Yasuhiro Kitamura 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).
Abstract: Outward leg instructing unit provides a first instruction for causing drone to acquire examination data of a facility while flying in the vicinity of the facility. Position information acquiring unit acquires position information of a place of focus specified based on the examination data acquired in accordance with the first instruction. Return leg instructing unit provides, as a second instruction, an instruction for causing drone to acquire a greater amount of examination data than that acquired in accordance with the first instruction with regard to the place of focus indicated by the acquired position information, while flying so as to return on a path flown due to the first instruction. Return leg instructing unit provides as the second instruction an instruction to acquire examination data including image data of a greater number of shots, as compared with shooting performed in accordance with the first instruction.
Abstract: Wind information storage unit acquires and stores wind information indicating the windspeed and wind direction of wind that blows at a plurality of spots neighboring a facility targeted for examination. Wind predicting unit predicts the windspeed and wind direction at the facility targeted for examination, based on the wind information acquired by wind information storage unit. Flight instructing unit instructs, with regard to drone that flies around the facility and acquires examination data of the facility, flight that avoids colliding with the facility due to wind of the windspeed and wind direction predicted by wind predicting unit, before arrival of the wind. Flight instructing unit gives an instruction for collision avoidance in the case where a change in the windspeed predicted by wind predicting unit is greater than or equal to a threshold value.
Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a control unit that controls a first flying vehicle and a second flying vehicle. The first flying vehicle captures an image of a surface of a road. The second flying vehicle emits light onto the surface, such that a spot where a level difference is estimated, in advance, to occur on the surface, an image capturing direction in which the first flying vehicle captures an image of the spot, and a light emitting direction in which the second flying vehicle emits the light onto the spot have a relationship that causes, when the level difference exists, a shadow to occur at the spot and the shadow to be captured.
Abstract: Server apparatus, by controlling flight vehicle, causes flight vehicle to fly to a close range of a power-transmission line, and causes flight vehicle to capture images of the power-transmission line. Flight vehicle includes a positioning apparatus of GPS, and the flight of flight vehicle is controlled based on this measured position. On the other hand, each base station in communication network is provided with a positioning apparatus of GPS. The measured position of base station measured by the positioning apparatus is used to specify the error in position of flight vehicle determined by the positioning apparatus. Server apparatus restricts the flight of flight vehicle if the error in position of flight vehicle, which is determined by the positioning apparatus, that captures images of the power-transmission line is a threshold value or more.
Abstract: Server apparatus, by controlling aerial vehicle, causes aerial vehicle to fly within a close range of an animal group, and causes aerial vehicle to capture images of the animal group. Aerial vehicle transmits captured image data to server apparatus via communication network, and server apparatus checks a health state of animals of the animal group using the captured image data with a method such as image analysis. Server apparatus performs machine learning using position information history of wireless terminals attached to animals (that is, a movement history of the animal group), specifies an area for checking the state of the animal group, and causes aerial vehicle to fly to the specified area and to capture images of the animal group.
Abstract: A control device is protected from a threat which may occur with the advance of networking or incorporation of intelligence. A security monitoring device that can be externally attached to the control device having a program execution portion that executes a program produced in accordance with a control target includes a communication port for connection with the control device. When it is detected from a content of communication that a security event is generated in access from outside to the control device, a notification is provided to a notification destination corresponding to the generated security event. The security event includes an event that does not conform to a predetermined rule.
Abstract: A setting unit sets the operating mode of an aerial vehicle to a first operating mode that transmits, data generated by a host aerial vehicle and data received from another aerial vehicle to a processing device, or a second operating mode that transmits data generated by a host aerial vehicle to another aerial vehicle. At this time, setting unit sets the operating modes of each of a plurality of aerial vehicles using a setting method corresponding to the attributes of an airspace in which aerial vehicle flies, from among a plurality of setting methods that set the operating mode of aerial vehicle. The attributes of an airspace include attributes determined in accordance with a degree of importance pertaining to the process of transmitting data from aerial vehicle to a server device and/or attributes determined in accordance with the extent to which processes are distributed among a plurality of aerial vehicles.
Abstract: Related information acquiring unit acquires related information related to a facility to be inspected. Related information acquiring unit acquires shape information indicating the shape of a facility as related information. Required skill determining unit determines, when inspection data regarding the facility is acquired by causing drone to make a flight around the facility, a required skill needed to operate drone. Required skill determining unit determines the required skill regarding the facility based on the acquired related information regarding the facility. Required skill determining unit makes determination such that, the higher the level of complexity of a flight route along the shape of the facility that is represented by the acquired related information is, the higher the required skill is. Operation plan generating unit generates an operation plan for causing drone to make a flight while visiting facilities for which the level of the determined skill is the same.
Abstract: Time slot specifying unit reads out facility information of a facility to be inspected (specifically, a base station ID of a base station whose previous inspection day is included in a past predetermined period) from facility information storage unit. Daytime information acquiring unit acquires daytime information at positions at which base stations to be inspected are installed. Time slot specifying unit specifies non-backlight time slots based on the read-out facility information and the acquired daytime information. Operation plan generating unit generates an operation plan of drone in which facilities are shot in the specified non-backlight time slots. Operation plan outputting unit outputs the generated operation plan.
Abstract: Setting unit performs the setting of each of the operating modes of a plurality of aerial vehicles on the basis of communication quality information of the planned route of the plurality of aerial vehicles that fly in a group. Specifically, setting unit firstly specifies the planned positions and periods in which each aerial vehicle is to fly from the flight plan information of the plurality of aerial vehicles that fly in a group. Next, setting unit specifies a communication quality of first wireless communication unit of each aerial vehicle in each position and each period from the communication quality information that represents the communication quality in the specified positions and periods. Then, setting unit specifies an operating mode setting schedule of main unit mode and auxiliary unit mode, which sets an aerial vehicle having a specified communication quality, and sets the remaining aerial vehicles as auxiliary units.
