Time Analysis Patents (Class 235/377)
  • Patent number: 10235657
    Abstract: A system and method to track time and attendance of an individual at a workplace is provided. The system includes a location tracking system that detects a presence of a portable electronic device carried by the individual, a time clock system that records a registration time of the individual at the workplace, and a main controller. If the main controller receives an electronic communication indicative that the portable electronic device is at the workplace, and if the main controller does not detect recording of the individual registration time at the time clock system, and if the main controller detects a current time at or later than a start time of a scheduled work shift time period of the individual at the workplace, then main controller automatically causes an alert at the portable electronic device prompting the individual to transmit a feedback signal acknowledging need to record the registration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: API Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Dickerson, Jonathan Michael Tallon, Gary Charles Sutcliffe
  • Patent number: 10229375
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for monitoring recurring activities. In one embodiment, activity data, worker data, and location data can be analyzed to identify segments of interest. The identified segments can then be provided for an interface for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Davidson, Christopher T. Schenken
  • Patent number: 10083489
    Abstract: In some examples, a payment service may enable employees to be paid after every work shift. After a payroll payment for a first work shift, however, corrections to the amount of the payroll payment may be provided by the employer. When corrections reveal that an overpayment has occurred, at least a portion of the overpayment is deducted from the payroll payment for a second work shift that is subsequent to the first work shift. In some cases, the entire overpayment may be deducted from the payroll payment for the second work shift. In other cases, the overpayment may be deducted in installments from each of multiple subsequent payroll payments, which correspond respectively to work shifts that are subsequent to the first work shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Nathoo, James Colin Brady, Caroline Hollis, Connor H. Dunn
  • Patent number: 10074060
    Abstract: A system and method to track time and attendance of an individual at a workplace is provided. The system includes a location tracking system that detects a presence of a portable electronic device carried by the individual, a time clock system that records clock-out registration time of the individual at the workplace, and a main controller. If the main controller receives an electronic communication indicative that the portable electronic device is located at a predefined break or non-work area, and if the main controller does not detect recording of the individual clock-out registration time at the time clock system, then main controller automatically causes an alert at the portable electronic device prompting the individual to transmit a feedback signal acknowledging need to record the clock-out registration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: API Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Jill Bares, Christopher Daute, Jonathan Tallon, Gregory Bodden, Emanuel Gagliardi
  • Patent number: 9953303
    Abstract: A system and method to manage employee time at a set of job sites. A time management system comprises a server in communications with a database in which a set of job site data is stored. An employee device application is installed on a set of employee devices. The set of employee devices are in communication with the server through the employee device application. The set of employee devices collect a set of time punch data and a set of photos from the set of employees at check-in events and check-out events. The set of time punch data and the set of photos are sent to the server and stored in the database with the set of job site data. A supervisor management application is installed on a set of supervisor devices to monitor the set of job site data, validate photos and activate employee devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZR Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Rocky Cherry, Zack Cherry, David Hess
  • Patent number: 9940607
    Abstract: A system and method for recording electronic attendance, comprising the steps of: establishing, by a mobile device, a communication link between a server and the mobile device; activating, an application of the mobile device via an verification process; upon activation of the application, detecting and identifying, by the application, a checkpoint station carrying information relating to a checkpoint identifier; establishing, by the mobile device, a communication link between the checkpoint station and the mobile device for data transmission; reading, by the application, information relating to the checkpoint identifier from the checkpoint station; generating, by the application, an encrypted attendance record; transmitting, by the application, the encrypted attendance record to the server via the communication network; decrypting, by a decoder of the server, the encrypted attendance record; and updating, by the server, the record to an attendance report of an account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: INFORSTANDARD SDN BHD
    Inventor: Kok Loong Pang
  • Patent number: 9881485
    Abstract: A system for providing device-based hygiene reminders, alarms, and reporting is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize a mobile device capable of wirelessly communicating with a peripheral wearable reader. Prior to a user entering an area, the system may include prompting the user to scan a first tag using the wearable reader. A signal may be sent to the mobile device that alerts the user to perform a hygiene-related action prior to entering the area. At the time of performing the hygiene-related action, the system may require the reader to scan a second tag in proximity to a device associated with the hygiene-related action to disable the alert. After the scanning the second tag, the user may be allowed to enter the area. Information related to the performance of the hygiene-related action may be tracked and utilized to generate reports for assessing compliance with hygiene protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Julio Hajdenberg
