Network Signaling Patents (Class 340/286.02)
  • Patent number: 10318965
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing location specific information. Event data pertaining to an event is received from an event reporting system that has gathered the event data from a data gathering means. The event data includes location identification data, event type data, and event description data. At least one geofence associated with the location identification data is identified from the location identification data in the received event data. Each geofence of the at least one geofence has a geometric shape located within a geographic area. A topic associated with the event type data and associated with the identified at least one geofence is identified. Subscribers having a subscription to the topic in association with the geographic area are identified. The subscription entitles the subscribers to be notified about events pertaining to the topic in association with the selected geographic area. The event description data is published to each subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Drabble, Gary Paul Noble
  • Patent number: 10320912
    Abstract: The present invention discloses A communication method for a plurality of vehicles, a vehicle and a server are disclosed. The method comprises the following steps: selecting a first vehicle from the plurality of vehicles as a master device that communicates with a server, wherein the first vehicle communicates with other vehicles among the plurality of vehicles in a first communication mode, and the master device communicates with the server in a second communication mode; and using the first vehicle as a node by which at least one of the other vehicles communicates with the server. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the problem of inability of reporting in case of a fault when any of the other vehicles directly communicates with the server is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING MOBIKE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Depi Wang
  • Patent number: 10296005
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for field monitoring. A system for field monitoring comprises a plurality of types of sensor modules, an unmanned vehicle comprising a sensor system, and a control circuit configured to: receive onboard sensor data from the sensor system of the unmanned vehicle, detect an alert condition at a monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, select one or more types of sensor modules from the plurality of types of sensor modules to deploy at the monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, and cause the unmanned vehicle and/or one or more other unmanned vehicles to transport one or more sensor modules of the one or more types of sensor modules to the monitored area and deploy the one or more sensor modules by detaching from the one or more sensor modules at the monitored area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10248619
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method to restore a virtual machine comprising receiving a selection of a point-in-time copy to restore, retrieving catalog information associated with the point-in-time copy of the virtual machine to restore, mounting a datastore on a host, modifying a virtual machine configuration file path, registering modified virtual machine configuration file path with the host, determining a snapshot ID of a snapshot of the virtual machine and reverting to the snapshot of virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Sunil Kumar
  • Patent number: 10219138
    Abstract: In order to solve a problem that a service relating to the safety of a user of a terminal cannot be provided with high reliability, this device is provided with: a transmission means that takes a predetermined opportunity related to the occurrence of a disaster to transmit a signal urging a reply by a spontaneous operation to a connected first terminal; a determination means that determines whether or not the information transmitted from the first terminal in response to the transmission is spontaneous information transmitted by the spontaneous operation of a user of the first terminal; and a processing means that, when the determination means determines that the information is the spontaneous information, performs predetermined processing related to the safety of the user of the first terminal. The predetermined processing may be processing for transmitting safety information indicating that the user of the first terminal is safe to a second terminal possessed by a family.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukie Kajimura
  • Patent number: 10193857
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for transporting data within a dual network computing system including a first workstation communicably coupled to a first storage device, and a second workstation communicably coupled to a second storage device, wherein the first storage device cannot be accessed by the second workstation, and the second storage device cannot be accessed by the first workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: John B. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10182331
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a terminal device and an early warning method for the terminal device. The method includes: a terminal starts a global positioning system (GPS) positioning to acquire current geographical location information in real time, and matches the current geographical location information with geographical location information of a set region in a service area of a base station to which the terminal belongs; if a matching result is that the terminal has left the set region of the base station to which the terminal belongs, the terminal performs an early warning operation. The terminal device includes a matching unit and an early warning processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting Du, Hui Xu, Zijiang Ma, Yaying Wang
  • Patent number: 10178446
