Using Gps (i.e., Location) Patents (Class 340/426.19)
  • Patent number: 10334401
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a beacon identifier and a location of a beacon associated with the beacon identifier from an individual location monitoring system operated by a first entity. The method further includes, with a data hosting system operated by a second entity, determining an identity of a monitored individual associated with the beacon identifier, associating the location of the beacon with the identity of the monitored individual, and receiving a request for the location of the monitored individual including authentication credentials. The method further includes, with the data hosting system, determining if the requesting individual is authorized to access data about the monitored individual and, if the requesting individual is authorized to access the data, providing the location of the monitored individual to the device, wherein the identity of the monitored individual is stored on the data hosting system and is inaccessible to the individual location monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Pigeon Networks, Co.
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Marson
  • Patent number: 10304029
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information gathering method. The information gathering method includes identifying a location of a package, the location associated with one or more location-based restrictions on collecting data. The information gathering method also includes restricting access to sensor-collectable data associated with the package in accordance with the one or more location-based restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Miley Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 10252727
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure identify a driver of a vehicle. The driver may have a profile indicating vehicle settings, and at least one of the vehicle settings may not be overridden by the driver. The vehicle may be configured according to the vehicle settings in the profile, such that the vehicle may not operate outside of at least one of the vehicle settings that cannot be overridden. An insurance rate for insuring the vehicle may be generated based at least in part on the vehicle settings associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Florian Braun, Andre Rene Buentello
  • Patent number: 10244307
    Abstract: Embodiments of wireless audio systems and methods for wirelessly communicating audio information are disclosed herein. In one example, a wireless audio system includes a primary wireless headphone and a secondary wireless headphone. The primary wireless headphone is configured to receive, from an audio source, audio information using a short-range wireless communication protocol; transmit, to the audio source, a first message indicative of whether the audio information is successfully received; and transmit a communication parameter associated with the short-range wireless communication protocol used between the audio source and the primary wireless headphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bestechnic (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weifeng Tong, Liang Zhang, Dongsheng Cui, Lei Yang
  • Patent number: 10192188
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for monitoring dangerous goods based on networked devices including actions of registering a dangerous good with a monitoring system, the dangerous good being associated with a networked device, the networked device including one or more components that provide data associated with the dangerous good, determining at least one rule that is to be applied to handling of the dangerous good, receiving the data associated with the dangerous good, determining that a violation has occurred by comparing the data associated with the dangerous good to the at least one rule, and transmitting a notification to at least one application of a plurality of applications, the notification indicating that the violation has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Markus Puchta
  • Patent number: 10181106
    Abstract: System and methods are disclosed associated with processing information and/or initiating workflow in a CRM, Sales Force Automation, time and expense reporting system or professional services provider management system, including aggregating, analyzing and/or otherwise processing data related to real world events. According to some embodiments, event data is classified and event data requiring user input is determined, notifications to provide user input for the event data may be transmitted, and/or various features of follow-on workflow or launching follow-on workflow may be initiated, facilitated or provided. Various implementations also relate to classification, splitting events, merging events, time extensions/exceptions for processing events, processing of corollary events and the provision of chronologically organized historical records of interactions between groups of users and individuals or companies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Eli Borodow, Imed Yahmadi, Ali Aljane, Eric Baranes, Andrew Borodow
  • Patent number: 10152832
    Abstract: Systems and methods for live utilization and tracking of vehicular movement producing a fluid representation of the movement of vehicles and means to evaluate vehicle movement/activities relative to response requirements may be provided. Accordingly, real-time evaluations and/or corrections may be made based on this improved tracking of movement/activities. Replay analysis of movement/activities that have already occurred may be provided to evaluate and make adjustments for future responses and activities. Colors and other unique display items may be used to highlight different activities, movements and/or timing for completion within an online mapping application. Layering of different mapping displays also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GenCore Candeo Ltd.
