Check-operated Device For Controlling Parking Lot Patents (Class 194/902)
  • Patent number: 10323450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cloud-based device management. In one implementation, a processing device receives one or more images captured in relation to a device, processes the one or more images to determine a presence of one or more identifiers within the one or more images, based on a determination that an identifier is present within the one or more images, processes the identifier in relation to an information repository to determine a permission status with respect to the identifier; identifies an instruction protocol associated with the device, generates an instruction corresponding to the permission status and the instruction protocol, and provides the instruction to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Igal Dvir, Yoram Hofman
  • Patent number: 10317911
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for access associated with a selected one of a plurality of autonomous vehicles in an array that comprises a plurality of columns, wherein the selected autonomous vehicle is in a first one of the columns and blocked by one or more other autonomous vehicles in the first column and one or more other autonomous vehicles in a second one of the columns, and computing coordinated movements for one or more of the autonomous vehicles to provide the requested access such that in each of the first and second columns, one or more of the autonomous vehicles in the column are moved longitudinally to move the column, and the movement of each of the first and second columns collectively creates a temporary access aisle for the selected autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10263461
    Abstract: A power system for a vehicle parking structure is disclosed. The power system comprises: a DC voltage bus arranged throughout the vehicle parking structure and configured to distribute DC power throughout the vehicle parking structure; at least one DC power source operably connected to the DC voltage bus and configured to provide DC power to the DC voltage bus; a plurality of DC loads arranged throughout the vehicle parking structure and operably connected to the DC voltage bus, the plurality of DC loads being configured to operate using DC power from the DC voltage bus; and a control system operably connected to the DC voltage bus and configured to communicate with at least one DC load in the plurality of DC loads using data signals transmitted via the DC voltage bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: John Saussele, Dusan Brhlik, Sharmila Ravula, Tim Strunck
  • Patent number: 9985390
    Abstract: An electrically groundable support surface includes a lower portion configured to be deployed on or near the surface of the earth. An electrically-conductive cover portion constructed at least partially of electrically-conductive material is configured to extend at least partially across the top surface of the lower portion and is electrically groundable to the earth. At least one electrically-conductive interface is configured to facilitate electrical connection of the support surface to another electrically-conductive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Kenneth Edward Durio
  • Patent number: 9779311
    Abstract: An integrated control system and method using a vehicle surveillance camera, the method including: receiving vehicle license plate number information obtained by analyzing an image captured using the vehicle surveillance camera, from the vehicle surveillance camera via a server; receiving time information and position information about when and where the captured image was generated, from the vehicle surveillance camera via the server; and constructing a database by referring to the vehicle license plate number information, the time information, and the position information received via the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Jin Lee, Jeong-Eun Lim, Sun-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9630617
    Abstract: A method is provided for resuming the movement of a motor vehicle after unforeseen stopping in an automated parking process performed by a parking assistance system having automated longitudinal and transverse guidance. If the vehicle is stopped, a decision is made about a resumption of movement of the vehicle in the prior direction of travel that existed before the vehicle was stopped. The decision is made in dependence on the remaining travel path from the current position to the next planned stopping point of the trajectory lying in the prior direction of travel. A stopping point of the trajectory can be a reversal point or the final parking position, for example. If the decision is positive, the movement of the vehicle is resumed in the prior direction of travel. If the decision is negative, the movement of the vehicle is resumed against the prior direction of travel. Alternatively, in the case of a negative decision, the movement of the vehicle may not be resumed and the parking process may be ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Burtsche, Thomas Velten, Rainer Schillinger, Thomas Goldmann
  • Patent number: 9607509
    Abstract: A framework for identifying parking areas from vehicle trajectory data is described herein. Vehicle trajectory data collected from a sensor network having a plurality of sensor stations for detecting vehicles is provided. The vehicle trajectory data is pre-processed to generate a tracking table of vehicles and analyzed to determine an interstation parking area between first and second sensor stations of interest based on input parameters from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Junpeng Hu, Yinling Ni, Yongxun Li, Siyi Chen, Jun Liu
  • Patent number: 9410297