  • Patent number: 9836898
    Abstract: Systems and methods of securing access control systems are provided. Some methods can include sensing an authorized access card, sensing a directional movement of the access card, determining whether the directional movement of the access card is consistent with authorized movement of the access card, and based on the determination, allowing or denying access to a secured area. In this manner, even if an access card is obtained by an unauthorized user, the unauthorized user will not be able to gain access to a secured region because he will not know the direction to move the access card when presenting the card to a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Li Ouyang, Zhaocheng Sheng
  • Patent number: 9728162
    Abstract: When settlement terminal device performs a settlement process with a settlement destination device (for example, an acquirer or a settlement processor), settlement terminal device displays a screen regarding the settlement process on display unit of touch panel and detects an input operation of important key input reception icon displayed on display unit. CPU determines whether an input operation with respect to this important key input reception icon, that is, an operation for selecting important key input reception icon and dragging and dropping important key input reception icon to YES icon has been performed. When a drag and drop operation of important key input reception icon is detected, CPU executes content of the input operation with respect to important key input reception icon, and transmits a settlement processing request to the settlement destination device. Settlement terminal device facilitates the operator being conscious of an operation with respect to a specific target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Sasaki, Yoshihide Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9710673
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a program that synchronizes a keychain stored on a device with a set of other devices. The keychain includes a set of keychain items. The program receives (1) a list of keychain items for updating the keychain stored on the device and (2) data representing the keychain items specified in the list of keychain items. For each keychain item in the list of keychain items, the program updates the keychain stored on the device with the data that represents the keychain item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Brouwer, Dallas B. De Atley, Mitchell D. Adler
  • Patent number: 9536118
    Abstract: A card reader performing a wireless communication with a card includes a first pulse generation unit generating a first detection pulse for detecting the card, a second pulse generation unit generating a plurality of second detection pulses for detecting the card, or a plurality of communication pulses for communicating with the card, and a card detection unit for sensing a card being detected by the first detection pulse or the second detection pulses. In the case that the card is not sensed through the first detection pulse, the second pulse generation unit generates the second detection pulses using the communication pulses and senses the card using the second detection pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunjae Kang, Junho Kim, Iljong Song, Sangchan Park
  • Patent number: 9330203
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for presenting event feedback information regarding participants to an event. A first radio of a first participant device carried by a first participant receives a first checkpoint communication from a checkpoint device at a first checkpoint located along a first course of the event. The first checkpoint communication includes a first checkpoint identifier and a first event time reflecting when the first participant crossed the first checkpoint. A first checkpoint event time is determined based upon the first checkpoint identifier and the first event time. Also, the first checkpoint event time is displayed on the first participant device. Further, a checkpoint device and an event server may be used to in presenting the event feedback information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric C. Rosen, Susan M. Hennenfent, Harleen K. Gill, Beth A. Brewer, Matthew K. Anderson, Vincent M. Kemler, Natalie A. DePratt, Lauren K. Leung, Hemish Parikh
  • Patent number: 9035773
    Abstract: A tag includes an integrated circuit thereon, including memory, antenna means for RF transmission of data acquired by the integrated circuit, a sensor sensing environmental conditions to which the sensor is subjected, the sensor providing signals based on the environmental conditions to the integrated circuit, a thermistor device of increasing the accuracy of the tag by confining on-board calculation data to a resistance domain and leaving conversion of the data to a temperature domain for an external device once the data is retrieved from the tag's memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC TRACKING
    Inventors: Michael Petersen, Alan Wilson, Dean Brotzel
  • Patent number: 9030299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprise at least one data processing element with slow response (5), wherein the method controls the at least one reader (1) to continuously communicate with one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5). The invention further relates to a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprises at least one slow response element (5), wherein the system is capable to continuously communicate with at least one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Scherabon, Bernhard Gruber