    Inventors: Joshua Brandt, Randal Matthew
  • Patent number: 10154401
    Abstract: A system for enhancing the safety of one or more persons includes a Personal Safety Beacon (PSB) device that is coupled with a person being monitored. The PSB device is configured to perform a plurality of measurements indicative of environmental conditions encountered by the person being monitored. The PSB device is also configured to transmit a unique identifier associated with the PSB device. The system further includes one or more portable electronic devices that are in continuous communication with the PSB device. The one or more portable electronic device hosts a monitoring application that monitors the person. The monitoring application is configured to notify a user upon detecting one or more hazardous or unsafe conditions based on the information provided by the PSB device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BEACONWATCH, LLC
    Inventors: Henning L. Olesen, William F. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10124768
    Abstract: A Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) passive vehicle access control system integrated into a vehicle and an external device to defend the system against relay attacks is provided. The system includes a location received configured to determine a current location of the system. The location of the system may be in the form of latitude and longitude, altitude, or combination thereof. The system further includes a vehicle and an external device. The location receiver may be integrated into the vehicle, the external device, or both. A processor is communicatively coupled the location receiver to any number of wireless transceivers. A comparator configured to compare the current location of both the vehicle and the external device may be optionally coupled to the location receiver and the processor. Any number of electromagnets for generating a magnetic field may be installed in the vehicle and located adjacent to the transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Maurizio Bocca, Vivek Jain, Christoph Lang, Huang Lee
  • Patent number: 10089846
    Abstract: A wireless monitoring device, comprising: a housing (10) in which is contained a wireless communication circuit for sending and receiving wireless signals; first and second flexible band portions (12, 14) connected at respective first ends to opposing edges of said housing; at least one antenna coupled to said wireless communication circuit; a connection device (16) for connecting second ends of said first and second band portions (12, 14) together to form a flexible band configured to attach the device to a user; at least one magnet (22) positioned in said first band portion (12); and a magnetic field sensor positioned in said second band portion, wherein said magnetic field sensor (20) is arranged to detect said at least one magnet (22) when said band portions (12, 14) are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CHILD ANDGEL LTD
    Inventor: Andrew Purcell
  • Patent number: 10080099
    Abstract: A restricted zone monitoring system and associated methods are disclosed. The restricted zone monitoring system can include a connection to a network that includes cellular device location information. The restricted zone monitoring system can also include a restricted zone database including information defining one or more restricted zones. In addition, the restricted zone monitoring system can include a processor that compares the cellular device location information to the restricted zone database to determine whether a cellular device is located in a restricted zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Warren W. Kusumoto, Uma Jha
  • Patent number: 10068391
    Abstract: An onboard device comprising a processor, a memory coupled to the processor, and an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter. The onboard device also comprises a transceiver and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. In some embodiments, the memory of the onboard device stores a program that, when executed causes the processor to monitor voltage levels of a main battery of a vehicle for presence of a start sequence of a vehicle, detect movement of the vehicle, and send a message to an operations center indicating movement of the vehicle without occurrence of the start sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gordon*Howard Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Morgan, Christopher M. Macheca, Franco Chirico
  • Patent number: 10057110
    Abstract: A site management system may include a user interface with a display device, a network interface, and a controller coupled to the user interface and the network interface. In some examples, the controller may be configured to determine the location of a first machine and compare the location of the first machine to one or more second machines. After determining the first machine crosses a predetermined geo-boundary of a second machine, the controller may be configured to elevate a threat level associated with the second machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeshkumar Thappali Ramaswamy Sethuraman, MuthuRamji Vadamalayan, Viswanathan Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9998892
    Abstract: A system for identifying a location of a vehicle user following a collision event and a method of using the system that includes the steps of: receiving an indication of the vehicle collision event at a backend system, wherein the indication is displayed as a graphical user interface; receiving a command at the backend system using the graphical user interface, wherein the command is associated with identifying the location of the vehicle user at a vehicle; and transmitting the command to the vehicle for the vehicle to carry out the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eli Tzirkel-Hancock, Omer Tsimhoni, Scott M. Reilly, Ilan Malka
  • Patent number: 9934628
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for recording video data of an event. The apparatuses include a processor communicating with memory. The memory stores video data of the event captured by a camera, and the video data includes a series of picture frames of the event. A loop buffer also stores video data of the event captured by the camera. A rule-based engine stored in the memory uses a set of rules to store the contents of the loop buffer in the memory. The apparatus utilizes the loop buffer to provide video data prior to occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Chanyu Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Barrett Morris Kreiner, Joseph E. Page, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9928744