    Abstract: A mechanism for reducing the speed of road traffic and corresponding speed bump. A mechanism for reducing the speed of road traffic on public thoroughfares comprising [a] a collapsible surface (1) which moves between a raised position and a lowered position, where the collapsible surface is normally in the raised position, and [b] retaining means (19) adapted to retaining the collapsible surface in the raised position. The retaining means are activated when the speed of movement of the collapsible surface is greater than a predetermined maximum speed. With this mechanism it is possible to make a speed bump for reducing the speed of road traffic comprising one or two of these mechanisms. If it comprises two mechanisms, each of them has a width of less than 1.2 m and they are spaced apart at a distance such that an automobile rides simultaneously over both mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Raül Ustrell I Mussons
  • Patent number: 9323993
    Abstract: Methods, systems and processor-readable media for identifying a vehicle for street parking management. An initial identification of one or more vehicles detected parked along a street can be generated based on one or more of a group of factors. The initial identification can be communicated to a user of the vehicle by transmitting an image indicative of the vehicle parked along the street (e.g., via a mobile communications device). An operation can then be implemented for requesting a confirmation or a non-confirmation as to whether the vehicle detected and displayed on the image is associated with the user. Upon confirmation, an operation can be implemented for identifying the at least one vehicle as the initial identification. Upon non-confirmation, an operation can be implemented to query to identify the vehicle associated with the user from among a group of vehicles displayed via the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Yao Rong Wang, David Cummins, Matthew Darst, Michael Furst, Panya Chanawangsa, Zhigang Fan
  • Patent number: 9298993
    Abstract: A method and system for on-street vehicle parking occupancy estimation via curb detection comprises training a computer system to identify a curb, evaluating image data of the region of interest to determine a region wherein a curb is visible in said region of interest, and estimating a parking occupancy of said region of interest according to said region where said curb is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Zhigang Fan, Orhan Bulan
  • Patent number: 8684158
    Abstract: An electronic parking meter mechanism for inserting into a parking meter assembly is provided. The mechanism includes an inner housing, a payment receiving structure located on the inner housing, a user input device located on the inner housing, and an electronic display screen supported by the inner housing. The mechanism includes a front shelf and a front solar panel coupled to the upper surface of the front shelf. The mechanism may also include wireless communications hardware supported by the inner housing configured to wirelessly communicate with a parking management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Duncan Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Jones, Balu Subramanya, Mike Nickolaus
  • Patent number: 7950570
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a permit-based parking environment governed by a parking program. The permit-based parking environment includes a number of parking permits each including a unique RFID tag and tag number. One or more RFID readers are used to scan the vehicles parked in the parking environment to determine if a RFID tag is associated with the parked vehicle. The results of the scan along with information related to the parked vehicle are provided to a permit management system to determine if the vehicle is parked within the scope of privileges pre-defined for that vehicle, pursuant to the parking program governing the parking environment. The permit management system stores, manages, and monitors data related to the permits controlled under the parking program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: IPT, LLC
    Inventors: Cory D. Marchasin, Patrick J. Moynihan, Josiah D. Johnson, Lawrence Berman
  • Patent number: 7898439
    Abstract: A bicycle rental system and automated station that may be integrated with an automobile parking payment and management system. Users may pay for parking and/or rent and pickup bicycles at the station. The station has a meter, bicycle docks, and power plant. Transaction formalities for parking payment and rental may be handled at the meter. The bicycle docks each are adapted to secure a bicycle. The power plant uses a solar panel to collect power and stores it in energy storage device. Low-power operation may be achieved by placing some electronics in a low-power mode. Each bicycle dock may have a trigger mechanism that when activated powers on associated electronics. The bicycle docks may be divided among a number of bicycle modules. The bicycle modules provide flexibility and modularity so that the number of bicycle docks at a station may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Isabelle Bettez, Jean-Sebastien Bettez
  • Patent number: 6917307
    Abstract: A management method and system for a parking lot utilizes multiple parking space sensors to detect the using status of each parking space. A computer is provided to connect to all parking space sensors and controls a display board that is placed at the entrance of the parking lot to show which position is available. Thus, the display board provides the guiding function to the vehicle driver that enters the parking lot. Further, the guiding function is performed by multiple modules mounted on all paths in the parking lot to identify a proper direction so that an available position is easily found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Shih-Hsiung Li
  • Patent number: 6467602
