Plural Diverse Sensors Patents (Class 340/426.25)
  • Patent number: 10641228
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling engine start/stop function in a vehicle with a detachable door. In one example, a method may include, adjusting an engine start/stop strategy responsive to a driver side door of the vehicle been detected to be absent. The adjustment to the start/stop strategy further may be modified based on a type of transmission system coupled to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Siraj Siddiqui, Hank Kwong, Eric Rademacher, Ahmed Awadi
  • Patent number: 10486649
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle security monitoring in a key-off state. An example vehicle includes low-power sensors and high-power sensors for security monitoring, a communication module, and a controller. The controller is to, when in a key-off state, determine a first score based on the low-power sensors. The controller also is to, responsive the first score exceeding a first threshold, activate the high-power sensors and determine a second score based on the high-power sensors. The controller also is to, responsive the second score exceeding a second threshold, send an alert via the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bennie, Mark Gehrke, Jonathan Diedrich, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10450728
    Abstract: Provided are a projection type display device and a projection control method capable of presenting suitable information to an operator both during traveling on a public road and during operation at a working site to perform assistance for the operator. A projection type display device that is mounted in a construction machine 100 having a windshield 5 performs a control so that image light is projected onto each of a first projection range 5A, a second projection range 5B, and a third projection range 5C of the windshield 5 in a case where it is determined that the location of the construction machine 100 is a working site, and performs a control so that image light is projected onto only the third projection range 5C of the windshield 5 in a case where it is determined that the location of the construction machine 100 is a public road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koudai Fujita
  • Patent number: 10259427
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a vehicle for security. The method includes determining when a trigger event occurs to the vehicle based on a first input from a first sensor and activating a second sensor of the vehicle in response to the trigger event. An electronic processor then determines whether a person is local to the vehicle based on the second sensor, and generates a record of activity of the person based on the second sensor when the person is local to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Wolfgang Kearney
  • Patent number: 10252698
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for diagnosing a failure of an ultrasonic detector in a manner that diagnoses whether a failure has occurred in the ultrasonic detector by determining whether a surge voltage is generated based on a waveform received by a receiver of the ultrasonic detector after activation of a transmitter of the ultrasonic sensor, may include an ultrasonic detector transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave; a voltage detector measuring a voltage of the received ultrasonic wave; and a controller determining whether a surge voltage is generated based on the measured voltage, and diagnosing whether a failure has occurred in the ultrasonic detector according to whether the surge voltage is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, LS Automotive Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Cheol Hwang, Jee Hyun Jung, In Chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 9821768
    Abstract: A geo-proximity Vehicle Alert and Access System (VAAS) is discussed that has a cloud based server having a GPS-based proximity system to control and track a package exchange process, to speed up a package delivery and pick-up process, and to ensure security for the package exchange process. The cloud based server is configured to receive both current GPS coordinates of a package carrier's vehicle and current GPS coordinates of a target vehicle for at least one of package delivery to the target vehicle and package pick up from the target vehicle. The cloud based server is configured to send to the target vehicle the commands to wake-up an on-board telematics module, to give an alert, to unlock the target vehicle, and to lock the target vehicle after receiving a confirmation of the package exchange process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Seval Oz, Alexander Marc Klotz, Sudeep Kaushik, Yao Zhai, Francisco Fernandez Nares, Adrian Ramos Aguayo, Tammer Zein El-Abedein
  • Patent number: 9651538
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission. Described herein is a real-time, simultaneous, integrated, multi-modal sensor system for early warning notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MASTINC.