  • Patent number: 9007183
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-Hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 8981907
    Abstract: A system to multiplex antennas for radio-frequency communication uses one or more antenna shorting circuits to selectively enable RF communication via one of a plurality of antenna matching networks. The system is cost-efficient compared to alternatives. The RF communication includes read and/or read/write communication with, e.g., radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven David Lavache
  • Patent number: 8960535
    Abstract: A system and method for using RFID technology to track resource performance and task completion is disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a system for facilitating a transaction comprising a transponder, an RF reader, a transaction completion system, and a resource engine. In another exemplary embodiment, the transponder system is configured to provide an account number in ISO/IEC 7816 magnetic stripe Track1/Track 2 format. In accordance with another aspect the transponder may transmit to the RFID reader information identifying the resource's performance tracking account to which the transponder is associated. The RFID reader may receive and forward the information to facilitate performance tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: III Holdings 1, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Barnes, David S. Bonalle, Peter D. Saunders
  • Patent number: 8952787
    Abstract: An archive apparatus is provided for storing and archiving laboratory samples including radio frequency identification means. The apparatus comprises a support structure or cabinet (4), a drawer (6) translatable in a translation direction (12) into and out of the support structure (4), and sample support means comprising ribs (8) associated with the drawer (6) for supporting an array (10) of samples or slides (20) spaced along the translation direction (12) for movement with the drawer (6). A radio frequency reader antenna (14) is connected to the support structure (4) adjacent to the drawer (6) and recording means (34, 38) are adapted to operatively communicate with the reader antenna (14) to store information obtained from the radio frequency identification means of laboratory samples or slides (20) supported by the drawer (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Fergus Hughes
  • Patent number: 8941699
    Abstract: A time recorder includes a first sensor that detects the side edge of a time card having a cut-out formed at at least one corner of the bottom, a second sensor that detects the bottom of the time card, and a card feeding unit that feeds the time card. When the time card is fed by this card feeding unit, a pulse counter of the card feeding unit counts the number of pulses of predetermined pulse signals after the first sensor detects the time card and until the second sensor detects the time card. Next, the front and back faces of the time card are determined based on the number of pulses that is a counting result. Hence, the front and back faces can be determined by the first sensor and the second sensor only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Precision Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Gokita, Ryuji Okuyama
  • Patent number: 8941471
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) multiplexer, which may be in a network, interprets an RF signal from an RFED reader as RFE) tag interrogation data. A single cable directs an RF signal from the RFID reader and RF control signals and/or RF power through the multiplexer. An RF sampler may be coupled to the cable; and an RF detector detects the RF signal from the cable via the RF sampler. A data decoder decodes and interprets the RF signal as the RFID tag interrogation data and forwards the RFID tag interrogation data to a control logic circuit as a MUX channel-change command. The logic circuit and decoder may be combined in a microcontroller, and an RF backscatter modulator coupled to the cable enables reverse communication with the RFID reader to determine whether another RFID multiplexer is coupled to the RFID multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8937531
    Abstract: An RFID system has an active tag with one antenna inside, and one outside, an RF-blocking enclosure having a port with a selected shortest dimension. The RFID reader is located outside the enclosure and uses a selected RF read frequency range. The RFID tag simultaneously transmits on a plurality of frequencies corresponding to respective wavelengths smaller than the selected shortest dimension, so that a respective beat frequency is defined between two of the frequencies. The beat frequency is within the selected RF uplink frequency range. The tag transmits a first signal at a first one of the plurality of frequencies using the interior antenna and a second signal at a second, different one of the plurality of frequencies using the exterior antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Donald Saul Rimai, Mark P. Hinman
  • Publication number: 20140346224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to assisting patients in the taking of medication, and to assisting third parties in accumulating information regarding patient medication intake. The invention may be embodied a system including a portable medication monitor used in association with an instrumented medication package to provide intake data acquisition and patient support functions. The system may further be connected to a computer or computer network allowing information distribution between the medication monitor and third parties, such as physicians or pharmacists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: DDMS Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Niemiec, Louis M. Heidelberger
  • Patent number: 8896421
