Power Line (plc) Patents (Class 340/12.32)
  • Patent number: 10841874
    Abstract: An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with an appliance and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 10827148
    Abstract: A system and method for filling light for signal communication are provided. The system may include at least one transmission controller. The at least one transmission controller may include a closed loop suppression module coupled to a node and a Video Output, wherein the Video Output is configured to output a reverse control signal, the node is coupled to the Video Output and is configured to receive the reverse control signal, and the closed loop suppression module is configured to: receive the reverse control signal, and adjust at least one of a voltage of the node or a voltage of the Video Output according to the voltage of the reverse control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiji Deng
  • Patent number: 10812174
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a client node device having a radio configured to wirelessly receive downstream channel signals from a communication network. An access point repeater (APR) launches the downstream channel signals on a guided wave communication system as guided electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium and to wirelessly transmit the downstream channel signals to at least one client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10799718
    Abstract: A system and method of integrating a first computer and a second computer is disclosed. The first computer executes a software application having a graphical user interface. The second computer renders the graphical user interface, receives an identification of an event that has occurred in the software application, and identifies an action to be performed by the second computer in response to the occurrence of the event, the action being identified from a predefined sequence of actions. The second computer performs the identified action to modify the rendering of the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ELEKTA LIMITED
    Inventor: Adrian Maxwell Smith
  • Patent number: 10797781
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a client node device having a radio configured to wirelessly receive downstream channel signals from a communication network. An access point repeater (APR) launches the downstream channel signals on a guided wave communication system as guided electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium and to wirelessly transmit the downstream channel signals to at least one client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10785854
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lighting system that can control lighting using a PLC communications while reducing an increase in cost for equipment. The lighting system includes a controller configured to communicate through a PLC communications, and a lighting apparatus group having a plurality of lighting apparatuses. The plurality of lighting apparatuses includes a master configured to communicate through the PLC communications, and a slave capable of communicating with the master. The master communicates with the slave through a communications that is different from the PLC communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhito Hirauchi, Shinji Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10770917
    Abstract: Each one of code modulators modulates first power to generate a code-modulated wave using a modulation code based on a code sequence, and transmits the code-modulated wave to one of code demodulators. Each one of code demodulator receives the code-modulated wave from one of the code modulators, and demodulates the received code-modulated wave to generate second power using a demodulation code based on a code sequence identical to the code sequence of the modulation code used. When power is transmitted between each one of transmitter and receiver pairs, a controller selects and assigns code sequences to the transmitter and receiver pairs, so as to reduce an average of an absolute value of a total current of the code-modulated waves of the transmitter and receiver pairs in a transmission path, as compared to a reference value, the average being averaged over a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yamaoka, Akira Minegishi, Junichi Kanou
  • Patent number: 10743157
    Abstract: A method for managing modules incorporated into a plurality of vehicles is provided. The method includes steps of: a managing device (a) performing data collection for determining whether descendant modules are malfunctional, on condition that a module signal generated from an ancestor module is acquired, and that specific module data are recorded in a node of a tree data structure, and then if the specific module data are determined as corresponding to a malfunction of the ancestor module; and (b) transmitting individual malfunction information to a managing server to thereby allow the managing server to perform diagnosis on identical-type modules, where the individual malfunction information includes information on the malfunction of the ancestor module and the descendant modules, and where the identical-type modules are selected among modules of other vehicles by referring to whether each modules of said other vehicles is identical to the ancestor module and the descendant modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Obigo Inc.
