Monitoring In Addition To Control (e.g., Supervisory) Patents (Class 340/3.1)
  • Patent number: 11408857
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for detecting internal defects of a protective headgear are provided. An example apparatus may include a protective headgear, an actuator element integrated within the protective headgear, a sensor element integrated within the protective headgear, and a processor element electronically coupled to the actuator element and the sensor element. In some examples, the processor element is configured to cause the actuator element to generate a first ultrasonic wave, wherein the first ultrasonic wave is propagated in the protective headgear, and receive a first output from the sensor element in response to the first ultrasonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Lei Jiang, Wei Sun, Junyan Xu, Zhixiong Hou, Feng Cao
  • Patent number: 11410250
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated restaurant comprising: a kitchen; a customer-tracking area comprising a dining area; and a plurality of vehicles. The kitchen comprises a storage apparatus to store ingredient containers, a transfer apparatus to move ingredient containers, and one or more cooking stations. Each vehicle is configured to move one or more food containers from cooking stations to dining tables. A tracking system comprises video cameras, lidars, etc., which are fixedly mounted. The tracking system can dynamically map out the fixtures, humans and vehicles in the restaurant. Information from the tracking system is used to control the motion of the vehicles. The tracking system can dynamically track the positions of customers in the customer-tracking area, so that foods ordered by specific customers may be automatically sent by vehicles to the customers' locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 11395030
    Abstract: A plurality of content streams each including audio, video, or audio-video content may be transmitted to a plurality of premises. In addition, one or more command streams may be transmitted over a distribution network. Premises automation commands may then be sent to one or more systems based on a user selection associated with a corresponding command stream. The premises automation commands may be configured to instruct a system at a premises to perform a function. The commands may, for example, instruct a lighting system to turn on/off lights, a security system to enter an arm or disarm operational state, a thermostat to adjust its temperature, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sallas
  • Patent number: 11379971
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for selecting aerial images for image processing to identify Energy Infrastructure (EI) features is provided. The method includes performing image processing on aerial images of a portion of global terrain captured at different times to determine differences in terrain content the captured images. Aerial images are selected for further image processing according to identified differences in terrain content. The selected images are imaged processed via an EI feature recognition type to identify EI features within the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SOURCEWATER, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Adler
  • Patent number: 11343380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for management of a premises are disclosed. One or more premises devices may be located at a premises. A computing device located at the premises may be in communication with the one or more premises devices. The computing device may also be in communication with an external network. The computing device may process data associated with the one or more premises devices using one or more automation rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul J. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11336096
    Abstract: An apparatus in an illustrative embodiment comprises at least one processing device comprising a processor coupled to a memory. The processing device is configured to receive power consumption data relating to at least one monitored device, and to classify the monitored device based at least in part on the power consumption data. The processing device is further configured to select a power policy for the classified device, and to control application of power to the classified device in accordance with the selected power policy. For example, controlling application of power to the classified device in accordance with the selected power policy may comprise determining contextual information for the classified device, generating a control signal based at least in part on the contextual information and the selected power policy, and transmitting the control signal to at least one node of a node network. Other illustrative embodiments include methods and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Amber Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bjorn Markus Jakobsson, Peter Mankowski, Stephen C. Gerber
  • Patent number: 11335181
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring a security sensor are provided. Some methods can include receiving user input identifying a configuration setting of the security sensor through a user input device located on the security sensor, identifying the configuration setting based on the user input, transmitting a registration message to a security system control panel identifying the configuration setting, and operating in accordance with the configuration setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chao Zhao, Yu Lin Li, Ting Li
  • Patent number: 11334035
    Abstract: A system for automatically learning and adapting to the energy usage of an equipment operating according to a control input including at least one sensor for measuring an energy usage of the equipment an generating a baseline energy usage over time signature that is used to compare active energy usage measurements to so as to determine operational deviations. The system includes software that matches and compares equipment operation to established norms and can modify the functioning of the equipment when threshold deviations are detected. The system includes the ability to learn the functioning of the equipment and can adjust for dynamically changing conditions to avoid generation of false alerts or alarms while at the same time detecting longer term deviations that if left unchecked, could shorten the lifespan of the equipment and increase the costs associated with running the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Budderfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Subbloie, Christopher J. DeBenedictis, Jaan Leemet, Kenneth Buda
  • Patent number: 11281268
