Mapping Patents (Class 340/286.14)
  • Patent number: 10386191
    Abstract: A method for providing waypoint data to a vehicle controller. This method may include obtaining a plurality of coordinate locations describing a vehicle route, performing a computation of the vehicle route using said coordinates, obtaining route data describing the route, transforming the route data into coordinate data comprising a plurality of data points expressed in longitude and latitude form, converting the coordinate data into properly-spaced waypoint data, storing the waypoint data in a form accessible to a vehicle controller, and accessing the waypoint data via a vehicle controller. According to an exemplary embodiment, the properly-spaced waypoint data may be created from improperly-spaced data via interpolation. The vehicle controller may control other devices associated with a vehicle, such as an automated voice announcement system or an external display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Clever Devices Ltd.
    Inventor: Cody Long
  • Patent number: 10269236
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a graphical representation of a fire system network and identifying network information for predicting network faults are provided. Some methods can include extracting at least one network parameter from a network board of at least one a plurality of nodes in a fire system network and using the extracted at least one network parameter to generate a topology map that graphically represents a physical connectivity structure of the plurality of nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kanaka Nagendra Prasad Naraharisetti, Kiran Reddy Singam, RajeshBabu Nalukurthy, Balamurugan Venkatesh
  • Patent number: 10191641
    Abstract: A device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface: displays a geographic map in a first mode of an application, the geographic map including a plurality of landmarks, the geographic map being displayed at a first magnification level; detects a first input, the first input including a first finger contact at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a first landmark on the display; in response to detecting the first input: when the first input does not satisfy one or more predefined mode-change conditions, changes the magnification level in accordance with the first input and remains in the first mode; and when the first input satisfies the mode-change conditions, selects the first landmark and enters a second mode of the application; while in the second mode, detects a second input; and, in response to detecting the second input, displays information about the first landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Billy Chen, Patrick Steven Piemonte
  • Patent number: 10068354
    Abstract: An image of an agricultural item is captured on a mobile device. Agricultural data is received that corresponds geographically to the agricultural item. Visual indicia are displayed that are indicative of the received agricultural data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Matt Mentzer
  • Patent number: 9928720
    Abstract: A method of gas detection includes receiving, by a data collection device, reports of detected concentrations of a particular gas from one or more gas sensing devices having one or more associated gas sensors, receiving an alarm from a gas sensing device indicating a detected concentration greater than a predetermined threshold, and receiving concentration updates from the alarming device at a rate faster than that provided by its predetermined reporting schedule. The method may further include sending a command to one or more gas sensing devices nearby the alarming device to send concentration updates. The method may further include determining a location of a gas leak by triangulating the received updates from the alarming device and the nearby devices based on their locations and/or creating and displaying a gas concentration map based on the received updates from the alarming device and the nearby devices and their locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ITRON, INC.
    Inventor: Mark K. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 9875408
    Abstract: A setting apparatus that configures a setting for detecting that an object existing at different positions in images corresponding to different times has passed through a detection line or a detection area composites, on an image, an indication indicating a trajectory of an object in an image, and outputs the image on which the indication is composited, as a setting window for setting the detection line or the detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiji Adachi
  • Patent number: 9640003
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a user input of a security system receiving a respective identifier for each of a plurality of objects tracked within a secured area having a plurality of geographically separate spaces and a processor of the security system detecting entry of one of the plurality of objects into one of the plurality of geographically separate spaces via an access controller associated with the one of the plurality of geographically spaces, determining a geographic location of the one of the plurality of objects based upon detecting the entry, retrieving a map of the secured area along with a track of the one of the plurality of objects through the secured area, and displaying the geographic location of the one of the plurality of objects on the map through one of a portable handheld device, a monitoring station, and other possible human machine interface devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Shanmuganathan T., Abhisekh Jain S., Eben Gnana Pradeep S., Sridhar Jayabal, Savari Raj
  • Patent number: 9607502
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system are disclosed for real-time incident control and site management, which enables update-to-date monitoring of every location of a multi-unit site and efficient direction of operations on a site-wide basis. The system communicates with parties onsite via text messaging or similar means, analyzes the communication to determine a status for each unit of the site, and presents a graphical overview of the site with the status information, which allows a commander using the system to control the actions of the parties onsite in an efficient and effective manner. The system also coordinates with support agencies, such as law enforcement agencies, to facilitate assistance of the parties onsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SWIFTREACH NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Felmlee