    Abstract: An electronic security system for a parking meter includes a vault door having a spring-biased contact terminal for making breakable electrical contact with a housing hinge bracket contact terminal mounted in a vault opening. An electronic lock control circuit is able to communicate with a meter control (coin counting/auditing) circuit in the meter portion of the system through the vault door/housing hinge bracket contact terminals, thus eliminating a direct cable connection between the lock circuit and the meter circuit. The spring-biased contact may be substituted by equivalent breakable electrical contacts such as optocoupler contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignees: Medeco Security Locks, Inc., J.J. Mackay Canada Limited
    Inventors: James D. Bench, David G. Lefevers, Gary Hoss, J. Michael Lumpkin, Gregory E. Chauvin
  • Patent number: 6384717
    Abstract: An unattended bicycle rental and security system, utilizing bi-directional communications with data verification between the individual bicycles and the system is provided which is equipped with an alarm, and can individually identify a number of bicycles and attribute their rental with corresponding customers. The unattended bicycle rental and security system is able to identify if a rental bicycle has sustained an impact during a rental that is sufficient to damage it and identify the customer whose care the rental bicycle was in at the time. The system also allows the integration of several rental locations allowing a bicycle to be rented at one location and returned at another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Dean R. DeVolpi
  • Publication number: 20010051531
    Abstract: This invention discloses a parking meter system having a (I) parking meter and a (ii) central system on a global computer network, wherein the parking meter is activated by the central system. The parking meter is adapted with a cellular telephone device with an embedded central processing unit with parking meter function, whereby the function interfaces with the central computer system for the purpose of activation/deactivation of the parking meter and in collection of parking fees. The invention also discloses a dual-use parking meter system where the parking meter may have a coin box, a coin insertion slot with a coin sensor, and a coin status function logic embedded in the adapted telephone device, wherein on inserting coins for parking fee payment, the central system is able to send meter use status for display in the adapted cellular telephone device's display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventors: Tara Chand Singhal, Mukunda Singhal
  • Publication number: 20010037928
    Abstract: An electronic security system for a parking meter includes a vault door having a spring-biased contact terminal for making breakable electrical contact with a housing hinge bracket contact terminal mounted in a vault opening. An electronic lock control circuit is able to communicate with a meter control (coin counting/auditing) circuit in the meter portion of the system through the vault door/housing hinge bracket contact terminals, thus eliminating a direct cable connection between the lock circuit and the meter circuit. The spring-biased contact may be substituted by equivalent breakable electrical contacts such as optocoupler contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Applicant: MEDECO SECURITY LOCKS, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Bench, David G. Lefevers, Gary Hoss, J. Michael Lumpkin, Gregory E. Chauvin
  • Patent number: 6275169
    Abstract: A parking meter includes an input device for payment and at least one indicating device for indicating a paid parking time. The indicating device has at least one visual indicator for a corresponding number of parking spaces, wherein an actuating unit with an indicator is assigned to each parking space. All indicators, the actuating devices and the input device are connected to a common control device. A sound reproduction device provides an acoustic announcement about the paid parking time. The input device is a chip card actuating device. The indicator assigned to each actuating unit is designed such that the indicator represents at least three different states, wherein a first state indicates “paid parking time running”, a second state indicates “paid parking time expired”, and a third state indicates “paid parking time expired for longer than a predetermined time”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventors: Agenor Krygler, Alicja Krygler
  • Patent number: 6243028
    Abstract: A parking meter includes a payment input device, an optical indicating device with optical indicating elements, actuating elements for a corresponding number of parking spaces provided for and interacting with the indicating elements, wherein the indicating elements, the actuating elements and the input device are connected in a common control device. An actuating key labeled “zero” is provided for initiating operation of the parking meter The optical indicating device includes a luminescent diadoe panel with indicating lights. The actuating device includes additional actuating keys. Only one indicating light is provided for each actuating key. A sound reproduction device with a loudspeaker is provided for an acoustic announcement of the paid parking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventors: Agenor Krygler, Alicja Krygler
  • Patent number: 6081206
    Abstract: A video camera mounted on a parking enforcement patrol vehicle and connected to a computer near the operator. The system is driven along a patrol route where parked vehicles are governed by a posted time limit. The system enforces the local parking regulation by automatically determining whether or not each parked car has been parked longer than the posted time limit. Violations are detected by applying a License Plate Recognition algorithm to the images. Each license plate number is time-tagged, geo-referenced and entered into a local database. When the patrol vehicle re-traces the patrol route after the posted parking time limit has expired, the database is searched to flag vehicles that were observed at the same location during the previous circuit and therefore in violation of the parking regulations. When the system detects a parking violation, it prints a parking citation that the operator affixes to the offending parked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Visionary Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Kielland
