Patents by Inventor Yves Decoster

Yves Decoster 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: 8786858
    Abstract: A gas detector (100) for remote gas detection in a target region (106) comprises a light source (102) for emitting a light beam (110) into the target region and a light sensor (112) for sensing light returning therefrom. The light beam is wavelength-modulated around an absorption wavelength of the gas. A controller (108) is operatively connected to the light sensor for detecting a presence of the gas on a path of the light beam based on returning light sensed by the light sensor. An indicator (124) that is operatively connected to the controller indicates the presence of the gas. A scanning device (104) is arranged with respect to the light source so as to scan the light beam through the target region, and with respect to the light sensor so that the light sensor receives the returning light via the scanning device. The indicator cooperates with the scanning device to indicate a position of the gas in the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Cécile Jouanique-Dubuis, Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20130229658
    Abstract: A gas detector (100) for remote gas detection in a target region (106) comprises a light source (102) for emitting a light beam (110) into the target region and a light sensor (112) for sensing light returning therefrom. The light beam is wavelength-modulated around an absorption wavelength of the gas. A controller (108) is operatively connected to the light sensor for detecting a presence of the gas on a path of the light beam based on returning light sensed by the light sensor. An indicator (124) that is operatively connected to the controller indicates the presence of the gas. A scanning device (104) is arranged with respect to the light source so as to scan the light beam through the target region, and with respect to the light sensor so that the light sensor receives the returning light via the scanning device. The indicator cooperates with the scanning device to indicate a position of the gas in the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Cécile Jouanique-Dubuis, Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20130188043
    Abstract: An active-illumination scanning imager (10) comprises a light source (14) for producing a light beam (16), an optical collimator (18) for collimating the light beam, a scanning mirror (20) for scanning the light beam through a scene (12) to be imaged, and a light detector (22) arranged with respect to the scanning mirror in such a way as to receive a fraction (24) of said light beam reflected from said scene, via the scanning mirror. The imager further includes an actuator (40) configured to position the light source and/or the optical collimator relative to each other and/or the light detector relative to the scanning mirror, and a controller (46) operatively connected to the actuator for controlling the positioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventor: Yves Decoster
  • Patent number: 8403360
    Abstract: An occupant classification system for a vehicle comprises a radio-frequency (RF) transmitter unit, which includes a transmission RF antenna and an RF generator operatively connected to the transmission RF antenna. The RF generator and the transmission RF antenna are configured for generating radio waves at a certain fixed RF frequency in the Very High Frequency (VHF) range or the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) range. During operation of the RF transmitter unit, the generated radio waves propagate from the transmission RF antenna. The occupant classification system further comprises an RF detector for detecting, at the fixed RF frequency, an influence of an occupant on the radio waves propagating from the transmission RF antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Laurent Lamesch, Pierre Orlewski, Patrick Di Mario Cola, Christophe Keiser, Roberto Orsello
  • Patent number: 8041482
    Abstract: A seat sensor system including at least one seat sensor associated to a seat for sensing a status related to a seat occupancy and for generating an output signal indicative of the status and a control unit for communicating with the seat sensor. At least one transmitter for transmitting a data signal indicative of the output signal is associated with the seat and coupled to the seat sensor; and at least one receiver is coupled to the control unit for wirelessly receiving the data signal from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Laurent Federspiel, Yves Decoster, Pierre Orlewski, Laurent Lamesch
  • Publication number: 20110180343
    Abstract: An occupant classification system for a vehicle comprises a radio-frequency (RF) transmitter unit, which includes a transmission RF antenna and an RF generator operatively connected to the transmission RF antenna. The RF generator and the transmission RF antenna are configured for generating radio waves at a certain fixed RF frequency in the Very High Frequency (VHF) range or the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) range. During operation of the RF transmitter unit, the generated radio waves propagate from the transmission RF antenna. The occupant classification system further comprises an RF detector for detecting, at the fixed RF frequency, an influence of an occupant on the radio waves propagating from the transmission RF antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Laurent Lamesch, Pierre Orlewski, Patrick Di Mario Cola, Christophe Keiser, Roberto Orsello
  • Publication number: 20100295563