    Abstract: A local network call handling device is configured to establish multiple concurrent call sessions between local network end devices and an external network. When a prioritized end device attempts to establish a call session, the call handling device may initially determine if a first call session identifier is available. If so, the call session can be established using that first identifier. If the first identifier is in use for a call session of another end device, the call handling device may either use a different call session identifier for the prioritized end device session or may drop a pre-existing call session to free an identifier for use in connection with the prioritized end device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Lewis, Bhagabati Maharana, Louis Rubin, Richard Vetter
  • Patent number: 10165320
    Abstract: A communication medium with fewer limitations on the directivity or available communication range, such as an IP network, is used to perform a remote control operation. Since two-way communication can be carried out between a remote controller and a device to be operated, it is possible to provide more reliable communication by means of a delivery confirmation, to handle a GUI-based complex command scheme, and to provide large-volume data transmission, such as moving-image streaming, using relatively broad bands. A television receiver to be operated by the remote controller distributes moving-image data, such as a child view, to an IP remote controller through an IP network so that the data can be viewed on the IP remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sato, Junichi Nakamura, Naoki Yuasa, Shuichi Otsu, Hiroki Hashi, Mie Namai
  • Patent number: 10150506
    Abstract: A steering input apparatus for a trailer backup assist system includes a control element moveable away from a center position sequentially through a first range and a second range of directional positions and biased toward the center position at a first rate through the first range and at a second, greater rate through the second range. The apparatus further includes a control module generating a vehicle steering command based on an instantaneous position of the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10148900
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to a method, apparatus, and system for controlling one or more source terminals. The method includes acquiring remote control code information submitted via a remote control terminal, the remote control code information specifying an operation to be performed, determining among one or more source terminals a target source terminal corresponding to the remote control code information, and sending to the target source terminal control instruction information corresponding to the remote control code information and causing the operation to be performed on the target source terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Guonai Wang
  • Patent number: 10127588
    Abstract: Techniques for providing customer assistance with real-time feedback are presented herein. A request for customer assistance is generated by a customer using an application executing on a handheld mobile smart device. The request is transmitted to an employee using another handheld mobile smart device. The request is accepted by the employee and a response is transmitted back to the customer. The response includes the employee's expected arrival time at the customer's location and a floor plan map that depicts the progress of the employee as the employee travels to the customer's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Longino
  • Patent number: 10090886
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits power transmission signals (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. Example methods for controlling the transmission are also disclosed, one such method including: (i) storing, in a storage, respective user-defined charging schedule data that is associated with a respective receiver of one or more receivers, (ii) determining, based on the user-defined charging schedule data, respective time periods at which to transmit power transmission waves to each receiver of the one or more receivers, including a first time period during which to transmit power transmission waves to a first receiver of the one or more receivers, and (iii) based upon determining a location of the first receiver during the first time period, causing the two or more antenna elements to transmit power transmission waves that constructively interfere to provide pocket-forming energy at the first receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Patent number: 10063517
    Abstract: A method for secure communications between a transmitting computer and a receiving computer includes transmitting data from the transmitting computer over a first one-way link to a data security engine, receiving and validating the data within the data security engine, and, after validating the data, transmitting the data from the data security engine to the receiving computer over a second one-way link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Frenkel, Amir Zilberstein
  • Patent number: 10049243
    Abstract: A system and method for determining and tracking a location of a participant traveling along a route wherein the participant being tracked with an RFID tag using an RFID tag reader and a timing system, the system includes a location device associated with the RFID tag and has a location data receiver for receiving location information from a location providing source, and a wireless communication interface and time stamps each received location information, and transmits tag location data over the wireless interface, and a location detection device that is in wireless communication with the location device receives the transmitted tag location data, and transmits the received location data to the timing system, with the timing system associating the received location data with the RFID tag number as provided by the RFID tag reader provided tag reads of the RFID tag associated with the location device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10019640
