Including Link To Remote Indicator Patents (Class 340/5.33)
  • Patent number: 10388134
    Abstract: Video monitoring and alarm verification technology, in which a first connection is established between a first device and a camera located in a monitored property associated with a user of the first device and image data captured by the camera is received over the first connection and at the first device. A determination is made to establish a second connection with a second device that enables sharing of the received image data with the second device and, in response to the determination, the second connection is established between the first device and the second device. The received image data is shared with the second device over the second connection and the second device is restricted from directly accessing image data captured by the camera located in the monitored property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Robert J. McCarthy, Jr., David James Hutz, Stephen Scott Trundle, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10321101
    Abstract: A method and apparatus including providing a plurality of security systems, each detecting threats within a different respective secured geographic area and each reporting detected threats to a central monitoring station, a human user of a first of the plurality of security systems sending a notification to an authorized human user of a second of the plurality of security systems through the central monitoring station, the notification authorizing control of the first security system by the user of the second security system, in response to the notification, the central monitoring station forming a control connection between the first and second security systems and the user of the second security system controlling the first security system through a user interface of the second security system
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ADEMCO INC.
    Inventors: Bharat Balaso Khot, Eric Oh, Ajay Partap Singh Chhokar, Karthikeyan Pollachi Duraiswamy, Kiran Kumar Guduguntla, Rajendra Kumar Venkata Alluri
  • Patent number: 10281166
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring multiple sensors over a distributed sensor network to enhance various monitoring operations. In some implementations, an identification of a sensor located in a property and a token that enables the mobile device to obtain data from the sensor are each received by a mobile device from a server. The mobile device is then determined to be within a communication range with the server that is indicated by the identification from the server. In response, data is obtained from the sensor by the mobile device using the token received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10271195
    Abstract: A method begins by a first user device of a plurality of user devices establishing information regarding a potentially adverse condition associated with the first user device and determining group constraints for a group regarding the potentially adverse condition. The method continues with the first user device selecting one or more other user devices of the plurality of user devices affiliated with the group to produce selected user devices. The method continues with the first user device determining a status associated with the first user device and issuing a status response message to at least some of the user devices of the plurality of user devices affiliated with the group, where the status response message includes the status associated with the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Gary W. Grube
  • Patent number: 10257574
    Abstract: A user profile server stores a particular user profile corresponding to a user who belongs to a plurality of separate loyalty programs, and the particular user profile includes a plurality of different loyalty program user identifiers each identifying the user on a respective one of the separate loyalty programs. The user profile server communicates user a preference included on the particular user profile to a first controller via the computer network and communicates the user preference included on the particular user profile to a second controller via the computer network. The first controller is associated with a first hospitality location where the user is identified according to a first loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile, and the second is controller is associated with a second hospitality location where the user is identified according to a second loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Arnon Levy, Lindsey M. Carriere, Darren T. Ziebart, Joseph A. Kullos, Diego Fontes, Andrew T. MacMillan
  • Patent number: 10209677
    Abstract: An electronic device according to an embodiment comprises a display unit configured to display a current value among a predetermined plurality of ordered values and a rotatable part configured to be rotatable clockwise and counterclockwise. The electronic device also comprises a computer processor configured to: change the current value being displayed to a next value among the plurality of ordered values in response to detecting the rotable part being rotated a first predetermined number of degrees clockwise, change the current value being displayed to a previous value among the plurality of ordered values in response to detecting the rotatable part being rotated counterclockwise by the first predetermined number of degrees, and accept the current value being displayed as a user input value in response to detecting a change in rotation direction of the rotatable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenny Chui, Venkata Naga Vamsi Nandanavanam
  • Patent number: 10163333