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 9545880
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a first calculation part configured to calculate a position of a first icon on a transparent screen, the transparent screen being viewed by a driver of a vehicle, the first icon indicating that an obstacle in a path of a vehicle is detected from an image captured by an imaging part provided in the vehicle, the first icon being viewed at a position of the obstacle on a two-dimensional coordinate plane arranged at a lower limit position of the transparent screen, the two-dimensional coordinate plane corresponding to an imaging area of the imaging part, and a second calculation part configured to calculate a position of an end point of an indication line on the transparent screen, the indication line being viewed as extending from a position of the first icon on the transparent screen toward the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 9443071
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for additional security, functionality, and convenience in the operation of a wireless communication device with the use of a separate proximity security token in communication with the wireless communication device. In exemplary embodiments, the token is carried by the user while device logic is installed on the user's wireless communication device. The device logic along with transceivers allows the device to sense proximity of the token through wireless communication. Given a certain range of the proximity security token, as determined by the wireless signal strength, the device logic determines whether the device is in a locked or unlocked state. If the proximity security token is outside the range, then the device is locked. The proximity security token uses ultra low power communications for optimal battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Horton
  • Patent number: 9426720
    Abstract: A single platform for controller functionality for each of security, monitoring and automation, as well as providing a capacity to function as a bidirectional Internet gateway, is provided. Embodiments of the present invention provide such functionality by virtue of a configurable architecture that enables a user to adapt the system for the user's specific needs. Such configurability includes associating selected audio event tones with selected events associated with sensors and zones coupled to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Wade Cohn, John Degraffenreid Dial, IV, Gary Robert Faulkner, James Edward Kitchen, David Leon Proft, Corey Wayne Quain
  • Patent number: 9401985
    Abstract: A phone vehicle event recorder mount for holding a mobile phone. The phone vehicle event recorder mount comprises an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive a connection indication of whether the mobile phone is connected to the mount. The processor is configured to determine whether the mobile phone is connected to the mount based on the connection indication, wherein the mobile phone is connected to the mount in the event that the mobile phone is placed in the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Sutton
  • Patent number: 9240018
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an occupant information module that reports, to a third party, occupant information regarding a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9199606
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an intrusion sensor configured to detect a Doppler shift in a passenger compartment and output an intrusion signal representing the Doppler shift. The vehicle further includes a processing device configured to receive the intrusion signal and activate an alarm if the Doppler shift exceeds a predetermined threshold. A method includes measuring a Doppler shift in a passenger compartment of a vehicle, comparing the Doppler shift to a predetermined threshold, and activating an alarm system if the Doppler shift exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Karl William Wojcik
  • Patent number: 9061651
    Abstract: A method for characterizing, by way of at least one primary antenna (13, 31) on board a motor vehicle (10), a mobile device (20) of indeterminate type comprising a secondary antenna (21) of indeterminate size, approaching said motor vehicle (10) in an indeterminate approach mode, said primary antenna (13, 31) being intended to communicate with the secondary antenna (21) of the mobile device (20), and generating a voltage (V) across its terminals, the voltage being linked to an on-board system (11) of the motor vehicle (10), the invention proposes that the method of characterization comprises the following steps: step 1: measurement by the on-board system (11) of the voltage across the terminals of the primary antenna (13, 31), over a series of predetermined time periods, step 2: computation of a voltage difference for each predetermined time period, step 3: comparison of the voltage difference with a value previously stored in the memory, step 4: if the voltage difference is positive, then the mobile devic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastien Kessler, Mohamed Cheikh, Alexandru Takacs
  • Patent number: 8938337
    Abstract: A laser sensor is located close to a rotation axis of a vehicle door and configured to emit a laser beam to a surface of the vehicle door and accept reflected light reflected from an obstacle for scanning a scanning plane shifted in a door-opening direction, in which the vehicle door is openable. A determination section determines whether an obstacle, which is possible to make contact with the vehicle door, exists in the door-opening direction of the vehicle door, based on a result of emission and acceptance of the laser beam of the laser sensor. An opening regulating section regulates an opening of the vehicle door in response to determination of the determination section that the obstacle exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Yohei Nakakura, Toshiyuki Konishi, Hideki Hioki, Yoshihisa Okada, Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Toshiki Isogai
  • Patent number: 8879577
    Abstract: Provided is a monitoring system which can perform priority control in accordance with the wideband limitation. A priority/filter type selection processing unit (37) of a network interconnection device (11), which connects a local network (14) and a wide area network (10), selects a transmission data selection processing unit (38) on the basis of the priority level definitions of a transmission data in accordance with an event status, and a data compression method in association with the event status and the wide area network communication status, and selects and controls a filtering processing unit (33). As a consequence, the communication bandwidth in a wide area network is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: May Takada, Yuji Ogata, Masaki Yamada, Nobuyuki Muranaka
  • Publication number: 20140266654
    Abstract: Anti-tampering systems, methods, and devices for protection of a vehicle component. An example anti-tampering system includes one or more sensors disposed proximate to the vehicle component and a controller in communication with the one or more sensors and a memory. The system further includes one or more processors configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to receive an alert signal from the one or more sensors. The alert signal is based on physical changes to the vehicle component meeting predetermined tamper criteria. The one or more processors are further configured to send an alarm command to one or more vehicle systems based on the alert signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PAR-TECH, INC.