    Abstract: The present application is directed at pin programming od controllers for power converters and provides for the programming of a plurality of different controller parameters using a single programming resistor. The value of the programming resistor is used as a pointer to select a table storing a plurality of different settings for the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Karl Rinne, Antoin Russell
  • Patent number: 11277670
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for automatically controlling the volume of a home entertainment device by an HVAC component. An HVAC component determines when it, or another HVAC, is active or not, and causes a home entertainment device to adjust its volume accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: RCS Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Acosta
  • Patent number: 11270538
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a server computer, located remote from a premises. The server computer receives a first message, transmitted from a user device located remote from the premises, and generates a second message containing information regarding an individual identified as being present inside or using the premises. If the premises is occupied or in use, the second message contains information identifying the individual. The server computer transmits a control signal or monitoring signal to a computer or processor located at the premises. The computer or processor performs a control operation or a monitoring operation regarding the premises, or the system, equipment, or device, of the premises in response to the control signal or monitoring signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 11248744
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a boundary section of a safety zone for detecting an object at least partially entering or leaving the safety zone through the boundary section is provided. The monitoring device comprises: a light curtain device for detecting an object touching the boundary section; at least one radar device for detecting a movement direction of the object relative to the boundary section and/or a material property of the object; and an evaluation device for emitting an evaluation result based on a radar device signal from the radar device and optionally based on a light curtain device signal from the light curtain device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Enzo Romano, Paolo Viviani, Gianmarco Grange
  • Patent number: 11247567
    Abstract: An FET makes an upstream power supply circuit an energized state and makes the upstream power supply circuit an interrupted state. An FET makes a downstream power supply circuit an energized state and makes the downstream power supply circuit an interrupted state. An FET turns on to make an anode and a cathode of the capacitor an energized state, and turns off to make the anode and the cathode an interrupted state. A controller turns on the FET and the FET and turns off the FET to make a power supply circuit an energized state. When a certain discharge request is input in the energized state of the power supply circuit, the controller turns off the FET and turns on the FET and the FET. With this configuration, a semiconductor relay device can appropriately address the power supply circuit at the time of abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Morimoto, Eiichiro Oishi
  • Patent number: 11240922
    Abstract: A wall module includes a frame and a tile connected thereto. The tile includes an opening in which an electronic device mounting assembly is mounted. The electronic device mounting assembly includes a mounting plate having a receiving area configured to have an electronic device mounted therein. The electronic device mounting assembly also includes securing elements configured to selectively secure the electronic device within the receiving area and a face plate configured to cover an edge of the opening in the tile as well as a peripheral edge of the electronic device. The wall module having the electronic device mounting assembly described above can be a single wall module within a modular wall having a plurality of wall modules, each of the plurality of wall modules being with or without an electronic device mounting assembly mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Michael P Van De Sype, Colin V Blehm
  • Patent number: 11231903
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to perform intelligent list reading are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device having one or more processors, receiving a first user input of a first input type, the first user input including a plurality of words; displaying, on the touch-sensitive display, the plurality of words; receiving a second user input of a second input type indicating a selection of a word of the plurality of words, the second input type different than the first input type; receiving a third user input; modifying the selected word based on the third user input to provide a modified one or more words; and displaying, on the touch-sensitive display, the modified one or more words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Gruber, Mohammed A. Tayyeb, Ron C. Santos, Madhusudan Chinthakunta
  • Patent number: 11230197
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein concern integrating a hub motor with a vehicle. One embodiment establishes a communication link between the hub motor and an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle; transmits, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link, an identity of the hub motor; transmits, from the ECU to the hub motor via the communication link, an identity of the ECU and information regarding functionality supported by the ECU; reports, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link based at least in part on the identity of the ECU and the information regarding the functionality supported by the ECU, calibration data for the hub motor and information regarding the functionality supported by the hub motor; and adjusts, at the ECU, one or more characteristics of the vehicle in accordance with the calibration data and the functionality supported by the hub motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Payne, Shannon Alicia Wrobel
  • Patent number: 11222081
    Abstract: A portable electronic device comprises a camera, a display screen, and a processor configured to identify a piece of equipment from one of an image of the piece of equipment or of a fiducial marker associated with the piece of equipment captured by the camera, display a header page associated with the piece of equipment on the display screen responsive to identifying the piece of equipment, the header page including options for accessing different types of documentation associated with the piece of equipment, receive an indication from a user of a type of documentation to access, and responsive to receiving the indication of the type of documentation to access, retrieve the documentation from a local memory of the portable electronic device, and display the documentation on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Hillary Phillip Whigham, Patrick Harden
