Passenger Patents (Class 104/28)
  • Patent number: 9589402
    Abstract: An access control system controls access to a restricted area. A mobile device exchanges messages with a backend server to validate a user and to control an actuator for a physical barrier responsive to validation. Beacon-based unique identifiers are calculated at validation time for the current location to facilitate the validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Sunil Raina, Avishek Somani, Alden Cuddihey, Scott Thomas Butler, Douglas Arthur Michael Archibald
  • Patent number: 9580082
    Abstract: This vehicle includes a guard rail intended to occupy a lowered position delimiting a closed space that prevents a passenger from falling and a raised position in which the guard rail opens up the space at the front of the vehicle to allow one or more passengers to board and disembark. The vehicle also includes means for locking the guard rail in the lowered position, wherein the locking means includes a locking lever having a first end provided with a bearing surface and with a blocking surface, the bearing surface and the blocking surface delimiting a first housing intended to accommodate part of the guard rail, and a second end in which a locking member designed to immobilize the second end of the locking lever is intended to engage when the guard rail is in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SOMMITAL
    Inventor: Yves Chedal Bornu
  • Patent number: 9390335
    Abstract: A method and service server for providing passenger density information are provided. The service server for providing passenger density information of a car according to an embodiment of the invention may include: a motion vector detection unit that detects motion vectors generated by the movements of passengers from a captured image of the inside of the car; a head recognition unit that recognizes the heads of passengers from the image; and a density information generation unit that generates the passenger density information of the car by using one or more of the motion vectors, a result of head recognition of the passengers, and tag sensor information received from sensors installed in the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Foundation of Soongsil University-Industry Cooperation
    Inventor: Kang Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9376201
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for boarding an aircraft. Passengers may be lined up in a first line and a second line relative to a doorway for the aircraft. A flow of the passengers in the first line and the second line may be controlled through a corridor connecting the doorway to a first aisle and a second aisle in an interior of the aircraft. The flow of the passengers may pass through a number of spaces in the corridor. The number of spaces may be reserved for a number of crew members during an emergency operation in which the passengers exit the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kelly L. Boren
  • Patent number: 9187176
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for boarding an aircraft. Passengers may be lined up in a first line and a second line relative to a doorway for the aircraft. A flow of the passengers in the first line and the second line may be controlled through a corridor connecting the doorway to a first aisle and a second aisle in an interior of the aircraft. The flow of the passengers may pass through a number of spaces in the corridor. The number of spaces may be reserved for a number of crew members during an emergency operation in which the passengers exit the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kelly L. Boren
  • Patent number: 9162150
    Abstract: An amusement ride vehicle for transporting multiple passengers is provided. The vehicle includes a movable base, a support, a lift arm and a carrier. The support is mounted on the movable base. The lift arm is pivotably connected to the support at one end and pivotably connected to the carrier at its opposite end. The carrier is provided with multiple passenger seats and includes a restraining device adapted to restrain each individual passenger in a seat. The vehicle is further provided with a first actuator for pivoting the lift arm relative to the support, and thus for lifting and lowering the carrier relative to the movable base while the movable base rides over the substructure, and a second actuator for pivoting the carrier relative to the lift arm, and thus for adjusting the pitch of the carrier relative to the movable base while the movable base rides over the substructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Sjoerd Jacco Sintenie
  • Publication number: 20150075403
    Abstract: A cableway system for the transport of persons has one or a plurality of vehicles, such a gondolas, that are moved along a route between stations. En route the vehicles are coupled to a conveying or traction cable. In the stations the vehicles are decoupled from the conveying or traction cable, moved through the station, where they are moved past or halted at one or more embarkation or disembarkation points adjoining an entry or exit region for the passengers, where the passengers board or vacate the vehicles. Then the vehicles are once more coupled to the conveying or traction cable and moved out of the station. In at least one of the stations there is provided a screen or wall between the movement path of the vehicle and the entry or exit region for the passengers. The wall is formed with a passage opening for the passengers at the embarkation or disembarkation point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: JOHANNES MORITZHUBER