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for controlling a night light feature of a hazard detector. A user interface application executed on a mobile device may output, a graphical interface that provides an option to enable a night light feature of the hazard detector. The application may transmit data indicative of the night light feature being enabled and of an associated user account to a computer server system. The computer server system may receive and store data indicative of the night light feature being enabled and of the user account. The hazard detector may receive from the computer server system data indicative of the night light feature of the hazard detector being enabled by the application. The hazard detector may enable the plurality of LEDs to provide illumination in response to the received data indicative of the night light feature of the hazard detector being enabled by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timo A. Bruck, Shiney Rossi, David Sloo, Jeffrey A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10142394
    Abstract: Methods and systems for premises management are described. An example system may comprise a premises management device and a touchscreen device. The touchscreen device may output a plurality of interfaces that enable control of the premises management device. The example system may comprise a premises management server that receives behavioral data associated with the premises management device and the touchscreen device. The premises management server may generate and output a risk score based on the behavioral data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Chmielewski, Jim Kitchen
  • Patent number: 10132113
    Abstract: An electronically-operated gun safe or other lockable container is communicatively connected to an alarm system or one or more alarm system elements. When the alarm or the alarm system elements is/are triggered, a signal is received by the gun safe, which then unlocks the door to the gun safe to allow access to the contents of the gun safe, or takes other action to facilitate easier access to the contents of the gun safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL PROTECTION, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 10083444
    Abstract: A system and method for authorizing transactions using biometrics is disclosed. The system may be a commerce authorization system comprising a portable computing device, a docking station, and a biometric reader. The method for authorizing a transaction may comprise the steps of: receiving biometric data from a biometric reader; comparing the received biometric data with a biometric template; and, transmitting payment information to the vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John K. Schneider, Leonard Pratt
  • Patent number: 10074265
    Abstract: A system and method for testing fire detection and fire annunciation/notification devices of a fire alarm system includes a central operations system, which provides a link between a control panel of the fire alarm system and a mobile computing device operated by a technician. One or more wireless nodes create a mesh network between the control panel and a testing computer. Then, during a walkthrough test, the on-site technician activates fire detection or fire annunciation devices of the fire alarm system and the activated devices signal the control panel and event data are generated. Event data from the control panel are sent to the central operations system via the mesh network. The central operations system sends the event data to a mobile computing device operated by the technician. The on-site technician is then able verify that the devices are physically sound, unaltered, working properly, and located in their assigned locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Anthony Philip Moffa
  • Patent number: 10070035
    Abstract: An electronic system is described that receives data identifying a component of a monitoring system from a wearable electronic device that is associated with the monitoring system. The monitoring system is associated with a property and includes components that are fixed within the property and that are configured to sense attributes of the property. The wearable electronic device includes a heads-up display and communicates with the monitoring system over a wireless network. Based on the data identifying the component of the monitoring system, monitoring system data collected by the component of the monitoring system is accessed. At least a portion of the monitoring system data collected by the component of the monitoring system is provided to the wearable electronic device for display at the heads-up display of the wearable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Stephen Scott Trundle, Colin Murray
  • Patent number: 9996882
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for pricing an insurance premium based on analysis of various telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one building/environment telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the building and surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide an insurance quote to the user based upon analysis of the telematic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 9984418
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for pricing an insurance premium based on analysis of various telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one building/environment telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the building and surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide an insurance quote to the user based upon analysis of the telematic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 9973834
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing near real time communication to a user based on analysis of various user and environmental telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one building/environment telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the building and/or surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide a notification back to the user such as a potential safety hazard. The safety hazard may be based upon sensed data specific to the user, specific to the user's environment, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 9955242
