Signal Box Type (e.g., To Call Messenger, Plural Fire Alarm Boxes) Patents (Class 340/287)
  • Patent number: 10867487
    Abstract: A method is presented for alerting persons of an emergency situation in a public space having an emergency colored-lighting alarm system. In response to a user actuating an alarm panel to indicate a type of emergency, the colored-lighting alarm system displays a color-coded lighting message corresponding to the emergency type. The color-coded message can include repeatedly or alternatingly emitting a colored light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Eddins, Kenneth Glover
  • Patent number: 10769918
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a combined actuator and image sensor assembly disposed at the facility that is configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The assembly can include a lockdown actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated, and an image sensor configured to capture at least one of a still image an a video image of a region proximate the assembly. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown initiation communication for communication initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown initiation communication being recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 10643171
    Abstract: A user places an order on a merchant website associated with a merchant system via a user computing device. The user selects an option for delivery to the user computing device location within a delivery area during a delivery time window and authorizes a delivery system to log the location of the user computing device during and/or a period of time before the delivery time window. When the delivery time window arrives, the delivery system provides a delivery route to a delivery agent computing device. When the delivery agent arrives at the user computing device's location, the user receives an alert that the delivery agent has arrived and receives a package from the delivery agent. If the user does not remain within the delivery area, the user may cancel the order and the delivery, may reschedule the delivery, and/or may accept delivery of the order to a fixed shipping address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10423134
    Abstract: An intermediate sump warning system having a sensor associated with a gate of an intermediate sump. The sensor is connected to a controller that activates a warning signal when the sensor detects that the gate is in an open position. The controller also deactivates the unloading system when the gate is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sukup Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Eugene G. Sukup, Graham Giddings, Elizabeth Brinkman, Randal L. Marcks, Charles E. Sukup
  • Patent number: 10171347
    Abstract: A transfer path between a sensor and a data processing server is partitioned into at least a first transfer path between the sensor and a first relay device, a second transfer path from the first relay device to a second relay device that transfers the data transmitted from the first sensor, and a third transfer path between the second relay device and the data processing server. A data transfer between each of the sensors and the data processing server is implemented by respectively controlling a pair of the first transfer path and the second transfer path, and a pair of the second transfer path and the third transfer path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Makoto Kubota
  • Patent number: 10115291
    Abstract: The present disclosure include devices, systems, and methods for location-based incontinence detection and monitoring including a communication device receiving incontinence event indicators occurrence and location indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan R. Tallent, Gavin M. Monson, James D. Voll, Victor Potter
  • Patent number: 9858800
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown initiation communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication. The lockdown communicator can also include a vibrator that creates vibrations of sufficient strength to be perceivable by facility occupants upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9858801
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication. The lockdown communicator can also include a vibrator that creates vibrations of sufficient strength to be perceivable by facility occupants upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9852610
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9852609
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown initiation communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9799204
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for an infrastructure monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hyland, Robert Paul Keefe, Marietta Edmunds Zakas, Clayton Robert Barker
  • Patent number: 9734700
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9711022
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9711037
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9711023
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589451
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589449
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589452
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589450
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9514634
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and methods for notifying first responders of a security crisis or threat. The alarm system can be scaled to allow the alarm system to be used effectively in facilities of differing sizes and layouts. The system is also flexible, enabling the system to integrate with currently existing systems or to operate with new devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: BluePoint Alert Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: John McNutt, Ken Volkening, John Shales, Todd Stirn
  • Patent number: 9454890
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9454891
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9277121
    Abstract: A 360° camera can be embedded within a fire pull station of a fire alarm system, the fire alarm system can include at least one of a fire detection component, a signaling component, and control panel. The fire pull station can include a mounting bracket and a housing. The mounting bracket can securely affixes the station to a surface. The housing can include of at least one of a power source, a pull, and a circuitry. The 360° camera can include an image sensor and a 360° lense array. The camera can obtain electrical power from the power source of the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Publication number: 20150015381