    Inventors: Doe Yun Hwang, Doo Hyun Han, Jung Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 10667358
    Abstract: A load control system includes a controller that modifies an alternating current (AC) signal at a controller input to provide, on a cycle-by-cycle basis, an encoded AC signal that exhibits a unique AC signature at a controller output. The unique AC signature is associated with a particular user-selectable load characteristic. The load control system also includes a load circuit that receives the encoded AC signal. The load circuit includes a decoder that decodes the encoded AC signal to determine the unique AC signature of the encoded AC signal. In response to determining the unique AC signature of the encoded AC signal, the load circuit changes a load characteristic of the load circuit to exhibit the particular user-selectable load characteristic associated with the unique AC signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Keith Bernard Marx
  • Patent number: 10644751
    Abstract: A coexistence communication method for broadband power line communication that allocates a resource of another heterogeneous system to a blank resource in data where a plurality of heterogeneous systems are allocated to time division multiplex units (TDMUs) in a distribution scheme and a system therefor are provided. The method includes detecting a blank resource according to a heterogeneous system which does not share a power line among a plurality of heterogeneous systems, from data in which the plurality of heterogeneous systems which share the power line to perform power line communication are allocated to a plurality of TDMUs and in which each TDMU is allocated to a plurality of time division multiplex slots (TDMSs) sorted over time in a distribution scheme and allocating added another heterogeneous system to the blank resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Nah-Oak Song, Byung-Jae Kwak
  • Patent number: 10645574
    Abstract: A modified telecommunications system is provided herein in which UEs can be associated with a user account using information other than SIM card data or a username and password combination. For example, when a subscriber activates a user account, the subscriber may be requested to provide a signature. A signature can include a unique PIN, a sample voice command, a fingerprint, a retinal scan, and/or the like. The signature may be stored in a data store in an entry corresponding to the user account. To associate a UE with a user account, the subscriber can provide a signature via the UE. The UE can then transmit the provided signature and a UE address to a management system. The management system can then store the UE address in the data store in an entry associated with the user account that corresponds with the provided signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasmin Karimli, Gunjan Nimbavikar
  • Patent number: 10634733
    Abstract: A power distribution monitoring system is provided that can include a number of features. The system can include a plurality of power line sensing devices configured to attach to individual conductors on a power grid distribution network. The sensing devices can be configured to measure and monitor, among other things, current values and waveforms, phase voltage, conductor current, phase-to-phase voltage, conductor temperatures, ambient temperatures, vibration, wind speed and monitoring device system diagnostics. Methods of installing and protecting the system are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SENTIENT ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Allen Saxby
  • Patent number: 10625409
    Abstract: A communication adapter attachment device in one aspect of the present disclosure is provided in a working machine, and includes an adapter housing portion, a cap, and a cap-side interface. The cap-side interface is configured to enable viewing of the adapter-side interface and/or an input operation to the adapter-side interface from outside of the working machine, in a state in which the communication adapter is accommodated in the adapter housing portion and the opening is closed with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Tanaka, Hironori Ogura
  • Patent number: 10623473
    Abstract: A wastewater reuse system has a wastewater treatment system connected to a dwelling for receiving wastewater therefrom. The wastewater treatment system has a pump tank with an outlet that can be connected to a central wastewater collection system and/or a reuse recipient of treated wastewater, such as an irrigation system. A monitoring system for tracking the water used and/or reused by a dwelling. The monitoring system using a dialer system to transmit operating data to a server which is configured to determine the amount of water used and/or reused by a dwelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry L. McKinney
  • Patent number: 10614013
    Abstract: An input/output module is provided for a bus system having a socket, the five contact cups of which each may comprise an electrical contact, and a measuring device for detecting a connector of a four-wire data cable. The measuring device can be configured to detect, when a connector is inserted into the socket, whether the connector comprises four or five electrical contact pins which are each plugged into one of the contact cups and are electrically connected to the respective electrical contact of the contact cups. The measuring device may be configured to close a first and a second switching device only when five electrical contact pins are detected in order to apply a respective supply voltage from two DC voltage supplies to the corresponding plugged contact pins of the connector plugged into the socket via the respective electrical contacts of the contact cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Holger B├╝ttner, Thomas Rettig, Dirk Bechtel, Michael Jost, Christopher Pohl, Hans Beckhoff
