Monitoring In Addition To Control (e.g., Supervisory) Patents (Class 340/3.1)
  • 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: PIPE MONITORING CORPORATION SRL
    Inventor: Giuseppe Soda
  • 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
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuya Otake, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Miya Inoue, Ryota Hashimoto, Naoki Yasue
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Ryan T. Gordon, Maja Vukovic
  • 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: 10871393
    Abstract: Systems are provided for optimizing system overhead when handling multiple input streams of sensor data is configured to identify a set of sensors that are configured to communicate sensor data to the computer system. The systems are configured to receive sensor data from each sensor within the set of sensors and to categorize the sensor data received from each sensor within the set of sensors. Additionally, the systems are configured to identify an overhead attribute associated with each sensor within the set of sensors and to adjust a state of at least one sensor within the set of sensors based upon both a category and an overhead attribute associated with each of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Hee jun Park, Travis Legg, Eric Charles Abbott
  • Patent number: 10872514
    Abstract: Safety systems and methods for tracking objects such as personnel and tools during a vehicle build process and activating an alarm when the tracked object is within a safety zone where such presence is not permitted under the current circumstances. The safety system includes a multiplicity of active positioning sensors configured to detect the presence of an object at a particular distance from or within a particular area or volume of space and a controller configured to use sensor data to calculate the virtual location of each sensed object relative to a virtual computer-aided design map of the as-built aircraft design. In response to detection of the presence of an object in unacceptable proximity to or within a particular safety zone of the vehicle, an alarm is activated and the planned build process is altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John William Glatfelter, Richard Patrick Meagher
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10839547
    Abstract: A system for determining and tracking camera pose includes a dynamic vision sensor (DVS) configured to generate a current DVS image, an inertial measurement unit (IMU) configured to generate inertial data, and a memory. The memory is configured to store a 3-dimensional (3D) map of a known 3D environment. The system may also include a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to initiate operations including determining a current camera pose for the DVS based on the current DVS image, the inertial data, the 3D map, and a prior camera pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ankur Gupta, Michael Sapienza, Fannie Fontanel, Abhijit Z. Bendale, Pranav Mistry
  • Patent number: 10807545
    Abstract: A telematics device of a vehicle, comprising includes a temperature sensor to sense temperature of the telematics device; and a processor in communication with the temperature sensor. The processor is programmed to disable over-the-air software update functionality responsive to the temperature exceeding a first predefined threshold value, disable hotspot functionality responsive to the temperature exceeding a second predefined threshold value, and disable remote services functionality responsive to the temperature exceeding a third predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray, David Tengler, Ritesh Pandya
  • Patent number: 10798802
    Abstract: A lighting device (10) is disclosed comprising a light engine (12) comprising at least one solid state lighting element (11); a controller (100) for controlling a dimming level of the light engine; a wireless communication module (16) communicatively coupled to the controller for receiving a wireless dimming instruction from a wireless controller (20); and a further communication module (15) communicatively coupled to the controller for connecting to a wired communication channel and for receiving a further dimming instruction from a further controller (30) wired to the further communication module through the wired communication channel; wherein the controller is adapted to independently control the dimming level of the light engine in response to the wireless dimming instruction and the further dimming instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDINGS B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Yang, Allen Zhang, Jeremy Jiang, Dunfa Chen, Feng He, Hai Tao Liu, Zhigang Pei
  • Patent number: 10783444
    Abstract: Providing predictive feedback during content creation in real-time. A server computer receives from a user-computing device an electronic document during creation of the electronic document in real-time. An intended audience specification is also received by the server computer for the received electronic document. The server computer calculates a similarity score for a plurality of viewer profiles. The server computer determines which viewer profiles have similarity score equal to or exceeding the similarity score threshold and then stores the determined viewer profiles. An individual interest level and an individual emotional response is calculated for the determined viewer profiles for a portion of the received electronic document. The server computer then transmits to the user-computing device the individual interest level and the individual emotional response of the determined viewer profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yenny B. Blanco, Petras Butkus, Liam Harpur, Francesco Mariani, Larissa A. Silveira, Nagesh Yadav
  • Patent number: 10783443
    Abstract: Providing predictive feedback during content creation in real-time. A server computer receives from a user-computing device an electronic document during creation of the electronic document in real-time. An intended audience specification is also received by the server computer for the received electronic document. The server computer calculates a similarity score for a plurality of viewer profiles. The server computer determines which viewer profiles have similarity score equal to or exceeding the similarity score threshold and then stores the determined viewer profiles. An individual interest level and an individual emotional response is calculated for the determined viewer profiles for a portion of the received electronic document. The server computer then transmits to the user-computing device the individual interest level and the individual emotional response of the determined viewer profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yenny B. Blanco, Petras Butkus, Liam Harpur, Francesco Mariani, Larissa A. Silveira, Nagesh Yadav
