With Monitoring, Signalling, And Indicating Means Patents (Class 187/391)
  • Patent number: 10988346
    Abstract: An installation gauge for use in an elevator hoistway is provided. The installation gauge includes a platform assembly and a frame assembly configured to support the platform assembly. The frame assembly includes one or more safety assemblies and one or more guide assemblies. Opposing guide shoes are connected to each of the one or more guide assemblies. The opposing guide shoes are centered about a guide rail and configured to determine a centerline of the guide rail. A lift assembly is configured to facilitate hoisting of the platform assembly and the frame assembly within the elevator hoistway. A plurality of safety ropes couples the lift assembly to the one or more safety assemblies. A climbing rope is attached to the lift assembly. The determination of the centerline of the guide rail can be used as a basis to install other hoistway equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Steven P. Wurth, Terry Rodebaugh, Andy Gries, Jeff Wagenhauser, Doug Scott
  • Patent number: 10968078
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring condition of a rope of a hoisting device, which rope comprises one or more load bearing members oriented to extend parallel with longitudinal direction of the rope throughout the length thereof. The method comprises measuring strains of one or more portions of a load bearing member of the rope; and comparing the measured strains of one or more portions of a load bearing member of the rope with at least one reference. The invention also relates to a hoisting device implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Hannu Lehtinen, Jukka Penttila, Juha Helenius
  • Patent number: 10955446
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining phase currents of an electric machine including a converter and stator including stator windings (phase number of at least three), in which the phase currents of measuring phases (at least two), are measured, the phase currents being measured in a measuring interval when the active switching elements of the measuring phases in a lowside path of the converter are activated in a switching interval delimited by a switching-on point-in-time and switching-off point-in-time, the phase currents of the remaining phases being determined arithmetically from the measured phase currents so that the measured phase currents, a spatial angle of the measuring phases, and a spatial angle of the remaining phases are used for arithmetic determination, in which the measuring interval is selected to be with respect to time outside a switching-on point-in-time or switching-off point-in-time of at least one of the active switching elements of the stator phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, SEG Automotive Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Arunkumar M S, Julian Roesner
  • Patent number: 10957138
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating with a barrier operator system to direct operation of a barrier. The system and method may include adaptively updating an expected time duration for an operational sequence that includes occurrence of an event relating to operation of the barrier operator system and receipt of a status message from the barrier operator system. The system may monitor and record the elapsed time for the operational sequence, and determine the expected time duration for the operational sequence based on the recorded history of elapsed times. If the status message is not received within the expected time duration after occurrence of the event, the system may transmit a status request message to the barrier operator system to obtain information relating to the status of the barrier operator system or the barrier, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas D. Klaver, Kevin J. Key, Steven L. Willard, II, Kelly S. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 10934132
    Abstract: A destination call, as an example of an action, is automatically generated in an elevator system when detected current connection data correspond to a stored behavior pattern for the usage of the elevator system. A communicative link between a sensor in a sensor system that comprises a multitude of sensors and the mobile electronic device of a passenger is detected, and connection data about the communicative link are recorded. The connection data are compared with data stored in a memory device containing at least one behavior pattern in order to determine whether the connection data correspond to a stored behavior pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Troesch, Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 10926974
    Abstract: An elevator system drive unit moves an elevator car in an elevator shaft to at least two shaft access doors under control of a control unit. The car does not move or moves only to a limited extent if an individual is in the shaft. A monitoring unit and sensor (switching contact) detect changes in state in at least one of the doors using a sequence of pulses monitoring signal. The monitoring unit has a battery and can be switched to an autonomous mode when the elevator system is entirely or partially disabled. The monitoring unit, in the autonomous mode, records state data from the sensor and is connected to a safeguard unit that reads and evaluates the recorded state data, and prevents the elevator system from being put into the normal mode of operation if a change in the state of one of the monitored doors has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Adrian Knecht, Astrid Sonnenmoser, Ivo Lustenberger, Kurt Heinz, Martin Hess, Thomas Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10889466
    Abstract: Access prevention systems of elevator landing door locks including a landing door lintel for a landing door of an elevator system, a lock mechanism mounted to the lintel and arranged to enable unlocking of the elevator landing door, and an indicator feature on the lintel and aligned with the lock mechanism to indicate a location of a blocked locking mechanism, wherein the indicator feature is at least one of frangible or breakable to permit access to the lock mechanism when the indicator feature is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Nicolas Fonteneau
  • Patent number: 10843896
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a system and method of initiating elevator service by entering an elevator call with a call input device operating a program including a plurality of graphical objects displayed on a graphic user interface, in communication with an elevator system. The method includes the steps: selecting a current floor graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects; and selecting a destination floor graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Amanda Ann Adkins, Ashley Chapman