  • Patent number: 8960096
    Abstract: Disengageable chair-lift station having a transfer way made up of a first longitudinal part extending in alignment with the line of the carrying-hauling cable, and of a second transversal part extending perpendicular to the first part. The driving or return pulley is placed between the sections of the first part, and the disembarkation and embarkation platforms are shifted from one another in the second part, so that the disembarkation and embarkation of the skiers are performed on the same side of the station, in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pomagalski
    Inventor: Julien Veyrat
  • Publication number: 20140366768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sealing type screen door device, wherein a screen door is provided so as to be encompassed by a door of a train entering a station building, and an adsorption means is provided at the screen door so as to allow the screen door to be completely sealed and fixed to the body of the train, thereby completely blocking a change in air pressure (pressure wave) generated by the entering of the train so as to prevent the inflow of pressure waves into the station building. According to the present invention, the screen door device comprises: a sliding unit provided at a screen so as to cover a screen door; and an adsorption unit provided at the sliding unit so as to be adsorbed on an outer surface of a train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Dong Hyeon Kim
  • Publication number: 20130199401
    Abstract: Disengageable chair-lift station having a transfer way made up of a first longitudinal part extending in alignment with the line of the carrying-hauling cable, and of a second transversal part extending perpendicular to the first part. The driving or return pulley is placed between the sections of the first part, and the disembarkation and embarkation platforms are shifted from one another in the second part, so that the disembarkation and embarkation of the skiers are performed on the same side of the station, in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI
    Inventor: POMAGALSKI
  • Patent number: 8494694
    Abstract: A mass transportation system for efficiently transporting a plurality of passengers along a predetermined path from a loading station to an unloading station. The transportation system generally includes a support structure, a track positioned above ground level via the support structure, and a carrier vehicle operable along the track. A first control module operable by a passenger is located outside the carrier vehicle upon a loading station for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at the loading station and a second control module operable by the passenger is located inside the carrier vehicle for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at an unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Dueck
  • Publication number: 20130180425
    Abstract: The line of the passenger transport installation in an urban environment extends at a height over the middle of the street and the vehicles stop in an elevated state in the terminal station. An automatic mechanism, comprising a lifting jack and a telescopic platform, makes it possible to transfer the passengers from the sidewalk at ground level to the elevated vehicle by means of a vertical movement followed by a transverse movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: CREISSELS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Denis Creissels
  • Publication number: 20130145953
    Abstract: A ride system for efficiently utilizing a simulator(s) or immersive environment assembly. The ride system includes a closed-loop track and a plurality of passenger vehicles each configured for traveling along a ride path defined by the closed-loop track. The ride system includes a simulator positioned adjacent to the closed-loop track. The ride system also includes a vehicle transfer mechanism. This mechanism is typically positioned along the track (or to provide part of the track) near the simulator. In operation, the transfer mechanism receives or captures a first one of the vehicles and transfers the first vehicle a distance away from the ride path and into the simulator and its immersive entertainment environment. The transfer mechanism is configured such that a second one of the vehicles trailing the first vehicle travels along the ride path past the simulator while the first vehicle is positioned within the simulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth, Brian E. Crosby, Christopher L. Beatty
  • Patent number: 8406916
    Abstract: Blister packs each having a plurality of pockets with individualized assortments of small objects are filled by fitting to each of a plurality of shuttles a respective such blister pack and circulating the shuttles around an annular track through a plurality of filling machines. Each machine has a plurality of supplies each holding a bulk quantity of small objects of a respective type, respective feeders each receiving the objects of a respective supply and advancing same one at a time to a respective picking location, and respective pickers. A memory of each shuttle is programmed with data regarding the intended contents of the pockets of the respective blister pack, and in each of the machines, the memories of the shuttles are read as they pass through the respective filling machine. The respective pickers are operated to move small objects from the feeders to the pockets in accordance with the data for the respective blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Josef Bentele, Georg Pfau