  • Patent number: 10764268
    Abstract: A security controller (SC) restoration method is provided. The method includes: designating, by a master node, a node to which a backup SC belongs, where the master node includes an original DM or a backup DM; sending, by the master node to a first node, a message indicating the backup SC, where the message indicating the backup SC includes an identifier of the node to which the backup SC belongs; in a case in which a node to which an original SC belongs is disconnected, sending, by the master node to the first node, a message for enabling an SC function, for performing authentication, according to the message for enabling an SC function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tong Jiang
  • Patent number: 10740272
    Abstract: A method and input circuit unit having a first input circuit and a redundant second input circuit, wherein each input circuit includes an input for feeding a measurement current that can be obtained from a signaling device and that can be switched over and operated in such an input circuit unit, where the measurement current causes a voltage drop across a measurement resistor that can be evaluated as a measured value, where a parallel connection of the first and second input circuits causes division of the measurement current among the first and second input circuits, and where at least one input circuit include a device for compensating the decreased voltage drop across the measurement resistor resulting from the division of the measurement current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wilhelm Griesbaum
  • Patent number: 10735412
    Abstract: A second user can authorize a first user to take or complete an online action by submitting one or more biometric images. For example, the second user can authorize a purchase by the first user on an online store. The second user can submit the one or more biometric images on the electronic device being used by the first user, or the second user can submit the biometric image or images remotely using another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Farman A. Syed, Michael K. Chu, Cyrus D. Irani, Ivan Zadro, Sean B. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10721007
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are discussed that enable robust, high-speed communication of sensor data. One example system includes a sensor bus, an electronic control unit (ECU), and one or more sensors. The ECU is coupleable to the sensor bus and configured to generate a synchronization signal, and is configured to output the synchronization signal to the sensor bus. The one or more sensors are also coupleable to the sensor bus, and at least one sensor of the one or more sensors is configured to sample sensor data in response to the synchronization signal and to output the sampled sensor data to the sensor bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Leo Aichriedler
  • Patent number: 10721253
    Abstract: In some examples, a modular server includes an auxiliary power source and an auxiliary power system. The auxiliary power system includes a battery terminal to electrically couple to the auxiliary power source. The auxiliary power system further includes power terminals. Each power terminal is electrically coupled to a respective resource received within a modular server enclosure. The auxiliary power system further includes a power circuitry electrically coupled to the battery terminal and to each of the power terminals. The auxiliary power system also includes security circuitries. Each security circuitry corresponds to a respective resource received within a modular server enclosure. The auxiliary power source supplies power to the plurality of security circuitries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: John Norton, Dwight Riley
  • Patent number: 10715381
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to mechanisms that enable roles (e.g., host vs. function, power provider vs. power consumer, master vs. slave, server vs. client, source vs. sink, upstream vs. downstream) to be dynamically assigned between two interconnected dual-role devices in an intelligent and deterministic manner based on the available context on each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Firdosh K. Bhesania, Anthony Y. Chen, Vivek Gupta, Andrea A. Keating, Randall E. Aull, Rahul Ramadas, Robert E. Harris, Jr., Jayson L. Kastens, Philip A. Froese, Cong Yang
  • Patent number: 10692360
    Abstract: A system to convey user alert messages is disclosed. The system may have a alert service coupled between alert providers and a number of households. After receiving in the alert service an alert message from an alert provider, the alert service may alter the alert message to identify the household designated to receive the alert message. The alert service sends a notification to a home media system within the household designated to receive the alert message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Gregory Peters, Richard Bullwinkle, Kim R. Dykeman, Brad Dietrich
  • Patent number: 10681201
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor the personal safety of a user of a portable electronic device are disclosed. Example safety managers disclosed herein include processor circuitry to determine whether data collected from a remote electronic device corresponds to a first usage context profile associated with the remote electronic device, obtain a threshold alert level corresponding to the first usage context profile when the collected data corresponds to the first usage context profile, the threshold alert level to indicate a degree of danger to which a user is exposed, adjust the threshold alert level based on information obtained from a data source different from the remote electronic device, monitor usage attributes reported by the remote electronic device to determine whether the threshold alert level has been satisfied, and actuate a safety alert associated with the remote electronic device when the threshold alert level has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Olivia Melendez, Yuri Krimon, Yoganand Gandlur, Rathish Jayabharathi, Handeep Kaur, Daisy Rincon, Jorge L. Rojas, Rahul Sharma, Shidi Wang, Yan Mui Kitty Yeung
  • Patent number: 10658861
    Abstract: Rechargeable batteries come in many different shapes and sizes. A rechargeable battery typically contains a group of one or more electrochemical cells. These cells degrade over time and use. Disclosed is a system and method for managing a rechargeable battery based on historical charging data. In one embodiment, the method includes storing a 1st timestamp in memory of a mobile information handling system, wherein the 1st timestamp identifies a time of day in which a 1st cycle for charging a battery started. A 2nd timestamp is also stored in the memory, wherein the 2nd timestamp identifies a time of day in which a 2nd cycle for charging the battery started. Thereafter an integer N based is generated on the 1st and 2nd timestamps, wherein N defines a recommended number of consecutive day(s) for charging the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Parminder Singh Sethi, Bhuvaneswari Tamilchelvan, Lakshmi Narashimhan MC