  • Patent number: 6037880
    Abstract: An integrated parking meter system automates the issuance of parking citations. Each parking meter will be equipped with a sonar range finder, mercury type switch and a two way radio that communicates via N-PCS to a host computer back at the control center. When a meter runs out of money it checks to see if a vehicle is present in the parking space. If it is, the meter notifies the host computer that there is a car illegally parked in the space. The host computer correlates the information to identify the exact location of the violator. The host computer then sends this information via wireless network to the parking meter attendants' personal communicator. The parking attendant proceeds to the violator and issues the citation. Included within this technology is the capability to remotely change the rate structure of any or all electronic parking meters. A meter diagnostic feature alerts repair personnel to specific malfunctioning meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey Charles Manion
  • Patent number: 5917407
    Abstract: An unattended, automated bicycle rental system utilizes a bicycle rental station having a locking bicycle rack and a control tower. The bicycle rack has an inventory of rental bicycles of non standard size as inventory and the bicycles are locked in place on the rack in distinct bicycle-receiving bays. The control tower incudes a credit card reader that unlocks a specific bicycle from its bay upon insertion of a bank or credit card and begins timing the period of time in which the bicycle is away from the rental station. When the bicycle is returned, it is placed into the bay and in contact with the rack so that an identification sensor can determine if it is a system bicycle and lock it in place in the rack and bill the credit card for the rental charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventors: Joshua H. M. Squire, Yuval Degani, David Blakeman
  • Patent number: 5913400
    Abstract: An entrance-control and departure-control station in which the return of the used car-park tickets to the entrance-side issuing apparatus is automated. The issuing apparatus of the entrance-control station are connected to one another via a car-park-ticket-return device. The car-park tickets which are to be returned are moved, in a pushed group, through a transporting duct which bridges a spatial distance between the issuing apparatus and the retrieval apparatus. In addition to the spatial distance bridged, a vertical ascent is also surmounted, in order that the retrieved car-park tickets running in under the action of gravity are brought once again to a higher level, from where they can be discharged again as required under the action of gravity during an issuing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Farmont Technik GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hans Farmont
  • Patent number: 5890622
    Abstract: A dispenser for disc-shaped car-park tickets which makes it possible on a permanent basis for the car-park tickets provided for issuing to be made available reliably, as required, from a supply of car-park tickets, and which is of simple design. The dispenser separates car-park tickets coming from a supply container and moves them, in a pushed group, through a transporting duct which bridges a spatial distance between the supply container and the issuing apparatus. In addition to the spatial distance bridged, a vertical ascent is also surmounted, in order that the car-park tickets can be moved into the issuing apparatus and issued from the same under the action of gravity. Further configurations of the invention can be gathered from the claims and from the following description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Farmont Technik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Farmont
  • Patent number: 5659306
    Abstract: An expired parking meter indicator with electronic components which detect the presence of a vehicle in the parking place. When a vehicle pulls into a parking place a signal is received by the parking meter which after a grace period emits a signal if no payment has been made. Furthermore, if a payment has been made and the vehicle remains in the parking place longer than the time received for the payment, a signal will also be generated. A parking control officer will be capable of receiving the signal and, thus, very efficiently citing parking violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventor: Reuben Bahar
  • Patent number: 5638302
    Abstract: A method and system to prevent auto theft from parking areas, such as airport parking lots, includes a ticket dispenser, at an entry gate, which issues a numbered ticket to each driver. The driver is advised to carry the ticket with him and not to leave it in the car. At the same time the ticket is issued, the color of the car, or its length or part of its license plate number, is automatically determined and entered into computer memory, in association with the ticket number. At the exit, the ticket is presented by the driver, read by a ticket reader, and its associated data (car color, length or license number) is retrieved from computer memory. Also at the exit, the car's color, length or part of its license plate is again automatically obtained and compared with the data retrieved from the computer memory. In the event of a mismatch, a warning signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Eliot S. Gerber
  • Patent number: 5617942