  • Patent number: 8387541
    Abstract: A platform screen door system (11) for railway stations, comprising: a set of uprights (13) defining a plurality of gates therebetween; a horizontal beam (17) associated with the top of said uprights (13); a set of sliding doors (15) arranged between said uprights (13) so as to close said gates, said sliding doors being horizontally slidable relative to said uprights so as to define a corresponding passageway (P) in said gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: O.C.L.A.P. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pietro Losito
  • Publication number: 20130025491
    Abstract: A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Publication number: 20120216702
    Abstract: The invention describes a device that enables people with special needs (SEN), namely with mobility impairment of the lower limbs, to access the sea from the beach, without assistance from another person. According to the present invention, independent access is achieved by using a portable, rail-type mechanism which can be assembled easily on the beach. The rail operates as a stable track for a carriage to be drawn along. The starting point of the track is at a distance from the shoreline, in a place with wheelchair access. The end of the track is in the water at an appropriate point where the water's depth is sufficient for the disabled user to swim without problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Vassilios Kostopoulos, Georgios Sotiriadis, Ignatios Fotiou, Gerasimos Fessian
  • Patent number: 8109214
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the operation of a screen door system. The apparatus includes a first transceiver adapted to be mounted on a train, a second transceiver adapted to be mounted on either a train platform or a portion of the platform screen door system. The first and second transceivers are configured to communicate with each other such that when a train is stopped at the train platform within a predetermined distance of and adjacent to a door of the platform screen door system, a signal is transmitted from the first transceiver to the second transceiver to open the door. When passenger embarkation and debarkation is complete, a signal is transmitted from the first transceiver to the second transceiver to close the door, and when the door is closed and locked, a signal is transmitted to the train to depart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Ross Bradley, Derek Tate
  • Publication number: 20110098908
    Abstract: A computerized system and method of managing subway trains along a two-track subway line to allow express travel in combination with local service. Express trains catch up to local trains at express stations along the line, and provision is made to allow the express trains to physically or “virtually” pass the local train at those stations. Embodiments in which the express trains physically pass the local train include direct train-to-train transfer facilitated by side-by-side tracks at the express station occupying reduced footprint. In other embodiments, virtual passing is accomplished by changing the type of service provided by trains at express intervals: a local train “transforms” into an express train and vice versa. Embodiments enable passengers to transfer between trains at express stations so that these “relay” passengers can travel faster than any specific train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Joong H. Chun
  • Patent number: 7913628
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Publication number: 20100319563
    Abstract: A transportation system comprising means for evacuating personnel from at least one area of activity (16) under a surface (13, 14), where the transportation system comprises at least one transport access passage (17) to the area of activity (16), at least one evacuation access passage (18, 28) to the area of activity (16) and in addition at least one transport conveyance (21) for evacuation through the evacuation access passage (18, 28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Acona Goup AS
    Inventors: Kjell-Are Vassmyr, Martin Ivar Aaserod, Torkel Gjerstad, Robert Schumacher
  • Patent number: 7802521
    Abstract: The walls in the Unity Platform System are installed all along the platform to match the position of the train doors; on the other hand for different model trains, two new systems which are installed completely free from the train doors have been proposed in the file. The doors with roller bearings move on the seating sledge in the walls. All the doors are attached to one close circle rope, which moves over a pulley set. One drive group activates this rope. The drive group consists of one variable speed reversible motor; one brake and one drive sheave. The rope is pulled to the right or left by the drive sheave. All the doors open or close at the same time, being attached to the same rope. Besides, to bridge the gap between the platform edge and the train, three different Gap Devices have been proposed in the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Bahattin Gunes
  • Patent number: 7784406
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Publication number: 20100132583