  • Patent number: 10649645
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes touch and pressure detection units and a control unit. The touch detection unit detects a touch on a touch surface. The pressure detection unit detects a pressure on the touch surface. In response to movement of a touch position in a first direction with the touch kept detected, the control unit changes a setting value of a specific setting item in a predetermined direction. In response to movement of the touch position in a second direction with the touch kept detected, the control unit changes the setting value in another direction different from the predetermined direction. In response to detection of the pressure by the touch after changing the setting value of the specific setting item upon movement of the touch position in the first direction, the control unit further changes the setting value of the specific setting item in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiaki Ueguri
  • Patent number: 10649414
    Abstract: An adaptive process control system and corresponding method for independent steering of plant control systems is provided, wherein a plant associated with the plant control system includes a plurality of interlocked elements of one or more operational unit of the plant. The operation of an operational unit is controlled by the plant control system by means of the elements interlocked to the plant control system, wherein the adaptive, independent process control system is accessible by a plant process engine including a plant controller unit connected via the supervisory control and data acquisition unit with at least one programmable logic controller of the plant control system. The operation of the plant and the operational units is controlled by means of the programmable logic controller and the plurality of interlocked elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BÜHLER AG
    Inventor: Daryoush Sangi
  • Patent number: 10636599
    Abstract: A wireless relay may include a housing; an output, disposed within the housing; and a wireless interface, disposed within the housing, wherein the wireless interface is to receive wireless communication signals including settings to configure one or more functionalities associated with the wireless relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventor: Kip M. Larson
  • Patent number: 10620603
    Abstract: A method for monitoring operational conditions of an HVAC unit and providing preventive maintenance alerts and/or troubleshooting instructions using an ordered set of causes for sensed parameters by monitoring parameters of the HVAC unit with sensors, collecting real time information and transmitting the data and analyzing the data with a processor and comparing it to a list of pre-determined data set points to determine variances from the set points and identification of one or more maintenance alerts and/or trouble events associated with variances, matching them to at least one of the events, displaying instructions to a user for resolving the event in a descending order determined by the processor of the most likely causes along with an associated solution for each cause, and providing a pre-failure solution from the stored set of instructions based on analysis of the stored data and timed sensor values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shield Air Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Maughan, Barry C. Loder, Wei Fung, Daniel Hale, William J. Riter
  • Patent number: 10609342
    Abstract: System and method for monitoring objects of interest including persons in an indoor or outdoor scene with high accuracy, strong privacy protection, high security, low volume data transmission and storage. The system includes: an embedded sensing device with multiple sensors and microprocessor(s) with built-in artificial intelligence as an end unit with parametric outputs, a controller that aggregate parametric outputs from multiple end units with local intelligence and configurable control outputs, and an optional gateway that aggregates multiple controllers output and connect with the network, cloud and/or human interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: inSight, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Zhang, Li Xu, Hua Shu, Jason T. Yang
  • Patent number: 10606373
    Abstract: A hand-held controller is enables a user to manipulate objects in a VR environment with hand movement. The hand-held controller includes a handle, a ring attached to an end of the handle and one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs). The handle has appropriate shape and dimensions so that it can be grasped by the user's hand. The ring has an outer body that includes an inner surface that is formed with one or more concave dome and an outer surface facing away from the inner surface. Each of the one or more LED is mounted under a concaved dome. Light emitted from the LED spreads at the concaved dome to form uniform illuminous intensity. The light transmits out of the body through the outer surface of the outer body. The light can be captured by a camera for tracking the hand-held controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Mark Shintaro Ando, Glen Jason Tompkins, Andrew Melim, Robert Carey Leonard
  • Patent number: 10606282
    Abstract: A robot configured to provide accurate control over the rate of spin or rotation of the robot. To control the rate of spin, the robot includes an inertia shifting (or moving) assembly positioned within the robot's body so that the robot can land on a surface with a target orientation and “stick the landing” of a gymnastic maneuver. The inertia shifting assembly includes sensors that allow the distance from the landing surface (or height) to be determined and that allow other parameters useful in controlling the robot to be calculated such as present orientation. In one embodiment, the sensors include an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and a laser range finder, and a controller processes their outputs to estimate orientation and angular velocity. The controller selects the right point of the flight to operate a drive mechanism in the inertia shifting assembly to achieve a targeted orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Morgan T. Pope
  • Patent number: 10608717