    Abstract: An intelligent automatic license plate recognition (IALPR) system implements technical solutions that improve the accuracy of automatic license plate recognition. The IALPR analyzes an image of a vehicle proximate to a toll collection point using optical character recognition (OCR), and determines candidate license plate identifications based, at least in part, on the corresponding OCR confidence level. The IALPR can also perform fingerprinting for candidate license plate images and matching analysis with a knowledge base, resulting in additional confidence levels. The IALPR can also perform behavioral analysis on the candidate license plate identifications, including trip context analysis, historical behavioral analysis, or other analytics. The IALPR can generate an overall confidence level for the candidate license plate identifications responsive to the OCR and vehicle fingerprint confidence levels and the behavioral analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Ricardo André Santos Gomes de Almeida, António Ricardo Ruano Pinto, Romeu Rodrigues Figueira
  • Patent number: 10015659
    Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Patent number: 9964327
    Abstract: An air-conditioning remote controller allowing a user to intuitively grasp a setting status of an air-conditioner and to use the controller commonly between a plurality of models of the main body of the air-conditioners, the air-conditioning remote controller including an input unit to input setting values for setting items relating to air-conditioning control, and a display unit having a predetermined area to display a plurality of icons thereon and displaying setting values and icons depending on the number of taps, wherein the display unit changes the number of displayable icons depending on the number of taps for the main body of the air-conditioner controlled using the setting values, and also displays the icons with the larger size per tap as the number of the icons in the air-conditioner is getting smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Technology (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Ayumi Masuda, Yoshiyuki Yamanashi, Kouichirou Sakurai, Ena Kudo, Satomi Kaito
  • Patent number: 9944228
    Abstract: A method for vehicle control includes receiving physiological data from one or more wearable computing devices, where each of the one or more wearable computing devices is associated with one or more vehicle occupants in the vehicle, and determining a health state of the one or more vehicle occupants based on the physiological data. The health state describing a current condition of each of the one or more vehicle occupants. The method includes determining a priority level for the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants. Further, the method includes controlling one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle based on the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants and according to the priority level of the health state of each of the one or more vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David M. Kirsch, Bonnie Chen, Harinkumar Vashi
  • Patent number: 9925873
    Abstract: When a driving support electronic control unit (DSECU) determines that a driver of a vehicle is in an abnormal state where the driver loses an ability to drive the vehicle, the DSECU starts driving control under the abnormal state to decelerate the vehicle until the vehicle stops and to sound a horn. In this case, the DSECU measures an elapsed time since the horn starts sounding with a horn timer th, and sets a sounding pattern corresponding to the elapsed time measured. This sounding pattern is set in such a manner that a ratio of a sounding time of the horn per unit time decreases as the elapsed time since the horn starts sounding become longer. Thereby, it becomes possible to properly notify that the driver is in the abnormal state using the horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Takano
  • Patent number: 9899844
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. A wireless power network may include a plurality of wireless power transmitters each with an embedded wireless power transmitter manager, including a wireless power manager application. The wireless power network may include a plurality of client devices with wireless power receivers. Wireless power receivers may include a power receiver application configured to communicate with the wireless power manager application. The wireless power manager application may include a device database where information about the wireless power network may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9891669
    Abstract: A system and method for a configuration web service to provide configuration of a wireless power transmitter within a wireless power transmission system is disclosed. The wireless power transmitter configuration network may include at least one wireless power transmitter connected to an energy power source and at least one computer device which may communicate with each other through wireless or wired network connections, where each wireless power transmitter may include a distributed system database coupled to web service software. The operator/user may browse the specific URL or IP address associated with the configuration web page, which the wireless power transmitter may host and render, to specify the wireless power transmitter's configuration information. The configuration web service may allow users to perform configurations with and without the need of an external network service in range and regardless of the physical location of the wireless power transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas Bell
  • Patent number: 9886831
    Abstract: Visual and aural emitters and methods of providing a building security system distracting to an armed assailant are provided. More particularly, a permanent and fixed installation of stroboscopic lights and aural sirens that operate at sufficient and appropriate frequency, duration and intensity to potentially impair an armed assailant while remaining non-injurious and nonlethal. The system may deliver sufficient sensory distraction such that all occupants of the space are impaired in their ability to perform certain tasks employing vision or hearing with cognitive clarity, including targeting victims with a firearm. The system may be activated manually by authorized personnel, automatically by one or more sensor triggers, or remotely by law enforcement officials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: John Svoboda, Kerry Driggers, Ronald P. Earhart
  • Patent number: 9887584
