carrier frequency and the transmission times of the data and/or the carrier frequency and the sampling rate of the data and/or the transmission times of the data and the sampling rate of the data depend on the transmitter timer. The radio receiver has a receiver timer with time-measuring measures to define transmission times, carrier frequencies and/or sampling rates. The radio receiver estimates an error on the basis of the received data and determines a time error therefrom. A temporal correction factor for the compensation is defined on the basis of the time error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Raphael Mzyk, Hristo Petkov, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk
  • Publication number: 20200343980
    Abstract: A data receiver receives at least one signal from a data transmitter and determines therefrom at least one environment parameter of the data transmitter or of an environment of the data transmitter. The data receiver is configured to identify an operational state of the data transmitter or of a component of the data transmitter by comparing the at least one environment parameter so received or an environment parameter profile determined on the basis of the at least one environment parameter, with an environment parameter reference profile which describes an expected environment parameter or an expected environment parameter profile in the environment of the data transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: GERD KILIAN, JOSEF BERNHARD, THOMAS KAUPPERT, HRISTO PETKOV, JOHANNES WECHSLER, JAKOB KNEISSL, RAPHAEL MZYK, DOMINIK SOLLER, RAFAEL PSIUK
  • Patent number: 10820070
    Abstract: Data are transmitted by radio between a terminal and a data collector. The data collector is intermittently or constantly in receive mode. The terminal attempts, from an idle phase, to set up a communication with the data collector in order to send all or some of the data to the data collector and/or to receive them from the data collector. Alternatively, the data collector attempts to set up a communication with the terminal in order to send all or some of the data to the terminal and/or to receive them from the terminal. The setup of the communication is followed by the terminal sending a message to the data collector and the data collector, after receiving the message, continuing, interrupting and/or terminating the transmission of the data during communication on a basis of the content of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Raphael Mzyk
  • Patent number: 10805142
    Abstract: To optimally receive smart meter control messages transmitted by a concentrator, in a meter having a transceiver for bidirectional data interchange, despite its minimal resources, a current modulation reference frequency which is subject to drift is shifted by the instantaneous frequency difference between the current transmitter-side reference frequency and the current transceiver-side reference frequency in the concentrator. Therefore, the current reference frequencies correspond in the downlink without having to intervene in the meter. This frequency difference in the concentrator is obtained by comparing the current receiver-side demodulation reference frequency with the current transmitter-side reference frequency, and the current transceiver-side reference frequency, on the other hand, from messages from the transmitter of the concentrator and from the transceiver of the meter which are received using the receiver of the concentrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk, Raphael Mzyk
  • Patent number: 10743089
    Abstract: Data are transmitted and/or received in a communication system by a communication participant, which has a communication device, a microprocessor, and an energy supply. The latter has an electrical variable that changes from an initial value when it supplies the microprocessor and/or the communication device with energy. The microprocessor encodes the data before transmission and/or decodes the data after reception, each using a computing cycle. When the electrical variable changes during the computing cycle, it is interrupted, preferably at any desired point. The encoding and/or decoding are carried out separately during the computing cycle in individual encoding phases in which the value of the electrical variable changes. Regeneration phases for regenerating the electrical variable are provided between and/or within the encoding phases. The duration of a regeneration phase is such that the value of the electrical variable approaches or reaches the initial value during the regeneration phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Lautenbacher, Thomas Kauppert, Klaus Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 10715211
    Abstract: A method selects frequency channels in a communication system using a frequency hopping method, in which data are transmitted between a transmitter and a receiver. The data are transmitted as data packets having a plurality of bits in a frequency/time block. A respective data packet is coded before transmission by the transmitter and is decoded after reception by the receiver. The transmission quality of the frequency channels is evaluated and, a decision is made for a selection of the frequency channel which is used for the transmission of the data. A likelihood ratio for the likelihood of a successful transmission is determined before the decoding by the receiver, the likelihood ratio is used as a metric for determining the interference state of the respective data packet, and the transmission quality of the respective frequency channel is evaluated on the basis of the interference state of the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hristo Petkov, Thomas Kauppert
  • Publication number: 20200213964
    Abstract: A method for bidirectional data transmission, preferably in narrowband systems, between a base station and a terminal device includes providing the terminal device and the base station with frequency reference units and transmitting data between the base station and the terminal device over different frequencies. A basic transmit frequency is defined for transmitting data from terminal device to base station, the terminal device defines a terminal device transmit frequency on the terminal device side for transmitting data from terminal device to base station, a frequency offset ?foffset exists between the basic transmit frequency and the terminal device transmit frequency, the terminal device opens a receive window for data from the base station, and the frequency offset ?foffset is taken into account for opening the window. Base station determines the terminal device transmit frequency and base station transmits data to terminal device based on the determined terminal device transmit frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: HRISTO PETKOV, RAPHAEL MZYK, THOMAS KAUPPERT, KLAUS GOTTSCHALK
  • Publication number: 20200204207
    Abstract: A method selects frequency channels in a communication system using a frequency hopping method, in which data are transmitted between a transmitter and a receiver. The data are transmitted as data packets having a plurality of bits in a frequency/time block. A respective data packet is coded before transmission by the transmitter and is decoded after reception by the receiver. The transmission quality of the frequency channels is evaluated and, a decision is made for a selection of the frequency channel which is used for the transmission of the data. A likelihood ratio for the likelihood of a successful transmission is determined before the decoding by the receiver, the likelihood ratio is used as a metric for determining the interference state of the respective data packet, and the transmission quality of the respective frequency channel is evaluated on the basis of the interference state of the data packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: HRISTO PETKOV, THOMAS KAUPPERT