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing near real time communication to a user based on analysis of various user and environmental telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one building/environment telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the building and/or surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide a notification back to the user such as a potential safety hazard. The safety hazard may be based upon sensed data specific to the user, specific to the user's environment, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 9830806
    Abstract: A system for enabling one person testing and remote control of a fire control panel and generating text-to-speech audio during a walkthrough test of fire alarm system is disclosed. Typically, a technician interacts with a simulated interface displayed on the display of the mobile computing device. In response, commands are generated and sent to the control panel to cause the control panel to perform requested actions. The control panel then sends updated control panel user interface displayed information to the mobile computing device reflecting technician entered commands. Testing of the detection devices on the fire control panel generates event data that is sent to the mobile computing device, which receives the event data and enables a technician to select filtering options. The event data are then parsed to identify keywords and text-to-speech audio is generated for the filtered event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Richard Alan Cree, Harry Hugh Frank Worrall, Yiping Zhu
  • Patent number: 9829275
    Abstract: A firearm monitoring and tracking system is a system for detecting the absence/removal of a firearm from a firearm holster. A firearm monitoring assembly is utilized to detect if the firearm is removed from the firearm holster. A proximity sensor is able to detect the removal of the firearm from the firearm holster. The firearm monitoring assembly and the proximity sensor are positioned in a manner such that the proximity sensor is able to detect the firearm's removal. Upon the firearm's removal, location data of the firearm is recorded with a geospatial positioning module along with audio data in the vicinity of the firearm through a microphone. Firearm discharge data is captured through an accelerometer. The location data, the audio data, and the firearm discharge data is then transmitted to at least one receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Safety Trace, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Fredrick Madrid, Michael Nyberg
  • Patent number: 9747735
    Abstract: A predictive physical access control and security intervention system includes a credential device, indicia sensors, portal actuators; and a data store of historic and predicted travel events, whereby out of norm behaviors trigger elevated security intervention processes. A system detects, identifies, and measures occupancy and transit patterns of identities within and through a spatial volume. A processor performs statistical calculations of dwell time, movement patterns, path vectors, frequency of entry or exit, and transmission of attribute assertions containing trusted information to subscribers. The method transforms radio signals emitted by personal communications and identity devices into metrics of human traffic patterns, behavior conducive to commercial and security interests, and provides identity attributes containing trusted information to identity service subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: BRIVO SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Dean Drako, Steven Van Till
  • Patent number: 9729147
    Abstract: A calibration system for induction keys includes a signal source and a computing device. The signal source is configured to generate a low frequency (LF) signal and a magnetic field signal at intervals. The computing device is configured to receive the magnetic field signal transmitted by an induction key when the induction key senses the LF signal. The computing device is configured to obtain a magnetic field strength from the magnetic field signal, and then comparing the magnetic field strength with a pre-stored standard strength of the magnetic field to achieve an offset. The computing device sends the offset value to the induction key and enables the induction key to get a calibrated strength value of the magnetic field according to the offset value. This disclosure further provided an induction key and a calibration method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Tsung Lin, Po-Hsien Liu
  • Patent number: 9652976
    Abstract: System for displaying hazard events and adjusting hazard detector settings on a mobile device includes a user interface executed on the mobile device, a hazard detector, and a computer server system communicatively coupled to the mobile device and hazard detector. The hazard detector generates hazard events indicating detection of smoke or carbon monoxide. The hazard events are transmitted to the computer server system and then to the mobile device. User interface displays the hazard events in an event group. User interface receives an adjusted value for a setting of the hazard detector and transmits the adjusted value to the computer server system. The computer server system determines that the adjusted value corresponds to the hazard detector, receives a check-in event from the hazard detector, and transmits the adjusted value to the hazard detector in response to receiving the check-in event. The hazard detector applies the adjusted value to the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Timo A. Bruck, Shiney Rossi, David Sloo, Jeffrey A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9589404
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to determine that a number of invalid attempts to input a code into a vehicle door keypad has passed a predetermined threshold. The processor is also configured to notify a registered user through a vehicle telematics system of the invalid attempts and selectively ignore future attempts to input the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Everett Badger, II