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. A wireless power network may include a plurality of wireless power transmitters each with an embedded wireless power transmitter manager, including a wireless power manager application. The wireless power network may include a plurality of client devices with wireless power receivers. Wireless power receivers may include a power receiver application configured to communicate with the wireless power manager application. The wireless power manager application may include a device database where information about the wireless power network may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9882394
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. A wireless power network may include a plurality of wireless power transmitters each with an embedded wireless power transmitter manager, including a wireless power manager application. The wireless power network may include a plurality of client devices with wireless power receivers. Wireless power receivers may include a power receiver application configured to communicate with the wireless power manager application. The wireless power manager application may include a device database where information about the wireless power network may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9876536
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9867062
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. A wireless power network may include a plurality of wireless power transmitters each with an embedded wireless power transmitter manager, including a wireless power manager application. The wireless power network may include a plurality of client devices with wireless power receivers. Wireless power receivers may include a power receiver application configured to communicate with the wireless power manager application. The wireless power manager application may include a device database where information about the wireless power network may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9857234
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring service in which remote monitoring units are distributed to customers who then set up monitoring as desired at their facilities. The devices may be registered through a web site using the Internet. Monitoring information may be communicated using a publicly available, wireless network, such as a cellular telephone network. The service may be provided with a system, including a server, which can deliver high levels of monitoring functionality. The server may support streaming monitoring information to a customer for analysis or sending a command activating a device connected to a remote unit. Remote units associated with the same location may be in a pool, comprising one active unit and one or more spare units, in which the server automatically identifies the active unit. The server may support analyzing monitoring information according to an expected cycle pattern of a ventilation system at the monitored facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Schechter Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Harry J. Schechter, Kevin Felichko
  • Patent number: 9860728
    Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Patent number: 9853692
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9842490
    Abstract: A method of controlling an external apparatus connected with a device includes: providing user input information used to determine a user's intention; identifying an external apparatus controllable by a device; providing apparatus information of the identified external apparatus; receiving control information about the external apparatus, which is generated based on the based on the user's intention and the apparatus information; and transmitting a control command to the external apparatus which is generated based on the received control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hang-sik Shin, Jae-woo Ko, Se-jun Park
  • Patent number: 9838083
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for communication between wireless power transmission systems and remote management systems. The described systems include one or more wireless power transmitters, one or more wireless power receivers and one or more electronic devices. Electronic devices may be able to communicate with wireless power transmitters and wireless power receivers using suitable communications channels. The disclosed systems are capable of performing system assessments and check-ups, periodically generating status reports and sending the status reports to a remote management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 9818276
    Abstract: A configuration method for a fire alarm controller may include presenting a configuration matrix, in which either the rows represent inputs while the columns represent outputs, or the rows represent outputs while the columns represent inputs, with a matrix element in the configuration matrix being binary data, which indicates whether a causal relationship exists between the input and output in the row and column where the matrix element is located; receiving at least one external input adapted to amend the value of a matrix element in the configuration matrix; and according to the amended configuration matrix, generating a configuration file for updating linkage control logic of the fire alarm controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Shui Ying Tian, Ya Ling Zhao
  • Patent number: 9818136
    Abstract: A system and method providing for communication and resolution of utility functions between participants, wherein the utility function is evaluated based on local information at the recipient to determine a cost value thereof. A user interface having express representation of both information elements, and associated reliability of the information. An automated system for optimally conveying information based on relevance and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9817959
    Abstract: Wearable electronic device technology is disclosed. In an example, a wearable electronic device can include a handling portion that facilitates donning the wearable electronic device on a user. The wearable electronic device can also include a user authentication sensor associated with the handling portion and configured to sense a biometric characteristic of the user while the user is donning the wearable electronic device. In addition, the wearable electronic device can include a security module to determine whether the sensed biometric characteristic indicates an authorized user of the wearable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Saurabh Dadu, Swarnendu Kar