  • Patent number: 11216105
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a flexible display device and an intelligent protecting method thereof and a computer readable storage medium. The present invention, when detecting that the flexible display device is in an intelligent protective mode, obtains gravity detection data, and determines whether the flexible display device fulfills an intelligent protective condition. When the intelligent protective condition is fulfilled, a first structural member and a second structural member of the flexible display device are controlled to pivot at a predetermined angular velocity relative to a pivot shaft such that an included angle between flexible display screen lamination structures is less than 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 11216047
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for at least one of identifying or verifying which specific data center device, from a plurality of data center devices, is being powered from an AC outlet of a power distribution unit. The system includes a message encoding algorithm module, a message decoding algorithm module and an input signal monitoring subsystem. The input signal monitoring subsystem monitors an AC power signal being supplied to the data center devices, wherein one of the data center devices includes an AC powered target device. A power distribution unit (PDU) supplies the AC power signal to the AC powered target device. The PDU has a controller which uses the message encoding algorithm to create a modulated AC power signal that includes an encoded message in accordance with a predetermined power cycle profile (PCP) event. The target device analyzes the PCP event as the modulated AC power signal is received and creates a decoded message therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Vertiv IT Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ferguson, Steven Geffin
  • Patent number: 11180033
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with an electric motor, in particular a hybrid or electric vehicle, has a high-voltage vehicle electrical system with a high-voltage stored energy source which supplies electrical energy to the electric motor for driving the motor vehicle, and a low-voltage vehicle electrical system for supplying electricity to a number of consumers in the motor vehicle. An electrical signal path is provided between the low-voltage vehicle electrical system and the high-voltage vehicle electrical system and powered by the voltage from the low-voltage vehicle electrical system. A controller in the motor vehicle is configured to cause a predetermined change of the signal on the signal path from a first signal state to a second signal state, wherein the first signal state indicates normal operation of the motor vehicle and the second signal state indicates an emergency state of operation of the motor vehicle which deviates from normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Achatz
  • Patent number: 11174989
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for securing a monitored zone having at least one hazard zone with respect to a machine is provided, wherein the sensor arrangement has at least one optoelectronic monitoring sensor for detecting objects in the monitored zone and has a control and evaluation unit that is configured to compare the positions of detected objects with the hazard zone and to initiate a safety-relevant response of the machine in the case of a dangerous position. The control and evaluation unit is furthermore configured to generate and to monitor a further hazard zone with respect to a detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Markus Böhning, Ulrich Druzella, Lars Schubert, Heiko Steinkemper
  • Patent number: 11156239
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressurizing medium supply assembly having a hydro machine for supplying pressurizing medium of at least one hydraulic consumer, includes a hydraulic control block for controlling the at least one consumer, a first control module, and a second control module. The control block, by way of the first control module, is able to be controlled by at least one actuating signal. A data interface is included between the control modules. The first control module, by way of the data interface, as a further actuating signal transfers to the second control module as input variable/variables a nominal outlet pressure for the hydro machine and/or a nominal delivery volume for the hydro machine. The second control module by way of the nominal outlet pressure and/or by way of the nominal delivery volume controls an adjusting mechanism of the hydro machine by way of a valve actuating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Geiger, Florian Muehlbauer, Marcel Golde, Michael Brand, Minha An, Salih Tetik, Ximing Wang
  • Patent number: 11147476
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described, including apparatus for use with a subject who shares a bed with a second person. A motion sensor detects motion of the subject and motion of the second person, and generates a motion signal in response thereto. A control unit identifies components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject, by distinguishing between components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject, and components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the second person. The control unit analyzes the components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject and generates an output in response thereto. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvika Shinar, Maayan Davidovich, Tal Klap, Smadar Hoffert, Guy Meger
  • Patent number: 11146450
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for state-based entity behavior analysis. In an example, entities of a computing environment may be represented using a hierarchical entity web. In some examples, an entity may have a state associated with it, which may be modeled using a place/transition (PT) network. Events within the computing environment may be evaluated by transitions of a PT network to determine whether an entity should change state. If an entity transitions from one state to another, one or more actions may be performed, including, but not limited to, taking a remedial action, generating a recommendation, and updating the state of one or more associated entities. Thus, aspects disclosed herein may provide a high-level overview of the state of entities of a computing environment, but may also be used to view in-depth information of entities at lower levels of the hierarchical entity web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Webroot Inc.