    Inventor: David W. Parker
  • Publication number: 20140247122
    Abstract: In an embodiment of a vehicle, the vehicle comprises: a vehicle network bus; one or more electronic control units coupled to the bus. One electronic control unit comprises: a processor; a memory; an interface to the vehicle network bus; and an intrusion detection program stored in the memory and executable by the processor. The processor utilizes the interface to monitor data on the vehicle network bus and utilizes the intrusion detection program to detect one or more anomalies in the monitored data. The electronic control unit generates an alert upon detection of one or more anomalies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: AUTONET MOBILE, INC.
    Inventors: DOUGLAS S. MOELLER, RONALD W. PASHBY, DANIEL J. OBRIEN, JOHN M. MERRITT, STEPHAN A. TARNUTZER
  • Patent number: 8749346
    Abstract: A remote control system is for a vehicle including a data communications bus extending therein, and a plurality of vehicle devices communicating over the data communications bus. The system may include a cellular transceiver within the vehicle, and a multi-vehicle controller within the vehicle and coupled to the data communications bus for communication with at least one of the plurality of vehicle devices to perform a remote vehicle function based upon a received remote control signal. The multi-vehicle controller may be enabled to communicate via the data communications bus using a desired set of signals for a corresponding desired vehicle from a plurality of sets of signals for different vehicles based upon learning from at least one of the plurality of vehicle devices on the data communications bus and downloading via the cellular transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 8686849
    Abstract: A method of wirelessly transmitting alarm signals includes wirelessly transmitting an alarm signal from a transmitting station. It is determined whether an acknowledgement signal wirelessly transmitted from an access point in response to the access point receiving the alarm signal has been received by the transmitting station. A relaying station is woken up and kept awake during a plurality of periodic time intervals for overhearing transmissions from the transmitting station. If it is determined that an acknowledgement signal from the access point has not been received by the transmitting station, then the alarm signal is wirelessly re-transmitting from the transmitting station during at least one of the time intervals in which the relaying station is awake. The alarm signal is received at the relaying station. The alarm signal is transmitted from the relaying station to the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Huang Lee, Murat Senel
  • Publication number: 20130342332
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for controlling functions of a vehicular alarm. The method includes receiving one or more signals including location information, determining a location of the vehicle using the location information, setting one or more functions based on the location information, determining whether an alarm function is activated, and activating the one or more functions according to the setting upon determining that an alarm has been activated. The method may further include using GPS data or signals transmitted from one or more base stations (e.g., from cellular telephone base stations, computer networks, proprietary transmitters, etc.) to determine the position of the apparatus (e.g., installed in the vehicle). The apparatus may also inform a user of regulations relating to an area dependent upon its location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8547238
    Abstract: A system for confirming the detection of a fire using a plurality of radiation or flame sensors each equipped with a radiation detector and an optical filter having a spectral transmission characteristic in which at least one optical filter is redundant to at least one other optical filter. The result is a system having operationally redundant sensors. In use, if a fire is detected by one of the redundant sensors without including the other redundant radiation sensor in the fire detection calculation, then a fire detection algorithm can switch to the other operationally redundant sensor to check for confirmation of a fire. Due to the spatial separation and if the object is small and close, a different result will be obtained with the redundant detector being used in the calculation compared to the primary detector that is associated with the redundant detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: KnowFlame, Inc.