    Abstract: A railway carriage to be transported on a railway system includes a living area (164), a bathroom (36), a sleeping area (26) and a kitchen area (62). Appliances (40, 42, 75) in the bathroom (36) and kitchen area (62) are connected to a common potable water supply system (170). The railway carriage includes a potable water connector (136) to releasably connect the potable water supply system (170) of the carriage to an external water supply. The appliances (40, 42, 73) in the bathroom (36) and kitchen area (62) are also connected to a common waste water system (172). The railway carriage includes a waste water connector (138) to releasably connect the waste water system (172) of the carriage to an external waste system, such as a drain. The potable water connector (136) and the waste water connector (138) are provided on a common mounting (132).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Ashley-Smith
  • Patent number: 7721656
    Abstract: A monorail vehicle includes a cabin for housing a driver, passengers and/or load and also includes one or more driving assemblies, the driving assemblies being suitable for running within a guiding duct on the ground, the cabin being connected to at least one driving assembly by an elongated elevation structure. The elongated elevation structure is actuated in order to vary the elevation of the cabin with respect to the ground during regular travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Luiz Augusto de Siqueira Indio da Costa
  • Patent number: 7721653
    Abstract: A combined wall and door assembly includes a static wall assembly including a segmented support frame with a rectilinear shape. The static wall assembly further includes a plurality of transparent fiberglass panels directly coupled to the support frame and spaced along an entire longitudinal length of the support frame. The assembly further includes a mechanism for automatically biasing the access doors between open and closed positions when the subway train arrives and leaves a train terminal respectively such that passengers are prohibited from premature ingress and egress of the subway train during a schedule stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Lamass Burgess
  • Patent number: 7681505
    Abstract: A station (2) in a personal rapid transit system has a platform (14), the edge of which defines bays (20) for parked vehicles (10). The parked vehicles are out of the path of travelling vehicles moving in a transit path extending between an entry section (4) and an exit section (6). The bays (10) include parking sections (22) alongside which the vehicles may park to enable easy transfer of passengers into and out of the vehicles. The disposition of the parking sections (22) allows the steered vehicles (10) to park close to the platform edge. The stations comprise bypass tracks (36) branched off the main track (30) and disposed in various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Advanced Transport Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin V. Lowson, Christopher V. Cook, David G. Hughes
  • Patent number: 7677178
    Abstract: A device for controlling a platform door (14) located at the guideway (1) of a vehicle (2) is described. According to the invention, the device comprises, a sensor unit (17), which is mounted at the guideway (1) and which serves to detect a preselected state of the vehicle (2). An evaluating device (18) connected to the sensor unit (17) permits an opening of the platform door (14) only when the vehicle (2) is in the preselected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Transrapid GmbH
    Inventors: Siegfried Ellmann, Friedrich Loeser
  • Publication number: 20090145325
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the operation of a screen door system. The apparatus includes a first transceiver adapted to be mounted on a train, a second transceiver adapted to be mounted on either a train platform or a portion of the platform screen door system. The first and second transceivers are configured to communicate with each other such that when a train is stopped at the train platform within a predetermined distance of and adjacent to a door of the platform screen door system, a signal is transmitted from the first transceiver to the second transceiver to open the door. When passenger embarkation and debarkation is complete, a signal is transmitted from the first transceiver to the second transceiver to close the door, and when the door is closed and locked, a signal is transmitted to the train to depart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: KNORR-BREMSE RAIL SYSTEMS (UK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ross Bradley, Derek Tate
  • Publication number: 20090013894
    Abstract: A transport installation comprising an aerial rope with continuous running on which vehicles are suspended by detachable grips, comprises a transfer circuit equipped with means for moving the vehicles. The means for moving comprise at least one set of wheels with pneumatic tires one of which wheels is connected to a power take-off derived from running of the rope and equipped with drive means whereby each wheel is made to rotate by one of the adjacent wheels. One of the wheels of said set of wheels is connected by transmission means to the output shaft of an electric torque motor generating a constant turning torque independent from the speed of rotation of said output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI SKI SA.