    Inventors: William Wright, Bin Qiu, Thomas Caldwell
  • Patent number: 11102029
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using information from a knob sensor of an appliance in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may be configured to receive sensor information from a knob, receive monitoring device information from a monitoring device and, based on the sensor information from the knob, identify a knob event. The monitoring system may integrate the knob event with the monitoring device information and analyze the integrated knob event and monitoring device information against one or more rules related to usage of the appliance in view of the state of the property. Based on analyzing the integrated knob event and monitoring device information, the monitoring system may determine whether to perform an action, such as notifying a user or activating an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Jeffrey A. Bedell, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11089746
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein related to irrigation control systems. In some embodiments, an irrigation control system includes a router, an access point, and irrigation controller, a wireless adapter, and a mobile device. The mobile device can communicate with the wireless adapter in a direct communication mode in which the wireless adapter creates a wireless network, a first indirect communication mode in which the mobile device and the wireless adapter communicate via the access point while the mobile device is within range of the access point, and a second indirect communication mode in which the mobile device and the wireless adapter communicate via the access point while the mobile device is out of range of the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Montgomery, Anderson I. Micu, John E. Price, James R. Harris, Jeffrey B. Westphal, Ray S. Peppiatt, Samuel P. Whitt, Jr., Forrest M. Henderson
  • Patent number: 11083442
    Abstract: A powered medical device includes electronic components on a circuit board embedded within the body of a plug for connecting the device with a control apparatus. The medical device may be repaired or refurbished without the need to access the embedded circuit board through the use of a supplemental circuit board installed into the open end of the plug adjacent the plug pins. The supplemental circuit board may include a variety of electronic components, including fuses or non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Walton, Harold D. Pogue, Richard L. McCulley, Jr., James Patrick Wiggins
  • Patent number: 11080634
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a system for monitoring the usage of a functional facility, the system comprising (i) a plurality of detectors for detecting the presence of at least one client device in the functional facility and which detectors are geographically mapped in the functional facility; and (ii) a client device mapping module for determining the location of the at least one client device detected by one or more of the plurality of detectors. Moreover, the invention is directed to a method for monitoring the usage of a functional facility including one or more detectors, comprising the steps (1) detecting an operable engagement made between a detector deployed in the functional facility and a computerized client device; (2) determining a location point of the computerized client device; and (3) providing an output which is descriptive of the detected operable engagement along with information relating to the determined location point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: LOCATEE AG
    Inventors: Benedikt Andreas Koppel, Thomas Kessler, Alexander Fabian Mulli, Georg Nebehay
  • Patent number: 11075896
    Abstract: A mobile security system and device that provides a physically secured network device to extends a home network anywhere in the world where there is access to power is disclosed. The mobile security system and device has integrated logical and physical security and may be transported into an area with no internet connection and be self-sufficient and secured. The mobile security system and device includes a housing enclosing a computing apparatus, an access control mechanism to secure a door of the housing in a closed position, and a security control module to protect the data stored on the computing apparatus and provide authentication to access the enclosure. A back-up power supply supported by the housing and a wireless router to provide wireless network access to the remote home network may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: PenangBenny Consulting LLC
    Inventor: Alan Tan
  • Patent number: 11054887
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for performing efficient power management for a multi-node computing system are disclosed. A computing system includes multiple nodes. When power down negotiation is distributed, negotiation for system-wide power down occurs within a lower level of a node hierarchy prior to negotiation for power down occurring at a higher level of the node hierarchy. When power down negotiation is centralized, a given node combines a state of its clients with indications received on its downstream link and sends an indication on an upstream link based on the combining. Only a root node sends power down requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Tsien, Greggory D. Donley, Bryan P. Broussard
  • Patent number: 11050609