  • Patent number: 10841654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for displaying images and a passenger density. The apparatus includes a receiver receives original images obtained by a plurality of cameras respectively installed in a plurality of passenger cars and a passenger density calculated from the original images; a thumbnail generator for determining the sizes of thumbnail images corresponding to the original images according to the number of cameras and generating thumbnail images according to the determined sizes; and a screen for collecting the thumbnail images and displaying the thumbnail images together with information indicating the density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Woong Lee, Han Sang Kim, Min Suk Sung, Min Gyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10787341
    Abstract: Elevator control system, comprising an elevator control device for operating an elevator car which is adapted to be operated within an elevator shaft, and an inspection control station configured to communicate with the elevator control device for operating at least one function of an elevator system in an inspection or maintenance operation mode, and configured for attachment at a storing location, wherein the storing location is at the elevator car or within the elevator shaft or in proximity of the elevator shaft. The inspection control station is adapted to be detachable from the storing location and configured to operate as remote inspection control station when detached from the storing location through wireless communication with the elevator control device, and is configured to be movable and operable in the inspection or maintenance operation mode from inside and outside of the elevator car and within the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter Herkel, Michael Mann, Helmut Lothar Schroeder-Brumloop, Pascal Rebillard, Igor Kuzmin
  • Patent number: 10766745
    Abstract: An elevator door monitor eliminates the need to use customized input devices or modules in an elevator door monitoring system. The elevator door monitor employs differential amplifier circuits, one circuit for each of a plurality of signals to be monitored regarding an elevator car, each signal corresponding to a separate input into a microcontroller unit (“MCU”). Each differential amplifier circuit electrically communicates with a respective input terminal of the MCU, which can include a memory resource storing settings associated with respective elevator control parameters. A user can enter each setting using a peripheral input device. These settings provide system customization in lieu of hardware components, allowing the elevator door monitor to function as a universal system that can monitor a variety of elevators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Argus Elevator LLC
    Inventor: Omar Gil-Arias
  • Patent number: 10735781
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for managing streaming of video content to a client device includes providing the video content to a content distribution network for storage in a plurality of geographically separated resources of the content distribution network, dynamically selecting an advertisement media clip based on statistical information associated with a user of the client device, and receiving, from the client device via a packet-based telecommunication network, signaling to have the stored video content streamed to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SITO Mobile R&D IP, LLC
    Inventors: Charles A Jennings, Donald H Bate
  • Patent number: 10723588
    Abstract: A system and method of measuring and diagnosing the ride quality of an elevator system, including (a) operating the mobile device to acquire ride quality data, (b) operating the mobile device to transmit ride quality data to an external computing device, (c) operating the external computing device to compare the acquired ride quality data to pre-determined system data to create performance data, (d) operating the external computing device to perform a ride quality diagnostics based at least in part on the performance data, and (e) operating the external computing device to transmit the ride quality diagnostics to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: George Scott Copeland, Soumitra Borthakur, Jinho Song, Daniel Rush
  • Patent number: 10640329
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car drive assembly configured to drive at least one elevator car to a plurality of floors serviced by the elevator system. A mobile electronic device inputs a ride request to deliver an available elevator car among the at least one elevator car to a floor location containing the mobile electronic device. An electronic elevator controller is in signal communication with the elevator drive assembly and the mobile electronic device. The electronic elevator controller is configured to determine an unavailability of an originally assigned elevator car selected to perform the ride request, and to transmit reassignment information to the mobile electronic device indicating modification of the ride request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul A. Simcik, Bradley Armand Scoville
  • Patent number: 10633221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for using an elevator system in a building having several vertically spaced floors served by an elevator system, particularly by one or more vertically traveling elevator cars of an elevator system, said floors comprising at least a first floor, a second floor, and a plurality of intermediate floors positioned vertically between the first and second floor, the elevator system being configured to have several modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an evacuation operating mode, in which normal operating mode a car of the elevator system is used to serve a first set of floors, and in which evacuation operating mode said elevator car is used to serve a second set of floors different from said first set of floors; the method comprising evacuating passengers from the first floor to the second floor, the evacuating comprising changing the mode of the elevator system from the normal operating mode to the evacuation operating mode; and determining the second set of floo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ilpo Haipus
  • Patent number: 10618774