    Inventors: Gerard Marguet, Christian Mathieu, Franckie Tamisier
  • Publication number: 20080190317
    Abstract: Method for embarking and disembarking airplane passengers, characterized in that the passengers are received in an embarking-disembarking room of the departure terminal and placed on a mobile platform mounted on a raceway. The platform has a tier equipped with seats and a tier with baggage compartments. The platform is then transferred into an airplane fuselage connected to an access opening and equipped with another raceway to move and secure the platform in position. During the passenger disembarking phase, the platform is transferred with its occupants into an embarking-disembarking room of the arrival terminal where the passengers disembark. The mobile platform is released and then led into a first cleaning cabin while another platform previously cleaned in a second cleaning room is led into the embarking-disembarking room to embark new passengers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Jean-Francois TORASSA
  • Publication number: 20080098923
    Abstract: A flat terminal for a guideway transit system is provided. The flat terminal comprises a gateway 24 connected to a guideway 20 through which a vehicle 10 moves, and through which the vehicle is driven in and out to enter/alight passengers, entering/alighting platforms 30 at which the vehicle stops at the gateway 24 to enter/alight the passengers or freights, and a waiting room 42 provided on the same plane as the entering/alighting platforms 30. Therefore, it is possible to install a single story structure terminal, rather than a two-story structure terminal, and install the gateway or the entering/alighting platforms at the exterior of the building since a movement of the vehicle does not overlap a passageway of the passengers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Tae-Jin Park
  • Patent number: 7047888
    Abstract: A point-to-point transit system for riders includes an elongate guideway, a plurality of autonomous vehicles disposed in the guideway, a plurality of selectively actuable rider access portals in the side of the guideway, and a control system, configured to automatically guide the vehicles within the guideway. The rider access portals are configured to allow ingress and egress of riders to the autonomous vehicles in the guideway. The control system is configured to allow each vehicle to travel between origin and destination locations that are independently selected by a rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Bryan Richards
  • Patent number: 6837167
    Abstract: An elevated transit system has a pair of spaced apart guideways for supporting a vehicle. The guideways are supported on vertical columns above the ground. An emergency walkway extends between the guideways The walkway has a plurality of apertures to allow the passage of sunlight to the ground below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: J. Kirston Henderson
  • Publication number: 20040112245
    Abstract: Elevated train comprised of one or more wagons (1) that move suspended from a rail (2) or the like. This rail is provided at the train stops with at least two transverse gaps that determine a segment (5) from which said train is suspended, with this segment in turn suspended from elevation means (7) that allow its displacement in a vertical sense together with said train between an upper position for circulation and a bottom one in which it rests on or is next to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Domingo Bengoa Saez De Cortazar
  • Patent number: 6729241
    Abstract: An aerial cableway system has at least one load-bearing and conveying cable that is moved between a valley station and a mountain station, which is guided over deflection pulleys in the stations, and transportation devices that can be coupled to the load-bearing and conveying cable and that are formed by cabins and by chairs. The cabins and chairs can be uncoupled from the conveying cable in the stations, moved along guide rails through entry and exit regions located in the stations, and then once more coupled to the conveying cable. The entry and exit regions provided in the stations are respectively subdivided into two mutually separate sectors which follow each other in the direction of movement. A first sector is intended for the users of the cabins and a second sector is provided for the users of the chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Gabriel, Herbert Dür, Gerd Dür
  • Patent number: 6684793
    Abstract: Beams extend transversely outwards from at least one side of each span beyond the corresponding side flange and shelf. Each beam is of a length in the transverse direction and of strength that are predetermined to be sufficient for enabling additional structures, e.g. slabs, to be installed subsequently on said beams, which additional structures preferably extend said soleplates outwards, in particular to form a station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Systra
    Inventor: Daniel Dutoit
  • Patent number: 6494145
