Wake Up (all Call) Patents (Class 340/10.33)
  • Patent number: 11758036
    Abstract: A wireless, programmable system, including one or more sensors devices, a controller device, and a wireless communication link that operationally connects the sensor device to the controller device(s). The system may alert when a sensor device and controller device exceed a predetermined threshold of distance and/or time. Controller device(s) may also be, or in addition to, a handheld computer device, such as a smartphone. In some other embodiments, the system may be used to detect body positions and/or train a user to achieve desired postures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventor: Andrew Nichols
  • Patent number: 11751137
    Abstract: A wireless access point, a terminal device, and a method for waking up a terminal device by a wireless access point. The terminal device includes a primary radio frequency circuit and a wake-up radio (WUR) radio frequency circuit. The WUR radio frequency circuit only receives a radio signal and operates on a specified channel. If the WUR radio frequency circuit receives a wake-up frame on the specified channel and the terminal device is a to-be-woken-up terminal device, the WUR radio frequency circuit wakes up the primary radio frequency circuit. The wake-up frame includes an identifier of the to-be-woken-up terminal device. The primary radio frequency circuit operates on an operating channel of the primary radio frequency circuit after being woken up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventors: Chenhe Ji, Yan Zhuang, Yungui Wang
  • Patent number: 11734538
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for low power radio devices. A first radio-based computing devices emits wireless power signals which are received by a plurality of second radio-based devices. A sensor controller of the one or more second radio-based devices determines if an interrupt signal is to be transmitted to an associated at rest microcontroller, to cause the microcontroller to prepare to receive or emit a radio information signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Inventor: David Trandal
  • Patent number: 11557160
    Abstract: An actuation handle (4) for attaching to an outside of a door (2) has an access control system designed to control a motorized lock, that contains an evaluation unit and a reader (8) for reading and identifying a transponder located in a first detection range (12) defined by the reader (8). The reader (8) is integrated in the actuation handle (4). There is also a sensor (10) for detecting an object located in a second detection range (14) defined by the sensor (10), which is coupled to the evaluation unit and integrated in the actuation handle (4). The sensor (10) is located on a first section (16) of the actuation handle (4), and the second detection range (14) extends outward from the first section (16). The evaluation unit is configured to activate the sensor (10) to detect an object in the second detection range (14) after identifying a transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: HOPPE AG
    Inventors: Christian Josef Stephan Zeus, Oliver Erich Rudolf Schuberth, Kilian Günther Englert, Simon Pedross
  • Patent number: 11548175
    Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a power tool. The system includes a handpiece having a power tool, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, and a wireless transceiver. The system also includes a power pack having an electric motor driving the power tool. The power pack also includes a wireless transceiver, an RFID reader, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media having computer-executable instructions for pairing the handpiece to the power pack. When executed by at least one processor, the computer-executable instructions cause the at least one processor to: interrogate the RFID tag with the RFID reader; receive an RFID signal from the RFID tag including identifying information for the handpiece; store the unique identifying information for the handpiece at the power pack; and, based on receipt of the unique identifying information, complete wireless pairing of the handpiece to the power pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Hantover, Inc.