Abstract: A flight information acquisition unit periodically acquires flight information (information indicating flight status, including the position and flight direction of the host aerial vehicle) of a drone. A flight irregularity determination unit determines, based on the acquired flight information, whether or not a drone belonging to a group under control of this device is flying with deviation from a flight plan. Based on the flight plans of drones belonging to another group, first collision specification unit specifies a drone at risk of collision with a drone that is performing irregular flight. When the flight status of a drone that is performing irregular flight is acquired, a flight irregularity notification unit gives notification of that flight status to a server associated with a drone specified by a first collision specification unit.
Abstract: A server device performs machine learning on the relationship between the content of piloting of an aerial vehicle and the behavior of the aerial vehicle in response to the content of the piloting, and generates a learning model for automatically piloting the aerial vehicle. However, the aerial vehicle is piloted in various environments and conditions, and there are environments and conditions that are unsuited for achieving highly accurate and stable automatic piloting. Therefore, the server device performs the machine learning only in an environment or a condition suited for realizing the automatic piloting.
Abstract: Baggage is connected to an aerial vehicle in a state in which the baggage is suspended by a connector such as rope. A learning unit of a server device performs machine learning on the relationship between the piloting of an aerial vehicle and the behavior of baggage on the basis of an aerial vehicle behavior history and a piloting history acquired by a first acquisition unit and a baggage behavior history acquired by a second acquisition unit. With this arrangement, the automatic piloting of the aerial vehicle at the time of lowering baggage is achieved.
Abstract: A flight information acquisition unit repeatedly acquires the respective flight status of a plurality of drones in flight. A flight irregularity determination unit determines whether or not the drones are flying in a manner deviated from a flight plan. When a flight status of a drone indicating flight deviated from the flight plan has been acquired, a first collision specification unit specifies the drone at risk of collision with a drone having that flight status. When a flight status indicating that there is a possibility of crash for a drone has been acquired, a flight status processing unit (such as a flight irregularity determination unit) sets a higher priority for processing based on the flight status acquired from that drone than for processing based on the flight status acquired from another drone.
Abstract: In a server device, an acquisition unit acquires information generated by a first detection unit and a second detection unit through a network. An identification unit identifies a wind condition and the state of flight of an aerial vehicle on the basis of the information acquired by the acquisition unit. More specifically, the identification unit identifies the wind direction and the wind speed, which indicate the wind condition, and the position, the flight direction, and the flight speed of the aerial vehicle, which indicate the state of flight of the aerial vehicle. The estimation unit estimates a landing area where the aerial vehicle is likely to land according to the wind condition and the state of flight of the aerial vehicle which have been identified.
Abstract: If a propagation delay equal to or greater than a threshold value is detected in the uplink of a time-division duplex between a first wireless communication terminal and a first wireless base station, a suppression unit 52 performs control pertaining to resources in the time-division duplex of a first wireless communication terminal. Thereby, communication errors that occur in a second wireless communication terminal wirelessly connected to the second wireless base station that is different from the first wireless base station, to which the first wireless communication terminal is wirelessly connected, is suppressed by uplink communication performed by the first wireless communication terminal in accordance with the propagation delay. For example, this suppression process is a process pertaining to the assignment of resources a time-division duplex with respect to the first wireless communication terminal.
Abstract: A specifying unit 51 of a flying body operation management device 50 specifies an airspace in which a propagation delay equal to or greater than a threshold value occurs in the uplink of a time-division duplex between a wireless communication terminal 30 and a wireless base station 41 to which wireless communication terminal 30 is wirelessly connected. Next, an assigning unit 52 of flying body operation management device 50 performs a process of assigning, with respect to each airspace, a flying body 10 having a wireless communication terminal 20. At this time, with respect to an airspace specified by specifying unit 51, assigning unit 52 limits the assigning of flying body 10 on which wireless communication terminal 20 is mounted.
Abstract: If a propagation delay equal to or greater than a threshold value has been detected in the uplink of the time-division duplex between a first wireless communication terminal and a first wireless base station, a suppression unit 52 controls communications of the first wireless communication terminal. In accordance with the propagation delay between a wireless communication terminal DR1 and a wireless base station BS1, wireless communication terminal DR1 transmits UL data ahead of time by the length of said propagation delay. This may cause communication errors to occur in wireless communication terminals DR2 and MT1 that are wirelessly connected to a wireless base station BS2, which is different from wireless base station BS1 to which wireless communication DR1 is wirelessly connected. Accordingly, suppression unit 52 suppresses said communication errors by controlling communications by wireless communication terminal DR1.
Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem whereby the number of commands to be transmitted increases in accordance with an increase in the number of devices to be backed up and restored, and processing becomes complex. An IO-Link master is provided with: an upper-level communication control unit which receives an instruction to execute backup in which setting information is acquired from IO-Link devices, and stored in a storage unit; and a backup control unit which executes backup of the plurality of IO-Link devices in accordance with the one received instruction.
Abstract: A mold apparatus includes first and second mold plates that constitute a cassette mold, a first base mold, a base intermediate mold for loading the first mold plate, a second base mold for loading the second mold plate, a base intermediate mold driving device for positioning and fixing the base intermediate mold at any position between the first and second base molds, and a controller for performing control to position and fix the base intermediate mold so that the first mold plate and the first base mold are in contact with each other when a molded product is taken out.