    Abstract: A wide area radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes: a first RFID cell and a second RFID cell. The first RFID cell and the second RFID cell each include a reader and tags. The readers access the tags using ultra-wide band signaling. The RFID cells each include: a communications interface operable to communicate with a network operations center, and a communications gateway which supports direct communications between RFID cells. The method includes accessing the second RFID cell from the first RFID cell, and the accessing is performed using the communications gateway that can cover a range of at least five hundred meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zebra Enterprise Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Gideon Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20140339300
    Abstract: A ticket-token and a ticket-card respectively have a displaying module. The displaying module is mounted on a token body or a card body. The displaying module has an indicator for displaying a parking time. When a user obtains the ticket-token or the ticket-card from a ticket machine, the user can know the parking time by viewing the indicator. Hence, the user can accurately know the parking time anytime during the parking duration for time management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Chien-Shuo CHEN
  • Patent number: 8881974
    Abstract: The invention concerns a secure electronic entity (11) containing a time measuring unit (18) and comprising a unit (21) for certifying an information concerning a date or a time interval, the certifying unit (21) receiving from the time measuring unit (18) data concerning the date or the time interval and producing certification data of the information concerning a date or a time interval addressed to and external entity. The invention is applicable in particular to microcircuit cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oberthur Technologies
    Inventors: Paul Dischamp, Christophe Giraud
  • Patent number: 8844014
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for accessing a document-processing device is provided. A request to access the document-processing device is received by the document-processing device. For example, the request may be a request to configure the document-processing device or a request to produce an electronic copy of a document. The document-processing device reads authentication data from an authentication token, which is a portable physical object associated with the user that issued the request. For example, the authentication token may be a proximity card, a common access card (CAC), a smart card, a credit card, a driver's license, or a cell phone. The document-processing device determines, based on the authentication data, whether the user has sufficient user access privileges to perform the request. If user has sufficient user access privileges to perform of the request, then the document-processing device performs the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiang Hong, Ke Wei
  • Publication number: 20140239062
    Abstract: Dosing times for medication may be tracked by taking into account preset dosing sequences and when users indicate that they have taken the medication. The medication may also be kept in its original container. An encoder disk may be attached to a medicine container. The encoder disk may be encoded with a dosing frequency that indicates how frequently the medication should be taken, as well as any other desired information. A base station may be configured to accept and hold one or more medicine containers. The base station may be configured to read the encoded dosage from the encoder disk, an RFID tag, a barcode, or another component capable of conveying dosing information, and detect when the medicine container is removed from and placed on the base station. The base station may also include various indicators of its current state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Lloyd Cleveland Nurse, Darien Okinza Nurse
  • Patent number: 8797162
    Abstract: A detection unit positioned on a package includes a magnet, a first magnetic switch, a second magnetic switch, a processor, and a clock. The first magnetic switch outputs a first control signal or a second control signal according to magnetic flux density of the magnet. The second magnetic switch outputs a third control signal or a fourth control signal according to the magnetic flux density of the magnet. The first control signal is the same as the third control signal; the second control signal is the same as the fourth control signal. When the processor receives the first control signal and the third control signal at the same time, the processor reads a first real-time clock (RTC) signal from the clock. When the processor receives the second control signal and the fourth control signal at the same time, the processor reads a second RTC signal from the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Pei Chang, Zong-Yuan Sun, Da-Hua Xiao
  • Patent number: 8791794
    Abstract: Methods and devices for enabling a user to obtain item information relating to an item (10), the item having associated therewith an item identification means (12) and an RFID response means (14) arranged to provide a predetermined response on being subjected to a currently applicable trigger signal; the method comprising steps of: establishing from the item identification means (12) item identification information; using the item identification information to determine from an item information source (30) a currently applicable trigger signal for the RFID response means (14); subjecting the RFID response means (14) to the currently applicable trigger signal; receiving a predetermined response from the RFID response means (14); and using the predetermined response to obtain item information from the item information source (30); wherein the RFID response means (14) is arranged to generate a new currently applicable trigger signal and a new predetermined response associated therewith following subjecting of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: British Telecommunications PLC
    Inventors: Andrea Soppera, Trevor Burbridge
  • Patent number: 8782756