    Inventors: Traig William Savage, Ronald J. Curnett, Jeremy S. Loy, Philip George Bright
  • Patent number: 11527141
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring an environment and generating data in response to the presence of at least one chemical hazardous to human health in the environment. The monitoring system is configured to communicate the data to an associated personal communication device or the like for processing. The monitoring system can be in the form a selectively attachable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Gregory J. Hummer
  • Patent number: 11503545
    Abstract: Embodiments of a backscatter communication system and methods of using the system are disclosed. The system may comprise a backscatter node, comprising: an antenna circuit; and a wake-up circuit coupled to the antenna circuit. The wake-up circuit may be configured to, using pattern correlation, identify at least one predefined waveform within a radio frequency signal and in response to the identification, enable a receiver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Mohamadtaghi Katan Baf Nezhad, Vivek Jain
  • Patent number: 11409973
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a radio frequency identification (RFID) device is provided, comprising a first power domain, a second power domain, a first processing unit, and a second processing unit, wherein the first processing unit is configured to execute one or more first operations and the second processing unit is configured to execute one or more second operations, wherein the first operations output intermediate data which are used as input for the second operations, and wherein the first processing unit is configured to operate in the first power domain and the second processing unit is configured to operate in the second power domain, said first power domain having a larger amount of available power than the second power domain. In accordance with further aspects of the present disclosure, a corresponding method of operating a radio frequency identification (RFID) device is conceived, and a corresponding computer program is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Feldhofer, Franz Amtmann, Peter Thüringer
  • Patent number: 11403592
    Abstract: Example implementations described herein are directed to an asset management system configured to facilitate real-time inventory recognition with image analysis tagged with positional information. The example implementations described herein also provide the method and process to improve the accuracy of the pipe detection for counting with various approaches. Referring the expected number of the pipes, example implementations utilize the pipe detection algorithm, as well as the bounding box of the pipe stack, use the knowledge of the physical size of the pipe stack, and analyze a pipe stack from the images of two directions at the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Maeki, Manish Gupta, Yuki Watanabe, Chandrasekar Venkatraman, Nam Huyn, Ravigopal Vennelakanti
  • Patent number: 11354522
    Abstract: A method and system for obtaining wire information, includes a RFID tag, a RFID reader, and a data center. The RFID tact obtains the sensing information of the wire and transmits the sensing information and identification information of the RFID tag. The RFID reader transmits high-frequency electromagnetic waves to trigger the RFID tact and transmits and receives sensing information and identification information sent by the RFID tag. The data center is communicatively connected with the RFID reader and determines the type of the received sensing information based on the received sensing information and identification information for data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Zhi-Cheng Yu, Xin-Yue Lin
  • Patent number: 11200387
    Abstract: RFID tags may compensate for non-RFID power sources by automatically enforcing data or state persistence even while powered. A tag may measure a time interval between successive detected modulated reader transmissions. If the interval exceeds a minimum time, then the tag may deassert a protocol flag, erase data, and/or change tag operating states, even if the tag would normally not perform these actions while powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Theron Stanford, Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 11184944
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to wireless communication. In some aspects, a user equipment (UE) may receive information identifying a set of wakeup configurations for discontinuous reception; detect one of: wakeup information, or a first part of the wakeup information and a second part of the wakeup information, wherein the wakeup information identifies a wakeup configuration of the set of wakeup configurations; and perform a transmission or reception based at least in part on the wakeup configuration. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorproated
    Inventors: Wooseok Nam, Tao Luo
  • Patent number: 11176830
    Abstract: A vehicle location tracking system comprises a plurality of transceivers, a coordinator, and a plurality of identification tags. The plurality of identification tags are coupled to a fleet of vehicles to be tracked. The transceivers measure the strength of a signal emitted by an identification tag coupled to a vehicle and communicate the measured signal strength to the coordinator. The indoor vehicle location tracking system estimates the location of the vehicle based on the measured signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jason A. Rivera, Jason A. Fox, David Grimwood
  • Patent number: 11057834
    Abstract: A low power wake on radio circuit detects if an RF signal is present on an input to the wake on radio circuit. An RF sense circuit supplies an RF sense signal indicating whether the RF signal is present on the input. The RF sense signal is used to incrementally turn on digital decode logic to determine if a radio transmission that is unique to the wake on radio circuit has been received. If the unique radio transmission have been received, the wake on radio circuit supplies a wakeup signal to the rest of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Pio Balmelli, Praveen Vangala, John M. Khoury
  • Patent number: 10839172
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label system comprising a plurality of electronic shelf labels is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Tingler, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Alvin Scott Taulbee, Thomas E. Stiefel
  • Patent number: 10784905
    Abstract: To provide a communication device that can suppress radio wave interference in communication using a plurality of frequency signals in a simply method, a communication device includes a first communication unit that communicates with a first external device by using a first frequency signal, a second communication unit that communicates with a second external device by using a second frequency signal, and a control unit that controls, when one of the first and second communication units transmits data to a corresponding one of the first and second external devices, the other of the first and second communication units not to receive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sagesaka, Suguru Fujita
  • Patent number: 10762762