    Abstract: A technique for reporting and processing alarm conditions in a communication network is disclosed. In one variant, a network element is presented that comprises a memory and at least one processor coupled to the memory, wherein the memory stores program code that configures the at least one processor to detect, as a first event, at least one alarm condition and to start, in response to detecting the first event, an alarm clearance timer. The program code further configures the at least one processor to detect, as a second event, at least one of expiry of the alarm clearance timer and clearance of the at least one alarm condition and to determine, after detecting the second event, a first performance indicator value of a performance indicator for a first period of time between the first event and the second event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Peter Vaderna, László Hévizi
  • Patent number: 11034213
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and displaying energy use and energy cost of a transport vehicle climate control system is provided. The method includes a controller monitoring and measuring energy parameters of the transport vehicle climate control system. The method also includes calculating energy utilization of the transport vehicle climate control system based on the energy parameters. Also, the method includes calculating energy costs of the transport vehicle climate control system based on the calculated energy utilization. Further, the method includes displaying the calculated energy utilization and the calculated energy costs of the transport climate control system on a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Wenger, Katherine Holmstrom
  • Patent number: 11029655
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for progressive profiling in a home automation system is described. Data related to a premises and an occupant of the premises may be analyzed and one or more observations may be made based on the analysis of the data. Upon detecting one or more conditions associated with the one or more observations made, an offer to perform one or more actions may be communicated to the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson Lyman, Nic Brunson, Wade Shearer, Mike Warner, Stefan Walger
  • Patent number: 11029775
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a pointer display device, including, a touch panel provided on a display screen of a display section, a pointer display section configured to detect a contact point in a touch operation on the touch panel and to display a pointer in an area containing the contact point, and a hotspot detection section configured to detect as a hotspot a position corresponding to one part of the pointer exclusive of the contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Eijiro Mori, Takuo Ikeda, Ken Yano
  • Patent number: 11024151
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating monitoring of a security system by a central monitoring station are provided. In particular, such systems and methods can include validating a first communication path between a sensor of the security system and a control panel of the security system to allow the security system to be initially set up to operate without monitoring by the central monitoring station and separately validating a second communication path between the control panel and the central monitoring station in response to the control panel or a cloud server receiving an API call from the central monitoring station to enable such monitoring at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ferro, Jaimohan Ramachandran, Brian Kearns, Brett Vandenbussche, William R. Blum, Chandra Sekhar Ramamoorthi
  • Patent number: 11014240
    Abstract: A robot is disclosed which includes a dynamic safety zone feature capable of defining a space around the robot to be monitored to provide safe operating conditions for personnel or property. The dynamic safe zones can be a volume around one or more moving components of the robot. Such dynamic safe zones can be scaled depending on the nature of the operation (fast moving robot having a larger dynamic safety zone). Multiple different zones can be used in some embodiments. The zones can further be scaled depending on the nature of the sensors used in the operation of the robot. Multiple different moving components can have different dynamic safety zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gregory A. Cole, Mark Ruth
  • Patent number: 11015998
    Abstract: A system and method for supervising, managing, and monitoring the structural integrity of a network of metal pipelines for transporting a fluid, for locating the leaking point, and for evaluating the fault or failure, comprising a plurality of detection units (1) positioned on a pipeline (2) for oil or gas at a distance apart by a given value and fixedly applied to the pipeline (2), and a central data-processing unit (4) connected by means of communication lines (5) to said detection units (1) for receiving from the latter detection data, wherein said units (1) comprise sensors capable of measuring one or more physical quantities, wherein said processing unit (4) processes in real time the detection data received from the detection units (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Giuseppe Soda
  • Patent number: 11016457
    Abstract: A supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system includes an input/output (I/O) management system in communication with a SCADA application and multiple SCADA devices. The I/O management system is configured to receive multiple request messages, and for each of the messages, forward the request message to a device driver associated with the SCADA device, and establish an asynchronous connection for communicating with the SCADA device. The I/O management system then receives request message data associated with the request message from the device driver, and forwards the request message data to the SCADA device through the asynchronous connection. When response message data is received from the SCADA device, the I/O management system forwards the response message data to the device driver for generating a response message. When response message is received from the device driver, the I/O management system forwards the response message to the SCADA application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: zdSCADA, LP