    Abstract: The invention disclosed comprises a system for managing first response to an accident, incident or event. The system uses GPS, inter-vehicle wireless communications, and cellular radio communications to direct response team vehicles to the location of an accident, incident or event; and to convey response vehicle avoidance and detouring messages to non-response vehicles and pedestrians within a geo-fence area established by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Benjamin Tannenbaum
  • Patent number: 9834196
    Abstract: In the first mode, a controller circuitry restrains or prohibits operation of an internal combustion engine. In the second mode, the controller circuitry activates maintains the charge amount of the battery. A controller circuitry generates a travel plan assigns one of the first mode and the second mode to each of sections, which are included in the travel route. An assessing circuitry assesses a tendency of assignment of the first mode in the travel route. A notifying device notifies information corresponding to the tendency assessed by the assessing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Morisaki
  • Patent number: 9828174
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the integrity of a freight container along a transport route, the container having a sensor monitoring the container integrity, wherein the sensing of an event violating the container integrity is followed by event data representing the integrity violation being transmitted to an analysis center, wherein the event data is rated using predetermined criteria in respect of either a sanctioned or an unsanctioned integrity violation, and wherein opening or closing of the container is rated as a sanctioned integrity violation if an electronic authorization code representing the sanction is sent to the analysis center for the event data representing this integrity violation. Different types of opening and/or closing operations are distinguished by using authorization codes from different function groups, and the analysis center uses the type of function code to determine what type of opening operation and/or closing operation has taken, or is meant to take, place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Busch, Klaus Hornbostel
  • Patent number: 9824326
    Abstract: A system of tracking an airbag, comprising a server, a parts database communicatively coupled to the server, and a number of user devices communicatively coupled to the server in which the server collects data associated with the airbag and in which the system receives and updates status data associated with the airbag. A method of tracking an airbag, comprising collecting data associated with a specific airbag, storing the collected data on a parts database, receiving updated airbag status data, and providing the collected data and status data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: David T. Morby
  • Patent number: 9815369
    Abstract: A wading vehicle (100) having a water level sensor (114) comprising a hydrostatic pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Thuy-Yung Tran, Edward Hoare, Nigel Clarke
  • Patent number: 9813860
    Abstract: Disclosed are a geo-fencing based location detection method and electronic device, and the method includes: obtaining present geographic coordinates of a terminal, when an update of location of the terminal is detected; and checking whether or not the obtained geographic coordinates are within a rectangular coverage area denoted by any leaf node in a pre-built tree data structure, and if they are, obtaining an actual coverage area of a polygonal geo-fence within the rectangular coverage area; checking whether or not the geographic coordinates are in the actual coverage area of the polygonal geo-fence, and outputting a checking result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: HISENSE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Linhu Zhao, Tao Song
  • Patent number: 9800705
    Abstract: A user interface on a device allows a user to set their remote user status for viewing by other individuals on their devices. The user or an application can select from a number of predefined remote user status indicators representing remote user status, and the user can optionally include a text message to be displayed with the remote user status indicator. The selected remote user status indicator and optional text message can be stored on a network and made available to other devices that have a contact database that includes the user as a contact. In some implementations, the remote user status indicator can be displayed proximate the user's name in a user interface, such as a favorites list, e-mail interface, text messaging interface, chat room, or any other user interface associated with an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Stahl, Michael Dale Lampell, Laurent Baumann, Thomas Goossens
  • Patent number: 9786135
    Abstract: A radio apparatus includes a control unit, a power unit, a distress key and a transmission unit. When the distress key is manipulated, a distress key manipulation signal is output to the control unit and the power unit. When the power unit receives the distress key manipulation signal during a power supply is stopped, the power unit supplies power to the control unit and the transmission unit. When the control unit receives power from the power unit, the control unit starts setting up the radio apparatus and counts a time that the control unit continuously receives the distress key manipulation signal. When the control unit continuously receives the distress key manipulation signal for a preset time or longer, the control unit outputs a power supply maintenance signal to the power unit, generates the distress signal, and causes the transmission unit to send the distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ICOM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yoshio Sekiyama
  • Patent number: 9773406
    Abstract: Methods and systems for contingency communication are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for providing emergency services may be performed by a base station operating in a communication system. In an embodiment, the method for providing emergency services includes transmitting a beacon signal to indicate an emergency status to enable portable devices to operate in a stress mode. A distress signal may be transmitted by a mobile device in response to the beacon signal to the base station, wherein the distress signal carries information at least comprising user identity associated with the mobile device, geolocation of the mobile device, or biometrics of a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Neocific, Inc.