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a reader. The methods comprise: supplying power from the reader to an external sensor using a single cable that (A) connects the reader to both an external antenna and the external sensor and (B) is used for data communications between the reader, the external antenna and the external sensor; receiving, by the reader via the single cable, a sensor signal comprising information indicating the external sensor's detection of an individual's presence in proximity thereto, where the sensor signal has a frequency that is outside the antenna's transmit frequency; initiating tag read operations of the reader in response to the sensor information's reception at the reader; and communicating an interrogation signal for tag reading from the reader to the external antenna via the single cable, where the interrogation signal has a frequency which is outside the external sensor's receive frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Chad M. Gundlach, Neil M. Reyes, Tamlyn J. Jones
  • Patent number: 10711597
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method of communicating between a surface processing unit and an energy industry tool includes: receiving a power signal from a power source at an integrated interface device of a communication and processing system, the communication and processing system located between a surface processing unit and an energy industry tool, the interface device including a processor and a variable output power supply; receiving a communication at the processor from a surface processing unit; transmitting a control signal from the processor to the variable output power supply, the control signal including a series of pulses having a duty cycle that is varied to cause the power supply to generate a modulated direct current (DC) output signal having at least one of a frequency and an amplitude that is modulated according to a communication protocol to represent the communication; and transmitting the modulated output signal to a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Adam Wheeler, Stephen Coulston, Paul Halstead
  • Patent number: 10586207
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an automatic connected vehicle demonstration method and system for automatically designating any registered vehicle as a demonstrator vehicle, and further allowing for the demonstrator vehicle to also have one or more subscription-based events based on demonstrator vehicle status. In one more embodiments, a computer implemented method provides for registering, deregistering, and managing a dealer's inventory of demonstration vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Aeris Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Lynne Avary, Henry Plager
  • Patent number: 10546164
    Abstract: An electronic device operable with a radio frequency identification device operable with a detector logic and a method for operating the electronic device with a radio frequency identification device and a detector logic is provided. Firstly, a detection event is registered by the detector logic. The detected event relates to an operation of the radio frequency identification device, which is applicable to transmit data to a counterpart radio frequency identification device. A detection signal is generated and issued by the detector logic in response to the registering and detection event, respectively, which detection signal is received by the electronic device. Then, the electronic device initiates one or more operations in response to the receiving of the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Carmen Kuehl, Tommy Ginman
  • Patent number: 10469505
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating configuring software security functionality. An example method includes employing a first computing device to collect information associated with a user of enterprise software, resulting in collected information; and dynamically adjusting one or more security features of enterprise software running on or accessible via a second device based on the collected information. The software running on the second device may include or represent the enterprise software that includes software security functionality. The collected information may include contextual information. An administrator user option facilitates adjusting the one or more rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Schwartz, Arin Bhowmick
  • Patent number: 10470134
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of controlling the electronic device are provided. A memory and a processor are electrically connected with the memory. The processor controls at least one of a change in a specified operation power, a change in a specified operation clock rate, and an operation state of a diversity module of the electronic device when the electronic device enters an inactive period after an active period associated with transmitting data has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Tae Kim, Se Young Jang, Bong Su Chun
  • Patent number: 10410067
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are methods and systems for detecting attributes of vehicles using an images captured by an image capturing device disposed at a facility. The system detects attributes of the vehicles from the image, retrieves information associated with each vehicle based on the attributes and generates a score for each vehicle based on the information associated with each vehicle. Based on the score a distribution of physical objects is triggered to the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor, Aaron James Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10334303
    Abstract: A user receiving device including a proximity module, a mode module, a profile module and an output module. The proximity module is configured to detect a first mobile device in a proximity of the user receiving device. The mode module is configured to transition the user receiving device to an active mode based on the detection of the first mobile device. The profile module is configured to, subsequent to transitioning to the active mode and based on an identifier of the first mobile device, access a first profile allocated to the first mobile device or a user of the first mobile device. The output module, based on the first profile, is configured to display on a display a guide or content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Chung
  • Patent number: 10332399
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus is arranged to detect the distance to the object and includes: a transceiver repeatedly transmitting a wave as an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflection wave of the transmission wave; a transmission controller controlling the transceiver to transmit the transmission wave; a distance calculator calculating a distance to the object, based on a time interval from a moment when the transceiver transmits the wave to a moment when the reflection wave is received; and a transmission timing controller controlling timing at which the transmission controller controls the transmission wave to be transmitted. Moreover, the transmission timing controller inserts at least one type of temporary waiting time between a transmission/reception period in which the transceiver transmits the transmission wave and receives the reflection wave and a next transmission/reception period, when a predetermined crosstalk identification condition is established based on the distance to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Takuya Nomura, Hidenori Tanaka, Motonari Ohbayashi, Hironobu Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10291428