  • Patent number: 9529086
    Abstract: A dust detection apparatus includes a dust measuring unit that measures an amount of dust in air, a controller that determines a moving direction of the dust detection apparatus based on the measured amount of dust or a predetermined dust accumulation position candidate, a flight controller that controls a flight of the dust detection apparatus to the determined moving direction, and a communication unit that sends, to a server, location information of a dust accumulation position determined based on the measured amount of dust and the amount of dust measured by the dust measuring unit at the dust accumulation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Taoka, Hiroyuki Kayama, Ichiro Takei
  • Patent number: 9257023
    Abstract: A media device connected to an external device and a control method thereof are provided. The media device includes a display unit configured to output a plan view denoting a structure of a building, a signal input/output unit configured to, when emergency occurs, receive information regarding a location in which emergency has occurred from a management center, and a controller configured to classify a plurality of emergency exits disposed in the building into available emergency exits and unavailable emergency exits by using the location information, map a fire escape route leading to an emergency exit closest to the location in which the media device is installed, among the available emergency exits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hakjoo Lee, Yeosun Lim
  • Patent number: 9215566
    Abstract: A method for navigating through a predefined space is described herein. The method includes receiving, by a remote unit, a signal indicative of a selection of at least one destination category, wherein the selected destination category is associated with a plurality of destination locations. A position of each of the plurality of destination locations is determined within the predefined space. A final destination location is determined within the predefined space, an origination location of the remote unit is determined, and a first route is determined from the origination location to the final destination. The first route including each destination location included in the selected destination category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT DESIGN LABS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mitchael C. Freeman, Michael H. Freeman
  • Patent number: 8935095
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a device, system and methods that promote safety and security within an organization. Sensor data from one or more installation sensors is collected, analyzed and used to create a map and/or directions that, when received by a wireless mobile device, facilitate a person's possible egress around or from a detected event. The information provided to the person by the map and/or the directions may be individually crafted to be of maximum use to the specific recipient so the person can understand, plan and execute the most appropriate danger avoidance maneuvers in minimal time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Hartman, John E. Hershey, Robert J. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8754777
    Abstract: Systems and methods display data relevant to a user's trip along an inferred route and destination of a user device. First, the method receives a current device location from the device. Next, historical route and destination data of users that traveled through the current device location is retrieved. Determining a most likely route and destination of the user is determined. Points of interest along the inferred route are retrieved. The points of interest and the inferred route are transmitted to the device. Furthermore, a module calculates whether there is enough extant battery capacity to sustain the inferred route to the inferred destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Mendis
  • Patent number: 8294551
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media deliver a variety of personalized information to a member of an association. In embodiments, information intended for delivery to a member, with or without request by the member, may be delivered via a television transmission, a telematic transmission to a vehicle, or a read-only memory. A password or biometric may be used to authenticate the intended viewer of the delivered information prior to displaying it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Charles L. Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 8232877
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving a context boundary; receiving a boundary criteria for the context boundary; identifying a personal physical characteristic for monitoring a monitored person; detecting a personal noncompliance to the boundary criteria based on a discrepancy of the personal physical characteristic; and generating an alert based on the personal noncompliance for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain
  • Patent number: 8026794
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media deliver a variety of personalized information to a member of an association. In embodiments, information intended for delivery to a member, with or without request by the member, may be delivered via a television transmission, a telematic transmission to a vehicle, or a read-only memory. A password or biometric may be used to authenticate the intended viewer of the delivered information prior to displaying it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventor: Charles Lee Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 7626496
    Abstract: This is a method for use in automated screening of tickets for plant protection based on negative feedback from past performance. In particular this invention provides an automated screening process that takes a dig ticket address from a ticket request and correlates it to known cable locations to determine which ticket dig addresses are too close to the buried fiber. This is done using a method that balances the risk of extra labor charges due to a Type I error with the risk of costs associated with a cable cut due to a Type II error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Michael L. Asher