    Inventor: Vernon Paul Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10990262
    Abstract: A display apparatus (101) includes an input unit (220); a communication unit (250); a display unit (210); and a control unit (240) including a display content setting unit (244), a layout setting unit (245) for setting a screen layout, and a screen generation unit (246) for generating a display screen based on the display content, the screen layout, and information acquired via the communication unit (250) and concerning the PLC. The display content setting unit (244) displays a candidate list of a display item based on at least one of: network configuration information (231) of equipments (103) and a PLC (102) which is created in advance, an equipment information file (232), and device allocation information (233) of the equipments (103) and the PLC (102), to the display unit, and sets display content based on input information coming from the input unit (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Yuya Otake, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Miya Inoue, Ryota Hashimoto, Naoki Yasue
  • Patent number: 10971932
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed herein for power modulation control of power grids using end-use loads. At the beginning of a coordination period typically lasting a few minutes, a population of end-use loads (water heaters, air conditioners, plug-in electric vehicles, etc.) is interrogated for their willingness to participate in power modulation by undergoing state transitions from on to off, or off to on. Distribution system flexibilities are calculated from the sums of device powers within distribution systems. Area flexibilities are calculated from the sums of device powers within areas. Thresholds for various devices to change state in response to inter-area oscillation damping or frequency regulation are derived from these flexibilities. Two power functions are monitored in real-time and compared with the device thresholds to trigger state changes which then remain locked throughout the remainder of the coordination period, then the devices are released from the lockout state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jianming Lian, Rui Fan, Karanjit Kalsi
  • Patent number: 10970991
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides an exemplary system that includes radio frequency (RF) tags; positioned at locations throughout a roof; a tag reader configured to: generate reader RF signals at one or more frequencies to read the plurality of RF tags, and detect return RF signals from the plurality of RF tags; where the RF signals carry tag data comprising impedance values and tag identifiers; a processor of a computing device, programmed to receive the tag data; determine corresponding locations of the plurality of RF tags; and determine a wet state or dry state of the roof at one or more corresponding locations, and output an indicator of the wet state or the dry state of the roof at the one or more corresponding locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventor: Igor Alovert
  • Patent number: 10949923
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for receiving data from one or more sensors associated with one or more home devices, such as appliances, home systems, etc. are presented. The data may be used to determine whether operation of the home device is within an acceptable range. If not, the user associated with the home device may receive an alert identifying a potential issue. One or more potential modifications to improve the home device may be identified and transmitted to the user. In some examples, an insurance incentive to implement the recommended modifications may also be transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: David G. Veith, David J. Krug, Douglas Stafford
  • Patent number: 10935951
    Abstract: In an electrical power outlet device, a processor and a memory are configured to execute an application within the outlet device, which computes a pattern of usage of the outlet device. A set of sensors in the outlet device includes a first sensor that is usable to detect an event in an environment in which the outlet device is supplying power. The environment includes elements that are not participating in an electrical circuit that receives power from the outlet device and the event is usable by the application to alter the pattern of usage. An autonomous modification of an operation of the outlet device is performed in response to the pattern of usage, the event, or both. The operation changes a power supplying state of the outlet device without using an external switching apparatus or an external logic implemented outside the outlet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Ryan T. Gordon, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10936822
    Abstract: A linguistic semantic alert correlation analysis system includes a storage system storing alert dictionary databases that include domain-specific language information that identifies domain-specific language terms utilized in providing alerts within different domains. A linguistic semantic alert correlation analysis engine is coupled to the at least one storage device, and receives alert catalogs that are each utilized one of the different domains. The domain specific language terms are used to classify alerts in each of the alert catalogs and, based on the classification, determine that a first alert in a first alert catalog and a second alert in a second alert catalog are each associated with a common subsystem. Based on the first alert and the second alert being associated with the common subsystem, the first alert and the second alert are correlated such that each is associated with the common subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Vaideeswaran Ganesan