    Abstract: A cloud-networked stand-alone local area network (LAN) is disclosed. A stand-alone LAN is networked to a server outside the stand-alone LAN, and the server is part of a cloud of servers. The server includes hardware processors that process system operation information updates from a user for the stand-alone LAN, hardware memory that stores the system operation information updates; and a transceiver for communicating the system operation information updates to the stand-alone LAN. The stand-alone LAN includes a primary network hub (PNH) having a microcontroller that stores the system operation information, a cloud-side transceiver networked to the cloud of servers for receiving the system operation information updates from the server, and a PNH LAN long range transceiver that communicates via a long range spread spectrum or a narrowband frequency shift keying signal. The stand-alone LAN also includes a peripheral device having a microcontroller and an actuation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Mark Hall, Craig Boswell
  • Patent number: 10225713
    Abstract: A method for establishing a wireless connection comprises initiating, by a first device, a procedure of establishing a first wireless connection of a first communication protocol with relatively higher data rate and higher power consumption, between the first electronic device and a second electronic device, in response to one of: (a) detecting a first signal from a peripheral unit of the first electronic device, the first signal leading the first electronic device to become active and (b) detecting a second signal from the second electronic device via a second wireless connection of a second communication protocol established between the first electronic device and the second electronic device, the second signal indicating that the second electronic device is in use, or in response to (c) detecting the first signal that is detected within a predetermine time after receiving the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jenn-Wein Wu, Chien-Chuan Chang, Yung-Chao Tseng, Hsin-Ti Chueh
  • Patent number: 10219135
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed herein for utilizing near field communication (“NFC”) to improve the security, performance, and configuration of computing systems. In particular, NFC can be utilized to power an NFC-equipped server computer on or off, to log directly into an operating system executing on the NFC-equipped server computer, to stream firmware debugging data from an NFC-equipped server computer to an NFC-equipped mobile device, to initiate the update or recovery of firmware, to provide hardware inventory data, or to pair hardware devices. Firmware debugging data can also be streamed from a firmware to an NFC-equipped mobile device. NFC can also be utilized to disable functionality provided by a mobile device while the device is in motion, such as when a user of the mobile device is operating a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: American Megatrends, Inc.
    Inventor: Kai Yau
  • Patent number: 10217039
    Abstract: RFID driven display system components such as wireless displays (visual RFID tags) and multi-antenna wireless RFID readers that monitor/control the RFID driven displays in order to provide visual real-time information to display viewers and/or provide useful information to a central processing station that monitors the status of and/or updates the RFID driven displays, networks including one or more of the components, and methods for using the RFID driven display system components to monitor assets in applications such as inventory control and manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Andre Cote, Edmund S. Nabrotzky
  • Patent number: 10187479
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide high-level primitives that facilitate communication between a user-space application and an operating system kernel. Transport components reside in user-space and in kernel-space that, upon either the application or a kernel module requesting to invoke a callback, deliver parameters and other data back and forth to one another, allowing the user-space application and kernel module to communicate as if directly invoking the callback. Embodiments also provide for a definition standard that third-party developers can use to automatically emit a header file and macros for sending events and dispatching callbacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Willmann
  • Patent number: 10176383
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are methods and systems for detecting attributes of vehicles using an images captured by an image capturing device disposed at a facility. The system detects attributes of the vehicles from the image, retrieves information associated with each vehicle based on the attributes and generates a score for each vehicle based on the information associated with each vehicle. Based on the score a distribution of physical objects is triggered to the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor, Aaron James Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10152855
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless tamper sensor (“WTS”). The WTS includes a transmitter, probe, processing device, and power supply. The processing device is in signal communication with the probe and the power supply is in signal communication with the transmitter and processing device. The processing device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium (“CRM”). The CRM has encoded thereon computer-executable instructions to cause the processor to initiating a tamper state to untampered, detect a physical trigger on the probe, and set the tamper state to tampered in response to detecting the physical trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Hollice C. Smith, Bruce R. Olsen, Wade T. Price, Raymond Roeder, Minas H. Tanelian
  • Patent number: 10152618
    Abstract: A tag writer, reader and method are disclosed. The tag writer is operable to generate a security identifier during writing of data to the tag, the security identifier being dependent on one or more of the data written, data already on the tag, metadata associated with the data, the tag and/or the writing of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Chadbourne
  • Patent number: 10136364
    Abstract: Switching the providing of a conversation among communication links is described. An electronic device can determine that a mobile device is being used to provide a conversation (e.g., a phone call) using a first communication link. The mobile device can enter an environment that includes a second communication link. The conversation can be switched to the second communication link that provides more content than the first communication link (e.g., audio and visual content rather than just audio content).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10084799
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing security services during a power management mode are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method comprises detecting with a mobile security system a wake event on a mobile device, providing from the mobile security system a wake signal, the providing being in response to the wake event to wake a mobile device from a power management mode, and managing with the mobile security system security services of the mobile device. Managing security services may comprise scanning a hard drive of the mobile devices for viruses and/or other malware. Managing security services may also comprise updating security applications or scanning the mobile device for unauthorized data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CUPP Computing AS