    Inventor: John Harchanko
  • Patent number: 8451143
    Abstract: A vehicle presence notification apparatus notifies a presence of a vehicle by providing easily-perceivable and less uncomfortable notification sound outside of the vehicle. The vehicle presence notification apparatus includes: a speaker and a controller. The controller is configured to cause the speaker to generate the notification sound that simultaneously has (i) at least one fundamental high frequency, which is easily perceivable, but annoying to human ears; and (ii) at least one auxiliary low frequency, which is less than the at least one fundamental high frequency and has a harmonic relation with the at least one fundamental high frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8441346
    Abstract: A vehicle user is notified of a rear gate ajar condition so that the user can take corrective action by opening and then re-closing the rear gate. The method includes the steps of determining that the rear gate latch has engaged a latch striker but has not reached a fully latched position; operating a vehicle mounted signaling device that is cognizable by a user while still standing at the rear gate so that the user will receive immediate notification that the rear gate latch has not reached the fully latched position, thereby enabling the user to take immediate corrective action by opening and then re-closing the gate to attempt a fully latched position of the rear gate latch; and then, if the vehicle is started without the lift gate operator having taken corrective action to obtain full latching of the rear gate latch, energizing a lift gate ajar light on the instrument panel so that the vehicle driver is notified to take corrective action before driving away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Altaf S. Imam
  • Patent number: 8432268
    Abstract: A vehicle security system for a vehicle of a type including a vehicle data communications bus connected to a plurality of vehicle devices may include at least one vehicle security sensor interfacing with the vehicle data communications bus for generating a pre-warning signal or an alarm signal, depending upon a sensed threat level. The vehicle security system may also include an alarm indicator and a vehicle security controller. The vehicle security controller may interface with the vehicle data communications bus for causing the alarm indicator to generate a pre-warning indication based upon the pre-warning signal, or for causing the alarm indicator to generate an alarm indication based upon the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick
  • Patent number: 8421596
    Abstract: Provided is a door lock device which is installed on a door, to enable people to facilitate to find out location of the door at dark or night and enable the door to be illuminated with a certain brightness so as to be easily viewed at indoor and outdoor sides when indoor and/or outdoor illumination is low, that is, at dark. As a result, the door lock device enables people to easily find out an entrance gate under the fire and other emergency situations. As well, people do not need to find out a particular position or particular article gropingly even in a dark indoor or outdoor. Accordingly, people may not be easily hurt. In addition, since indoor and outdoor places can be illuminated at a certain brightness, the door lock device can indicate that people exist in a warehouse or on a roof of a building even in the case that a warehouse door lock device or a roof entrance door lock device has been automatically locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: Seung Kuk Choi, Myung Wha Nam
  • Patent number: 8400284
    Abstract: A method for controlling headlights on a vehicle includes detecting for a wiper switch state for a wiper switch on a vehicle, detecting wiper operations, incrementing a counter value by x until the counter value reaches a headlight ON threshold, counting toward a time threshold, decrementing the counter value by x until the counter value reaches a headlight OFF threshold value, and changing a state of the headlights based on the counter value reaching one of the headlight ON threshold and the headlight OFF threshold. Incrementing the counter value by x can occur in response to each detected wiper operation. Counting toward the time threshold can occur in response to detecting a wiper switch OFF state. Decrementing the counter value by x can occur in response to each instance of the time threshold elapsing with no change from the wiper switch OFF state. A plurality of intermediate counter values can be found between the headlight ON threshold and the headlight OFF threshold. A control system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Kracker, Tony D. Wang, John Sgueglia, David G. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8368522
    Abstract: A car alert device featuring a microprocessor operatively connected to a transmitter; a body controller operatively connected to the microprocessor, the body controller is configured to detect if a window is open, if an interior light is on, if the headlights are on, if a door is unlocked, or if the alarm system is activated; wherein the microprocessor is configured to receive input signals from the body controller when the body controller detects the window is open or the interior light is on or the headlights are on or the door is unlocked or the alarm system is activated, wherein upon receipt of the input signals the microprocessor sends output commands to the transmitter to cause the transmitter to send alert messages to the cellular phone of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ivica Kralj
  • Patent number: 8319616