    Inventors: Titus Lo, Xiaodong Li
  • Patent number: 9758120
    Abstract: The proposed method and system is a client-server system where client is an application monitoring and processing the readings of the sensors of a personal mobile device in a moving vehicle and when the possibility of a crush is predicted, transmit to the remote server a provisional alarm. If after a predefined time period a FALSE ALARM signal not received by the remote server from the client then an accident alarm ticket will be forwarded from the remote server to an emergency service center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Andreas Alamanos
  • Patent number: 9743375
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of techniques or systems for location tracking are provided herein. A system for location tracking may be utilized to track or determine one or more locations for one or more devices of one or more users. A tracking system or control component may be utilized to access or initiate requests for location tracking, such as for legitimate purposes or business reasons. For example, a system for location tracking may be implemented as an application or tracking application installed on a mobile device or a device or a user. A device may transmit a key to a third party and encrypted location data to a tracking entity. The application may have a front-end interface (e.g., for users being tracked) and a back-end interface (e.g., for users initiating tracking). In this manner, location tracking is provided while promoting privacy and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Charles C. Anesi, Wayne Mekjian, Eric H. Castain, Brian J. Hanafee
  • Patent number: 9731682
    Abstract: Remote tamper detection. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: receiving signals indicative of a location, the receiving by a first device coupled to an asset; sending, at predetermined time intervals, a signal of operability between the first device and a second device, the second device coupled to the asset, and the second device configured to selectively disable the asset; determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased; and issuing an indication of the location of the first device responsive to the determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased, the issuing from the first device by a wireless transmission to a remote operations center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Gordon*Howard Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Morgan, Stanley G. Schwarz, Christopher M. Macheca
  • Patent number: 9665755
    Abstract: Systems and devices for determining the presence of and managing objects contained within a container. The container includes at least one compartment that can house at least one object. In response to receiving a signal, the container is configured to transmit a signal regarding a determination of the presence of an object within a compartment. A first and second proximity sensor are used to cause a status check of the presence of an object within a compartment, such that the status check is initiated when the first and second proximity sensors are within a predetermined distance of each other. The determination of the presence of an object within a container may be transmitted to a connected wireless device. The connected wireless device may also remotely cause a status check of a compartment within a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Cory Myers, Tonika Myers
  • Patent number: 9652973
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R.T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 9592794
    Abstract: A recovery system and method with repeating communication functionality includes a station configured to send a first message and at least a first remote transmitting unit responsive to the central station and configured to transmit a second message to a locating unit. At least a second remote transmitting unit includes a receiver which receives the second message, a controller configured to process the second message, and a transmitter for transmitting a third message to the locating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LoJack Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Justice, George Liu, Ira Cohen
  • Patent number: 9566909
    Abstract: A vehicle control system mounted on a vehicle is provided. The vehicle control system includes a first sensor configured to sense a driver's pupil size and gaze, a second sensor configured to sense an external object which exists in a peripheral region of the vehicle, a controller configured to sense lane change intention according to a change of the pupil size and the gaze, and in response to the lane change intention being sensed, control the second sensor to sense whether the external object exists in a direction of a lane to be changed, and an output unit configured to, in response to the external object existing in the direction of the lane to be changed, output a warning message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Minho Lee, Jihun Kim
  • Patent number: 9544742
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, in a vehicle computer, a message from a first user device including data concerning movement of the first user portable device. The computer associates the movement data with one of a left vehicle door opening and a right vehicle door opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 9544305
    Abstract: A server-based car security service provides for image and position information to be provided to the server. The server uses the image information to make an authorization determination with respect to the current user. When the user is determined by the server to be an unauthorized user, the server alerts the owner or primary user of the car by sending the alert to a remote user device. The user device displays the image of the current user, and the owner has the opportunity to indicate whether the user is actually an unauthorized user or whether the determination at the server was a misrecognition error. When the user is unauthorized, the owner can request real-time monitoring of the car's position, and also the image inside the car, as well as an outside-of-the-car image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-soo Lee, Hong-soo Kim, Tae-jeoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9508210
    Abstract: A control method of a vending machine which has a display module to display an image stored therein or inputted from the outside is provided. The control method includes: determining whether a door of the vending machine is open; changing an image mode displayed on the display module if it is determined that the door of the vending machine is open; and displaying a certification mode window to certify a user if the image mode is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin-woo Jeong
  • Patent number: 9459354