  • Patent number: 9575470
    Abstract: A biometric identity confirmation system is based on both pulse wave shape data and spirometric data for the subject. During an initial enrollment mode, pulse wave shape and spirometric data for a known subject are used to generate subject characterization data for the known subject by computing an exemplar and selectively weighting portions of the exemplar based, for example, on repeatability or distinguishing characteristic features over the population of known subjects. During a subsequent identity authentication mode, pulse wave shape and spirometric data for a test subject are analyzed using the subject characterization data to confirm whether the identity of the test subject matches the known subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Integrated Monitoring Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Phillips, Geoffrey A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9478112
    Abstract: Video monitoring and alarm verification technology, in which a first connection is established between a first device and a camera located in a monitored property associated with a user of the first device and image data captured by the camera is received over the first connection and at the first device. A determination is made to establish a second connection with a second device that enables sharing of the received image data with the second device and, in response to the determination, the second connection is established between the first device and the second device. The received image data is shared with the second device over the second connection and the second device is restricted from directly accessing image data captured by the camera located in the monitored property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Robert J. McCarthy, Jr., David James Hutz, Stephen Scott Trundle, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 9471048
    Abstract: A system for managing accessing to a locking device is disclosed. A group of users can register with a social networking service and an access management application hosted by the social networking service. A first user can grant, to a second user connected to the first user, access to the locking device and contents thereof. The access management application can notify the second user of the access, and the second user can initialize a mobile application on a mobile device. The mobile application can synchronize with the access management application to verify credentials of the second user. The second user can use the mobile device to connect, via a short-range communication connection, to the locking device and open the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Adam L Kuenzi, Jonah J Harkema
  • Patent number: 9329588
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a fleet of vehicles including a reservation system for generating a reservation code; a key cabinet including user-entry means for entering said reservation code and one or more key compartments storing keys for each vehicle in the fleet; a control module in communication with the reservation system and the key cabinet for assigning an unlocked condition to at least one of the key compartments based on entry of a reservation code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Assetworks Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Simpson, Paul Ernsdorff
  • Patent number: 9111401
    Abstract: An access control system and a method of operating the same are provided. The access control system includes an interactive reader commander that intercepts commands transmitted from a computing device to a reader and determines if the intercepted commands are security-relevant. Security-relevant commands and possibly other commands are stored unless and until a valid user input is received at the interactive reader commander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HID GLOBAL GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Dansachmueller, Daniel Halber, Eric Fernand Le Saint
  • Patent number: 9058025
    Abstract: A standalone biometric authorization control device (10) comprises an input device (110) configured to receive a time sensitive authorization code comprising encrypted information about an authorization time schedule. Connected to the input device (110) is a control unit (120), configured to extract the authorization time schedule from the time sensitive authorization code, and to compare the extracted authorization time schedule with the current date and time. Connected to and controlled by the control unit (120) is a biometric sensor (130), which is configured to obtain biometric data from a user. The control unit (120) is further configured to register the biometric data obtained from the user into the current standalone biometric authorization control device (10) if the current date and time is within a time interval when registering of biometric data is allowed according to the extracted authorization time schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Recludo AB
    Inventor: Tao Huang
  • Patent number: 9007170
    Abstract: A rapid-access gun safe includes a portable enclosing structure and a communication module. The portable enclosing structure encloses a firearm. The portable enclosing structure includes a fixed portion and a collapsing wall. The collapsing wall provides rapid access to the firearm. The communication module is coupled to the fixed portion of the enclosing structure. The communication module facilitates incoming and outgoing electronic communication of at least one access signal from a device external to the rapid-access gun safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Rocky Mountain Safe Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ross B Wall, Michael M. Austin
  • Patent number: 8988186