    Abstract: A low power parking meter to control two or four parking bays. A display, either by a flag-wheel or a digital display will normally indicate the status of each bay. When funds are deposited without indicating the bay to be credited, the meter will escrow the amount until a bay is chosen. The meter normally operates in an idle loop unless an individual bay is being checked or vended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: POM, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Ward, II, Gary W. Speas, R. Todd Brown
  • Patent number: 5504314
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring and/or directing system for parking areas which exhibit parking spaces. In order that the risk of theft is reduced and/if appropriate, incoming vehicles can be guided specifically to empty parking spaces, the monitoring and/or directing system is designed with at least one entrance and departure station provided for issue and retrieval of parking tickets fitted with an electronic identification element, with communicators which detect the parking tickets, there being arranged, at each parking space, at least one communicator which has a detection region directed towards the associated parking space, and with data lines via which the communicators and the entrance and departure stations are connected to a central computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Johann Farmont
  • Patent number: 5500515
    Abstract: The invention concerns a parking card to operate a barrier for pay parking. The card is in the form of a round, flat piece with a front and back, and a machine-readable data medium for storing and identifying information on the parking facility and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: Johann Farmont
  • Patent number: 5498859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a parking card which is intended for the charge-related actuation of a parking barrier and is in the form of a sheet-like plastic piece having a front side and rear side and having a machine-readable data carrier for storing car-park information and user information and, if appropriate, the entrance time and departure time. In order to provide a parking card which is easily constructed and can be handled with ease and permits the installation of an inexpensive parking service system, the invention provides that the plastic piece (1) is in the form of a round coin, on or in which there is mounted an identification and/or communication component (5) which operates in a contactless manner and comprises a chip and a data-transmission device which emits electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Farmont Technik GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Johann Farmont
  • Patent number: 5487459
    Abstract: A collection and issuing apparatus for round parking cards which exhibit an identification and/or communication element and are intended for the charge-related actuation of a parking barrier. The apparatus includes a supply container which exhibits, on the base side, a separation device for the parking cards, having an adjoining vertical shaft with at least one central guiding shaft and side shafts which branch off from the guiding shaft. The shafts exhibit a respective inclination and are intended for issuing and collecting parking cards in a rolling manner under the force of gravity. The apparatus also includes a measuring point which is located in the central shaft, intended for reading the parking cards, which are to be issued and/or collected again, and which is connected to a control device for actuating the parking barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Farmont Tecknik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Johann Farmont
  • Patent number: 5442348
    Abstract: A computerized parking meter uses an ultrasonic transducer to precisely measure the distance to a parked vehicle and to reset the parking meter to zero when the vehicle leaves. The computerized parking meter utilizes low power and may be recharged by solar power. The computerized parking meter can be programmed with differing rates, calendar days, advertising and alarms. Unlocking the coin box requires both the proper computer code and a key. When the computerized parking meter receives the proper computer code a solenoid is activated which retracts a plunger allowing the key to unlock the coin box. A coin discriminator allows only proper coins to be inserted into the meter. Audible messages and alarms can be sounded and written messages displayed. A portable terminal can communicate with a central computer to enhance collections security and identify repeat parking violators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Park-A-Tron Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Joshua Mushell
  • Patent number: 5206643
    Abstract: A system for managing a plurality of motor vehicles that are driven by different people is provided. A parking area having an entrance and an exit is provided with a data acquisition device for controlling user access, as well as a receiver that is disposed in the vicinity of a barrier and that receives vehicle operation data that is transmitted by a transmitter that is integral with the vehicle, with this data being transmitted to a central control unit that controls the barriers, the data acquisition device, and the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Manfred Eckelt
  • Patent number: 5003520
    Abstract: A time accounting system for accounting parking subject to charge periods which includes a card having an electronic memory in which each memory location can be individually and irreversibly written in order to represent a time unit credit allocated to the holder of the card. The system also includes a portable case in which the card can be inserted and which has an internal clock circuit and a coupling circuit, as well as a writing circuit. The case is designed with means for temporary storage of a time unit credit which is activable if the time credit remaining in the inserted card is less than the parking time of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Societe Internationale pour l'Innovation S.A.