    Abstract: An automatic crossbar on a ski chair-lift for containing seated passengers and facilitating dismounting passengers. A vertically elongated bar (20) with a cross (20a) attached at its base is pivotably suspended from a passenger chair, positioning the crossbar in front of passengers. An elastic closure attachment (9), and/or an automatic locking mechanism (60), is attached between the elongated bar and the chair to retain the crossbar in a closed position and contain passengers. A blocking structure (200) is suspended proximal to the aerial cable above the landing platform. The elongated bar has an upper portion (20v) above its pivotal mount (21b) which impacts the blocking structure as the aerial cable moves the chair forward. The impact causes the upper portion to rotate back as the lower portion and crossbar are levered forward and upward. As the crossbar swings forward from the chair, passengers grasp the crossbar to balance with while standing onto the landing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kernan
  • Patent number: 6427601
    Abstract: The installation conveys persons from a valley station to a mountain station and for carries individuals from the mountain station to the valley station via carriages that are guided along a track formed by a running rail. The installation has a cableway system with a haulage cable and transport assemblies that can be coupled thereto and are intended for persons and for conveying devices that convey the carriages from the valley station to the mountain station. The haulage cable is guided over cable-deflecting pulleys in the valley station and in the mountain station. Guide rails are provided in the valley station and in the mountain station along which the conveying devices and transport assemblies, uncoupled from the haulage cable, are guided around the cable-deflecting pulleys with conveying wheels. Bypass rails are connected to the guide rails via diverters both in the valley station and in the mountain station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Albrich
  • Patent number: 6389980
    Abstract: A station for boarding a chairlift for continuously moving ropeway transport. The chairlift includes several seats, either fixed or detachably coupled at regular intervals. Each seat is taken in turn by successive ramps, an arrival, a turnaround and a departure ramp, the arrival and departure ramps being parallel. The turnaround ramp includes two turnings, upstream and downstream, separated by a rectilinear transfer ramp. A boarding site is located at an exit of the downstream turning. An angle &agr; between the arrival and transfer ramps, corresponding to the upstream turning is acute. An angle between the transfer and departure ramps, corresponding to the downstream turning is obtuse. The drive elements cause each seat to pivot on itself at the transfer ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Etudes de Transports S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alain Croses, Alain Beaumin
  • Patent number: 6374746
    Abstract: A ground-based capsule pipeline with greatly improved speed, energy efficiency, and cost for transportation of freight and/or people. Passive magnetic levitation is used to suspend inert, rugged capsules within an air-evacuated pipeline, where they are propelled by a linear motor. Permanent magnet pole arrays incorporated in the capsules interact with inductively-enhanced conductive loops on the interior of the pipeline to produce a low “take-off” speed, high lift, and a high lift-drag ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Orlo James Fiske
  • Patent number: 6352034
    Abstract: The installation for amusement park, referred to as roller coaster, comprises a circuit made up of rails (6), mounted on supports (10), themselves fixed on a carrier beam (11), on which one or more vehicles run, designed to run on the rails, as opposed to a suspended roller coaster, and at least one station for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers. Each vehicle comprises a main beam (1), at least one transverse chassis element (2) on which are mounted, on the one hand, wheels (3, 4, 5) interacting with the rails (6), and, on the other hand, seats (7) provided with retention means (8). The station, which comprises at least one platform (12) likewise comprises a fold-away floor (14), which replaces the floor, absent of the vehicle, when the vehicle is stopped in a predetermined position for embarkation and disembarkation. Due to this, the vehicle may be designed without any floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Bolliger & Mabillard Ingenieurs Conseils S.A.
    Inventors: Walter Bolliger, Claude Mabillard
  • Patent number: 6341563
    Abstract: A platform sensing and control system including a wireless sensor (10, 12) for sensing at least the presence of a platform (26) opposite a door (32) of a railcar and providing an output indication of at least a platform presence in response thereto, and a door control controller (14) operative in response to the output indication of at least platform (26) presence for enduring that normally a door (32) is not opened other than when a platform (26) is located opposite such door (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Sensotech Ltd.