    Abstract: A method for car relocation is disclosed. The method is to transmit the ID of a mobile device to a network server, after the engine of a car is turned on. After the engine of the car is turned off, the automobile device or the mobile device transmits GPS coordinate data to the network server via a wireless method. If the automobile device or the mobile device fails to receive the GPS coordinate, the screen of the automobile device will display a frame showing the place where the car is parked, and transmit the related data. By means of the operation of the buttons of the frame, the related data can be transmitted to the network server by the automobile device or the mobile device via the wireless method, and the network server will store related data to overwrite original data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: E-LEAD ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 9418550
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus comprises a processing resource operably coupled to a receiver for location-related data and arranged to perform, when in use, location determination. The processing resource supports a parking location determination module the parking location determination module is arranged to determine when the location determined is substantially unchanged and to determine that the location determined constitutes a candidate parking location in response to the location determined remaining substantially unchanged relative to a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Geelen
  • Patent number: 9311656
    Abstract: Systems and methods facilitate entry into an access-controlled location using a mobile communication device. The method comprises receiving at the mobile communication device via a communication network an entry code that facilitates access to the access-controlled location, storing the entry code in a memory associated with the mobile communication device, and, in response to determining that the mobile communication device is within the predetermined distance of the access-controlled location, transmitting the entry code from the mobile communication device to an entry-control computer system, which determines whether the entry code is valid. The method may further comprise receiving at the mobile communication device an indication that the entry code is valid, and, in order to gain entry into the access-controlled location at an entrance to the access-controlled location, providing to the entry-control computer system via the mobile communication device the indication that the entry code is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9313618
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving information from a remote system comprising one or more time periods during which a location of the client device can be tracked and monitoring the location of the client device during each of the time periods by obtaining a plurality of location coordinates from the client device during the time period and persistently storing the location coordinates on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ACR Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Christopher Roman, Michael P. Hammond, Jr., Douglas J. Rose
  • Patent number: 9165412
    Abstract: A method and system of managing a vehicle fleet is provided. The method includes providing an electronic device, a computing device, and a vehicle that is associated with the vehicle fleet. The electronic device is located within a proximate distance from the vehicle and the computing device is located remotely from the vehicle. The electronic device is associated with a driver identifier. The method includes sending a data signal from the electronic device to the computing device indicating the driver identifier. The method further includes matching the driver identifier with a specific driver profile that is saved on a database of the computing device. The specific driver profile includes information associating the vehicle with the driver identifier. The method includes sending information regarding the specific driver profile from the database to a vehicle control module, where the vehicle control module associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew W. Gellatly, Matthew M. Highstrom, Timothy J. Grost
  • Patent number: 9092822
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for tracking the parking behavior of a vehicle. In one aspect, the method comprises: a) recording an address associated with a person to whom possession of a vehicle has been provided, b) detecting when the vehicle transitions between a parked state and a non-parked state, and measuring a time duration each time the vehicle is in a parked state; c) for each time duration that exceeds a predetermined minimum time threshold, storing parking information data including a geographic location of the vehicle as a parking instance; d) for a predetermined initial time period subsequent to the person taking possession of the vehicle, comparing, the geographic locations of the parking instances to the associated address; and e) upon determining that none of the geographic locations of the parking instances determined during the predetermined initial time period correspond with the associated address, generating an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan Harris, Meir Schwartz, Meir Hayman
  • Patent number: 9035756
    Abstract: Remote tamper detection. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: receiving Global Positioning System (GPS) signals indicative of a location, the receiving by a first device coupled to an asset; periodically sending a signal of operability between the first device and a second device, the second device coupled to the asset, and the second device configured to selectively disable the asset; determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased; and then issuing an indication of the location of the first device responsive to the determining that receipt of the signal of operability has ceased, the issuing from the first device by a wireless transmission to a remote operations center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GORDON*HOWARD ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Morgan, Stanley G. Schwarz, Christopher M. Macheca
  • Publication number: 20150116100
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, systems and apparatus are disclosed for providing a notification when a vehicle has been accessed by an unauthorized person. An onboard computer system of a vehicle is activated in response to a trigger event indicating that the vehicle has been accessed. It is determined whether an authorized consumer electronics device (CED), that is associated with an authorized person, is connected to a wireless communication interface of an onboard computer system. When an authorized CED has not connected to the wireless communication interface, a notification message is communicated that indicates that the vehicle has been accessed and that an authorized CED has not connected to the wireless communication interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: LINXUAN YANG, JARVIS CHAU, NEERAJ R. GAUTAMA, MARK A. MANICKARAJ
  • Patent number: 9002575