  • Patent number: 9809250
    Abstract: A trailer backup steering input apparatus is coupled to a vehicle. The trailer backup steering input apparatus comprises a rotatable control element (e.g., a knob) and a rotatable control element movement sensing device. The rotatable control element biased to an at-rest position between opposing rotational ranges of motion. The rotatable control element movement sensing device is coupled to the rotatable control element for sensing movement of the rotatable control element. The rotatable control element movement sensing device outputs a signal generated as a function of an amount of rotation of the rotatable control element with respect to the at-rest position, a rate movement of the rotatable control element, and/or a direction of movement of the rotatable control element with respect to the at-rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Douglas Scott Rhode, Matthew Y. Rupp, David Dean Smit, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 9799195
    Abstract: An earthquake alarm broadcasting equipment for an earthquake detecting system includes a receiver for receiving a detection result from the earthquake detecting system, wherein the detection result at least indicates a level of earthquake intensity, a memory device for storing a trigger level, a use scenario set by a user and a contingency measure corresponding to the use scenario, a processor coupled to the receiver and the memory device for generating a control signal according to the detection result, the trigger level and the contingency measures, and a functional module coupled to the processor for broadcasting an earthquake alarm and the contingency measures to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Kung-Chun Lu, Hung-Wei Chiang, Shieh-Kung Huang, Pei-Yang Lin, Ting-Yu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9759574
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication system. The communication system includes at least one controller and may include an RF transceiver. The controller is configured to receive a distress signal including emergency information and a relay count. The controller is configured to respond, when the relay count is less than a predetermined number and a location of the vehicle is greater than a predetermined distance away from a transmission location and an origination location of the distress signal, by causing the emergency information to be transmitted with an incremented relay count. The controller may be further configured to respond to the location of the vehicle being between the origination location and at least one transmission location by inhibiting the transmitting of the emergency information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologes, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Makled, Gopichandra Surnilla, Michael Mcquillen
  • Patent number: 9749466
    Abstract: A transmission system includes one or more processors that cause a source transmission terminal to transmit data to a destination transmission terminal, the processors including a receiving unit that receives availability information generated based on a current place of a destination candidate, a displaying unit that displays the availability information on a display to allow a user to determine whether transmitting the data to a destination transmission terminal associated with the destination candidate is appropriate, an operation reception unit that receives a selection of the destination candidate corresponding to the availability information displayed, and a transmission unit that transmits the data to the destination transmission terminal associated with the destination candidate the selection of which is received by the operation reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Homma, Takahiro Asai, Yuya Akimoto
  • Patent number: 9743263
    Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Patent number: 9715627
    Abstract: An area information estimating device has a camera that photographs an image within a sensing area, a person detector that detects a person from the image from the camera, and a position calculator that calculates an existence position of the person in the sensing area based on a coordinate on the image in which the person is detected by the person detector. The person detector excludes the person in whom a relationship between the coordinate and a size on the image does not satisfy a predetermined condition from a detection target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Chujo, Seriya Iguchi, Seiichi Manabe, Hiromatsu Aoki, Shun Sakai
  • Patent number: 9672704
    Abstract: A textual notification device includes a display for presenting either emergency information or non-emergency information received at the network interface of the textual notification device. The textual notification device also includes an alert mechanism for generating an alert signal alerting occupants to the presentation of emergency information. The textual notification device can be incorporated in an emergency system that includes an emergency panel and a secondary system. The emergency panel provides the emergency information to the textual notification device for display. The secondary system provides the non-emergency information to the textual notification device for display. In one embodiment, the emergency system includes an addressable channel enabling the separate addressing of the display and the alert mechanism(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas W. Connell, II
  • Patent number: 9654953
    Abstract: A method at a mobile device, including receiving, at the mobile device, an emergency alert message from a base station; determining a response is required for the emergency alert message; and sending the response to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Chandra Sekhar Bontu, Shalini Suresh Periyalwar, James Earl Womack, Zhijun Cai
  • Patent number: 9648481