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and methods for notifying first responders of a security crisis or threat. The alarm system can be scaled to allow the alarm system to be used effectively in facilities of differing sizes and layouts. The system is also flexible, enabling the system to integrate with currently existing systems or to operate with new devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: John McNUTT, Ken VOLKENING, John SHALES, Todd STIRN
  • Patent number: 8797157
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring usage and predicting failure of visual notification appliances are disclosed. The visual notification appliances may be strobe lights, which can be provided with an internal counter circuit that obtains a cumulative tally of the number of times the strobe has flashed. Since strobe service life is directly proportional to the number of flashes, monitoring the number of flashes enables proactive repair or replacement of the strobe prior to failure. Flash counts can be stored in the appliance and periodically transmitted to a remote location such as a fire panel or remote monitoring center. Flash counts can also be locally displayed, or can be readable by a user with a handheld device. Alarms or other indications may automatically be generated to alert building or service personnel when an end of life condition is approaching for one or more strobes. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: John R. Haynes
  • Patent number: 8730019
    Abstract: A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Steven T. Varieur
  • Patent number: 8536991
    Abstract: A decorative doorbell device is provided that includes a base unit attachable to a door and an ornamental housing unit rotatably lockable to the base unit. A doorbell ringer may be attached to the ornamental housing unit with a wireless activator so that a sound-producing unit is remotely activated by the wireless activator. The ornamental housing unit may be formed in the shape of a football helmet and decorated with a particular team's logo and colors on in any other desired ornamentation and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Spencer O. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8529635
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. The system includes hardware, software and firmware components that cooperate to allow tracking, disabling, and other interaction with the stolen electronic device. The system includes an application component, non-viewable component and Basic Input/Output Subsystem (BIOS) component that are present on the electronic device. The BIOS component maintains the secured environment of the application and non-viewable components. If only the application component was provided, a simple low level format of the hard disk drive would remove the application and bypass the security features. The system implements an “application and BIOS” based solution to electronic device security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8506649
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. The system includes hardware, software and firmware components that cooperate to allow tracking, disabling, and other interaction with the stolen electronic device. The system includes an application component, non-viewable component and Basic Input/Output Subsystem (BIOS) component that are present on the electronic device. The BIOS component maintains the secured environment of the application and non-viewable components. If only the application component was provided, a simple low level format of the hard disk drive would remove the application and bypass the security features. The system implements an “application and BIOS” based solution to electronic device security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8432266
    Abstract: A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Steven T. Varieur
  • Patent number: 8361166
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting electronic device security and tracking information. A method includes but is not limited to making accessible at least one first webpage capable of presenting a category for an electronic device registered with an electronic device security and tracking system and method (ESTSM) service; making accessible at least one second webpage capable of accepting a report that the electronic device has been stolen; and making accessible at least one third webpage capable of accepting at least one item of information pertaining to enablement of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Publication number: 20120306630
    Abstract: A decorative doorbell device is provided that includes a base unit attachable to a door and an ornamental housing unit rotatably lockable to the base unit. A doorbell ringer may be attached to the ornamental housing unit with a wireless activator so that a sound-producing unit is remotely activated by the wireless activator. The ornamental housing unit may be formed in the shape of a football helmet and decorated with a particular team's logo and colors on in any other desired ornamentation and shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Spencer O. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8292969
    Abstract: A system and method for electronic device protection. A method includes activating the electronic device; transferring control to a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) component after activation; transferring control to a non-viewable component from the BIOS component; verifying that an application component operated correctly during a previous device activation; and continuing with activation of the electronic device if the application component operated correctly during the previous device activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8287603
    Abstract: An electronic device has software for protecting the electronic device from unauthorized utilization. When executed, the software causes the electronic device to execute an application component, wherein the application component is configured to automatically ascertain whether the electronic device has been reported stolen, based on information received from a server system. The electronic device also automatically determines whether the application component is operating correctly, and if so, automatically provides a basic input/output system (BIOS) component of the electronic device with information indicating that the application component is operating correctly. During a subsequent boot process for the electronic device, the software automatically prevents the electronic device from completing the boot process if the BIOS component does not find the information from the application component indicating that the application component was operating correctly. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Publication number: 20120249311