  • Patent number: 10601469
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a network termination includes a downstream channel modulator modulates downstream data into downstream channel signals to convey the downstream data via a guided electromagnetic wave that is bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. A host interface sends the downstream channel signals to the guided wave communication system and receives upstream channel signals corresponding to upstream frequency channels from the guided wave communication system. An upstream channel demodulator demodulates upstream channel signals into upstream data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10572428
    Abstract: A microcontroller unit of an input/output module checks whether a communication connection can be set up from the microcontroller unit to a communication subscriber of a data cable plugged into the one portion of a electrical plug connection of the input/output module, wherein the microcontroller unit of the input/output module actuates DC voltage supplies of the input/output module such that the DC voltage supplies apply a respective DC voltage to applicable electrical contacts of electrical contact elements of the input/output module only if the check has revealed that a communication connection has been able to be set up to the communication subscriber of the data cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Erik Vonnahme, Christopher Pohl
  • Patent number: 10567853
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling small grids of appliances are described. One sample method includes receiving consumption data from a plurality of electrical appliances that are plugged into outlets at a first location and monitoring power usage at the first location. The method includes evaluating the received consumption data to identify one or more predetermined conditions in one or more of the plurality of electrical appliances and evaluating stored data related to power consumption preferences at the first location. The power consumption preferences define conditions when a consumer associated with the first location has agreed to enable remote control of at least one designated appliance upon an occurrence of one or more predetermined conditions. The method includes determining that the one or more conditions are satisfied and to provide a first secure communication to the first appliance to control the power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Amtel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Kotowski, Charles Cai
  • Patent number: 10566088
    Abstract: Systems, methods, beds, supports surfaces and machine readable medium for associating beds and support surface of a healthcare facility are disclosed. A surface association system for a healthcare facility may comprise a plurality of beds. The system may further comprise a computing device and a plurality of support surfaces to be placed upon beds of the plurality of beds. The computing device may associate a support surface of the plurality of support surfaces with a bed of the plurality of beds. The computing device may make the association based upon status data received from the plurality of beds and the plurality of support surfaces. The support surface and/or bed to be associated may initiate a surface association request. The computing device, in response to the surface association request, may request performance of one or more actions on the bed and/or support surface to be associated to identify the bed and/or support surface from the beds and support surfaces of the healthcare facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. McNeely, Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Patricia A. Glidewell, David Ferguson, Simeon Zhao, Daleep Bhatia
  • Patent number: 10560943
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a repeater device having a first coupler to extract downstream channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. An amplifier amplifies the downstream channel signals to generate amplified downstream channel signals. A channel selection filter selects one or more of the amplified downstream channel signals to wirelessly transmit to the at least one client device via an antenna. A second coupler guides the amplified downstream channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10523759
    Abstract: A vehicle computer is disclosed that includes one or more processors and memory that stores instructions executable by the one or more processors. The computer may be programmed to: receive a light input from an array of photovoltaic cells carried by a vehicle; based on the light input, determine that an infrastructure lamp is in a degraded state or a failure state; and transmit a report to a backend system based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10476962
    Abstract: A receiving unit receives a signal in a frequency band used in vehicle-to-vehicle communications or shared by vehicle-to-vehicle communications and road-to-vehicle communications. A demodulation unit demodulates the signal received with the receiving unit. A received signal strength detection unit detects a received signal strength of the signal received with the receiving unit. A demodulation state determination unit determines whether the signal, which is received with the receiving unit, is demodulated successfully. A notification processing unit notifies a driver of a possibility of existence of another vehicle in a condition where the demodulation state determination unit determines that the signal is not demodulated successfully and where the received signal strength is greater than or equal to a predetermined strength threshold, which is for determining whether signals sent from multiple other vehicles collide against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadao Suzuki, Motonori Ando