    Abstract: A method is provided for displaying information in an elevator arrangement including an elevator car that is movable, as controlled by an operating panel, between landing zones that communicate traffic to and from the elevator car through a doorway, and one or more light sources. In the method, visible objects are defined for guiding traffic of the elevator arrangement. A destination landing zone is obtained by the operating panel. A current occupancy and current destination landing zone of the elevator car are determined. The light sources are set to illuminate at least one of the defined visible objects on a remote surface on the basis of the determined current occupancy and current destination landing zone of the elevator car and the destination landing zone obtained by the operating panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Santeri Suoranta, Johannes de Jong, Visa Rauta, Joonas Saaranen
  • Patent number: 10557300
    Abstract: An access system for a structure includes a control box mounted within a controlled access space of the structure and operatively coupled to a door panel operator that opens and closes a door panel of the structure for access to the controlled access space. The control box is configured to detect a presence of a security device relative to the control box, determine a position of the security device relative to the structure, and determine an authorization of the security device. The access system also includes a user interface mounted in an uncontrolled access space of the structure and coupled in communication with the control box. Upon actuation of the user interface, the control box operates the door panel operator when the security device is positioned proximate the control box, located in the uncontrolled access space of the structure, and authorized to operate the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AMESBURY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tagtow, Matt Halbersma, Douglas John Criddle, Michael Lee Anderson, Tracy Lammers
  • Patent number: 10556774
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for determining elevator data based on the position of an elevator car of an elevator system includes the elevator car having a flag reading sensor, the elevator car being movably arranged in a hoistway and can be moved by a drive with a suspension rope over a traction sheave, and the elevator car can be stopped at a plurality of stopping positions of the hoistway. Each stopping position has a flag marker with a flag height. Movement of the elevator car is determined by a control unit connected to an encoder at the traction sheave. When leaving a stopping position, the travelled distance of the elevator car between the stopping position and a flag edge is measured and a stopping inaccuracy is determined by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Valerio Villa
  • Patent number: 10519003
    Abstract: In an elevator operation panel, a base of a casing includes a back plate portion, a lateral plate portion, and a vertical plate portion. An outer surface of the lateral plate portion, which faces the exterior of the casing, and a vertical direction end surface of the vertical plate portion on the lateral plate portion side are disposed in an identical plane. An L-shaped slit is provided between the back plate portion and the lateral plate portion. The slit includes a rectilinear portion, and a projecting portion that projects into the back plate portion. In a condition where the lateral plate portion is bent relative to the back plate portion, a surface of the lateral plate portion that faces the rectilinear portion overlaps a surface of the back plate portion on an opposite side to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Okuda
  • Patent number: 10513417
    Abstract: An elevator system comprises a first information collection device disposed in a passenger waiting area of the elevator system and used for acquiring first passenger characteristic information; a second information collection device used for acquiring second passenger characteristic information inside the car; an information analysis and processing device that receives the first passenger characteristic information and the second passenger characteristic information, is configured to perform analysis and processing, based on the first passenger characteristic information, so as to transmit a first control command for dispatching the elevator, is configured to perform analysis and processing on the first passenger characteristic information to acquire classification information of a passenger and to further transmit, based on the classification information, a second control command that is applicable for passengers in a corresponding classification, and is further configured to dynamically transmit, based on t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jianwei Zhao, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 10513414
    Abstract: A system including a drive portion, and an external computing device in communication with the drive portion, wherein the external computing device is configured to receive operational data from the drive portion, determine operational parameters based at least in part on the operational data, determine whether the operational parameters are valid, and automatically transmit commands to the drive portion if the operational parameters are valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Yang Wang, HanJong Kim, Christopher S. Czerwinski, Edward Piedra, Shashank Krishnamurthy, Draguna Vrabie, Rui Huang
  • Patent number: 10438140
    Abstract: To enable a response to an urgent call-out caused by a failure occurrence, the degree of an occurrence of a failure in each of a plurality of apparatuses installed at different locations is predicted and a visit plan of each of a plurality of servicemen is created based on a prediction result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Nogami, Masakazu Matsugu, Katsuhiko Mori
  • Patent number: 10421639
    Abstract: In an elevator system, whether an emergency stopper thereof operates normally can be confirmed by letting a driving sheave run idle even in a case where the driving force of a hoisting machine is not large enough, the elevator system includes a main rope to suspend an elevator car and a counterweight, the emergency stopper to prevent the elevator car from dropping, the driving sheave, with the main rope wound around, to drive the main rope by a frictional force therebetween, the hoisting machine to rotate the driving sheave, and an elevator controller to drive the hoisting machine, wherein the elevator controller drives the hoisting machine, with the emergency stopper kept in operation, to let the driving sheave run idle by exciting vertical natural period vibration of the counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rikio Kondo