    Inventors: Ami Oz, Shlomo Touboul
  • Patent number: 10075931
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmitting a synchronization signal for device-to-device (D2D) operation in a wireless communication system is provided. A user equipment (UE) determines that it is out of coverage (OOC). Even though the UE is OOC, the UE continues to transmit a D2D synchronization signal for in-coverage under a specific condition. If the UE determines that it is in coverage before the specific condition is met, the UE transmits the D2D synchronization signal for in-coverage. If the specific condition is met while the UE is OOC, the UE transmits the D2D synchronization signal for OOC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Sunghoon Jung, Hanbyul Seo
  • Patent number: 10045297
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for increasing time a computing device remains in a suspended state during network transmissions. On a first network packet of a plurality of network packets being received while the device is in a suspended state, a wake reference count is incremented and components of the device are temporarily switched from the suspended state to a powered-on state for consumption of the network packet. The wake reference count is incremented for each of the other network packets, and decremented each time each of the packets is consumed by the components of the computing device. In response to the wake reference count being fully decremented, the components are automatically returned from the powered-on state to the suspended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Dmitry Shmidt
  • Patent number: 10037449
    Abstract: A storage unit includes a support bar for hanging items and an RFID antenna provided within a predefined distance of the support bar. When the items hanging from the support bar are adorned with RFID tags, and the RFID antenna emits electromagnetic fields in a direction of the support bar, RFID signals identifying the items are transmitted from the RFID tags to the RFID antenna, thereby enabling a placement or a removal of an item to be automatically registered, or an accounting of the available items to be automatically performed. The RFID antenna may be a portion of a transmission line that uses shields and/or dielectric materials to shape the electromagnetic fields toward a predefined direction, and the locations of items bearing RFID tags on the support bar may be determined by varying the phase of the emitted radiofrequency and determining strengths of RFID signals when the electromagnetic fields are emitted at varying phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Camerin Hahn, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Ronald Eugene Huebner
  • Patent number: 10032051
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which an RFID reader receives a response signal from an RFID tag affixed to an object. The RFID reader determines a tag charging time of the RFID tag based upon a first point in time that the RFID reader sent a request signal to the RFID tag and a second point in time that the response signal was received by the RFID reader. In turn, the RFID reader identifies a location of the object based on the tag charging time and generates a notification that includes the location of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Si Bin Fan, Yu Gu, Su Liu, Cheng Xu
  • Patent number: 10008056
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for identifying assets (e.g., mobile assets and/or personnel assets). In one embodiment, a mobile asset can be uniquely identified from RFID tags. In another embodiment, mobile assets and personnel assets can be identified from captured image data. After identification, it can be determined whether the asset (e.g., mobile asset and/or personnel asset) is authorized for one or more activities and a corresponding perceivable indication can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Carl M. Skonberg, Ernest J. Pyzocha, Jr., Andrew J. Hill, III, Bobby J. McFarland
  • Patent number: 10000213
    Abstract: A pressure of a spare tire of a vehicle is determined. Whether the spare tire is installed is determined based at least in part on the pressure. A vehicle subsystem is actuated based at least in part on whether the spare tire is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Fling Finn Tseng, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 9991928
    Abstract: A communication system provided to a working vehicle includes: an information receiving unit that communicates with identification devices and receives identification information; a first area information storage that stores first area information indicating an area where use of the information receiving unit is permitted; a comparing unit that compares the first area information with second area information indicating an area where the working vehicle is used; and a communication control unit that prohibits the information receiving unit from outputting electric waves when the second area information is not included in the first area information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Mizutani, Takayuki Koshi
  • Patent number: 9971327
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling building equipment includes a near field communications (NFC) tag, a temperature sensor, a mobile device, and a controller. The NFC tag is located within a building space and stores a tag ID uniquely identifying the NFC tag. The temperature sensor is associated with the building space and configured to measure a temperature of the building space. The mobile device reads the NFC tag and obtains the tag ID from the NFC tag via NFC. The controller receives the tag ID from the mobile device and uses the tag ID to identify the temperature sensor associated with the building space. The controller receives the measured temperature from the temperature sensor and provides the measured temperature to the mobile device. The mobile device displays the measured temperature via a user interface of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Vivek Narain, Mohit Goel
  • Patent number: 9939512
    Abstract: System and method for real-time location, the system including: a base-station comprising: an interface to a secondary technology communication channel, wherein the base-station configured to emit: a first periodic signal on the secondary technology communication channel and having a first repetition rate, to communicate an identification of the base-station; and a second periodic signal on the secondary technology communication channel and having a second repetition rate, to provide a wake-up signal, wherein transmitted energy of the second periodic signal in one period of the second periodic signal is less than transmitted energy of the first periodic signal in one period of the first periodic signal; and a portable tag configured to receive the first and second periodic signals and control its receiver timing based upon the first and second periodic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CENTRAK, INC.