  • Patent number: 10475239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining data capture at a cell site for developing a three dimensional (3D) thereof include obtaining or providing the multiple camera apparatus comprising a plurality of cameras at a shelter, a cabinet, or an interior of a building and positioning the multiple camera apparatus therein; causing the plurality of cameras to simultaneously take photos based on the positioning; repositioning the multiple camera apparatus at a different location in the shelter, the cabinet, or the interior of the building to take additional photos; and providing the photos taken by the multiple camera apparatus to a 3D modeling system to develop a 3D model of the shelter, the cabinet, or the interior of the building, for a virtual site survey thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 10470120
    Abstract: A power compensator for use in a cellular communication base station includes a voltage booster and an adaptive voltage boost controller. The voltage booster is coupled between a first port and a second port to apply a voltage boost to a power signal to generate a compensated power signal that is provided to a remote radio unit (RRU) of the base station. The adaptive voltage boost controller is configured to control the voltage boost applied by the voltage booster to compensate for a voltage loss across the power cable between the power compensator and the RRU. In operation, the adaptive voltage boost controller determines a value of the voltage boost to be applied by the voltage booster based on temperature data and electrical current sample data. The adaptive voltage boost controller then sends a control signal to the voltage booster to adjust the voltage boost based on the determined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Fischer
  • Patent number: 10462882
    Abstract: A load control system controls an electrical load provided in a space and comprises a load control device and one or more occupancy sensors. The load control device controls the load in response to the wireless control signals received from the occupancy sensors. Each occupancy sensor transmits an occupied control signal to the load control device in response to detecting an occupancy condition in the space and a vacant control signal to the load control device in response to detecting a vacancy condition. The load control device turns on the load in response to receiving the occupied control signal from at least one of the occupancy sensors, and turns off the load in response to receiving vacant control signals from both of the occupancy sensors. The load control device is operable to determine that no wireless control signals have been received from the occupancy sensors for the length of a predetermined timeout period and to subsequently turn off the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: James P. Steiner, Andrew Peter Schmalz, Andrew Ryan Offenbacher, Adam J. Schrems, Brian Raymond Valenta
  • Patent number: 10450076
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for automated fire detection, such as in aircraft galleys, or other areas where power sources may result in fire or smoke. The system includes one or more detectors to monitor for smoke or fire in an aircraft galley. Upon detection of smoke or fire, a signal is sent from the one or more detectors to a controller. In response to the incoming signal, the controller sends a signal to a galley power source. The signal provided to the galley power source ceases the application of power to one or more devices located in the galley, extinguishing the source of the fire or smoke. The controller may also send a notification signal to alert the crew to the potential fire hazard. A method of operation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Steven Meis, Rachel Meis, Jon Christopher Meis
  • Patent number: 10391622
    Abstract: A communication adapter attachment device in one aspect of the present disclosure is provided in a working machine, and includes an adapter housing portion, a cap, and a cap-side interface. The cap-side interface is configured to enable viewing of the adapter-side interface and/or an input operation to the adapter-side interface from outside of the working machine, in a state in which the communication adapter is accommodated in the adapter housing portion and the opening is closed with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Tanaka, Hironori Ogura
  • Patent number: 10361753
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a network termination includes a downstream channel modulator modulates downstream data into downstream channel signals to convey the downstream data via a guided electromagnetic wave that is bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. A host interface sends the downstream channel signals to the guided wave communication system and receives upstream channel signals corresponding to upstream frequency channels from the guided wave communication system. An upstream channel demodulator demodulates upstream channel signals into upstream data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10317089
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes at least one electrically actuated device-type-specific device component executing an operating function characteristic of the type of domestic appliance, a control apparatus actuating the component, and an input electrically connected to the control apparatus and having a display, at least one programmable input and at least one switch electrically contacted to switch a main function of the appliance being characteristic of different types of appliances. The input apparatus has a programmable controller storing at least two programs differently configured to actuate a corresponding number of different types of appliances. The programs are each configured for device-type-specific communication between the at least one programmable input and the control apparatus and to activate only that program corresponding to the type of appliance connected to the input apparatus based on the type of appliance having the control apparatus thereof connected to the input apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Nuessler