  • Patent number: 10351386
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a system and method of initiating elevator service by entering an elevator call with a call input device operating a program including a plurality of graphical objects displayed on a graphic user interface, in communication with an elevator system. The method includes the steps: selecting a first floor graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects; and selecting a second floor graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric C. Peterson, Ashley Chapman
  • Patent number: 10326396
    Abstract: A method for estimating parameters of a direct current machine by Laplace transform performed by a computer system. The method includes establishing a transient model of the DC machine and a transfer function based on the transient mode; transforming the transfer function from the time domain to the frequency domain by the Laplace transform to obtain each of an armature current and a rotational speed of the DC machine as a function of frequency; expressing the armature current and the rotational speed as polynomial fractions by polynomial regression, and comparing the functions of the frequency and the polynomial fractions to output values of the armature resistance, the armature inductance, the back electromotive force constant, the moment of inertia and the friction coefficient. As such, the accuracy and operational efficiency in estimating the parameters of the DC machine can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: I-SHOU UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Rong-Ching Wu
  • Patent number: 10315887
    Abstract: An arrangement for aligning guide rails includes an installation platform arranged to be movable in the first direction upwards and downwards in an elevator shaft, said installation platform being provided with an apparatus for aligning guide rails. At least two laser transmitters are arranged at predetermined positions in the shaft below the installation platform, each of said at least two laser transmitters transmitting an upwards directed laser beam that forms a plumb line in the elevator shaft. At least two first position sensitive detectors are attached to the installation platform and/or to the apparatus for aligning guide rails and/or to the guide rails, each of said at least two first position sensitive detectors receiving a respective laser beam, whereby the position of the guide rails in relation to the shaft can be determined indirectly or directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pekka Kilpeläinen
  • Patent number: 10308476
    Abstract: An elevator control system includes an elevator group system including one or more elevators and an elevator group controller configured to control operation of the one or more elevators. The system includes at least one of an external elevator management system and an external power provider connected via a data communications link to the elevator group controller. The elevator group controller is configured to transmit to the at least one of the external elevator management system and the external power provider elevator operation information, and the at least one of the external elevator management system and the external power provider is configured to transmit to the elevator group controller elevator operation control information based on the elevator operation information. The elevator group controller is configured to then control operation of the one or more elevators based on the elevator operation control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: HanJong Kim
  • Patent number: 10294072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of elevator control, and provides an elevator system capable of monitoring children use and a control method thereof. The elevator system of the present invention includes: an elevator control system; an RGB-D sensor or an intelligent wearable device; and an information analytic processing apparatus. The elevator system and control method thereof in the present invention is accurate, reliable and safe when monitoring the situation of children using the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jianwei Zhao, Hui Fang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 10294076
    Abstract: A false car device configured for use in an elevator hoistway is provided. The false car device includes a platform assembly and a frame assembly configured to support the platform assembly. The frame assembly includes one or more safety assemblies. A lift assembly is configured to facilitate hoisting of the platform and the frame assembly within the elevator hoistway. A climbing rope is attached to the lift assembly and has a tension. The safety assembly is configured to engage an elevator guide rail in the event the tension in the climbing rope is lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Wurtec, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven P. Wurth, Terry Rodebaugh, Andy Gries, Jeff Wagenhauser, Doug Scott
  • Patent number: 10252882
    Abstract: An elevator motion alert system is configured to alert a person of an object moving in at least one hoistway of an elevator system. The elevator motion alert system includes a sensor configured to detect object motion. A transmitter of the elevator motion alert system is carried by the object and is configured to transmit a pressure wave at a pre-defined frequency upon movement of the object. An electronic device of the elevator motion alert system is configured to receive and process the pressure wave for alerting the person of object movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Daisuke Meguro, Hisanori Seki, Keiji Hashimoto, Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10227209
    Abstract: A system and method of orchestrating an evacuation operation using an elevator is provided. The method includes displaying that an evacuation request using the elevator is an available option, receiving one or more evacuation requests to use the elevator, and displaying evacuation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Collins, Jannah A. Stanley, Paul A. Stranieri, David M. Hughes, Ronnie E. Thebeau
  • Patent number: 10196236
    Abstract: A monitoring system of an elevator installation having an elevator door and a method of operating the monitoring system are suitable for generating usage data of the elevator door, the monitoring system including a sensor arranged in the elevator installation, wherein at least one physical parameter of the environment of the sensor can be detected by the sensor, and an evaluating unit, which determines an operating state of the elevator door by a course of the physical parameter over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Astrid Sonnenmoser, Martin Kusserow, Reto Tschuppert