    Abstract: A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: SIMPLEXGRINNELL LP
    Inventor: Steven T. Varieur
  • Patent number: 8275349
    Abstract: Methods and systems automatically allocate cellular communication network resources to emergency response personnel during emergency situations which are detected by call volumes exceeding a predetermined maximum. Access to cellular communication network resources is provided by dedicating a portion of communication channels to emergency response personnel use. By reserving whole communication channels for emergency communication purposes, emergency personnel are able to both initiate and receive calls from both other mobile devices as well as conventional landline telephone stations. Qualified emergency response personnel can preregistered their phones and be assigned personal identification numbers to enable access to allocated network resources. Users can also be registered “on the fly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rivada Networks, LLC
    Inventor: Clint Smith
  • Patent number: 8241368
    Abstract: In a method for securing and disabling an electronic device, the electronic device automatically executes a basic input/output system (BIOS) component of a security and tracking service during boot up. The BIOS component automatically determines whether an application component of the security and tracking service has requested disabling of the electronic device. In response to a determination that the application component has requested disabling of the electronic device, the BIOS component automatically displays system information and unlock key. The BIOS component also automatically prompts a user of the electronic device to enter an activation password to re-enable the electronic device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva M. Bhansali, Manoj K. Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul R. Patel, Rayesh K. Raikar, Kamal M. Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza A. Varghese, Thomas D. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8182548
    Abstract: An electronic device security and tracking system. A system includes one or more clients, wherein the clients are electronic devices; and a server computer system connected to each of the clients, wherein the server computer system is capable of tracking and locating each of the clients. In one aspect, the server computer system includes one or more web servers coupled to each of the clients, wherein the web servers include a website for the electronic device security and tracking system; one or more file transfer protocol servers coupled to each of the web servers; and one or more database servers connected to each of the web servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8169315
    Abstract: A device and method for sending medic alert information electronically. The device may have a memory component and a processing component. The memory component may store medic alert information. The processing component may generate an electronic message containing the medic alert information and send the electronic message via a communications network. The device may also have an input component for receiving a user request to initiate a connection with an emergency contact, such as a 911 dispatcher. The electronic message may be automatically generated and sent in response to the user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Keith Shane Smith, Jeffrey Clinton Mikan
  • Patent number: 8163035
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to interference management for a security and tracking system of an electronic device. In one embodiment, during a startup process, an electronic device executes a security program and automatically attempts to access a first web server to ascertain whether the electronic devices has been reported as stolen. In response to an unsuccessful attempt to access the first web server, the electronic device may automatically attempt to access a second web server for data regarding operational status of the first web server. In response to unsuccessful attempts to access the first and second web servers, the electronic device may automatically present an interference alert to provide notification that the electronic device will be disabled if the electronic device continues to experience interference. The electronic device may be automatically disabled in response to a predetermined number of startup sequences with interference. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Publication number: 20120068841
    Abstract: A pseudo non-addressable alarm system that uses addressable notification appliances and/or detectors is disclosed. In one aspect, the addressable notification appliances and/or detectors may be entirely automatically (or partially automatically) grouped. One manner of automatic grouping is to use the wiring of the pseudo non-addressable system in order to automatically form the groupings of notification applications, such as grouping the notification appliances based on the signal line circuit to which they are connected. In another aspect, labels for the notification appliances and/or detectors in the pseudo non-addressable system may be entirely automatically (or partially automatically) generated. The labels may be automatically generated based on wiring of the pseudo non-addressable system and/or based on grouping information (such as grouping based on the particular signal line circuit to which the notification appliance is connected).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Piccolo, III
  • Patent number: 8137410
    Abstract: A method for tracking, locating and disabling an electronic device. A method includes checking if an application component operated correctly during last power-up of the device; and placing the device under control of power on self test to proceed with powering-up the device if the application component operated correctly during last device power-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8128710
    Abstract: A system and method for securing and tracking an electronic device. A method includes but is not limited to accepting a selection of a service to erase a hard disk drive in the electronic device; recording that the electronic device has been reported stolen; and erasing the hard disk drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Softex Incorporated