    Abstract: A time clock 10, capable of outputting a datum to an USB memory 100 connected thereto, includes a controller authenticating whether or not the USB memory 100 is valid an external apparatus as an output destination to which the datum is output, and determining whether or not the datum is output on the basis of the authentication result. Further, the controller 25 authenticates an external apparatus on the basis of an authentication datum stored in the USB memory 100. The controller 25 performs the authentication on the basis of an identification datum of the time clock and an identification datum included in the authentication datum stored in the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Precision Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Ozawa, Koji Ehara
  • Patent number: 8768775
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles for automating the process of registering a product purchased by a consumer from a merchant in a purchase transaction. Product data including product identification data is obtained from a merchant electronic point of sale system as the consumer checks out. The product data is then automatically transmitted to a product registration system, such as via a consumer's mobile communication device having a product registration app. An auto-registration database is accessed to see if auto-registration is available for the product. If auto-registration is available for the product, then a request is made to the consumer to authorize auto-registration for the product. If the consumer accepts the auto-registration, then consumer data, such as the consumer name and contact information, is sent to the product registration system. The product registration system then creates a product registration record using the product data and the consumer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Colin John Roper, Christian Gregory Dalit
  • Patent number: 8698601
    Abstract: A method for card-reading anti-collision with automatic frequency hopping is provided, which is used for a system in which a card reader simultaneously reads a plurality of cards in radio frequency identification technologies. The method comprises: both the card reader and the cards to be read are configured to have an automatic frequency-sweep function and a function of hopping from a current channel to another channel, and to store access addresses and transaction addresses; when the card reader is in a frequency-hopping card-seeking state, it is in an n-channel frequency-hopping working state, in which, the access address of each channel is the same, and the card reader reads the cards by means of hopping frequencies in a sequence iteratively through n channels. When the card reader detects that two or more cards collide, the card reader sends a command of random frequency hopping, making all the conflicting cards to hop to other channels randomly and to wait to access those channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nationz Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yingtong Sun, Jianhui Liu
  • Patent number: 8686834
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-Seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 8680963
    Abstract: A method of providing a service at a remote terminal including receiving information broadcast by a commercial radio station in a broadcast radio channel; discriminating an identifier of an application within the received broadcast information; initiating an authentication process for authenticating broadcast information received via the broadcast channel; and in response to a positive authentication, enabling use of information received via the broadcast radio channel by the identified application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Rowse
  • Patent number: 8682731
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed for motivating customer participation in an electronic receipt program. Within the method, a point-of-sale transaction may be initiated. The transaction may involve a computer system comprising a point-of-sale system and a customer possessing a mobile computing device. The computer system may generate receipt data documenting the transaction and deliver the receipt data to the mobile computing device in electronic format. The computer system may further determine an amount of paper saved by delivering the receipt data in electronic format rather than as a paper receipt and pass the amount to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8680966
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for radio frequency identification provides a modulated illumination signal containing a sequence of bits configured to illuminate a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, The illumination signal is received at the RFID tag, rectified to generate a wake signal for waking a processor which is subsequently powered by a battery. The received illumination signal is sampled and subjected to a thresholding process. Mobile telephone band interference is countered by correlating the sampled illumination signal to determine its bit sequence and then correlating the bit sequence against a predetermined key. An identification signal from the RFID tag is sent in response to a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: FP Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore D. Geiszler, Paul G. Saldin, Eric W. Lofstad
  • Patent number: 8674808
    Abstract: A dual mode interrogation is carried out by sending narrow band radio frequency interrogation (RFID) signal for narrow band RFID communication units, the narrow band signal comprising substantially continuous periods, and by sending a high data rate RFID interrogation signal during the substantially continuous periods of the narrow band RFID signal so that two different types of RFID communication units are interrogated substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Joni Jorma Marius Jantunen, Jaakko Valtteri Varteva, Juha-Matti Mikael Tuupola
  • Patent number: 8669850