  • Patent number: 10200836
    Abstract: An electronic terminal device can be configured using a device identifier that is input into the device. The terminal device sends the device identifier to a configuration server. The configuration server responds by sending configuration information to the terminal device based on the device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 10171846
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for managing streaming of video content to a client device includes providing the video content to a content distribution network for storage in a plurality of geographically separated resources of the content distribution network, dynamically selecting an advertisement media clip based on statistical information associated with a user of the client device, and receiving, from the client device via a packet-based telecommunication network, signaling to have the stored video content streamed to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SITO Mobile R&D IP, LLC
    Inventors: Charles A Jennings, Donald H Bate
  • Patent number: 10169699
    Abstract: A method for providing an interactive elevator assistant is provided. The method may include identifying amenities associated with a property and location-based features within a vicinity of the property. The method may further include mapping the amenities to floor levels associated with the property. The method may further include receiving user input from a user located on an elevator associated with the property. The method may further include, in response to determining that the received user input comprises an amenity, determine the one or more floor levels on the property that are associated with the amenity and triggering the elevator to navigate to the determined one or more floor levels. The method may also include, in response to determining that the received user input comprises a location-based feature, sending the received user input to an application for processing. The method may further include providing a response via the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Srinivas V. Chitiveli, Eric B. Libow, Prasanna A. Mathada, Sathiskumar Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 10127492
    Abstract: A method for providing an interactive elevator assistant is provided. The method may include identifying amenities associated with a property and location-based features within a vicinity of the property. The method may further include mapping the amenities to floor levels associated with the property. The method may further include receiving user input from a user located on an elevator associated with the property. The method may further include, in response to determining that the received user input comprises an amenity, determine the one or more floor levels on the property that are associated with the amenity and triggering the elevator to navigate to the determined one or more floor levels. The method may also include, in response to determining that the received user input comprises a location-based feature, sending the received user input to an application for processing. The method may further include providing a response via the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Srinivas V. Chitiveli, Eric B. Libow, Prasanna A. Mathada, Sathiskumar Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 10124989
    Abstract: A method for presenting an estimated elevator car arrival time, the method comprising: receiving an elevator call at a mobile device; obtaining the estimated elevator car arrival time in response to the elevator call; and generating a user interface depicting the estimated elevator car arrival time, the user interface depicting the estimated elevator car arrival time including a dynamic component that changes appearance in response to the estimated elevator car arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPLANY
    Inventors: Paul A. Simcik, Kelly Martin Dubois, Emily Baldi, Sheryl Brothers, Yew H. Leong, Harrison Daniels
  • Patent number: 10118798
    Abstract: According to few examples a safety system, a method and a computer program for an elevator safety system is provided. A first switch configured to detect a first position of a safety device of an elevator. A second switch configured to detect a second position of the safety device. A controller configured to monitor a change of a state of the first switch and a change of a state of the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ari Kattainen
  • Patent number: 10112801
    Abstract: The present invention is an elevator inspection apparatus. It comprises a sensor package, a commercially available off-the-shelf computing device, a computer program, and a communication mechanism between the sensor package and the computing device. The sensor package is physically separate from the computing device, comprising a sensor for measuring the acceleration of the elevator car, a door position sensor for determining the position of the elevator door, a sensor for measuring the altitude of the elevator car, and an interface to an external communication mechanism for communicating with the computing device. The computing device includes an interface to an external communication mechanism for communicating with and providing power to the sensor package. The computer program controls the apparatus, analyzes the signals from the sensor package, displays the results of the analysis, and creates reports of the elevator performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Laszlo Madarasz, Kathleen Mary Mutch
  • Patent number: 10106374
    Abstract: A method for operating an elevator installation uses an elevator control device, wherein, by at least one sensor allocated to the elevator installation and by a sensor signal obtainable therefrom, a state of the elevator installation is automatically detected by the elevator control device. In dependence on the detected state, the elevator control device automatically generates an activation signal to automatically activate a remote signaling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Elena Cortona, Frankie Schmid
  • Patent number: 10099897