    Inventors: Apurva Mahendrakumar Bhansali, Manoj Kumar Jain, Shradha Dube, Gayathri Rangarajan, Mehul Ramjibhai Patel, Rayesh Kashinath Raikar, Kamal Mansukhlal Dhanani, Ranjit Kapila, Elza Abraham Varghese, Thomas David Tucker
  • Patent number: 8121588
    Abstract: A system for providing emergency services in which a voice pendant provides voice signals to a corresponding radio-based voice-enabled base station which either (1) acoustically forwards the voice signals on to an existing base station or (2) forwards the voice signals on to an existing base station via a communications link. The existing base station is triggered by a triggering signal that is learned by the radio-based voice-enabled base station by either DTMF programming or by receiving the triggering signal from an existing pendant while in a learning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Logicmark, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 8068026
    Abstract: A periodic tester to determine the readiness of a fire pump system interfaces with a fire pump controller, an electric motor, and a sprinkler system. The fire pump controller has a power on/off sensor which interfaces with an electric motor which starts the fire pump to provide water to the sprinkler system. The power on/off system has a contactor coil as a component. The periodic tester targets two of the main components of fire system failure: the power on/off sensor and the contactor coil. The periodic tester may be retrofitted to existing systems and interface either directly or indirectly with the power on/off sensor to accommodate both systems that have a solenoid valve and those that do not. The periodic tester is designed to attempt to start the system only once during a set cycle. Any failure to start is displayed through audible and visual alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Manuel J. Delerno, Vincent O. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7839281
    Abstract: Indicator devices and systems for explosion proof enclosures are described. The indicator devices include a sleeve, a dome-like transparent member, a connector body, a first and second contact, a means for preventing the first contact from contacting the second contact, and an indicator. Upon an increase in a temperature or a pressure near the means for preventing (for example, within the enclosure), the means for preventing allows the first and second contacts to contact, thereby completing an electrical circuit from a power source to the indicator (such as a light or an alarm). The indicator systems include an indicator device coupled to an explosion proof enclosure containing critical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Publication number: 20100045456
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless item locator doorbell system comprising a doorbell unit and a moveable item locator unit in communication with said doorbell unit wherein said doorbell unit further comprises a motion sensor configured to actuate a message device, wherein said message device is configured to provide a message upon activation of said motion sensor, an actuating mechanism in communication with said motion sensor and/or message device, a transmitter configured to deliver a wireless signal upon actuation of said actuating mechanism, wherein said moveable item locator unit further comprises a receiver configured to receive signals from said transmitter of said doorbell unit, and a second message device configured to provide a message upon activation by said receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Weston S. Koennecke, Craig A. Zimmerman, Terry M. Jun
  • Patent number: 7577420
    Abstract: A security system (52) using cellular wireless half duplex communication call (62) is provided. The security system (52) comprises a set of monitored resources (10), group of owners (48) and group of helpers (50) connected using said cellular wireless half duplex call (52). The monitored resource (10) is configured to generate an alarm and is coupled with said cellular wireless half duplex call (62). Said owners (48) and helpers (50) are also coupled with said cellular wireless half duplex call (62). In an event of emergency said monitored resource (10) generates an alarm and initiates said cellular wireless half duplex call (62) to connect to said owners (48) and said helpers (50) in shortest possible time without significantly contributing to cellular network load. Said security system (52) provides most scalable, efficient and viable security solution using cellular wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventors: Sudharshan Srinivasan, Jai Kumar, Kothandraman Ramchandran
  • Patent number: 7408477
    Abstract: A fire alarm pull station includes a cover which must be opened to reach a fire alarm actuating handle, and an audio pull station alarm triggered by opening the cover. Once triggered, the pull station alarm remains on until reset, which reset requires using a tool in a first embodiment or a key in a second (or key lock) embodiment. The tool or key preferably allows the pull station to be opened to reset the pull station alarm. The cover may further be blocked from closing after being opened, and may only be closed after opening the pull station to reset a blocking mechanism. The pull station alarm is preferably an audio alarm residing in the pull station and the pull station may be hard wired to the fire alarm or wireless. The presence of the pull station alarm serves to deter false alarm setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventors: Louis J. Finkle, Andrea Furia
  • Patent number: 7391302
    Abstract: A car-used lock with alerting function comprises a lock installed with a sensor, a buzzer and a transmitter; a receiving control device for receiving signals from the transmitter; the receiving control device being installed with a receiver, a decoder, a microprocessor, an indicator, leaning keys, a dialing control wire and a power source; a car-used handset connected to the receiving control device and having a battery. The receiver serves to transfer the high frequency signals emitted from the transmitter into digital signals. The decoder serves to transfer the digital signals into codes. The microprocessor serves to compare the codes with the built-in data. The lock has the affect of immediate alert and communication with legal frequency bands and power. The power source is from the car used handset. Furthermore, two sets of quick dialing numbers are used so that the line busy of the car owner can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventor: Hui-Hua Hsieh