  • Patent number: 10289090
    Abstract: A control device is provided. The control device includes a communication module, a processing module, a driving module and a control module. The communication module is configured for receiving a control instruction forwarded from another control device. The control instruction corresponds to a target object of at least one object. The processing module is configured for capturing a target location of the target object. The driving module is configured for driving the control device to move according to the target location. The control module is configured for performing an operation task to the target object according to the control instruction after the control device is moved according to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsin Lo
  • Patent number: 10285246
    Abstract: Provided is a communication device using a powerline which can transmit and receive control data and so on by using the powerline, and an LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting system using the device which can control the illumination of an LED by using the communication device. The LED illumination device comprising: one or more control devices coupled with commercial power source through powerlines; one or more LED illumination devices coupled with control devices, respectively, through the powerlines; and a management device for performing communication with the control devices; wherein the control devices and the LED illumination device perform data transmission and reception by using the powerlines, the data communication from the control devices to the LED illumination device is executed by broadcasting method, and the data communication from the LED illumination device to the control devices is executed by polling method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SOFTKERNEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Youn Park, Sangheon Lee, Jae Heung Park, Jung Ryul Kim
  • Patent number: 10257725
    Abstract: A system for detecting a fault in a first wire of a power grid that affects a transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that transport data and that propagate along a surface of the first wire, selecting a backup communication medium from one or more backup communication mediums according to one or more selection criteria, and redirecting the data to the backup communication medium to circumvent the fault. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10215736
    Abstract: An acoustic monitor detects and logs events based on the acoustic characteristics of the event. The acoustic monitor is placed on a power transmission tower, and a baseline acoustic signature is established. Events can be defined by variance from the baseline, or by matching one of a set of predefined acoustic signatures. When an event is detected, the acoustic monitor logs the event. A repair person queries the acoustic monitors to narrow down where the event occurred to be between two towers, and can then query the acoustic monitors on those two towers. Using the timestamps of the event in each of the towers, and using the known speed of sound in air, the repair person can quickly calculate the location of the event from both towers. By knowing the location of the event, the repair person knows exactly how to quickly access the location to make the needed repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Hyman D. Chantz
  • Patent number: 10182215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using unassisted vehicles to assess damage in a particular location are described. According to certain aspects, the systems and methods may utilize an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) and a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UGV and the UAVs may be configured with various sensors to capture various damage or environmental data. The UGV and/or the UAVs may also transmit captured data to a central facility for processing. The UGV may serve as a mobile docking and recharging platform for the UAVs and may therefore extend the range and endurance of the UAVs. The UGV may be configured for remote operation, thus eliminating the need to send personnel into a potentially dangerous environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael Shawn Jacob
  • Patent number: 10178742
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) driving apparatus includes: a first circuit connected to a primary winding of a transformer, and configured to receive input power and transfer the input power to the primary winding of the transformer; a second circuit connected to a secondary winding of the transformer to generate output power for driving a plurality of LEDs; and a controller including a control circuit configured to control the second circuit, and a power detection circuit configured to compare a magnitude of the input power with a predetermined reference power magnitude range, and transmit a control command to the control circuit in response to determining that the magnitude of the input power is outside the predetermined reference power magnitude range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Kwan Choi
  • Patent number: 10171648
    Abstract: A mobile device management system that monitors the security state of one or more mobile devices and sets indicators related to such security state. Enterprise network applications, such as an email application, can access the security state information when making access control decisions with respect to a given mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILE IRON, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Glenn Broch, Ratnarekha Singamsetty, Jesse Wagner Lindeman, Suresh Kumar Batchu