    Abstract: A transmission control device includes a memory and a processor connected to the memory. The processor executes a process including: selecting a reference transmission point as a starting point of generating a link from among a plurality of transmission points of which each wirelessly transmits a signal; sequentially selecting the transmission points one by one for each hierarchy corresponding to a number of hops from the selected reference transmission point and retrieving ones of the transmission points for which radio quality between the ones and the selected transmission point satisfies a predetermined criterion; and generating a link between the selected transmission point and a transmission point, among the transmission points obtained as a result at the retrieving, not connected to others of the transmission points to connect the two transmission points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisuke Jitsukawa, Takashi Dateki
  • Patent number: 10600013
    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: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LOCATEE AG
    Inventors: Benedikt Andreas Koppel, Thomas Kessler, Alexander Fabian Mulli, Georg Nebehay
  • Patent number: 10594555
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a control system is disclosed. The control system includes a field device located in one area and a controller located in a different area. A mobile application running on a mobile computing device is used by a technician to test the control system. Because both the mobile computing device and the controller are coupled to a cloud computing system, the technician may interface with the controller while located at the field device. This remote access to the controller allows a single technician to test the control system by interfacing with the controller and the field device simultaneously. In addition, the mobile application may retrieve data from the cloud computing system to facilitate testing and may transmit test results to the cloud for storage. Others having access to the stored results may view the progress and results of the testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS, LLC
    Inventors: Keith George McNab, Robert Turner
  • Patent number: 10579971
    Abstract: A method and system may automatically detect failures and schedule repairs for home equipment in a smart home environment. A smart home controller may receive sensor data from each of several pieces of home equipment to detect whether any failures have occurred. If the smart home controller detects a failure in one of the pieces of home equipment based on the sensor data, the smart home controller may communicate with a repair service provider to schedule a repair of the piece of home equipment which experiences the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Davis, John Hailey, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Mark O'Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10565857
    Abstract: The present invention is an alarm system which verifies a user identity before allowing activation of the alarm therefrom. The alarm system may include an alarm device which is used for biometric verification and activation of the alarm, and a control panel which readily provides information about one or more sounded-off alarms. In particular, the alarm device includes a biometric verification unit which may be a fingerprint reader having a touchscreen which uses a fingerprint of the user for verification purposes. The alarm device may be in the form of a fixed device to be secured in a user's desired location in the premises or a portable device to be carried by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Francis Obeng
  • Patent number: 10560467
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a control program causing a computer to execute processing, the processing includes: displaying a first node of a first type and a second node of a second type; receiving registration of a third node representing an access destination in association with the first node; receiving registration of a fourth node representing mask processing on information in association with the second node; receiving registration of a fifth node representing an information category in association with the second node; allowing transmission of information about a cyber attack event to the third node; and providing the information about the cyber attack event after executing the mask processing associated with the fourth node on information belonging to the information category associated with the fifth node, when the information about the cyber attack event is transmitted to the third node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Koji Yamada, Kunihiko Yoshimura, Kouta Tanabe, Toshitaka Satomi, Ryusuke Masuoka
  • Patent number: 10547363
    Abstract: A transmission control device includes a memory and a processor connected to the memory. The processor executes a process including: selecting a reference transmission point as a starting point of generating a link from among a plurality of transmission points of which each wirelessly transmits a signal; sequentially selecting the transmission points one by one for each hierarchy corresponding to a number of hops from the selected reference transmission point and retrieving ones of the transmission points for which radio quality between the ones and the selected transmission point satisfies a predetermined criterion; and generating a link between the selected transmission point and a transmission point, among the transmission points obtained as a result at the retrieving, not connected to others of the transmission points to connect the two transmission points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisuke Jitsukawa, Takashi Dateki
  • Patent number: 10546441
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a server computer, located remote from a premises, a computer or processor located at the premises, and a user device located at a location remote from the server computer and the premises. The server computer receives a first message and generates a second message containing information regarding an individual identified as already being present inside the premises. The second message contains information regarding whether or not the premises is occupied. If the premises is occupied, the second message contains information identifying the individual identified as being inside of, or occupying, the premises. The server computer transmits a control signal or monitoring signal to the computer or processor. The computer or processor performs the control operation or the monitoring operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 10539953
    Abstract: It is possible to make data for manufacturing devices available in a standard format using an adapter that would automatically interrogate the device and use the information gained from the machine to generate a data translation file. The data translation file could subsequently be used by an agent to interpret a data stream provided by the adapter for the manufacturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TECHSOLVE, INC.
    Inventors: Rob Longfellow, Brian Campbell