  • Patent number: 10928453
    Abstract: A system obtains respective measurements of relevant electrical parameters of a motor during operational stages including a start-up stage, a transition stage, a steady-state stage, idle stage, or a shutdown stage of the motor driven system driven by the motor. Based on the respective measurements, the monitoring system then determines respective electrical patterns corresponding to the operational stages. Next, the monitoring system compares the respective electrical patterns corresponding to the operational stages with respective baseline electrical patterns modeled for the operational stages to yield a comparison. Then, the monitoring system determines a status of the motor driven system based on a comparison between baseline and observed operating parameters. Trend pattern monitoring is used to eliminate storing massive volumes of trend data by capturing and characterizing the important moments when data values change in a significant manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Silverback Advanced Motor Monitoring, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Wayland Vinson, Raymond M. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10900244
    Abstract: An electrohydraulic control circuit includes a hydraulically-operated drive assembly and an emergency valve. The hydraulically-operated drive assembly includes an electrically-actuated proportional valve and hydraulic operating lines. The proportional valve is connected to the hydraulic operating lines for actuation of the drive assembly in a normal operation mode. The proportional valve is also connected to a pressure supply line and to a return line. The emergency valve is connected to the hydraulic operating lines for actuation of the drive assembly in an emergency operation mode. In the emergency operation mode, the emergency valve is actuated via an emergency operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SCHWING GMBH
    Inventors: Reiner Vierkotten, Johannes Henikl, Andreas Lehmann, Peter Przebinda, Karl-Heinz Schwedhelm
  • Patent number: 10902266
    Abstract: A method for generating time-lapse representation of video footage in a security/automation system is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving video from a camera at a location associated with a home automation system, determining a first motion event in the video, identifying a level of priority associated with the first motion event, and generating a time-lapse representation of the video having a first frame rate for a first part of the time-lapse representation of the video and a second frame rate different from the first frame rate for a second part of the time-lapse representation of the video that includes the first motion event. In some cases, the time-lapse representation of the video may be generated based at least in part on the level of priority associated with the first motion event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Woolley
  • Patent number: 10897373
    Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: KIP PROD P1 LP
    Inventors: Amir Ansari, George A. Cowgill, Leon E. Nicholls, Jude P. Ramayya, Ramprakash Masina, Alvin R. McQuarters, Atousa Raissyan
  • Patent number: 10880976
    Abstract: A lighting device and a lighting system, respectively, are to be able to be more comfortably monitored. Thereto, a lighting device with an illuminant, a transmitting device arranged in or at the illuminant for wirelessly transmitting a locating signal to a terminal external with respect to the lighting device is proposed. Moreover, the lighting device comprises a data processing device arranged in or at the illuminant for extracting illuminant data about the illuminant and for providing this data for the transmitting device. The transmitting device is formed to also transmit the illuminant data to the external terminal besides the locating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Osram GmbH
    Inventors: Michel Stutz, Henry Feil, Christoph Peitz
  • Patent number: 10871382
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to configuring a configurable hardware module to perform a measurement of a physical quantity. A configuration manager may receive an indication of the physical quantity and performance factor data describing the measurement of the physical quantity. The configuration manager may generate a hardware configuration of the hardware based at least in part on the indication of the physical quantity and the performance factor data. The hardware configuration may comprise instruction data to configure the hardware module to execute a dynamic measurement of the physical quantity. The configuration manager may also generate configuration data describing the hardware configuration, wherein the configuration data comprises simulation data comprising input parameters for a simulation of the hardware configuration and hardware configuration data for configuring a hardware module to implement at least a portion of the hardware configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Colin G. Lyden, Claire Croke, Mack Roger Lund, Alan Clohessy, Meabh Shine, Rosemary B. Ryan, Aine M. Joyce, Aine McCarthy, Mary McCarthy, Thomas M. MacLeod, Jason Cockrell, Michael C. W. Coln, Gustavo Castro, Sean Kowalik, Colm P. Ronan, Michael Edward Bradley, Michael Mueck, Jonathan Ephraim David Hurwitz, Aileen Ritchie