  • Patent number: 10171756
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying a fault in an electrical distribution system may include capturing an image of a corona event associated with a component of the electrical distribution system and processing the image of the corona event to identify the center and boundary of the corona event. An overlay for display with the image of the corona event may be generated, where the overlay identifying at least a center of the corona event and may be displayed to a user via a user interface device. In some cases, an unmanned aerial vehicle may comprise one or more image sensors capable of capturing the image of the corona event and communicate the images to a remote device for processing and display to the user. The image captured by the image sensors may include an ultraviolet image, a visible spectrum image, an infrared image, or a combination of image types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Andrew J. Moore, Matthew R. Schubert
  • Patent number: 10139820
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining, by an unmanned aircraft including a processor, a control signal that causes the unmanned aircraft to fly in proximity to a transmission medium, where the unmanned aircraft includes a carrying system that releasably carries a communication device, and where a positioning of the communication device in proximity to the transmission medium enables the communication device to be physically connected on the transmission medium and enables the communication device to provide communications. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ken Liu, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Pamela A. M. Bogdan, Donald J. Barnickel, Brandon Pimm, Thomas M. Willis, III, David M. Britz, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Dorothy Zarsky, James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10136503
    Abstract: A microcontroller-based multifunctional electronic switch for lighting control uses a detection device to sense and convert at least one external control signal into at least one message carrying sensing signal interpretable to a microcontroller. Based on a signal format of the message carrying sensing signal received, the microcontroller recognizes working mode chosen by the external control signal and thereby executes an appropriate lighting control process. The system and method of the present invention may be equally applicable to detection design, such as touch less and direct touch interface implemented by infrared ray sensor, push button or wireless control device in conjunction with APP preloaded, for performing multiple working modes including on/off mode, dimming mode, color temperature tuning mode, color temperature switching mode, color temperature dim to warm mode, commanding mode for controlling a lighting family comprising a plurality of member lamps remotely located or delay shut off mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 10110387
    Abstract: The invention relates to a powered device (2) like a luminaire for being used in a power distribution system (100), which is preferentially a PoE system and which comprises a power supply device (1). The powered device includes an electrical load like a light source, a voltage measurement unit for measuring a voltage received by the powered device, and an electrical load power providing unit for transforming power supplied by the power supply device to an electrical load power to be provided to the electrical load, wherein the power level of the electrical load power depends on the measured voltage. This allows adapting the power intake to the really received voltage, which may be reduced due to losses like cable losses, which in turn can lead to an increased intake power in comparison to the intake power of powered devices in accordance with the actual Po E IEEE 802.3at standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Wendt, Lennart Yseboodt
  • Patent number: 10111070
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for an IoT interface slot for an IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 10098206
    Abstract: A load control system controls an electrical load provided in a space and comprises a load control device and one or more occupancy sensors. The load control device controls the load in response to the wireless control signals received from the occupancy sensors. Each occupancy sensor transmits an occupied control signal to the load control device in response to detecting an occupancy condition in the space and a vacant control signal to the load control device in response to detecting a vacancy condition. The load control device turns on the load in response to receiving the occupied control signal from at least one of the occupancy sensors, and turns off the load in response to receiving vacant control signals from both of the occupancy sensors. The load control device is operable to determine that no wireless control signals have been received from the occupancy sensors for the length of a predetermined timeout period and to subsequently turn off the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Steiner, Andrew Peter Schmalz, Andrew Ryan Offenbacher, Adam J. Schrems, Brian Raymond Valenta
  • Patent number: 10074991