    Abstract: A system and method for authorizing a remote device amongst multiple remote devices for passive functions, such as passive entry and passive start, includes a vehicle having a plurality of strategically located antennas, combinations of which transmit a query signal and receive query responses, a challenge antenna amongst the plurality of antennas for transmitting a challenge signal to at least one of the multiple remote devices in accordance with a challenge order, and a control unit having a controller in communication with the antennas for determining the challenge order based upon the query responses. The controller can determine whether a remote device is located in an authorization zone, out of an authorization zone, or whether the remote device's location is indeterminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Hilton W. Girard, III, Nikolay Yakovenko, Riad Ghabra
  • Patent number: 8289149
    Abstract: A control method for an air compressor including a compressor body for compressing air and an item to be replaced used during the operation of the compressor body. The method includes computing a service time of the item to be replaced, being based upon an operating time of the compressor body, discriminating whether the item to be replaced is a manufacturer's recommended item or not, determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as the manufacturer's recommend item is not longer than a first reference time, but determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as one which is not the manufacturer's recommended item is not longer than a preset second reference time which is shorter than the first reference time, and issuing an alarm when determining that the reference time is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Teramoto
  • Patent number: 8289128
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a controller, a plurality of sensors, a plurality of alarms, and a plurality of input/output devices. Each input/output device is connected between the controller and a sensor or an alarm. Each input/output device includes an input circuit, an output circuit, and a connector. The input circuit and the output circuit are connected between the controller and the connector. The connector is further selectively connected to a sensor or an alarm and a DC power in series. The controller controls a status of the input circuit and the output circuit. When the connector is connected to the alarm, the input circuit does not operate. The controller outputs a motion signal to the alarm via the output circuit. When the connector is connected to the sensor, the output circuit does not operate. The sensor outputs a detection signal to the controller via the input circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Chih Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8271162
    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 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 8188686
    Abstract: A system involves a plurality of RF-enabled occupancy detectors. Each occupancy detector communicates with and controls an associated plurality of RF-enabled fluorescent lamp starter units. A network master has an RF transceiver used to communicate with the occupancy detectors using a first protocol, thereby retrieving status information from the starter units. The network master also has a second RF transceiver for communicating directly with a cellular telephone using a second protocol. A user can use the cellular telephone to control and interact with the lighting system through the network master, and/or to retrieve status information from the network master. The network master automatically generates and sends email alerts to the user by sending the alerts to an email server. The email server forwards the emails to the cellular telephone via a cellular telephone network. Alerts may, for example, indicate a low battery voltage condition or that a lamp needs replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: IXYS CH GmbH
    Inventor: Steven M. Pope
  • Patent number: 8169306
    Abstract: A system with haptic effects includes a first surface, a second surface with a flexible arm portion, a coupling that couples the flexible arm portion to the first surface, and a haptic effect generator attached to the first surface. The flexible arm portion includes a coupling portion, and the coupling is received in the coupling portion. The haptic effect generator causes movement of the first surface relative to the second surface, and the flexible arm limits the movement of the first surface and elastically returns the first surface substantially to its original position relative to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Schmidt, Charles B. Banter
  • Patent number: 8134462
    Abstract: Disclosed is a floating sensor system having a casing that encloses a microcontroller. The microcontroller includes a digital processor and a non-volatile memory. The casing also encloses a data bus that connects the microcontroller to an external environment sensor, an RF transceiver, and a battery. The non-volatile memory includes a history file that maintains a record of events sensed by the external environment sensors. The digital processor is configured to establish a pattern of expected external environmental behavior based on the record of events. The digital processor is also configured to emit a signal through the RF transceiver from the system when an unexpected event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Nghia Tran, Michael R. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 8106607