    Inventors: Israel Amir, Robert Musliner
  • Patent number: 9921554
    Abstract: Aspects include an adaptor and a method for providing computer based energy management. Commands specifying a control device from energy management host software located on a host system are received at an adaptor via a server network. The commands include control instructions and requests for energy usage data. Energy usage data are received from the control device in response to a command including a request for energy usage data. The energy usage data includes energy usage for one or more energy devices. The energy usage data are transmitted to the energy management host software. Sensor data are received from one or more sensors and transmitted to the energy management host software. Control commands are received from the energy management host software. The control commands are transmitted to the control device to alter a function of at least one of the one or more energy devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Budderfly, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Subbloie
  • Patent number: 9891015
    Abstract: A magnetic shield for a locking device such as a gunlock having a first portion and a second portion configured for controlled movement with respect to the other portion and for being held in a fixed and locked position vis-à-vis each other. At least one of the first and second portions includes an electromechanical locking mechanism including a solenoid and solenoid activated spring loaded pin configured, in a first position, for preventing the first and second portions from moving with respect one another and in a second position for allowing the first and second portions to move vis-à-vis one another. A magnetically conducive shield is disposed on or in at least one of the first and second portion that includes the solenoid locking mechanism, for preventing an unauthorized magnetic field from causing the solenoid to retract the spring loaded pin thereby allowing the locking device to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Santa Cruz Gunlocks, LLC.
    Inventors: John Plourde, Tibor Kalman Zalavari
  • Patent number: 9892291
    Abstract: An RFID reader, RFID tag, and method thereof for performing a write check of tag data. According to an exemplary embodiment, the RFID reader may include: a transmitter to transmit a write check command to an RFID tag; a receiver to receive a response including a check value of data, which needs a write check, from an RFID tag that has received the write check command; and a controller to perform information transmission and reception processes, and check data written on the RFID tag by using the received response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Kyu Won Han, Chan Won Park, Dong Beom Shin, Sang Hyun Mo
  • Patent number: 9824203
    Abstract: Pursuant to at least some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a method that includes configuring an RFID tag to store information related to a battery charge level of a battery of a peripheral device, reading the RFID tag, and disabling a subsequent reading of the RFID tag in response to determining that the RFID tag includes stored information indicative of the battery charge level being low or depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Murali Narasimha, Roger W Ady, Robert T Love
  • Patent number: 9801137
    Abstract: Device power consumption is reduced by operating using both one-way and two-way communication techniques. In an aspect a device operates in a first mode enabling one-way communication to an other device for a first portion of device operation time. The first mode includes transmitting a first set of messages to the other device while turning off a power supply used by a receiver of the device. The device switches between operating in the first mode and the second mode. The second mode enables two-way communication between the device and the other device for a second portion of device operation time less than the first portion of device operation. The second mode includes transmitting a second message to the other device, and in response to the transmitting the second message, turning on the power supply used by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Bradley Richard Ree
  • Patent number: 9792743
    Abstract: A communications system configured to execute data transmission between a transponder having no radio wave generating source thereof and a reader/writer is provided. The communications system includes, a service permission level notifier configured to tell a service permission level for associated with a received signal level for permitting service acceptance from the reader/writer to the transponder, and an access controller configured to determine in the transponder whether the received signal level from the reader/writer is at the notified service permission level to determine accessibility to the transponder from the reader/writer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kunio Fukuda