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for controlling the operating of a consumption appliance by way of a selector switch controlled by an energy saving device connected to a management center. The consumption appliance is kept in its default power mode, until receiving, by the energy saving device, an authentic secured control message sent by the management center. This message includes a command onto the mode in which the consumption appliance has to be switched. A counter is initialized with an initialization value before to be triggered. The consumption appliance is switched in the mode indicated by the command, either until the counter has reached a threshold value, or until receiving another authentic control message. If the counter has reached the threshold value, then the consumption appliance is switched in its default power mode. If another authentic secured control message has been received, then returning to the step of initializing the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Antoine Burckard
  • Patent number: 10074992
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a battery device, a battery management method, and an electronic apparatus that can easily manage a battery device formed with a large number of battery cells. When a battery (51) has capacitive properties (or when the equivalent circuit of the battery (51) for an AC signal at a frequency f is a capacitor (51C)), a series circuit formed with a capacitor (171) and a coil (172) (=a coil (172-1)+a coil (172-2)) is provided in parallel to the battery (51), to form a blocking filter. The capacitor (171) and the coil (172-1) form a series resonance circuit. The capacitor (51C) and the coil (172-2) form a parallel resonance circuit. The present invention can be applied to an electronic apparatus that includes a large number of battery cells, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Washiro
  • Patent number: 10064063
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for authenticating digital data is described. The method comprises generating the digital data with a radio device that operates on a narrowband channel and associating metadata to the digital data, the metadata being unique to the digital data. Further, a predefined function is applied to both the digital data and the associated metadata to generate an authentication key, and the authentication key is transmitted for storage at a remote server via the narrowband channel. The digital data is then authenticated using the stored authentication key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Sandberg, Mark S. La Pensee, Marcin Szydelko, Niels-Henrik Valentin, Mark J. Wealleans
  • Patent number: 10056747
    Abstract: A household distribution box comprises a distribution box case; two service lines introduced from a transformer into the distribution box case of a consumer; three main lines installed in the distribution box case and provided with two lines and a second service line; two sub-lines installed in the distribution box case and formed by branching the second service line among the main lines into two lines; a first circuit breaker installed in the distribution box case; a second circuit breaker installed in the distribution box case; and a controller connected to the first circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Mirae Kim
  • Patent number: 10034325
    Abstract: AT commands are used for controlling Mobile Termination (MT) functions and GSM/UMTS network services from a Terminal Equipment (TE) through Terminal Adaptor (TA). 3GPP introduces multiple backoff timers and barring to solve network congestion problem. However, a TE does not know the timer value and the barring status. In accordance with one novel aspect, a new AT command interface that can respond timer value and barring status to the TE is proposed. It reduces wasteful retries and saves power consumption of the TE. Through the new AT command interface, the TE can query backoff timer status. Via unsolicited result code (URC), the MT can detect backoff timer status change and report updated backoff timer status to the TE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Yuan-Chieh Lin, Chien-Chun Huang-Fu, Yu-Syuan Jheng, Marko Niemi, Chi-Hsien Chen
  • Patent number: 10007279
    Abstract: A method of limiting control pressure provided to an actuator of a valve coupled to a valve positioner, a drive signal is provided to a pneumatic stage of the valve positioner. The pneumatic stage is arranged to control output pressure of the valve positioner in accordance with the drive signal. A pressure measurement from a pressure sensor communicatively coupled to the valve positioner is obtained, and an abnormal pressure is detected based on the pressure measurement. In response to detecting the abnormal pressure, the drive signal is controlled so as to limit the output pressure of the valve positioner, wherein the output pressure provides control pressure to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Frederick Grumstrup, Lorin Dion Miller, Jimmie Lee Snowbarger, Adam Joseph Wittkop
  • Patent number: 9998173
    Abstract: A system for receiving and processing signals received from a plurality of endpoints. Each endpoint includes an endpoint transmitter in electrical communication with a power distribution line within a power distribution system. The system comprises a power line coupler. A substation receiver is in electrical communication with the power line coupler. A substation circuit is in electrical communication with the substation transceiver. The substation circuit is configured to simultaneously demodulate signals received from the plurality of different endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damian G. Bonicatto, Verne J. Olson, Chad K. Wolter, Rolf J. Flen
  • Patent number: 9998932
    Abstract: A system for detecting a fault in a first wire of a power grid that affects a transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that transport data and that propagate along a surface of the first wire, selecting a backup communication medium from one or more backup communication mediums according to one or more selection criteria, and redirecting the data to the backup communication medium to circumvent the fault. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III