    Abstract: A system involves a plurality of RF-enabled occupancy detectors. Each occupancy detector communicates with and controls an associated plurality of RF-enabled fluorescent lamp starter units. A network master has an RF transceiver used to communicate with the occupancy detectors using a first protocol, thereby retrieving status information from the starter units. The network master also has a second RF transceiver for communicating directly with a cellular telephone using a second protocol. A user can use the cellular telephone to control and interact with the lighting system through the network master, and/or to retrieve status information from the network master. The network master automatically generates and sends email alerts to the user by sending the alerts to an email server. The email server forwards the emails to the cellular telephone via a cellular telephone network. Alerts may, for example, indicate a low battery voltage condition or that a lamp needs replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: IXYS CH GmbH
    Inventor: Steven M. Pope
  • Patent number: 8098143
    Abstract: A distributed monitoring system for monitoring one or more operating conditions of a structure includes: one or more sensor nodes coupled to the structure, each sensor node including: a power supply adapted to scavenge energy directed at the power supply; a sensor operably coupled to the power supply for sensing one or more operating conditions of the structure in the environment; and a communications interface operably coupled to the power supply and the sensor for communicating the sensed operating conditions of the structure; a communication network operably coupled to the sensor nodes; one or more controllers operably coupled to the communication network for monitoring the sensor nodes; and an energy radiator positioned proximate the structure adapted to radiate energy at the power supplies of the sensor nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Emad Andarawis, Ertugrul Berkcan, C. Scott Sealing, Robert Wojnarowski, Eladio Delgado, Richard H. Coulter
  • Publication number: 20110261195
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting tampering of a security system component is provided. An analytic alarm indicative of potential tampering with a security system component is received. Data from at least one sensor is received. A computing device is used to analyze the analytic alarm and the data from the at least one sensor to determine whether tampering of the security system component has occurred. A qualified alarm signal is generated when the analysis of the analytic alarm and the data from the at least one sensor is indicative of tampering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Andrew MARTIN, Martin Joseph DONAGHY
  • Publication number: 20110241855
    Abstract: A motion/thermal detection system and method for detecting the presence of a child or pet comprising: a detector where said detector includes a motion/thermal detection lens and provides a mechanism to detect motion and thermal activity over a range of space; a receiver to electronically collect the image passed thru the FOV lense; a processor within the detector, where said processor toggles the detector between a motion detection mode and a thermal detection mode via data acquired from the receiver; software residing on memory within the detector, said software capable of allowing the user to program the functions related to the detector; a mechanism to transmit an alert of the presence of a child or pet; and a power supply mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: KANDIS WEAVER, Joseph Moszczienski
  • Patent number: 8010251
    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: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectutal Property I, LP
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Publication number: 20110199198
    Abstract: In a method for operating a heads-up display system of a vehicle, the roadway state of the roadway to be traveled by the vehicle is checked using at least one suitable sensor, and a warning message is displayed at a location on the windshield in the case of detection of a critical roadway state, the location of the warning message corresponding to the dangerous, driving area of the roadway as viewed from the driver's perspective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Yiwen Yang, Lutz Bersiner, Mario Mueller-Frahm, Moez Selem, Peter Vogel, Gerrit De Boer, Andreas Engelsberg, Holger Modler
  • Patent number: 7852214
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic circuit for detecting, identifying, and/or activating a digital device, including a touch-and-hold connector configured to hold an object of interest, the digital device coupled to the touch-and-hold connector, for example, wherein the digital device has a unique digital registration number, a microcontroller that reads the unique digital registration number of the digital device, a storage receptacle configured to selectively receive the touch-and-hold connector, a light-emitting source coupled to the storage receptacle and associated with the touch-and-hold connector, and an electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Marcon Internatonal, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Jacob Smilie
  • Patent number: 7808372
    Abstract: An antifraud device for a vehicle has a tank with a filler provided with a removable cap. The device comprises a first sensor, for detecting a movement of the cap with respect to the filler, and second sensor, configured for detecting at least one of the level and a qualitative characteristic of the contents of the tank. A control unit generates first information being indicative of detections made by the first sensor, and second information being indicative of detections made by the second sensor, and stores the information in a correlated form. The device is further arranged for making explicit the first information and the second information in a correlated form, in order to identify one or more of the following conditions: removal of at least part of the contents of the tank; dilution or alteration of the contents of the tank; replacement of at least part of the contents of the tank; effective removal of the cap following upon a movement thereof in the filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: ELTEK S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Nebbia, Paolo Colombo