  • Patent number: 7579945
    Abstract: An emergency response system capable of directing building occupants to a safe location in real-time is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of sensors which detect and monitor an emergency condition, a central processing unit which evaluates the data, calculates accessible evacuation routes, and sends the result to output devices which provide directional information to occupants. By combining an analysis of the flow of evacuees with changes in building structural information and the evolution of an emergency condition the system combines situation-aware data with contextual information to thereby provide the best available evacuation route to evacuees. In this manner, some evacuees may be redirected to alternate evacuation routes during the evacuation process itself, thereby minimizing problems due to congestion, potential panic of the evacuees, and changes in the emergency condition while increasing the probability that evacuees will reach a safe location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christian Richter, Antonio Sanso, David Rockett, Harshita Nersu
  • Publication number: 20080258881
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention recite a method and system for provisioning a Java equipped cellular telephone. In one embodiment, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data collector application is uploaded onto a Java equipped cellular telephone for enabling the Java equipped cellular telephone to perform GIS data collection functions. The method further comprises uploading a data dictionary onto the Java equipped cellular telephone comprising at least one GIS feature type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Paul Robin Manson, Bruce Stephen James, Michelle Lynn Frye, Robert Murie Allan, John Francis Rogers, Peter Glen France
  • Publication number: 20080111665
    Abstract: An electronic map display method is disclosed. The method includes: providing an electronic map file having a plurality of objects where each object has an attribute; and comparing a plurality of attributes corresponding to a plurality of target objects included within a display range to control a display order with respect to the target objects for displaying the target objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Chen-Ning Hsi
  • Patent number: 7259656
    Abstract: A system and method displays a safe route from a location to a destination that avoids one or more hazards detected, such as a fire or a gas leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: CH2M Hill Industrial Design & Construction, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen J Wright
  • Patent number: 7221984
    Abstract: An automation system for programming appliances having programmable controllers, programmable devices and trigger devices that communicate over a communication link. The user programs the programmable devices by placing the programmable controller in its training mode, activating the trigger device to generate a trigger signed and places select programmable devices in their programmed state. After all of the desired programmable devices have been put in then programmed states, the user takes the programmable controller out of its training mode. When the programmable controller is out of its training mode, it monitors the communication link for the trigger event. Upon detecting the trigger event, the programmable controller sends messages to the selected programmable devices instructing them to go to their programmed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Ameritech Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 7203599
    Abstract: A method for controlled source electromagnetic Earth surveying includes deploying a plurality of electromagnetic sensors in a selected pattern at the top of an area of the Earth's subsurface to be surveyed. At least one of a transient electric field and a transient magnetic field is applied to the Earth in the vicinity of the sensors at a plurality of different positions. At least one of electric field amplitude and magnetic field amplitude at each of the sensors is recorded each time the transient electric field and/or magnetic field is applied. Each recording is adjusted for acquisition geometry. An image is generated corresponding to at least one sensor position using at least two stacked, adjusted recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: KJT Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Strack, Leon A. Thomsen, Horst Rueter
  • Patent number: 7142844
    Abstract: In an automobile, communications to and from the automobile are in the form of messages. Such messages are referred to as “electronic car-mail” or “C-mail” messages as each message has a destination or origination address which includes an identifier, e.g., a vehicle identification number (VIN), identifying the automobile. The messages may be delivered to the automobile from a remote server through a communications network, e.g., the Internet. One such message may contain a recall notice to the automobile. Another message may contain just-in-time map information for navigation, depending on the current location of the automobile. Yet another message may contain advertising information concerning selected entities, e.g., restaurants, gas stations, department stores, etc., also depending on the current location of the automobile. The messages transmitted from the automobile to the remote server may contain, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: American Calcar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Obradovich, Philip E. White
  • Patent number: 6987964
    Abstract: In an automobile, communications to and from the automobile are in the form of messages. Such messages are referred to as “electronic car-mail” or “C-mail” messages as each message has a destination or origination address which includes an identifier, e.g., a vehicle identification number (VIN), identifying the automobile. The messages may be delivered to the automobile from a remote server through a communications network, e.g., the Internet. One such message may contain a recall notice to the automobile. Another message may contain just-in-time map information for navigation, depending on the current location of the automobile. Yet another message may contain advertising information concerning selected entities, e.g., restaurants, gas stations, department stores, etc., also depending on the current location of the automobile. The messages transmitted from the automobile to the remote server may contain, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: American Calcar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Obradovich, Philip E. White