    Abstract: A reader and method for adjusting the transmission time of a continuous wave (CW), wherein the method comprises setting an initial value for a response waiting time, sending the CW to a tag after sending a command to the tag and waiting for a response from the tag, judging whether the response from the tag is received within the response waiting time. If the response from the tag is received within the response waiting time, then sending of the CW is stopped and the response waiting time is adjusted. If the response from the tag is still not received beyond the response waiting time, then sending of the CW is stopped. The time for the reader to wait for a response from the tag is far less than 20 ms. Consequently, a command failure can be found early, so as to improve the processing efficiency of an RFID system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hui Li, Yong Yuan, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8665074
    Abstract: RFID tags, ICs for RFID tags, and methods are provided. In some embodiments, an RFID tag includes a memory with multiple sections, and a processing block. The processing block may map one of these sections, or another of these sections, for purposes of responding to a first command from an RFID reader. As such, an RFID tag can operate according to the data stored in the section mapped at the time. In some embodiments, a tag can even transition from mapping one of the sections to mapping another of the sections. This can amount to the tag exhibiting alternative behaviors, and permits hiding data on the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Theron Stanford, Scott A. Cooper, Chad A. Lindhorst, Kambiz Rahimi, Harley K. Heinrich, Gregory T. Kavounas
  • Patent number: 8667293
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving a revocation list from a remote data server at a configuration device. The revocation list includes N cryptographic certificates associated with N computer software entities, respectively, that are not to be executed by any of a group of medical devices including a handheld medical device. N is an integer greater than or equal to zero The method further includes receiving data from the handheld medical device at the configuration device. The data includes a cryptographic certificate that is associated with a given computer software entity that is presently installed in memory of the handheld medical device for execution by the handheld medical device. The method further includes comparing the cryptographic certificate with the revocation list; and selectively executing a protective function by the configuration device when the cryptographic certificate is the same as one of the N cryptographic certificates of the revocation list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Birtwhistle, James Tenbarge, Ulrich Porsch, Kai-Oliver Schwenker, Eric Rachner
  • Patent number: 8653970
    Abstract: A security method that includes defining rules specifying permitted movements of passengers in a transportation terminal. Passengers entering the terminal may be issued a boarding pass having a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag attached thereto. The location of the RFID tag may be measured and responsive to the measured location of the RFID tag, a violation of at least one of the rules by the passenger may be detected. An action with respect to the detected violation may be taken. The rules may define a region that is forbidden for access, a region in which the passengers are expected to be in motion, a region in which the passengers are expected not to be stationary for more than a given time period, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Verint Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon Hazzani
  • Publication number: 20140042221
    Abstract: A system is described for determining a relative location of a plurality of items upon a plurality of platforms. The system may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory may store a first item, a second item, a first period of time and a second period of time. The interface may be operative to communicate with a user and an antenna. The antenna may be able to detect an item for a period of time. The processor may be operative to receive from the antenna, via the interface, the first item, the first period of time, the second item and the second period of time. The processor may determine whether the periods of time overlap. If the periods of time overlap the processor may communicate to the user that the items are upon the same platform, otherwise that the items are on consecutive platforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Oliver KRENER, Loic J FEINBIER, Lars SCHITTKO
  • Patent number: 8604908
    Abstract: Logic is included in a piece of active storage furniture such that the active storage furniture integrates articles stored thereby into a representation of information about those articles. The logic includes (i) sensors to identify individual articles stored by the furniture and respective locations of the articles and (ii) display elements capable of incorporating selected individual ones of the articles as separate and individual components of a collective representation of information about the selected articles. In response to queries about the articles, the articles themselves are integrated into a representation of information about the articles. For example, a wine rack includes RFID and LEDs in each of a number of storage cells or cubbies and illuminates each cubby according to information about the wine stored in the cubby in response to a query for such information (e.g., show me all wine color-coded by region).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ThingM Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Kuniavsky, Tod E. Kurt
  • Patent number: 8604902