  • Publication number: 20200191607
    Abstract: A method collects data, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state, during operation of a sensor. The sensor contains a measuring element which provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to a physical or physico-chemical variable or the physical or physico-chemical parameter, as raw measurement data, and the sensor has a communication device and a memory. To determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are first determined using a correlation model. Time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model. The time stamps are transmitted with the result that the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element are reconstructed and evaluated based on the time stamps using the correlation model. Wherein operating state monitoring of the sensor is carried out by comparing current time stamps with historical and/or empirical time stamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: CHRISTOPH SOSNA, Petra Joppich-Dohlus, Achim Schmidt, Thomas Kauppert, Stefan Schmitz, Klaus Gottschalk, Guy Bach, Aster Breton
  • Publication number: 20200191608
    Abstract: A method collects data during operation of a local sensor as a component of a supply network for distributing a consumable. The supply network contains a master in communication with the local sensor via a primary communication path. The sensor contains a measuring element which supplies, as raw measurement data, elementary measurement units. A wired primary communication path is provided between the sensor and the master. To define the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are defined in advance using a correlation model. The time stamps of successive items of raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model. The time stamps are transmitted via the primary communication path so that the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element is reconstructed using the correlation model on the basis of the time stamps received by the master, and analyzed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: PETRA JOPPICH-DOHLUS, THOMAS KAUPPERT, ACHIM SCHMIDT, STEFAN SCHMITZ, CHRISTOPH SOSNA, KLAUS GOTTSCHALK, GUY BACH, ASTER BRETON
  • Publication number: 20200196031
    Abstract: A method collects data via a sensor being part of a supply network which distributes a consumable. The sensor contains a measuring element which provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to a variable or a parameter, as raw measurement data, where consumption data are generated from the elementary measuring units. The sensor has a communication device and a storage device. To determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are determined using a correlation model. Time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor based on the correlation model, the time stamps are transmitted via a wired connection and/or via a radio path, with the result that the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element are reconstructed and evaluated on the basis of the time stamps using the correlation model. The consumption data are transmitted in parallel with the time stamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Petra JOPPICH-DOHLUS, Thomas KAUPPERT, Achim SCHMIDT, Stefan SCHMITZ, Christoph SOSNA, Klaus GOTTSCHALK, Guy BACH, Aster BRETON
  • Publication number: 20200191609
    Abstract: A method for collecting data, preferably in connection with a consumption, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state in a supply network for consumables. A measuring element of a local sensor provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to at least one physical or physico-chemical variable or parameter, as raw measurement data. In order to determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are determined in advance using a correlation model, time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model, the time stamps are transmitted and the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element are reconstructed and evaluated on the basis of the time stamps using the correlation model. The temporal offset between a sensor and a receiver is corrected by transmitting telegrams to compensate for the temporal offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: ACHIM SCHMIDT, THOMAS KAUPPERT, PETRA JOPPICH-DOHLUS, STEFAN SCHMITZ, CHRISTOPH SOSNA, KLAUS GOTTSCHALK, GUY BACH, ASTER BRETON
  • Publication number: 20200196032
    Abstract: A method for collecting data of a consumption, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state in a supply network for consumables. A measuring element of a local sensor provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to at least one physical or physico-chemical variable or at least one physical or physico-chemical parameter, as raw measurement data. In order to determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are determined in advance using a correlation model, time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model, and the time stamps are transmitted via a wired connection and/or via a radio path. The raw measurement data are reconstructed and evaluated based on the time stamps with the correlation model. The conditions for generating time stamps can be changed dynamically within the framework of the correlation model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: STEFAN SCHMITZ, THOMAS KAUPPERT, PETRA JOPPICH-DOHLUS, ACHIM SCHMIDT, CHRISTOPH SOSNA, KLAUS GOTTSCHALK, GUY BACH, ASTER BRETON
  • Publication number: 20200196033
    Abstract: A method for collecting data, preferably in connection with a consumption, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state in a supply network for consumables. A measuring element of a local sensor supplies raw measurement data in the form of elementary measurement units that correspond to a physical or physico-chemical variable or parameter. In order to define the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are defined in advance using a correlation model, time stamps of successive items of raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model, the time stamps are transmitted so that the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element is reconstructed on the basis of the time stamps using the correlation model, and analyzed. The transmission is performed with a dynamically adaptable redundancy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: STEFAN SCHMITZ, THOMAS KAUPPERT, PETRA JOPPICH-DOHLUS, ACHIM SCHMIDT, CHRISTOPH SOSNA, KLAUS GOTTSCHALK, GUY BACH, ASTER BRETON
  • Publication number: 20200168987
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a data transmitter having a transmitter configured to transmit a signal, wherein at least one signal parameter of the signal depends on an environmental parameter in an environment of the data transmitter, and a shielding unit configured to shield the transmitter or part of the transmitter from the environmental parameter to reduce a receiver-side reconstructable effect of the environmental parameter on the at least one signal parameter and/or a modifier for modifying the signal parameter configured to modify the at least one signal parameter to reduce a receiver-side reconstructable effect of the environmental parameter on the at least one signal parameter, wherein the modifier for modifying the signal parameter is configured to modify the at least one signal parameter directly or a signal derived from a clock signal of a clock generator of the data transmitter on which the signal or generation of the signal depends, in order to modify the at least one signal parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Gerd KILIAN, Josef BERNHARD, Johannes WECHSLER, Jakob KNEISSL, Dominik SOLLER, Michael SCHLICHT, Thomas KAUPPERT, Hristo PETKOV, Raphael MZYK, Klaus GOTTSCHALK