    Inventors: Eli Gal, Uri Agam, Eli Ben-Bassat, Ronen Jashek
  • Publication number: 20020007758
    Abstract: The installation conveys persons from a valley station to a mountain station and for carries individuals from the mountain station to the valley station via carriages that are guided along a track formed by a running rail. The installation has a cableway system with a haulage cable and transport assemblies that can be coupled thereto and are intended for persons and for conveying devices that convey the carriages from the valley station to the mountain station. The haulage cable is guided over cable-deflecting pulleys in the valley station and in the mountain station. Guide rails are provided in the valley station and in the mountain station along which the conveying devices and transport assemblies, uncoupled from the haulage cable, are guided around the cable-deflecting pulleys with conveying wheels. Bypass rails are connected to the guide rails via diverters both in the valley station and in the mountain station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventor: Reinhard Albrich
  • Patent number: 6321657
    Abstract: A monorail transit system includes transit drive units for supporting a transit car body on a beam and propelling the body along the beam. Improvements to the transit system include a quiet steel rail with vibration isolation for the beam, a vehicle braking system using a fixed plat engaged with a steel rail to arrest motion of the drive unit, a beam stabilizing support structure comprising a column with an insert that extends into a hollow beam portion, a drive unit coupled to the transit car body so as to be able to rotate with respect to the body while the drive unit and transit car body are traversing a curve in the rail, a leveling system for automatically leveling the car body with respect to a loading platform and a mechanism for automatically tilting the car body in response to centrifugal forces and then leveling the body, an articulating car body for accommodating curved beams, and a mechanism for providing positive traction on an inclined steel rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: William E. Owen
  • Patent number: 6263799
    Abstract: A transportation system, generically known as Personal Rapid Transit, employs conventional electric or hybrid automobiles (18) underwhich are mounted electro-mechanical adaptors (24) which permits them to operate autonomously on an elevated guideway (16) which is part of the PRT system. An electronic guidance sensor system (45), and other functional components built into the adaptors, permits the vehicles to track unique rf signals emitted from a guidance wire (36) centrally embedded in the guideway, and to exit and enter the guideway to and from off-line stations (10), and to select various platforms and storage areas within these stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Herman I. Pardes
  • Patent number: 6202563
    Abstract: A process for both storing vehicles of an aerial cable transport installation and taking vehicles from stored stock in a station. The vehicles are suspended by disengagable coupling clamps to the cable. The installation is shut down by braking and stopping a first car in the vicinity of a station exit, transferring the other cars in the station during the first step, braking and stopping a second car, transferring the rest of the cars in the station during the preceding step, and repeating the last two steps to use the entire station length to store cars. In one embodiment, the cable speed is approximately constant during the second and fourth steps of the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Pomagalski SA
    Inventors: Serge Tarassoff, Gilles Vibert
  • Patent number: 6105905
    Abstract: A railway gate system comprising a railway station having an elevated platform area for passengers to stand and a recessed area with a track and a train movable therealong. A gate has a continuous upper restraining rail along its length. A plurality of cylindrical posts each have an upper end secured to the lower surface of the rail and a lower end. A horizontal recess and vertical apertures are located in the edge of the platform area adjacent to the track. The recess is adapted to receive the rail when lowered to an inoperative orientation and with the circular apertures adapted to slidably receive the posts. Motion imparting mechanisms include elongated pistons having upper ends secured to the lower surface of the rail, central extents extending through selected spaced circular apertures in the platform and lower ends. Hollow cylinders are located beneath the selected spaced circular apertures having open upper ends to receive the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Roy Spence
  • Patent number: 5950543
    Abstract: An evacuated tube transport (ETT) system comprises: Evacuated tubes (200) along a travel route (100) for both directions; capsules (300) to transport occupants or cargo within the tubes; equipment (700) providing continuous transfer to tube while preserving vacuum; capsule suspension (400) that substantially eliminates drag; coordinated acceleration device (500); energy recovery braking (600); vibration control structures (820); tube alignment devices (230); automatic capsule switch (650) and synchronization (885); automated operation, inspection, and maintenance (810); methods of construction; redundant data (835), safety and security (880) systems. Low and high technology embodiments are comprehensively disclosed. Possibilities include replacement or augmentation of: vehicles, power lines, energy storage devices, power plants, heaters, air conditioning, water and sewer pipes, and communication cables and satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: et3.com Inc.
    Inventor: Daryl Oster
  • Patent number: 5873310
    Abstract: A loading station of a detachable chair-lift comprises two spots 22, 29 for alternate pickup of skiers 21. To give the skiers easy access to the pickup spots, the distance between the chairs is increased by grouping them in pairs in the access zones. The station may comprise two tracks 16, 17, each having a pickup spot, onto which the chairs 11, uncoupled from the rope, are directed alternately. The two pickup spots can be on the same track, one after the other, the grouping of the chairs in pairs then being modified when running between the two pickup spots so that the rear chair of the pair at the first is pickup spot comes in front at the second pickup spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Denis Creissels, Jean Fran.cedilla.ois Piard