  • Patent number: 7805542
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide for an apparatus and method for input/output management in a mobile environment. One embodiment includes a mobile unit comprising at least one processor, a data bus interface and a computer readable memory persistently storing a unique hardware identification. The mobile unit can receive a wireless signal and, based on the wireless signal, communicate a set of data across the data bus. The persistent unique hardware identification of the mobile unit is used to restrict access to data received at the mobile unit via the wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: George W. Hindman
  • Patent number: 7667904
    Abstract: An editable instrument assembly (100) for a vehicle. The editable instrument assembly includes a plurality of lenses (110), each lens having an icon (112) disposed thereon and a lens frame (108). The lens frame is adapted to removably receive each of the plurality of lenses. The editable instrument assembly also includes an instrument panel (102) comprising a lens frame receiving assembly (160) for removably and slidably receiving the lens frame with the plurality of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Briggs Ricky-Dale Lewis, William Michael Creel, Martin Jay Caspe-Detzer, John Charles Luoma, Ian David O'Connor, Theodore Joseph Scherzinger
  • Patent number: 7650281
    Abstract: A method of comparing voice samples to reduce false alarms by receiving a first voice sample, generating a model of the first voice sample, reordering the first voice sample, generating a model of the reordered first voice sample; receiving a second voice sample; generating a model of the second voice sample; reordering the second voice sample, generating a model of the reordered second voice sample, comparing at least one pairings of the models, and determining if the first voice sample matches the second voice sample if the model comparisons are within a user-definable threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: The U.S. Goverment as Represented By The Director, National Security Agency
    Inventor: Adolf Cusmariu
  • Patent number: 7646287
    Abstract: An antitheft apparatus for a vehicle has an inertia sensor, which is also used for an anti-lock braking system. An electronic control unit receives output signals from the inertia sensor and determines a possible vehicle theft when a detected vehicle condition (for example, vehicle acceleration) is larger than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michitaka Hayashi, Masamoto Kawaguchi, Kenji Hirano
  • Patent number: 7642900
    Abstract: An alarm device for a vehicle includes state information obtaining unit, alarm information obtaining unit, alarming unit, and controlling unit. The state information obtaining obtains as state information at least one of information of an occupant, information of the vehicle, and information of a surrounding of the vehicle. The alarm information obtaining unit obtains alarm information. The alarming unit informs the occupant of the alarm information. The controlling unit determines an expiration time of the alarm information based on the state information obtained by the state information obtaining unit when the controlling unit receives the alarm information from the alarm information obtaining unit, wherein the control unit causes the alarming unit to inform the occupant of the alarm information while the expiration time is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Natsume, Tetsuya Hara
  • Patent number: 7598847
    Abstract: A tilt sensor, height sensors and tire pressure sensors sense a behavior of a parked vehicle and output an angle signal, a height signal and a pressure signal, respectively. These sensor signals are obtained by a sensor signal obtaining section. An initial value setting section sets an initial sensor signal of each of the tilt sensor, the height sensors and the tire pressure sensors as an initial value of that sensor. Then, a comparing section compares each initial value with the current sensor signal. Based on a result of the comparison, a determining section determines whether the vehicle is stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Fukagawa, Teruhito Suzuki, Norifumi Souda
  • Patent number: 7595719
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for securing car against theft via wireless sensor, a charging circuit and chargeable battery, a CPU circuit connected to a transmission circuit, and an air pressure sensor or an infrared sensor are provided in a cigarette-lighter plug, so that the sensor detects any change of air pressure or any change of temperature in a car due to any invader, and sends a trigger signal to the CPU circuit. The signal is encoded at the CPU circuit and then transmitted via the transmission circuit to a wireless antitheft main unit mounted in the car to trigger a siren as a warning if main unit is set to active stale by external remote control transmitter. Since no wire is needed between the sensor and the main unit, a thief is prevented from locating the main unit by tracing any wire extended thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventor: Tse Hsing Chen