    Inventors: Francois Grieu, Frederic Levy
  • Patent number: 4954840
    Abstract: An automatic ticket dispenser of the type which prints onto a ticket, as or before it is dispensed, information including that as to time and date is provided. The ticket dispenser employs an electronic time clock advantageously with a battery back-up power supply and an electronic print head such as a dot matrix print head in the path of movement of tickets being dispensed. The ticket dispenser is of a type which is particularly suitable for use at entrances to parking areas and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Latilla Holdings (Guernsey) Limited
    Inventors: John R. Maud, Allan S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 4931804
    Abstract: An automatic ticket dispenser of the type which prints onto a ticket, as or before it is dispensed, information including that as to time and date is provided. The ticket dispenser employs an electronic time clock advantageously with a battery back-up power supply and an electronic print head such as a dot matrix print head in the path of movement of tickets being dispensed. The ticket dispenser is of a type which is particularly suitable for use at entrances to parking areas and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Latilla Holdings (Guernsey) Limited
    Inventors: John R. Maud, Allan S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 4876540
    Abstract: A system for controlled meter parking of road vehicles comprising a parking meter and a portable terminal for use by a checker of the controlled meter parking. A keyboard allows drivers to enter vehicle data. A parking time limit is calculated as the function of the amount of money paid. The parking meter then stores pairs of data items, where each pair contains a vehicle data item and an associated parking time limit. In one embodiment, the amount of money is read from a memory card to allow the driver to receive credit for any time not used upon return to pick up the car. The system includes a clock for comparison with the parking time limits. When the comparison with the clock indicates that a parking time limit has expired, the associated pair of data items are deleted from the parking meter memory. A portable terminal allows a checker to enter identification data corresponding to a vehicle actually parked in one of the parking spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Flonic
    Inventors: Patrick Berthon, Christian Guion
  • Patent number: 4730285
    Abstract: An individual parking meter intended to be fitted in a vehicle so as to be visible for inspection from the outside comprises a parking time storage for storing of a prepaid parking time, a display (3) for displaying parking time information, and a switch means (7) for starting and stopping the parking meter. The parking time storage is a self-destructing disposable time storage which, after purchase of the parking meter, cannot be extended or renewed and reused. There is provided a parking zone selector (10) affecting the time consumption so that this runs in dependance on a set parking zone (9). The display (3) shows the remaining time stored in the storage (1), and thereafter the allowed parking time (8) remaining at any time in the current zone, and also the set zone (9). Preferably, the parking meter is designed as a card (6) in which the components of the parking meter are embedded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Inventor: Jon Lie
  • Patent number: 4670844
    Abstract: A novel drive-in traffic control for a bank which includes a computer for controlling the various signs, teller stations, supervisor's desk panel, sensors and a printer and which has provisions for allowing various timing to be varied with a number of control switches. Furthermore, additional teller stations and additional waiting lanes of cars can be added without rewiring the computer terminal and only additional modular wiring units need be added so as to allow additional elements and stations to be added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Actron, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Lach, Randall R. Welton
  • Patent number: RE37193
    Abstract: A low power parking meter to control two or four parking bays. A display, either by a flag-wheel or a digital display will normally indicate the status of each bay. When funds are deposited without indicating the bay to be credited, the meter will escrow the amount until a bay is chosen. The meter normally operates in an idle loop unless an individual bay is being checked or vended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: POM Incorporated
    Inventors: Seth Ward, II, Gary W. Speas, R. Todd Brown
  • Patent number: RE38626
    Abstract: A video camera mounted on a parking enforcement patrol vehicle and connected to a computer near the operator. The system is driven along a patrol route where parked vehicles are governed by a posted time limit. The system enforces the local parking regulation by automatically determining whether or not each parked car has been parked longer than the posted time limit. Violations are detected by applying a License Plate Recognition algorithm to the images. Each license plate number is time-tagged, geo-referenced and entered into a local database. When the patrol vehicle re-traces the patrol route after the posted parking time limit has expired, the database is searched to flag vehicles that were observed at the same location during the previous circuit and therefore in violation of the parking regulations. When the system detects a parking violation, it prints a parking citation that the operator affixes to the offending parked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Visionary Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Kielland