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic self-service device is provided. A central computing system according to the invention may include a receiver module configured to receive an input from a self-service device. The input may include information corresponding to a user account authorization notification. The central computing system may also include a processor module configured to determine whether a predetermined asset alert condition exists that corresponds to the account. The central computing system may also include a transmitter module. When the predetermined asset alert condition is determined to exist, the transmitter module may be configured to transmit an alert notification to the self-service device. When the predetermined asset alert condition does not exist, the transmitter module may be configured to authorize use of an account in response to the authorization notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan Dent
  • Patent number: 8558664
    Abstract: A system and method of passive approach detection is provided. The method comprises: transmitting a plurality of data signals corresponding to multiple power levels respectively from a fob device based on motion detected in the fob device; each of the plurality of data signals includes initial bytes encoded with a power level and transmitter identification (ID); receiving one or more of the plurality of data signals at a receiver based on the distance between the fob device and the receiver; filtering out signals at a secondary processor by comparing one or more of the plurality of data signals received to a predetermined list of signals valid for reception; and transmitting a wake-up signal to a primary processor based on the comparison, the wake-up signal enabling the primary processor to transition from a sleep mode to a wake-up mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William A. Biondo, David T. Proefke, Clark E. McCall
  • Patent number: 8558659
    Abstract: A medical supply station is disclosed. The medical supply station includes a securable compartment configured to hold medical supplies, and a controller. The controller is responsive to access information and is configured to selectively permit access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is authorized for access, and restrict access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is not authorized for access. The medical supply station also includes a critical access module configured to, upon actuation, bypass the access information required by the controller and permit substantially immediate access to the securable compartment. The medical supply station further includes an image capturing device, coupled to the critical access module, configured to capture at least one image of an area proximal to the medical supply station in response to actuation of the critical access module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Ross
  • Patent number: 8395477
    Abstract: An intermediary between a remote control device and a remotely controllable device implements identification and/or authentication. The intermediary is, e.g., a node or set of nodes within a head end of a cable network service provider. A remote control device at a customer premise sends a command intended to control a remotely controllably device which is also located at the same customer premise. The customer premise includes a network interface, e.g., a cable modem, which has associated identification information. The command and the associated network interface identification information are communicated to the intermediary, e.g., via a cable modem. The intermediary accesses a subscriber record corresponding to the location based on the network interface identification information. The intermediary identifies the device to be controlled, e.g., a particular set top box and/or authenticates the remote control device. A command is sent via the network to the device to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Ramsdell
  • Patent number: 8319637
    Abstract: Methods, systems and articles of manufacture are provided for administering sobriety tests to online gamblers, as well as to determining whether, when and to whom to administer a sobriety tests. Various mediation events to be initiated upon certain results of such sobriety tests are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Zachary T. Smith, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 8319605
    Abstract: A remote vehicle control system having a base transceiver mounted in a vehicle and a mobile key fob. The base transceiver utilizes an omni-directional antenna to communicate wirelessly with the key fob via the IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocol. Additional antennas are mounted to the vehicle and are also tuned to communicate over the IEEE 802.15.4 bandwidth. The additional antennas have radiation patterns extending outwardly to various sides of the vehicle (e.g., driver, passenger and rear sides). The system provides remote control functions and enables passive keyless entry functions such as unlocking doors or trunk latches by detecting the presence of the key fob proximate to one or more sides of the vehicle based on the ability of the key fob to communicate over IEEE 802.15.4 via the additional antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hasib Hassan, John Lu, Brian A. Gorman, Alex Porat
  • Patent number: 8193907
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for opening a container for the transportation of valuable objects or valuable documents, for example. The container (1) includes a first electronic unit (2), which allows deactivation of an alarm system and/or opening of the container. A first key (10) required to open the container includes a second electronic unit (12), which communicates with the first electronic unit (2) such as to initiate opening of the container. There is used a stationarily disposed second key (20) which together with the first key (10) provides the complete code-set (ABCD) required to initiate deactivation and/or opening of the container (1). The stationarily disposed second key (20) includes a third electronic unit (22) which contains a subset (CD) of the complete code-set (ABCD) required to initiate deactivation and/or opening of the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: SQS Security Qube System AB