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for validating a vehicle operator. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises an input device for allowing entry of vehicle operator identification information, a transceiver for transmitting a message and receiving a response to the message, an interface for allowing a processor to communication with a vehicle sub-system, and a processor connected to the input device, the transceiver, and the interface, the processor for receiving the vehicle operator identification information from the input device, for generating the message comprising the vehicle operation identification information and providing the message to the transceiver, for receiving the response from the transceiver and for controlling the vehicle sub-system, via the interface, based on the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventors: John Harvey, Thomas F. Doyle, Michael L. Segal
  • Patent number: 8994546
    Abstract: Arrangement and method for monitoring a material storage container which includes a housing defining an interior receivable of removable material. An interior sensor system is arranged on the housing to obtain information about any material in the interior of the housing different than the location of the container. A location determining system is arranged on the housing to monitor the location of the container, and a communication system is coupled to the interior sensor system and the location determining system and transmits information about the material in the housing and the location of the container to one or more remote facilities. The communication system may be arranged on the housing itself, which is especially applicable when the housing is movable, for example, such as the housing of a Frac tank. The location and condition of the material in the container can thus be known at all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wilbur E. DuVall, Wendell C. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150084754
    Abstract: Remote power loss detection. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: tracking location of an asset by an onboard device mechanically coupled to the asset, the onboard device electrically coupled to a source of power of the asset, and the onboard device receiving power from the asset; charging a supercapacitor coupled to the onboard device; and then detecting a complete loss of power provided to the onboard device, and the detecting by the onboard device; and after the complete loss of power sending a message by wireless transmission, the sending based on power derived from the supercapacitor, and the message including an indication of a last known voltage provide by the asset prior to the complete loss of power, and the sending by the onboard device after the complete loss of power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GORDON*HOWARD ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald A. MORGAN, Christopher M. MACHECA, Rodney P. LANDERS
  • Patent number: 8947207
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first assembly, a second assembly, and a coupling element coupled to the first assembly and the second assembly. The first assembly includes a processor, a memory, and a radiator module, the processor operatively coupled to the memory and the radiator module. The second assembly includes a radiator operatively coupled to the radiator module. The second assembly is movable relative to the first assembly about the coupling element between a first configuration and a second configuration. The processor is configured to interrogate a radio-frequency identification module via the radiator module and the radiator when the second assembly is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Quake Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiely Per Faroe, Christopher Lee Fennig, Gordon Douglas Fraser, Patrick J. Sweeney, II, David Vetter
  • Patent number: 8941489
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system, method or device for maintaining a geofence to provide alerts in response to an object entering or exiting an area bounded by the geofence. In one example implementation, a geofence may be temporarily altered. In particular examples, such an alteration of a geofence may comprise changing a size or shape of the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Suhas H. Sheshadri, Aditya N. Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8933802
    Abstract: A method and system of switch and actuator coupling in a chassis of a container associated with an intermodal freight transport system is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method of a tracking system involves coupling a first switch of a chassis to a second actuator of a container and coupling a first actuator of the chassis to a second switch of the container when the container is placed on the chassis, and signaling a wake event to a container tracking device when the first switch and the first actuator of the chassis is coupled with the second actuator and the second switch of the container. The method may also include communicating at least one of a location data and a container identification number of the container through at least one of the container tracking device and a chassis tracking device, through a network, to an administrative server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Spireon, Inc.
    Inventor: Levi Marshall Baade
  • Patent number: RE46358
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted device is configured to transmit vehicle position data to a network-based server using a wireless communication system. The device includes first and second processing modules carried by a vehicle. The first module receives positioning signals and processes the signals into vehicle position data representing date and time, and the position, velocity and direction of travel of the vehicle. The second module stores the signals and communicates the signals to a network-based server using a wireless communications system. The signals are storable on-board the device during periods that the device is out of range of the wireless communication system for later transmission to the network-based server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas L. Grounds, Richard A. Geving
  • Patent number: RE46359
    Abstract: A vehicle mounted device is configured to transmit vehicle position data to a network-based server using a wireless communication system. The device includes first and second processing modules carried by a vehicle. The first module receives positioning signals and processes the signals into vehicle position data representing date and time, and the position, velocity and direction of travel of the vehicle. The second module stores the signals and communicates the signals to a network-based server using a wireless communications system. The signals are storable on-board the device during periods that the device is out of range of the wireless communication system for later transmission to the network-based server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas L. Grounds, Richard A. Geving