    Abstract: An elevator has a safety controller to which several safety switch arrangements are connected. The safety controller is configured to cause the stop of the elevator motor and the activation of the motor brakes. A comparator is provided in the safety controller for the determination of the status of the safety chain. The comparator is connected with a memory for storing at least one resistor reference value, which comparator is configured to output a safety chain status signal in dependence of comparison of a measured resistance value with the resistor reference value. Each of said safety switch arrangements includes at least one first resistor and a safety switch which are connected in series. The value of the first resistor is different in at least some safety switch arrangements, preferably in all safety switch arrangements. Each safety switch arrangement includes at least a second resistor connected in parallel with the safety switch, which second resistor has a higher value than the first resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti Mertala, Ari Kattainen, Claudio Donghi, Jouko Kinnari, Samu Salmelin
  • Patent number: 10023428
    Abstract: Elevator brake system and elevator brake pads having embedded a sensor arrangement so as to detect relevant parameters of an elevator brake system and elevator brake pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Lutz May
  • Patent number: 10009637
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for managing streaming of video content to a client device includes providing the video content to a content distribution network for storage in a plurality of geographically separated resources of the content distribution network and receiving, from the client device via a packet-based telecommunication network, signaling to have the stored video content streamed to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sito Mobile R&D IP, LLC
    Inventors: Charles A Jennings, Donald H. Bate
  • Patent number: 9908743
    Abstract: A system for managing power in an elevator system, the system including an elevator controller; an elevator car in communication with the controller; a component associated with the elevator car; a power management system in communication with the controller; and a database in communication with the power management system, the database including a power profile; wherein the power management system provides power commands to the elevator controller to enter a power savings mode in response to the power profile, the controller sending a power off signal to the component in response to the power command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Peter Herkel
  • Patent number: 9896304
    Abstract: A method of operating an elevator system includes presenting a credential at a security panel disposed at an elevator system landing of a public area of a building. If the presented credential is correct a contact between the security panel and an elevator control system is opened. Opening of the contact allows for placement of a call via the elevator control system for an elevator car to the landing. An elevator system includes one or more elevator cars located in one or more hoistways. An elevator control system controls movement of the elevator cars. A security panel is operably connected to the elevator control system and located at an elevator system landing. Presenting a correct credential at the security panel opens a contact between the security panel and the elevator control system thus initiating a call of an elevator car of the one or more elevator cars to the landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael P. Flynn
  • Patent number: 9875217
    Abstract: A method controls an operation of an elevator system including an elevator car moving within an elevator shaft and at least one elevator cable connected to the elevator car and the elevator shaft. The method determines, during the operation of the elevator system, a velocity of a sway of the elevator cable and modifies, in response to the determining, a damping coefficient of a semi-active damper actuator connected to the elevator cable according to a function of the velocity of the sway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Mouhacine Benosman
  • Patent number: 9834408
    Abstract: An elevator call registering system includes: a responder configure to store therein user identification information; an interrogator configured to broadcast interrogator identification information, an authentication control apparatus configured to compare the user identification information read out from the interrogator with stored user identification information, and an elevator control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideto Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9756362
    Abstract: A video streaming system comprises a plurality of servers, each of the plurality of servers including one or more processors and a memory. One or more of the plurality of servers receive video content from a video content owner and store the received video content in a plurality of geographically separated resources of a content distribution network. The one or more of the plurality of servers receive from a client device via a packet-based telecommunication network signaling to have the stored video content streamed to the client device from one or more of the resources of the content distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SITO Mobile R&D IP, LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Jennings, Donald H. Bate
  • Patent number: 9718642
    Abstract: A device for detecting the position of an elevator car (40) by a sensor and evaluation unit (20, 22, 24), accommodated in a sensor housing (10), which can be arranged on the elevator car, is designed for interaction with a strip (14) having a length and/or position coding and which is connected via a cable connection (26) to a switching unit that is accommodated separately from the sensor housing in a switching housing (12). The switching unit has a safety switch (30) and/or an interrupter contact for an emergency function, especially an emergency stop, of the elevator car. A switching device is associated with the position detecting device for inputting and storing a speed threshold value, the safety switch or interrupter contact being activated when said threshold value is reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ELGO ELECTRONIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Frank Müller, Heiko Essinger
  • Patent number: 9718641
    Abstract: A lift system comprises a call input device and at least one touchscreen for inputting a call for a lift. The touchscreen has at least one functional identifier. When a functional identifier is touched, at least one input signal is generated. The call input device converts into a special input mode for a time-specific or location-specific generation of several input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Lukas Finschi