    Abstract: An occupant detection system comprises an electrode arrangement for placement into a seat of an automotive vehicle and an evaluation circuit operatively connected to the electrode arrangement. The latter includes a first electrode for emitting an electric field into a detection region above the vehicle seat, a second electrode and an electric insulator layer sandwiched between the first and second electrodes. When the electrode arrangement is in place in the seat, the first electrode forms with vehicle ground a first capacitor having a first capacitance, which is influenceable by an occupying item in the detection region through interaction of the occupying item with the electric field, the first electrode forms with the second electrode a second capacitor having a second capacitance and the second electrode forms with at least one of vehicle ground and a third electrode a third capacitor having a third capacitance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Werner Bieck, Christian Bour, Yves Decoster, Guenter Goedert, Laurent Lamesch, Pierre Orlewski
  • Publication number: 20100277186
    Abstract: In an occupant detection system, which comprises an electrode arrangement for being placed into the seat of an automotive vehicle, the electrode arrangement including an antenna electrode for emitting an electric field into a detection region above the vehicle seat, and an evaluation circuit operatively connected to the antenna electrode, the evaluation circuit is configured and arranged so as to measure a capacitance influenceable by an occupying item in the detection region through interaction of the occupying item with the electric field. The evaluation circuit is further configured and arranged so as to determine fluctuations of the measured capacitance; analyse a frequency spectrum of the fluctuations; and derive an occupancy state of the vehicle seat based on both the measured capacitance and the frequency spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Werner Bieck, Christian Bour, Yves Decoster, Guenter Goedert, Laurent Lamesch, Pierre Orlewski
  • Publication number: 20100127877
    Abstract: A child seat sensor antenna structure to be integrated into a vehicle seat comprises at least one at least partially self-supporting antenna wire or cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Alain Noll
  • Publication number: 20090250593
    Abstract: A safety system for a vehicle is provided, which comprises signalling means associated with a seat of the vehicle for emitting an optically detectable signal carrying information related to the seat and detecting means for remotely detecting the optically detectable signal and for providing a corresponding signal to a control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Orlewski, Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20090201163
    Abstract: A child seat sensor (10) comprises at least one antenna structure (22, 24, 26) to be integrated into a vehicle seat (26). The at least one antenna structure (22, 24, 26) comprises at least one antenna wire for emitting and/or receiving an electromagnetic field, which may be influenced by the presence and/or the orientation of a child seat. According to an important aspect of the invention, the child seat sensor (10) comprises a fixing element (28) for fixing the antenna structure (22, 24, 26) to a portion of the seat (16). The fixing element (28) is arranged together with the antenna wire on an individual carrier material (30) in such a way, that the antenna structure (22, 24, 26) is fixable to the seat portion (16) by activation of the fixing element (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Pierre Orlewski
  • Publication number: 20090167067
    Abstract: A child seat presence and/or orientation detection system for detecting, on a vehicle seat, presence and/or orientation of a transponder-equipped child seat includes a loop-shaped transmission antenna for transmitting an electromagnetic excitation field and a loop-shaped reception antenna for receiving an electromagnetic response field emitted by a transponder of a child seat in response to the electromagnetic excitation field; the loop-shaped transmission antenna surrounds a first, the loop-shaped reception antenna a second area; the second area includes an overlap area with the first area; the second area also includes a non-overlap area with the first area, i.e. an area which is part of the second area but does not overlap with the first area, such that the magnetic flux caused by the loop-shaped transmission antenna in the non-overlap area is of opposite sign with respect to the magnetic flux caused by the loop-shaped transmission antenna in the overlap area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Roberto Orsello
  • Patent number: 7543510
    Abstract: A foil-type pressure sensor includes a first carrier foil and a second carrier foil arranged at a certain distance from each other by means of a spacer, the spacer comprising at least one recess defining an active area of the pressure sensor. At least two electrodes are arranged in the active area of the pressure sensor between said first and second carrier foils in such a way that, in response to a pressure acting on the active area of the pressure sensor, the first and second carrier foils are pressed together against the reaction force of the elastic carrier foils and an electrical contact is established between the at least two electrodes. According to the invention, at least one of the carrier foils includes a multi-layered configuration with at least two layers of different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: IKE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Werner Bieck, Driss Chabach, Yves Decoster, Aloyse Kirsch
  • Patent number: 7536920