    Abstract: A communication system includes a first information processing device, a plurality of processing portions, a storage portion, and a second information processing device. The first information processing device includes a processing command transmission portion that transmits to the second information processing device, by non-contact communication, a processing command that includes one of a plurality of identification information items. Each of the processing portions is uniquely associated with one of the identification information items. The storage portion stores a correspondence information item that indicates a correspondence between one of the identification information items and one of the processing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: FeliCa Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitsugi Iwahashi, Taro Kurita, Jinichi Morimura
  • Patent number: 8590778
    Abstract: Data obtained by a tachograph and stored in a memory of the tachograph in a first memory region in a predetermined first data format is processed according to a predetermined processing rule and is stored in a predetermined second data format, which differs from the predetermined first data format, in a second memory region. At least part of the data stored previously in the second memory region is read depending on an inquiry of an external reading unit in relation to the tachograph and is put out via a data interface of the tachograph while maintaining the predetermined second data format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lindinger, Winfried Rogenz, Jan Schl├╝ter
  • Patent number: 8587411
    Abstract: RFID reader systems, readers, components, software and methods cause RFID tags to backscatter a combination made from at least portions of a first code and a second code, without transmitting any commands in the interim. The first and/or second codes may include a tag response to a reader challenge. In a number of embodiments, a separate command does not have to be sent for reading the second code along with the first code, thereby saving time in inventorying the tags. Plus, the combination can enable reading tag codes during tag manufacturing that are not otherwise readily available to read in the field. In some embodiments, the combination may further include one or more error-checking codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 8587414
    Abstract: The wireless information and safety system for mines of the present invention enables continuously tracking and monitoring underground miners and moveable equipment in underground mines using ZigBee-enabled active RFID devices forming a wireless network among them and other static and mobile ZigBee devices placed at strategic locations. The present invention provides a wireless information and safety system for mines comprises in combination of ZigBee-compliant devices (programmable to operate as end devices, routers and coordinators by hardware specific embedded software) and wireless sensor network (WSN) software having various application modules both for underground and opencast mines. Use of the system of the present invention would help in identifying the miners entering in underground mine to keep the track of the miners and maintain computerized attendance. This would help in monitoring equipment locations and their operation to improve productivity and reduce fatal collision accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Lakshmi Kanta Bandyopadhyay, Swades Kumar Chaulya, Pankaj Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 8576050
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) tag assemblies and methods having an RFID semiconductor chip, a conductor and an antenna, the RFID semiconductor chip has an antenna interface mounted on a mounting surface of a mounting substrate and a predetermined operating frequency, the conductor is electrically coupled to the antenna interface of the RFID semiconductor chip, and the antenna is electrically coupled to the conductor and includes a first radiating element lying in a first plane and a second radiating element lying in a second plane that is at an angle relative to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8570156
    Abstract: A Pluggable small form-factor UHF Radio Frequency ID reader having in an enclosure: a host CPU; volatile memory; non-volatile memory; power inputs; digital circuitry comprising the CPU and supporting components; analog circuitry comprising power and Radio Frequency components; one or more antennas; networking components; user interface components; debug and test components; WiFi subsystem; Radio Frequency ID subsystem; wherein said enclosure comprises thermal dissipation capacity, radio frequency transparency with WiFi and Radio Frequency ID antennas, provides protection from physical and radiofrequency forces, is mountable to an AC outlet and can also be mounted flush to a solid wall or surface or at an angle to a solid wall or surface, connectable to PoE or DC inputs, having a capacity to convert AC/DC current; Radio Frequency ID setting configurable, employs intelligent filtering and smoothing algorithms and transmits only relevant summarized information back over a network, and permits firmware management
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Quake Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Barvick, Pattabhiraman Krishna, Hiroto Shibuya
  • Patent number: 8566167
    Abstract: A retailer computer system receives from a first computing device a shopping recap having data indicative of one or more products that were shown to a customer by the sales associate while the customer was within a retail establishment. The received shopping recap is stored within a data repository where it is linked to a customer identifier that is associated with the customer and an associate identifier that is associated with the sale associate. If the customer later purchases a product, data indicative of the product being purchased is compared against data within any shopping recap that is linked to that customer to determine if a sales associate that is also linked to any shopping recap linked to that customer is to be awarded a commission for the product being purchased. The purchase of the product by the customer may further generate a digital receipt where the digital receipt includes a notice that the customer is being awarded an incentive, such as a coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Leena Munjal