    Inventor: Kjell Lindskog
  • Patent number: 8188837
    Abstract: A method of finding a key to a mobile vehicle includes receiving a call, at a call center, indicating that the key is lost and requesting, via the call center, a telematics unit on-board the mobile vehicle to establish communication with a remote access key fob that is associated with the key, the remote access key fob having an alarm integrated therewith. The method further includes requesting, via the call center, the telematics unit to activate the alarm of the remote access key fob and activating, via the telematics unit, the alarm of the remote access key fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Patenaude, Steven C. Tengler
  • Patent number: 8165316
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a portable terminal includes: a first audio input-output unit and a second audio input-output unit configured to receive audio when a mode is set as an input mode and output audio when the mode is set as an output mode; and a setting unit configured to set the respective modes of the first audio input-output unit and the second audio input-output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Limited
    Inventors: Hiromichi Suzuki, Masao Teshima, Koichi Sato, Hiroshi Shimasaki, Satoshi Mizoguchi, Takashi Amano
  • Patent number: 8106764
    Abstract: There is provided a system for remote monitoring a plurality of security systems connected to the Internet, the security systems being assigned dynamic IP addresses, each of the security systems comprising a remote monitoring server module, the system comprising a central alarm monitoring service connected to the Internet for periodically communicating with the plurality of security systems and determining a status thereof to generate an alarm signal as a function of the status, the alarm monitoring service storing a current IP address of the plurality of security systems in an IP address database, and a remote monitoring gateway providing authenticated or unauthenticated dynamic domain name service (DDNS) server functionality to connect a given remote monitoring client to a desired one of the security systems, the gateway being connected to the IP address database and to the Internet. There is further provided a method of remote monitoring a security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Shmuel Hershkovitz, Louis Roy, Martin Beaulieu, Pascal Turcotte, Jean-Francois Poirier
  • Patent number: 7936253
    Abstract: Source of input of an instruction to a remote controller is switched between manipulation on hand and external manipulation. A remote controller includes an instruction input portion accepting input of an instruction for controlling equipment, a supply accepting portion accepting supply of power from a cradle, a charging portion, a power storage portion, a control portion controlling an operation of the remote controller, a storage portion, an infrared light emission portion, and a display portion. The control portion includes a placement detection portion detecting whether or not the remote controller is mounted on the cradle, a selection portion switching between sources of input of the instruction from the instruction input portion based on a result of detection by the placement detection portion, and a control signal generation portion generating a control signal for controlling the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Ishimoto, Yasuo Masaki
  • Patent number: 7932811
    Abstract: A remote controller that can infer the intention of a user and that can control a plurality of devices based on the inferred intention is provided. A remote controller includes memory, a control circuit, and a transmission portion. The memory stores in advance, in association with a situation sensed by a sensor, information of a first control signal. The control circuit generates, in association with the situation sensed by the sensor and the information stored in the memory, the first control signal. The transmission portion transmits the first control signal generated by the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Tanabe, Yasuo Masaki, Masahiro Takeshita, Sadanori Murakami
  • Patent number: 7880591
    Abstract: A technique is provided for detecting whether consumer abuse has occurred in an electronic device. In accordance with this technique, a system is provided for detecting the occurrence of a consumer abuse event and storing a record thereof. In one embodiment, the system provides one or more sensors coupled to an abuse detection circuitry for detecting the occurrence of an abuse event. The system may further provide a memory, wherein upon detecting an abuse event, the abuse detection circuitry may store a record of the abuse event into the memory. The system may further provide an interface by which a diagnostic device may access the memory and analyze the abuse event records to determine if an abuse event occurred in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Johnson, Richard H. M. Dinh, Tang Y. Tan
  • Patent number: 7868734
    Abstract: A system detects for the presence of an identification (ID) code associated with an object. The detected ID code is communicated to a computer and power is provided to an energy consumption device. In response to detecting that the ID code has been absent for less than a first duration, an indication of the absence of the ID code is communicated to the computer and energy is withheld from the energy consumption device. If, however, the ID code has been absent for more than the first duration and motion is detected in a field of view, an intruder indication is communicated to the computer if the presence of the ID code is not detected within a second duration. However, if motion is not detected in the field of view, power is provided or withheld from the energy consumption device as a function of an ambient temperature of an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Energy Technologies Group, LLC.