    Abstract: Calling a response provider based on detection of an emergency situation includes: receiving sensor data describing at least one characteristic of physical surroundings of a computing device; receiving biometric data for a user of the computing device; selecting, in dependence upon the biometric data and the sensor data, a profile of trigger data from among a plurality of profiles of trigger data; determining that the sensor data and the biometric data satisfy a threshold criterion of the profile of trigger data for activating a response trigger; and in response to the determination, activating the response trigger, including automatically and without the user's intervention: establishing a connection to an emergency response provider; and providing information describing the user to the emergency response provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan K. Grice, Alper S. Gurdal, Emil P. Parker
  • Patent number: 9645187
    Abstract: A system (10) and method (200) are disclosed for detecting electrical connectivity. The system includes at least one power distribution conductor (18) and at least one electrical power pad (20) comprising a detection pad (28) that is electrically isolated from a remaining portion of the respective at least one electrical power pad (20). A measured parameter at the detection pad (28) provides an indication of electrical connectivity between the at least one power distribution conductor (18) and the respective at least one electrical power pad (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Anisha Anand, Orville H. Orr, Gordon J. Chambers, John Hua
  • Patent number: 9628971
    Abstract: A gateway device is enabled to initiate sending of push notifications to an associated device. The push notifications can be sent even when a gateway device related application is not running on the device. The push notifications can also be sent to the device whenever it has internet connectivity, even if the internet connectivity is not being provided by the gateway device hotspot. In an embodiment, a mobile access gateway system can receive a notification from the gateway device that is directed to another device. The mobile access gateway system can determine whether or not the gateway device and the other device are related to each other and then instruct a push notification server to send the device a push notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andy Salvador, Don Philips, Kathy X. Liao, Michael D. Stice, Jennifer S. Swift, Jim Forbes, David Craig, Saritha Bandi
  • Patent number: 9607503
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for event management, allowing authorized users or authorities to distribute and display communications on digital displays. In one aspect, an event management communications system receives event data sent from a detection system comprised of a network of sensors. The event management communications system processes the event data to determine an event perimeter, and then selects one or more digital displays based upon the event data or the determined event perimeter. Next, the event management communications system authors one or more contextual communications corresponding to the one or more digital displays and sends said one or more authored communications to said one or more digital displays, thereby allowing the one or more digital displays to display the corresponding one or more communications to a relevant, identified audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: THINXTREAM TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ranga Raj, Laxman Bhat, Sanjiv Shet
  • Patent number: 9591601
    Abstract: A method, control node, gateway and computer programs in a communications network for enabling communication with a newly detected device connected to the network. The method comprises receiving a request message including an id associated with the newly detected device from a gateway, and retrieving configuration data associated with the device based on the id, from a device vendor database, where the device vendor database is indicated by the id. The method further comprises providing a resource in the communications network based on the configuration data, acknowledging the request message to the gateway, thereby enabling the device to communicate with the resource in the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Teemu Rinta-Aho, Heikki Mahkonen, Tero Kauppinen
  • Patent number: 9541454
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring service in which remote monitoring units are distributed to customers who then set up monitoring as desired at their facilities. The devices may be registered through a web site using the Internet. Monitoring information may be communicated using a publicly available, wireless network, such as a cellular telephone network. The service may be provided with a system, including a server, which can deliver high levels of monitoring functionality. The server may support streaming monitoring information to a customer for analysis or sending a command activating a device connected to a remote unit. Remote units associated with the same location may be in a pool, comprising one active unit and one or more spare units, in which the server automatically identifies the active unit. The server may support analyzing monitoring information according to an expected cycle pattern of a ventilation system at the monitored facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Schechter Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Harry J. Schechter, Kevin Felichko
  • Patent number: 9538317
    Abstract: In one aspect, this disclosure is directed to an activity tracking device having a size and shape adapted for physical coupling with a user. The activity tracking device may include one or more sensors to generate sensor data. For example, the sensor data can include activity and/or biometric sensor data related to the user and/or environmental sensor data related to an environment around the user. The activity tracking device may also include an identification tag including identification data that includes information about actions and/or operations associated with the particular activity tracking device. The activity tracking device also can include an identification tag transmitter, electrically coupled with the identification tag, to wirelessly transmit the identification data, according to a communication protocol, to a wireless reader responsive to coming within a proximity of the wireless reader. The wireless reader can perform, or cause a processing device to perform, the actions and/or operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventor: James Park