    Abstract: A seat occupancy sensor comprises a pressure detection device associated with a surface of a seat and a control unit for communicating with the pressure detection device. According to the invention the pressure detection device comprises a surface acoustic wave device including at least one surface acoustic wave resonator and an antenna and the control unit comprises an RF antenna for remotely communicating with said surface acoustic wave device. In a first embodiment, the surface acoustic wave is adapted for detecting the pressure inside a sealed chamber. In a second embodiment, a pressure sensitive switching device is connected to the surface acoustic wave device so as to activate the surface acoustic wave device when the pressure sensitive switching device is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventor: Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20080319616
    Abstract: A seat sensor system comprises at least one seat sensor associated to a seat for sensing a status related to a seat occupancy and for generating an output signal indicative of said status and a control unit for communicating with said at least one seat sensor. According to the invention at least one transmitter is associated with said seat, said transmitter being coupled to said at least one seat sensor, said transmitter for transmitting a data signal indicative of said output signal; and at least one receiver is coupled to said control unit, said receiver for wirelessly receiving said data signal) from said transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Laurent Federspiel, Yves Decoster, Pierre Orlewski, Laurent Lamesch
  • Publication number: 20080197011
    Abstract: A foil-type switching element comprises a first carrier foil and a second carrier foil arranged at a certain distance by means of an inner spacer. The inner spacer comprises at least one cut-out defining an active area of said switching element where at least two electrode structures are arranged between said first and second carrier foil so as to define at least one pair of spaced switch contacts. According to the invention, the switching element further comprises a first outer spacer layer, said first outer spacer layer being arranged on an outer surface of said first carrier foil and said first outer spacer layer comprising at least one opening in the region of said active area. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the foil-type switching element further comprises a second outer spacer layer, said second outer spacer layer being arranged on an outer surface of said second carrier foil and said second outer spacer layer comprising at least one opening in the region of said active area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Noll, Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20080074894
    Abstract: A sensing system for an automotive vehicle comprises at least one imager element and at least one illuminating device to be arranged within an autom-otive vehicle for sensing the presence of an object in a sensing area associated to said vehicle. According to the invention the illuminating device comprises at least one light source for generating a light beam and light beam shaping means for generating an inhomogeneous light distribution in said sensing area, said inhomogeneous light distribution presenting at least one intensity maximum in a specific region of said sensing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Decoster, Jean-Luc Kaiser, Marie-Astrid Cauquy, Walter Kiefer
  • Publication number: 20070144273
    Abstract: A seat occupancy sensor (12) comprises a sensing layer (14) associated to a seating surface of a seat, which has at least one electrical property varying locally in response to a pressure and/or deformation applied to said sensing layer (14). The device further comprises a plurality of electrodes (18) associated to said sensing layer (14) at a periphery of a sensing area, and a control unit (20) connected to said electrodes (18), said control unit (20) comprising means for evaluating a pressure profile acting on said sensing layer (14) by determining said at least one electrical property between pairs of electrodes (18) selected from said plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventor: Yves Decoster
  • Publication number: 20070144882
    Abstract: A foil-type pressure sensor includes a first carrier foil and a second carrier foil arranged at a certain distance from each other by means of a spacer, the spacer comprising at least one recess defining an active area of the pressure sensor. At least two electrodes are arranged in the active area of the pressure sensor between said first and second carrier foils in such a way that, in response to a pressure acting on the active area of the pressure sensor, the first and second carrier foils are pressed together against the reaction force of the elastic carrier foils and an electrical contact is established between the at least two electrodes. According to the invention, at least one of the carrier foils includes a multi-layered configuration with at least two layers of different materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventors: Werner Bieck, Driss Chabach, Yves Decoster, Aloyse Kirsch
  • Publication number: 20070125586
    Abstract: A seat occupancy sensor comprises a pressure detection device associated with a surface of said seat and a control unit for communicating with the pressure detection device. According to the invention said pressure detection device comprises a surface acoustic wave device including at least one surface acoustic wave resonator and an antenna and said control unit comprises an RF antenna for remotely communicating with said surface acoustic wave device. In a first embodiment, the surface acoustic wave is adapted for detecting the pressure inside a sealed chamber. In a second embodiment, a pressure sensitive, switching device is connected to the surface acoustic wave device so as to activate the surface acoustic wave device when the pressure sensitive switching device is triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventor: Yves Decoster