    Inventors: James H Biskup, Sr., Rohn A Sambol, Sr., David V Martin
  • Patent number: 7762456
    Abstract: The security clearance card, system, and method include a card that stores data to verify the identity of an owner of the card. In addition to other types of information, the card stores biometric data of the owner and other identity data. Different portions of the data may be encrypted with different encryption techniques based upon a predetermined level of security assigned to the portions of the stored data. Reader elements are then capable of reading at least a portion of the encrypted data stored on the security clearance card, and receiving at least one biometric from an individual. The biometric stored in the card is then compared with the biometric of the individual presenting the security clearance card to verify that the holder of the card is the owner of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Digital Data Research Company
    Inventors: Arthur F. Register, Jr., Frank J. Camper
  • Patent number: 7671718
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting and tracking an object with a defined area, and determining its position, status movement and identity therein, includes interrogating the defined area to communicate with an information device on object and transmit received to a master controller unit, which determines the object's presence, position, movement and identity with the defined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventors: Richard H. Turner, Harvey L. Kasdan
  • Patent number: 7671729
    Abstract: There is provided a system for remote monitoring a plurality of security systems connected to the Internet, the security systems being assigned dynamic IP addresses, each of the security systems comprising a remote monitoring server module, the system comprising a central alarm monitoring service connected to the Internet for periodically communicating with the plurality of security systems and determining a status thereof to generate an alarm signal as a function of the status, the alarm monitoring service storing a current IP address of the plurality of security systems in an IP address database, and a remote monitoring gateway providing authenticated or unauthenticated dynamic domain name service (DDNS) server functionality to connect a given remote monitoring client to a desired one of the security systems, the gateway being connected to the IP address database and to the Internet. There is further provided a method of remote monitoring a security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventors: Shmuel Hershkovitz, Louis Roy, Martin Beaulieu, Pascal Turcotte, Jean-Fran├žois Poirier
  • Patent number: 7652555
    Abstract: A container that is capable of outputting information related to objects stored in the container. The container is able to output information for objects that are stored by the container and that have identification tags physically associated with them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Dar-Shyang Lee
  • Patent number: 7643890
    Abstract: The present invention leverages a co-located communication component to provide remote management of a portable construction device. This enables monitoring and/or controlling the portable construction device from a central management site. The communication component allows the central site, or another communication component, to interact with the portable construction device to retrieve information such as, for example, usage information and/or status information. The communication component also allows remote control of the devices such as, for example, remote power control and/or control of auxiliary devices that facilitate the functionality of the portable construction devices. The present invention can also incorporate global positioning systems and/or location indicating systems to facilitate in determining where the portable construction devices are located and/or when the devices are properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward D. Hillen, Stephen M. Kainec, William T. Matthews
  • Publication number: 20090153291
    Abstract: A real estate security system is described wherein access to a lockbox, that houses a key, causes automatic notification to an owner/occupant associated with the property. Such a communication can be used to alert the owner/occupant that a real estate showing is started or completed, that a friend or family member arrived home safely, that a property management accessed the house, or that emergency personnel accessed the house. The lockbox can include additional features that cause notification to the owner, such as automated sensing of tampering with the lockbox, or depressing a button on the lockbox to generate a signal to the owner/occupant of the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, Teri Lynne Briskey, Jeff Antrican, Peter C. Myers, Jonathan G. Hays
  • Patent number: 7501930
    Abstract: A control system is for a lock of a door movably disposed within a frame and having a latch engageable with the frame, an interior handle connected with the latch and an exterior handle connectable with the latch. A connective mechanism is configured to releasably connect the exterior handle with the latch and an input device is configured to generate an unlock signal. A controller is coupled with the input device and configured to operate the connective mechanism such that the mechanism connects the exterior handle with the latch. The controller is selectively operable in a standard mode where the controller operates the mechanism when the controller receives the unlock signal and a lockdown mode where the controller does not operate the mechanism when receiving the unlock signal. A lockdown-input device coupled with the controller is configured to generate a lockdown signal to switch the controller to the lockdown mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Harrow Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cote, George Frolov, Gary E. Lavelle