  • Patent number: 6952158
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the geolocation of autonomous mobile appliances using timing measurements from reference signals to determine position. The system and method allows the use of reference signals from disparate communication and navigation networks of which the mobile appliance may or may not be a network member. The system and method also maintains and dynamically updates its database of the location of reference signal transmitters and the reference signals emitted by the reference signal transmitters upon the detection of new reference signals or when the geolocation solution of a mobile appliance is over-determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Inventor: Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6754485
    Abstract: In an automobile, communications to and from the automobile are in the form of messages. Such messages are referred to as “electronic car-mail” or “C-mail” messages as each message has a destination or origination address which includes an identifier, e.g., a vehicle identification number (VIN), identifying the automobile. The message may be delivered to the automobile from a remote server through a communications network, e.g., the Internet. One such message may contain a recall notice to the automobile. Another message may contain just-in-time map information for navigation, depending on the current location of the automobile. Yet another message may contain advertising information concerning selected entities, e.g., restaurants, gas stations, department stores, etc., also depending on the current location of the automobile. The messages transmitted from the automobile to the remote server may contain, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: American Calcar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Obradovich, Philip E. White
  • Patent number: 6646559
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for activating one or more warning devices, such as weather warning sirens, environmental warning devices, flash flood gates, and the like, from a remote or central location. Warning devices situated across geographically dispersed areas can be remotely controlled from a central location, such as a weather center, on the basis of detected and predicted weather patterns and other environmentally hazardous events. One or more warning devices can be quickly and easily activated through a computer-implemented user interface that allows a user to select a group of warning devices that are in the path of an approaching hazardous event. Each warning device is activated through a communication line that transmits an activation code to each device. Each device provides confirmation that it has been activated, and the resulting activation is indicated on a computer screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: User-Centric Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 6433687
    Abstract: A mobile control system capable of identifying a layout condition at a glance and quickly finding and displaying an associated moving body from among many moving bodies, wherein the system is capable of retrieving an object of communication by only designating a site and quickly making communication with the object thus picked out. For controlling moving bodies located in a specific area, the mobile control systems are each provided with a position sensor for detecting a current position or positions of one or more moving bodies located in the specific area and a monitor system for displaying a layout diagram of specific objects located in the specific area and information symbolical of the moving bodies respectively at positions determined on the basis of the current positions of the moving bodies detected by the position sensor in the layout diagram being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimiya Yamaashi, Koichiro Tanikoshi, Masayasu Futakawa, Yoshibumi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6385495
    Abstract: An automation system for programming appliances having programmable controllers, programmable devices and trigger devices that communicate over a communication link. The user programs the programmable devices by placing the programmable controller in its training mode, activating the trigger device to generate a trigger signed and places select programmable devices in their programmed state. After all of the desired programmable devices have been put in then programmed states, the user takes the programmable controller out of its training mode. When the programmable controller is out of its training mode, it monitors the communication link for the trigger event. Upon detecting the trigger event, the programmable controller sends messages to the selected programmable devices instructing them to go to their programmed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Ameritech Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6351218
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for activating one or more warning devices, such as tornado sirens, from a remote or central location. Warning devices situated across geographically dispersed areas can be remotely controlled from a central location, such as a weather center, on the basis of detected and predicted weather patterns. One or more warming devices call be quickly and easily activated through a computer-implemented user interface that allows a user to select a group of warning devices that are in the path of an approaching tornado. Each warning device is activated through a communication line that transmits an activation code to each device. Each device provides confirmation that it has been activated, and the resulting activation is indicated on a computer screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: WeatherData, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Smith